The rapid rise of the delta variant here in the County of Ventura has led the Ventura County Public Health to issue a mask mandate, beginning yesterday, Friday, August 20, for most indoor public settings. It grants a delay for businesses until Monday but does not mention churches.
Because it is now a mandate, I would ask, beginning this weekend at both the 7:30 am and 11:00 am Masses, that all attending wear masks. Anyone who cannot wear a mask is asked to attend the 5:00 pm Saturday evening, or the 9:00 am Sunday morning Mass on the Grass. We are blessed to have these options, as well as the wonderful volunteers who make this possible.
I thank you for your patience, and your willingness to abide by Christian charity in this difficult time.
Every Sunday morning, rain or shine, we serve coffee, donuts and fresh fruit after each Mass.
Ministers of coffee and donuts are always needed. This is a great opportunity for adults, teens and children to share in friendship, fellowship, and conversation. Working side-by-side pouring joe and serving dough!
Pick your Sundays and Masses to enjoy a Sunday morning in the courtyard with fellow parishioners.
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Photography by Julius Acero
Boy Scout Troop 257
Sunday, October 24
Thank you from Crop Walk 2021
No distance could keep the good folks of Camarillo from coming together to raise a total of $14,170. Gratitude to the people of Padre Serra who contributed $6,033.
“O God, to those who have hunger, give bread, And to us who have bread, give the hunger for justice.”
-Latin American prayer
Every March our parish joins with other Camarillo churches and neighbors from different faiths, cultures and ages, to stand against hunger in our local community and the world.
The reason we walk is because “they walk”. Hungry people in developing countries typically walk as much as six miles a day to get food, water, and fuel and to take their goods to market. We walk to be in solidarity with their struggle for existence. Together we raise awareness and funds.
The funds raised will fight hunger around the world and our local food pantries: St. Mary Magdalen/Padre Serra Christian Service Program, Christians Acting Together, Food Share, St. Columba’s Episcopal Food Pantry, Seventh Day Adventist Church Food Pantry, Many Meals and RAIN.
Photos by Julius Acero
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
For more information about Boy Scouts of America in general please visit their website or the Ventura County Council.
For more information about Boy Scouts, please contact: Terry Tong
For more information about Girl Scouts, please contact:
(805) 216·2235 (cell and text)
Girl Scouts offers the best leadership development experience for girls in the world - one designed with, by, and for girls. The possibilities in Girl Scouts are unlimited...
In the greater Camarillo area, there are about 600 girls from Kindergarten to Grade 12 involved in over 50 troops. Each troop has its own meeting times and activities but also participates with other local troops in events (see Micasa Service Unit website at www.micasagirlscouts.com). We are part of the California Central Coast council stretching from Simi Valley through Santa Cruz (www.girlscoutsccc.org ), the national USA organization (www.girlscouts.org ), and the international World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouting (www.wagggs.org ).
This is a wonderful, low-cost parent/daughter activity (yes, dads are girl scouts too!) building memories and results that last a lifetime. Please call or text me; I would love to meet you and discuss the benefits of scouting further.
Mondays during Lent
Consider these additional ways to fast this Lent:
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The liturgies of Palm Sunday begin with the celebration of the Lord’s triumphal messianic entry into Jerusalem to the acclaim of crowds shouting “Hosanna!” We gather in the courtyard to hear the proclamation of the Gospel account of this event. Palms are blessed and distributed, followed by a procession into the church.
Palms are an ancient symbol of victory and Catholics often display the palms, received this Sunday, on a crucifix in their homes. The Hebrew word Hosanna means “(O Lord) grant salvation” but it has become an acclamation of jubilation and welcome.
Once inside the church, the focus shifts to Jesus’ suffering and death as we hear the proclamation of his Passion from the Gospel of Mark this year. We celebrate the Eucharist with Jesus’ words and actions at the Last Supper still echoing in our minds and hearts.
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Good Friday is a most solemn day for all Christians. Catholics have a powerful liturgical service that takes us deep into the mystery of the passion and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
In silence the clergy process in and lie prostrate around the altar as we begin. A beautiful and moving sung rendition of St. John’s Gospel account of the crucifixion is proclaimed followed by a solemn presentation of a wooden cross “on which hung the Savior of the world.”
The assembly then processes to the cross to kiss or touch it in an act of veneration. The service continues with the distribution of Holy Communion. All depart in silence. The cross is displayed in the church throughout the afternoon for those who wish to visit and pray.
The Easter Vigil is celebrated at the center of the Sacred Triduum and is called the “night of nights.” It is the heart of Christianity and of our Church. It is Easter!
The Vigil begins in the courtyard around a bonfire representing the light of Christ from which the new Paschal Candle is lit. Those assembled light tapers from the candle and process behind it into the darkened church where scripture selections are proclaimed to remind us of God’s great love poured out through the ages for our salvation, culminating in the Gospel account of Jesus’ rising from the dead. New members are initiated through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and first reception of Eucharist (Communion).
All this contributes to a mass you won’t soon forget. A joyful reception is held after the mass to congratulate the newly initiated and to celebrate the great feast of Easter. All are welcome and parking is plentiful!
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper begins with the Presentation of the Holy Oils consecrated by our archbishop, Jose Gomez, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels at the Chrism Mass the previous Monday. The Oil of the Sick will be used to anoint those who suffer illness. The Oil of the Catechumens will be used to anoint those preparing for baptism. The Sacred Chrism, oil mixed with sweet perfume, will be used to anoint the baptized who are to be sealed with the Holy Spirit in Confirmation.
The Scripture readings at this mass take us from the Exodus story of Israel’s preparations for the flight from Egypt to the Last Supper with Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, and telling us to do the same. In obedience we wash one another’s feet (the “Mandatum”), we celebrate the Eucharist, and we process with the Body of Christ from the church to the Altar of Repose in the Serra Center where we can spend time in prayerful reflection and in adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
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New Year's Day Mass
Thank You from Concern America
The total from the 2020 Concern America Fair Trade virtual sales was $541.
Your generous purchases of hand-crafted textiles, baskets, ceramics, and wood products help to spread hope for a better future to hundreds of economically disadvantaged people in many developing countries around the world.
Buy gifts with a purpose! This fair trade craft program directly supports materially impoverished artisans and their communities in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. We have an opportunity to support them by purchasing their beautiful hand-made items such as handcrafted textiles, ceramics and wood products from Bangladesh, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Mozambique.
Our purchases provides a source of income to materially poor families while supporting community development, protecting the environment, and ensuring fair working conditions and fair prices earned for their work.
Learn more www.concernamerica.org
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