Lent 2016 at the Newman Center

February 10, 2016 is ASH WEDNESDAY! It marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. Mass with the distribution of ashes is at:

  • NOON on campus in the Flag Room on the 2nd floor of the Student Union and…
  • 5:00 p.m. in the Newman Center at 495 Skinnersville Rd.

ABSTINENCE: All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.

FASTING: All Catholics between their 18th and 59th birthdays are also bound to observe the Law of Fast on: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This practice involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.

EASTER DUTY: After they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, all the faithful are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year.


RECONCILIATION: Catholics are bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year (Canon 989). Father Pat will hear confessions at your request. There are Lenten Penance Services scheduled at our local parishes. St. Joseph University is March 8 at 7:00pm. We will publish the other dates next week.

OTHER FRIDAYS OF THE YEAR remain as days of penance, in prayerful remembrance of the Passion of Jesus Christ.

AN INVITATION: In the name of peace, and in union with the Bishops of our country, the faithful of this Diocese are invited to add voluntary fasting to the practice of penance during the Fridays of the year. Together with works of charity and service toward our neighbors, this practice would become a sign of our commitment to conversion, reconciliation and peace. (The Challenge of Peace, Art. 298).

FOR FURTHER IDEAS AND MATERIALS: There are many Lenten materials and ideas available at the doors of the Newman Center. Also available is a flyer with many activities for Lent that are occurring around the Diocese.

News and Activities

Newman Center Chili Cook Off

The first Newman Center Chili Cook Off was great fun and a big success! Twenty-seven Newman cooks, including Father Pat, prepared their own chili recipes and shared them with a crowd of enthusiastic tasters. Congratulations to all who participated!

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Fr. Pat’s Split Club 2015-16

Welcome to a New Year for the Split Club! Last year, through the generosity of its more than 200 members, we raised $30,000 for the Newman Center! In addition, more than $10,000 in prizes was distributed throughout the year. Please consider participating this year!

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Support Campus Ministry

Wednesday night dinners are a time when students and volunteers interact and get to know and learn from one another. Under the guidance of our chief cooks, Liz Papke and Debbie Brown, dedicated volunteers have prepared many, tasty new recipes this year. A joyful, Spring time student told me this week, “Thanks. It’s the only night I look forward to. Otherwise, PB & J.” Our numbers continue to grow. Please consider making a donation to help us to defray some of the cost of these events.

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Fr. Pat Keleher - Director

Whether prospective or incoming, we are thrilled to have you!

We are honored to be among the first to welcome you to University at Buffalo! We hope that this page about opportunities to participate in your faith life during college will either inspire you to come to UB, or excite you about the years that await you in Buffalo.  You will be among the first generation of UB students who will have a permanent sacred place for celebration of the Word, Sacraments, prayer, community building and so much more. College is full of new experiences — some exciting, some difficult — and both faith in God and a supportive faith community can help ease the transition. We here at the Newman Center feel privileged for the opportunity to walk alongside you during your time at UB and share with you in prayer, fellowship and other activities. The Newman Center, Catholic Campus Ministry at UB, often acts as a “home away from home” for students. We offer a warm, welcoming environment for prayer and faith, as well as a dynamic community that relishes in sharing time and energy with one another. We recently opened a new “state of the art” campus ministry center for you and those students who come after you.  During your years at UB we strive to:

  • Help clarify values in a time of exploration
  • Build a sense of Catholic identity and understanding through education, reflection and discussion
  • Form leaders in the world and for the Church through service and empowerment

And do all of this in the context of faith, through a vibrant spiritual center. You will find many opportunities for group and individual faith-sharing, retreats, investigation into Catholicism, service and prayer. Please feel free to contact a staff member for more information. At Newman, “it’s all about the students.” We truly look forward to having you join us. Peace and all good things, Fr-Pat-Sig Msgr. J. Patrick Keleher – “Fr. Pat” Director The Newman Center at UB

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If you haven’t registered with the Newman Center at UB Parish, please do so now by downloading the Parish Registration Form PDF, filling it out, and dropping it off at Mass. Thank you!


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Saturday – 5pm Sunday – 9am, 10:30am Wednesday – Noon (during UB semester, Monday and Friday at Noon also)


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