The Newman Center Catholic Community at UCSD is a Catholic Church in La Jolla that serves undergraduate and graduate students, faculty/staff, and alumni of the University of California, San Diego, as well as, others who value and support our Mission. We are located near the UCSD campus at 4321 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121. Join us, all are welcome!
Beginning July 1 the 6:30pm Sunday Mass will be suspended until further notice. This is due to the fact that many of our residents are prudently following the CDC guidelines for high risk individuals and are staying home, our student population is not present as many of the Summer Session classes are online, and the Summer visitors are low because of the travel restrictions and the need for reservations. We anticipate the suspension to last through August 31, though we will re-visit the matter if the need arises.
In-Person (By Reservation)
To attend Mass in-person, a reservation is required. Reservation requests will be accepted from Monday at 8am through Friday at noon of the week prior to Sunday’s Mass. You will receive a reservation confirmation no later than noon on Saturday. Reservations will be on a first come, first served basis up to the maximum capacity allowed.
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Daily 12:10pm Prayer Service on Zoom.
No 5:30pm Mass at CES until further notice.
May 31, 2020
Dear Newman community,
The last time we saw each other in person, it was in the middle of Lent. The whole Easter season has come and gone, and now we are entering Ordinary Time once again.
But it looks like we will be able to pray together in church soon. Our first Sunday Masses will be on June 14th. We are very excited to welcome the community back and we are planning to do so safely and prudently.
All parishes in the Diocese were asked to submit reopening plans, following general Diocesan guidelines that were modified to suit the particular needs of each congregation. Please read through our plan. Those who have been following the news and the recommended health guidelines won’t be surprised by what we are proposing. I think that you will find it to be a common-sense approach to caring for each other as a community. Please be patient as we continue to work out the inevitable kinks in our plan. Read more.
For my dad, who has wandered from the Catholic Faith, and our family. Please pray for him.
Received: June 4, 2020
Ending Racial Injustice
Dear Newman Community,
I apologize for the tardiness of this letter. The Jesuit community has been (and still is) on its annual 8-day silent retreat, and we refrain from outside contact and communication during that time in order to focus on prayer. But injustice has a way of rearing its ugly head and the events of the last few days call for us to join with all of those who are crying out for justice.
Many of us have a tremendous amount of anger, pain, and sadness over the recent death of George Floyd, and for all who have suffered and died at the hands of racism and injustice. Know that you are not alone. The all too familiar taking of a black person’s life by those entrusted to protect it must stop. The hating of a person because of the color of his or her skin must stop. The violence that we afflict on one another must stop.
As Christians, we cannot stay silent. We have to speak up, and condemn racism and violence in the strongest possible terms. For silence implies consent, and we cannot consent to racism, violence, hatred, and injustice in any form.
God gave us a voice and we must use it. We must “stir into flame the gift of God … For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control” (2 Tm 1:6-7). Let us listen to the cries of our brothers and sisters. Let us not just hear them, but listen to and understand them. Let us listen to their pain, to their anger, and to their fear. And then, let us ask ourselves, how we can help to bring about change. Continue reading…
FINDING GRACE WITHIN OUR REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING
June 1, 2020
A deep and crippling sadness envelops this nation that we love so deeply. The peril and the burden of pandemic have worn us down. We have become isolated, cut off from so many of the joys that give meaning to our lives, and in many cases cut off from the blessing of family itself. While at most moments such a trauma for our society would have created an energized sense of unity and solidarity, in this moment it has created division and alienation. Our economy has suffered a cardiac arrest, and the fear of economic freefall duels with the peril of pandemic to blur the pathway forward. We are worn down.
And alongside this exhaustion of our entire people, the seismic fault line that is the greatest shame of our nation’s past and present — our legacy of racial prejudice,
violence and silence — has erupted once again in the killing of George Floyd and now tears apart the very fabric of our society. The death of one man conveys the
evil of four hundred years of racial oppression. The words of one man — “I can’t breathe” — capture the pervasive and insidious power of racial prejudice that is layered within the structures of American public life and its legal, political and economic systems.