Serra Club of North Columbus Vocation Luncheon for Boys

On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the annual Serra Club of North Columbus Vocation Luncheon for Boys took place at the Jessing Center on the Josephinum Campus. The luncheon was supported by a grant from the Catholic Foundation.

Fr. Ed Shikina, parochial vicar for St. Brendan the Navigator parish, was the keynote speaker. He earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Pontifical College Josephinum and credited Fr. Paul Noble, Director of Vocations for the diocese of Columbus, for encouraging him in his vocation. He showed the video, Fishers of Men, by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). This film inspired Fr. Shikina to compare vocations to the priesthood to the call to become superheroes—to be someone remarkable and do something remarkable.

Fr. Jeff Rimelspach, Chaplain for the Serra Club of North Columbus, provided the opening and closing prayers for vocations.

Students from St. Brendan the Navigator, St. Brigid of Kildare, St. Pius X, Immaculate Conception, Bishop Ready, and St. Francis de Sales attended the event. They toured the grounds and buildings of the Pontifical College Josephinum after the luncheon.

St. Brenda the Navigator Students with Father Ed Shikina
St. Brendan the Navigator Students at the Luncheon

 

St. Brigid of Kildare Students with Father Ed Shikina
Immaculate Conception Students with Father Ed Shikina
St. Francis de Sales Students with Father Ed Shikina
Serra Club of North Columbus Vocation Luncheon for Boys 2019
Bishop Ready Students with Father Ed Shikina
Brogan Malony of St. Pius X with Fr. Jeff Rimelspach and Fr. Ed Shikina

Serra Club of North Columbus Vocation Luncheon for Girls

On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, the annual Serra Club of North Columbus Vocation Luncheon for Girls took place at the Jessing Center on the Josephinum Campus.  The luncheon was supported by a grant from the Catholic Foundation.

Sr. Bozena Tyborowska was the speaker.  She is a member of the Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception LSIC.  Sr. Tyborowska was born in Poland.  She has been a sister for 20 years and is an Early Education Teacher and Vocation Director for her congregation.

The luncheon was targeted at young women from eighth grade through twelfth grade.  A tour of the Josephinum followed the program.

Serrans Salute Religious Sisters

Christmas in September!

Over 80 sisters from various congregations gathered at the Martin DePorres Center on Saturday, September 29, to enjoy a festive luncheon in their honor, hosted by the Serra Club of North Columbus. Since it was the Feast of St. Wenceslaus, a “Christmas in September” theme created much festivity!

Tables were festooned in red, with creches as centerpieces!

Each sister was entered in a drawing for door prizes.

Ginger West MC’d the door prize drawing in her inimitable style!

The Serra Club Choir, directed by St. Gabriel Radio’s Bill Messerly, led in the singing of “Good King Wenceslaus”.

A plentiful buffet of traditional Christmas dinner fare was enjoyed by all!

 

Serra North Moved by “Warriors to Lourdes”

At their August 6th luncheon meeting, the Serra Club of North Columbus  heard from member Patrick Kent, who captivated them with the story of his recent pilgrimage with Warriors to Lourdes. He shared a gripping and moving video explaining the annual trip to Lourdes for combat veterans and their sponsors.

Warriors to Lourdes is a cooperative effort between the Archdiocese for Military Services and the Knights of Columbus. For full details go to www.warriorstolourdes.com

Downtown Club Awards Vocations Crucifix to All Saints Academy

Serran Vocations Crucifix Inspires Students to Pray About and For Vocations

Club President Virginia Hardy presents the Serran Vocations Crucifix to All Saints Academy Principal Laura Miller, as Fr. David Schalk watches.

The Serra Club of Downtown Columbus presented their first Serran Vocations Crucifix to All Saints Academy at the Club’s lunch meeting on July 12, 2019 at Saint Charles’ Cavello Center.

Father David Schalk,  Pastor of Christ the King  Church, blessed the crucifix. It was then presented to  Mrs. Laura Miller, the Principal of All Saints Academy, by Serra Club President  Mrs. Virginia Hardy and  Mr. Tom Murphy, President-elect. Music Teacher Mrs. Liz Carle  and 3rd  grade student Iyonna Godfrey accompanied Mrs. Miller for the presentation. 

The Serran Vocations Crucifix comes with a prayer program for students that encourages them to pray for their vocation, to be open and follow God’s will for what He calls them to be.

The Downtown Serra Club launched their Serran  Vocations Crucifix  program in July 2018, with a Crucifix blessed by Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, who serves as the Episcopal Adviser to Serra International. During Eucharistic Adoration, the crucifix had been touched to a relic of Saint  Junipero Serra at Serra’s International Convention in Nashville. Club members Chester and Virginia Hardy, who attended  the Convention, donated the beautiful crucifix to the Club. The Serran Vocations Crucifix program has been  well received among club members, schools and wherever it has been  shared.

Regional Director Addresses Club

Gino Dimattia, Great Lakes Regional Director of Serra, was the featured speaker at the July 12 luncheon meeting. He shared the story of Saint Junipero Serra, describing the challenges and successes of his life as a missionary. Mr. Dimattia also related the story of the founding  of the first Serra Club in 1935 in Seattle, Washington. He also described the current  programs and efforts in which Serra  engages the mission of  fostering  vocations to the Priesthood,  Diaconate and  Consecrated Religious Life.

To attend a meeting or learn more about the Downtown Serra Club, contact  the Membership Officer at  carl@faehnle.com

Pictured left to right Virginia Hardy, Laura Miller, Father David Schalk, Gino Dimattia, Liz Carle, Tom Murphy and holding the Crucifix Iyonna Godfrey
Pictured left to right: Virginia Hardy, Laura Miller, Father David Schalk, Gino Dimattia, Liz Carle, Tom Murphy and, holding the Crucifix, Iyonna Godfrey.