Catholic Daughters will be having their luncheon for Religious, Continuous and New Membership on Saturday, February 7th at 11:30 am at St. Francis Hall. Join us as we show our appreciation for our local religious and celebrate our long standing members and new members.
The Annual Cleaning Crew Appeal is now looking for volunteers for 2015. We begin at 8 am and finish by 9 am on Saturdays. You would call and get the code for the lock box. Main duties are replacing candles, straightening books, filling holy water fonts, so one person could easily do it alone. We need volunteers for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September. Please call Christy Hall at 525-3958 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The topic for this week’s Catechumenate Session of the Tri-Parish RCIA is “5th Commandment” at 6:30 pm, February 5, 2015 in the John of the Cross Room.
FEBRUARY 12, 2015
Topic: ”Marriage & Parenthood”.
For more information on RCIA, please click here.
Sunday, February 15 – Movies that Matter – Amazing Grace, the story on one man’s attempts to end slavery in 18th century England. Discussion and social time to follow, 2-4:30pm – place to be determined.
Fridays in Lent – February 20 – 5 – 7 pm in the John of the Cross room – Fr. Ron Rolheiser’s Keeping the Paschal Mystery. This is a wonderful way to begin your Lenten faith formation. Discussion and a simple soup meal to follow dvd.
Conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern countries and in Africa, are leaving hundreds, many children, without safety and the basic needs of life. Please include these refugees in your prayers. Donations can be sent to Catholic Relief Services, or a reliable charity of your choice.
There is a certain urgency in today’s Gospel as Jesus calls His First disciples-Andrew and Simon, James and John. Each one follows Jesus immediately, unhesitatingly abandoning nets and boats and father and fellow-workers. To what is Jesus calling me—at this moment, in these circumstances? What will I need to abandon in order to follow Him?
This event will take place at Bishop White Seminary on Sunday, February 8th, from 3-6 pm. The event is geared for young men high school age and older who are interested in learning more about the priesthood and want to know what Seminary life is about. The format for the program includes a talk by Fr. Bob McNeese and some of the seminarians, a time to break into small group discussions that will be led by seminarians, a tour of the seminary, a vocation video presentation, and dinner. Please contact Fr. Brian if you are interested or have any questions.
Liturgy is defined as the “work of the church.” It is what the church does that makes it uniquely itself. The church is the assembly of believers, gathered by God to do worship in the name of Jesus Christ. Therefore the prayer of the church is communal prayer, not individual prayer. It comes from our individual prayer. It arises from our habit of prayer as individuals and as groups outside of liturgy. Our prayer during liturgy is the prayer of the assembled Body of Christ. It is a collective prayer, which we offer to God by the right (and the duty) that comes from our baptism. When we gather to pray at liturgy, we come not as a group of individuals, but as the church itself.
Christian Aid Center needs volunteers to provide childcare when guests are attending Bible studies and classes. Times needed are: Monday and Friday mornings from 9:00-10:00 a.m.; Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:20-7:45 p.m.; and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:30-2:30. For more information call Jeannette, Volunteer Coordinator at 525-7153 ext. 114.
There will be volunteer opportunities starting in February. There will be upcoming grants for the garden in May. Eltopia West Greenhouse will sell us veggie starts at wholesale prices. This is an excellent opportunity for experienced and beginner gardeners to enjoy the outdoors and contribute to the community. Most of the veggies are contributed to the BMAC food bank.
In today’s reading, we hear Samuel respond eagerly, “Here I am!” each time the Lord calls him. May we, too, be listening for the call of God in our lives and be ready to say like the psalmist, “Here am I, Lord: I come to do your will.”
St. Francis is looking for someone to play the piano and/or organ with the choir at the 4:00p.m. Mass on Saturdays, beginning in February. If anyone is interested please contact the parish office.
These annual classes, held on January 25, are required by the Diocese. A letter will be sent out, discussing these classes. Contact Sue Logsdon, Religious Education Director.
Adult Faith Formation, Coordinator: Sue Logsdon.
Winter Adult Faith Formation upcoming events:
*February 15—Movies That Matter—Amazing Grace, one man’s attempts to end slavery in 18th century England. 2-4:30 pm – place to be determined.
*Fridays in Lent—February 20, 5-7 pm in the St. John room.
*Fridays in Lent—March 20, 27, 5-7 pm in the St. John room.
Confirmation and First Eucharist: the first class for children and parents is January 28 at St. Francis’ hall, 6:30 pm. Read chapter 1 and complete assigned homework prior to class.
Retrouvaille weekend, February 13-15, in Spokane: If your marriage suffers from disillusionment or miser, please contact Retrouvaille. It is for any couple who would like to rediscover their marriage and improve communication. For confidential information or to register, call 800-470-2230 or visit the website: www.Retrouvaille.org
How do we prepare to celebrate liturgy? Not only the musicians, lectors and presider prepare for the celebration. We all do. We prepare as we select our clothes, get our children ready, and begin to move toward the church building. Perhaps you have a routine your follow each Sunday. This is part of what prepares you to join in the celebration. Many people read the Scripture readings for the Sunday so they have had time to think about them in advance. This might be a good idea of something to do as a family, taking time to discuss them. Then you can compare your thoughts with the homily on Sunday.
If you missed Fr. Brian’s presentation on Pope Francis’ Joy of the Gospel in November, you have another opportunity. Fr. Brian will give a condensed interactive presentation on the Joy of the Gospel, focusing on Pope Francis’ invitation “to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus” and life in Christ as a community of “Spirit filled evangelizers”. On Sunday, February 8, 6:30 – 8 pm. At DeSales auditorium. All are welcome to attend. Joy of the Gospel books will be available for sale ($10). There will be a social time concluding the discussion.