Thank you to our Junior Counselors, Counselors, Peer Leaders, Children Faith Formation and Youth Ministry! Every camper spot was filled. We had fun!
Remember, it's time to register your Children and Teens for Faith Formation 2019. Don't miss out!
We are fortunate to have many kids enrolled already. Although spaces are still available, please register right away to get your preferred day and time. Registration Packets available in the parish office or download them at Children or Youth.
When we think of Jamaica, the thoughts of Ocho Rios, beautiful beaches and wonderful scenery come to mind—all of which are part of the island. A year before becoming a priest of the Diocese of Mandeville, I spent 5 days with our founding bishop touring the diocese—and, I saw a very different side of Jamaica!
Bishop Paul Boyle said to me: “We have dire poverty. It’s something the tourists don’t see, nor do the television ads feature. Our people are poor. Jamaica is one of the poorest nations in the hemisphere after Haiti, and our diocese is the poorest part of Jamaica.”
In the Diocese of Mandeville, there are about six hundred thousand people. Sixty eight percent have no running water; only, outside latrines. Families are using “primitive methods” of disposing human waste—they go into the bushes. People need basic necessities of life: food, clothing, shoes to wear, mattresses—many need a home. The average annual income in Jamaica is US$1,500.00—a little less than $29.00 per week. Many workers don’t receive even this wage. Among people’ aged 15 to 19, 25% are “functionally illiterate.” Many of those who are functionally literate have severe reading problems. Seventy-five percent of students who take standardized testing cannot pass even one subject. There is an alarming number of destitute elderly and abandoned/neglected/abused children and adolescents. People are dying every day from diseases, which no longer exist in the United States because we have adequate medical care. BOTTOM LINE: the Diocese of Mandeville is very, very poor!
All to often, the tropical weather and storms in the Caribbean wreak havoc in the lives of our poor and to our ministries. The cost is enormous to recover from these storms and replace roofs, restore classrooms, clean up from water damage in our buildings, and, replace vestments and liturgical books that were ruined. Also, we work to help families rebuild hundreds of humble homes lost in the storms.
Obviously, we need enormous support for our local church. Please help us as we bring the Gospel, in our Catholic tradition, to our beloved people and help them to experience dignity as children of God. Thank you for welcoming the Diocese of Maneville for you annual mission appeal.
For more information, please contact in the U.S.:
Fr. Gary Wiesmann
Diocese of Mandeville
P. O. Box 11062
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33339-1062
Website of Missionary Group: www.mandevillediocese.org
If you like to make a donation online, go to missionsla.org → Donate today → Donate to Mission Cooperative Plan, please select St. Junipero Serra - Camarillo under "Parish Name".
Part of the formation that music and liturgical ministers undergo teaches us to look for the bridge that connects the First Reading at mass to the Gospel. At first glance, this week’s connection eluded me (and, if I’m honest, at several glances beyond the first). But with the help of others wiser than I, a bridge became visible and I’d like to share it with you.
In the First Reading from Genesis, we have Abraham pleading with God to spare Sodom and Gomorrah from destruction. In a way that reminds me a bit of the tireless negotiating my four year old granddaughter subjects me to, Abraham asks God if he will spare the city if there are fifty righteous people there. But he doesn’t stop there. With occasional respectful phrases (“See how I am presuming to speak to my Lord though I am but dust and ashes!”), Abraham secures the commitment from God that even if there are only forty, only thirty, only twenty, and finally, only ten innocent people there, the city shall be spared.
The Gospel has Jesus’ disciples asking the Lord to teach them to pray. Presumably they can see how prayer grounds every moment of Jesus’ life, and they want to follow their master’s example. In response, Jesus teaches them the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father that we say every Sunday at mass. But he doesn’t stop there. As a good Rabbi, he tells them stories of friends and neighbors, late night disturbance and request, and fathers who care well for their sons. He says, “I tell you, even if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up . . . because of his persistence.”
As Christians we are used to the idea that we can come to Jesus with any request, that God encourages and desires intimacy with us like a loving father who dotes on his children. But in Abraham’s time, there was not yet such a conception. The God Abraham bargained with was holy, wholly other, all powerful, mysterious, remote and prone to anger. Yet he was persistent, and God was merciful, ultimately granting Abraham’s request to spare Sodom.
Here is the bridge: Jesus wants us to be persistent in prayer, just as Abraham was. The answer we get may be “yes” or it may be “no”. It may be silence. But we know that God is loving, merciful, just, and powerful, and that he wants us to ask boldly for what we need.
One last thought: it didn’t hurt that what Abraham was asking for was in accord with God’s merciful nature. It doesn’t hurt either if we try to discern what God might want us to ask for when we aren’t sure. So in addition to persistent requests, we can also ask God to reveal to us what God wants. And we can be patient. On the other hand, the neighbor in the middle of the night demanding bread was anything but!
1931 - 2019
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Maria Masciale.
Tuesday, August 20 at 10:00 am
Padre Serra Parish
5205 Upland Rd, Camarillo, CA 93012
Men’s Ministry: Tony Likovich, Dave McCormick, Lee Pasaraba. Knights of Columbus: Paul Collier, Steven Loeffler.
Photo by Julius Acero
This Catholic fraternal organization founded by Fr. Michael J. McGivney in 1882 has served the Church and its parishes and communities for 130 years! Today it is the world's largest Catholic men's organization dedicated to upholding the teachings of the Catholic Church, helping people in need and fostering a bond between members.
As a Knight, men 18+ have the opportunity to strengthen our parish, give back to the community, and grow in faith. Joining our local council doesn’t mean sacrificing quality time with your family; volunteering an hour here or there with your family can make a real difference.
Our local Knights of Columbus Council #5272 is made up of men from Padre Serra and St. Mary Magdalen parishes. They coordinate and carry out fundraising and social events to support a variety of charitable causes and Catholic education.
For more information about the Knights, please visit Council 5272's website.
Also visit: Groups, Clergy Religious Appreciation Dinner, Fifth Sunday Rosary
Third Thursday of the month
We are the Catholic Christian men of Padre Serra Parish who witness to the potential of God's presence in our fellow men parishioners. We are involved in our liturgical celebrations and enriched in the life of our parish. We serve the needs of one another, our families, the community and those in need.
If you are interested in becoming involved and wish to be on our mailing list please contact us.
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Men’s Ministry: Tony Likovich, Dave McCormick, Lee Pasaraba.
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Due to the holiday, our regular first Thursday meeting on July 4 will be moved to July 11. See you July 11 and July 18.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”
– Matthew 5:4
Offers loving, caring support to those who have lost a loved one.
Summer Bible Study
This is a fairly new ministry at Padre Serra, but one that will inevitably grow and deepen.
We are looking for people to help “mix” sound at Mass and at some Serra Center events, but this will likely expand to other responsibilities sooner rather than later. Training will be provided.
If you’re interested, please contact Bill Giles at firstname.lastname@example.org who is coordinating this exciting ministry.
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A new ministry for those healing from divorce
First & Third Tuesday of the month
Grace Martinez, Cynthia Jones Campbell, Jett Clyne.
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Our peer leaders in Youth and Young Adult ministry do so much for our programs. The dedication level of these leaders is so tremendous; here is a sample schedule of the weekly commitment that they give to our parishioners in the winter.
- Mondays: Year 2 Retreat Preparation 7:00 - 9:00 pm
- Tuesdays: Peer Leader Meeting 7:30 - 9:00 pm
- Wednesdays: 4:12 7:00 - 9:00 pm
- Sundays: Mass + Confirmation Small Groups: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Some of you may be asking, why would they be willing to commit so much time? The answer is quite simple: They are disciples. The servant leadership that our leaders show far exceeds any example that I can give in my talks in Confirmation and Youth Group. Our leaders are the ones who sit down and share real life examples of how to live their faith.
These leaders also pay out of their own pocket to help at and to attend retreats. It’s not just their time they are sacrificing. It is also sad to say that some leaders cannot attend some of our events, simply because they can’t afford it. These events can be costly, typically hundreds of dollars for a weekend.
We also are excited to have our first service project in Louisiana this year, which as you can imagine, is also quite costly.
If you are feeling generous, we would love your support in sponsoring our leaders and Confirmation candidates in a scholarship fund. It is through your generosity that a lot of leaders may be able to go. If you are interested in contributing to this fund I know they would be eternally grateful.
I talk about our leaders quite a bit and I believe that it is justified. The leaders have not only helped hundreds of teens on their faith journeys, but they have helped me to understand what the love of God is personally.
Thank you so much for your time and generosity.
Youth and Young Adult Minister
Fourth Tuesday of the month
Santa Barbara Room
Lou Ann Paolella
(805) 551 · 8014
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The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has great news to share! SB 360 has been defeated!
Thanks to the dedication of the Catholic faithful in California, through 140,000 signed letters and almost 17,000 emails to legislators from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles alone, the bill’s author withdrew SB 360 from consideration this legislative session.
Thank you for taking a stand for religious freedom. Thank you for raising your voice to protect the sacredness of the Sacrament of Confession.
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