Bishop Barber promotes comprehensive immigration reform

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 App is now available

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...

Paulist Visitation Open Forum

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

Newman Forum: Holy Mud

Newman Forum

Holy Mud

Dan Cawthon

Sun, March 19, 11:15am-12:15pm
in the Hecker Room

***   rescheduled   ***
for a
Fall 2017 Forum

As we celebrate our 50th year on the south side, come hear about Newman’s unique art and architecture from a spiritual perspective. Parishioner Dan Cawthon will present “HOLY MUD” – drawing on the biblical image of God forming Adam from the soil of the earth. The dust from which we are made – and which constitutes part of our very building – is alive with the Spirit of God. Newman’s sacred space reminds us that the earth forms us as spiritual beings. Mud is our spiritual home! For more info contact Deborah Tatto.


Kate Hennessy, Dorothy Day's Granddaughter on Dorothy Day - Sat, Mar 18 (7-9pm)

Kate Hennessy,
author of, "Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother"

Talk and book-signing

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 7-9pm
in the Lounge

Come hear about Dorothy Day,
social activist, non-violent peace activist, and co-founder of Catholic Work,
from someone who knew her well. 
Copies of the book will be available at the talk
or can be purchased from
Sagrada (4926 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-653-7196)