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February 14th – Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a time set aside to more fully align ourselves toward the Lord, through extra prayer, fasting, and works of charity.
We will celebrate Mass on campus at 12 noon in the Tabler Black Box. For those whose class or work schedule prevents attendance at Mass, we will have three prayer services that day:  3 PM5 PM, and 7 PM on the fifth floor of the Melville Library, N5560.

Ashes will be distributed at both the Mass and prayer services.  The ashes that we bless  are a  visible sign of a divine invitation: to turn (or re-turn) our lives more deeply towards a loving God who wants to embrace us and whose heart is waiting to welcome us back.  For this reason, priests will be available to hear confessions throughout the afternoon in our Catholic chapel, Melville Library Room N5573.

Plan to start your Lenten journey by joining us on Ash Wednesday. To learn more about it click here

Week of January 28th – February 4th

Sunday Mass – 5PM @ Tabler Black Box

Please join us for Mass this Sunday at 5 PM in the Tabler Arts Center, Black Box, with our chaplain, Fr Sean Magaldi.

Spread the word! You can be an evangelizer just by inviting your friends, suitemates, and others to our campus Mass.  As much as we try to advertise, there are still students who are unaware of our Catholic ministry on the SBU campus. Please pass the word on to them.

Newman Club is Back! Mondays at 7PM in Melville Library, N5560

The Newman Club at Stony Brook University is the student-run Catholic club made up of young adults who are committed to deepening their faith, serving others as Jesus taught, and forming a community with one another.
Our next meeting will be tomorrow Monday, January 29th at 7 PM on the fifth floor of the Melville Library, N5560.
Come see what we’re all about!

Tuesday Evening Mass 7:00pm – 7:30pm

Melville Library, N5560 

The first week of the semester is barely finished and many of us have already found ourselves back on the treadmill of stress and worry. Would it surprise you to know that Jesus doesn’t want you to live your life in a constant state of anxiety? He said, “It is my own peace that I give you . . . do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid” (John14:27).
Our 30-minute Tuesday evening candlelight Mass can help you to tap into that peace Jesus promised.  Connecting with Him is the greatest reminder of what (or rather Who) is most important in life. Afterwards you can return to your schoolwork refreshed and refocused.
If you have a little more time to spare, you are invited to stay for Adoration and the opportunity for confession afterwards.
Come experience the peace Jesus promised . . .

Small Groups

Think Small Groups aren’t for you?  Maybe you think you’re not holy enough, you don’t know enough about Scripture, you’re not that kind of person.
Not true!
Small Groups meet weekly in residence halls across campus to study the Bible, pray, and grow in fellowship together. It’s an opportunity to explore your spiritual side and form great friendships with like-minded students
At a huge state university, being part of a Small Group makes it possible to be known by others and learn more about how Jesus Christ can give meaning, joy and purpose to your life.

Small Groups will meet on campus this semester on Monday through Thursday evenings; join one on the day and time convenient for you.  For more information or to find a group near you, email Joanne Buonocore.  We will begin the week of February 5th.

Spring Break Mission Trip Fundraiser

Thursday, February 1st

2:30 PM – 4 PM

Melville 1st Floor Atrium, South Entrance

Support CCM students going on mission to West Virginia to repair substandard housing with Appalachia Service Project.  Students will be selling baked goods on the first floor of the Melville Library near the south entrance on Thursday, February 1st, from 2:30 PM – 4 PM.  Enjoy a sweet treat and do a good deed at the same time!

Intercampus Gathering

Friday, February 2nd

On Friday, February 2nd, Stony Brook CCM will host the first Intercampus Gathering of 2018! Newman students from Adelphi, Hofstra, and LIU Post will be joining us for an evening of prayer, food, and fun.
We’ll be starting off with a 7 PM Mass at St Patrick’s Church in Smithtown , followed by pizza and dessert in the gym.  All are welcome to participate in the fellowship activity of the evening — an intercampus volleyball game!
The evening is free and open to all students, however, we need you to RSVP so we know how many to expect.  Please email Joanne Buonocore if you’d like to attend.  And if you can help with our carpool by driving other students in your car, we’d appreciate it!
Join us each week for student-led group prayer in the chapel, Melville N5573.

From Our Chaplain

Fr Sean Magaldi will have office hours this Tuesday, January 30th, from 6 PM – 9 PM in the CCM offices on the 5th floor of the Melville Library, N5574.  Make this your semester to get to know Fr Sean!

Week of November 12th – November 19th

Sunday Mass — 5 PM

Join us for Mass at 5 PM in the Tabler Arts Center, Black Box, with our chaplain, Fr Sean Magaldi.
Our Second Sunday Social will follow immediately after Mass, this month featuring apple cider and sweet treats.  Please plan to stay awhile and become better acquainted with your Stony Brook Catholic community.

No Newman Club Meeting or Divine Mercy Prayer this Week . . . 

Due to the celebration of the Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner, we will not have a Newman Club GBM or our scheduled Divine Mercy prayer this week. But please join us for the next meeting on Monday, November 20th, at 7 PM on the 5th floor of the Melville Library, N5560.

From Our Chaplain . . . 

Fr Sean Magaldi will have office hours on Tuesday, November 14th, from 6 PM – 9 PM, in the CCM office, Melville, N5574.
Stop by and become better acquainted with your priest!

Spring Break Mission Trip – March 10-17, 2018

Wyoming County, West Virginia

What inspires students to spend their Spring Break serving the rural poor in Appalachia?  To live for a week without the luxuries and amenities of home?  Pope Francis said it best:
“Mission is at once a passion for Jesus and a passion for His people.”
Join CCM members in serving the people of Wyoming County, West Virginia, where more than 30% have an annual household income of less than $20,000 and only 9% have a college degree.  We will be performing emergency home repair in a variety of ways — fixing roofs and floors, digging drainage ditches, painting, siding — whatever the needs may be at the time.  Our Mission Trip will include morning and evening group prayer and reflection, as well as immersion in a lifestyle very different than our own.
For more information about our Appalachia Service Project Mission Trip, email Joanne Buonocore.  Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due by December 1st.  

 #TBT to our Newman Club Meetings

Project Sunshine: October 23rd

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Pictionary: October 30th

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Join the fun!  Relax, learn, serve, and take a break with like-minded students. The Newman Club meets Mondays at 7 PM on the fifth floor of the Melville Library, N5560.
Next meeting:  November 20th. All are welcome!

Week of October 29th – November 5th

Sunday Mass – 5PM @ Tabler Arts Center Black Box

Join us every Sunday for Mass. This week’s mass celebrant will be Fr. John Fitzgerald from St James Church in Setauket. Come join the community and be with us on Sundays!

This Wednesday is All Saints’ Day (A Holy Day of Obligation)

The Solemnity of All Saints celebrates those who have gone before us and are now with the Lord in heaven, those who are both “known” and “unknown”.  Saints who have Feast Days are “known”. Yet each of us has known saints in our lives that fall into the category of “unknown”. It may have been a parent, a sibling, a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, or merely someone with whom we came in contact at some point in time.  On this day we fondly remember all those who have personally inspired us to be better Christians and better people.  It is those “unknown” saints who have provided examples of how to live and love.
Two Opportunities for Mass on campus on the 5th floor of the Melville Library, N5560:
  • Tuesday, October 31st: Candlelight Mass at 7 PM
  • Wednesday, November 1st: Mass at 12 PM
Come pray with us and spread the word!

Midnight Run – Friday November 10th 

Leaving SBU at 6:30 PM

Stony Brook CCM students are preparing for this semester’s Midnight Run, our night of service to the homeless on the streets of NYC.  Even more essential than the food, clothing and toiletries, we bring Christ’s love and friendship to those who are going through a difficult time.  There are several different ways to assist with this effort:
1. Donate clothing.  We are looking for men’s casual clothing, especially hoodies, jeans, sweats, sneakers, backpacks, long-sleeve t-shirts and blankets.  Used is fine . . . clean and in good condition is a must.  And if you don’t have any clothing to share, perhaps you would consider donating a new package of men’s white crew socks or underwear (size M, L, or XL)?  Those are “staples” on any Midnight Run.  Clothing may be brought to our campus 5 PM Mass in the TAC Black Box this Sunday or the CCM office in the Melville Library, N5576, through Wednesday, November 8th.
2. Join us on Wednesday, November 8th, beginning at 3 PM in the Melville Library, N5560, as we prepare for the Run.  The sandwiches you make, the clothing you fold, and the toiletries you organize will be handed out to our homeless friends on our Midnight Run. What a beautiful work of mercy! Sign up to help by emailing Joanne Buonocore.
3. Take part in the Run.  We carpool to the diocesan office in Rockville Centre where we meet the Midnight Run van.  From there we load our supplies and take off for Manhattan, for an evening of service to our homeless brothers and sisters.  Because this is such a popular service trip and seating is limited, participation is by “lottery system”, aka “picking names out of a hat”!  If you’d like to put your name into the mix, please email Joanne Buonocore by Sunday, November 5th.  Also please indicate in that email if you have a car and would be able to drive student volunteers to Rockville Centre the evening of the Run.  If your name is drawn to participate in the Run, you will be notified by Monday, November 6th.
Here’s where you can learn more about Midnight Run.

Father Sean – Weekly Office Hours 

Fr Sean Magaldi will have office hours on Tuesday, October 31st, from 6 PM – 9 PM, in the CCM office, Melville Library, N5574.  Stop by and wish Fr Sean a Happy Halloween!  He’ll be glad to see you!

Week of October 22nd – October 29th

Thank you to everyone that joined us on retreat this past weekend! The weather was fantastic and the company was even better. With this year’s theme being ‘Be Not Afraid’, we learned to rejoice in the freedom of God’s love. We shall no longer see our inner feelings of fear as weaknesses, and we are now a stronger people.

Pictures to follow 🙂 We took so many on a lot of different phones

#TBT – Tuesday Night Mass

Every Tuesday @7pm in Melville Library Room N5560


Who couldn’t use some peace during the school week? Did you know that Fr Sean celebrates Mass on campus every Tuesday evening at 7 PM on the fifth floor of the Melville Library, N5560?  A weekday Mass is slightly different than our Sunday liturgy: it’s a little more laid-back and intimate, with students sitting on the carpeted floor and the room in darkness except for the candlelight.
The 30 minutes you “waste” with God at this Mass will relax and renew your spirit and energize you to return to work with clearer focus. Come experience the peace that only Christ can give.  Try it once and see if it isn’t true for you 🙂
And if you’re not in a hurry, we have a time of Eucharistic Adoration directly following Mass, as well as the opportunity for confession.

Service Opportunity – Little Flower Foster Care

Sunday October 29th 11:30 AM – 3 PM


It’s easy . . . if you’re active, play basketball in the gym alongside the resident youth.  If you’re artistic, help with the Halloween arts & crafts.  They will be thrilled to have your one-on-one attention for awhile.
Email Joanne Buonocore by this Wednesday, October 25th if you’d like to volunteer.  And if you can help drive your car in the carpool, we’d be appreciative!


CCM’s Help for the Homeless Clothing Drive

CCM could use your help as we prepare for our upcoming Midnight Run. We are seeking donations of men’s casual clothing to distribute to the homeless on the streets of NYC.
Most requested items?  Men’s hoodies, jeans, sweats, backpacks, sneakers, long-sleeve   t-shirts, and blankets.  Used is fine . . . clean and in good condition is a must.  Please only donate what you yourself would be happy to receive 🙂
And if you don’t have used clothing to share, would you consider donating a new package of men’s white crew socks or underwear (size M, L, or XL)?  Those are “staples” on any Midnight Run.
Clothing may be brought to the CCM office, Melville Library, N5576, or to the Tabler Arts Center, Black Box, during our Sunday 5 PM Mass.

Week of October 15th – October 22nd

#FlashbackSunday – Ask Father Jerry

  • What did you study in college?
  • When do you go to confession?
  • How did you choose between diocesan priesthood and a religious order?
  • How have you grown spiritually since becoming a priest?

These are just some of the questions posed to Fr Jerry Cestare at last Monday’s “Grill the Priest”, sponsored by the Newman Club. Fr Jerry told us his vocation story and spoke honestly about how he tried to “run” from God and the priesthood. One of the take-aways of the evening was his message that God doesn’t look for “perfect”– He calls each of us and wants to use us as we are. Fr Jerry answered every question with straightforward good humor; most students felt the evening gave them a better understanding of the priesthood and a deeper appreciation for Fr Jerry.

Newman Club Monday @7pm in Melville Library N5560

Join us this week for our weekly General Body Meeting. We are a student-run club committed to deepening our faith by serving others as Jesus taught and forming a friendly and accepting community.

Service Opportunity – Little Flower Foster Care Sunday October 29th 11:30AM – 3PM

Join us for an afternoon of Halloween arts & crafts and sports activities at Little Flower Foster Care in Wading River.  The residential youth are busy during the week with school and homework, but the weekends can sometimes drag.  The couple of hours we spend with them can break the monotony and add some joy to their day.

Email Joanne Buonocore if you’d like to volunteer.  And if you can help drive your car in the carpool, we’d be appreciative!

From Our Chaplain . . .

Fr Sean Magaldi will have office hours on Tuesday, October 17th, from 6 PM – 9 PM, in the CCM office, Melville Library, N5574. Stop by and get to know your chaplain!

Week of October 8th – October 15th

Sunday Mass — 5 PM

Join us for Mass this Sunday at 5 PM in the Tabler Arts Center, Black Box, with our celebrant,  Fr Sean Magaldi.
And since it’s the second Sunday of October, we’ll be having our monthly gathering after Mass.  Plan to stay afterwards for some sweet treats, apple cider, and good conversation.

Ask Father Jerry – Monday during Newman Club

Our next Newman Club meeting will be this Monday at 7pm on the 5th floor of the Melville Library N5560. Father Jerry will be joining us to answer any questions you have! Your questions will be written down on paper if you would like to ask questions anonymously. All respectful questions are welcome!

 #TBT – Commissioning Mass


Presenting some of the newest members of Stony Brook’s liturgical ministry team!  Students were blessed and commissioned at last Sunday’s Mass as lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, altar servers, sacristans, and members of the music ministry.  We are grateful for their witness and commitment to our Catholic community on campus and pray that they may joyfully fulfill their duties with integrity and responsibility.
We had a great time and just about every student completed a set of rosary beads to take home or give as a gift to someone.

#TBT – Newman Rosary Night

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A big thank you to to the Rosary Makers of St James Church in Setauket for being our guests at Monday evening’s Newman Club.  They donated all materials and supplies to us and patiently taught the art of rosary making.  Counting and stringing the beads was easy , but learning how to tie the knots was not!

A Warm Welcome to Cody Bobick, Seminarian

Please join us in welcoming Cody Bobick, a seminarian of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, to Stony Brook’s Catholic Campus Ministry.
A native of Wantagh, Cody attended Hofstra University, where he was involved with their Newman Club and Catholic Campus Ministry.  He entered the seminary right after college and has completed five years so far.  He is spending his pastoral year serving at Our Lady of the Snow Parish in Blue Point and will return to the seminary afterwards for a final year of study. He is hoping to be ordained to the priesthood in June 2019.
Cody is excited to have the opportunity to join our college ministry and form relationships with the students. We welcome him to our Stony Brook Catholic community!

Holy Hour 

The presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is central to our faith as Catholics. Time spent with the Lord in prayer and adoration is a unique moment to open our hearts to His grace in our lives.

There will be a Holy Hour on Friday, October 13th, at 7 PM, at St John the Baptist High School in West Islip.  Please plan to join in prayer and experience the power of His presence.

Father Sean Office Hours – Tuesday 6pm-9pm

Fr Sean Magaldi will have office hours on Tuesday, October 10th, from 6 PM – 9 PM, in the CCM office on the fifth floor of the Melville Library, N5574. Join the many students who stop by to chat every Tuesday.

Week of October 1st – October 8th

Sunday Mass – 5pm

As always, join us this Sunday at 5pm in the Tabler Black Box on the upper level of the Tabler Arts Center. We will be commissioning new liturgical ministers, lectors, eucharistic ministers, alter servers, sacristans, and members of the music ministry. during this mass.

Join us after mass for our “First” Sunday Social as a way of celebrating with our new members and rejoicing in the gift they give to our community.

Newman Club – Monday 10/2 at 7pm

Join us in the Melville Library Room N5560. We will be joined by the Rosary Makers of St James Church in Setauket, who will teach us how to make rosary beads.  All materials will be provided and by the end of the meeting, you’ll be able to take home your handmade rosary beads, along with instructions on how to pray with them. October is considered the Month of the Holy Rosary, so what more appropriate way to spend our Newman meeting! We look forward to seeing you there!

Help Island Harvest’s Hurricane Relief Efforts!!

As part of our campus’ hurricane relief efforts, a collection  box is located in the interfaith Center, on the fifth floor of the Melville Library — right outside of the CCM offices!  The University is partnering with the Medical School and Island Harvest, a food bank which will take care of transportation of supplies gathered.

Island Harvest has some very strict guidelines about what can and cannot be donated:Most Needed Items:

  • Pop-top ready to eat items
  • Baby cereals and baby foods in plastic containers
  • Shelf-stable/canned items such as peanut butter, tuna, chicken, beans, and soup (no glass containers)
  • Dried fruit, oatmeal, cereals, granola bars, rice, and pasta
  • Bottled water
  • Cleaning supplies such as bleach, non-bleach cleaners, and paper towels
  • Personal hygiene products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and deodorant

Please help our brothers and sisters suffering from these recent hurricanes.  If everyone on campus donated just one small item, we could fill several trucks! The collection box will be outside our office until October 10th.


#TBT – Room Blessings 


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Our annual room blessings this month brought us to Chapin, Tabler, H Quad, Mendelsohn, Toll, Kelly, Roosevelt, and West!  Thank you for welcoming CCM (and Jesus) into your homes!

Lord, surround this room with Your Holy Spirit and be with all who will live here this year.  Bless their studies with Your Spirit of Wisdom. Be their shelter when they are at home and walk with them when they are away.

May we welcome every guest with respect and kindness and may our door stand open to those who are in need.  May friends who come to us in times of trouble and sorrow find here a place of comfort and peace.

May the spirit of prayer be a frequent guest and welcome roommate. May the spirit of praise guide every task or deed performed here.  May all our comings and goings be under the seal of God’s loving care.

Week of September 24 – October 1st

Thank you to the generous students that woke up early last Saturday for our Bethel Hobbs Community Farm trip! The fruits and vegetables grown at the farm are donated to local food pantries, with 40,000 pounds of produce donated this year alone.

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Fall Retreat – October 20th – 22nd

The Catholic Campus Ministry’s fall retreat is scheduled for the weekend of October 20th-22nd at Blair Lodge in Putnam Valley, NY.  It is one of the best ways to spend a weekend!

The $50 all-inclusive retreat fee is due by Monday, October 9th.  We will be organizing a carpool for transportation to and from Blair Lodge.  Email Joanne Buonocore for more information or to reserve your spot.

Ministry Workshop Sunday September 24th

The mandatory workshop for new liturgical ministers will be held this Sunday in the Table Black Box.

Altar Servers and Sacristans will meet at 4pm

Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers will meet at 6pm

Upon completion of the workshop, all new liturgical ministers will be installed at our Commissioning Mass on October 1st and then added to the rotation schedule for the rest of the year.

Thank you to all who are volunteering and serving your Catholic Campus Community!

Father Sean Magaldi holds weekly office hours Tuesdays from 6-9pm in the CCM office on the fifth floor of the Melville Library room N5574. Join him this week to become better acquainted with your chaplain! 

Our weekday prayer and mass schedule is on the front page of this website. Join us this week for Divine Mercy, Tuesday night Mass, and Lectio Divina!

Fall Retreat October 20th-22nd!!

October 20th – 22nd
The semester began only three weeks ago, but many of us feel over-scheduled already!  We sometimes become so focused on calendars and activities, programs and tangible results, that we neglect our spiritual lives.
But busyness that is not rooted in God often becomes empty, frenetic activity.  We can restore balance by taking a step back, a slight retreat, and put God back where He belongs, at the center of everything.  And although we certainly don’t need to go elsewhere to hear God speaking to us, it is often easier to focus with less distractions competing for our attention.
CCM’s Fall Retreat is scheduled for the weekend of October 20th-22ndat Blair Lodge in Putnam Valley, NY.  Join us for this student-led retreat as we deepen our relationship with God and work on building a strong Catholic community with one another.
The $50, all-inclusive retreat fee is due by Monday, October 9th. We will be organizing a carpool for transportation to and from Blair Lodge.  Email Joanne Buonocore for more information.
We’d love for you to join us!