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As one of the largest Catholic student organizations at USC, we offer a variety of intellectual programs, service opportunities, and fellowship activities for you to participate in. When you participate and share your talents with us, you become an integral part of our Trojan Catholic Family tapestry.

Homeless Ministry

The USC homeless ministry provides students the opportunity to serve those on skid row. Students will meet at the CC in Newman Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and head directly to the St. Vincent de Paul Cardinal Manning Center. The group will head back to campus by 8:00 p.m. Contact Joseph via e-mail for more information.

Light up the Night

Join us this Thursday, March 22 as we go out on mission at USC. We’ll have praise and worship and adoration in the candlelit church from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. This is an amazing opportunity to grab a friend and spend time in prayer as a community. You don’t want to miss it! Please contact Carlos for more information. 

SCatholic Easter Egg Hunt

Join us on Saturday, March 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the CC courtyard for our annual SCatholic Easter egg hunt. It's a morning of family fun at the CC with games, crafts, snacks, photos with the Easter Bunny, and multiple Easter egg hunts! If you have an interest in volunteering at the event or are a family who has an interest in attending, contact Andrew via e-mail to find out how you can help this year!

Student Executive Board Applications

Do you want to serve God and the Catholic community at USC in a deeper way? Come learn about how to join the e-board at the Catholic Center! For more information or to submit your application, reach out to Rosie via e-mail.

Sunday SCupper

All are welcome to join for fellowship and a meal after the 5:30 p.m. mass every Sunday! We ask anyone with a USC ID to scan their card as you enter the line. If you do not have a USC ID card, no worries. We are happy to have you!

USC Live Stations of the Cross

On Good Friday, March 30 at 3:00 p.m., the CC will be holding a Live Stations of the Cross! If you remember from last year, this event is a procession from Tommy Trojan to the Catholic Center, where actors and prayer leaders guide us all in a reenactment of the Crucifixion. We are looking for volunteers to be actors and prayer leaders. If you feel called to take an active role in this, please contact Daniel by e-mail.

Letters to Pope Francis

In October 2018, Pope Francis is convening a meeting in Rome to discuss how the Church can better reach out to young adults like you. Tell Pope Francis your thoughts and what is in your heart through a letter. Deadline is Easter Sunday, April 1. If you type your letter, email it to Pope Francis. If you handwrite your letter, drop it off at the CC in Rosie's mailbox. Contact Rosie for more information.

Volunteers Needed for CC Young Adult Stations of The Cross

Be a part of the Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 23 at 6 p.m. in Our Savior Parish at USC. We need 14 undergrad, graduate or young professionals who will each take a station and write a 150 word reflection on how it mirrors, affects, or inspires their personal life. There will be a Soup SCupper in Newman Hall following the Stations. Contact Nora Morales for more information and to volunteer. 

ASB Salinas Clothing Drive

Looking for a way to give back and a reason to start your spring cleaning? Drop your gently-used clothing in the clothing drive bin in Smiles Café starting on Sunday, March 4. The Alternative Spring Break - Salinas team will bring the donations to Dorothy's Place, a Catholic worker organization that serves the homeless population by offering several different services, including a closet with clothes to take with them. Contact Angela for more information. 

Lent With The CC and Greenleaf!

Bring a friend to Greenleaf this Lent for Fr. Richard's pick – the Trojan Bowl! Order a Trojan Bowl for yourself and get one free! You must show the voucher found in our recent weekly bulletin. This offer is valid throughout Lent.

Fish Sandwich Fridays at Wahlburgers

Join us every Friday during Lent for free fries and a drink with the purchase of a delicious Haddock sandwich at Wahlburgers at the University Village! Stop by the CC to pick up your voucher. Limit one voucher per person, per visit. This offer will run from Friday, February 16 until Friday, March 30. See you at Wahlburgers!

SCatholic Youth Initiative

We are currently recruiting for the SCatholic Youth Initiative! The goal of this program is to strengthen the academic achievement and personal growth of at-risk, inner-city students. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Andrew.

Here We Are, Lord: Deciding Together In The Spirit

Join us for the 2018 spring discernment retreat on Saturday, April 7. Is there a decision you are trying to make? Are you wondering what God might be calling you to do with your life? Sr. Leanne Hubbard and the USC Sister Squad are leading this decision making retreat. Sr. Leanne will lead retreatants in a group discernment process to help us listen to the movements of God in our lives. Space is limited on this retreat, and we will accept reservations on a first come, first pay basis! There is a $5 donation. Contact Sr. Jenny via e-mail with any questions or concerns.

Holy Week Schedule

Please make note of the following Holy Week schedule:

  • Stations of the Cross: Every Friday during Lent
    6:00 p.m.

  • Extended Confession Time: March 19-23 and March 26-28 
    Before and after 5:30 p.m. Mass for one hour

  • Holy Thursday: March 29
    Mass: 8:00 p.m.
  • Good Friday: March 30
    Live Stations of the Cross: 3:00 p.m.
    Good Friday Service: 8:00 p.m. 
    Screening of Passion of the Christ: 10:00 p.m.

  • Easter Vigil: Saturday, March 31
    Mass: 8:00 p.m.

  • Easter Sunday: April 1
    Masses: 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Peter Adams: Inspirations from the Fourteen Stations of the Cross and Sacred Themes

Contemporary American artist Peter Adams (b. 1950 in Los Angeles, CA) focuses on en plein air landscapes and seascapes throughout California. His figurative and still-life paintings ranging in subject from indoor depictions of candlelit chapels, to close-ups of religious sculpture, imbued with vibrant and colored light, showcase his mastery over light and color. Adams received his training at Art Center College of Design, Otis Art Institute, Instituto de Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, and at the Lukits Academy of Fine Arts in Los Angeles. Since 1993, he has served as president of the historic California Art Club, established in 1909, and is one of the largest and most active professional arts organizations in the country. In 2012, Adams completed the Fourteen Stations of the Cross for Our Savior Parish and the USC Caruso Catholic Center. His upcoming exhibition, Peter Adams: Inspirations from the Fourteen Stations of the Cross and Sacred Themes, celebrates his involvement with the church and the university as well as showcasing the vision and studies behind the paintings of the fourteen stations. On Sunday, April 8, Peter Adams will meet and greet students while dessert is being served during Sunday Supper. Contact Ana with any questions. 

Please note that this exhibition will be on view from March 26 thru June 16, 2018. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, April 18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Reception schedule as follows: 

  • 5:30 p.m. - Mass
  • 6:00 p.m. - Cocktail reception
  • 6:30 p.m. - Artist presentation
Movie Night With A Jesuit

Come join us for our next movie night on Monday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the library! This time we will view the film Into Temptation. It is a moving story of a young priest in an urban parish who decides to help a woman who comes to him for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Unfortunately, she comes to Confession anonymously (behind the screen), and so part of his journey is to discover who she is before he can help her. Part detective story and part tribute to the servant heart of the priest, join us as we watch him struggle with both morality and his true identity. As always, we will discuss the spiritual and theological lessons of the film after viewing it! 

Theology on Tap - Demonic Possession & Exorcism

Movies about demonic possession and exorcism are both popular and abundant. Since the blockbuster release of The Exorcist in 1973, to The Conjuring, there is a fascination with the power of the Devil in our lives and our ability to confront and fight it. We portray priest exorcists as members of secret Vatican societies with the special mandate to keep the world safe from the encroaching power of evil. Is any of this realistic? What is the Catholic Church's tradition and teaching about possession, exorcism, and the defeat of Satan? Come and join Fr. Greg Vance, S.J. as he addresses these and other related topics at our March Theology on Tap on Thursday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m. in Newman Hall! Bring your questions and insights, and be ready for a lively discussion of these controversial issues just in time for Easter! Contact Ashley for more information. 

Ignite - Every Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

Ignite is a time for praise and worship and formation hosted by FOCUS in Newman Hall. Everyone is welcome. Come for a night of awesome music, a good talk, and friendship. 

Women's Silent Retreat

Attention, USC ladies! This is your chance to step away from the busy-ness of school and 'rest' with Jesus. During this silent retreat, you will have the opportunity to pray quietly with Jesus, meet with a spiritual director, and receive the sacraments. The retreat begins on Friday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m. and ends by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. Participants will meet at the CC, and we will transport them to the retreat center. Contact Sr. Jenny via e-mail with any questions or concerns. There is only room for 10 participants on this retreat. The first 10 who send in their payment will reserve their spot! 

Lourdes Pilgrimage

"The whole journey of life is a journey of preparation... to see, to feel, to understand the beauty of what lies ahead, of that homeland towards which we walk." -Pope Francis
The CC invites you on a journey of a lifetime in July 2018. Join us on this service pilgrimage to Lourdes. If you'd like your name added to the list of those who are interested, please fill out our USC 2018 Lourdes Pilgrimage interest form. Dates of the trip are July 5-15, 2018. Please contact Rosie if you have more questions.