Heart Speaks to Heart
Sacramento State Newman Catholic Community

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Scripture Calling for all Ministries: Matthew 25: 34-40 NAB

Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?' And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'

Family Programs
Pre-school through Jr. High.

The Newman Center provides a family approach to religious education. Our program takes place on the first and third Sundays of the month following the 9 a.m. mass from October through May. Families are expected to (by-and-large) attend 9 a.m. mass. The first Sunday of the month is Lesson Sunday; we break up into grade levels, from pre-school through Jr. High. Parents are expected to sit in on sessions with their children, Jr. High group excepted. There is an adult discussion group for parents of Jr. High students. On the third Sunday we gather for an intergenerational activity. Sacramental preparation sessions for children will be on the second Sunday of the month beginning in January.

For more information or to register contact Candy Pulliam at 916-813-5475 or cpulliam@lacooperativa.org.

High School Youth Ministry Program
Newman Catholic Community's High School Youth Ministry program is here to help continue the spiritual growth in the youth of our community. We meet 2-3 times every month on Sundays at 5:30 PM. The program runs until 7:15 PM and includes faith formation, activities/competitions, and dinner! Once they have finished with dinner they are invited to stay for 7:30pm Mass - if they have not already gone to Mass that day. This will allow them to see what waits for them when they travel away to college and they go looking for a college-based faith community.

The Newman Center, although primarily dedicated toward college students, has historically been a place to which high school students have also been attracted. Understanding the importance of ministering to this age group, the Newman Center decided a few years ago to cater to high school students as well. Since then, the program has flourished, as nearly 50 students are now registered!

Along with high school ministry we have a high school junior/senior training program that enables juniors and seniors to work on leadership skills and communication techniques. The reason for this training program is to have older teens held accountable for what they have learned in their years of high school and to relate these experiences to other teens. It allows them to not only talk about their faith but to walk and live it out each day as a mentor to teens. The training program takes place in the summer and checks in periodically throughout the year.

For more information or questions please contact Tony Cortese at 916-454-4188 ext 13 or by email: tcortese@sacnewman.org

Baptism Preparation
Sessions for Parents with Infants
We offer a three session process to prepare parents requesting infant baptism for their children. The first class is an overview of baptism and is a time to discern if this is the right time for the celebration of the sacrament. The second session helps to understand the elements of the sacrament. The third session takes place after the baptism and is a jump start on christian parenting. Sharing with other parents offers a great deal of support for young families and helps us to experience church.

For further information contact Deacon Joe and Patty Symkowick at 916-481-7857.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA program is for adults who are interested in becoming Catholic or for adults who have missed receiving Confirmation and/or Eucharist. The program meets on Sundays following the 10:30 mass, beginning in October and ending in the spring. Participants are expected to attend the 10:30 mass.

For more information contact Candy Pulliam at: 916-813-5475 or cpulliam@lacooperativa.org

Loaves and Fishes
Loaves and Fishes is a non-profit organization providing service in a spirit of love, hospitality, and generosity to all those who come for assistance. We serve each person with the knowledge that “as often as you did it for one of my least brothers and sisters, you did it for me.” Matthew 25:30

Each 3rd Saturday the Newman Catholic Community prepares the main dish called Casserole Ole and serves a full meal for the homeless and hungry guests. Any members of our community are welcome to come and help prepare and/or serve the meal from 8:00am to 12:30pm. Please join us!

John XXIII Society
The John XXIII Society is a study and discussion group that meets about once a month in the evening to discuss theology, Catholic Culture, Church history, and other issues facing the modern Church. We principally read and discuss Church documents, but we also periodically have guest speakers. Everyone is welcome.

For more information contact Brain Briggs at: bbriggs@stfrancishs.org or 916-456-7161

Just Faith
Just Faith is a thirty week process that is essentially an invitation to embrace and be transformed by the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church. It provides a lively and challenging opportunity to read, discuss, pray experience and be formed by Catholic Social Teaching and the Scriptures as they relate to the poor and vulnerable in our community, nation, and world. It is jointly sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Service.

This process involves weekly sessions, retreats, immersion (or “border-crossing”) experiences, prayer, guest speakers, videos, and much more. It changes lives, inspires faithful witness, and seeks to transform the world through love and service.

If you are interested contact Deacon Joe and Patty Symkowick at 916-481-7857.

Maryknoll Affiliates
Newman sponsors a chapter of the Maryknoll Affiliates. Maryknoll Affiliates, while continuing to pursue their own life’s journey, commit themselves to the mission goals of Maryknoll in the context of Chapters that gather for prayer, reflection and action. Maryknoll Affiliates challenge one another to witness to mission as a way of life by going beyond the borders, locally and globally, walking with the poor and excluded, and striving for peace and justice for all of God’s creation.

The Affiliate movement holds the four pillars of community, Spirituality, Global Vision, and Action as its guiding principle. We believe that he Spirit who guides us on our journey moves without boundaries and that God’s unconditional love is ever-present in all cultures and peoples. We believe that we must be in solidarity with the poor, oppressed and excluded persons of our world by taking actions for justice and peace, insisting that their voices be heard, and encouraging their fuller participation in the church and society.

We meet about seven times a year and share prayer and experiences of mission, mostly with Maryknoll missionaries. We have opportunities for immersion experiences and short-term missions with Maryknoll. We also engage in various peace and justice activities locally.

If you are interested contact Deacon Joe and Patty Symkowick at 916-481-7857.

Student Programs
The student programs at Newman are planned and hosted by the student leadership team. The team consists of approximately seven college students who work to make Newman an inviting and welcoming atmosphere for the college students and community members. Throughout the year the team will have different social events such as dinners, dances and community service activities. They also organize the Wednesday Night 6:30pm mass, dinner, and social/spiritual activity. Along with the Wednesday Night Activity, Student Programs includes Sunday Mass, Retreats, and representing the Catholic student population through Student Activities at Sacramento State. Also, the students spend evenings here studying, hanging out and creating a place that is comfortable for them and others. The center is open Monday thru Thursday, 9am-10pm, with wireless internet, TV, and food.

For more information please contact the Campus Minister, Maggie Kawasaki-Murray, at 916-454-4188 ext. 12 or kawasakim@sacnewman.org.

Lectors - Those participating in the lector ministry are called to proclaim the Word of God for Masses offered on Saturday, Sundays, Holy Days, and other special services throughout the Church year. The lector’s task is to reveal God’s presence in the liturgy of the living Word for our parish community. For one to become a Lector one must attend formal training, which will be offered twice a calendar year. Typically, two lectors are scheduled for each mass. Once scheduled, each lector is responsible for finding a substitute lector or contacting his/her partner lector if unable to serve at Mass. Schedules and other important information are relayed to lectors via mail, e-mail, by phone, and at church.

Eucharistic Ministers - A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person who has been trained and commissioned to distribute the “True Presence of Jesus Christ,” i.e. the ‘Consecrated Host,’ ‘Holy Communion,’ ‘Eucharist,’ to other parishioners during, and even outside of, Mass. Typically, Eucharistic Ministers can also distribute ‘Holy Communion’ to those in prison, or to those who are sick and unable or incapable of attending the Sacrifice of the Mass. For one to become a Eucharistic Minister one must attend formal training, which will be offered twice a calendar year.

If interested in either being a Lector or Eucharistic Minister contact Carissa Baltazar at 916-454-4188.

The music for Masses at the Newman Center is meant to be uplifting and a means of bringing the congregation closer to God and more involved in the Mass. We would love to have more involvement in the music program. The different options we will be offering will be presented more specifically once we are able to gauge the different kinds of musical talents people would like to bring and the level of interest in various possible aspects of music at Mass.

For further information please contact the Music Director, Amy Ridens at: 916-454-4188 or ridens22@yahoo.com.

Newman Lazarus Ministry
The Lazarus Ministry assists members of the Newman Community during times of illness, hospitalization or loss of a loved one. With Christ-centered caring, our focus is to be there for one another during such a family crisis with commitment of daily prayers, visits to the sick, emergency meals, and when reasonably possible, transportation assistance.

As a community of faith, we understand our call to be brothers and sisters in Christ through caring for each other.

For more information please contact the Co-chairs: Gerry Keane at 916-686-6896 or Rose Vasquez at 916-482-0179.

Family Promise
Family Promise of Sacramento is a nonprofit program designed specifically for homeless families to help them achieve self-sufficiency and regain a home for themselves and their children. These families receive counseling and training at a day center located near Loaves and Fishes, but evening shelter for the families is provided by a network of over 16 local congregations. We have recently joined this network as a “helper congregation” and have paired up with Fremont Presbyterian Church (which is a block away) to provide at least one meal to the families that are in the program during the weeks they spend at that host church (The families stay at each of the congregations for 1 week at a time, 3 or 4 times a year).

The work of Family Promise of Sacramento is inspired by faith, and they enthusiastically welcome supporters and volunteers from any faith and tradition. It is believed that the diversity of spirit and union of faiths offers an invaluable environment that helps these families reclaim their lives.

Deaf Ministry at Newman Catholic Community
The Catholic Deaf Community gathers for interpreted Mass every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. All are invited!
Other opportunities are available, including:
--Special events with Father Paul Zirimenya, deaf priest from San Francisco
--Religious education for children and adults
--Classes in basic ASL
--Specialized training for sign language interpreter

For more information, please contact: deafministry@diocese-sacramento.org

Young Adult Ministry
The Newman Catholic Community offers a ministry for post-undergraduate young adults aged 22-35 who are seeking spiritual development, faith formation and socializing. The program typically meets two times per month on Friday evenings at 7:00 PM. The evenings include potluck dinner (yes, bring a dish for everyone to share!) and faith sharing/formation. This ministry was developed recently to meet the demands of an ever-growing population in our community of young adults recent graduated from college seeking to share their faith with peers. The program is characterized by a commitment to open-minded dialogue in which every opinion is valued and respected.

For more information, please contact Tony Cortese @ 916-454-4188 ext 13 or by email: tcortese@sacnewman.org

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