NOTICES for March 24, 2019  

CELEBRATION OF LIFE - For those of you who knew Esther Hockin, you will want to know that she passed from this life on March 6th. There will be a service for her at St. Edmund's, Parksville on Saturday April 20th, at 1.00 pm (the Easter weekend), with the committal in the churchyard, and a reception to follow in the church hall. 

COMMUNITY DINNER Thank you to everyone who helped out at the Community Dinner on Monday night!

Wednesday 10:00am  – Prayer/Meditation for Lent in Library before Bible Study and Hymn Sing.  

Parish Council meets Wednesday at 12:30 in the Library. Come early to enjoy HUB Lunch!  

Sharon, a neighbour of St. Mary’s, has to move her trailer/her home by the end of the month. If you know of somewhere she could relocate, she is desperate. She has pets and is a smoker. Please talk to Selinde if you have any leads to pass on. Thank you.  


In the wake of another mass shooting, Selinde is offering an introduction to Nonviolent or Compassionate Communication: a language that supports and serves life. Jean Vanier once said that missiles and weapons of destruction will never be put down until we learn how to stop the violence in our own homes and in our own lives. Come and learn a simple but profound way of speaking and listening that promotes understanding and empathy.  Next Monday at 2pm, in the library.  Please let KAT know by 2pm Thursday or Selinde on Sunday if you want to come. It will only be held is there is enough interest.

Movie Monday; March 25 4pm – Groundhog Day – Yes, it’s possible to start anew with each new day!  

5th annual Lenten Film Series: held as before at Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, Spartan Rd. off Metral, Nanaimo. Five Tuesday afternoons, beginning Mar. 12, 1:00-4:00pm for the movie, refreshment, and discussion. Led by Phyllis Thompson and the Rev. Foster Freed. The 3rd movie, on Mar. 26, is Victoria & Abdul. All are welcome, there’s no fee.  


NEW TO ST. MARY’S.  GET MORE ACTIVE WITH FREE INTRODUCTORY FITNESS CLASSES by Judie (Sanbrooks)Coulter, BCRPA certification with over 30 year’s experience. Check it out!  Feel free to come, observe and ask questions. If you want to participate that would be great too! 

FIT AND FUN CIRCUIT.     FREE class Wednesday April 3; 11:30 am This is a fun and social class, made up of several stations . You will spend 1 minute at each of these stations  doing a variety of different things , alternating between strength and cardio exercises. There will be a variety of equipment, such as bands, small balls, Swiss balls, light weights.  All which are designed to strengthen the muscles and joints to help you in your everyday living. If you enjoy active living this is a great class for you.  If you are just starting a fitness program , and have never exercised before, this is a great class for you. --Any age and any fitness level can do this class successfully . If you have physical issues, we can adjust the workout to fit your needs specifically..  

Flow Stretch  FREE class Wednesday April 10; 11:30 This class combines fluent movement, similar to yoga, with the flow of Tai Chi and can be done completely, while sitting in a chair, and would be very appropriate for physical limitations, therapy patients, rehabilitation and can be adjusted to suit personal need.   Regular classes for both will be held on Monday and Thursdays.  Stay tuned for more information.  

We need more volunteers for the upcoming Bottle Drive and Yard Sale (April 6) which will benefit both St. Mary’s and Tumaini. People needed to sort donations on Friday April 5th from noon on, and to help on the actual day, April 6th. Please speak to Val if you are able to help. Thank you!  

St. Mary MOTHER’S DAY BASKET FUNDRAISER.  See the posters for the order forms & promo sheet with the price list.  Please review and take and return order forms by Monday April 15.  Pick up is just before Mother’s Day on May 9.

Saturday April 27th – Celebration of Spring – an afternoon on the campus of Shawnigan Lake School where Selinde lives. Organ concert, tour of gardens, admittance to Museum, and High Tea.  Shawnigan Lake school will provide bus transportation from St. Mary’s.   With bus ride: $50 per person. Without bus: $35 per person. Tickets on sale end of March.  Limited space on bus, so first come, first serve.  Shawnigan Lake School has graciously agreed that all proceeds will be donated to St. Mary’s!


Spaghetti Cabaret Saturday May 4thThe Spaghetti Cabaret here at St. Mary’s.  The poster are up and the tickets are ready willing and able.  An evening of good food, drink and entertainment. Tickets only $20, on sale Sunday March 24, please Shirley Hardy or get at the office!  


Family Caregivers Series – presented by the Alzheimer Society. Thursday nights from 6:30 – 8:30PM June 13, 20, 27 & July 4, 11