On February 17th we began Lent with Ash Wednesday. As Catholics, we are encouraged to make this season a time to grow close to God, and return to Him if we have strayed. “Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart” we heard in the Ash Wednesday readings. You may hear the words “pray, fast, give” associated with Lent. We use these tools, prayer, fasting and almsgiving, as ways to draw near to the Lord. You might consider starting your day with prayer or setting aside a specific time to pray each day or even once a week. Think about fasting from social media, gossiping, negative news sources and instead use that time in a way that grows your love for God and your neighbor. Give one of your family members an extra hug, do something kind for someone else, or share what you have with those less fortunate. There are many, many ways to put these tools into practice. In his Ash Wednesday homily, Fr. Bill suggested that we pick one of them and do it with JOY. We should be aiming to grow and nourish our relationships with God and others, rather than focusing on what we’re giving up or what we can’t have.
LENTEN SMALL GROUPS
Jesus gives us the two greatest commandments so that we can’t miss them: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39
This is our call as Christians. We know that it is important to build community as the Body of Christ so that we can encourage each other, inspire one another, and learn from one another. We’re offering Lenten Small Groups to build community, reflect on the call to love God and one another, and strengthen us in our mission as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more here.
LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE
This Lenten Season we have two main opportunities, Family Promise and $1.00 A Day for Lent. We are partnering with Family Promise of Tualatin which is an organization that supports families experiencing houselessness. Family Promise is unique in that it keeps families together, rather than separating them into women’s and men’s shelters. Family Promise also works to provide a variety of resources to families so that they can enter into and remain in permanent housing. They provide a permanent solution rather than a temporary fix. When families move into their new homes, Family Promise gives them a housewarming gift of a laundry basket with household supplies. We’ll be gathering items fill these baskets all throughout Lent. For more information and to see a list, please click here.
Each Lent, our Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul, and Peace & Justice ministries collaborate together each year to serve our community members in need. This year’s campaign is $1.00 A Day for Lent. Gifts made to $1.00 A Day will go toward purchasing gift cards from Safeway and Fred Meyer to be distributed to those in need. You can give by check (please write $1.00 A Day for Lent/SVdP in the memo) or electronically through Resurrection’s online giving platform, WeShare and select St. Vincent de Paul. Thank you!
HOLY WEEK DATES- Sign ups will be available soon. Holy Week will also be livestreamed on our Facebook page.
April 1st- Holy Thursday- Mass at 7:00PM
April 2nd- Good Friday
- Stations of the Cross 12:00PM- sign in at the door
- Rosary 1:00PM- sign in at the door
- Meditation 2:00PM- sign in at the door
- Good Friday Service at 7:00PM
April 3rd- Holy Saturday- Easter Vigil Mass at 8:30PM
April 4th- Easter Sunday- Mass at 8:30AM and 11:00AM
MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS AND UPDATES
- Our RCIA members continue to meet weekly and prepare to receive the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation.
- Our Youth Faith Formation, Life Kids (PreK-5th), EDGE (Middle School) and LIFE TEEN (High School), continue to meet in person with safety precautions once a month, with Zoom sessions in between.
- Parish youth are continuing to prepare to receive the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.
- Our Choir/Music Ministry continues to meet via Zoom each week and provide beautiful worship music for us at Mass.
- St. Vincent de Paul has provided food to 282 families, provided rent assistance to 154 families and utility assistance to 253 families.
- The Knights of Columbus Donated over 100 Sleeping Bags and partnered with the “Odd Fellows” to distribute 100 Winter Coats; and delivered over 2000 diapers and assorted toiletries to the Mother & Child Education Center.
- Our Peace & Justice Committee provided for those in need by partnering with Compassion to action, Woodburn Headstart, DHS foster children and serving families in our community; we provided support by meeting material needs for 162 individual children & adults, 18 families in Wilsonville, in addition to DHS foster children.
- Our parish’s partnership with The Father’s Heart Street Ministry in Oregon City has continued to flourish and be extremely fruitful in a multitude of ways. To see the most recent updates from The Father’s Heart please click here.
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