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2016 Serra International Convention
Saint Louis, MO

Plan now to attend this wonderful event. The 2016 Serra International Annual Convention will be in St. Louis, MO June 30 - July 3, 2016 it promises to be informative, historical, and very enjoyable. For registration and additional information please visit Serra International.

IRS Form 990 Reporting Requirement

In order to comply with IRS Reporting Requirements for Not for Profit Organizations, the Serra Clubs in the USA Council of Serra International are required to file a IRS Form 990-EZ. The Form 990-EZ must be filed by the 15th day following the close of the clubs' fiscal year on May 31 or October 15. Failure to file annually will result in the loss of a clubs' tax exemption.

The USA Council has created an easy to complete online worksheet for your Serra club to compile the data required in order to submit the required information in a timely manner on the clubs' IRS Form 990EZ. Click here to open the worksheet. We also recommend that you print a copy for your club files.

2016-17 Serra Club Officer Reports Due

The 2016-17 Serra Club Officers reports are due. Please use this report form to submit your club officer report 2016-17 Incoming Club Officer Report

The SERRAN Magazine

The Serran magazine is now available!

SerraUSA Annual Reports

USA Council of Serra International Annual Audit Report (2014 - 7 Months)

USA Council of Serra International Annual Audit Report (2013-14)

Begin Planning Today - National/Worldwide Vocation Events

The National Vocation Awareness Week, World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life and World Day of Prayer for Vocations are now available and posted to our website. The planning kits can be downloaded for use in your clubs, parishes, schools, religious congregations and dioceses.

Previously Serra Clubs, parishes and dioceses paid over $90,000 to NCCV for these materials. The USA Council will be providing these materials at no cost. The $90,000 can now be used for other vocation work and programs. We will not have printed versions available. In order to help us defray the cost of producing these materials, donations can be made to the Bishop Britt Vocations Restricted Fund.

National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW)
Includes: liturgy planning guide, music suggestions, homily guide, general intercessions, prayer service, prayer card master, bulletin announcements, clip art, poster.

World Day for Consecrated Life (WDCL)
Includes: liturgy planning guide, music suggestions, homily guide, general intercessions, prayer service, prayer card master, bulletin announcements, clip art, poster.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations (WDP)
Includes: liturgy planning guide, music suggestions, homily guide, general intercessions, prayer service, prayer card master, bulletin announcements, clip art, poster.

Priesthood Sunday 
This nationwide event is coordinated by the USA Council of Serra International. It is sponsored by the USA Council of Serra International.

Message of Pope Francis for the 53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2016

Working for You -- Committee News


Vocations

US Vocation Committee Conference Call Invitation

Monday, June 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM Central Time

Recharge your batteries for Vocation Activities

3 minute briefing and 3 minutes for questions on Vocation Activities
• Gathering Last Minute Names for Newman Connection
• Vocation Rosary at Ordinations
• Pray and Save—raising money for vocation work.
• Ordering 31 Member Calendar from the E-store
and MORE

Dial: 712-775-7031/Access Code: 421655041#‬‬‬‬‬‬
Please be prompt and identify yourself and Serra Club when joining the call.

Club Presidents and VP’s of Vocations are particularly encouraged to participate.
We appreciate an RSVP to Judy Cozzens. This way you will receive minutes.

 
Is Vocations missing in your Parish Bulletin?

The Vocations Committee wants you look! New, revised, and updated the Vocations Committee invites to consider adding a vocation prayer or message about vocations to your weekly parish bulletin. These brief prayers and messages will become a take away for your parish family each week.

Serra Parish Bulletin Inserts (doc) (pdf)

Vocation Prayers for Parish Bulletins (doc) (pdf)

 

Promotion of Parish Vocation Activities!

Establishing a Culture of Priestly and
Religious Vocations takes a little effort feel free to use this Power Point presentation to get started in your parish today.

Planning for Graduation - Class of 2016

Newman Connection (formerly College Connection for Catholics) is a good way to share our Serra Mission.

Learn More...
the NEWMAN CONNECTION for Catholics

 

Communications

Attention all Serra Clubs: Do you have a website that we do not know about? Send us an email and we can create a link to your Serra Club's website. Need help please see our Serra Club Webpage Template page for more information.

Serra Club Newsletter Editors: Do you want to post your newsletter online? Send us a copy via email and we add it to our online listing.

Programs

NEW! The USA Council Programs Committee has revised and updated the Program Manual - Part 2, please download your copy today. In addition, the Programs Committee has prepared a new Holy Hour for the Jubilee Year of Mercy (Leader - Worship Aid), please download your copy today.

Join the conversation!

The USA Council Programs Committee invite you to join the committee for two Programs conference calls will be held at 6:00 pm Central time June 6 and July 11. They are usually on the first Monday of the month at 6:00 Central.
Dial in number is 712-775-7031
Meeting ID number is 648 583 478#

 

Membership

 Club Membership Drives

The United States Council has created new tools to help us in your annual membership campaign. The tools include two new membership recruitment flyers, the TOOL KIT with practical solutions for club challenges, and a profile of key Catholics with whom we should focus our invitations.

Membership Tools (click the links below to download the forms, flyers and other information you need to help Serra flourish):

Let's Expand Serra

Timeline for 2014 Fall Membership Drive

Recruitment Strategies Menu

Acceptance of Mentoring by Club President Form

Family Member Contact Information

Letter from District Governors to Club Officers about Membership Drive

Club/Member Flyer!

Does the Church Need Serra?

Agenda for a Conference to plan your Membership Drive!

Does the Church Need Serra?

 

"Why Be a Serran" flyer

It gives me GREAT JOY to share this Version 1 "Why Be a Serran" flyer that was created thru the computer skills of Paul Halladay, DG from Mobile, AL and member of our MEMBERSHIP TEAM! Teams 1, 3, & 4 are meeting this week and the entire Membership Team will hold our monthly Conf Call on Tuesday, May 27th. We recognize that this is a Version 1 that needs refining, so please write down your suggested changes and we will discuss in all 4 of those meetings.

Page 1 is the "outside page" and page 2 is the inside page. They double fold into a dandy flyer that is easily stored in the glove compartment of a vehicle, making it handy to always have when any Serran wants to share their Serra story with a prospect.

The flyer is for download below so that Serra Club officers across the USA can download and print when needed for Membership Blitz or any Serran could print for a one-on-one sharing call with a prospect. We think this tool has a solid potential to help us invigorate our members to share the JOY & FUN of the Serra Mission, helping us reach our 15% Net Member Growth in 2014.

A round of applause for Paul Halladay, please!

God bless us all, Mark

Download the "Why Be a Serran" flyer here!

Download the "Why Be a Serran" flyer here and make it unique for your Serra Club's next Membership Campaign!

Membership Workshops

Membership- 101- Recruiting
Membership- 102 - Retention

USA Council Awards Program!

Are you part of a winning team? Let us know.

 

Leadership Development - District Governors

DG/RD Webinar & Conference Call

We will continue to set up DG/RD Webinar & Conference Calls. Look for dates/links/Call-In for the dates and times shown below. Advance agenda Items will be provided. Note that all dates will feature the same webinar so we can provide a date and time convenient for everyone.

Advanced Agenda:

  1. 1. To be determined

CHOOSE ONE OF THE DATES/TIMES BELOW

  1. 1. To be determined

 

 

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Looking Forward

Where two or more are gathered...

One Serran said, "A Serra meeting should be like spending an hour with Jesus." Serrans believe that when members gather for prayer, a meal and conversation, they grow in faith and are inspired and challenged by each other.

We invite you to consider anyone of the following opportunities for you to join us at these events and learn more and why we are Serrans.

On the road...visit a Serra Club during your trip

serraUSA Club Locator (As of Dec 2011, please note dates and times are subject to change without notice.)

Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations to Ordained Ministry and Consecrated Life

His Holiness John Paul II blessed this monstrance for the Church in North America so that during the Year of the Eucharist we all might pray for vocations to ordained ministry and consecrated life. In cooperation with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Vocations and Priestly Formation, the USA Council of Serra International is coordinating and sponsoring the tour of this Monstrance to US Catholic dioceses throughout the Year of Eucharist and beyond.

Adoration for Vocations

Dallas, TX - April 1 - June 27, 2016



Dates to Remember

 

June 6, 2016
USA Council Programs Committee Conference Call

June 20, 2016
USA Council Vocations Committee Conference Call

June 30 - July 3, 2016
2016 Serra International Convention, St. Louis, MO

July 11, 2016
USA Council Programs Committee Conference Call

 

Annual District/Regional Conferences

USA Council of Serra International is happy to provide this list of Annual Fall District/Regional Conferences.

Join Serrans from your district and region for fellowship, inspiration, learning, and worship. Discover the world of Serra locally by attending a district or regional conference near you.

 - May God bless you and your work for vocations.


New England Conference

Date: 2016 TBA
Location: TBA

Mid-Atlantic Conference

Date: 2016 TBA
Location: TBA

Great Lakes Conference

Date: 2016 TBA
Location: TBA

Region 7 Conference

Date: 2016 TBA
Location: TBA

Region 8 Conference

Date: 2016 TBA
Location: Buffalo, MN

Region 9 Conference

Date: 2016 TBA
Location: TBA

Western Regional Conference

Date: 2016 TBA
Location: TBA

District 6 Conference

Date: 2016 TBA
Location: TBA

District 1-Region 12 Conference

Date: 2016 TBA
Location: TBA

The USA Council will be happy to post a notice of your district Spring Leadership and Planning Conferences, Serra Club days of prayer and reflection, and other Serra Club events on our website.

Submit your event notice with us . . .


Vocation Discernment Retreats

"Vocation is about following that God-given pull or leaning that seems to come from deep within."

USA Council of Serra International is happy to provide this list of open invitations to hear God's Call.

Please contact the retreat master directly for more information regarding each scheduled event.

- May God bless you on your discernment journey.

Retreat Masters

The USA Council will be happy to post a notice of your days of discernment, life awareness, prayer, and reflection on our website.

Submit your retreat notice with us . . .

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