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The Week of February 15, 2015
Of Special Note
LENTEN JOURNEY SUGGESTIONS
Are you wondering how best to take advantage of the grace of the Lenten season? Lenten practices are meant to help us open wide the door of our hearts and lives to God, who always takes the initiative in love. “We love because he first loved us” (I John 4:19). Fr. Dominique has prepared a list of suggestions, for those who may be having a hard time discerning: “How Do I Love Thee; Let Me Count the (40) Ways”. You will find this list in the tract rack in the back of the church. If you would like more, please contact him: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LENTEN PROGRAM (February 22- March 28)
Sundays at 10:30 a.m.: Rector’s Forum (February 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22)
Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m.: Fellowship-Enrichment-Prayer Series (February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25)
Thursdays at 12:00 Noon: Silent Prayer (February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26)
Fridays at 6:30 p.m.: Stations of the Cross (February 28; March 6, 13, 20, 27)
Special Saturday Events
Lenten Quiet Day, March 7 – 9:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
“Let the Children Come to Me”, March 28 - Instructed Mass for Children (in anticipation of Holy Week) & Meal, 5:00 —7:00 p.m.
“The Passion of the Christ: Recut”, March 28 - Meal and Viewing – 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
HEADLINING WEEK OF FEBRUARY 22-28
What to expect this Week (I) of Lent:
Sunday, February 22 at 10:30 a.m. “Lent as Journey” Rector’s Forum
Fr. Pham will begin our holy season by exploring where we are headed during Lent and how we can arrive.
Wednesday February 25, 6:45—8:45 p.m. “Lent as Pilgrimage” Fellowship-Enrichment-Prayer series
Join us for a delicious prepared meal (suggested donation of $6.00; children eat for free) followed by a sacred reflection by Fr. Peter Pham on who we are as a Lenten pilgrim people. We will end our evening with the prayer of Compline in the church.
Thursday, February 26, 12:00—1:00 p.m. Silent Prayer
Experience the attraction of the Lord’s heart as we pray quietly before the “Real Presence” in the Blessed Sacrament. Fr. Dominique will lead this time of prayer.
Friday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross
This traditional prayer journey, which dates back, in rudimentary form, to the early Church, and, as we know it, to the late Middle Ages, is a devotion which recalls with mindful affection the last stage of the journey that Jesus walked in his earthly life.
WEDNESDAYS IN LENT
Thanks to the generosity of several teams of parishioners, our Wednesday Lenten series this year begins with a meal. The meals will be prepared and served (family-style) by teams of fellow parishioners (Vestry, Jesus Train, Hospitality Team, Community of St. Paul’s Daily Morning Mass/CSPDMM, and the Commission on Evangelization).
Wednesday Lenten series meal tickets
Because the meals at our Wednesday Lenten series this year will be prepared and served, we are asking for donations to help defray costs. TICKETS will be on sale after the 9:00 AM and 11:15 AM Sunday Masses The cost: $6.00 per meal (children 12 and under eat for free). A Lenten season pass (5 meals) will be available for $25.00. RSVP for this (and all events with meals during Lent): email@example.com.
VOCAL ENSEMBLE AT CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION & SAINT AGNES
Acclaimed early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico presents "From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg," on Wednesday, February 25, at the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes, 1217 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC, with a reception and CD autograph signing to follow. The group's impeccable artistry and innovative programming shine new light on Renaissance masterworks. Tickets are $35-$50 and may be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1069075 or by phone: 1-800-838-3006.
St. Paul's 20’s and 30’s group, gathers in the Atrium every first Sunday of the month following the 11:15 a.m. Solemn Mass for their monthly after Mass brunch. Whether this is your first time at St. Paul’s or you're a long time member or somewhere in between, you are invited! Our next brunch meet up is on Sunday, March 1 at Cafe Deluxe (2201 M St. NW) and we look forward to seeing you in the Atrium after Mass.
The Vestry meets on Tuesday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Guild Room.
UPDATE ON FR. MARTIN, 8th Rector of St. Paul's
We have received word that Fr. Richard Martin’s health is failing more, and plans are to take him to hospice care when he is released from the hospital. You may continue to send cards to him at home, as his nephew can take them to him. The Rev'd Dr. Richard C. Martin, 4915 Carlton Crossing Drive, Durham, NC 27713.
Formation Opportunities and Classes
The Rector’s Forum meets Sunday, February 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the Guild Room. “The Lenten Journey”, with Fr. Pham.
A note about the Rector's Forum from Bishop Jim
Having sat in on many of the Rector’s Forums when I am not leading them, I notice that lateness is a significant problem, with many arriving ten to fifteen minutes after the presentation has begun. This is sometimes very disruptive, especially if more chairs need to be set out and when someone needs to go to the far side of the room. Generally, we try to have the speaker in the far corner of the room, but once in a while we miss the set-up. Also, as a presenter from time to time, I have been conscious of having to give at least a brief re-introduction of the theme to bring someone “up to speed." I would like to suggest that if you are going to enter the Forum more than five minutes late you simply acknowledge to yourself that coffee hour is more important on that Sunday and keep on enjoying yourself there. It helps if those who arrive early sit in the front or the far side, so there are seats by the door up until five minutes after the start. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (CGS)
CGS Level 1 (Ages 3-6) meets at 8:45 a.m. in the Atrium; CGS Level 2 (Ages 6-9) meets at 10:15 a.m. in the Lower Level Pillsbury House; and CGS Level 3 (Ages 6-9 9-12) meets at 10:15 a.m. in the Undercroft Room, Lower Level Pillsbury House.
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Adult Discussion Group will not meet Sunday, February 22. It will resume March 1 to consider the Epistle of James. The Group meets in the Common Room at 10:30 a.m. and all are invited to join for one or more sessions.
HIC ET NUNC
Hic et Nunc (our monastic spirituality group) is now discussing The Way of Perfection, by St. Teresa of Avila. All are welcome to join us on Monday nights during or after the regular 5:30-6:30 services in the church. We begin at 6:30 p.m. with shared dinner in the Carwithen Parlor, during which we listen to readings from the Rule of St. Benedict and the Rule of the Communities of Jerusalem. After dinner we discuss the current book, and close in the church with 15-30 minutes of silent prayer followed by Compline at 8:30 p.m. Come for any part of these very full evenings. Note: Dial the Carwithen Parlor - 43 - if you arrive after 6:30 p.m. but before 8:00. For more information contact Jo Stelzig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-426-0487.
Service and Outreach
YOU ARE NEEDED – WON'T YOU HELP?
St. Paul’s strives to apply our talent, time, and treasure to reach out and uplift those in need both in our neighborhood and across the world. We welcome your involvement in Grate Patrol’s delivery of breakfast to Washington’s homeless population:
• Food Delivery: 5:30 a.m. each Saturday & Sunday; Contact Glenn Marsh at email@example.com.
• Bag Set-up: Any time before 3:00 p.m. Friday; Contact Tina Mallett at 202-965-9324 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOGGY BOTTOM FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS NEEDED
Foggy Bottom Food Pantry: Cuts in the federal food stamp program mean those in need are even more reliant on food pantries to meet their families' basic nutritional needs. Won't you share with those who need your help by bringing non-perishable, non-breakable (no glass jars) food items to St. Paul’s and placing them in the Commission on Mission basket near the baptismal font at the rear of the church? Canned fruits and vegetables are especially welcome. Your generosity can make a real difference.
PRAYER LIST (as of February 18)
We pray for:
• In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer for St. David’s Church; and Bishop Mariann.
• In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer for the clergy and people of the Diocese of Maseno North & South, Kenya; our sister parish, St. Paul’s Knightsbridge, London; our partners in mission in the Episcopal Dioceses of Jerusalem and of Northern Malawi; Deacon Matthew at General Theological Seminary; Kyle our seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary, Deacon Jeff our Ministry Resident; and Carlos our seminarian assistant.
• The following who are sick or in need: Nancie, Ray, Vera, Anne, Fr. Robert, Joe, Carole, Arnitta, David, Elaine, Fr. Lane, Nick, Alyssa, Laura, Jean, Florence, Susan, Merlin, Robin, Helen, Vernon, Robert, Anne, Paul, David, Ann, Betsy, Fr. Richard, Susan, Grant, Pamela, Dorothy, Barbara, Julie, Julie, Jo, Mary, David, Margaret, Soo, Sister Mary Joan, Ashby, and Robin.
• For those who are traveling, especially Rosi and Juliana.
• For the work of our Search Committee and Candidates, and our Vestry.
• For a safe and healthy pregnancy for our parishioner Ashley.
• We give thanks for our visitors and newcomers; for the hospitality, evangelization, pastoral care, and outreach our parishioners daily undertake.