Monday, December 9
Somethin’s Comin’, Sometin’ Good.
Tuesday, October 15
Sponsored by the Adult Faith Formation Team.
November 16, 17, 23, 24
Chorus Caritas in Concert
Our mission is to create beautiful choral music and to support charities who do the work of disciples - caring for "the least of these."
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".
A One Night Only special screening of Hesburgh at the Paseo Camarillo Theater, with a Q&A by director Patrick Creadon!
Opens Monday July 1st
Thank you for your generous support of our 2019 troop pancake breakfast fundraiser!
Every year our parish Boy Scout Troop 257 hosts a pancake breakfast complete with raffle baskets and silent auction items! The menu includes pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice, milk and coffee. Proceeds help the Scouts pay for summer camp, other activities, and Scouting gear. Thank you!
For donation opportunities or questions please contact:
Also visit: Scouts
Photography by Julius Acero
Saturday, April 27
1:00 to 4:00 pm
5012 Seminary Road, Camarillo, CA 93012
For information, contact (805) 482·2755, x1105 or email@example.com
Also visit: stjohnsem.edu
A heartfelt thank you from Unbound!
We hope this “Thank you” from some very special people will bless you!
Listen to Fr. Ighacho
Sponsor a child, youth, or elder in Latin America, Asia and Africa. No matter who we are or where we live, we’re all part of one human family created in God’s image. When you sponsor a child, young adult or elder through Unbound, you invest in personalized benefits that support goals chosen by the sponsored individual and their family such as education, dignified housing, better nutrition and developing livelihoods.
As a sponsor, you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing you’re living out your faith as part of a caring, inclusive global community. You’ll also learn about your new friend from letters and photos, and you can write and send photos to your friend, too!
Witness firsthand the work of Unbound.
Learn more about Awareness Trips
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
If you would like to donate funds to cover the cost of certain expenses for the tournament or dinner, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Thanks and blessings for being a part of this effort to support Youth Ministry!
Fairways to Heaven event:
Saturday, November 17
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?
Please DO NOT include the following:
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 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
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
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
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