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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 Resumes in January

USC Homeless Ministry, which provides students the opportunity to serve those who are without homes on Skid Row through empowering outreach, will resume on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. 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. The group will head back to campus by 8:00 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Joseph via email.

#SuiteAdvent Contest

How are you spending this Advent season? Let us know what you’re up to this month using the hashtag #SuiteAdvent to enter to win suite tickets for you and a friend to a Lakers game with Fr. Richard at the Staples Center! We will pick a winner on Monday, December 24!

Official Contest Rules:

  • How to enter: Share a picture of how you’re preparing for Christmas this Advent season on either Facebook, Instagram, or your Instagram story. Tag @USCCarusoCatholicCenter or @Catholic_Trojan, and use the #SuiteAdvent somewhere in your post. 
  • You must be USC student to win. Your guest must be USC student or family member. 
  • Each post counts as 1 entry.
  • There is no limit to the number of times you can enter.
Detention Ministry

On the first Sunday of every month, we will meet at the Catholic Center at 7:00 a.m. to carpool to a local juvenile detention facility where we will have a faith-sharing session with those in the facility. You must be 21 or older to volunteer. Contact Anthony to learn how to get involved!

Winter Break Daily Liturgy Schedule

Beginning December 10, we will have a revised daily liturgy schedule due to the USC winter recess:

  • December 10–14: 12:10 p.m. Daily Mass, No Adoration/Confession, No 5:30 p.m. Daily Mass
  • December 17–21: 12:10 p.m. Daily Mass, No Adoration/Confession, No 5:30 p.m. Daily Mass
  • December 25–28: Offices Closed - No Daily Mass
  • January 2–4: 12:10 p.m. Daily Mass, No Adoration/Confession, No 5:30 p.m. Daily Mass
Spiritual Gifts Workshop

What am I called to do with the gifts that God has given me? How am I to use these gifts in my profession, in the Church and the world?

Knowing your spiritual gifts can help you know God’s will for your life. If you are wondering, “What do you want me to do Lord?” you will want to discover your spiritual gifts. God is calling you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do. Discern your charisms (spiritual gifts) and begin to discern God’s call. Come and discover these charisms in you!

Join us the for a one day retreat on Saturday, February 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost is $10. 

For more questions, please email Fr. Greg.

Spring Silent Retreat

In our prayer lives, do we spend too much time talking to God, as though by multiplication of words we could attract God's attention to our prayers? How often do we quiet ourselves and really try and let God speak to us? This Silent Retreat, beginning on Friday March 29 and ending on Sunday March 31, is your opportunity to listen for God's voice in your heart and life. Students who have made this retreat in the past enter the experience with a lot of nervous energy, but by the end of the weekend, they all are craving more silence in their lives! You will be given plenty of opportunity to relax and sleep, as well as to speak with an individual Spiritual Director, who will help you tailor the experience to your unique needs. Don't let the fear of not talking keep you from this amazing experience of sacred silence! Note that we will be leaving from Long Beach on Friday morning, in order to travel to USC's beautiful facility on Catalina Island! Prices: early bird - before February 28 $50, March 1, $75. Have questions? Please email Fr. Greg.

2019 Catholic Trojan Retreat

We invite you to come reestablish relationships, relax your body, rejuvenate your spirit, and renew your mind at the Catholic Trojan Retreat on January 25–27, 2019, at the beautiful and historic Mission San Luis Rey Retreat Center in Oceanside. Make the Catholic Trojan Retreat an annual event for you throughout your years at USC. This year’s Catholic Trojan Retreat II will be full of mystery, surprises, and amazing encounters with Christ.

If you have any questions about this retreat, please email Tricia. You may also sign up by visiting our Upcoming Retreats page.

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.

Give Back to the CC with Amazon Smile!

The Catholic Center is officially a recognized non-profit on Amazon Smile! What does that mean? When you go to smile.amazon.com and select Our Savior Parish, USC Caruso Catholic Center as your non-profit of choice, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the CC!

Blessed Brunch

Ever 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. We believe in beauty pointing toward the divine, and we strive to live a eucharistic life.

At USC Caruso Catholic Center, we want to offer the female students an opportunity to gather for a monthly blessed brunch. A blessed brunch is a simple brunch that will be after the 10:00 a.m. mass at Our Savior in the library. Bring with you an empty stomach, an open heart, your bible, and a desire for female sisterhood. The rest God will provide.

For questions, please contact Tricia Tembreull.

Future Dates:
January 20, February 24, March 24, and April 28.

Catholic Success Coach Opportunity

a path in the woods dividing into two pathsWhat is a success coach? Catholic success coaching is a profession that is profoundly different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling. The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions in the person's personal life, relationships, or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be.

Topics for discussion in life coaching include:

  • Confidence, self worth, and self esteem
  • Loving relationships that work
  • Changing your major 
  • Time management 
  • Self care and meeting your own needs
  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Managing grief, loss, sadness, and change

Our new Catholic success coach is Kim Dalius. We will be approaching life coaching with three different programs:

  • One on Ones - Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:00 to 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. in conference room #210 (2nd floor) at the Catholic Center. Topics such as stress management, goal setting, and building self esteem will be up for discussion. 
  • 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. in conference room #210 (2nd floor) to learn some skills on success coaching! 

For more information on any of these programs or to sign up, please contact Kim via email. To sign up for the small group or the one-on-one meeting, please go to the mental minutes website and click appointments on the top right, followed by clicking on student appointments.

These programs will begin the week of January 14, 2019. To sign-up for the small group or the one-on-one meeting, please go to our MentalMinutes website.

Call for Submissions

The USC Caruso Catholic Center, in partnership with Art Division, presents Virgen de Guadalupe, an exhibition whose theme offers an excellent opportunity to engage with the USC community in a dialogue around the sacred and iconic image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The group show aims to not only celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe, but also explore the Virgin of Guadalupe's imagery and cultural significance through a contemporary lens. 

The USC Caruso Catholic Center is seeking submissions for this upcoming exhibit. Acceptable formats include:

  • painting
  • drawing
  • printmaking
  • photography
  • mixed media
  • any work that can hang

Maximum measurements should fit a 22 x 28 frame. Please email a digital image and short description for submission by Friday, December 21, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Please deliver any accepted physical works to the USC Catholic Center (844 W 32nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90007) by Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. If you would like to submit a piece of art or if you have additional questions, please email Carlo Tuason.

USC Catholic Women's Residence

We are currently accepting applications for the USC Catholic Women's Residence for 2019-2020. The Catholic Center and the Order of the Company of Mary direct a residence for Catholic women. The location of the house is 2634 Monmouth Ave., Los Angeles. It is approximately a ten-minute walk from the USC campus.

The mission of the intentional community is to provide an environment where young women from the USC Caruso Catholic Center can:

  • Experience community living with other women who have Catholic values.
  • Grow in their Catholic faith.
  • Discern God's will in their lives.

Monthly rent will be around $900. Rent covers utilities and the internet. If you have an interest in receiving more information, please fill out the USC Catholic Women's Residence interest form. If you have additional questions, please contact Rosie.

Small Group Sign Ups

A small group is a group of three or more people who gather each week in a dorm, at the Catholic Center, or on campus. Find a group that fits you by sending an email to Anna Marie Healy, or stop by the welcome tent after Mass!

SEEK 2019

SEEK is a five-day event from January 3-7 in Indianapolis where people of all faith journeys gather to ask the big questions about life, love, and how to discover true happiness. It is the largest Catholic conference in the nation featuring the best Catholic speakers of our time. Come with the USC Catholic Center to encounter something more. For more information, visit the SEEK 2019 website. Scholarships are available for this conference. Please contact Patrick Tavelli via email for more information.