Offers support to those who have lost a loved one.
3rd Thursday of the month
For those who want to grow deeper in their Catholic faith through discussion, community building, spiritual activities and service projects. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Care Packages for the Homeless ~ Session has been rescheduled for November 15!
Our Young Adult Ministry is creating care packages to donate to homeless shelters and to keep in our cars to hand out when we see someone in need. Bring your donations of socks, gloves, beanies, toiletries, nut-free snacks, and water bottles to be included in these packages as we approach winter. Help create these packages, join us!
Young Adult Friendsgiving and Board Game Night ~ November 29
Bring your favorite thanksgiving dish, it's a Potluck.
Q&A Hot Topics Discussion Panel ~ TBA
Come to participate in straight and honest discussions about faith, love, work and other current experiences.
Also visit: Young Adults
Begins November 17
Please return to church no later than 9:00am on Sunday, December 9. All gifts leave the parish at noon to be delivered to their respective locations.
To participate: simply select a tag from the trees in church, buy at least one of the items listed, wrap it, and attach the ANGEL TAG firmly to the outside of the package.
Ventura County Youth Correctional Facility Thanks YOU!
"I thought I would show up and pick up an envelope with perhaps $200 worth of gift cards from Angel Tags. That would be more than enough to cover our Christmas dinner and mass expenses. Instead, there was over $1,400. This will cover pretty much ALL of our activities for 2018. Unbelievable! Padre Serra is such a wonderful, giving parish. Thank you for making this possible!!!" - Katya Acuña in Catholic chaplain’s office, January 2017
Also visit: Outreach
Saturday, November 17
November 17, 18
Marketplace of Fair Trade Crafts
Fr. Patrick, Marcia Galles, Catherine Shadduck.
Photo by Julius Acero
A new ministry for those healing from divorce
1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month
Grace Martinez, Cynthia Jones Campbell, Jett Clyne.
Photo by Julius Acero
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena
On June 13, 2018 we celebrated the third anniversary of the start of our devotion.
SEEDS (Sisters ~ Embracing ~ Enlightening ~ Daughters of Faith) is a monthly evening of spirituality for women to meet in fellowship to share the Word of God and grow in faith. We are currently reading and studying The Friendship Project.
Contact: Gwen Ripplinger
Also visit: Women's Ministry, Groups
Thursday, November 22
We gather. We pray. We write.
New members are welcome anytime to our friendly group. We explore and practice different types of writing and read our work to one another each week. Some days we do “free writing” for ten minutes on a chosen topic. Other weeks we read our prepared pieces (up to 500 words) on a designated subject. Our topics are not overtly “religious,” but give us an opportunity to express the concerns of our souls. Many consider the experience to be healing. We encourage humor and playfulness; we laugh a lot. We inform each other about writing resources, and we share equally the responsibility for the successful working of the group.
This is as much a faith sharing group as it is a writing group. We pray together. We take care of one another. Our comments on one another’s writing are constructive and honor the deep feelings that are expressed.
Also visit: Adults
Parishioners Invited to Volunteer!
Join the team of parishioners producing the Fairways to Heaven tournament to raise money for expansion of our Youth Ministry space. Our annual tournament is an opportunity to come together in fellowship to contribute to the future of our parish and church community. Activities include golf and corn hole tournaments, helicopter golf ball drop, silent and live auctions, dinner and live entertainment.
We are seeking volunteers to join this fun team and have many “job openings” available.
Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Also visit: Fairways to Heaven Gallery
Today’s readings give us stories of two women who gave when they had nothing to give.
In the first reading, we see Elijah asking for something to eat and drink from a poor, widowed mom who is sure that she and her son will die from hunger. She does not have enough for all of them at that moment, much less for the days to come. Nevertheless, she does. The poor widow in the gospel was probably no different. Two coins was all she could give, a few cents that could have provided her a meal. Nevertheless, she does.
As I reflected and prayed on these stories, the woman in the first reading really resonated with me. I could imagine the desperation and worry she must have been feeling. Have you ever had a day when you felt like you had left nothing to give anyone, wondered where you were going to find the energy, or you just did not feel like “adulting” another day? I have experienced similar moments, days, and seasons when I did not know how I was going to provide for the needs of my little family of five. My jar was low of food, money, energy, compassion, enthusiasm, or wisdom. I was nearing empty. I think this is just life. Not every day is going to be easy and smooth sailing. However, these women can be extraordinary examples for us of how to get through those rough days and when I think of them, the word that comes to mind is trust.
Had the gospel widow already experienced God’s abundant generosity in her life that now, as a widow, she continues to trust in God’s generosity? How much trust did the widowed mother really have in Elijah’s assurance that if she gives, God will truly provide?
I think we can all see ourselves in their situations. They call to mind moments that I took my worries to God and trusted he would provide for my physical, emotional and spiritual needs, and he did. Recently I came across this quote: So far you have survived 100% of your worst days. In hindsight, we can see it is so true. We are here today by God’s grace, hopefully stronger, better and wiser for the challenge and the gifts that came with it.
These women remind us to trust with our whole heart that our good and gracious God will provide us with the strength, energy, wisdom and grace to give generously, to put one foot in front of the other, and to do the next right thing. Perhaps the hardest part about whole-hearted trust is accepting that the outcome may not be what we want or think we need.
This week let us spend some time reflecting on God’s generous care in the past and on any situations now that we might need to just surrender our will and trust in God’s will.
Faith Life Minister
Available starting November 24!
A fellowship and service ministry where all skill levels are welcome. No experience? That’s alright; we’ll show you. Come and learn or inspire others!
The group's projects are donated to several groups and individuals throughout the year.
Women's Ministries, Group Ministries
Tuesday, December 4
Saturday, December 8
A New Look at Male and Female Spirituality
Fr. Jim Clarke and Sr. Kathleen Bryant, RSC.
Spirituality is a broad subject area that has rightfully garnered much publicity in recent years. Men and women approach this field of study and practice differently.
In this workshop Fr. Jim and Sr. Kathy will unpack the differences through stories, analogies, images and humor. Come and join the fun and expand your own repertoire of spiritual practices!
Sponsored by the Adult Faith Formation Team.
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