Welcome from Walnut Creek, CA
We welcome you to the webpage of the Walnut Creek, Servants of the Immaculata Chapter. These are exciting times that we live in and Magnificat was begun in 1981 for such a time as this. There are now over 100 chapters throughout the United States and its territories and in many foreign countries.
You are invited to a prayer breakfast
Hosted by Servants of the Immaculata
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Doors Open at 9AM…Open Seating.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
45 John Glenn Dr
Concord, CA 94520
About Our Speaker: Yolanda Rodriguez
“I have called you by name: you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1) is a scripture verse that has been imprinted in Yolanda’s heart since a Marian Pilgrimage in 2005, in which she heard the call of Our Lady upon her life. That year, she became a Knight of the Immaculata through Saint Maximilian Kolbe Spirituality, consecrating her life to Jesus through Mary and it was also a year that would forever change her life.
It was in 2006, when her “Marian” mission of serving women and priests would begin. Since that time Yolanda has dedicated her life to teaching women of their God-given dignity, mission and beauty as daughters of God. By developing and leading classes, conferences, and creating her own study in 2014 entitled, “The Valiant Woman”. In 2010, Yolanda attended Johnnette Benkovic’s “Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women”. And in 2012 was honored by Catholic Charities and the Catholic Resource Center for her work on behalf of women and priests.
Yolanda has been a guest on many occasions on EWTN Radio’s “The Good Fight” with Barbara McGuigan and Guadalupe Radio with Jesse Romero where she was invited to give her testimony and speak about her work on behalf of women and priests.
Throughout the years Our Lady would send her priests to help Yolanda on her journey of healing and mission. Several priests would come into Yolanda’s life that would forever change her life by the grace of God. With the blessing of Bishop David O’Connell in 2016, Yolanda founded Beneath His Cross a group dedicated to prayer and reparation for our priests. She also wrote along with a priest friend a Rosary dedicated to Priests.
Yolanda is currently working towards becoming a “Marian” Catholic Life Coach for Women and considers herself to be a spiritual daughter of Blessed Pope Paul VI, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, and Saint Mary Magdalene.
In 2018, Yolanda began a new website www.thereisaheart.com dedicated to the Mother of God. Yolanda is currently working on writing a new “Marian” study for women that will debut by the grace of God in the winter of 2018.
For all reservation questions contact:
Email Preferred: Magnificatsotirsvp@gmail.com
Reserved Tables of 10 are required to be paid in full at time of Reservation.
Personal Prayer ministry is available after the meal by the Intercessory Prayer Team.
Religious books and CD’s are available for purchase after the meal.
Since the day is designed to speak to the hearts of women, free of distractions, it is respectfully requested that young children not be in attendance.
UPCOMING MEALS FOR OUR CHAPTER — 2018
February 24, 2018 – Patricia Sandoval
June 30th, 2018 – Susan Potvin
September 8th, 2018 – Yolanda Rodriguez
December 8th, 2018 – Fr. Matthew Spencer
ROSARY BLANKET OF PRAYER
Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 29th of each month for the intentions of Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, Marriage and Family, and World Peace.
OUR PRAYER GROUPS
Is God calling you to be in a Prayer Group? Jesus said “Wherever two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in their midst.” Our prayer groups are open to all.
Magnificat SOTI Prayer Group
Meets the Last Wednesday of the Month at 6:30 PM in the Faith Formation Building followed by the Charismatic Prayer group at 7:00 PM.
St. Mary’s, Faith Formation Bldg.
2059 Mt. Diablo Blvd
Walnut Creek, CA.
Charismatic Prayer Group
Meets every Wednesday at 7PM-8:30PM at
St Mary’s, Faith Formation Bldg.
Contact Jim Crowley at firstname.lastname@example.org
SERVICE TEAM MEMBERS
Maribel Serrano, Coordinator (925) 788-7762
Linda Atkinson, Assistant Coordinator & Treasurer (925) 858-8801
Jennifer Rogers, Secretary (503) 709-8449
Christina Parodi, Historian (925) 708-2995
Spiritual Advisor: Fr. Erick Villa
If you would like to help with a Ministry of Magnificat, or if you have a question or comment for our Service Team, or if you would like to be on our Mailing list for future events, please contact us at Magnificatsotiwalnutcreek@gmail.com.
HISTORY of Servants of the Immaculata of Magnificat
[Walnut Creek, CA Chapter]
In the early nineties, my husband and I and our 3 kids moved to Atlanta and it was then that I went to my first Magnificat Prayer Breakfast. I attended many more after that and I felt so uplifted every time I went to them and this was definitely a part of my conversion. Every time I would go the Breakfast, a little voice inside me would say that some day you are going to be speaking at these Breakfasts. I would just laugh and say to myself, yeah right, you can hardly speak in front of two people. In 1997 we moved to Northern California and I was so disappointed that there were no Chapters in the area. However, I was busy raising my three children and knew I couldn’t start it at this time.
Then on March 26, 2008, I turned on the TV during the day, which I never do, and put on EWTN, and lo and behold, it was Marilyn Quirk and Kathy MacInnis speaking to Fr. Mitch Pacwa about the Magnificat Ministry. It was then that the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said, “Now is the time.” I immediately called and asked about how to go about starting a chapter. Who would have thought that so many years later and 3,000 miles away from Atlanta, that I would be starting this.
A group of us prayed for a year and then started gathering our team together to form this chapter. December 11, 2010 was our first Magnificat Prayer Breakfast with Bishop Salvatore Cordileone as our first speaker with 560 women in attendance. As the Coordinator, I was the MC at all of the Breakfasts and then I remembered how the little voice said that I would be speaking at these Breakfasts someday, which I did as the MC at all of the Breakfasts.
In April 2010 a small group of us met with Bishop Cordileone along with Kathleen Beckman. At the end of the meeting, Bishop Cordileone asked how quickly we could start having our Breakfasts. We told him as soon as he could be our speaker, which turned out to be in December.
Shortly after our meeting for Bishop Cordileone’s approval of our ministry, he asked me if I would come back and meet with the Presbyteral Council and present the possibility of having the Magnificat Ministry in the Diocese of Oakland. In attendance were 25 priests, the Bishop and me. After I did my presentation and left, I was told that the Presbyteral Council unanimously approved it as a Ministry for the Diocese, praise the Lord.
As the Founding Coordinator, I have found that that my involvement with the chapter has been such a blessing for me. Our Chapter has been still going strong seven years now and we are thankful that this chapter has touched so many hearts and souls.