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Upcoming Events

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.

Theology on Tap: Mysticism and Modern Faith

David Albertson, associate professor of religion at USC, will present our final Theology on Tap of the year. His topic will be "Mysticism and Modern Faith." Come and explore some of the depth of spiritual experiences that you can have in your faith life, based on the wonderful traditions of holy women and men of our history! It’s on Tuesday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m. at Rock and Reilly's in the USC Village. All are welcome, and you don't want to miss it! There will be free food and drinks, but you must be 21 or older to drink. Contact Fr. Greg with any questions. Also, make sure you RSVP to the Facebook event if you are coming. We hope to see you there!

Mass in the Extraordinary Form

We are replacing our regular 9:00 p.m. mass with mass in the extraordinary form on Sunday, March 31. What does this mean? In the Roman Catholic Church, you can celebrate the Latin rite of the mass in one of two forms: the ordinary form, which you normally celebrate in the vernacular of the region, and the extraordinary form, which most easily distinguishes itself because of its use of Latin. Have more questions about Latin mass? Visit the Sancta Missa website for more information. Is anything required before attending mass in the extraordinary form? No! What does mass in the extraordinary form mean? Watch our video to find out more. Contact David via email with questions regarding this event.

Young Adult Stations of the Cross

On Friday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m., the CC will be hosting a Young Adult Stations of the Cross for you all, and we need your help! We need 14 students (undergrad or grad) or young professionals who will each take a station, and write a 150 word reflection on how that station mirrors, affects, or inspires their personal life. There will be a homemade SCupper in Newman Hall following the stations. Please contact David for more information and to volunteer. The deadline to submit reflections is Monday, April 3.

Lenten Small Groups

This Lent, we want to offer students the opportunity to grow in community with one another by meeting once a week in a small group, to pray for one another, support each other, and to learn more about the season of Lent. Our amazing Campus Ministry team has even created original Lenten reflection material for groups to study together. These groups consist of three or more individuals that meet once a week. We have groups for freshmen, men, women, grad students, Greek life, athletes, and more! Find a group that fits you by stopping by the welcome table after Mass, reaching out to any of our campus ministers by email, or sign up using our registration form.

CRS Rice Bowl

Join our parish community and more than 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your CRS Rice Bowl anytime throughout Lent at the CC front desk. During the 40 days of Lent, as companions on the journey, we will encounter our neighbor. This is a great opportunity to give back/give alms this Lenten season. If you have questions, please contact Tia.

Paschal Triduum & Easter 2019 Liturgy Schedule

We invite you to join us for our holiday services.

  • Holy Thursday - April 18, 2019 - Mass at 8:00 p.m.
  • Good Friday - April 19, 2019
    • Live Stations of the Cross at 3:00 p.m.
    • Service at 8:00 p.m.
    • Screening of the Passion of the Christ at 10:00 p.m.
  • Easter Vigil - April 20, 2019 - Mass at 8:00 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday - April 21, 2019 - Mass at 10:00 a.m. and noon

Savior Series

God does not want less for you, He wants more. Join us for our Savior Series on less. In this series, we will explore how God is pursuing you relentlessly to rid your life of fear and shame. All are welcome for an evening of praise and worship, inspired word by impactful speakers, and traditional and contemporary prayer that will inspire you to center your life on Christ.

Speaker lineup:

  • Relentless with Katie Prejean McGrady - March 21 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Fearless with Tricia Tembreull - March 28 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Shameless with David Calavitta - Lenten Reconciliation Service - April 4 at 7:00 p.m.

If you have any questions about these events please email Tricia.

Graduating Students Information

You will want to mark your calendars with the following events for our graduating students:

  • Graduating Students Blessing at the Mass on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at all of the Masses.
  • Graduating Students Mass & Reception on Thursday, May 8, 2019. Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. Bring your parents and/or a friend to celebrate your accomplishments! Wear your graduation robes and sashes! Tickets are $10/non-students. Other students and 2019 USC Graduates are free but still must RSVP by reserving tickets. You can reserve your tickets online.
  • USC Baccalaureate Ceremony at Bovard and Dinner at USC on Thursday, May 8, 2019. We will have the Baccalaureate Ceremony at Bovard at 4:00 p.m. The Baccalaureate Dinner will be at USC at 6:00 p.m. For information and to RSVP to this event, contact Anthony.

When you buy your USC graduation sash, look for the USC Caruso Catholic Center emblem! You can represent the Catholic Center when you graduate! If you have questions about any of these events, please contact Rosie.

Sr. Helen Prejean at the CC

Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, will be joining us on Monday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m.! You don’t want to miss it. 

Sister Helen is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty. She’s been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on capital punishment, and in shaping the Catholic Church’s new vigorous opposition to all executions. Her book, Dead Man Walking inspired the Academy Award winning movie of the same name, starring Susan Sarandon & Sean Penn. Sr. Helen has an amazing story to tell and all are welcome to attend. If you have questions, please contact Anthony for more info! 

Catholic Success Coach

We have a new Catholic success coach at the CC, and her name is Kim Dalius! She will be leading three types of free programs with us beginning in spring of 2019:

  • One on Ones: Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:00–8:00 p.m., Kim will be meeting with students (by appointment only) to talk through any success coaching they might need.
  • Small Group: Every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. at the Catholic Center. There will be many topics, such as stress management, goal setting, and building self-esteem.
  • Coaches Corner: Do your friends come to you seeking advice on relationship issues? Do you notice that your friends are not eating right, not sleeping, and stressed out? Do you want to help them? Join us for Coaches Corner every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. to learn some skills on success coaching.

Please note that these services are for USC students only. For more information on any of these programs, please contact Kim via email. To sign up for any of the programs, visit this website.

Blessed Brunch

Join us on Sunday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. in the CC library! This is an opportunity for all female students to gather for a monthly brunch as part of Blessed is She. Bring with you an empty stomach, an open heart, your bible, and a desire for female sisterhood. The rest God will provide.

Never heard of Blessed is She?

Blessed is She is a Catholic women’s community committed to deepening a life of prayer starting with daily scripture devotionals and supportive sisterhood. We begin with the word of God and grow as sisters as we share our hearts. Please contact Tricia via email with any questions about this event. 

Future Dates: April 28.

Homeless Ministry

USC homeless ministry provides students the opportunity to serve those who are without homes on Skid Row through empowering outreach. Students will meet in Newman Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and head directly to the St. Vincent de Paul Cardinal Manning Center. Students will get to know the homeless through packing sack lunches, serving dinner, and bringing encouragement and friendship to patrons at the CMC. The group will head back to campus by 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact Joseph via email.

Busy Trojans Lenten Retreat

Attention, Trojans! We know how busy your life can be! This Lent, the USC Caruso Catholic Center is offering a directed retreat specially tailored to fit your busy schedules--the Busy Trojan's Lenten retreat. This is a retreat that will help you spend time with God during this important liturgical season.

The Busy Trojans Retreat will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 6 and end Sunday, April 28. 

Each week you will have an opportunity to meet with your spiritual director -- a priest, brother, sister, or other Catholic layperson trained to offer such direction -- for 30-60 minutes. You can meet in person or via video chat. Your spiritual director is a person who will walk with you through the Word, listening with you for the movement of the Holy Spirit and where the Spirit is leading you as you come to know God more intimately. 

In addition to the meeting with your director, we also ask that you devote 30 minutes or more in personal prayer each day and, as your schedule permits, attend Mass on weekdays at 12:10 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. at the USC Caruso Catholic Center.

Please complete and submit the registration form on or before Sunday, March 9 to reserve your spot on the 2019 Busy Trojan's Lenten Retreat. Know that spots for this retreat are limited and they will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

There is no fee for this retreat. Have questions? Contact Sr. Kathy by email.