Are you interested in knowing more about Catholicism or are you a Catholic who was raised in the faith but are not sure on what the Church teaches? Are you coming from a Protestant or Evangelical tradition and wanted to join us at our events? How do we make sense of spirituality and its effects on daily life? These questions and more are fundamental in understanding the role of religion in one's life. We invite you to come and join us as we explore and learn about the Catholic faith. We talk and engage in discussion over good food in a home setting. The Newman Center at UCSC is truly your home away from home where you can explore new frontiers but not get lost, where your tradition and personal beliefs are respected, and where we can learn to enjoy each other's company.

We offer the following in addition to Mass and confession:

  • Bible study on Zoom or in-person

  • Weekly dinner

  • Choir practice

  • Spiritual direction

  • Discussion group

  • Community outreach

  • Hiking and trips

In Santa Cruz there many opportunities to help those who are in need. We invite you to consider offering your time with the following local Catholic organizations. 

Holy Cross Food Pantry

210 High Street,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 469-0631
 
The Holy Cross Food Pantry collects and distributes food and resources for those in need. A large staff of volunteers pack and organize food and produce on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 12pm. They distribute food on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from 10 am - 1 pm. 


Saint Francis Soup Kitchen

205 Mora Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
(831) 459-6712 (Kitchen Director: Richard Crowe)
 
St. Francis Catholic Kitchen serves lunch Monday to Friday from noon until 1pm. Volunteers begin preparing food around 9:30am. The kitchen is always looking for volunteers to prepare meals, serve lunch, or to serve in hospitality.


Siena House 

108 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 425-2229

info@sienahouse.org

Siena House is a residential program that provides support and opportunities for pregnant women in need. They offer many volunteer opportunities.