Announcements 3/16

The Founding of the Church 
FOUNDATION OF OUR FAITH RETREAT
March 23rd - 1-5pm
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.

Spiritual Direction with Sister Joyce Cox, BVM, April 4th and 6th
Sister Joyce Cox will be at the parish on Friday, April 4th, and Sunday, April 6th, to meet individually with parishioners for spiritual direction, or as Sister Joyce prefers to call it, spiritual companionship. No two spiritual direction sessions are exactly alike. Persons seeking spiritual direction bring what is in their hearts and on their minds - difficulties or consolations in prayer, pending decisions or significant dreams, stories of struggle or success. During the session, both persons in the dialogue listen for signs of the Holy Spirit. This may come as a suggestion, gentle challenge, Scripture passage, or perhaps words of encouragement. If you have questions about this or would like to schedule a session for spiritual direction with Sister Joyce on either April 4th or 6th, please email or phone Connie Walker: 463-9871 or netwalker@centurylink.net

The Vashon Island Chorale The Vashon Island Chorale will sing Mozart’s "Great Mass in C Minor" in a combined choirs concert on Sunday, March 30, 2pm at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Parishioners Jennifer & Andrew Krikawa are two of the four soloists. Seventy-five Vashon singers, plus pianist Linda Lee and violinists Karin Choo and Gaye Detzer will perform under the direction of Gary D. Cannon for the Chorale’s own set of three songs. For more information visit www.vashonislandchorale.org.

The Vincentians of the SJV St. Vincent de Paul ConferenceAre inviting parishioners to join them in preparing, serving and sharing in the Vashon community meal on Monday, March 31st from 5:00 to 6:30 at the Methodist church. If you are interested in helping with the meal, please contact Lucy Clarke at 463-5470 or lehellier@gmail.com.

CRS Rice Bowl - For Lent, For LifeEach Lent we are asked to reach out to those in need by contributing to Operation Rice Bowl. We join with other Catholics across America as the Body of Christ to help others both in foreign countries and here in the US. The Wednesday night dinner for those in need at the Episcopal Church here on Vashon receives a grant from Rice Bowl. Through prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and education we can not only help meet other's physical and spiritual needs but also gain empathy and understanding. The Rice Bowl website,www.crs.org , has interactive activities for your family and even an app to put on your phone. Children received Rice Bowls in class last week. For the rest of us they are available in the basket in the narthex. Please give generously. What we give up for Lent can make a difference.

Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) payments and Matching Gifts:Final Payments on your 2013 Annual Catholic Appeal Pledge are due to the ACA Office no later than Monday, April 14th. Any payments received after this date will be credited to the 2014 campaign. For your convenience, you can make a payment by credit or debit at: www.seattlearchdiocese.org/pp or call 206-382-4274. For stock, call 206-382-7316 or 800-422-5417.Paying by check: Annual Catholic Appeal, PO Box 14964, Seattle 98114. Please do not put ACA payments in the parish collection basket. MATCHING GIFTS: Once you’ve made your final payment, check with your employer about matching the total amount paid to the campaign.

ECUMENICAL BOOK GROUP"Mr. Ives' Christmas," a novel by Oscar Hijuelos, will be discussed at the group's next meeting from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in the conference room at St. John Vianney Church, 16100 115th Ave. SW. John McCoy will facilitate the discussion. All are welcome. The novel deals with finding spiritual peace in the midst of the senseless murder of a child. The group's book for May is "Living Gently in a Violent World" by Stanley Hauerwas. 281 465 6559

Lent with the Saints Booklet - $3 Booklet
Meditations and The forty days of Lent provide Christians, and those preparing for baptism, with an intense period of preparation for the ‘Feast of all Feasts’, Easter, the ‘Passover of the Lord’. This collection of sayings and meditations dwells on the central Lenten themes of prayer, conversion, repentance, fasting, almsgiving and self-denial, as lived from apostolic times until the present day. This little companion to private reflection will offer ready sustenance to those setting out on the joyful road to Easter.

Is Jesus Really Present in the Eucharist? - $3 BookletStatistics are reporting that over 70% of Catholics polled in America do not believe in the Real Presence of the Lord Jesus in the Eucharist — a verifiable crisis of faith. Using key sources from scripture and tradition, Bishop Michael Evans explains how Jesus is present today when we celebrate the Mass. This highly readable and accessible text is a must read for all Catholics seeking the proper answer to this dire question.