WE ARE OPEN FOR IN-PERSON SUNDAY MASSES
The Newman Center is excited to welcome back those of you who are ready to return for in-person Mass! We reopened on August 30th. Sunday masses are 9 AM, 12 PM, and 6:30 PM. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
We’ve been praying, planning, preparing, and putting protocols in place to create a safe space for you and our staff. It has been a lot of work and we are so thankful for your patience during this time! Although we will be coming back, the Newman Center will look different as we have to adjust to these new times. We want to take the time to answer some questions you might have regarding our reopening.
Will masses still be streamed or available online?
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday mass remains in place. Those who are in an at-risk group, especially those over the age of 65, or those who are simply uncomfortable attending a public liturgy, are encouraged to remain at home and view mass virtually,
Will I need to wear a facial covering?
Yes. We encourage you to bring your own, but we will also have masks available for you if you forget your facial covering. You must wear a facial covering over your nose and mouth in order to come into the Newman Center. You must keep the facial covering on over your nose and mouth for the entire time you are at the Newman Center. We will also have hand sanitizing stations located throughout the Newman Center for your use.
Will the Eucharist be celebrated?
Yes. If you are comfortable with receiving the Eucharist, it will be offered during Mass. While we’ll limit the amount of people waiting in the communion line at a time to keep everyone socially-distanced, anyone who wishes to receive the Eucharist will be given a chance to do so. Please remember that you must receive the host in your hands (to protect Fr. Pat and our eucharistic ministers). When you are given the host, wait until you’ve returned to your seat to quickly remove your facial covering, consume it, and then replace your mask.
How does the mass reservation system work?
There will be a link posted on the Newman website for our ticket reservation system. Every Friday at 10 AM, tickets will become available.
- You can reserve tickets online through Eventbrite or by calling the office (716-636-7495).
- The number of tickets available will be capped at our capacity limit.
- For our first week, we are reopening at 50% capacity — we’re phasing our reopening to make sure that our protocols are effective and that our plan doesn’t have any bugs in it that need correcting. This means that there will be 50 tickets available for every mass this coming weekend. Hopefully, our plan will work well and we’ll be able to increase our capacity soon.
- You will need to bring your ticket with you when you come to mass. You can bring a printed copy or simply show the ticket on your phone at check-in. If you do not have a ticket, we cannot let you attend mass. When you do show your ticket, we’ll need to verify the contact information you included in your registration. Following this — and we’ll need to check tickets for everyone and have contact information for at least one person in every household that attends mass — an usher will take you to a seat.
What will leaving after mass be like?
We’ll only be using the main entrance for the Newman Center for both entering and exiting. At the end of mass, an usher will dismiss you. To continue social distancing among attendees, an usher will direct your section and row when to leave. You will not be able to gather anywhere inside the Newman Center following mass.
What else will be different?
- There won’t be any singing at masses indefinitely.
- We won’t be passing baskets at the offertory; instead, there will be a single basket at the main entrance that you will be able to drop donations into.
- There won’t be water in the baptismal fonts or song books or missals out.
- Any contact among different households won’t be permitted — this means no handshakes or hugs before mass, no hand-holding during the “Our Father”, and only waves or two fingers at the sign of peace.
Here at the Newman Center, “All are Welcome!” Although this will always be true, we have had to adjust to the conditions of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though we are very excited to see you all soon, we know that this is not normal. We know this is a lot to ask of all of you. We’re confident that you’ll continue to be your gracious and generous selves, helping us get through this difficult time while caring for our neighbors in our Newman family.
Thank you all very, very much for cooperating with us as we put our plan and these protocols in place, and thank you for your patience with and kindness toward us and our volunteers!
WE NEED REOPENING VOLUNTEERS
If you can sign-in attendees or usher: please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716)-636-7495.
Let us know which role you’d like, too! Please only volunteer if you are healthy, under the age of 65, and not part of any other at-risk group.
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,
Msgr. J. Patrick Keleher – “Fr. Pat” Director The Newman Center at UB
STUDENTS: Please visit our Campus Ministry page for more student information.
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!