Who We Are
Pope Saint John Paul II, in his 1988 Apostolic Exhortation, Christifideles Laici, established once again the significance of the Lord's call to his disciples, "You go into the vineyard, too."
The Holy Father said, "A new state of affairs today both in the Church and in social, economic, political and cultural life, calls with a particular urgency for the action of the lay faithful. If lack of commitment is always unacceptable, the present time renders it even more so. It is not permissible for anyone to remain idle." (emphasis in the original)
How much more, some 30+ years later, is the need for urgency of the laity's action? We cannot be disengaged. We cannot stand around idle. What to do?
Action: Serra involvement
Serrans are lay faithful, responding in a unique way to God's call to holiness. The Serran commits to prayer for vocations to the ministerial priesthood and to the religious life in the Catholic Church. In the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Serra clubs exist in Johnson County, Kansas City, and Atchison. Throughout the year, various activities bring members of the three clubs together in the company of seminarians, priests, and consecrated religious in celebrating vocations, fund-raising for vocations scholarships, and building Catholic culture.
The Gift of Authentic Friendship
St. Maximilian Kolbe said, "God sends us friends to be our firm support in the whirlpool of struggle. In the company of friends we will find strength to attain our sublime ideal.” Through Serra, God finds a means of sending authentic friends to us. Once again in Christifideles Laici, Saint John Paul II declares, ". . . the vocation to holiness is intimately connected to mission and to the responsibility entrusted to the lay faithful in the Church and in the world." Because Serrans commit to supporting one another in the quest for holiness, the Serra Club is an ideal community in which we may discover the gift of authentic Catholic friendship.
Be Passionate. Don't Be Clinical.
It is easy in our social media-connected world to take a clinical approach to issues at hand. We stand back, perhaps stroke our chin, watch the process, maybe make an observation or two, and throw out an opinion. "That's enough," we say to ourselves. "I have done my part."
Perhaps we even may make a financial contribution to a cause.
Our world today begs for passionate response. Make a decision to do more. The Church needs you. Join us.