SERRA CLUB OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
Always Forward Never Back!
Walla Walla, WA
SERRA MISSION STATEMENT – USA COUNCIL
To foster and promote vocations to the ministerial priesthood in the Catholic Church as a particular vocation to service and to support priests in their sacred ministry;
SERRA VISION STATEMENT – USA COUNCIL
To encourage and affirm vocations to consecrated religious life in the Catholic Church; and to assist its members to recognize and respond in their own lives to God’s call to holiness in Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit. The USA Council demonstrates this through our baptismal call of unity in holiness and mission to the church locally, nationally, and around the world.
At last we are beginning to feel spring around the corner! Nature is awakening again, and we are too. Though we are drawn to God in the natural world, of blue skies and warm days of sunshine and fun activities outside, it is also a time of reflection and a call to closer communion to Christ who suffered and died for our salvation. Our highest vocation is love.
As Serra members in Northeast Washington, we are called to love and serve in specific ways. We know that Bishop Daly’s two most important priorities for the diocese are vocations and education. In our prayer and vocation ministry programs, we will serve him with joy in the following ways.
The Spring Leadership Conference (in Spokane) on Saturday, May 6th, is the first time we will have the opportunity to gather with the Tri Cities, Spokane, AND the new Coeur d’ alene Serra Clubs to learn, discuss and pray together in spiritual hospitality and love. Our participation in this one day event will be most important. Vocation Director, Fr. Dan Barnett will be the main speaker.
The March 22nd board meeting is cancelled so that we may gather together on Saturday, April 1st, for the First Saturday Holy Mass at St. Patrick Parish. A reserved room as been set aside for us at Smith’s Restaurant on Pine St. following Mass for breakfast and fellowship. Please take time out of your busy schedule so that we may pray together as a Serra Club at the table of The Lord.
The Affirmation and Youth Committees will be creating cards for the children receiving Holy Communion and Confirmation on April 29th and 30th. We hope the sacraments will be received with joy and that the cards will be prayerful reminders of the sacramental gifts they have received.
Kevin and Susan will be speaking with the RE Middle School group on Thursday, March 30th. This will be an opportunity to show the video, For Love Alone about the beauty and dedication of the consecrated life. We will talk about the mission of the Serra Club, the vocation of marriage and open discussion. We hope it to be an evening of enlightenment, fostering vocations, and fun! – Susan Fleming, President
Chaplain’s Corner – Father Kyle Ratuiste
Praised be Jesus Christ!
I pray that your Lenten season has been spiritual fruitful thus far. This time of grace is a powerful opportunity for us to renew and deepen our commitment to live lives of holiness. The call to holiness is indeed universal to all people, but I believe that this vocation to sanctity bears special significance for Serrans. This is because of the special responsibility we take to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated religious life. Furthermore, Scripture and Tradition are clear that we ourselves must be holy if we expect our prayer to be effective. Consider, for instance, the words of the Apostle James: “The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful” (James 5:16).
It can be very easy to dismiss the significance of something as seemingly hidden and private as our personal spiritual lives. In a society that measures worth by productivity and reduces education to skills training, there is intense pressure to skip the spiritual foundations of a ministry and focus solely on programs, meetings, and external actions. I urge you to fight that temptation! In order for our Serra Club to bear fruit, it needs strong spiritual roots. Lent is a prime time to deepen these roots in the soil of God’s grace.
I offer to you, for your consideration, the words of St. Francis de Sales as he describes the “devout life.”
“In short, devotion is no other thing than a spiritual nimbleness and vivacity, by means of which charity works in us, or we by her, readily and heartily; and as it is the office of charity to make us observe the commandments of God generally and universally, so it is the office of devotion to make us observe them readily and diligently. . . And since devotion consists in a certain excelling degree of charity, it not only makes us ready, active and diligent in observing all the commandments of God; but it also prompts us to do readily and heartily as many good works as we can . . .”
St. Francis describes the devout life as one powered by charity, giving people the freedom (i.e. “spiritual nimbleness”) to not only follow God’s commandments but also to perform other good works. As you strive to be effective in the good works of promoting vocations, may you also grow in charity, devotion, and holiness.
Fr. Ratuiste, Chaplain
Guest Speaker, Roger Williams
Roger enlightened us with a history of the Anglican Church in Europe and America, of his early life growing up in Pomeroy, his seminary training in British Columbia, and his experiences locally and in Fairbanks Alaska as an Episcopalian Priest before he and his wife entered the Catholic Church in 2007. We are very blessed to have his unique and beautiful spirituality with us in our parish community!
Tri Cities Serra Club Presentation
Mr. Ratuiste and Dick Petersen, along with their wives, Celine and Cocot, were our special guests this evening. They presented our club members with beautiful Serra International pins and certificates. Their support through the process of our becoming a chartered club has been tremendous, and our gratitude cannot be measured except through our reciprocal loving support of their work to promote, foster and affirm vocations!
Hundredfold Contribution to Club
We recently received twenty copies of Rhonda Gruenwald’s Hundredfold book, A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry. Our deep appreciation to Fr. Nicks, and to our Chaplain, Fr. Ratuiste, who paid for the books so that our club may benefit from the great variety of vocation ministry resources to use throughout the year. As we progress in our vocation ministry to our three parishes: to Assumption School, DeSales High School and to our RE program, we will begin to see an increasing awareness that vocations is an integral part of the spiritual life here. We cannot succeed without a strong prayer life as a foundation in our efforts. May Our Lord, His Mother and St. Junipero Serra always be near and answer us!
- Wednesday, March 22nd: Board Meeting cancelled
- Thursday, March 30th: Middle School RE speaking event and St. Patrick Parish
- Saturday, April 1st: First Saturday Holy Mass followed by breakfast at Smith’s Restaurant on Pine St
- Saturday, May 6th: Serra Spring Leadership Training Conference in Spokane at St. Thomas More Parish from 10:00-4:00. Mass at 4:30. $20.00 registration for lunch.
- Wednesday, May 24th: Board meeting and time to review Spring Leadership Conference. St. Francis, 7:00 P.M.
- SUMMER BREAK UNTIL AUGUST 23RD
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