Newman Center Council

 For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function,  so we,  though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another.Since we have  gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them: if prophecy, in proportion to the faith;  if ministry, in ministering; if one is a teacher, in teaching;  if one exhorts, in exhortation; if one contributes, in generosity; if one is over others,with diligence; if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. ~Romans 12 5:-8



The Newman Council is a planning and advisory Council to the Pastor and Director  of the Catholic Newman Center.   It’s goal is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ  through the Catholic Faith Tradition, by using the different gifts of the Holy Spirit and Talents of each member in service to the Church

The Newman Council consists of 6 Committees.  The committees meet monthly for planning and consultation with each other and the Pastor and Director.  Below is a description of each of the Committees and it’s function.

Catechetical: And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ.” ~Ephesians 4:11-13

The Catechetical committee is responsible for providing guidance on teaching topics of the Faith Nights.  This committee is also responsible for seeking out speakers at the various retreats and activities.   They oversee the development and presentation of the speakers and provide guidance and suggestions of the content.

Liturgy: For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,k that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”   ~1 Corinthians 11:23-24


The Liturgy Committee is responsible for the planning and scheduling of our Mass Liturgy as well as our XLT’s, Rosary, Stations of the Cross, and our Wednesday Holy Hours.  They help recruit and train Extraordinary Ministers, Ushers, Servers, & Gift Bearers.  This committee works closely with the Pastor for scheduling priests and deacons as needed for the Liturgies.

Music Ministry: “ filled with the Spirit, addressing one another [in] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.“  ~Ephesians 5: 18-20

The Music Ministry is made up of two different teams.  Praise Team & Liturgy Team.  Music Ministry are responsible for recruiting singers, musicians and providing contemporary music for the Praise Team.  The Praise Team provides praise& worship for retreats, XLT’s, Faith Nights, Revive Nights & Praise on the Lawn.  Music ministry is also responsible for recruiting singers, musicians, & providing advice on music selections for our Mass.

Service: The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.k if someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him?l Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.m “   ~1 John 3:16-18

The Service Committee are responsible for providing, planning, and implementing service activities for the students.  This includes, food drives, helping the poor, mission trip, & other activities to support the corporal works of mercy.

Social:  All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one’s need. Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.”   ~Acts 2:44-47

The Social Committee are responsible for providing opportunity to be in community with Catholic Students.  The committee is responsible for planning, and implementing social and intramural activities throughout the year.  Including on campus activities with other Astate organizations.  Some of these include Dead Day Activities, Welcome Week, Camping Trips, Bowling, Mardi Gras, Game Day Tailgating.

Advertising/Promotions: Go, therefore,* and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.* And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”  ~Mathew 28: 19-20

The Advertising/Promotions committee are responsible for advertising and promoting all aspects of The Catholic Newman Center.  We do this through Social Media, Chalking, Posters on Campus, Email, Texting, and Word of Mouth.


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Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401



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