Post-It Prayer by Dave Flood
That we all could get along
That we sing the same sweet song
That life could only just be fair
That would be my fervent prayer
Post-it Prayers by Sylvia DeVillers
It seems I have succumbed to the stereotypical old person practice of depending on Post-it notes to help me remember any number of things. I swore I’d never do this, but here I am, making obscure notations on little scraps of paper that only I can decipher. These little notes find their way to my bathroom mirror, to the lower left corner of my computer monitor, to the credit-card section of my wallet, to the front of my phone, and to my car console. They are like long-standing friends, gently guiding me through the complexities of daily life, reminding me of promises made, errands that need to be run, goals that await accomplishment. Many of them are nothing more than alarm clocks: “Dr. Schmidt 2:00 Friday”, “Chit Chat Thursdays 7:00”, “Lunch with Peggi 11:45”, “Lector A 9:00 Sunday. If the Post-its could speak, or sound an alarm, or chime, they would be embedded in my phone. . .all set to go off at the appointed time. Actually, there is an app for that, of course, but somehow the Post-it notes are much more effective for me. Alarms come and go and can be ignored and are often long forgotten. But Post-it notes stick (pun intended) to their appointed task and continue to stare at me until I remove them. They persevere. They intrude. They work. Kind of like prayer. . .
Post-it notes are like the prayers that pop into my head many times a day, short and sweet and to the point. Some of my Post-it Prayers sound like this:
“Dear God, please help me to find my (fill in the blank).”
“Dear God, thank you SO much for (fill in the blank.)”
“Dear God, I am absolutely amazed at what you are doing here, as I stand in awe for (fill in the blank).”
“Dear God, I am really really sorry that I (fill in the blank).”
“Dear God, please give me the strength and courage to (fill in the blank).”
“Dear God, please heal/comfort/console (fill in the blank)”.
“Dear God, please forgive me for (fill in the blank).”
In many ways Post-it notes lend themselves nicely to a prayer-form that fits my scattered and disorganized life. Often I will try to sit quietly and just commune with God, thinking holy thoughts and really enjoying God’s company, without words or gestures or pictures or music or something on a screen. Those moments are precious and good. But when I’m distracted, or busy, or not feeling in top form, those Post-It Moments are precious too. And they work!
Persons with mental illness often suffer in silence, hidden and unrecognized by others. Consider this stark contrast: a person with a medical disease, such as cancer, will usually receive an outpouring of sympathy and support from their parish and community; a person diagnosed with a mental illness, such as depression, crippling anxiety, or bipolar disorder, frequently experiences isolation and inadequate support, often because of the unjust social stigma of mental illness. This should not be so in our civic communities and cannot be so in our Catholic communities. Those living with a mental illness should never bear these burdens alone, nor should their families who struggle heroically to assist their loved ones. We Christians must encounter them accompany them, comfort them, and help bear their burdens in solidarity with them—offering our understanding, prayers, and tangible and ongoing assistance. – from Hope and Healing
Padre Serra is committed to accompanying you and your loved one and offers these resources:
Questions: Teresa Runyon email@example.com or (805) 482·6417 x322.
Knights of Columbus is a 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.
A fellowship ministry where LGBTQ brothers, sisters, and their families and friends in Christ are welcome in a safe harbor to explore spirituality and share experiences, strength, and hope.
Sue Powers and Margaret Vesprini
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They catch the spirit of joyful anticipation as they worship with us on Sundays. They are full of questions about the Advent wreath, the liturgical colors, and the meaning of the scriptures chosen for Advent. They learn the Catholic way of preparing for Christmas by watching online Mass and participating in works of charity like Angel Tags.
The Catholic-seekers among us can be models of wonder and awe for those of us who may have become a little less enthusiastic about the season. Invite your non-Catholic Friends and relatives to attend Mass on the Grass with you. It may refresh your sense of this meaningful time of year.
If you or anyone you know is interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church, please contact Catherine Shadduck at (805) 482·6417 x331 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please contact Catherine at (805) 482·6417 x331 or email@example.com
Life Centers help women make healthy and informed decisions. Your generous support provides free testing, ultrasounds, counseling, resources, referrals, education and baby supplies for women and men who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. They provide emotional support and practical needs free of charge in a completely confidential setting for those in crisis pregnancies.
A four week small faith sharing group opportunity to renew your experience of Advent.
Through scripture, reflection, sharing and prayer, we will journey through the season together, preparing our hearts and minds for Christmas.
You are invited to join in one of the following virtual groups; all groups will meet via Zoom.
Questions: Teresa Runyon firstname.lastname@example.org
Teresa Runyon and Renee Ramonette
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Fr. Patrick, Marcia Galles, Catherine Shadduck.
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Offers support to those who are caring for an aging parent, relative, or spouse.
Also visit: Care
A Caregiver's Prayer
Lord Jesus, who from the cross gave the care of your Mother to St. John, help us to realize that you have blessed us too with the care of someone in our family. Help us to be your gentle hands and loving compassion on earth.
Father in heaven, you know my heart, calm my anxieties. Pour out your grace and mercy in my life like a healing balm. Lighten my burden, answer my prayer, and give me the strength to do what so often seems impossible.
Spirit of life, remind me to breath - give me a quiet place to rest when I need it and breathe in me your loving peace. Remain my constant companion through this journey. And, when it is time for me to let go, help me remember that my dear one is leaving my loving embrace for yours.
Left to right: Lisa Barra (Cherubs), Patricia Sentianin (Caritas Caregivers).
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St. Camillus Center for Pastoral Care’s Urban Interfaith Chaplaincy Program in Los Angeles invites all to a gathering with Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. who will address the current pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and upcoming elections.
Contact St. Camillus Center for Pastoral Care
(323) 225·4461 x111
A Panel Discussion
“The Catholic community stands with all people who struggle for an end to racism and violence, in our families, in our places of worship, in our communities and in our world. We must continue to build bridges and we must confront racism and violence with a commitment to life, a vision of hope, and a call to action,” Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, President of the U.S. Bishops Conference, June 19, 2015.
With this call to action, we can no longer stay silent or idle to the persistence of racism embedded in our institutions and public policies and how it impacts us personally. It is time we begin the healing process by listening to the experiences of our faith communities of color. May we be present with our compassionate hearts to listen to their voices and truths.
Panelists include: Nirmala Bheemisetty, Martita Martinez-Bravo, and Cynthia Jones-Campbell
The US Census Bureau has asked our assistance in encouraging your participation in the 2020 Census. I encourage you to go to 2020census.gov and be counted.
A ministry for those healing from divorce
First & Third Tuesday of the month
Grace Martinez, Cynthia Jones Campbell, Jett Clyne.
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Our team works towards making Catholic social justice permeate the life of the parish, with local and global foci on the needs of the vulnerable and the excluded.
We provide learning and growing opportunities for parishioners to fully live out Catholic social teaching and to see the face of Jesus through actions such as: feeding, clothing, and housing the poor visiting prisoners caring for life at every stage changing systems that are unjust.
All are welcome!
Questions: Deacon Luc Papillon
See also: PAX Christi, CROP Walk, JustFaith
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