St. Junipero Serra Catholic School

Outreach Ministries

….Where You Will Find The True Heart Of Our School.

St. Serra’s Outreach Ministries is where we connect our community with our faith.  Our Catholic faith is the core of our identity and it defines who we choose to be.  It is through God’s grace that we are able to serve - to give back to those in need, and to encourage hope and kindness to others so that they may see Christ in us.  Please join us in the many different avenues of our Outreach Ministries to be a part of our faith-filled family, to come together in prayer, service, friendship, and to stand SerraStrong.


SerraStrong in Prayer

 

Partners in Prayer

Please join us as we pray for our fellow St. Serra families in need. Once a week you will receive an e-mail with prayer requests from families in our community. We ask that those who receive these e-mails pray for the needs and praise reports. If you would like to receive the e-mails or be a part of this ministry, please e-mail Anastacia Escoboza at partnersinprayer@serraschool.org.

Prayer Requests

Prayer requests will remain anonymous unless otherwise specified. If you would like the Partners in Prayer members and our Parent Rosary group to pray for you, your family or special intentions, please e-mail your name, the prayer request, how long you would like to remain on the list (if longer than three weeks), and if you will need meal assistance, to Anastacia Escoboza at partnersinprayer@serraschool.org.

Parent Rosary

Everyone is welcome! If it has been a while since you last prayed the Rosary, we will help refresh your memory; or if you are unfamiliar with praying the Rosary, we will gladly teach you. It is a beautiful way to start your day. We meet on Fridays at 7:50 a.m. at the Blessed Virgin Mary stature in the middle school courtyard.  On St. Serra Mass days we will gather at 8:30 a.m. so that we may attend Mass after praying the Rosary. Please contact Veronica Thompson at rvklthompson@cox.net with any questions or to be added to the Parent Rosary email list.


 

Parent Faith Formation

 

A Moment in Time for Moms Book Study

Requirements for being a great mom – LOTS of PRAYERS!  Join us as we lean in closer to Jesus, listen to God’s words, and come together in support and prayers for each other as mamas!  We will dive into a new book for each session.  The past studies books were amazing - “Am I Messing Up My Kids?” and “Listen, Love, Repeat.” A new session of A Moment in Time for Moms book study will begin in Fall 2018.  Plan to join us!

 

Lenten Retreat

Each spring during the Lenten Season, our PTO presents a Lenten Renewal Retreat to refresh and recall our faith in order to be true servants and followers of Christ.  Our retreat is open to all and includes a light breakfast, an inspirational speaker, and time for fellowship.

Last year’s Lenten Retreat guest speaker, Alexis Walkenstein, spoke on “Forgiveness with the Grace of Mary.”  Alexis is an Emmy award-winning journalist and host of the weekly national Catholic radio show “Mary’s Touch.”  Alexis’ testimony showed us how we need to forgive in order to let go and move forward.  How our Mother Mary can help us undo the knots in our lives to set us free in order to forgive.

For more information about the Lenten Retreat, please contact Kathy Bonin at pto-outreach@serraschool.org.

 

Spiritual Support Materials

A variety of Catholic media is available on campus to encourage, support and educate. This includes a compilation of Lighthouse Catholic Media materials, Dynamic Catholic materials, our local diocese and parish publications, and more. All items can be found in the School Office. For information, please contact pto-outreach@serraschool.org.

 


Assistance Ministries

 

SerraServes 2018 ~ OneMeal Event

Our inaugural SerraServes 2018 event was undeniably a huge success!  Our SerraServes chair, Lindsay Hakimi, took a dream and made it a reality by providing an opportunity for our St. Serra community to come together as a family to serve and be an inspiration of faith to others.  We provided over 26,000 meals to the starving children of South Africa who would not have the chance of a future without assistance from communities like St. Serra.  This is the foundation for which we are built on - Bringing our community together to serve, being grateful for what has been given to us and giving back to others.  Please join us at our next SerraServes event. Details coming soon. For more information, please contact Lindsay Hakimi at pto-outreach@serraschool.org.

 

Serra Cares Ministry

Serra Cares assists St. Serra families who are in need because one or more family members are dealing with serious health problems (surgery, chemotherapy, long-term illness), have recently lost a loved one, or who have recently welcomed a new baby. In bereavement cases, the committee may assist with funeral arrangements, Rosary preparation, a post-memorial luncheon, carpooling and/or short-term meal coordination. In the case of a new baby or health problems, we may assist short-term meal coordination and/or carpooling. If you would like to help with this ministry or have a request, please contact Kathy Bonin at pto-outreach@serraschool.org.

 

Adopt-a-Family

Adopt-a-Family is our Advent Season Outreach Project coordinated by Carol Lawson and supported by PTO that benefits families selected by Catholic Charities.  It is a wonderful, heart-warming program where we adopt approximately 45 families who would not have a Christmas without the help of our generous families here at St. Serra.  For more information, please contact Carol Lawson at mandc_lawson@yahoo.com.


If you have any questions or are interested in any of the Outreach Ministries, please contact PTO VP Outreach Kathy Bonin at pto-outreach@serraschool.org.