Announcements 3/30

Throughout Lent at the 10:30 Mass, we will sing several hymns in Latin, including the Chant Mass starting at number 854 in the Music Issue . Lent is a season of prayer, reflection and fasting, and while Latin may not roll off the tongue easily for some of us, singing in Latin helps us to remember our place in the larger Church, as well as reminding us of the Church's place in history.

Throughout Lent, we minimize the use of musical instruments, remain silent during Offertory, and instead of our usual recessional hymns, we chime the first eight-notes of The Crucifixion, foreshadowing the song we will sing on Good Friday at the feet of the crucified Jesus. Our Lenten fasting and repentance brings us face to face with Christ crucified, rising in triumph at Easter.

Faith Formation Retreats: 

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. 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

FOUNDATIONS OF OUR FAITH MAKE-UP SESSIONS
Your commitment to continuing faith formation that was demonstrated by the strong attendance and participation at the Foundations of Our Faith Retreats held during the past seven months at the parish was commendable. If you missed any of the retreats in this series, you can make them up at no cost through the spring of 2015. Attached to the bulletin is the information brochure for the sessions that are being offered this summer. For additional information, please go to the website for the Archdiocese of Seattle, phone the parish office, or contact Connie Walker at netwalker@centurylink.net or 463-9871.

NO DAILY MASS APRIL 23-26
Fr. Marc is away for Continuing Education in Seattle, Masses canceled on Wed. April 23, Thur. 24th, and Fri 26th.

The Vincentians of the SJV St. Vincent de Paul Conference
Are 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, there is a sign up sheet in the vestibule or contact Lucy Clarke at 463-5470 or lehellier@gmail.com.

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES COLLECTION
“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” - (Mt 25:40)

Today, we are reminded that Jesus identified himself with our poorest brothers and sisters. The Catholic Relief Services Collection serves Jesus in the victims of human trafficking, in those who suffer from unjust laws, and in those who need pastoral care and humanitarian assistance across the globe. Through your support with today’s Collection, you help Jesus in disguise. Please be generous.

CRS Rice Bowl - For Lent, For Life
Each 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 Rice Bowl website,www.crs.org , has interactive activities for your family and even an app to put on your phone. Please give generously. What we give up for Lent can make a difference.

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.

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.