Today is a loaded Feast Day! It is The Presentation of Our Lord, The Purification of Mary, and Candlemas. Such rich feasts to talk about with your families, and also to explore as parents in more detail. The Presentation is a great story, found in Luke 2:22-38, read it with your family! On Candlemas candles used in the church for the whole year are blessed, and this is also the close of the Christmas in many countries (we will sadly pack up our Christmas books finally!)
Monthly Mom's Night Out: Wednesday, February 20th 7:30-9pm
Join us for our monthly MNO at the Corner Bakery Cafe Issaquah. Come together with other St. Joe's Moms to socialize and meet a new face, all are welcome!
Feast Days celebrated in February
Activities for your Domestic Church this month
St. Valentine was an early Christian martyr and while his feast doesn't make it onto the liturgical calendar, here are some St. Valentine's Ideas to celebrate the holiday in a bit more of a Catholic way!
Our Lady of Lourdes Feast is Feb 11th, and here are a lot of ideas to celebrate
Meal calendars for new babies-coming soon!! There are a couple parish families who had/are having babies right around now and their meal calendars will be set up soon. Stay tuned for another email, and if you are one of those expectant moms and I haven't hunted you down yet, let me know ;)
Save the date: Bellevue Prayer Vigil for Life. This will be a peaceful prayer vigil outside the Bellevue Planned Parenthood on NE 8th St, happening every day during Lent. Start praying about it now if you may be called to commit to an hour a week to be a prayerful warrior for life. The Family Ministry will "host" an hour (still to be determined), so if you are interested let us know your best availability. Reach out if you have any questions!
Lent starts so much later than it usually does, so that gives us more time to prepare! We will again be partnering families together as prayer partners for Lent, so if you are interested in that please let us know. Also there will be a separate email just dedicated to Lenten resources.
We hope this month of ordinary time will be a chance to listen to God in all he is calling your family to do, in order to prepare for a fruitful Lenten season.
Your Family Ministry Team