Engaged couples should contact the parish at least six months before their expected wedding date.  Request and turn in at the front desk a Wedding Request Form (if you plan to have your wedding at Newman-Holy Spirit) or a Request for Assistance with Marriage Preparation or Paperwork (if you plan to have your wedding elsewhere).  Fr. Ivan, Fr. Paul, or Fr. Steve will then contact and work with you.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Fr. Ivan.

In addition to meeting with a priest, couples are required to attend a marriage preparation class. Newman-Holy Spirit Marriage prep workshops are held on two consecutive Saturdays in October and in March. Please check with the front desk for registration forms and specific dates and times.

After couples have met with a priest and decided upon a wedding date, they may meet with Colleen Lenord, our Director of Music and Liturgy. Colleen is very experienced in preparing wedding liturgies and she is happy to assist you in creating a celebration that reflects your faith life and your relationship to each other. We also have a wedding coordinator that can advise you on matters related to flowers, banners, candles, and the like.


The Sacrament of Baptism is the sacrament that brings one into the life of the Church and access to other sacraments.  We celebrate baptism for infant throughout the year except during the Season of Lent, when the parish is preparing for either the renewal of baptismal promises or baptism.

Please drop off a Baptism Request Form at the front desk and one of the priests will contact you.

If you have been asked to be a Godparent, please fill out and drop off Godparent Preparation Request Form at the front desk and we will assist with the preparation for being a godparent.

If you are an adult seeking baptism, you will want to participate in a process called the RCIA, where the parish accompanies you in a process to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.  Please contact our RCIA Director, Dan Cawthon.

If you have a child 7 or older seeking baptism, that child will also want to participate in the RCIA adapted for children.  Please contact our Faith Formation Director, Frances Rojek (510-848-7812 x1004)


The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at Newman on Saturdays from 3:30-4:30 pm or by appointment.   For appointment, just contact any of the priests.  When CAL classes are in session during the Fall and Spring Semesters, the sacrament is also available Thursdays from 8-9 pm.  We also offer a communal celebration of the Sacrament during Advent and Lent. 

Children and teens prepare for their First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation through our Sunday Religious Education program. For more information, please contact Frances Rojek, our Director of Faith Formation. Click here for our First Communion Calendar.

Adults prepare for the sacraments through our RCIA program. The Newman community celebrates adult baptisms and reception into the Church (First Communion and Confirmation) at Easter. For more information, please email Dan Cawthon at

Adult Confirmation

Catholic but never Confirmed?  the Sacrament will be celebrated here on April 19th.  to prepare: Classes with Fr. Paul - Wednesdays at 8 pm beginning on January 24th.

Contact Fr. Paul to express interest at   He will send you a reminder in January.  Meanwhile, while you are home over break, get a copy of your baptism certificate.