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LENT BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY
ASH WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE
  • Liturgy of the Word with distribution of ashes: 6:30AM
  • Mass with distribution of ashes: 10:00AM and 7:00PM

There will be the opportunity to give alms for the poor at all three Ash Wednesday services. The money collected will go to St. Vincent de Paul.

SJV LENTEN FRIDAYS
Lenten Fridays begin at SJV this Friday.
  • Daily Mass:  10:00 AM
  • Stations of the Cross:  10:45 AM (following Mass)
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Adoration in the Chapel:  6:00-6:45 PM
  • Stations of the Cross:  7:00 PM

Confession during Lent

  • Friday 6:00-6:45 PM
  • Saturday 3:00-4:30 PM
ENCOUNTER LENT
Join our faith community—and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the U.S., including every parish in this archdiocese— in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with Rice Bowl. Pick up your home’s Rice Bowl this Sunday.

May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors, and our God. During Lent, you and your family can build a culture of encounter through daily prayer, weekly fasting, and almsgiving that saves lives. Visit www.crsricebowl.org to watch videos of the people and communities your Lenten gifts are changing through CRS Rice Bowl. We will be collecting your CRS Rice Bowls at the end of Lent. Thank you for including Rice Bowl as a part of your faith life!

AND YOUTH FAITH FORMATION
Youth Faith Formation classes are meeting this weekend.

Fr.’s weekly Gospel Reading Study Group will be meeting this weekend between the Masses.

SJV Frassati Youth Group, Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm
Youth age 13-18 are invited to join our youth group, with youth mentors Collin Medeiros and Heidi Tosterud. We meet Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 pm at the church. Come for fun, faith sharing, and fellowship!
"The higher we go, the better we shall hear the voice of Christ" - Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

FASTING AND 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)

Ash Wednesday, March 6, and Good Friday, April 19, are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.   

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.

Mike Lande’s MARDI GRAS PANCAKES - THIS SUNDAY
There is a Pancake Breakfast celebrating Mardi Gras following the 10:30 Mass.  The suggested donation is $5 per person or $15 per family. Enjoy your breakfast, and then ask Mike (who received no billing last week, so is receiving extra this week!), Bruce, and Janice where your clean up help is most needed. The dishes, kitchen, and Social Hall can be tidied up quickly with extra hands helping. Thank you. 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME AN ALTAR SERVER?
Have you ever thought about what it’s like to help at Mass by serving at the Altar?  Fr. David is inviting all parishioners (who are 8+ and have received their First Communion) to share their faith and the gift of their participation at Mass by becoming an Altar Server at SJV. Serving at Mass is an honor and a privilege.  It cultivates reverence and respect for the Eucharist, and a greater love of the Mass.

On the first and last Sundays of March Fr. David and Ellen Stewart are leading training sessions for new Altar Servers, which last 90 minutes. 
Sunday March 03:       12:00 noon – 1:30pm
 *********** There is a training class today.
Sunday March 31:        12:30pm – 2:00pm
RSVP to Ellen Stewart at: elenabelle@comcast.net to register for one of the training sessions.  Please think seriously about joining this important ministry.
LENTEN SOUP SUNDAYS
STARTING NEXT WEEK
Lenten Soup Sundays after the 10:30 Mass will begin on the 1st Sunday of Lent. We will also have Soup Sundays on March 24th and 31st, and on April 7th. The sign-up sheets requesting soup, bread, and clean up help are in the vestibule. Please choose a Sunday and share your family’s favorite soup (soups with meat are just fine), or, if bringing bread and helping to run the counter and to clean up sounds better, please sign up for that. We are hoping that many families will act as Soup Sunday hosts during Lent, providing a “vacation” for the generous Coffee Hour families who host us all year.

We are very grateful to the families who prepare soup for all of us, and to those who bring bread. Thank you. And to those who help John Paul clean up the kitchen, it goes without saying, thank you! To the rest of us who are enjoying delicious soup and socializing, we ask that you give a donation to help pay the costs of these Soup Sundays. As you survey the soup buffet, please put some money in the basket to cover costs of the paper goods, coffee & cream, and juice. Thank you.
  
HOMEBOUND MINISTRY
TRAINING AND RETREAT NEXT SATURDAY
Are you interested in taking Communion to our parishioners who are sick or homebound? Your visit would include sharing the Gospel, as well as some SJV friendliness On March 9th, from 10:00-11:00, Fr. David and Ellen Stewart will offer a training class for those current and prospective EMCs who would like to be on the roster of the Homebound Ministry. This is a wonderful ministry that does not involve a large time commitment, so please consider becoming an EMC for the Homebound.

To RSVP for this training, or if you need to arrange for someone to receive the Eucharist at home, please call or email the office at 206-567-4149/office@vashonsjv.org.


BAPTISMAL PREPARATION
Our next Baptism weekend will be April 27&28. If you plan to baptize your child that weekend, the Baptismal Preparation Class will be held on April 4th. At least one parent and one godparent must attend this class. Please contact the SJV Office (206-567-4149 or office@vashonsjv.org) in advance of the Preparation Class to let us know that you and your child’s godparent plan on attending. 

CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS
Next weekend there will be a second collection for Catholic Home Missions. These home mission territories include over 40 percent of the dioceses in the United States which are unable, due to fragile financial situations, tough terrain, and/or too few Catholics, to provide even the most basic opportunities for learning about and deepening the Faith. Your support of the Catholic Home Missions can lift up the lives and faith of our brothers and sisters across the country including here in our state. Please be generous.

Old Palm Branches 
  at Your House…
      Please Bring Them to SJV
If you have blessed palm branches at home from previous Palm Sundays, you can bring them to SJV and place them in the basket in the vestibule. They will be burned in this year’s Easter fire.

SJV Women’s Group
St. John Vianney Women’s Group meets twice a month at 10:30 am. Please call Mary Ann Beardsley (206) 567-4273 or Kris Cushing (206) 962-0691 for dates and locations.