About the Newman Center
St. Paul’s Newman Center: As a Catholic Community of Christian disciples filled with gratitude and the Holy Spirit, St. Paul’s Newman Center celebrates and lives the Sacraments. We bring the Gospel to the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Wyoming through vibrant liturgies, hospitality, authentic stewardship, education, formation, empowerment, and support.
Diocese of Cheyenne Mission Statement: We the Catholic community in the State of Wyoming, proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, celebrate the sacrament of salvation, and invite people into a personal relationship with Christ, through prayer, worship, and service of God and neighbor. Proclaim. Celebrate. Invite. To learn more about the Diocese of Cheyenne, please visit their website by clicking here.
While our parish exists to serve the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Wyoming, we also have a thriving residential community. In addition to our student members, we currently have about 500 resident family members and are a full sacramental parish. Our goal is to integrate these two communities so that every resident member has a personal relationship with a college student, and every college student can feel like St. Paul’s Newman Center is their home parish.
Frequently asked Questions
Where is the tabernacle?
Our Blessed Sacrament chapel is located in the northwest corner of the worship space. Look for the hanging sanctuary lamp and it will guide you. This is where we keep the Most Holy Body and where all are welcome to pray with the Blessed Sacrament.
Why do we use substantial bread?
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal instructs us that the bread for celebrating the Eucharist should be recently made and resemble food. Here at the Newman Center we teach community members how to prepare the bread for our Eucharist celebration at the Table. This bread, by the invocation of God’s Spirit and the prayer of the community, becomes for us the Body of Christ.
Why do people stand during the Communion Procession?
We stand until the last person has received the Eucharist to be the outward symbol of unity between our God and each other that communion represents. In keeping with the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, after the procession we allow time for personal prayer and reflection.
I‘m considering becoming Catholic – how do I get started?
You will be interested in our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program. You can find more information on our Education and Formation page, but a good first step would be to contact Anthony Allen, our Director of Pastoral Ministry.
I want to be married in the Catholic Church – how do I initiate that process?
The first step is to contact Fr. Rob and let him know that you are engaged and would like to start the marriage preparation process. We offer marriage prep in both the fall and the spring. It begins with a meeting between the couple and Fr. Rob and is followed by general sessions for all couples in the marriage prep process, meetings with a mentor couple, a day-long retreat entitled “God’s Plan for the Joy-Filled Marriage”, and a course on Natural Family Planning. Please email Fr. Rob to begin this process or with any questions.
Where are you located?
For the convenience of our students, we are located on Grand Avenue –
right across from the University residence halls between 18th and 19th streets.
When is liturgy?
During the school year, we offer four liturgies on the weekend:
Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m.
Please note that over Christmas break and during the summer we do not celebrate
the Sunday 5:00 p.m. liturgy.
We also offer daily liturgy, Monday-Friday at 5:00 p.m.
Please note that Fridays are typically Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion instead of Mass.
When do you offer reconciliation?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation can be celebrated every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. When the University of Wyoming is in session, we also celebrate Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. If neither of these times work with your schedule, you can also make an appointment with Fr. Rob.
What are the parish office hours?
The office is open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. We typically do not close over the lunch hour, so feel free to stop in! However, please be advised that if you’re hoping to meet with someone, it is best to call ahead and make an appointment.
I have worshiped at the Newman Center and want to become a registered member of the parish, how do I do that?
It’s easy! Simply click the button that says “Register Now” to download our registration form. From there, you can fill it out on your computer and email it to us. Or you can print the form and put it in the collection basket the next time you’re at Liturgy. Having computer issues? Simply stop by the office! We would love to meet you in person and have forms available for you to fill out.