LENT BEGINS on ASH WEDNESDAY
FREE BOOKLET FROM THE ARCHBISHOPThere is another free booklet from the office of the Archbishop called “A Lenten Pilgrimage - Journeying with Jesus.” They are Free and are available in the basket in the vestibule. We have a limited supply, so please only one per family.
LENTEN SOUP LUNCHESThere are sign-up sheets in the vestibule for SOUP LUNCHES every Sunday after the 10:30 a.m. Masses during Lent.
If you are able to bring either pots of soup or bread, please sign up by writing your name under the appropriate week. There are separate sheets for those able and willing to bring BREAD and those able and willing to bring SOUP.
RICE BOWLS AVAILABLEForty years ago, Catholics in the United States wanted to respond to famine in Africa. Could we feed the hungry through Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving? The answer was yes—and it came in the form of a small cardboard box. Forty years later, it still does. And now, there’s an app for that too. Pick up a CRS Rice Bowl for your family and download our app! The Rice Bowls for Lent are available for pick-up through Faith Formation teachers and also from a table in the narthex. The Arch-Diocesan web-site contains a lot of useful information about where the Rice Bowl money goes and how it is used, including countries that they are focusing on this year. It is a great resource for parents at home and on the internet with their kids.
Ash Wednesday - February 18th, 10amSJV will celebrate Mass on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18th at 10 a.m. only; there is no evening Mass for Ash Wednesday, which is not a Holy Day of Obligation.
Women in the Lenten Gospels Retreat - Save the Date!Sister Joyce Cox, BVM will be leading a retreat for women on the topic of "Women in the Lenten Gospels" on Saturday, March 28th at St. John Vianney. More details on the retreat time and schedule will follow.
No Daily Mass or Adoration this Thursday & Friday, February 19 & 20,Fr. Marc will be away. Fr. Bill Peterson, CSsR, will be hearing confessions on Saturday at 4:30 and celebrating all three Masses next weekend, but there will not be daily Mass or Adoration Thursday & Friday.
JOIN ST VINCENT DE PAUL AT CATHOLIC ADVOCACY DAY, THURSDAY, MARCH 26The parish St. Vincent de Paul Society invites you to join them at Catholic Advocacy Day in Olympia on Thursday, March 26. The 2015 session of the Washington State Legislature will make crucial decisions on funding education, housing, mental health, and programs for the most vulnerable. The day includes Mass, legislative briefings, and meetings with lawmakers. You can pre-register at www.ipjc.org or sign up the day of the event. For more information or to join a carpool from Vashon, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.304.6039.
Funeral Mass Feb 16th 11amThe funeral MASS for Bill Crawford will be Mon. Feb. 16th at 11 a.m. at SJV. (There will not be a 10am Mass.)
Book Group to discuss Japanese NovelThe Vashon Ecumenical Book Group will discuss "Silence," a prize-winning 1966 novel by Japanese author Susaku Endo, from 4 to 5:30 pm Sunday, March 1, in the conference room at St. John Vianney Church, 16100 115th Ave. SW. All are welcome. "Silence" is the story of a 17th century Jesuit missionary to Japan who, accompanied by a seemingly silent God, endures suffering and persecution. Rick Paquette will facilitate the discussion.
USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT LENT
Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015, and Good Friday, April 3, 2015, are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for Baptism or of renewal of Baptism at Easter. (Code of Canon Law, 1249-1252)
Fasting is to be observed by all eighteen years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their sixtieth birthday. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.
Abstinence is observed by all fourteen years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.
Paschale Solemnitatis 6-26 concerns Lent which "has a double character, namely to prepare both catechumens and faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery" (PS 6). The catechumens do so by the celebration of the Rite of Election and then, as the elect, through purification and enlightenment in the scrutinies and presentations climaxing in their initiation. The faithful do so "by penance [in preparation] for the renewal of their baptismal promises" (PS 6, citing the Ceremonial of Bishops, 249). The centrality of baptism to the whole Lenten journey should give direction to all the practices we undertake during Lent. Saint Augustine with many of the Church Fathers noted that tears of repentance are a second baptism which is itself illustrative of the degree to which our repentance during the season of Lent is meant to be in service of our rebirth in Christ, orienting our Lenten disciplines to conform us more closely to Christ whom we have put on in our baptism.