St. Vincent de Paul has identified many needy families in our community.
The holidays are fast approaching and we invite you to consider sharing your blessings with one of these families.
The commitment is to purchase a gift for each family member form a list of gift ideas/needs. Sign up now to help a family in need. Thank you!
For questions or to participate please call Melissa Romero (818) 640·1790 or Marylee Hrabovsky (805) 758·3294.
Also visit: St. Vincent de Paul, Groups, Outreach
Do Small Things with Great Love
Over 80 local parishes and 63 Catholic schools depend on funding from Together in Mission... your generosity makes all the difference.
Together in Mission Update!
Each year every parish is asked to contribute to less fortunate parishes and schools in the archdiocese. Your donation will help our neighboring parishes teach and convey the Good News of Jesus Christ to thousands of students and parishioners. Your gift will be applied toward employee salaries, tuition for children, and assistance to families. Envelopes are in the church lobby.
With four million Catholics living in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles this opportunity exists to make a substantial impact in the neighborhoods that need it the most... when we work and give together in mission.
For more information visit ourmissionla.org
God has called us to build his church.
“It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith not only with words but with our actions”
- Pope Francis
Spark! First Service Project is coming up soon.
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
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mk 12:31
St. Vincent De Paul is our parish’s outreach ministry to the poor, hungry, homeless, struggling and needy in our midst. Every day our on-call ministers talk and meet with individuals and families who need financial assistance and resources to have a meal or safe shelter, to pay a utility bill, rent, medical bill, or for gas. This wonderful work would not have been possible without God’s help, your generous contributions and the volunteer efforts of our Vincentians.
Those in need should call (805) 504·4753. A member is on call Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Rita & Ed DaCorsi, Terri Korell and Liz Vega.
By Julius Acero
SVDP relies on donations to support their efforts
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From a current member of the ministry:
"Being a volunteer is a blessing. It makes me aware of the blessings in my own life. Viewing the world through the eyes of the less fortunate keeps me grounded and more aware of the people around me. Our parish conference very special. The love and support we receive from our fellow Vincentians is wonderful and the service itself keeps faith in front of everything you do. Come and join us and count your blessings."
One Can Makes a Difference
- 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
Chorus Caritas presents
Helping Homeless Families Help Themselves
Individuals and families across Ventura County who are in need of transitional housing as they begin their path to independence can find help at the RAIN Transitional Living Center in Camarillo. Home to more than 135 people each year, RAIN features 16 rooms for families, six single rooms, and several beds for people recovering from illness or injury following hospitalization. The average length of stay at RAIN is 8 to 12 months. However, some stay for more than a year while they pursue their path to self-sufficiency.
- If you are interested in volunteering or doing a group project please contact please call (805) 388-3148
- If you have any further questions regarding our program please call (805) 389-3308
- If you know someone that may need the help of RAIN TLC, please call Homeless Services at (805) 385-1800
- If you would like to support the homeless families of RAIN, you can make a tax-deductible donation please send checks payable to:
RAIN Communities, Inc.
P.O. Box 1934
Camarillo, CA 93011-1934
Dress code: Soft spikes and collared shirts. No denim please.
Car donated by Rusnak / Westlake
Irish Corn Hole
Bean bag and beer!
$10 to play
Helicopter Ball Drop
Everyone can play!
Win $1,000 cash!
$10/ball or $100/dozen
Need not to be present to win
All proceeds benefit future space for youth & young adults.
Invite your friends, donate, volunteer!
SPONSORSHIP & FEES
Blarney Sponsor $5,000
Pot of Gold Sponsor plus surprise!
Pot of Gold Sponsor $2,500
Emerald Sponsor $1,250
Shamrock Sponsor $500
Individual Golf $250
Green fees, cart, range balls, gift bag, box lunch and dinner
Enjoy Cocktail hour, Silent and Live Auctions and Golf awards at this fun and delicious community meal
Saturday March 10, 2018
Saturday, February 10
Hosted by the Adolfo Camarillo Knights of Columbus, Council 5272.
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.
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.
Save the date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Host: Padre Serra Parish
Carrie Perry or
visit Crop Walk
“O God, to those who have hunger, give bread, And to us who have bread, give the hunger for justice.”
-Latin American prayer
A Message from Crop Walk
"Every year, Church World Service tallies a list of the Top 100 fundraising teams for CROP Hunger Walks, a group that we call the CREAM of the CROP. With over 900 walks and thousands of teams, we’re very happy to tell you that Padre Serra is a CREAM of the CROP team for your participation in the Camarillo CROP Hunger Walk!"
Way to go team!
Ventura County Youth Correctional Facility Thanks YOU!
I thought I would show up and pick up an envelope with perhaps $200 worth of gift cards from Angel Tags. That would be more than enough to cover our Christmas dinner and mass expenses. Instead, there was over $1,400. This will cover pretty much ALL of our activities for 2018. Unbelievable! Padre Serra is such a wonderful, giving parish. Thank you for making this possible!!!
Thank you for helping over 1,100 children or adults have a very special Christmas morning!
Also visit: Outreach
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)
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