Those of us who have been Catholics all our lives take the symbols and rituals of Advent for granted. But for those who are seeking to join the Church, the pre-Christmas season presents an opportunity to immerse themselves more deeply into the Catholic way of life.
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
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.
For more information or to become a Knight, please visit Council 5272's website.
Follow the Knights of Columbus Council #5272 at Facebook @kofc5272
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Dive in the Psalms
We gather virtually. We pray virtually. 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 comments on one another’s writing are constructive and honor the deep feelings that are expressed.
We share each other resources about writing , and equally the responsibility for the successful working of the group.
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. This is as much a faith sharing group as it is a writing group. We pray together. We take care of one another.
If They Knew Our Names
A poem by Dave Flood
I Was Thinking…
A blog by Theresa Schultz
Visit her weekly blog WISE When I Saw Eighty
How frustrating to be home bound and need to cover my face when I go out for essentials. I hate being restricted. Then I talked to a friend living in an Assisted Living home. She has been confined to one room and eating alone for about five months. The TV shared stories about people who lost financial security, some even their homes. I saw pictures of ventilators and families mourning. The whole world is engulfed in hardship and here I am complaining about the least of all problems.
Whoever thought one could be thankful in such overwhelming times. I am.
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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Third Thursday of the month
Grounded in the gospel and Catholic social teaching, our PAX Christi ministry seeks to model the peace of Christ in our witness to the nonviolence of the cross through prayer, study and action rooted in justice for the common good of all God's children.
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Registrations for the Faith & Racial Healing series is now closed. Mark your calendars now for the next racial justice series which will begin in February.
JustFaith is a series that invites participants to look at contemporary issues through the lens of Christian faith by engaging in reading, prayer, thought-provoking dialogue, encounter, and by building lasting relationships with a small group.
Faith & Racial Healing:
Embracing Truth, Justice and Restoration
Select the day the session that works for you:
September 15 – November 17, 6:00 - 8:15 pm
September 16 – November 18, 10:00 am - 12:15 pm
Cost: No fee other than the purchase of required reading materials
This ten-week racial justice formation journey guides participants in learning about the history of racism in the United States, so that we might work toward true reconciliation with God and restoration with one another. Faith and Racial Healing will address through education, prayer and discussion, the difficult but necessary conversation about the historical roots of racial injustice.
Questions: Michelle Paschen email@example.com
Offers support to those who are caring for an aging parent, relative, or spouse.
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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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A Caring Ministry for Returning Catholics
If you are an inactive Catholic you may want to consider Landings.
We are a group of Catholics who, for any number of reasons, were away from the church and came back to regular attendance and active participation.
We share our faith journeys and want to hear your stories. We also discuss contemporary Catholic themes and have resources available for questions about the Catholic Faith and the Church.
Landings is a 10-week series that offers a safe place to tell one’s story, discern a place in the Church, and find a way home. Join us; we welcome you.
or call Teresa Runyon
(805) 482 · 6417 x322
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Gwen Ripplinger, Denise Ginty.
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