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Monday, Dec. 3
12:10 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents "Missing from the Table: Why Long-Term Mass Attendees Stop Going (A Look at Mass Attendance in Australia)," a talk by Robert E. Dixon, director of the Pastoral Projects Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Maloney Hall, Room 302B. This lecture is part of the Life Cycle Institute's Brown Bag Lunch series. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

Wednesday, Dec. 5
6 p.m., the Office of the Dean of Students sponsors a planning session for the Unity Reception. Coming in January 2008, the event will provide an opportunity for multicultural and international students to connect with the diverse population of CUA. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 353. There will be free pizza. All students are welcome. For more information, contact Cynthia Eichele, program coordinator, at

Friday, Dec. 7
Last day of Classes.

2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "From Myth to Reason," by Charles Kahn, University of Pennsylvania. This lecture is part of the "Early Greek Philosophy: Reason at the Beginning of Philosophy" lecture series. Aquinas Hall, Auditorium. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean at 202-319-5259 or e-mail

5 p.m., Light the Season: CUA's Annual Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. See Announcements.

7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception present the 19th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity. This year's concert will benefit Providence Hospital's Perry Family Health Center. Upper Church of the National Shrine. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

Sunday, Dec. 9
7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Chamber Choir presents its Christmas concert as part of the "CUA in the City" series. Leo Nestor, Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music, will conduct. St. Peter's Church on Capitol Hill, 313 Second St., S.E., Washington, D.C. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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 Campus Ministry

Fair Trade Bazaar
On Monday, Dec. 3, there will be a Fair Trade Bazaar in the lobby of the Pryzbyla Center from 4 to 7 p.m. Stop by to purchase Christmas gifts and make a positive impact on the world. Fair trade specifically works with marginalized producers and workers to help them move from a position of vulnerability to security and economic self-sufficiency.

Advent Confessions
Advent confessions in the residence halls continue through Dec. 4. They will begin at 8 p.m. on the following nights:

  • Monday, Dec. 3 — Millennium North, Rev. Brad Heckathorne; Spellman, Rev. Robert Schlageter 
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4 — Flather, Rev. Andrew Santamauro

For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Advent Calendars for Sale
Campus Ministry's Advent Committee is selling Advent calendars in the Pryzbyla Center during lunch and dinner. Buy chocolate-filled Advent calendars for $3 and simple Advent calendars for $1. All proceeds will benefit the Northwest Center for needy pregnant women and mothers.  

Prepare for Christ’s Coming with Advent Adoration
The university community is invited to participate in Advent Adoration, a yearly tradition on campus. The Blessed Sacrament is being exposed daily following the 12:15 p.m. Mass in Caldwell Chapel through Friday, Dec. 14. Adoration will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays until 8 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays until 10 p.m., and Fridays until 5 p.m. 

CUA Giving Tree
Help children in the Brookland community have a wonderful Christmas. View the wish list at or pick an ornament on a Christmas Tree in the Pryzbyla Center and buy the gift indicated. All gifts can be brought to the Pryzbyla Center on Friday, Dec. 7, or to the Campus Ministry office by Monday, Dec. 10. Campus Ministry will provide shuttles to Target so that students can purchase gifts for this project on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m.

Pray Advent – Daily Online Reflections
Prayer and reflection are an essential part of preparing hearts for the coming of Christ. Campus Ministry will post student-written reflections every day during the season of Advent. They are brief and prayerful. Visit daily. They will continue until Christmas, so even when you are home, you can continue your preparations.

A Home is the Foundation: The Local and National Need for Affordable Housing
On Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m., Campus Ministry sponsors a talk on the affordable housing crisis the United States is facing. Guest speakers will be from SOME (So Others Might Eat) and Network: A National Catholic Social Lobby. Pizza and beverages will be served. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A.

Lessons and Carols
Campus Ministry's annual Advent celebration of Lessons and Carols will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 9 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel. The evening will include scripture and song.

Student Minister Info Sessions for 2008-09
Information sessions for students interested in applying to be student ministers during the 2008-09 academic year will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 9 p.m. in The House after the House Mass; Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Cellar; and on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m. in The House. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Saturday, Dec. 8, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be no university Masses on this day; please attend Mass at the Basilia. Mass times at the Basilica: 7 a.m. Crypt Church; 7:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Chapel; 8 a.m. Crypt Church; 8:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Chapel; 10 a.m. Crypt Church; Noon Upper Church; 3 p.m. Crypt Church; 5:30 p.m. Upper Church. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Second Annual Advent and Christmas Mass for University Faculty and Staff
The Second Annual Advent and Christmas Mass for university faculty and staff will take place on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel.  It is celebrated for all of the intentions of faculty and staff.  Campus Ministry is in need of a cantor and lectors. If you cantor or lector at your local parish and are interested in helping, please contact Jessica DePrizio at  

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Wednesday, Dec. 5
5:30 p.m., the women's basketball team hosts Goucher College. Raymond A. DuFour Center, Gymnasium.

7:30 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts Goucher College. DuFour Center, Gymnasium.

Friday, Dec. 7
6 p.m., the women's basketball team hosts the University of Mary Washington. DuFour Center, Gymnasium.

Saturday, Dec. 8
4 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts Carnegie Mellon University. DuFour Center, Gymnasium.

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, Dec. 15
8:30 a.m., the Alumni Association will take part in a wreath laying project at Arlington National Cemetery. See Announcements.

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Season's Greetings from CUA Dining Services
The CUA community is invited to the Christmas Luncheon in the Pryzbyla Center Food Court on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu will include: Herb roasted leg of lamb stuffed with pine nuts, sun dried tomato and roasted green pepper, maple glazed carrots, smoked white and green asparagus, cranberry wild rice and assorted desserts. Each meal includes a 22-ounce. beverage or egg nog for only $9.99. Cash, credit card, dining dollars or cardinal cash will be accepted. For more information, contact the Office of Dining Services at

Light the Season: CUA’s Annual Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting
Join your colleagues and friends on Friday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center for CUA’s annual Christmas tree lighting. The celebration will include refreshments, music and a visit from Santa Claus. CUA Christmas ornaments will be distributed. There will also be Christmas home movies. Interested in being a part of the CUA family home movie? To e-mail a Christmas photo submission (by noon on Monday, Dec. 3) or for more information, contact Emilie Wittenberg at

Wreath Laying at Arlington Cemetery
The Catholic University of America Alumni Association has been invited to assist in a wreath-laying project at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 15. For the 16th consecutive year, Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, is donating Maine balsam fir wreaths to be placed on the graves of American service members.

CUA has been assigned to Section 33. Only limited parking will be available in the Employees and Administration Building parking lots off King Drive so Metrorail is encouraged (Arlington Cemetery Station on the Blue Line). Section 33 is only a very short walk from the station.

A briefing of all volunteers will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the McClellan Gate Arch. For a complete schedule of events, visit, click locations, then click on Arlington Cemetery.

CUA alumni as well as students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register to take part, contact Brandon Romanchok in the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-319-5608.

Room Selection 2008
In Spring 2008, CUA students will have the opportunity to participate in the room selection lottery offered by the Office of Housing Services. Eligible participants will include current undergraduate and graduate students who reside on campus, undergraduates studying abroad during the spring semester, and rising seniors who participated in room selection last year but were not able to select a space during the lottery process.

The university requires all freshman and sophomore undergraduate students to live in campus housing. As is the case on most residential campuses, on-campus housing for junior and senior students is not automatically guaranteed and only a limited number of spaces is reserved for graduate students. Housing services also offers guidance to upper-class students and graduate students seeking off-campus residence. More information is available on the housing services Web site,, or by contacting housing services at or 202-319-5615.

Off-Campus Housing Listings Online
The Office of Housing Services and CPIT have worked together to create a Web-based listing of off-campus housing opportunities. This service not only enables our students, faculty, and staff to conveniently search for off-campus housing online, but also provides neighborhood landlords and apartment managers a dedicated venue in which to market their properties to the CUA community.

From the Off-Campus Housing Resource Center,, students can search listings, see listing locations depicted on Google maps and access the property basics including distance and travel time to CUA. By selecting a specific listing a student will receive detailed information regarding the property, as well as access to landlord information, directions to campus, and nearby Metrorail and bus stops. This resource is informative, visually appealing and easy to navigate. It is the first off-campus housing project at CUA enabling students to search online listings with this level of detail and convenience. Individual landlord listings and continued participation are subject to university approval. More information is available on the housing services Web site,, or by contacting housing services at or 202-319-5615.

Letterpress Exhibit on Display in the May Gallery
Rare Books and Special Collections and the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Printing History Association sponsor an exhibition of locally produced letterpress printing. The exhibition, on display through the end of the semester, is taking place in the May Gallery of the Mullen Library and illustrates the ongoing vitality of the craft of letterpress printing and the creative diversity of its practitioners. For more information, call 202-319-5090 or e-mail

T-Shirts for Tanzania
Associate Professor of Education Thomas Long continues to collect T-shirts for refugee children in Tanzania. This project, which began in August, will continue through the end of this calendar year. He is also accepting athletic equipment. Call Long at 202-319-5809 to have new or gently used items picked up and forwarded to the Brothers of Charity in Kigoma, Tanzania, or drop them off at O’Boyle Hall, Room 222.

Year-End Power Outages
The Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations announces that, while complying with Pepco’s high voltage testing and maintenance procedures, it has made every effort to schedule the university's annual outages during periods that will have the least impact on daily operations. The schedule below was developed after careful review of the university calendars and the electrical needs for the construction of Opus Hall. Thank you for your cooperation. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Tuesday Dec. 17, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Centennial Village
  • Tuesday Dec. 17, at 7 a.m., to Thursday, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m., Feeder #10, Ryan, Regan, Flather, St. Vincent's and the Health and Fitness Center. Note: Feeder will be down in order to splice cables for Opus Hall.
  • Sunday, Dec. 23, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Aquinas, Marist and Marist Annex
  • Wednesday, Dec. 26, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Feeder #20, Gowan, Nursing-Biology, McCort-Ward, Maloney, Mullen and Power Plant boilers
    7-10 a.m. only, Feeder #40, Pryzbyla Center, McGivney, Shahan, Conaty, Spalding and Spellman
  • Thursday, Dec. 27, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Feeder #30, Power Plant second floor, Crough, Pangborn, McMahon, Stucco, McCarthy, Feeder #50, Leahy, Caldwell, Ward, Curley, Salve Regina and Hartke
  • Friday, Dec. 28, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Hannan, Centennial Village, Millennium, Aquinas, Marist, Marist Annex, Law School, Pryzbyla Center and Opus Hall construction site
  • Monday Dec. 31, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Feeder #40, Pryzbyla Center, McGivney, Shahan, Conaty, Spalding and Spellman

For more information, contact the Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations at 202-319-5121.

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