Announcements (May 11, 2003)

1. Our two-bit collection this Sunday will be for the Mary Bloom Center. Named for Fr. Bloom's mother, the Center aids the needy in Puno, Peru.

2. Thank you for your contributions last weekend for the purchase of the lot - $1,114 were given in the two-bit collections. As of Saturday morning, 165 parishioners had made pledges totalling $56,434. Together with the two-bit collections we have reached $58,903 in pledges. The final price is $119 thousand, so we are about half way to our goal.

3. This year our response to the Annual Catholic Appeal will tie in with the property purchase. Everything raised over our parish goal will go toward paying for the lot on 98th St. So far we have received 54 pledges totalling $8,115. If you have not already filled out your pledge envelope, please do so this week. You may drop it off at the rectory or place it in the Sunday collection.

4. The St. Vincent de Paul truck will be in our parking lot this Sunday to receive donations of reusable clothes and household items.

5. There will be a post-abortion healing retreat on May 30-June 1 in Auburn. Please see the bulletin for more information and the confidential number of Project Rachel.

6. Please note the bulletin announcement regarding the Youth in Spirit Retreat which will take place May 16-18. It is for youth ages 13-21. Also the 7th Anual Northwest Eucharistic Marian Conference will take place on May 16-18 at St. Cecilia Parish in Stanwood. More information in the bulletin.

7. We need for volunteer receptionists during lunchtime and from 5 - 7 p.m. and Saturday mornings. Call Tom Weber for more information.

8. The Bible Study/Rosary Prayer Group continues to meet every Sunday evening at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

9. On May 29, at 7 p.m., our parish Courage group will hold an information night to explain their program for helping people who are struggling with same sex attractions. Courage is a nation wide Catholic ministry which has helped many to live fully the teachings of Jesus. All may attend the information night in our parish hall.

10. Mark your calendar now for the pro-life conference sponsored by the bishops of Washington State. Titled "Changing Minds and Hearts," it will take place June 27-28 and will feature Frances Hogan, president of Women Affirming Life.

11. Our Knights of Columbus are hosting a special Mother's Day breakfast after all Sunday morning Masses. Pancakes, French toast (also known as freedom toast) link sausages, peaches, coffee and juice, all for only $3.50. Mothers will be treated to a free breakfast. The proceeds from the breakfast will go to Preganancy Aid. Bring an item to help that service: baby clothes, diapers, furniture, etc. for a needy mom.

13. Scrip will be available after the morning Masses. Scrip can be used to purchase gasoline, food and many other necessary items. It costs you nothing more and is a great way to support our school and parish.

14. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms of our parish!