The Missionaries of St. Junipero Serra Contest is already underway for 2020-2021! After a wonderful success of 350 new members gained as a result of last year’s contest piloted in the United States, this year we are opening the contest up to all Serra clubs around the world. Please note: the following contest rules and prizes apply only to clubs in the United States. 

All clubs must register with the Serra office by December 31, 2020 in order to qualify for this promotion. 

There is no cost to participate, but only registered clubs will qualify. Click here to register.

 

A Letter from Serra International
President Ruben Gallegos, Ph.D.

Dear Serrans,

Last year, my first as your Serra International president, my 2019-2020 GOAL was to develop and implement a twofold Plan of Action: 

  1. Increase the number of Catholics praying for vocations on a daily basis and
  2. Increase the number of Serrans around the world devoted to their remarkable mission to foster and affirm religious vocations.

Our needs remain the same.  In 2021 we must continue to increase! Our Church needs our prayer and our labor, now more than ever.

INCREASE THE NUMBER OF LABORERS IN THE VINEYARD:

Last year the Serra clubs of the United States proved that you are the solution to closing the gap between a shortage of priests and an increasing number of Catholics. We increased both our prayer support and our Serra club membership and did it in the following simple way: You invited faithful Catholics to join us in our Serra apostolate to foster and affirm vocations to the priesthood and consecrated religious life. The results of your efforts increased Serra Club membership nationwide by a significant 5%.  Eighty-seven clubs increased their membership over the past year — A few clubs even increased their membership over 50%!   And all this during a COVID year!     This year I am once again asking you to become a “Missionary of St. Junipero Serra” and commit yourself to growing our membership numbers as well as vocations to the religious life.

DUTIES OF A MISSIONARY OF ST JUNIPERO SERRA:

  • PRAY: Personally pray the Serra Prayer for Vocations daily. Prayer cards are available in the Serra Store at a discounted rate.  Tape one onto your mirror, your desk at the office, or wherever it will remind you to say the prayer each day. 
  • DISTRIBUTE the Serra Prayer for Vocations prayer card whenever there is an opportunity to do so. Ask family, friends and complete strangers to join Serrans everywhere to pray for vocations. Carry a stack of them in your car, in your office, in your briefcase — even place them on your kitchen table for guests to receive during a dinner party.  Each Serran should attempt to pass out at least 5 Serra Prayer Cards over the contest duration.
  • INTRODUCE family and friends to Serra and its mission at a local Serra club event; whether it be at a remote meeting, a rosary, a holy hour or however you meet prospective Serrans.
  • FOLLOW UP with those who attend a Serra event or participate in a Serra Vocations activity (SerraSpark.org) with an invitation to become a Serran.
  • PARTICIPATE IN THE MISSIONARIES OF ST. JUNIPERO CONTEST: Every club can be a winner of cash prizes, a dues rebate, and free registrations to the Serra International Convention in New Orleans during the summer of 2022.   See contest rules (below).

Peace be with you,

Ruben Gallegos, Ph. D.

President, Serra International

 

CONTEST PRIZES

LARGE CLUB CATEGORY (25 MEMBERS OR MORE)

  • The club with the largest net increase in new members in the Large Club category will be awarded $1,000.
  • The club with the second largest net increase in new members will be awarded $750.
  • The club with the third largest net increase in new members will be awarded $500.
  • The club with the highest percentage increase in new members will be awarded $500.
  • All remaining clubs who show a net gain of 5 or more new members will receive a 10% rebate of club dues for one year starting July 1, 2021.
  • In addition, all Large Category clubs who gain 10 or more new members will receive one FREE registration to their choice of either the Serra International Convention in New Orleans, Summer, 2022 or the Serra National Rally to be held in Dallas, January 2022.

SMALL CLUB CATEGORY (24 MEMBERS OR FEWER)

  • The club with the largest net increase in new members in the Small Club category will be awarded $1,000
  • The club with the second largest net increase in new members will be awarded $750
  • The club with the third largest net increase in new members will be awarded $500.
  • All remaining clubs who show a net gain of 5 or more new members will receive a 10% rebate of club dues for one year starting July 1, 2021.
  • All clubs in the Small Club category who gain 5 members or more will receive one FREE convention registration to the Serra Rally in Dallas January 2022, or the Serra International Convention, New Orleans, Summer 2022.

 

CONTEST RULES:
HOW WE TRACK YOUR CLUB’S RESULTS

  • Duration of the contest; Use of the Serra Membership Portal: The Serra office will use the Serra International web portal (serrainternational.org) to track the change in the number of active members in your club, beginning July 1, 2020 and ending at midnight, June 30, 2021.
  • All clubs must register with the Serra office by December 31, 2020 in order to qualify for this promotion. There is no cost to participate, but only registered clubs will qualify. Click here to register.
  • A contact person must be designated as the club’s Membership Contest coordinator. For most clubs that person will be the VP of Membership. This person will be responsible to keep the club membership roster located on the Serra portal current and accurate.
  • Once you have registered you will be notified confirming your contest contact and your official starting membership count.
  • All award rebates will be based upon paid invoices as of July 1, 2021 which will confirm the club’s total membership count. Rebate checks of 10% will be sent to clubs who show a net increase of 5 new members of more.
  • Only net gains will be counted towards awards.
  • A club must be in good standing to qualify for this contest (dues current and paid).
  • The free convention/Rally registration award DOES NOT include room charges or travel to the event destination.
  • Serra club contest status will be posted in the Always Forward, Never Back electronic newsletter on a regular basis.
  • Successful clubs will be announced and recognized at the end of the contest at the Serra International Convention and in The Serran Magazine.

LET’S PRAY MORE and WORK FOR SUCCESS!