For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25-35
Be it a birthday, anniversary or graduation, remember or honor your loved one or friend through a gift to our building fund. Envelopes available in the narthex and office or the parish website, go to Parish Info, Donate to Padre Serra. Contact email@example.com
Monday, December 9
Somethin’s Comin’, Sometin’ Good.
Tuesday, October 15
Sponsored by the Adult Faith Formation Team.
Many of you may not be aware that there is a parish finance council. The finance council’s main focus is to review financial matters of the parish, to act in an advisory capacity, and to provide guidance to our parish leaders. The finance council members have diverse financial experiences, which is beneficial in providing sound financial advice that will help fulfill the vision and mission of the parish. The current members of the finance council are: Fr. Patrick, Jerry DeVillers, Chase Lichtenstein, Laura Meissner, Kathy Milner, Gene West, Kevin Hrabovsky and Joe Loll.
I remember as a young boy growing up in our family of six, that we always helped and supported our parish community. My parents looked upon our parish as part of our extended family so weekly giving was part of our commitment to the parish. Since then, it has become a tradition as part of our family too. Our financial contributions go to support Padre Serra parish in many ways, including to assist the neediest among us, to keep our church community informed in its current Catholicity, and to provide a welcoming environment where our community spirit will continue to grow.
We don’t want to be in a situation that Jesus warned about in today’s gospel, “This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.” Our focus needs to be not only on our current results but we also need to be sure that we have the financial resources to meet the needs of the parish community on a long-term basis. This is the finance challenge of our parish: to meet the short-term needs while preparing for the major expenditures that are inevitable with the aging of the physical structures of the parish. With your support we can accomplish these goals.
Thank you for your continued support of Padre Serra parish through your prayers, financial giving and ministry participation. “One individual cannot possibly make a difference alone. It is individual efforts, collectively, that make a noticeable difference — all the difference in the world.”Jane Goodall.
Padre Serra Finance Council Chair
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!
Bishop Boyle shared with me SOME of his needs so he can serve his beloved people:
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".
5012 Seminary Road, Camarillo, CA 93012
For information, contact (805) 482·2755, x1105 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Also visit: stjohnsem.edu
Sunday, February 24
Friday, February 15
Children 12 and under.
Includes dinner and activities.
Plus $1.00 online transaction fee.
Auction Items Needed!
If you own a business, please consider donating goods or services. If you work at a business, please ask your employer. If you would like to donate gift cards to restaurants or movies, tickets to plays, concerts or sporting events or vacation homes or timeshares please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to donate funds to cover the cost of certain expenses for the tournament or dinner, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and blessings for being a part of this effort to support Youth Ministry!
Fairways to Heaven event:
Saturday, November 17
St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital
This new sacred space will be light and airy, surrounded by art, and serve as a place of solace and hope for patients, families, visitors and staff to reflect, pray and heal.
Donors are invited now to invest in the future of health care in Camarillo and to become part of the next generation of this great community hospital.
To learn more call for a tour and details (805) 988·2635 or visit www.supportstjohns.org/chapel-at-pv
In May of this year, more than 650 children were separated from their parents while trying to cross our southern border. At the time, the federal government implemented a “zero-tolerance” policy, displacing parents from their children. Parents were held and referred for prosecution, while children were placed in a shelter for transfer to the custody of a sponsor or a foster home. Heartbreaking recordings were made of children crying for their mom and dad, asking when they would get to see them again.
49 of these families have recently been reunited with their children and have arrived in Los Angles, a temporary home while their case goes before the courts. Through their Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, Catholic Charities has stepped up to help, and the agency will be the first line of support for each of them, providing basic needs such as food, clothing, diapers, and school supplies. Along with the social help, Catholic Charities will oversee their legal cases offering dedicated attorneys.
This is your opportunity to help. Catholic Charities is asking for donations that will go directly to aiding these families in need. Each family is different, with different needs but what they have in common is that they were looking for a better life.
Donation envelopes are available in the church lobby or donate directly at www.TheNextAmerica.org.
More information available at www.esperanza-la.org
- Find mass wherever you go! Go to www.masstimes.org.
- Bring back bulletins from your trip to share with Fr. Patrick!
- Take a selfie with a PSP bulletin and send to email@example.com
- Stay updated on giving! Use Online Giving to schedule onetime or recurring donations. Go to www.padreserra.org → Engage → Giving
- Find mass where ever you go! Go to www.masstimes.org
- Summer Selfies! Take a parish bulletin on your day trips and vacations! Pose with it in a selfie and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s see where we take our church!
- Bring back bulletins from your trip to share with Fr. Patrick!
- Stay up-to-date on giving! Use Online Giving to schedule onetime or recurring donations.
The centre is staffed to find those with leprosy, bring them in, and provide free medical care, The patients are diagnosed and if need be they are kept as inpatients also at no cost. In this way thousands of patients have been cured.
Since the leprosy cured patients are vulnerable to ulcers, mainly due to loss of sensation, LRRC imparts adequate awareness and training too on self-care management. It provides Micro Cellular Rubber Footwear and ulcer care materials. Patients with large ulcers may be hospitalized for a long time. Wherever possible skin grafting is performed for an early cure. Deformity is one of the most common problems for people with leprosy, so LRRC performs reconstructive surgeries to correct deformities in legs and hands so that patients can manage for themselves. Even now, LRRC performs 20 to 30 surgeries per year. The centre has rehabilitated several leprosy patients with self-employment, for example, some have been hired to clean and maintain the centre.
Since 1995, LRRC has also cared for tuberculosis patients. Patients are identified through saliva test, X-ray and treated with oral medications. Some patients need help getting nutritious food to help them get well quickly. We also have St. Joseph’s, a multi-specialty hospital with 70 beds caring for poor people from rural areas. We are conducting more than 20 cataract surgeries per month and we are treating diabetic ulcers also. We are providing free physiotherapy treatment to children suffering from syphilis and polio.
Our motto is quality medical care at affordable cost. We have a team of nurses who go to people’s houses, teach about the need for good health, and invite them for free diabetic and eye screenings and for free treatment for basic health care. We are providing total care to the leprosy and tuberculosis patients – all at no charge.
Obviously, the center needs financial support for all the medical care we provide. We depend solely upon philanthropic donors and well-wishers to be able to continue these free treatments. The center needs to renovate some old buildings which keep inpatients. Your generous contribution is greatly appreciated and allows us to continue the Lord’s work. I look forward to meeting you after the masses on July 14 and 15.
Rev. Alagu Selvan Antoniswamy
LRRC and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Omalur, Salem, India
Envelopes are in the lobby of the church or in the parish office. Contact: Pam Kingsley, email@example.com
(805) 482·6417 x330
If you like to make a donation online, go to missionsla.org
Please select "Mission Co-Op Appeal" and include at the box "Parish Name & Special Instructions":
St. Junipero Serra - 1873
Padre Serra Parish
A little known fact, they also pay for room and board while many take time off work to help at the retreat. This year, we are hoping, praying and asking for help to offset the cost.
Whatever is donated to our retreat leader fund will go into a pool to reduce, or even eliminate, the cost for our leaders to volunteer. The total cost for leaders this year is $3,000. Every dollar given will be humbly and gratefully received as a ‘thank you for your love and dedication to our young teens.’ Envelopes are in the church narthex. Thank you church.
A Pastoral Letter to the Good People of the Santa Barbara Region
These last several days have been terrible for thousands of people in the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region, especially in Santa Paula, Ojai, and Ventura. Many have lost homes and possessions; many others have been displaced. Two days ago, I visited an evacuation center in Ventura and spoke with people who told me, with tears in their eyes, of their loss and anguish.
During times such as these, people of faith often wonder how God could permit such suffering. Though the Lord’s ultimate purposes remain shrouded in mystery, we can be sure that it is always God’s will that we care for one another, that we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, provide shelter to the homeless, and calm anxious hearts.
Can I invite everyone in the Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to reach out to those who have been affected so terribly by the fires in our region? And can I encourage you, above all, to pray for them? Finally, let us all ask our heavenly patroness, Saint Barbara, to intercede with the Lord to send rain.
Bishop Robert Barron
For those who wish to provide immediate financial support:
These gifts can be made in three ways:
- A simple envelope with your donation can be placed in the normal Sunday collection.
- Checks can be made directly to:
Cardinal McIntyre Fund for Charity
3424 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(for more information call: 213-637-7438)
- Checks can be made out to:
Santa Barbara Pastoral Region
c/o Thomas Fire
3240 Calle Pinon
Santa Barbara, CA 93015
For those who wish to donate material goods:
- In-kind items for Ventura County fire victims can be sent to:
Catholic Charities’ Ventura Community Services Center
303 North Ventura Avenue
Ventura CA 93001-1936
(805) 643-4694 (Contact: Rick Raine)
- In-kind items for victims of the Sylmar/Santa Clarita fires be sent to:
Catholic Charities’ Guadalupe Community Center
21600 Hart Street
Canoga Park, CA 91303
(213) 251-3549 (Contact: Sandra Yanez)
Resources available from city and county agencies:
The U.S. Bishops have asked us to take up a combined collection for the victims of the recent hurricanes as well as the earthquake in Mexico.
Make checks payable to Archdiocese of Los Angeles. If you wish your donation benefit a specific area, please indicate in the memo line.
Our Bishops also ask for continued prayers for all.
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