Star of the Sea

725 SW Rock Creek Drive Stevenson, WA

Mission of St. Thomas Aquinas Camas, WA


Physical address:  725 SW Rock Creek Drive Stevenson, WA  98648
Mailing Address: c/o St. Thomas Aquinas Church 324 NE Oak Street Camas, WA  98607
Phone: (509) 427-8478 
 or temporarily:  360-834-2126

    email: office@stthomascamas.org  
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Lenten Regulations

For this penitential season, the Church draws on the wisdom of the Scriptures and our venerable tradition in suggesting a time of intense prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  On top of our individual sacrifices, we are also united together in communal sacrifices.  Catholics in the United States are obliged to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays during the season of Lent.  Catholics are also obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  Self-imposed observance of fasting on all weekdays of Lent is strongly recommended, as is abstinence from meat on all Fridays of the year.  If you choose not to abstain from meat on the non-Lenten Fridays, though, you are required to substitute another suitable penance in its place.  Ash Wednesday is February 17th.   Good Friday is April 2nd.

     Fasting. On a day of fasting, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal the other full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are permitted.

     Abstinence. On days of abstinence eating of meat is not allowed.

The obligation of fasting binds Catholics who are 18 - 59 years old. The obligation of abstinence applies to those 14 years and older. The law does not oblige when health or ability to work would be seriously affected.

 
Lenten Season
 
Stations of the Cross will be every Friday during Lent from February 19 - March 26 at 7 PM.  This year, due to COVID concerns, we will not be able to share the Stations of the Cross booklets from week to week.  As a result, once you pick up your booklet, it is yours to keep.  I would suggest keeping it in your car or purse, so you have it with you when you come to church on those Fridays.

 

HIGHLIGHTS from the 2/18/21
Council Meeting

 

We are currently all still under a general dispensation and if at any time during Mass if anyone feels uncomfortable, we want to encourage you to quietly excuse yourself from the Liturgy and invite you to participate in a Mass via live stream.  Most of all, we want you to feel safe, loved, included and honored.

 

Two Sunday Masses During Lent:  We are pleased to report that we have been approved by the Archdiocese to temporarily offer two Sunday Masses during Lent.  Mass times will be 9 AM and 10:30 AM.  Mass Groups A & B will flip flop each week as to which Mass time that they are assigned to attend.  In order to make this work, we will need some volunteers following the 9 AM Mass to sanitize high touch areas in preparation for the 10:30 AM Mass. Gloves, sanitizing wipes and spray will be available to wipe down areas such as pews, light switches, and door handles.  Please contact Cathy Delzio if you are willing to sanitize:  cathyd@stthomascamas.org.   Also, Cathy will be sending out another revised schedule to volunteers to reflect the additional Masses.

Update on Live Streaming in Social Hall:  As most of you know, thanks to the efforts of Reece Townsend, we started offering a live stream of our Mass in the social hall.  Our internet service makes it challenging, so we are in the process of getting a new modem to improve our internet speed.  We hope to have it up and running soon.
 

Reconciliation: The opportunity for Reconciliation will not be available following Masses during Lent when the University of Portland priests are our Presiders.  Father JIm Mylet will be at SOS for confessions on 3/17 (no private prayer time that evening) and after 10:30 Mass on 3/21. He will also give a class on reconciliation on 3/10 starting at 6pm.

Coronavirus guidelines have reduced our church capacity from 50% to 25% which translates to 37 people.  Watch for an email coming your way from Cathy Delzio regarding Mass attendance and the need to RSVP. Please help us stay within our capacity by responding to Cathy's email with an RSVP;
We are alternating Sunday Masses of “A and B groups.”  If you are on schedule B and not coming to Mass this Sunday, please call someone on Schedule A and offer your spot to them


            Things You Need to Know as We Resume Indoor Mass

1.  Current guidelines will remain in place.  Face coverings will still be required, you must be on the list to attend and six foot social distancing will be maintained inside the church. 

2.  We will be using the Cry Room, the narthex and the classroom off the social hall to accommodate everyone.

3.  You will enter through the exterior double doors where the greeter will check you in before directing you to the ushers.

4.  Restrooms will be available, however, only one occupant at a time.  The Archdiocese requires that the space be sanitized after each use, so please use the wipes located on the counter, to wipe down surfaces you have touched.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.



To submit your Stewardship Pledge Card online, click HERE.

 

Parish Office Secretary Position

Our Lady Star of the Sea seeks applicants for a part-time parish office secretary (approx. 15 hours per week - flexible).

The successful candidate will be a practicing Catholic who has excellent communication and interpersonal skill, must have familiarity with all aspects of Microsoft Office suite, be a detail oriented and team-player.  This position works as a part of the St. Thomas staff team.  The secretarial position is responsible for a wide variety of tasks, requiring responsibility and confidentiality.  For a complete job description and application contact:  lorrie@stthomascamas.org.

LIVE STREAM MASS OPPORTUNITIES

8:30 AM Join St. Thomas
https://www.facebook.com/eastcountycatholics/
https://vimeo.com/user132779560

EWTN Mass Schedule
5 AM     9 AM     4 pm

10:30 AM University of Portland Mass
https://www.youtube.com/user/upcampusministry/live




The Archdiocese has prepared a series of resources for families.To access these weekly resources visit At Home with Faith

Caring for the Environment - A Family Faith-Sharing Guide

FORMED provides Catholic content in the form of movies, children's programs, ebooks, audio presentations etc.  Our parish pays for our monthly subscription fee so it is free.  Log on to create and account and enter our Parish Code on the homepage:  3FRM2C

No Sew Unity Banner Activity

From Our Sunday Visitor
Games for Grades 1-6
Articles and videos to help foster a deeper understanding of our Catholic faith for adults
Podcasts for Families

Resources to Celebrate the Year of the Eucharist

7 PM Pray the Rosary daily along with Our Lady Star of the Sea parishioners from your home.  Pope Francis wrote  two prayers to Mary that can be recited at the end of the rosary asking for Mary's intercession in stopping the coronavirus pandemic. 

Go to: http://www.usccb.org/ and click Daily Readings at the top of the page.

Guide for self-care and coping during COVID-19

ETWN live Adoration:  6:30 AM - 3 PM Daily Adoration


 

 

 

Our Lady Star Of The Sea now accepts online giving.
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Please call our office at 509-427-8478 for more information and to make a reservation for 9am Mass.

 

MASS A GROUP: Babcock, Brong, Brown, Buttaccio, Callahan, Delzio, Eledge, Harteloo, Hincliff, Hudgins, Isordia, Litschewski, MacNab, Malone, Meyers, Ontko, Rall, Star, Tovar, Vigg, Waters families, Year

MASS B GROUP:  Anderson, Coates, Coe, Contreras, Orozco, Dunphy, Hegewald, Hietpas, Holmes, Keith-Foes, Krzyanoski, Lavadour, Leon, Newman, Oliver, Orozco, Lopez-Orozco, Ottis, Sweeney, Pallanch, Roeder, Rockowski, Stevens, Stig, Stipan, Jackson, Townsend families, Woods, Wozny, Zeigenfuss                               

Sacrament of Reconciliation
 
Please call our office at 509-427-8478 to make an appointment.  

Private prayer time: Wednesdays, 6-8pm

Adoration:  Suspended
Friday Mass:  Suspended

Bulletins are currently unavailable

  

Contact Information:

temporarily:360-834-2126
Phone:  (509) 427-8478
Fax:  (509) 427-4329

 

Parish Council Chair:
   Kristina Hinchliff
   (509) 427-4511

Council members:
Chris Malone
Regina Babcock
John Pallanch
Linda Zeigenfuss
Deacon Bill Townsend
Reece Townsend

Council meets once a month usually on the third Wednesday.

Prayer Chain:
   Pat Eledge
   (509) 427-4977

Nathe Fund
   Call the office (509)427-8478