St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Westlake offers SHINE (Singles Having Inspirational New Experiences), a social ministry for women and men age 40+ who are divorced, widowed, and never married, and who are Catholic or interested in the Catholic faith. Learn more: stmaxchurch.org/shine or contact email@example.com
For care and support during your separation or divorce, learn more about the Padre Serra Divorce Support Group.
Also visit: Care, Groups
Persons with mental illness often suffer in silence, hidden and unrecognized by others. Consider this stark contrast: a person with a medical disease, such as cancer, will usually receive an outpouring of sympathy and support from their parish and community; a person diagnosed with a mental illness, such as depression, crippling anxiety, or bipolar disorder, frequently experiences isolation and inadequate support, often because of the unjust social stigma of mental illness. This should not be so in our civic communities and cannot be so in our Catholic communities. Those living with a mental illness should never bear these burdens alone, nor should their families who struggle heroically to assist their loved ones. We Christians must encounter them accompany them, comfort them, and help bear their burdens in solidarity with them—offering our understanding, prayers, and tangible and ongoing assistance. – from Hope and Healing
Padre Serra is committed to accompanying you and your loved one and offers these resources:
Questions: Teresa Runyon firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 482·6417 x322.
Aubrey Alexander or Teresa Runyon
We have partnered with VC Foster Kids' Faith in Motion program, our parish invites you to consider the following ways to support and care for children in the foster care system from birth to transitioning young adults and their families.
There are many ways to get involved. Become a:
To learn about the many ways to be involved from prayer companion to becoming a foster family and everything in between and/or to help with our first project, email Teresa Runyon or Aubrey Alexnader
Also visit: Care
Offers assistance with meals to those who are recovering from illness, accidents, injuries, and surgeries.
“When I was recovering from surgery, I thought my husband could just take care of our meals. But once I got home little did we realize how much time and energy he would need to care for me and attend to my needs. We made a call to Denise and Gwen and are so grateful to Good Samaritans for providing delicious meals which allowed me to focus on recovery and freed my husband to focus on caregiving.” – Diane R
SVDP is 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 Korell email@example.com
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."
Ways to help in the good work of St. Vincent de Paul:
SVDP relies on donations to support their efforts. Ongoing simple fundraising opportunities include:
The donation truck is onsite twice a year to accept your donations of gently used clothing, books, games, DVD/CDs, sports gear, toys, and small household items such as lamps, small appliances, frames, etc.
One Can Makes a Difference
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.
A ministry for those healing from divorce
First & Third Tuesday of the month
Grace Martinez, Cynthia Jones Campbell, Jett Clyne.
Photo by Julius Acero
(805) 482·6417, firstname.lastname@example.org
Find more information and the list of support ministries that are open and offered right here at the parish at Care & Support Ministries.
When a member of Christ’s body dies, the faithful are called to a ministry of bereavement for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Christian consolation is rooted in the hope that comes from our faith in the saving death and resurrection of Jesus.
The ministry’s goal is that the bereaved feel and understand our parish’s authentic concern and receive our genuine support. Our role is not to “heal” or to help someone “get over” their loss but rather to accompany them on their journey of grief, to help them mourn, and most importantly, to listen.
We do this through several contact points by phone call or cards from a Bereavement Minister: at the time of the funeral, 1-2 months after the death, and other times in the first year of grief.
A Bereavement Minister is a good listener, confidential, non-judgmental, compassionate, patient, and has a genuine concern for others.
To learn more about this ministry, contact:
Marlyee Hrabovsky, email@example.com
Betty Bright Martinez, firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a God who knows how to weep, who weeps with us; he is also a Father who waits to console us, because he knows our suffering and has prepared for us a different future. – Pope Francis
Photography by Julius Acero
We accompany active duty members, reserve military members and your families for as long as you’re here. Our ministers will welcome you, help you connect with the parish and ministries, discern any particular needs, support your family while you’re here or deployed, and be of assistance in any way possible.
If you’re an active or reserve member of any branch of the military, we’d love to meet you and your family.
Dave Gutierrez email@example.com
Also visit: Adults
Fourth Tuesday of the month
Santa Barbara Room
Lou Ann Paolella
(805) 551 · 8014
Also visit: Care
A fellowship ministry where LGBTQ brothers, sisters, and their families and friends in Christ are welcome in a safe harbor to explore spirituality and share experiences, strength, and hope.
Contact: Sue Powers (805) 390-2824 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Powers and Margaret Vesprini
Photo By Julius Acero
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”
– Matthew 5:4
Offers loving, caring support to those who have lost a loved one.
A Caring Ministry for Returning Catholics
Begins Thursday, January 23
Gwen Ripplinger, Denise Ginty.
Photo by Julius Acero
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