By Susanna Spencer | Lent is almost here, and like many Catholics, I am planning and praying about what I am going to this Lent to do penance for my sins and seek to overcome my sinful tendencies....
Happening This Week:
Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday, March 1. Masses are at 8:30 am and 7:00 pm. Ash Wednesday is a Day of Fasting AND Abstinence. This means you should strive to have 1 regular meal and 2 smaller meals with no snacking and meat is not allowed.
This Friday, March 3, we will be gathering in the parish center for Soup Supper at 6:00 pm and Stations of the Cross at7:00 pm in the church. This first week, Father James will be leading the Stations and the members of the Pastoral Council will be hosting the soup supper.
There will be a Knights of Columbus breakfast and blood pressure screening after the morning Masses next Sunday, March 5.
Sunday, March 12, the coffee social will be held at the old hall in order to highlight the Hope Shelter. This is a way for you and your family to visit with the people who volunteer and get a feel for what the Hope Shelter is all about.
St. Francis has a good piano for sale. It is the one in the back of church on the north side. If you are interested, please call Sheila in the parish office to get questions answered and details about this piano.
This summer, St. Francis high school youth group will be attending Steubenville NW in Spokane, WA. There are thousands of Catholic teens that come together to worship God and come to know Him better. If you want to know more about Steubenville NW, pick up a packet in the Narthex and contact Ashley Ludwig. The trip comes with a cost and we hope you can help support us. We will have fundraisers including the spaghetti dinner and bake sale. You can also sponsor a youth. Please pray for the young people as they answer God’s call.
As we prepare for Lent and Easter, you can bring your old palms to St Francis and we will burn them. There are baskets in the narthex for this purpose.
The Lenten issue of The Word Among Us is available now. Place your free will offering in the literature payment box in the narthex.
If you have brought food for a funeral luncheon, your dish will be on a cart in the parish center after the Sunday morning Masses. Please pick up your dish.
Does your employer match your volunteer hours or charitable donations? Most employers have a deadline for matching grants, so don't miss this opportunity to make your gifts of time and treasure to St. Francis really count. Please contact Sheila in the parish office for more information.
SAVE THE DATE....for the annual St Francis Scholastic Book Fair! Thursday, March 2 through Wednesday, March 8. The Book Fair will be open before and after school as well as during lunch! Weekend shopping times are on March 4 & 5. Each year proceeds go to help supply teacher library wish lists as well as books for the school library!
Out of Parish:
Sacred Heart - St Louis Parish, 485 7th St, Gervais, is having their annual St Louis BBQ Chicken Dinner on Sunday, March 12 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The cost is $11/adult and $7/children 12 and under. Dinner includes ½ BBQ chicken, baked potato, green beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, homemade pie or cake and a beverage. There is also a raffle for a queen sized quilt, $250 Fred Meyer gift card, $100 cash or an afghan.
The Wilsonville ProLife Committee is beginning a fundraiser to purchase a ProLife Monument that will be installed near their Parish Hall Activity center. It will cost about $4,500 to install and is about 4 feet high and 3 foot wide. They are requesting funds to help pay for the project.