The Serra Club is a non-profit charitable organization composed of members from Catholic parishes in Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri. This club is one of three in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese and works in concert with the Diocesan Vocations Office to promote and support religious vocations in the Northland. Their main efforts are to raise funds to provide programs and direct support to priests, seminarians and others pursuing a religious vocation.
This club meets the third Tuesday of each month at St. Andrews Parish Hall at 6:00 p.m. for a rosary or Mass, dinner, a speaker and a short business meeting. For more information about the Serra Club activities and how you can become a member, contact on of the members from Holy Family (listed below) or email [email protected].
An active member is one who attends monthly meetings and serves on one or more of the clubs committees. You can also become a Friend of Serra. A friend is a person who provides annual financial support, is not required to attend monthly meetings but is welcome to do so, and serves as a prayer partner for vocations.
There are three levels of Friends:
- Angels – $240/year
- Saints – $120/year
- Bishops – $60/year.
If you want to become a friend of Serra, contact our club treasurer Madonna Davis at the provided information below.
History of the Serra Club
In 1934 in Seattle, Washington, a group of Catholic friends gathered to meet regularly over a meal and discuss how Christian Values could be better lived out in their lives. As the group grew the focus shifted to encouraging vocations, and the group adopted Padre Junipero Serra as their patron. In 1935, in Seattle the first official Serra Club was established. Today, over 800 Serra clubs exist spanning 37 countries with a total membership over 19,000 people. Our club was chartered in 2004 and we currently have over 40 members and friends.
Club Programs and Activities
Treats for seminarians: Provide snacks for seminarians to assist them in studying for finals and mid-terms at their various colleges or seminaries.
Adopt a seminarian: Write a particular seminarian on a periodic basis or send them cards for their birthdays or anniversaries.
31 Club: Select a day of the month each month when you attend Mass and pray specifically for vocations.
College Connection Program: A process where area high schools seniors are contacted to introduce them to Catholic facilities at the college of their choice.
Ordination Gifts: Clubs provide a monetary gift to all new priests to help them with expenses associated with their new life in serving our faithful.
5th Grade Vocation Days: Held annually at one of the high schools for young men to foster positive attitudes toward vocations. Serrans serve breakfast and lunch and assist with the other activities.
Blisters for Sisters: May walk-a-thon and lunch
Pitching for Priests: June event which features priest and seminarians from the Diocese of KCSJ competing against their counterparts of the Arch-Diocese of Kansas City in Kansas.
Summer Youth Camps:
- 6th – 8th grade boys Companion Camp at Conception Seminary
- 6th – 8th grade girls Leadership Camp at St. Mary’s Leavenworth, Benedictine Atchison or Franciscan Spirit Olympics
- High School Boys Retreat at Franciscan Prayer Center
- Cookout for priest, seminarians and their families (July – St. Therese Parish in Parkville)
- Picnic for Sisters (August – held at the home of a Serran club member)
- Golf Appreciation Day – Priests and seminarians are treated to a day of golf and other activities including card games, fellowship and dinner. Sponsored in conjunction with C.O.R.E.
- Retired Priest Luncheon: Offers our retired priests a chance to get together with each other over a meal for fellowship.
In addition all members and friends of Serra are encouraged to attend the ordinations of all seminarians and deacons, showing their support for these young men who will begin serving our parishes.
Holy Family Serra Club Members