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Weekly Newsletter
August 23, 2021
WELCOME BACK, STUDENTS!
Lord, as we prepare for the coming of a new semester, make us ready, attentive, and available to hear you.
Thank you for the gift of being able to rise each day with the assurance that you walk through it with us.
Thank you for the gifts of creativity and uniqueness, and the energy to put them to good use.
May all that we are today, all that we try to do today, may all our encounters, reflections, even the frustrations and failings all be placed in your hands.
May all the work we do and the way we do it bring new hope, new life, and courage to all we come in contact with this semester. 
We thank you, Lord. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
PRAYER FOR A NEW SEMESTER
Father Chris Zerucha and I welcome new students and returning students back to the University of Akron RooCatholic Campus Ministry, a young adult ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland.  “All are welcome!” “A place to belong!”  It is our hope and expectation that you will join in the activities and programs that our Leadership Team has brought together this academic year.  You will find spiritual, liturgical, social, and informational programs that may be of interest to you.
 
Below is a list of small groups offered by RooCatholic, which offer an opportunity for you to meet members of RooCatholic that share the same interests and will provide opportunities for discussion and social interaction. The Leadership Team is also working on other offerings and activities to keep you coming back to RooCatholic throughout the semester.
 
We have found that the best means of sharing the RooCatholic Experience is to provide you with this Weekly Newsletter that will keep you informed of the activities and programs you might wish to attend.
 
Again, Welcome to the RooCatholic Experience! God bless!
 
~John Szarwark, Newman Campus Minister
WEDNESDAY NIGHT GATHERING
The Fall 2021 series of Wednesday Night Gatherings will kick off this Wednesday evening, August 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the Newman Center! The night will begin with a complimentary meal of pizza and beverages. Following this will be a presentation from the leader of each small group explaining the purpose and goal of each RooCatholic small group for this academic year. Come meet a welcoming group of University of Akron students united in fellowship and their love of Christ.

Find the Newman Center located in the upstairs level of St. Bernard's Church Parish Office. Situated just off the campus of the University of Akron, the Newman Center is at 44 University Ave, Akron, OH 44308.
THIS WEEK'S SMALL GROUPS
  • Agape Men's Group
    • Monday, August 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. in the Newman Center.
    • We are a brotherhood of college men journeying in faith to Christ. We take an active role in striving to be saints and better men for ourselves, our community, and for our vocation and mission in life. 
      As Proverbs 27:17 says “Iron is sharpened by iron; one person sharpens another.” This happens through small group discussion of topics related to masculinity and the faith to help each other grow closer as men of God closer to Christ.
    • This week's topic will center on A call to be a better man and a preview of Into the Breach.
    • Contact Tom Barefield for more information.
  • Bible Study
    • Tuesday, August 24th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Newman Center.
    • Join us as we dive deeper into the Scriptures and reflect on their meaning and impact on our lives. 
    • Contact Andrew Turpin for more information.
  • Fiat Women's Group
    • Monday, August 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. in the Newman Center.
    • We are a community of women supporting one another on our spiritual journeys as we strive to grow closer to Jesus, help all to experience God's love and become the women God made us to be. All women are welcome to join us for friendship and discussion!
    • Contact Emma Jo Powers for more information.
MASS TIMES
St. Bernard's Church is located just off the campus of the University of Akron, offering an array of opportunities for community members to experience the sacraments. 

Mass Times:
Saturday Vigil: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday Mass: 10:00 a.m, 12:00 p.m. (Spanish), 8:00 pm (Student Mass)
Daily Mass: 12:10 p.m.

St. Bernard's also has an Adoration Chapel located in the Lower Lot that is open until 9:00 p.m. Contact the Parish Office or John Szarwark to receive the code for entrance. 
 
A Place to Belong
Newman Ministry Office Hours
Fall Semester 2021
 
Tuesday, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday, 1:00pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday, 10:30 am -3:00pm
Or by appointment:
Email: jszarwark@dioceseofcleveland.org
Cell: 216-392-5006
Prayers always, John Szarwark, Minister
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