Thank you from Adopt-A-Family
St. Vincent de Paul, our parish outreach ministry, thanks to all those parishioners who participated in the Adopt-A-Family program this past Christmas. Because of your generosity and goodwill, 21 families received Christmas gifts this year. Thank you very much. May God’s blessing be yours in the New Year!
This program meets a critical need in assisting our local community of families who have experienced a greater than usual financial hardship due to the pandemic. We are looking for families, who have been blessed this year and want to give back in gratitude, to participate by purchasing Christmas gifts for the family members they adopt. Your support will bring joy to your family as well as to the family you adopt during this holiday season.
Questions or to participate:
Annette Prosser (805) 558·7134, firstname.lastname@example.org
Also visit: St. Vincent de Paul, Groups, Outreach
Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization founded by Fr. Michael J. McGivney in 1882 has served the Church and its parishes and communities for 130 years! 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.
As a Knight, men 18+ have the opportunity to strengthen our parish, give back to the community, and grow in faith. Joining our local council doesn’t mean sacrificing quality time with your family; volunteering an hour here or there with your family can make a real difference.
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.
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.
Food pantry is now closed.
Thank you for your support.
The St. Mary Magdalen Food Pantry remains open and in need of support. At this time, they are asking for donations of toiletries (soaps, shampoos, etc.), peanut butter, and socks, though they will gratefully receive anything.
Contact St. Mary Magdalen Christian Service:
Fairways to Heaven
Congratulations to our Catholic Charities Partners in Service Honorees!
On Sunday, February 16, Padre Serra joined with other parishes in Ventura County to honor and thank parishioners for their dedication to ministry and life as Jesus' disciple. Padre Serra proudly honored Laurie Nichols and Terri Korell.
Laurie Nichols and her husband Jim joined Padre Serra when it was established in July 1988. Over the past 32 years, Laurie has been an engaged parishioner and disciple of Jesus. In the early years, she was a faith formation catechist, children's liturgy facilitator, alter server leader, and confirmation retreat volunteer. In the past 15 years, Laurie has served on the baptism team, as a Eucharistic Minister and, with her husband Jim, on the married couples retreat team. She has led our parish Welcome Team from its inception five years ago and currently leads the 44-member lector team. Through it all, she has sung in the alto section of the adult choir, which brings her tremendous joy.
Terri Korell's life of ministry began in high school, where she was president of the Young Catholics in Action at San Gabriel Mission High School in San Gabriel, CA. She received her degree in nursing and had dedicated her working life to caring for the health needs of her patients for 46 years. Since 2002, she has served as a Eucharistic Minister. For the last twelve years, she has been a member of our parish's St. Vincent De Paul conference, where she has served as the Vincentian conference and district recording secretaries. Most recently, she has served as our conference's president.
Also visit: Adults, Giving, SVdP, Volunteer
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.
Deacon Luc Papillon
(805) 482 · 6417 x412
Linda Lowe and Deacon Luc Papillon.
Photo by Julius Acero
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Also visit: Care, Bereavement Ministry, Funeral Planning, Lent
Photography by Julius Acero
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.
Through volunteer efforts and generous donations, Many Meals provides free home-cooked meals twice a week to the under served and homeless in Camarillo.
Meals are served twice a week
Sacristans ensure that all the materials needed to celebrate liturgy are ready and in place for each celebration.
Padre Serra serves breakfast the 3rd Sunday of each month.
To help, contact:
Deacon Neil Kingsley
Sunday, March 8
Laurie Nichols, Jackie Perrin and Sheila Montgomery
Photo by Julius Acero
Every Sunday morning, rain or shine, we serve coffee, donuts and fresh fruit after each Mass.
Ministers of coffee and donuts are always needed. This is a great opportunity for adults, teens and children to share in friendship, fellowship, and conversation. Working side-by-side pouring joe and serving dough!
To get involved, contact:
Also visit: Weekend Experience
This is a fairly new ministry at Padre Serra, but one that will inevitably grow and deepen.
We are looking for people to help “mix” sound at Mass and at some Serra Center events, but this will likely expand to other responsibilities sooner rather than later. Training will be provided.
If you’re interested, please contact Bill Giles at email@example.com who is coordinating this exciting ministry.
Also visit: Giving, Music
We are indebted to Griffin Mortuary for their long-standing gift of yearly calendars to our parish. They are no longer able to continue, so we are looking for a parishioner or business who would like to sponsor our 2020 parish calendars.
For details, contact Pam Kingsley firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, faith formation for children, youth ministry, all volunteers and participants for a spooky, family-friendly, fun evening in the Serra Center! See you next year!
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