Newman Center Catholic Community at UCSD
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.
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.
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.
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.