Mass Schedule for Ash Wednesday
8:30 am; Noon; 7:00pm
Make this Lent a time of true spiritual growth by signing up for daily reflections from the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception via email. We are inviting all parishioners to sign up for these daily meditations.
During Lent on Fridays, there will be Stations of the Cross at 6pm, followed by soup supper in the hall, and Father Oakland will be hearing Confessions from 6-7pm. The light will be on for you.
Soon registered parishioners will be receiving the March edition of Northwest Catholic in the mail. The magazine features an eight-page section on the sacrament of penance and reconciliation to highlight the Archdiocese Lenten campaign called The Light Is On For You. For more information such as an online “parish confession finder,” a confession toolkit for individuals and helpful videos, click on the following link: thelightisonseattle.org
40 CANS for 40 DAYS
The Knights of Columbus would like to host a program for Lent called “40 Cans for 40 Days.” For each of the 40 days of Lent, you are invited to bring a can of food to the church (or all at once each Sunday) and leave it in the collection barrel as you enter church. This corporal work of mercy promotes solidarity with those in need and constantly reminds us of the needs of others. Food will be given to the East County Resource Center in Washougal.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL SUBSIDY
St. Thomas Aquinas offers a subsidy to elementary Catholic School children (grades K – 8) in order to make a Catholic education more affordable for those who are active parishioners. In order to aid in our budgeting process, these forms must be turned in to the Parish Office no later than March 15th. Application packets are available in the parish office and by clicking the links below.
Subsidy Letter from Fr. Oakland 2014
St. Thomas Tuition Subsidy Procedure
Statement of Active Parishioner
Safe Environment Class
St. Thomas will be offering the Call To Protect Ministries class on Mon., March 31; 6:00-9:00pm in the Fireside Room. This three-hour training is designed to teach participants how to recognize the signs of abuse, how to respond to suspected abuse and how to keep our ministries, programs and schools safe. Required for clergy, employees and volunteers with ongoing unsupervised contact with minors and vulnerable adults. You can register for this class on the Archdiocese website, under the Safe Environment links. For more information, contact Terese at 834 2126 ext. 202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new October performance date will be chosen.
Natural Family Planning
Christ and His Church call us to holiness in our everyday lives and in and through our vocations. In the Sacrament of Marriage, a particular kind of conjugal chastity is demanded by the nature of love and God’s order of Creation. In marriage, the two have become one and are called to continually make that gift of self-donation to the other as they strive to build up one another in faith and love. The two, in imitating the Trinity by their union and love, also share with the Trinity in the great work of co-creation. Part of this, of course, is the bearing and raising of children. Marriage in many ways is oriented towards children, which are always a great good.
The couple must remember God’s dominion over Creation as they remain open to life, and must not cut these off through contraception and sterilization. While these are illicit, the Church does allow spouses, with prayer and discernment, to plan their families in a natural way.
Denise Swanson, the NFP Apostolate Coordinator, can be reached at email@example.com with questions or inquiries.