Here are personal stories from parishioners whose lives have been changed by the programs and ministries at St. Monica. Their stories of gratitude are a testament to the power of generosity.
“Two years ago, my 50-year old son died. How does a parent go on or want to go on? My wife and I found St. Monica and the Bereavement Group community to help us with our loss. There we experienced an incredible support system; it was safe, and we didn’t feel so alone. Halfway through the program, I thought, ‘I could do this,’ meaning become a Facilitator. You see, maybe I couldn’t help my son, but I could help someone else. That was his gift to me to give back.”
“We met at St. Monica in 1997 through the YMA, and got involved in social activities, met many wonderful friends, and got engaged surrounded by our amazing, loving and supportive St. Monica family. Msgr. Torgerson married us in 2001, our daughter was baptized a few years later, followed by kindergarten at SMCES, First Holy Communion and she’s now in eighth grade! Our dearest friends are those we met doing service and through countless other opportunities over the years. Our lives are truly blessed and enriched this incredible parish community!”
“June marked 10 years as a Southern California transplant; a journey of self-discovery and soul-searching. The demands of work only compounded feelings of loneliness that begged the question, “Is it time to head home?” Little did I know that St. Monica would become my home away from home; a much-needed sanctuary to reset and prioritize the values my family instilled in me. With all St. Monica has gifted me, I can only begin to return the favor through volunteering and giving back my time.”