The Quarterly Newsletter


The Bay Area Serra Club

July, 2012

Many Thanks

On June 16 his Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo offered Mass at the Dominican Center and presided at the installation of Bill Clary as President of the Bay Area Serra Club taking the place of Shirley Smaistrla our outgoing president. On our regular meeting April 12 we elected Officers for the new term which includes:

President Bill Clary

V. P. Programs Melba Porteau

V. P. Vocations Shirley Smaistrla

V. P. Membership Ann Descant

V. P. Communications Miguel A. Zamora

Treasurer Michael Hilley

Secretary Virginia Thompson

Chaplain Fr. Benny Thadahilkunnel

1 st . Year Trustee Shirley Smaistrla

2 nd Year Trustee Tommy Blake

3 rd Year Trustee Wade Adams

It is with much gratitude that we offer Shirley Smaistrla, our retiring President, sincere thanks for all her dedication and hard work during the past term as she directed our club's diligent work in the promotion of Vocations.

With much excitement we welcome Bill Clary, our newly elected President who assumes the direction of our club at this time as we renew our dedication to the work of Vocations. Considering this being the third time Bill becomes President of our Club he deserves our thanks and support as he initiates work in his much demanding position.

May Our Lord Jesus shower His choicest blessings on such model Serrans Shirley and Bill.

Chaplains Corner

Due to scheduling conflicts we were not able to contact Father Benny to grace us with his thoughts for this bulletin; we hope we will have them for our next publication.


We offer our prayers for the repose of the soul of Kurt Metyko's mother who died recently and offer our sympathy to Kurt and his family at this difficult time.

As we get ready to send this newsletter we learned that the wife of one of Alicia Casmus sons who I think lives in Nevada died unexpectedly; we direct our thoughts and prayers for the soul of the deceased and the comfort of Alicia's son and all the Casmus family.

On the mend

Jerry Schrader underwent back surgery this past Monday July 16 at Bayshore Medical Center. The process went well and Jerry is at his new home home recuperating from the ordeal enjoying the TLC from wife Christine.

Budget planning

Under our new President Bill Clary we are undergoing detailed planning of our Club's budget for the coming term to identify normal expected expenditures for our activities and potential vocations related candidate items for support with the funds we are fortunate to raise.

Pot Luck Supper

At our regular meeting this past July 12 Melba Porteau, Programs V.P. suggested to hold a “pot luck supper” at one of our programs meeting to afford the opportunity to mingle and allow relative newcomers to the Club to find about each other, exclusive of any other Club business.

The idea was discussed and approved in such a manner that it was accorded to hold this FIRST EVER Serra Club of the Bay Area “Pot Luck Super” at our next meeting July 26.

To this effect everyone is encouraged to invite spouses, prospective members, and above all bring your favorite “Pot Luck Supper” dish.

Where have we been?

Our participation in the promotion of Vocation related activities during the recent past include attendance to the Vocations Expo and Serra Officers Training held at St. Mary's Seminary.

Adoration for Vocations. The Traveling Monstrances blessed by Cardinal DiNardo to pray for Vocations before the Blessed Sacrament continue on their journey visiting the parishes in the Archdiocese. St. Mary's in League City will host one monstrance for a week of Adoration beginning this coming August 19. We should promote continued implementation of this worthy project in our parishes, Zoe Krizak the person coordinating this project for the Archdiocese can be contacted at 281 513 1878, or reached via her email at <zoekrizak@mac.com>

College Connect. Once again this year the work of many Serrans contributed to make a success of this project by obtaining names of graduating Public High School students from Mary Queen in Friendswood; St. John the Baptist in Alvin; and St. Mary's in League City; and other parishes.

This information sent to Judy Cozzens from the College Connect Program was processed and data about the availability of Catholic facilities at the campus of various colleges and Universities has been made available to the graduating students to keep their connection to our Catholic Faith as they start their college studies away from home.

It is our hope next year's participation in this valuable project increases considerably by our membership to include graduating students from Public High Schools living in some of the other parishes assigned to our Club.

Other Vocations Activities. Review of ongoing programs such as the Writing Essay Contest designed for middle grade students are being evaluated to improve its effectiveness and possibly change it to become a Prayer Contest; increased participation is being sought for others activities such as the Vocations Cross at different parishes within our area; and the dissemination of Father Brett A. Brannen's book “ To Save a Thousand Souls” to men contemplating the priesthood.

Virginia Thompson our secretary made us aware and invited us to a Mass and Reception held at St. Bernadette's Parish July 14, in honor of Clare Erne, an 18-old young woman who is entering the Religious Sisters of Mercy Order in Alma, Michigan on August 1.

Going forward we should renew dedication to our work for Vocations with passion love and tenacity, knowing the payback for our efforts will be the assurance we will have priests available to minister the sacraments and all our spiritual needs; and Sisters to teach our children our Catholic Faith and bring their compassion and love to our Hospitals and other Institutions.

Until next time, let us go pray for Vocations, and search for the face of Jesus in each other.

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