Sessions at Serra Center
Deep dive into Matthew
Fr. Patrick Mullen
4 Part Series
This Bible study, beginning in The University Series, and continuing in the following months, will do a close study of the text, always asking, “How can we apply the teachings of this Gospel to our lives?” Bring your bibles, an open and inquisitive mind, your love for God, and your willingness to encounter Jesus. Come to one night, or come to all!
* The original published date of March 16 date was cancelled due to a parish event.
Rekindling the Flame
Sr. Carol Quinlivin
Tuesday, March 3
The Celtic Christian motivation to find Divine in all created nature speaks with uncanny relevance to many of the concerns of our present time. The ancient wisdom, visual images, poetry, and prayers of Celtic Christian spirituality can re-ignite your imagination, restoring what you have neglected or forgotten. The stories and legends surrounding Sts. Patrick and Brigid of Kildare and their tireless evangelization can help you become a better friend to yourself and others. Come learn more about the Celtic tradition.
Where is the Pope taking the Church-now?
Tuesday, March 17
Will we have married priests? Women deacons? A Vatican bank free from scandal? A new slate of cardinals? What are we to make of the daily news from synods, papal trips, and competing factions? Hear the world’s foremost Vatican reporter and learn how to answer “What is going on in the Vatican?”
Good Grief: Telling A Thousand Stories
Dr. Ross Porter
Tuesday, March 31
It has been said that grief ends when a thousand stories are told. Because this life is filled with loss, grief is an essential part of healing and growing, and a virtue everyone needs to understand. Dr. Porter will address the “why” and the “how” of good grief.
Fr. Patrick's Picks
Due to Covid-19 and the concern for parishioners' well being, our series has been postponed until
April 3. Check back for details
A six-week Marriage enrichment series to explore God’s plan for your marriage and family.
Will you love, honor and cherish each other for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, no matter which way the toothpaste is squeezed, where the dirty clothes end up, during football season, through job changes, emotional and body changes...for the rest of your life?
If you are unable to make all 6, come to as many as possible; each night is different. Isn’t your marriage that important?
$40/couple. Child care will be available.
Robert & Susan Evans
Also visit: Married Couples Ministry
Next series begins Monday, February 24
6:30 - 9:00 pm
San Fernando room
To broaden perspectives, each of the three phases includes an immersion where participants visit local organizations and connect with those living and working on the margins of society. Each phase also contains a retreat that provides a foundation for community building. Each phase is stand-alone and can be taken in any order.
JustFaith is ecumenical and all Christian faiths are welcome.
"Somehow, the highest praise of God is not in speaking unintelligibly but, rather, in speaking a language of inclusion where barriers are dismantled, circles are widened, and no one is left outside." - Fr. Gregory Boyle
Journey to Justice
Mondays, February 24 – April 13
Registration in the courtyard February 8 and 9
$70 per person includes three books, online resources, retreat, and immersion experience.
Register by February 21, space is limited.
An 8-week small group faith formation journey to learn and live Jesus’ gospel message to care for the poor. What does it mean to live the Gospel? JustFaith Catholic will challenge us to revisit how our faith informs our responsibility to each other. It will awaken us to the realities of racial and economic inequalities in the U.S. It will remind us that to be faithful to Jesus, we must live out the Scripture’s command to care for the poor and marginalized among us.
Questions and registration: Michelle Paschen email@example.com
Living Simply – Caring for the Earth
Participants embrace the invitation to care for the Earth as they investigate the teachings of our faith.
Questions and to register:
Joe Zuback firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Freeberg email@example.com
Living Compassionately – Caring for the Poor
Participants focus on poverty, consumerism, and the Gospel call to care for the poor.
Questions and to register: Michelle Paschen firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 21 -
Second Tuesday of the month
10:00 - 11:00 am
San Juan Capistrano room
- learn a new language and experience the benefits in mind and spirit
- learn Catholic prayers
- will help with conversation, vocabulary, reading, writing.
Following Living Liturgy Bible Study. No cost.
We gather. We pray. We write.
New members are welcome anytime to our friendly group.
We explore and practice different types of writing and read our work to one another each week. Some days we do “free writing” for ten minutes on a chosen topic.
Other weeks we read our prepared pieces (up to 500 words) on a designated subject. Our comments on one another’s writing are constructive and honor the deep feelings that are expressed.
We share each other resources about writing , and equally the responsibility for the successful working of the group.
Our topics are not overtly “religious,” but give us an opportunity to express the concerns of our souls. Many consider the experience to be healing. We encourage humor and playfulness; we laugh a lot. This is as much a faith sharing group as it is a writing group. We pray together. We take care of one another.
Learn about our ministry and meet our members, some who have published their stories, and will have their books available for purchase. Their works might create a nice Christmas gift!
Also visit: Adults
Third Thursday of the month
Encounter Jesus through Mary.
Written by Fr. Michael Gaitley, 33 Days to Morning Glory is a six-week small group journey to draw closer to Jesus through his mother, culminating in consecration to him through Mary. We'll learn what the Church and four great saints - Louis de Montfort, Maximilian Kolbe, Mother Teresa, John Paul II - have to teach us about the power and influence Mary and then how to live as better disciples. Whether you are brand new to the concept of Marian Consecration, or you wish to renew your consecration, you are invited.
Questions: Grace Martinez email@example.com
Tuesday, November 5
Saturday, September 28
“Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance and, if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
- C.S. Lewis
Tuesday, October 23
A Model for Mass Goers
Sponsored by the Adult Faith Formation Team.
Friday, September 14
Monday, October 29
Tuesday, April 17
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
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.
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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.
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