Our parish Safeguard the Children Committee serves as the eyes, ears and voice for children and the vulnerable in our community. Over the last several years, the committee has worked with the parish leadership and staff to provide a safe environment for our children, resulting in a number of improvements and the implementation of important policies. Visit Parish Safeguard the Children for more information.
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We have a Parish Safeguard the Children Committee that serves as the eyes, ears and voice for children and the vulnerable in our community. Over the last several years, the committee has worked with the parish leadership and staff to provide a safe environment for our children, resulting in a number of improvements and the implementation of important policies. Visit Parish Safeguard for more information.
March 16 - 18, 2018
It's what Jesus said!
Seven themes of our Catholic Social Teaching:
For further reading and understanding of these themes, click here for a link to the US Bishops website.
LAUDATO SI: ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME · Read Pope Francis' encyclical.
Friday, February 16
February 15 - March 20, 2018
Padre Serra is hosting the following sessions:
February 16 12:15pm
The Gospel of Mark:
Faithful Followers of Jesus
Fr. Felix Just, SJ
Mark’s Gospel is proclaimed at mass this year. Come learn how to get the most of Mark. Fr. Felix will help us understand how this gospel is different than others,
what his message is and how we can follow Jesus more closely.
Marriage in Seven Bumper Stickers
Dr. Janice Daurio
The divorce rate among Catholics is almost as high as it is for the U.S. in general.
Dr. Daurio will unpack this and offer seven simple ideas about marriage.
Question & Answer
Fr. Patrick Mullen
Fr. Patrick will answer your anonymous question, written at the beginning of the session, so you can come to a deeper understanding of our beautiful Catholic faith.
Islam in Today's World: Sunni, Shai, Sufi
What's the difference?
Dr. Amir Hussain
Dr. Hussain will explain the differences between these various sects within Islam with a view to understanding the Middle East today.
Fellowship and Faith through Creative Writing
Linda Lowe & Panel
Our own Padre Serra Writers’ Ministry will share how they use stories, poems and essays to share faith and spiritual strength with one another. Come learn more about this vibrant ministry in our parish!
Something Fishy about Jonah
Fr. Bill Lowe
The book and story of Jonah is short and rather strange. Fr. Bill will guide us through its context and how it’s relevant for us today. Bring your bible.
Overview of Catholic teaching on the end of life and care options
Advance Health Care Directives and POLST
What to do when a death occurs: mortuaries and Catholic funeral options
Discipleship: Becoming Fools for Christ
This year's parish mission is an invitation to explore the radical foolishness of Christianity as a positive force for change and conversion in the face of division, discrimination, and violence in our world. Looking at the Scripture with new eyes, journeying with wisdom figures like St. Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis, we will reflect on ways to overcome our tendency to 'water down' or domesticate our faith and the message of the Gospel, so that we can respond to Christ's call to be foolish according to the logic of the world and become wise in the eyes of God.
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Daniel P. Horan, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province of New York, worldwide marathon runner, musician, retreat director, blogger, theology professor, columnist for America magazine and author of several award-winning books, including Dating God.
Get to know more through his website:
and YouTube channel:
We take our cars in for periodic oil changes. We see our physicians for an annual physical or wellness check. The same is needed for our spiritual lives, individually and as a faith community, and we can't always get away for a retreat. So a parish mission is that "shot in the arm", that energizing renewal of our personal faith as Jesus' disciples and our parish community's commitment to the Body of Christ.
Do you want a better understanding of God’s will for your life? Are you seeking a chance to grow personally and spiritually? Do you want to know what your spiritual gifts are and how to use them in life and ministry?
Spiritual Gifts Discovery is a multi-day workshop that fosters spiritual and personal growth. Through teaching, prayer, and faith sharing in pairs, you will come to understand more fully whom God created you to be and what God wants you to do with your life. Each session builds on the previous so commitment to the journey is key.
For more information, please contact Teresa Runyon
September 13, 2017
The 2017 SCRC Convention provides a choice of programs:
- Regular Talks
- A special Christ Triumphant track
- Teen Conference
- Children's Program and other special programs
Everybody has one!
Realism or Non-Realism
Absolutism or Relativism
Absolutism or Relativism
What is God?
Wishful Thinking or Mind-Independent Existence
We’ll discuss what’s real, what’s true, what’s right and what God is.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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