The Catholic Newman Club is a relatively new club here at UW-Parkside. Creator and President, Steve Zambo, created the club so that Catholic students at UW-Parkside could “have fun, pray and grow closer to God in the Catholic tradition.” His goal is to create a place where students can escape from everyday life as a student and meet other students who share their same beliefs and values while reconnecting with God. The “Newman Club” is not an original creation, though, as there are more Newman Centers on campuses throughout the United States. CNC centers have their own chapels, priests, and provide the opportunity to attend Mass and receive the sacraments.
The Catholic Newman Club at UW-Parkside isn’t the same as the other centers, but they hope to be one day. Right now the club is trying to find ways to make Catholic prayer, study, weekday Mass, confession, and fellowship available to students on a regular basis. The CNC meets on Mondays from 5pm to 6pm in Wyllie 273. Zambo says that the meetings will consist of “group prayer at the beginning of the meeting followed by a time to discuss various topics.” Topics might include past gospel readings, or how the Catholic faith relates to current events. He encourages those interested to bring a Rosary.
In addition to weekly meetings, CNC has been looking into holding rosary walks, movie nights, sledding outings, and attending daily Mass at St. Peter’s in Kenosha on Monday mornings at 8 am. Currently, the club is trying to work with the Kenosha Young Adult Catholics organization to hold monthly social events with young adults from the Kenosha and Racine areas. The club also has a major speaking event coming up towards the end of March or early April. If you are interested in joining the Catholic Newman Club or have any questions you can contact Steve Zambo by emailing him email@example.com.
Article by: Steven Niemi