December 15, 16
Saturday, November 17
November 17, 18
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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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
Baby Bottle Collection
“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
Simply follow this link to www.escrip.com and use Group Code 136559191
- Amazon Smile
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- Ralphs Community
Follow this link to register your Ralphs card
OASIS gifts through Angel Tags Christmas Program.
One Can Makes a Difference
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."
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 email@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
(805) 482·6417 x330
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Please select "Mission Co-Op Appeal" and include at the box "Parish Name & Special Instructions":
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