We are the Roman Catholic Faith Community of St. Philomena, called to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our celebrating and praying together, through our support of the faith development of each member and through our compassionate service and care for one another and the world. We do this because of our commitment to our faith, our hope in the reign of God and our love of God and neighbor.
Lent begins March 5
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 5 this year. Mass times are:
- 6:30 am: English
- 7:30 am: English
- 8:45 am: English (School)
- 6:00 pm: Bilingual
- 8:00 pm: Spanish
Also, additional hours for Confession will be available during Lent (Fridays at 6:00 pm). Soup suppers will be Fridays at 5:30 pm, followed by the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm.
Have you thought about attending a conference or retreat to build your relationship with Christ? Here are some of the opportunities coming up:
- 3/3: “Nothing to Show for It!” with Fr. Dwight Lewis at St. John the Baptist in Covington (10:00 am and 7:00 pm).
- 3/8: The Gift of Hope Conference at St. Stephen the Martyr in Renton.
- 3/29: Holy Family (Kirkland) Lenten Retreat with author Fr. Michael Gaitley.
- 3/29: Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference, at St. Monica’s on Mercer Island.
- 4/5: EWTN Family Celebration, just to our north in Surrey, BC.
Consider a retreat offered at the nearby Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades: www.seattlearchdiocese.org/Retreats/Calendar.aspx.
Don’t forget to observe the Lenten fast and abstinence. Here are the basics: we abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent, and we fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting means no more than one full meal and two half-meals, and no snacks in between. See the 3/2 bulletin for full details.
Pregnancy Aid Needs Your Help!
Hello fellow disciples! For our Lenten project, St. Paul’s Faith Formation Class is having a Pregnancy Aid drive. If you have any new or gently used baby items to donate to our drive, we would be delighted. You can donate diapers (sizes 1 to 5), baby clothes, car seats, blankets, shoes, wipes, sweaters, socks, new or gently used coats, strollers, and burping cloths. We would appreciate any of these items. You may bring your donations to the parish office between 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. Let’s help the pregnant!
Classes for Eucharistic Preparation:
If you are in the St. John (Miss Lui) and St. Patrick (Miss Deanna) classes you will meet on:
February 3, 24, March 3 and 31
If you are the St. Paul (Miss Karen and Mr. Gino) and St. Rita (Miss Susan and Mr. Raul) classes, you will meet on:
February 10, March 3, 24, and April 7
April 14th will be rehearsal night in the church.
There will be homework assigned each week that must be completed before your child will be able to participate in First Communion. Please make sure that your child’s birth certificate is on file. Any questions, check with Miss Candy on Monday at the school or Tuesday through Friday between 8:00am and 2:00pm in the Parish office.
Affordable Care Act Alert
If you are purchasing health insurance through the exchange, please consider the Premera Blue Cross Multistate Plan, which offers the least coverage for abortion.
Note that another option is to join a Christian healthcare coop. These plans are technically not insurance, but for many people they are cheaper and better, and they do not require us to subsidize abortion, sterilizations, etc. They do fulfill the federal requirement to purchase insurance under the Affordable Care Act:
Check out EWTN this week: Living Right with Dr. Ray: When Your Kids Lose Faith, Saturday at 7:00 pm.
“Guest Dr. Eugene Gan, professor of communications, Franciscan University of Steubenville on Seven Keys media use by Catholics; discussion among Dr. Ray and families whose young adult children fall away; Fr. Larry discusses the Catechism and Conscience.”
Información de las Quinceañeras está aquí.
Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation schedules are on the Sacraments page
Traveling for business or pleasure? Don’t forget to make the Holy Mass a part of your plans: call 1-858-207-6277 or go to www.masstimes.org.
Find the readings and Gospel for today here: Daily Mass Readings from the NAB