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Parish Council Installation
Our new Parish Council received the oath of office. Each member is elected for a two year term and can stay on the council for three terms. After the third term they must leave the council until the next election. This year we have four members who left the council. We wish Cheryl, Jill, Diane and George "many years" for their service.
Garden Center Visit For February
Our visit started with a story about St. Vincent De Paul who was born April 24th, 1581 to poor parents in a village in France. He was ordained priest in 1600 and dedicated himself to serving the poor, with food, clothing, toys for the children and love. In 1605 on a voyage by sea, he fell into the hands of African pirates and was carried as a slave to Tunis. After two years in captivity, St. Vincent converted his captors to Christianity and returned to France.
With some special help from Colleen and Bob, Fr. Andrew blessed the Garden Center with Holy Water and Song.
Scene from blessing.
Scene from blessing.
Refreshments and conversation about the upcoming St. Valentine's Day party was enjoyed by all.
Scouts Sunday And Children's Sermon
Scout Sunday was observed on February 2nd, 2014. We recognized the several youth who are involved in Girl and Boy Scout units. Scout Sunday is observed on the Sunday immediately preceding the 8th of February, the anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. The observance of Scout Sunday tradition was started years ago to make people in the Church aware of Scouting, and to allow Scouts to live out of what is pledged each week. The Scout Law says that a “Scout is Reverent” and the Scouts of all ages promise to do their “Duty to God”. These values strengthen youth character in their family, community and faith. Approximately sixty-five percent of scouting units are sponsored by churches or religious groups.
The children's sermon entitled "ARMOR OF GOD"on February 2, was in two parts. Using gladiator props, Ephesians 6:10-18 was visually portrayed. To fight evil as a soldier of Christ, we are to arm ourselves with the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the shield of faith, the sword of the spirit and the shoes of the gospel of peace.
Father Andrew then showed the students how the priest's vestments are his armor of God. He related each piece of the priestly attire to the weapons mentioned above.