Every Monday food is bagged and distributed to families in need.
Remember our friends and neighbors in Camarillo served by our food pantry.
All the items you place in the boxes in church are taken over to our centralized storage at St. Mary’s Chapel on Sunday afternoon.
St. Vincent De Paul (SVDP) offers confidential tangible assistance to those in need on a person to person basis. Aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or through direct dollar or in-kind service. Those in need should call 805-504-4753. A member is on call Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
SVDP is a Catholic organization open to both men and women who wish to grow in their faith by serving God and their neighbor. Members are united in their efforts to conduct their ministry with compassion and confidentiality, while promoting human dignity and respect. To learn more about volunteering, contact Terri Korrell.
SVDP relies on donations to support their efforts. Ongoing simple fundraising opportunities include:
Once or twice a year the donation truck comes onsite Sunday morning to accept your donations of gently used clothing, books, games, DVD/CDs, sports gear, toyas, and small household items such as lamps, small appliances, frames, etc. Our most recent collection was Sunday, April 15, 2018. Check back often for future dates.
Leprosy Relief Rural Centre (LRRC) provides medical assistance to patients with leprosy and tuberculosis throughout the diocese of Salem at no cost. LRRC was started in 1956 when leprosy affected one in ten thousand people in the Salem district. The Centre has cured thousands of leprosy patients.
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.
Do Small Things with Great Love
Over 80 local parishes and 63 Catholic schools depend on funding from Together in Mission...
and is your generosity that makes all the difference.
“It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith not only with words but with our actions”
- Pope Francis
With four million Catholics living in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles the opportunity exists to make a substantial impact in the neighborhoods that need it the most... when we work and give together in mission.
God has called us to build his church.
Let’s call each other by name.
Wear your work or any name badge to church.
To order a Padre Serra name badge, call or stop by the parish office or email email@example.com. They are $10.
Helping Homeless Families Help Themselves
RAIN is a transitional housing program located in Camarillo, California.
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.
Help our school! St. Mary Magdalen School, transitional kindergarten (TK) through grade 8, earns money by collecting Box Tops. Each box top is worth 10 cents. This is an easy and great way to help our school earn money. Please collect your box tops and turn them into the parish office.
Funds raised benefit KC charities and youth programs scholarships.
Hosted by the Adolfo Camarillo Knights of Columbus, Council 5272.
For years, our retreat leaders have volunteered their time (about 40 hours of preparation) and talent (years of experience sharing faith) for our Confirmation teens.
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.
Ventura County Youth Correctional Facility Thanks YOU
A note from Katya Acuna in the Catholic chaplain’s office:
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!!!
This year we collected gifts for St. Francis Parish in Fillmore, the San Salvador Mission in Piru, the RAIN project, OASIS, Immaculate Conception Parish in New Cuyama and the Ventura County Youth Correctional Facility.
Thank you for helping over 1,100 children or adults have a very special Christmas morning!
Also visit: Outreach
For those who wish to provide immediate financial support:
Immediate financial support will be provided through the Cardinal McIntyre Fund for Charity. The goal of the Cardinal McIntyre Fund for Charity is service to the "neediest of the needy” and those for whom no other resources exist and donations are tax deductible.
These gifts can be made in three ways:
For those who wish to donate material goods:
Resources available from city and county agencies:
Sunday December 10, 2017
Help religious communities.
“Your generous contribution helps us to care for our retired sisters and enables our younger sisters to continue in active ministry,” writes a religious sister.
Your gift to today’s collection helps provide medications, nursing care, and more for thousands of senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests.
Envelopes are in the church narthex.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Envelopes are in the church narthex to help our brothers and sisters in southeast Texas.
Please make checks payable to Catholic Charities USA and write Hurricane Harvey in the memo line, drop in the collection basket or the parish office. Thank you.
Also visit: Giving