Sunday, May 1 the Serra Club of Columbus held it’s 59 Annual Altar Server Award Ceremony at St Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio. Msgr. Stephan Moloney presided over the ceremony. During his homily he remarked proudly that he had received this award 52 years ago – and he is still proud of it.
There were 62 awardees – all 8th grade student altar servers and their parents and family present from the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. It was a great day for all.
Over the years, we have heard many testimonials from Priests who won this award and were inspired to discern the religious vocation. Also many young ladies go on to be devout in their faith and love for Jesus Christ.
The Serra Club of Columbus would like to thank the Catholic Foundation for their donation and assisted sponsorship which helped make the Altar Server Award Program possible.
Today we honored Ellyn Dekker for her 30+ years of service to the Serra Club! She paved the way for the Serra Club of North Columbus as a past president, board member, launching the vocations lunches, and ceaseless prayers for vocations!
Ellyn shared ‘My life has been blest with the work of Serra Club. Working with like-minded Catholics in helping with encouragement and support for priests and all the other religious vocations is an important part of my attempt to live my faith with action. “
Thank you, Deacon Steve Petrill for sharing your personal testimony with the Serra Club of North Columbus. Dcn. Steve inspired all of us and so did his wife’s beautiful art, Art At Dawn- Dawn Petrill. Thank you Petrill’s for your Yes to God’s call. ‘Build up vocations by building up families!’
Have you ever heard of The Barnabas Ministry? It is a true gift to our Diocesan priests. Fr. Blau, O.P. created this ministry knowing diocesan priests need to get away on retreat once a year, go on vacation and avoid burnout. As a true Dominican, Fr. Blau is an itinerant preacher and knows it is an honor to serve in this capacity. ‘Our Catholic priests are the pens that God uses to write his love letter to us.’ Through diocesan subsidy, this ministry allows Fr. Blau to cover for our often spread thin priests. Please pray for this beautiful ministry and Fr. Blau and all our priests.
“Be satisfied with the Mass!” One of many pearls of wisdom Fr. Blau, O.P. shared at the Serra North monthly meeting. It was also an honor to welcome another new Serra Club member, Doug Stein! #pray4vocations