Tuesday, April 2
For families with children in Spark! Grades 1 - 5.
(Younger and older siblings are welcome too; the workshop is geared to elementary age children and their families).
May Holy Week become a rich experience for your family.
St. Mary Magdalen students develop their faith on a daily basis. They enjoy daily religion class, weekly Mass and a wide variety of extracurricular activities including football, basketball, volleyball, softball, and track teams. After school clubs also include Art Club, Bricks 4 Kidz, Soccer Club, STEM Club, and Chess Club.
TK through 8th grade applications are available on the school website at www.smmschool.net. Parents are also encouraged to call the school for a personal tour with the principal (805) 482·2611.
St. Mary Magdalen students put their faith into action by contributing hundreds of service hours to community organizations such as Many Meals, Operation Christmas Child, Get on the Bus, and Life Centers of Ventura County. For more information or to contribute, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Preschool through Grade 2
Spring Semester. Enroll today!
Suggested donation: $25 per family per semester, payable to Padre Serra Parish.
Begins Sunday, January 27
What will the students do?
Our elementary students, more than 100 of them, will be creating and wrapping beautiful gifts for poor, sick and suffering children in third world countries. Our Padre Serra third through fifth graders participate in this world wide outreach effort by filling shoe boxes with donated items, decorating the boxes and making a beautiful, personal card.
What they learn?
The children watch a DVD about this project and learn that not all children in the world have toys or pencils, or even an empty shoe-box.
What can you do as a parent?
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How to Leave the Footprints of Faith on the Hearts of Our Children
A whole community experience for adults, parents, grandparents, and families to enjoy a meal and presentation by Deacon Manuel and Chella Valencia for adults and activities for kids.
In Jesus’ Jewish culture, children learned their faith from infancy from their parents. It was so imprinted on their hearts and minds that the children would sooner forget their own name than forget their faith. This evening is an opportunity to reflect: are we, as adults, parents, family, a and catechists, teaching our Catholic faith today in a way that our children will remember and really live their faith, have a lifelong relationship with Jesus, recognize God working in their daily lives, and be active disciples?
Padre Serra Parish is proud to charter a Boy Scout Troop and support three Girl Scouts units.
Boy Scout Troop #257
Our parish charters Troop #257 for boys in grades 6-12. For more information about Boy Scouts in general please visit their website or the Ventura County Council.
For more information about Boy Scouts, please contact:
For more information about Girl Scouts, please contact:
(805) 987 · 8432
Registration Packets are available here or in the parish office.
5:15 - 6:15pm (grades 6 to 8 until 6:30pm)
September through May
There are occasional solo opportunities and one of the most important missions of CMSC is to form young people in music ministry - the idea that rather than a mere performance what the choir does at the liturgy is to lead the singing of the assembly, and to enable their own and everyone's sung prayer. Additionally, when the choir sings by itself at the liturgy, the purpose is to help everyone there who hears the music, including the singers themselves, to encounter Jesus. We are trying to teach all participants in all the choirs that it is a ministry of service to God's people and to the liturgy, and that worship "in spirit and in truth" is what we are aiming for.
To join CMSC, schedule a Vocal Checkup with our Children's Choir Director, Kathleen MacAller.
New and/or returning CMSC members can make an appointment for vocal checkups using Sign Up Genius.
We have a loving and welcoming process at Padre Serra through which children 6 years of age and older are prepared to be received into the Church.
Infants and very young children are baptized based on the faith of their parents, godparents and the community. But school-age children, capable of having a faith of their own, are initiated through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process, adapted for children.
Children new to the process meet on Monday afternoons, starting in September, to begin learning about the Bible, Jesus, the Church, prayer, and how God is acting in their lives. They participate in some of the Faith Formation activities with the baptized children in the parish and gradually learn what it means to be a Catholic Christian.
Family members, especially parents, are encouraged to participate as much as possible in their child's journey to the sacraments. It is a wonderful experience for the whole family which integrates them into the life of the parish.
If you have a child six years or older who is not baptized or was baptized in another Christian tradition, please contact Catherine Shadduck for any questions or to register: email@example.com or (805) 482·6417 ext 331.
Behind The Scenes
Holy Day Of Obligation
Message Of The Week