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Your gift helps us be
the hands & heart
of Jesus on this campus

Donate to the Rebuild His Church Campaign to continue the
vibrant ministries of the Newman Center at the University of Maine.

Your gift helps us be
the hands & heart
of Jesus on this campus

Donate to the Rebuild His Church Campaign to continue the
vibrant ministries of the Newman Center at the University of Maine.

Programs at the Newman Center are created by leaders of the student government organization, Black Bear Catholic. These include social and service opportunities and encouraging students to remain rooted in prayer. FOCUS Missionaries , a chaplain, and a campus minister comprise our campus ministry team.

Collaborating with student leaders, they creatively meet students’ needs year after year, as seen below. Student participation numbers as denoted by an asterisk* are either an average or an estimate. They are included here to give you a snapshot of the incredible impact you are making by participating in the Rebuild His Church campaign.

Prayer and Worship

Sunday Mass

  • 11:00 am year-round
  • 6:15pm when UMaine Fall and Spring semesters are in session
  • 150 students* plus faculty, staff, and parishioners in the community

Daily Mass

  • Tuesdays 8pm
  • 25 students* plus faculty, staff, and parishioners in the community

Holyday Masses

  • Noon on campus, most often held in the Memorial Union
  • Easily attended by students, faculty, and staff during the lunchtime break during an academic day

“Upper Room” Mass

  • Monthly Mass offered on Saturday mornings for FOCUS Missionaries and students in discipleship

Mass on the Mountain

  • Annual trip to Acadia National Park on National Public Lands Day, the fourth Saturday of September
  • An opportunity to hike a mountain, celebrate Mass on a mountaintop, enjoy a picnic lunch, and usually a stroll and ice cream in Bar Harbor afterwards
  • 25 students*

Adoration

  • Tuesdays 6:30-8pm
  • additional opportunities as organized by FOCUS missionaries and Black Bear Catholic student leaders

Confessions

  • Sundays 5:30-6pm
  • Tuesdays 6:30-7:45pm

Night Prayer

  • Sundays 9pm

Faith Formation

Bible Studies

  • 9 Bible studies offered weekly, led by FOCUS Missionaries
  • 10 Bible studies offered weekly, led by students
  • 46 students* attended a Bible study at least 4 times

Men's + Women's Groups

  • Sundays 8-9pm
  • Faith sharing groups for discussion, fellowship, and praying together
  • 25 students*

Bishop’s Visit

  • Each semester, the Bishop joins us to celebrate the 6:15pm Mass, share in Sunday night supper and conversation, and then hosts a theological talk and Q&A for a combined Men's + Women's group, concluding with Night Prayer

Discipleship

  • An invitation by FOCUS missionaries and student disciples to other students, encouraging authentic friendships, growing deeper in faith, and learning how to evangelize
  • With guidance from a FOCUS missionary, student disciples lead Bible studies and build Christ-centered friendships with other students, devoting intentional time one-on-one to build friendships that will last
  • FOCUS Missionaries host a monthly event called Upper Room for student disciples, which begins with Mass, followed by talks about faith, and time spent in discussion, fellowship, and prayer
  • 18 students* currently in discipleship

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

  • Sundays 4:15-5:30pm
  • Students participate with other parishioners in weekly discussions about faith, for those seeking to become Catholic or to know more about what Catholics believe
  • Seekers are invited and given opportunities to get involved in parish life and the Newman Center, in order to experience the Body of Christ in action and in community
  • Rites are celebrated according to the Liturgical Year and as seekers are ready to move forward in their journey of faith

Retreats

  • Annual off-campus weekend retreat
  • Days of prayer and reflection are organized each semester at the Newman Center or within the parish

Conferences

  • Annual travel to FOCUS conferences unites thousands of students and parishioners in the faith
  • SLS20, a Leadership Summit held every other year, was in Phoenix, AZ and attended by 21 students from UMaine
  • SEEK21 will be an opportunity to be re-energized in the faith with daily Mass, speakers, fellowship, and prayer

Theology on Tap

  • A topic of faith whilst enjoying a beverage, offered by our chaplain or guest speaker each semester

Community

Wednesday Night Supper

  • Wednesdays 6pm
  • Free meal for students
  • 40 students*

Sunday Night Supper

  • Sundays 7pm
  • Free meal offered after the 6:15pm Mass
  • 40 students*

Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Annual feast celebrated the week before Thanksgiving break
  • 100+ students*

Easter Brunch

  • A feast for students who cannot travel home to celebrate Easter with family
  • Easter egg hunt and more

Social Events

  • Labor Day BBQ
  • Tailgating before football games in the Family Lot
  • Pumpkin Carving Contest in October
  • Halloween Party
  • Open Mic Night each semester to showcase student talents and improv
  • Game nights
  • Trivia events
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Sports and games including soccer, basketball, volleyball, flag football, frisbee, mini-golf, ping pong, corn hole, spike ball, and more
  • Ice fishing trip each winter
  • May the 4th Be With You event to celebrate Star Wars
  • The Maine Cheese Competition held on Maine Day (a University designated day of service at the end of Spring semester)
  • Men's + Women's events such as Paint nights, Blacksmithing, Movie nights, and more

Outreach, Service, and Evangelization

Service

  • Students sort and organize donations at the Parish Thrift Store and Food Pantry
  • Students serve a free meal twice per semester at the 3rd Friday Community Supper hosted by the Parish
  • Students have organized and participated in various other service opportunities including:
    • Meals for Mamas: cooking and delivering a meal for a mom/family with a newborn baby
    • Ronald McDonald House: cleaning and organizing at the Bangor house for children and their families receiving intensive medical care far from home
    • Welcome to Housing: sorting and organizing donations for people moving into an apartment after experiencing homelessness
    • Red Cross Blood Drive: hosting a blood drive at the Newman Center

Welcome Weekend and Student Organizations Fair

  • Fall semester, the weekend before classes begin
  • Moving assistance to students as they move into their dorm room
  • Lemonade Stand and cookies, lawn games, and more, to provide a warm welcome
  • Stickers, fliers, and conversation to introduce students to Black Bear Catholic and the Newman Center

Tabling and Lawn Games

  • Weekly on-campus outreach by FOCUS missionaries and students to welcome new faces to the Newman Center
  • Organized lawn games on campus to get to know students as they walk by

Mission Trips

  • Annual Spring and Summer trips to serve throughout the world, hosted by FOCUS
  • UMaine students and FOCUS missionaries have served the people of over 10 countries and 3 states in the last 5 years
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From Our Students and Benefactors

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Together, let's build a
Church steeple as a beacon of
hope for the University of Maine.

Join this legacy of Black Bears and benefactors providing a place of
worship where students will grow in faith and change the world.

Together, let's build a
Church steeple as a beacon of
hope for the University of Maine.

Join this legacy of Black Bears and benefactors providing a place of
worship where students will grow in faith and change the world.