Let all Serrans serve with grateful hearts!

(Extracted from the address given by Cardinal Rigali 65th Serra International Convention 2007)

The motivation of all Serrans should be love of God, love of the Eucharist and the Sacraments, love of the priesthood and the Church (the people of God).

 In your work for the promotion of vocations you are collaborators in the divine plan for the salvation of mankind through the growth of the Church. Of course we think of the many and varied programs, initiatives and activities that Serra Clubs sponsor to promote vocations, but we must also remember that the primary and necessary,’work’ of Serrans is to pray for vocations.  It is this ‘work’ of prayer which must underlie, direct, sustain and support all of Serra’s other many and varied activities to promote vocations.

Does not the Lord command us: ‘Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest’ (Mt 9:38) ?

 It will be through your devotion to the Eucharist, and your commitment to pray which is constant, unwavering, and full of trust that you will overcome any obstacles to the growth of an ever greater ecclesial community of one heart and mind for the good of the Church...And so, dear Serrans, let us listen to Mary, Mother and Model of the Church, who speaks to each of us in our hearts, saying: ‘Do whatever he tells you’ ‘Do not waver; trust in the words of my Son. ‘And listen to, and heed the word of Mary’s Divine Son who tells us: ‘Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’ (Mt 9:38).

 Short Summary of Guidelines for Spiritual Exercises for Serrans

 All Serrans should strive to attend Mass as frequently as possible, if not daily.

  1. Pray the Liturgy of the Hours.

  2. Serrans are strongly encouraged to visit and adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament daily, for at least 15 minutes. The daily spiritual exercises can be done in the Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament or anywhere.

  3. Confession. It is compulsory that all Serrans must do a good and honest confession at least once a month, this is the minimum requirement.

  4. Fasting and Abstinence. Serrans are encouraged to fast on every Wednesday (when your health and state of life permit) for the intention of the Serra apostolate for vocations and sanctification of our priests. Fasting according to Church laws constitutes eating only two half meals and one full meal. The two half meals should not add up to one full meal. Preferable, when one is fasting, it is good to abstain from meat as well. Wednesday is recommended because it is the day our Lord was betrayed.

 Serrans should practice abstinence from meat on Fridays where possible even in dioceses

where abstinence from meat has been substituted with another act of penance and

sacrifice permitted by the Bishops’ conference concerned.

 6.    Retreat. Serrans as a club should have a retreat for spiritual renewal annually. On a

personal basis, it is recommended to do a retreat annually.

 Information was extracted from the Council Policy Club Manual.

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