Also visit: Care
St. Vincent De Paul (SVDP) offers confidential tangible assistance to those in need on a person to person basis. Aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or through direct dollar or in-kind service. Those in need should call 805-504-4753. A member is on call Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
SVDP is a Catholic organization 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 Korrell.
SVDP relies on donations to support their efforts. Ongoing simple fundraising opportunities include:
Once or twice a year the donation truck comes onsite Sunday morning to accept your donations of gently used clothing, books, games, DVD/CDs, sports gear, toyas, and small household items such as lamps, small appliances, frames, etc. Our most recent collection was Sunday, April 15, 2018. Check back often for future dates.
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
This is a beautiful, wonderful, friendly bunch of folks! Every year with about 600 children and teens enrolled in after school learning, we really need about 100 loving, happy adults to help teach and lead.
This small army of volunteers are the face of Jesus and his church to our young people. Our Faith Formation staff do all the work! We plan and write all the lessons, prepare all the games, crafts and other materials. We create teams of two to lead the sessions then train, mentor and guide you throughout the year. You are never alone. You
just have a great time rolling it out with your partner.
We already have 80 people returning, just need about 20 more!! Is this for you?
Also Visit: Children
Help serve refreshments at parish events with a welcoming smile on a great team.
Contact: Teresa Runyon
Helping Homeless Families Help Themselves
RAIN is a transitional housing program located in Camarillo, California.
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.
Prepares and serves healthy meals. It is a unique collaboration of church, temples, and clubs to serve the neediest in Ventura, serving lunch three days a week and breakfast on the weekend.
Padre Serra serves breakfast the 3rd Sunday of each month.
To help, contact:
Deacon Neil Kingsley
Hospitality Ministers welcome us as we arrive to worship, helping us find our way around the worship space and into comfortable seats, facilitating our processions (especially at Communion), and handing out worship aids and bulletins. They help all of us be responsible stewards by taking up the collection at the liturgy. This ministry is open to new members.
A national fraternal Catholic organization founded by Fr. Michael J. McGivney in 1882. Today it is the world's largest Catholic men's organization dedicated to upholding the teachings of the Catholic Church, helping people in need and fostering a bond between members.
Our local Knights of Columbus Council #5272 is made up of men from Padre Serra and St. Mary Magdalen parishes. They coordinate and carry out fundraising and social events to support a variety of charitable causes and Catholic education.
For more information about the Knights, please visit Council 5272's website
We would love to have a list of professionals who can help advise us from time to time on preventative maintenance and capital projects.
The dream is to have 20 to 30 names on file and call on 2-3 at any one time. If you are an architect, engineer, electrician, plumber, contractor, painter, landscape professional, roofer, locksmith, builder, inspector, know about sound systems, video systems, concrete, HVAC, lighting and the like, please call (805) 482·6417 x 323.
Thanks and Blessings!
Sacristan ministry is coordinated by Deacon Neil Kingsley.
Sacristans ensure that all the materials needed to celebrate liturgy are ready and in place for each celebration.
Deacon Luc Papillon
(805) 482 · 6417 x412
Take Communion to the sick, hospitalized and homebound, thereby taking Christ through faith and charity, on behalf of the whole community.
Celebrating the Eucharist is central to our faith. However, due to illness or injury, many Catholics in our parish and community cannot join in the celebration.
Our desire is to stay connected with them so we have a team of volunteers, Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick, who bring Communion to convalescent, nursing, and individual homes as well as local hospitals.
If you or a loved one are sick, hospitalized and/or homebound and would like Communion brought to you, please contact the parish office or Deacon Luc Papillon.
Lectors proclaim the Word of God to the assembly at liturgy, voice the community’s petitions in the Prayer of the Faithful, and make announcements.
About Bob Shadduck
Robert D. Shadduck is the Director of Altar Servers, a position held for 20 years. He holds a Certificate of Director of Liturgy from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and has worked as Director of Worship in two parishes. Bob has served as master of ceremonies for several bishops and directed major liturgies including Dedication of a Church, ordinations, Chrism Masses, countless Triduum liturgies, and Confirmations. He has worked with the RCIA process for over eighteen years as catechist and director of rites. Bob received both his bachelor and master degrees from Loyola University of Los Angeles. In 1999, he was bestowed the Papal Honor “Benemerenti” by Pope John Paul II, in recognition of committed service to Christ and the Church. He is also the recipient of the Ad Altare Dei award.
Bob Shadduck co-authored Guide for Servers (Español), a book in The Liturgical Ministry Series published by Liturgy Training Publications in Chicago.
Many families in our community are in need this Christmas.
Would you consider blessing a family through our Adopt-A-Family program?
To participate call Melissa Romero (818) 640·1790.
Help prune the prayer garden.