APRIL 3, 2011 FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT My friends, in today’s readings we are invited to think about what it is to be spiritually blind. We all have times when we are unable to think clearly, when our actions hurt ourselves and others. Let us ask God today for the gift of clear vision. We begin by confessing our sinfulness, confident of God’s mercy. SCRIPTURE READINGS 1 Sam 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a God sees into our hearts. Eph 5:8-14 Live as children of light. John 9:1-41 The healing of the man born blind.
God Gives it All and then Calls Us to Share
PARISH STEWARDSHIP Monthly Collection 684 Households Budget for March $ 46,000 Total received: $37,243
St. Vincent de Paul: $1,654.00
An opportunity to welcome
Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain
Archbishop of Seattle Society of St. Vincent de Paul Lenten Book Drive There are many ways we can ‘give alms’ during Lent, and we would like to offer a suggestion for a different way to give of yourself—helping to support eviction prevention. As you may know, times are still difficult for many in our community, so the requests for help have been even higher. The proceeds from books donated and sold in our thrift stores will be used to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Eviction Prevention programs. A St. Vincent de Paul Book Drive barrel will be located in the southeast entrance .
April 8, 2011 Mass of Celebration Holy Family, Seattle 6:30 p.m.
Following Mass there will be a reception and an opportunity to meet our new Archbishop.
All are invited!
St. Therese Mission Statement St. Therese Parish is a welcoming, diverse Catholic faith community charged with spiritually guiding and strengthening its parishioners to know, love and serve God. Our Eucharistic celebration energizes our spirits for parishioner involvement, a strong commitment to social justice, and a Catholic school tradition guided by spiritual values and social equality.
LENTEN SCHEDULE 5:30 PM Mass every Tuesday 2:15 PM Stations of the Cross every Friday
Palm Sunday* April 16-17, 2011 *No social hours after Mass as we start into Holy Week.
Holy Thursday April 21, 2011 6:00 PM Soup Supper 7:00 PM Liturgy
For the Easter season we have traditionally used the lily for our church décor and this Easter will be as usual. The Liturgy Committee met and it was decided to invite the community to get involved this year with a chance to remember a special person or event by donating towards our Easter Flower Fund. Perhaps you would like to acknowledge the birth of a baby, or a marriage, or a loved one now departed. You may donate towards one or more lilies (40 lilies are needed) or buy and bring to the church on Saturday, April 23rd, at 10:00 AM. Complete the form below and send your check to the Parish Office, or add it to the collection clearly marked for the Easter Flowers. Thank you
for your help with the flowers for Easter.
PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW AND RETURN TO PARISH OFFICE BY APRIL 18, 2011. ********************************************************** Name of Donor_______________________________ _____ My check is enclosed for the purchase of an Easter Lily. (Make check payable to St. Therese Parish.) _____ I wish to be acknowledged in the bulletin, in memory of:________ __________________________________________________________
_____ in thanksgiving for:_____________________________________
April 22, 2011 7:00 PM
Easter Vigil April 23, 2011 9:00 PM
Easter Sunday April 24, 2011 8:00 AM Cantor & Pianist 10:00 AM Children’s Choir 12:00 Noon Shades of Praise Choir 5:00 PM Jubilation Choir
Confirmation The Sacrament of Confirmation is, with Baptism and Eucharist, one of the three sacraments of initiation; Confirmation completes and “confirms” the grace of Baptism. Through the anointing with the sacred chrism the baptized person is “enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit,” and more than ever “obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” Confirmation is typically celebrated every other year.
Please contact Mary Lou Colasurdo at (206)720-7279 or firstname.lastname@example.org if your teen is interested. He/she must be 16 years of age or a junior or senior in high school.
ST. THERESE ATHLETIC PROGRAM TRACK & FIELD (grades 4-8) REGISTRATION FORM For Office Use Only: Fee: ________Check No.____________Date Paid: ________ Rec’d by:________ Fee: $35.00 per child – OR – $25.00 per child if more than one in the family are participating. (Registration form must be filled out separately for each child.) PARTICIPANT NAME: ____________________________________ GENDER_____ ADDRESS: _____________________________________________________________ CITY: ___________________________ZIP: _______
EMAIL: __________________________________ CELL PHONE: ______________ SCHOOL ATTENDING: __________________________________GRADE:_______ BAPTIZED CATHOLIC: Y/N _________
ETHNICITY* _______________________BIRTH DATE: ______________________ CONSENT TO MEDICAL CARE & TREATMENT I, the parent or guardian, authorize all medical, surgical, diagnostic, and hospital procedures as may be performed or prescribed by a treating physician for the above named participant, if I cannot be reached in case of an emergency. ____________________________________________________________________ Print Parent/Guardian Name Parent/Guardian Signature I CAN HELP WITH: __________Team Parenting __________ CYO Field Judging
________ Practices ________ Car Pooling
TRACK REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 15th. Registration forms turned in after the deadline will not guarantee a place on team or a uniform. * This information is reported to United Way for CYO funding requirements.
ST. THERESE SCHOOL
St. Therese School Annual Fund Drive 2010-2011
The Social Justice Commission would like to invite you to view a documentary and participate in a discussion on Kenya on Monday, April 11th, from 6 to 9 PM, in the Parish Social Hall.
15K Drive to the Finish Line
We’re $15K from our goal. We’ve come a long way, but still have a ways to go. The Finish Line (Goal of $80K) is in sight. Deadline is June 10th — the last day of school! Everyone is welcome to contribute towards this worthwhile goal. Donations of any amount will be gratefully received. All proceeds go towards educational programs for St. Therese students.
Please join us to help our great school. Thank you for your support. Philippe E. Jeoffroy Gail N. Morgan, M.D. Co-Chairs for the Annual Fund Drive Dear St. T. Parishioners, Your prayers and financial support have resulted in positive changes at St. Therese School. As we head “To the Finish Line,” is there more that you could give to help us this year? I humbly ask you to pray for our continued success and to donate what you can at this time. With much appreciation… Joe Budde Interim Principal
The documentary, called "A Small Act," reflects on the change one Swedish woman had in the life of a Kenyan student by donating $15 per term toward his education. New St. Therese parishioners, Tony and Rachel Faber Machacha, will be joining us and sharing from their experiences. Tony, a Kenya native, is a product of the Kenyan educational system, and currently works in Seattle for the Gates Foundation. Rachel has studied and worked in Kenya and in the U.S. On the International Programs faculty of two American Universities, she has prepared students for study in Africa. We are fortunate to have them join our discussion of the movie. Fr. Stephen will also be inviting several of his Kenyan friends and family members to join us. Light Kenyan refreshments will be served. This event is suitable for audiences of elementary school age and older. Please join us! Operation Rice Bowl is a Lenten solidarity program of Catholic Relief Services. Just as we celebrate the Eucharist on Sundays, we can use Operation Rice Bowl throughout Lent as a way to “break bread” together with family and loved ones. We join in the traditional practices of Lent and pray as a community, fast in solidarity with those who are hungry, and give concrete assistance to those most in need.
PASTORAL CARE The second of a nine-part series on Pastoral Care at St. Therese Church Pastoral Care Commission Members The Pastoral Care Commission was established in 2001. Commission members are appointed by the Pastor to provide oversight and leadership for the pastoral care needs of the parish. Pastoral care is the outward sign of God's love manifested through the Body of Christ. Current commission members: Margaret Carter, Troy Courage, Gail Eshom, Kevin Peterson, Gail Thomas, Brenetta Ward and Tyra Elliott, Chair. Greg McNabb, advisor, is assisted by Mary Elayne Dunphy. As the Body of Christ, we are called to pray for its members: Please pray for the health of: Michael Carter, Josie Vicencio’s son, Damaris Pearson, Pauline Ridley’s niece, Kristine Simenstad-Mackin, Martha O’Fallon and Austin O’Fallon, the granddaughter of Dave and Mary Ellen Haley, Andrea Buckmeier, Dick and Bernice Welch, Bernetta Branch’s daughter, Theresa Davis, Sue Boyle, Jody Greger, Alison Hendricks’ family, Judy Harding, Nate Albro, Roxanne Harrison’s family, Deborah Nimmons’ mother, Sandra Cotton, Art and Erville Wheeler, and Cecil Hughey. Please remember those who have died: Tony Kidd’s grandmother.
PARISH LIFE April 2, 2011
Baptism Class—Parish Center 9:00 AM—11:00 AM
April 2-3, 2011
4th Sunday of Lent Children’s Choir Rehearsal after 11:00 AM Mass High School Youth Group 6:15 - 7:45 PM
April 5, 2011
Pastoral Council Meeting
April 6, 2011
Mass at Park Shore 11:00 AM Stewardship Commission 6:00 PM Pastoral Care Commission 6:10 PM
April 7, 2011
Triduum Choir Rehearsal 6:30 PM
April 9, 2011
Baptism Class—Parish Center 9:00 AM—11:00 AM
April 9-10, 2011
5th Sunday of Lent Children’s Choir Rehearsal after 11:00 AM Mass High School Youth Group 6:15 - 7:45 PM
April 11, 2011
Social Justice Program in the Social Hall. See page 4.
April 14, 2011
Last Triduum Rehearsal 6:30 PM
April 16-17, 2011 Palm Sunday
April 20, 2011
School Mass 10:00 AM Park Shore Mass 11:00 AM
April 21, 2011
Holy Thursday Mass 7:00 PM
Pew cards listing Pastoral Care services can be found in the pew cardholders. If you or a family member is in need of pastoral care, you may communicate your needs by calling the Parish Office at 325-2711, ext. 10.
April 22, 2011
Good Friday 7:00 PM
April 23, 2011
Easter Vigil 9:00 PM
April 24, 2011 Easter Sunday See page 2 for schedule.
SACRAMENTAL INFORMATION Baptism
The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated communally, in the context of the Sunday Eucharist. We celebrate baptisms of young children quarterly at all of our weekend Masses. First time parents/ guardians are asked to participate in a Baptism Preparation Class to update their understanding of Baptism, the important responsibilities of Christian parenting, and the many ways our parish supports families. To reserve a date for your child’s Baptism, please contact Mary Lou Colasurdo. Our next scheduled Baptism dates in 2011 are April 30th-May 1st, & June 25-26th.
The Church looks on marriage as a “covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life” (Catechism 1601). In its understanding of marriage, the Church looks back to the union between man and woman ordained by God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1-2).
First Eucharist At about age 7, children can begin to prepare to receive communion, the Body and Blood of Christ, for the first time. In conjunction with the new Archdiocesan guidelines, preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion is a two-year process that includes preparation for First Reconciliation. First Communion celebration is in May. In 2011 it will be on the weekend of May 21-22nd. Contact Nicole St. Hilaire at (206) 720-7277 or email@example.com.
Reconciliation The Church Fathers sometimes called this sacrament “the more difficult Baptism.” St. Ambrose drew a parallel between Reconciliation and Baptism: “There are water and tears: the water of Baptism and the tears of repentance.” The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturdays, by appointment before Mass in the Reconciliation Chapel, located across from the west facing door of the church. Communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated two times a year in preparation for Christmas and Easter.
Confirmation The Sacrament of Confirmation is, with Baptism and Eucharist, one of the three sacraments of initiation; Confirmation completes and “confirms” the grace of Baptism. Through the anointing with the sacred chrism the baptized person is “enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit,” and more than ever “obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed” (Catechism 1285).
Christ worked His first miracle in the context of a wedding feast. In the Sacrament of Matrimony, the married couple become, in their unity and in their love for one another, “an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence” (Catechism 1613). Couples wishing to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage should contact the parish eight months prior to the desired date. Preparation for celebrating and living this sacrament is required.
Anointing of the Sick The Anointing of the Sick - formerly known as ‘last rites’ - is no longer considered a sacrament only for those at the point of death. Instead, this healing sacrament is for all those who are facing major surgery, chronic illness, or the weakness that comes with age. Communal celebrations of the sacrament are celebrated in the Advent and Lenten Season. It is also celebrated any time there is a serious illness or health crisis. Please contact the Parish Office to make arrangements.
Funerals Please contact the parish after a death and before making arrangements with a funeral home so we may be of assistance as soon as possible. For more information on all sacraments, please contact Mary Lou Colasurdo at (206) 720-7279 or firstname.lastname@example.org .