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Care & Support Ministries

Pasoral Care is available in the parish office with Teresa Runyon, Faith Life Minister. Teresa will work with you to help discern your needs and provide referrals to our many support ministries, clergy or other resources.

See below list of support ministries that we offer or a list of counselors we can recommend. Contact Teresa in the parish office 482-6417 x 322 or with any questions. We care.

Spiritual questions or a crisis of faith ~

Fr. Patrick: 482-6417 ,

Bereavement Support Group offers support to those who have lost a loved one. Meetings: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 9:00am. Julia Snell 482-6596,

Camarillo Special Families provides community and spiritual support for transitioning special needs teens and young adults (16+), their families and friends. Meets 2nd Wednesday, 7:00pm, Monica Spooner

Caritas Caregivers Support Group offers support to those who are caring for an aging parent, relative, or spouse. Meetings: 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm. Patricia Sentianin

Career Transition Ministry offers support and resources for the unemployed and underemployed; get the tools you need to get back to work! Contact Steve Loeffler,


Embracing Your Journey Cancer Support Group provides hope, empowerment, love and prayer in a comforting atmosphere of encouragement. It is a safe environment for people touched by cancer to connect with others in a productive and spiritual way. Meetings: 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. Lou Ann Paolella 551-8014.

Family-to-Family prepares and serves healthy meals. It is a unique collaboration of church, temples, and clubs to serve the neediest in Ventura, serving lunch three days a week and breakfast on the weekend. Padre Serra serves breakfast the 3rd Sunday of each month, contact Deacon Neil Kingsley to help.

Good Samaritans offers assistance with meals to those who are recovering from illness, accidents, injuries, and surgeries. Gwen Ripplinger 797-6864 or Denise Ginty 388-3897

Landings offers a safe place for returning Catholics who have been away from the Church for awhile who want to share their story and concerns or simply ask questions. Teresa Runyon 482-6417 x 322 or

Many Meals of Camarillo provides hot meals, food, and other life essentials for those struggling to make ends meet. Meals are served twice a week 5:00-6:15pm on Mondays at St. Mary Magdalen Church and Thursdays at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

OASIS ~ Older Adult Services and Intervention System provides a variety of human services to seniors, aged 60+, supports their independence and dignity, while protecting their quality of life through friendly volunteer visits, in-home needs assessment, on-going case management and transportation assistance to medical and other appointments. A branch of Catholic Charities, Camarillo Office 987-2083.

Open Hearts (LGBT) a support ministry where LBGT brothers, sisters, and their families and friends in Christ are welcome and a safe harbor to explore spirituality and share experiences, strength, and hope.

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Prayer Chain prayer support anytime, all year. Bette Church 482-0067

Sick & Homebound Eucharistic Ministers take communion, thereby taking Christ through faith and charity, on behalf of the whole community. Deacon Luc Papillon 482-6417 x412,

St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. Aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. Those in need of assistance should call 504-4753.

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