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Get Involved As A Student

Newman Catholic Student Association


The Newman Catholic Student Association (NCSA), a registered student organization at UMass Amherst, is a faith-based community that promotes the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the spiritual growth of others. We strive to grow closer to Christ and foster Catholic faith and fellowship through prayer, service and communal events.

Come encounter God's love through outdoor activities, conferences, communal events, retreats, and international service trips and pilgrimages! NCSA is open to all Five-College students. To join and receive email updates, please click on the link below.

Bible Study

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Our Bible studies are lead by our FOCUS team. We are grateful for them and they are excited to be here to assist you in your spiritual journey. There are many different days and times that Bible studies are offered- if you are interested in joining a Bible Study, click the link below and one of the missionaries will be in touch with you promptly to help you find one that will work for your schedule! 

Newman Night


Mondays 7:00 pm,  Portas Lounge

Join us on Monday nights, for Newman Night at 7:00pm.  Every week we will have the opportunity to hear from speakers, Peer Ministers, Fr. Gary and Fr. Valentine on a variety of topics related to the faith.

Our Peer Ministers are also available to all students on a regular basis, should you want to discuss anything of the faith, college life or the integration of the two!  You can find them studying, talking with others, and running the halls of Newman- they are available to you for whatever you may need! 

Men's and Women's Nights


Tuesdays 7:00 pm

Please join us for a good discussion tackling the issues that men and women face in today's society and our need to fight the spiritual battles in order to become better men and women. As a result we will become good friends, husbands, wives, priests or religious someday, but most especially - men and women of God. 

Eucharistic Adoration 


Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 pm

Every Wednesday evening during the academic year  you will have the opportunity to sit with our Lord fully present to you in the Blessed Sacrament. Come join us for our weekly night of quiet prayer and reflection in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Our students have called this time "an oasis" from the tasks of the daily college life. Come experience the Peace that Christ Himself gives! 

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid." -John 14:27

Music Ministry


Do you like to sing?  Do you play an instrument?  If so,  consider joining one of the choirs at the Newman!
We welcome any talent level and any age with open arms! There is no commitment involved.
Come join our Community Choir at the 10:30 am Mass every Sunday. During the academic year, join the student choir at 7:00 pm.

Please email Emily, our Music Director, for more information. 

Religious Education Teacher


Sundays 9:15-10:15 am (K-6 & First Communion)

Sundays 5:00-6:45 pm (7-8 & Confirmation)

If you are looking to continue growing in your faith, and like to teach, you may be interested in teaching religious education! Classes for grades K-6 meet on Sundays from 9:15-10:15am at Newman and grades 7-11 meet Sundays 5:00-6:45 pm at Newman. 

For a person to teach religious education, he or she needs to be a
baptized and confirmed Catholic who is living the faith, for example- seeking to follow Christ, trying to grow in holiness, going to Mass every Sunday and all holy days of obligation, having a daily prayer life, and going regularly to confession, etc. 

Go on a Retreat

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Two weekends a year

Organized and put on by the student leadership, once a semester (October and April) we offer a retreat for those looking to reorient themselves. If you feel in need of peace, direction, fellowship, and quiet, consider registering for retreat.

These retreats are minimal cost, and go from Friday night through Sunday afternoon with transportation & room and board included. 

Come retreat with us. More detailed information will be announced closer to the time of retreat. Please be on the lookout for dates by fliers around Newman, announcements at Masses and join the NCSA email list for updates!

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