Life may have kept you from attending Holy Week services in the past. This might be the year for you to do a deep spiritual dive into Holy Week, either by watching our lifestream or by viewing the services at a time that best works for you. Keep God at the heart of things.
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The holiest week of the year. Take part in one or all of these liturgies and devotions as we travel to the hope of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
In light of the well being of parishioners as a priority, The University Series has canceled all sessions for the remainder of the 2020 season. For more information, contact The University Series team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult education in Lent
The University Series offers sessions connecting faith with real life in areas such as current events, contemporary moral issues, evangelization, faith and science, marriage and family, church history, scripture, prayer, and other priorities set by the Los Angeles Archdiocesan Synod.
Sessions include multi-media presentations and always allow time for your questions.
$8/person, available at the door, includes a guest.
Sessions at Serra Center
7:30 - 9:00 pm
Deep dive into Matthew
Fr. Patrick Mullen
4 Part Series
This Bible study, beginning in The University Series, and continuing in the following months, will do a close study of the text, always asking, “How can we apply the teachings of this Gospel to our lives?” Bring your bibles, an open and inquisitive mind, your love for God, and your willingness to encounter Jesus. Come to one night, or come to all!
* The original published date of March 16 date was cancelled due to a parish event.
Rekindling the Flame
Sr. Carol Quinlivin
Tuesday, March 3
The Celtic Christian motivation to find Divine in all created nature speaks with uncanny relevance to many of the concerns of our present time. The ancient wisdom, visual images, poetry, and prayers of Celtic Christian spirituality can re-ignite your imagination, restoring what you have neglected or forgotten. The stories and legends surrounding Sts. Patrick and Brigid of Kildare and their tireless evangelization can help you become a better friend to yourself and others. Come learn more about the Celtic tradition.
Where is the Pope taking the Church-now?
Tuesday, March 17
Will we have married priests? Women deacons? A Vatican bank free from scandal? A new slate of cardinals? What are we to make of the daily news from synods, papal trips, and competing factions? Hear the world’s foremost Vatican reporter and learn how to answer “What is going on in the Vatican?”
Good Grief: Telling A Thousand Stories
Dr. Ross Porter
Tuesday, March 31
It has been said that grief ends when a thousand stories are told. Because this life is filled with loss, grief is an essential part of healing and growing, and a virtue everyone needs to understand. Dr. Porter will address the “why” and the “how” of good grief.
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We recommend bringing a camp chair, water, umbrella for shade.
The liturgies of Palm Sunday begin with the celebration of the Lord’s triumphal messianic entry into Jerusalem to the acclaim of crowds shouting “Hosanna!” We gather in the courtyard to hear the proclamation of the Gospel account of this event. Palms are blessed and distributed, followed by a procession into the church.
Palms are an ancient symbol of victory and Catholics often display the palms, received this Sunday, on a crucifix in their homes. The Hebrew word Hosanna means “(O Lord) grant salvation” but it has become an acclamation of jubilation and welcome.
Once inside the church, the focus shifts to Jesus’ suffering and death as we hear the proclamation of his Passion from the Gospel of Mark this year. We celebrate the Eucharist with Jesus’ words and actions at the Last Supper still echoing in our minds and hearts.
Photos by Julius Acero
Mardi Gras or "Fat Tuesday," is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday. In the past, people would clean out their cupboards, removing all the sugar, fat, and lard to prepare for the forty days of fasting ahead. Here at Padre Serra, we share a delicious dinner or dessert and talk about what we will do as a family to draw closer to Jesus this Lent.
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Lenten reconciliation has been canceled.
Wednesday, March 25
Consider these additional ways to fast this Lent:
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- Observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday
- Applies to all persons ages 18 to 59
- One full meatless meal per day and two small meatless meals sufficient to maintain strength but do not equal a full meal
- Liquids, including milk and fruit juice, are permitted
- If health or ability to work is affected, fasting is not recommended
- Private, self-imposed observance of fasting on Lenten weekdays is encouraged
- Parents should ensure that children who are not bound by the laws of fasting and abstinence are taught an authentic sense of penance, conversion, and reconciliation
- Fr. Patrick offers additional ways to fast. Learn more Lenten Fasting
- Catholics are obliged and encouraged to confess sacramentally all serious sins not previously acknowledged in individual confession
- Opportunities for reconciliation:
- Saturdays 3:45 - 4:45 pm
- Our Community Lenten Reconciliation Service will also have at least 12 loving priests to hear individual confessions. Please bring a can of food for the food pantry
Liturgy and Devotions
- Catholics are encouraged to participate in the Eucharistic liturgy during Lent
- Devotions such as Stations of the Cross, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and other traditional practices – including increased prayer, Scripture and spiritual reading, alms, personal discipline, increased care and service to the sick and needy – are also recommended
- All initiated Catholics are to receive Communion at least once a year and during the Lent and Easter seasons: first Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday unless it is fulfilled at some other time of the year
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Our Lenten Stations of the Cross Family Craft gathering has been cancelled. Kits will be available after Mass on Sunday for you to take home and work on this beautiful and prayerful project.
Sunday, March 15
Tuesday, April 2
5:30 - 7:30 pm
For families with children in Spark! Grades 1 - 5.
(Younger and older siblings are welcome too; the workshop is geared to elementary age children and their families).
May Holy Week become a rich experience for your family.
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On Sunday, March 3, they celebrated the Rite of Election with Bishop Barron at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ventura along with many other catechumens from our region. They were recognized for the progress they have made as disciples of Jesus. Their godparents testified on their behalf as they stood before the bishop who declared, “Elect of God: the Church, in the name of Christ, calls you to the sacraments at the next Easter Vigil!” Lent is the Elect’s final and intense period of preparation for the sacraments.
Please pray for them throughout this season as we all prepare for the glorious celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection.
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