Diocese and Bishop
Archdiocese of Toronto – Archbishop Thomas Collins
Meeting Times and Location
Club meetings are held the fourth Saturday of the month at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 66A Main Street South, Brampton, Ontario, L6W 2C6. We start with the 9 o’clock AM Mass. The meeting follows in one of the halls adjacent to the church. The usual meeting starts with a light breakfast of which food and drinks are provided for in potluck style. A member may invite a guest speaker whose expertise, general knowledge, interest or experience may have relevance to the encouragement of promoting vocation to the priesthood and religious life.
Single women, single men and couples – Total 22. We welcome new members who would normally come from church parishes of Brampton, Caledon and Orangeville. Interested persons living outside of the mentioned areas are also welcome.
Club dues would be consistent with the membership fees of both Serra Canada Council and Serra International.
Annual Club Activities
Serrans of North Peel have participated in the annual joint Archdiocesan Serra Club events: Bishop’s Altar Server Awards and Ordinandi Dinner and Youth Luncheon. As a new Club, we anticipate working on other Serra related activities.
News and Events
First Meeting, 2018
Serra Club of North Peel had its first meeting since receiving its charter in June this year of 2018. As per our procedure, we invite guest speakers who in their own experiences, interests and personalities, can give inspiration to promote the much-needed priestly and religious vocations. We thank our guest speaker for the day, Sister Vocaciones of the Servants of the Lord and Virgin of Mataraby. She is the daughter of our own Serra Club of North Peel member, Martha Guzman.
Charter Mass and Dinner
On June 3rd, 2018, the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Serra Club of North Peel of the Archdiocese of Toronto, was born. With the guidance and encouragement of Mario Biscardi, President Elect of Serra International, and initially assisted by Pat Hearn, District Governor of the Maritimes, the Club was able to qualify for a charter. Thanks to the indomitable spirit and perseverance of the husband and wife team, Dennis and Teresa Buonafede they kept us, the prospective Serrans, focused on the road ahead, as what St. Junipero Serra had done.
The Charter Night began with the celebration of the Eucharist. His Excellency, Auxiliary Bishop John Boissonneau officiated while our Chaplain, Fr. Liborio Amaral and Fr. Antoine Badr (Paroisse de la Sainte-Famille), concelebrated with him. Fr. Liborio is also the Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brampton, Ontario where the ceremony was held. He was formerly the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Toronto.
After the Mass, the induction of members and installation of officers followed, conducted by District Governor of Ontario, Fran Pulumbarit. Distribution of membership certificates and Serra pins was a joint effort by Mario Biscardi and Anthony Mangione, Trustee, Serra Canada Council, and also the Immediate Past District Governor for Ontario. Bishop Boissonneau gave the new Serrans his blessings and he led us in the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It was the culmination of our group’s desire to see the chartering of the Serra Club of North Peel that will help in God’s plan of salvation by encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
After the proceedings, a banquet was held in the adjoining new and spacious hall of the church. The blessing of the food was invoked by Fr. Liborio. Dennis acted as the Master of Ceremonies and Fr. Liborio assumed the role of the banquet’s official wine server. Bishop Boissonneau and Mario took turns in giving us their inspirational speeches. Teresa also gave her acceptance speech as the newly-inducted President. A good time was had by all, including our visiting fellow Serrans and guests. Thanks to all involved and congratulations all around!
Our special thanks to the altar servers, the choir and the catering service.
Mary, Mother of Vocations, pray for us!
St. Junipero Serra, pray for us!
List of Officers
- President – Teresa Buonafede – email@example.com
- Vice-President Program – Kelly Menanno – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice-President Membership – Daniel Yiptong – email@example.com
- Vice-President Communications – Carlos Abug – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice-President Vocations – Martha Guzman – email@example.com
- Secretary – Shirley Christo – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer – Dennis Buonafede – email@example.com
- Trustee – Mary Jo Clutchey – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Trustee – Patrina Ali – email@example.com
- Trustee – Lana Salmon – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chaplain – Fr. Liborio Amaral
Contact person: Teresa Buonafede, email: email@example.com. Tel: 1 (519)-942-2841.