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.
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.
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!
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
Serran Vocations Crucifix Inspires Students to Pray About and For Vocations
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, 2019at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org