The switch to DAYLIGHT SAVINGS is this weekend!  Move your clock forward one hour on Saturday night - don’t forget!

Prayer for Lent
So far today, Lord
I’ve done all right.
I haven’t gossiped.
I haven’t lost my temper.
I haven’t lied or cheated.
I haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or overindulgent. 

I’m very thankful for that.
But in a few minutes, Lord,
I’m going to get out of bed;
And from then on, I’m probably
Going to need a lot more help!!

 We have two special LENTEN workshops this year. Check out the new posters for more information.

1.       A mid-Lenten retreat with Rev. Bill Tarter.  Saturday March 21st, 10-3pm.  The focus of the day will be on ways to turn our lives back to God.  The only real motivation is LOVE.  By donation with light lunch provided. 

2.       Come and learn chants that can lead us into contemplative meditation.  Wednesday April 1, 1pm.  Gillian Guy will lead us in this lovely way of praying, for an hour, in the church.  No need to be able to read music or be able to sing.  EVERYONE WELCOME!  

Retrospective Lenten Film Series: held at Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, Spartan Rd. off Metral, Nanaimo. Led by Phyllis Thompson and the Rev. Foster Freed. Held Tuesdays, March 3 to April 7, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. The second movie on March 10th is The Butterfly. All welcome, no charge; refreshment and discussion follow each movie.  

Please find attached the NEW backgrounder about the Pet Memorial Garden

Big news from Cindy Corrigan, the deacon who served here at St. Mary’s for over a year:   “I am to be ordained priest in the Diocese of Kootenay on Tuesday May 5th at All Saints Vernon.  Bishop Logan and Bishop Lynne have arranged to ordain me in Kootenay and then will licence me to work in this Diocese.  I will continue my ministry at St Philip, Cedar.  Thank you for your support over these last two years.   I would love to see some of you at my ordination! ” 

Please remember to wash your hands or use the hand sanitizer when you arrive at church. And during the Sign of Peace, if you don’t want to touch others’ hands, feel free to wave, do a hand or elbow bump.  

I’ve received mixed reviews on the silence being observed before the service on Sunday begins. Remember, this is something different for the Lenten season so isn’t a long term condition. Try and relax into the quiet and beauty of the church, knowing that you can connect with others afterwards at the coffee hour in the hall. Thank you for being open to trying something different! 

You are still receiving full communion if you partake of only one of the elements. If you receive the host and don’t want to partake of the wine, you can just hold your host up to the chalice when it’s presented to you and say “Amen.” 

The gospel reading for this coming Sunday has been changed to John 3:1-17. The other three readings remain the same as shown on the back of your March calendar, with the Psalm being sung by cantors with a refrain after each cantor.