Sacraments And Ministries

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SACRAMENTS & MINISTRIES

Our Newman Community expresses part of the fullness of our Catholic Christian identity in the Sacraments of the Church. As Christ instituted seven sacraments for:

"The mission of the Holy Spirit in the liturgy of the Church is to prepare the assembly to encounter Christ; to recall and manifest Christ to the faith of the assembly; to make the saving work of Christ present and active by his transforming power; and to make the gift of communion bear fruit in the Church." 
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1112

Newman is also a place where ministerial leadership within the Mass can be developed for the new leaders of our Church. Those who feel called by God to serve the Newman Community can contact Fr. Gerry to join a ministry.

 

SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASS

The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life."
 - Catechism of the Catholic Church #1324

Our Sunday College Mass is the key community gathering for the Newman Catholic Center. Students from Cal Poly and Cuesta College, as well as families from San Luis Obispo, come to our Sunday Mass. Mass is held at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel in the Newman Center. Mass starts at 6:00 PM every Sunday during the regular Cal Poly academic year. There is no Mass during the summer and academic holidays. All are welcome to join us for this celebration.

Weekday Mass at Newman is an integral part of our Newman prayer life. Students join together Monday throughThursday at 11:10 am to celebrate Mass. This celebration is a great way to meet others, but more importantly, to join in the mystery of Eucharist with other Catholics. Check our daily schedule to see if there is Mass.

After our weekday Mass, we normally provide soup and bread for free. Even if you can't come to Mass, stop by and grab a bite to eat.

 

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA)

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program is for adults who are interested in becoming Catholic or for those who were baptized Catholic but have not received instruction in the faith.  Please Contact Fr. Gerry if you are interested in participating in the 2016-2017 RCIA Program.

 

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

"Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit—his actions, his gifts, and his biddings—in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life."
 - Catechism of the Catholic Church #1309

CONFIRMATION PROGRAM dates TBD.

If you’re a Catholic who attends Sunday Mass regularly and who has already received the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion but have received the Sacrament of Confirmation, it’s TIME!

Please contact Fr. Gerry for more information and to express your interest.

 

SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament."
 - Catechism of the Catholic Church #1601

Newman offers Marriage Preparation for those who are preparing for the sacrament of Matrimony. Contact Fr. Gerry for more information. To learn more about Catholic marriages, go to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops website "For Your Marriage."
 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

"Conversion to Christ, the new birth of Baptism, the gift of the Holy Spirit and the Body and Blood of Christ received as food have made us 'holy and without blemish,' just as the Church herself, the Bride of Christ, is 'holy and without blemish.' Nevertheless the new life received in Christian initiation has not abolished the frailty and weakness of human nature, nor the inclination to sin that tradition calls concupiscence, which remains in the baptized such that with the help of the grace of Christ they may prove themselves in the struggle of Christian life. This is the struggle of conversion directed toward holiness and eternal life to which the Lord never ceases to call us."
- Catechism of the Catholic Church #1426

Fr. Gerry is available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation Monday through Thursday. If you would like, you can make an appointment. For more information contact Fr. Gerry.

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES

Involvement in our liturgical ministries enables students to learn, participate, and take leadership in our liturgies as Sacristans, Greeters / Ushers, Altar Servers, Musicians, Singers, Lectors, and Eucharistic Ministers. If God is calling you to one of these ministries, contact Fr. Gerry.

MUSIC MINISTRY

The Newman Music Ministry is a very active ministry within the Newman Community. The ministry helps with all Sunday Masses and other major liturgical celebrations. Our ministry includes singers, guitarists, pianists, drums, percussion, as well as other instruments. If you see God calling you to serve in this ministry, contact the Newman Center or see one of the Music Ministers after the Sunday Mass.