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Ventura Rescue Mission
The Ventura County Rescue Mission located at 234 E 6th St, Oxnard, CA 93030.

We are very excited for this opportunity to serve our community as a Parish. In order to provide this service, we will need volunteers and food donations. If you would like to contribute your time, meal preparation (cooking, napkin rolling, etc) will begin at 10 A.M. Food service will start around 11:45 and go to approximately 12:30, with a wrap up time at 1:00. During our lunch, we will be serving chicken, vegetables, and lemonade. In order to participate, you will need to complete a release form, if you haven’t already done so, which the mission will provide to you.

If you are unable to donate your time to the Rescue Mission, donations for food are gladly accepted as we will continue serving our community on the third Saturday of every month. For more information and to participate, please contact Nick Mirras at 818-913-1568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

God’s Holy Word

A great benefit of spending time at summer camp is the opportunity to disconnect from technology. Not having a phone or internet connection gets you excited to receive mail. A great joy is receiving a (good old fashioned) letter from home. The delight in holding an envelope with the familiar handwriting of a loved one is a highlight for all the staff, counselors and campers. Everyone gets electrified when they get mail (real, handwritten, stamped envelope mail).

One afternoon at St. Sophia Camp, the Director handed me a small envelope sent to me from Christie. I took it, looked at it and put it in my pocket. “You gonna read it?” He asked. I nodded, smiled and walked to the chapel to prepare for evening vespers. I placed it on the altar and put my vestments on for the service.

Vespers ended and the kids were excited to go up the hill to mail call, anticipating their own letters and packages. Prior to their leaving the chapel I shared with them the unopened envelope from my wife. I asked, “What if I just set this letter from my wife on my night stand and never opened or read it?” The responses were touching and hilarious.

One little guy said, “I think you should read it, it will make you happy!” Another jokingly said, “You might end up sleeping on the couch if you don’t.” An older teen girl said, “That’s just coldhearted, what if...

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