Message from your Parish Staff
Scheduling has begun for First Communion! We have 44 students this year. We are inviting 4 families at a time to attend a morning Sunday Mass beginning April 18th to June 27th. This will allow each student to receive not only the Host but also from the Blessed Cup. Sadly, there won’t be any receptions at the church and our Mass capacity will likely remain at 140 people. Families may not be able to invite all of their friends and relatives. Those who would like to come will have to make a reservation with the rest of the parish. For some of our families this is very disappointing and difficult. It’s sad not being able to celebrate such an important milestone in one’s life the way we normally would.

Our Sacramental Prep students have been doing all of their studies online using the Augustine Institute’s Prepared for Grace program. Parents have been given the opportunity to embrace their role as primary educators of the faith. They are guiding their children through the program with the support of parent videos taken from Presence on FORMED. However, I can only imagine how difficult it has been to include these studies on top of regular school work at home. It’s going to take a little more grace and a little more assistance from the Holy Spirit to help our parents prepare their children. It’s been a rough year. Please pray for our families.

With all this being said, I hope with the absence of the usual way of doing things that God will bless our families to experience First Communion in a new and special way. Even though things are difficult and disappointing at times, God is with us. When the children receive their First Communion that truth will come even more alive. They will literally be receiving Jesus. I hope we all can remember that that alone is enough, isn’t it? When we encounter our Lord in this most personal and special way, it is a celebration all on its own. Nevertheless, we get to celebrate a full in-person Mass and that’s a blessing. It might not be one that is celebrated with all of our familiar friends and family but our church is still our family. There will be less distractions and more intimacy with the Mass. Each student will not get lost in the crowd and will literally be in the spot light via live stream. They’ll each have their own personal moment with Jesus for all to witness. It will be inspiring, hope-filled and worthy of all our excitement and most importantly our gratitude. After all, Eucharist means thanksgiving!

Stephanie Nguyen | Pastoral Assistant to Children’s Ministry & Liturgy

Message from your P.A.A.
We’ve reached the one year anniversary of the declaration of the shut-down due to the pandemic. The losses of the past year have been tremendous, universal and yet unique to each individual and family. As the song says, “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.” As I was reflecting on the devastation, my daughter texted on the family string to acknowledge the anniversary, and then proceeded to list what a year we had as a family – 3 out of 9 cases of COVID, 3 out of 9 vaccinated, No super spreader wedding, one new baby, one new dog, 2 moves, 1 new job . . . the point she was making was, we had a memorable year – not what we expected, but as my daughter in law commented – we made it through to today. In reflecting on our parish life, we can say the same of this year. We’ve made it through to today, when things seem on the upswing. No outbreaks of COVID at our Masses, children are coming back to class, our finances, while still depressed, are holding steady. This was a memorable year for us as parish – our beautiful outdoor Masses; our incredible volunteers who have been there for us week in and week out as we maintain compliance with COVID restrictions; the generosity of our parishioners who continue to support the parish while in isolation; our amazing staff who have shouldered extra responsibilities due to forced lay-offs and Fr. Bill’s sabbatical; the understanding of our faithful as we struggle to provide access to Mass for all parishioners. It is with a heart of gratitude that we say Thank You! It was a memorable year. Not what we expected, but God showed up, as He always does. 
-Tracey Rockwell
Mass Times:

Sunday - 10:30 AM (Live Streamed)
5:00 PM

Monday - 9:00 AM

Reservations are required to attend Sunday Mass in person
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN ONLY SIGN UP
FOR ONE SUNDAY MASS PER MONTH.
Reconciliation Times
beginning February 1st

Saturdays: 3pm-4pm

During Lent:
Saturdays: 3pm-4pm
Sundays: 3:30pm -4:30pm

Reservations are required
Lent - February 17th thru April 1st
“Into the Desert: A Lenten Study on Prayer.”

When: Sundays, beginning February 21st
Time: 3pm - 4pm (informal gathering begins at 2:30pm)
Where: Zoom


We are going to be doing the Formed program, “Into the Desert: A Lenten Study on Prayer.” Follow the link for more information on the study. https://watch.formed.org/into-the-desert

This study is open to all parents in our parish no matter the age of your children or if you have ever come before. If you want to learn more about prayer and how to pray then this study is for you. To sign up call the parish office or email Katie at kgoodson@stvincentparish.org.
Fridays in Lent we encourage everyone to participate in Stations of the Cross. Due to COVID restrictions and our limited staff we will only be holding one "in person" Stations of the Cross.
LIVE STREAMING STATIONS

Join us on Fridays at 7:00pm

March 19th
March 26th
OUTDOOR STATIONS

We are setting up an outdoor Stations of the Cross in the courtyard in front of the Church. It will be available on Friday's from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Please remember to social distance.
Blessed Palms on Palm Sunday
Blessed Palms will be handed out this year on Palm Sunday. You will receive one if you attend Mass in person, you must be registered to attend Mass in person. You may also pick up a blessed palm by coming to the church between Noon and 1pm on Sunday, March 28th, palms will be passed to you through your vehicle window from a staff member.
Programs
ADULT CONFIRMATION IS COMING! Is God calling you to take the next step in your faith life? If so, and you are a baptized Catholic who has not yet been confirmed or received your first communion, this is a wonderful opportunity to grow in faith. The ten weeks of preparation will begin in March. This year’s group will primarily meet by Zoom. For more information, or to register, contact John Simpson at jsimpson@stvincentparish.org.
The Vincentians are going to meet on March 16th for an afternoon of games. We will meet on zoom at noon. Once you register Katie will contact you with information about the game. It is going to be our best one yet. To register let Katie or the office know.
Our parish is going to be starting the JustFaith Program, “Faith and Racial Healing: Embracing Truth, Justice, and Restoration.” The program is open to all members of our parish. The program will start with a daylong retreat on April 17. Then we will meet every Tuesday for 2½ hours starting on April 20 and continuing for 8 weeks. . If there is a lot of interest we will offer a second time.

This eight-week program guides participants in telling the truth about the history of racism in the United States, that we might work toward true reconciliation with God and restoration with one another. You will need to purchase these three books and a donation of $20 to help offset the cost of the programs. The three books are
  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: American’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing by Dr. Joy Degruy
  • The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby
  • 40 Days of Prayer by Cheri Mills

If you have any questions or would like to join the program please contact Katie kgoodson@stvincentparish.org or 253-839-2320.
Holy Week and Easter
Mass Times
you must be registered to attend in person

Holy Thursday - 7:30 pm live streamed
Good Friday - 7:30 pm live streamed
Easter Vigil - 8:30 pm live streamed
Easter Sunday - 8:30 am live streamed
Easter Sunday - 11:00 am

Due to large numbers wishing to attend Holy Week liturgies you may attend either Holy Thursday OR Good Friday, you may not attend both.

Please arrive 20 to 30 minutes before Mass begins. If you are not here when Mass begins you may lose your seat.

REGISTRATION FOR PALM SUNDAY, HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SUNDAY WILL OPEN NEXT THURSDAY, MARCH 11TH.
Week of March 14th
WATCH
Joseph of Nazareth: The Story of the Man closest to Christ
LEARN
Beloved - Session 4: The Total Gift of Self
LISTEN
St. Joseph: Patron of the Universal Church By Mark Miravelle
Volunteer
Would you like to attend Mass more than once a month?
Then please, consider serving at Mass!
 
Help us enrich our liturgy and keep one another safe by volunteering as:
  • Host
  • Usher
  • Church Cleaner
  • Lector
  • Eucharistic Minister
  • Sacristan
  • Live Stream Camera Tech
 
We need help at the 10:30AM and 5PM Sunday Mass as well as the 9AM Monday Mass. We also need help for Holy Days, Funerals and Weddings.
 
Email Stephanie Nguyen at snguyen@stvincentparish.org to get involved!
Great news, our Prepares program has begun. Prepares is a nurturing response of the Catholic community in Washington state, open to all, to provide meaningful, local and sustainable support to mothers, fathers, and families as they nurture their children through pregnancy and early childhood. Volunteers at the PREPARES program offer support and activities for families from pregnancy to their child’s fifth birthday. We are looking for volunteers to help and donate items for our Prepares Boutique. If you would like to volunteer please let Katie know. Below is a list of items we need. You can drop them off at the Church before or after Mass or the Parish Office Monday - Thursday from 10am-3:30pm.

Items needed for our Prepares Boutique
(Thank you for your new and gently used donation)
Diapers
Wipes
Blankets (receiving)
Clothing newborn to 5 years
Onesies
Footie Pajamas
Maternity Clothes
Burp Cloths
Bibs
Hooded Towels
Car Seats (New Only)
Diaper Bags
Gift Cards/cash donation

If it is for a child newborn to 5 years old we will take it.
Prayers of the Faithful
For those who are sick:

Mary Maylum
   Iola Rossman 

For those who have died:

James Sharp
  Ned Tubis
OTHER INFO
Food for Seniors in Need

The St. Vincent de Paul Conference is offering non-perishable food, through a grant from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Seattle-King Council, to households with a family member that is 55+. If you are in need of food, and meet the age criteria, please call the SVdP Helpline at 206-767-6449 and ask for food assistance from the Senior Food program. If you live in the Federal Way community your request will be assigned to the St. Vincent de Paul Conference. A member of the conference will contact you to schedule a delivery of the food.
The COVID vaccine is available for all people 65+ and some other groups. Katie can help you find and make your appointment for the vaccine if you meet the following criteria.

  1. If you are a parishioner who can currently receive the vaccine.
  2. You do not have access to the internet.
  3. You are unable to find the information even if you have the internet.

If you meet the criteria call the parish office at 253-839-2320 and Katie or a member of our community will help you.
SCHOOL NEWS
Our parish school is now enrolling new students for
2021-22! Call the office to schedule a tour.
Register on our website, www.stvs.us, admissions.
We are EXCITED to announce we have added TEXT2BID for the Auction! This is a convenient way to register for our event. You will be able to bid and see all items as well as watch the Live Stream.

If you have already registered on the website that is ok. Just be sure to only check out on one or other not both.

Remember to share our link stvs.maestroweb.com and or TEXT2BID 71760 - STVS information to your friends, family and neighbors!
Pope Francis has declared a Year of St. Joseph, which began on December 8, 2020, and will continue until December 8 of 2021. 

Let us join in a novena of prayer to St. Joseph as we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19th. Visit our website, www.stvincentparish.org each day to watch a video of a Parish Staff member leading us in this 10 day novena.
Prayerfully Give
Sunday Giving:
Like you and your families, the church still has fiscal responsibilities, and your Sunday Contributions make up 90% of our parish income. If your household income has been affected by circumstances due to the corona virus we ask you to please offer up prayers for our church as your Sunday Giving.

Ways to give:
  • Online - signup to give onetime, weekly or monthly, click the link on the below to sign up.
  • Mail - you can mail your contribution to 30525 8th Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003.