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
Available in the parish office with our Faith Life Minister, Teresa Runyon, who will listen, help to discern your needs, and provide referrals to our many support ministries, clergy or other resources.
(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.
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 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.
Sue Powers and Margaret Vesprini
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“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.
Covid Update: Those who are unvaccinated are encouraged to wear masks.
“Christ calls us to attend to those who have mental illness and provide hope and healing.”
Padre Serra is committed to accompanying you and your loved one and offers these resources:
- Recommendation mental health professionals in our area. To obtain the list, contact Teresa Runyon firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 482·6417 x322
- Our parish Support and Care Ministries and Referrals
- St. Julie Billiart (Newbury Park) Mental Health Ministry: stjulieschurch.org/mental-health-ministry.
We have partnered with St. Julie’s to bring awareness and support through information events.
- Archdiocese of Los Angeles Mental Health Resources: old.la-archdiocese.org/org/oljp/Pages/Mental-Health-and-Suicide
- California Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on caring for those with mental illness Hope and Healing: www.cacatholic.org/hope_and_healing
- Christianity and Mental Illness, an article by Julianne Miles at Catholic News Agency catholicnewsagency.com
- Podcast Series with Katie Prejean McGrady
Ave Explores: Stress, Anxiety, and Mental Health
- May is Mental Health Awareness Month
- Catholic Counselors - Dr. Greg Popcak
- More2Life Podcast - Dr. Greg Popcak
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- NAMI Ventura
Questions: Teresa Runyon email@example.com or (805) 482·6417 x322.
A Caring Ministry for Returning Catholics
If you are an inactive Catholic you may want to consider Landings.
We are a group of Catholics who, for any number of reasons, were away from the church and came back to regular attendance and active participation.
We share our faith journeys and want to hear your stories. We also discuss contemporary Catholic themes and have resources available for questions about the Catholic Faith and the Church.
Landings is a 10-week series that offers a safe place to tell one’s story, discern a place in the Church, and find a way home. Join us; we welcome you.
or call Teresa Runyon
(805) 482 · 6417 x322
Also visit: Adults Faith Formation
Gwen Ripplinger, Denise Ginty.
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Invites active and reserve military members and families to connect for fellowship, support, and engagement in our parish family for as short or as long as you're here. We'd love to hear from you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Also visit: Adults
For care and support during your separation or divorce, learn more about the Padre Serra Divorce Support Group.
Also visit: Care, Groups
Our parish Lazarus Ministry is essential and needed. More importantly, it’s a ministry of loving people into God’s hands after death, escorting them with our prayers and supporting their family and friends.
Many non-Catholics and non-practicing Catholics who don’t know the liturgy, nor the responses, attend our funerals. As a member of the Lazarus Ministry, you simply attend the funerals, as your schedule allows, to pray and sing the responses.
Your presence and participating alone support the grieving family and friends as they celebrate the life of the deceased, whether you know them personally or not. No special skills are required. No time commitment beyond the one-hour funeral liturgy. Just your loving presence and participation.
When a funeral is scheduled, you will receive an email with details from Jane Riggio.
Questions and to sign up:
Teresa Runyon email@example.com
Also visit: Care, Bereavement Ministry, Funeral Planning, Lent
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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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Betty Bright Martinez, email@example.com
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
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Fourth Tuesday of the month
Santa Barbara Room
Lou Ann Paolella
(805) 551 · 8014
Also visit: Care
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