With great sadness, CAL rugby player and Newman parishioner, Robert Paylor, suffered a spinal injury at CAL's rugby national championship game. His injury paralyzed his lower body with limited motion in his arms. With an uncertain future and a long and difficult journey ahead for Robert, we send him our prayers.
"I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day." - Abraham Lincoln
"Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference." - Max Lucado
Prayer for Robert
You invite all who are burdened to come to you. We thank You for being with Robert through thick and thin, in the best of times and in the most challenging of times. You are our rock, our fortress, our everything. You never forsake us. With You, we discover complete serenity.
Allow Your healing Hand to touch Robert. Touch his soul with Your compassion; touch his heart with Your courage and infinite Love for all; and touch his mind with Your Wisdom.
Most loving Heart of Jesus, bring health in Robert's body and spirit that he may serve You with all his strength. In Your mercy, gently heal this precious life which you have created, now and forever.
We have a Catholic duty to have a preferential option for the poor and one of the greatest poor today are refugees and those fleeing oppression to seek safety and shelter and a decent living. Our local ordinary, Bishop Michael Barber, SJ, is a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform for our country so we can better live up to our Christian values. And in this age of fear of the outsider, he reminds us we are all brothers and sisters with the Blessed Virgin Mary as our protectress and mother. He has asked our diocesan parishes and offices to do what we can to protect our most vulnerable brothers and sisters at this time. Please read the attach article to learn about some of the things he is promoting to address this most important issue.
Every once in a while, you can catch our bishop at People's Park with JC Orton and his volunteers (many of them are Newman parishioners) serving breakfast early Sunday morning. He is truly walking in the footsteps of his Jesuit brother, Pope Francis.
Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish now has a mobile app for Android and Apple cellphones. Go to your App Store and download the "Newman Hall" app. It's a great way to stay connected with the happenings around the parish and to stay in contact with your parish groups. This app platform was originally created for businesses and AppZocial is now exploring its value in the church environment. If you have any feedback, please forward them to Fr. Ivan.
Meet you on the Newman App...
after the 7:30am and 10am Mass this Sunday
Every 4 years or so, Paulists leadership sends delegates to check in our our various ministry locations. This is an opportunity to do some self-reflection, evaluating how things are going and how we are progressing in living out the Paulist mission. Fr. Eric Andrews, Paulist president, and Fr. Gil Martinez, pastor of St. Paul the Apostle (NYC), will be here March 18-19.
They will be available after most of the Masses if you have any feedback for them. We will have two open forums after this week's 7:30am and 10am Masses, if you'd like to share as a community, your joys and/or your concerns about the parish. The Paulist Visitation provides the Paulist Fathers a sense of the state of Paulist ministry at Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish and feedback to the local Paulists concerning what's working and where are areas for improvement.
The unexamined life is not worth living - Socrates