Newman Center Catholic Community at UCSD

Psalm 133

1 How good and pleasant it is
     when God’s people live together in unity!
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
     were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
     even life forevermore.

For the past 15 years we have shared our space with the Newman Center. Eight years ago the priests of both communities began forming a relationship that led us into conversations about how we could share our services and fellowship.
“At our joint Advent choral service with the Newman Center we raised our voices in song, celebrating the birth of Jesus and feeling a sense of community and love.”

The first joint worship service with the Newman Center was when we combined choirs for Lessons and Carols (which was called the Advent Choral Celebration). This is now a popular tradition in both congregations.

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The two links below have samples of the music sung at this celebration.

You can hear a modern setting of the traditional Latin carol Gaudete sung at this event here:
You can hear our performance of the Gospel standard Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child here:

From there both communities started to open their hearts to each other and a stronger bond began to emerge. The two communities worship jointly at Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. We invite each other to other worship services such as Taize and Stations of the Cross.

pic 11 newmanMore recently, we have been exploring opportunities to create outreach projects that reach out to both communities.

This relationship is important to the members of Good Sam. In the parish survey, 87% of Good Samaritans agreed with the statement, “Shared fellowship and activities with the Newman Community contribute significantly to who we are at Good Samaritan”.

The Dominican priests at the Newman Center have gone out of their way to accept our female associate as a peer. Joint services with the Newman Center have always featured the full acceptance and participation of female Episcopalian clergy.

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