Friends on the journey,
There’s nothing more persistent than an inquisitive toddler. Commonly heard in my house was “Mom, mom, mommy, mom” and questions like “What’s this? What’s that? Why? How?” Of course, this continued through childhood and the teenage years just with different circumstances. As nerve wracking as it sometimes was, those conversations were times of learning, sharing and growing. Now as a mother of young adults, I often miss those younger inquisitions but cherish the more complicated adult discussions today.
Today’s gospel is about persistency. The Canaanite women is a Gentile, a non-believer, and so desperate to help her tormented daughter that she’s willing to beg over and over again for this Jewish man’s help. The disciples tried to send her away and Jesus was hesitant at first. Her won’t-take-no-for-an-answer approach finally wins and Jesus honors her persistency by curing her daughter.
God’s like that with us, wanting us to be as persistent in our faith just like that inquisitive child and Canaanite woman. Our loving Lord wants nothing more than for us to have faith and trust in his unwavering care. God never tires of our prayers and wants to hear from us regularly, consistently, for mundane requests, life changing petitions for ourselves and others, gratitude, praise, and just every day conversation.
Our faith always invokes a God response and our prayers are never unanswered, though we don’t always get what we want. How often have we asked God for something, didn’t get our way and then gave up, thinking God is punishing us or doesn’t care? That’s where persistent faith comes in. Faith is what guides us to search for God’s message in any situation, difficult or otherwise. Faith is what helps makes sense of the unexplainable in our lives and in the world. Faith is what allows us to the see light in the darkness. Faith is what inspires us to find something or someone for which to be grateful. Faith is what helps us to see God at work in our daily lives through creation, people and events. Persistent faith is trusting and surrendering our will to God’s. Easier said than done, I know. But our faith journey is a lifelong marathon, not a sprint, ever changing, always evolving and only abundant with persistence.
May we always be like that inquisitive toddler, daily saying “God, God, Lord, Jesus. Where are you? Help me see you today. Thank you. I know that was you.”
Faith Life Minister
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High school is a time when teenagers begin to think about dating, making communication between teens and their parents even more important.
Consider having an open, honest conversation with your teen about dating and appropriate relationships. Talk about what they want out of a relationship, and what their values are. Make sure they know how to communicate what they feel comfortable with, and what makes them uncomfortable. Talk with them about Catholic morals, and make sure they know you are always available.
To request a copy of the VIRTUS® article “Talking with Your Teen about Dating Safety” email email@example.com
For specific questions contact Brett, Britney or Eve @padreserra.org.
Remember our friends and neighbors in Camarillo served by our food pantry.
All the items you place in the boxes in church are taken over to our centralized storage at St. Mary’s Chapel on Sunday afternoon.
Every Monday food is bagged and distributed to families in need.
Let’s call each other by name.
Wear your work or any name badge to church.
To order a Padre Serra name badge, call or stop by the parish office or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They are $10.
Dear Parish Family,
We recently returned home from the eastern Sierras. Everything was so fresh and beautiful. It is so easy to experience the presence of our good God in the blue skies, clear lakes, green trees, and in the many waterfalls and wild flowers. Nature is doing her thing up there. We relaxed and took in the quiet.
Today’s first reading from the first book of Kings reminds us of hearing God in the quiet. Not the only way. Elijah heard God calling him outside the cave as the Lord would be passing by. The Lord was not in the loud violent things like earthquakes, fire and strong wind. Elijah did hear the Lord in the soft whispering sound.
As summer winds down and the busyness of back to school and work, consider taking a small last vacation. Let’s find that quiet place to listen to the Lord in the whispers. Finding God in the small, much like loving in the detail.
Deacon Ike and Shari Edie
Help prune the prayer garden.
I recently had the opportunity to go to the Yosemite and Sierra Nevada mountain area. Wow, what beauty! I stood there admiring the perfection in mountains and trees, the lakes and rivers, so peaceful. I could not help but think this is a little glimpse of heaven. My eyes could see God’s glory in his beautiful creation. I too like Peter was in such awe … saying, “Lord, it is good that we are here.” I did not want to leave.
I think of the apostles Peter, James and John who were accompanying Jesus to the mountaintop to pray. There they were witnesses to Jesus’ Transfiguration. Imagine their good friend, whom they knew well, covered in radiant light, exposing his divinity, True Man and True God! There he spoke with Moses, the keeper of the law and Elijah, the great prophet. And as if more proof was needed they heard the voice of God say, “This is my beloved son, listen to him.” Though they did not fully understand what they were experiencing, this moment prepared and sustained them for the future trials.
I think of our daily lives, so busy, family, work, responsibilities and worries. Some days our burdens are so heavy, we seek respite. Coming to Mass, is our weekly mountaintop experience. It is our source and summit. We have to walk up to the hilltop to the church. We are encountered by Jesus made flesh in the loving and embracing community and worship together. Our soul is fed in the Word and in the Body and Blood of Christ. We are transformed through Jesus, and like Peter will say, “Lord, it is good for us to be here.” With a renewed strength and spirit, we are ready to be sent out, to “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.”
Faith Formation Minister
August 6, 2017
Every Sunday morning, rain or shine, we serve coffee, donuts and fresh fruit after each Mass. This is a great opportunity for adults and children to share in friendship, fellowship, and conversation.
Please consider helping, call the parish office (805) 482-6417 or email email@example.com
Friends offer smiles, greetings and help in the Gazebo every Sunday morning.
Everyone: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to help!!
REGISTRATION is now open!
Live a Life of Faith, Understanding and Love.
Every year we have about 600 children and teens enrolled in Faith Formation. Kids come to church after school to make friends, have fun and learn about our Catholic faith. This is not just sacrament preparation; it is for every year from age 3 through high school. Church is fun and amazing the more we learn about Jesus!
For children age 3 through kindergarten, during Sunday mass at 9:00am and 11:00am. Children enrolled in Little Church gather to make friends and learn about God and our Catholic faith in a preschool style environment through stories, prayer, songs, crafts and snacks.
This is a coop style ministry; parents help about four times a year. This ‘helping’ is a beautiful opportunity to meet other parents and your child’s friends.
For children in grades 1 through 5 where ‘sparks’ of faith turn into hearts on fire for Jesus! Lessons are written and prepared by our wonderful Faith Formation Coordinators, sessions are taught by parent volunteers. We provide training and mentoring to ensure you are comfortable and everyone is enriched and having a good time.
These kids, grades 6, 7 and 8, have a blast reading scripture, playing, praying and being crazy.
They have an equal focus on bible study and building community with one another. The name is from the gospel of John 3:16! Three:Sixteen is completely run by our team with a couple of parents by our side.
High school teens meet weekly to make connections, share their insights and concerns, and grow in faith. They gather with young adult small group leaders and our Youth Minister. The name is from the first book of Timothy.
First Reconciliation and First Communion
After a minimum of two consecutive years of the whole family participating in Faith Formation, children in grades 1 through 8 who are ready to receive their First Reconciliation (Confession) and First Communion, attend two half day retreats with their parents to prepare for these holy sacraments
This two year process for high school teens includes Sunday sessions, hands on ministry, large and small group faith sharing, community events, retreats and service experiences that all culminate in receiving the sacrament and living a Catholic life.
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Every home should have a fire extinguisher, and parents and older children should know how to use it. Small fires can escalate quickly.
Parents, familiarize yourself with the extinguishers in your home, and teach children where they are and how to use them safely. Use the PASS trick to help remember what to do: Pull the pin, Aim at the fire’s base, Squeeze the handle, Sweep from side to side.
To request a copy of the VIRTUS article “Fire Extinguisher Tips Everyone Should Know,” email email@example.com.
Have you lost a pair of glasses, a sweater or maybe car keys? The Lost and Found basket is located on the east side of the main church doors or please stop by the office to inquire.
Remember our friends and neighbors served by our food pantry.
All the items placed in the boxes in church are taken over to our centralized storage at St. Mary’s Chapel on Sunday afternoon.
Every Monday food is bagged and distributed to families in need.
Thank you to Bishop Gabriel Edoe Kumordji who told us about life in his diocese in Ghana last Sunday July 23.
We learned that a total of 14 priests serve the entire diocese where the people are very poor.
Gifts may be shared using the yellow Mission Coop envelopes in the church vestibule.
Please drop them in the offertory basket or the parish office.
August 21, 2017
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