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HELP NEEDED
  • Help Needed: The grounds crew is in need of some new members to help mow the Church grounds. The commitment is every other week for 3 hours on a Friday. We have riding mowers and if you do not know how to operate one we will instruct you. Please call Robert at 253-579-4682 or the office.
  • Help Needed 2: Help is needed to maintain the landscaping around the Church building. You, your friends or family can adopt an area around the building and keep it looking neat. This can be done at your leisure. Please call Robert at 253-579-4682 or the office.
UPCOMING RETREATS THE GOSPEL OF LUKE & THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
MARCH 2nd
Reverend Kevin Duggan, Pastor of Mary Queen of Peace Parish, will be with us to present this Foundations of Our Faith Retreat this Sunday, March 2nd, from 1-5pm. Fr. Duggan will explore the Gospel of Luke, its themes, theological emphases, literary forms, and social and historical context; examine how the Acts of the Apostles is a continuation of Luke's Gospel; and identify the issues and conflicts in the Early Church. The presentation is free and child care is provided. This will be one not to miss.

The Founding of the Church March 23rd
David Burroughs will present at the last Foundations of Our Faith Sunday on March 23rd from 1-5pm. The topic is Founding of the Church: focus on the significance of Apostolic succession and the roles of the hierarchy as the Church moved through the centuries formulating the Creed, defining the Canon of Scripture, and developing the Sacraments. This retreat is free and childcare will be provided.

Fr. Marc will be away on his annual retreat
From March 10-14th, but present for confessions on the 14th from 6-7 p.m.

Pancake Breakfast
  • Today, following the 10:30 Mass, Sunday March 2nd. Suggested donation $5/person, $15/ family.
ECUMENICAL BOOK GROUP
  • The Vashon Ecumenical Book Group will discuss "To Heaven and Back" by Mary C. Neal at its next meeting from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in the Fireside Room at Bethel Church, 14736 Bethel Lane SW. Kate Paw will facilitate the discussion. All are welcome.
  • Neal, an orthopedic surgeon, tells her personal story of moving from life to death to eternal life and back again after nearly drowning in a kayak accident in South America.
  • The group's April book is "Mr. Ives' Christmas" by Oscar Hijuelos.

Pastoral Council Meeting:
The next Pastoral Council meeting will be on March 13, 2014, at 7pm at the church. If you would like to present an agenda item to the Council, please contact Robert Kajca at 253-579-4682 by February 28th to be included on the agenda.

LENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Ash Wednesday is March 5. It is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass & distribution of ashes at 10am & 7pm. 
  • Confession - Every parish in the archdiocese will offer confessions each Friday of Lent from 6-7pm. Confessions will end at 7pm but you can come back Saturday at 4:30pm or the following week.
  • Stations of the Cross - We are looking for someone that would be excited to lead the Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent. If you are interested in leading this ministry, please contact Maria Pottinger at vashonsjv@centurytel.net 
  • Soup Suppers will be on Sundays after the 10:30 a.m. Mass instead of Fridays.
LENT BEGINS
Ash Wednesday
March 5–Mass at 10:00am & 7:00pm
  • When we come to church on Ash Wednesday, we find that the environment has changed. The color is violet; there are no flowers; the church building is more barren and more somber. Even the music has changed. This is to invite us into the penitential season of Lent. It is to focus us on the essentials of our spiritual life so that we may learn to imitate Jesus more completely and thus prepare for the celebration of the resurrection at Easter.
  • Fasting: (Ash Wednesday & Good Friday) Fasting consists of having only 3 meals on that day – 2 small meals that when combined do not add up to the third meal. It is the person’s choice which meal is to be the ‘main’ meal. The liquids we drink do not count as violating the fast. This applies to people 18-59.
  • Abstaining: (all Fridays during Lent) Abstaining means refraining from eating any meat (chicken, beef, pork, etc.) Dairy products and fish can be consumed. When abstaining, meat products, if used as seasoning, do not violate the rule for abstinence. This applies to people 14 and older.



Illness and the infirmities of age excuse one from observing these rules.