3314 South 58th St.
Tacoma, Washington 98409
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Our Church is UNDER CONSTRUCTION!
The back corner in the church from the choir loft, on down to the crying room, is going to be repaired. During this repair process, events may be redirected to other locations. Please see the list below for more information. Construction is estimated to take four (4) to eight (8) weeks. If you have any questions just call the office 253.473.4960
Are you new to Visitation?
We want you to know how welcome you are. Won't you please join us and be part of our Catholic community by registering at Visitation Parish. Registration forms are available at the vestibule, left door as you enter the main entrance of the church, also available small white envelope tact at the back of the pews. Fill up the form and place it in the collection basket. You may also call the parish office at 253 473-4960 we are please to help you. Click here for the History of the Church of the Visitation.
Online Giving (Click to enroll or learn more now)
Visitation Church now participates in Online Giving. This is a great way to contribute to your church and give back a little of what God has blest you with. The process is very secure and safe to use. Why should you take advantage of this option you ask? Well below are just a few reasons.
Reasons to sign up for Electronic Giving:
RCIA will begin at Visitation September 29th,
Classes will be held in the Collier Center, St. Elizabeth Room (room on the ramp side) 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information or registration, please call the church office.
It's that time again. Religious education classes are starting again for children in grades pre-K-8th. Classes are open to all children.
All classes will be using the Consecration in Truth Program from Catholic Familyland and include:
We'll help you teach them the Faith,so they can love and explain their Faith.
Sundays 9:45-10:45 AM at Visitation School
Classes start October 14th, 2012
Costs: to be announced
For more information, call the Church Offices. You can also preview the program at http://www.familyland.org.
Catholics Come Home
All parishes are in need of volunteers to take up the ministry of WELCOMING! If you feel the call to join in this ministry, please contact the Rectory at (253)473-4960.
New Statement Concerning Physician-Assisted Suicide
Life, Justice and Peace Contacts,
At their meeting today in Bellevue, the U.S. bishops approved a new statement concerning physician-assisted suicide. In addition to the statement, the USCCB is also providing several new resources that are available now on the following website: www.usccb.org/toliveeachday.
The statement, To Live Each Day with Dignity, passed with a vote of 191-1. It marks the first time the full body of bishops has issued a statement devoted to this issue.
Countering two claims of the assisted suicide movement, that its agenda affirms patients’ “choices” and expresses “compassion” for their suffering, the statement says physician-assisted suicide does not promote compassion because its focus is not on eliminating suffering, but on eliminating the patient. The statement argues that assisted suicide is not an addition to palliative care, but a poor substitute that can ultimately become an excuse for denying better medical care to seriously ill people, including those who never considered suicide an option. It concludes by advancing what Pope John Paul II called “the way of love and true mercy,” and calls on Catholics to work with others to uphold the right of each person to live with dignity.
In Christ’s peace,
James P. Thomas, M.A.
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, March 11, 2011
Learn more about the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, by visiting the Japanese Catholic Church news.
Please note: if your parish collects financial donations, please send parish check to CRS through the Missions Office:
Respect Life - New Bill
John Ahern, House rep. from District 6 in Spokane gave out info on HB1321 parental notification for abortions and told the March for Life gathering to contact: Rep. Eileen Cody, Health committee at (360) 786-7978 -- this representative needs a lot of mail and phone calls before she will move the bill out for a vote. If respect life contact can pass this info on to their parish to make some phone calls, then this bill could become a reality to vote on. If it makes it to the floor-then additional phone calls will have to made to our representatives in Olympia.Jim Thomas
Director of Adult Faith Formation for
Catholic Social Teaching and Family Life
Archdiocese of Seattle
710 - 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-2017
Dir. (206) 382-4268
Toll-free (800) 950-4970
Fax (206) 264-2084
Wayne Mangan Update
What's been going on with Wayne? As you know or may not know, Wayne Mangan, long time Visitation Parish member, father of two and husband of Kathy, is on a journey, battling cancer. Wayne was diagnosed June of 2005 with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. He has currently been receiving care under the auspices of Dr. Frank Senecal who has prescribed a course of Gleevec. We are currently changing course and waiting the next recommendation from both his local oncologist and the physicians at The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
The family has created a web site to update friends and family on Wayne's progress. Please take time to visit and view photos and see when the next blood/bone marrow drive will be. There is a direct link below. If this doesn't work, please try the second method below that.
If direct link above fails, please try this:
New Requirements/Charity for Tax Deductions
If you are in the habit of giving loose change in the collection basket, and you hope to claim a charitable deduction for your giving to our parish you should either start giving by check or start by using the collection envelopes. Part of the recently passed "Pension Protection Act of 2006" requires the donors be able to substantiate their charitable gifts with written proof-either cancelled checks (if under $250) or a statement from the charity, listing the date and amount of each donation. The parish office can arrange to have the collection envelopes sent directly to you (at no cost to you). Just contact the Parish office: 253 473-4960.
Remann Hall Ministry
Pierce County Deanery is looking for adult volunteers to provided one-to-one mentoring visits with juveniles in Remann Hall in Tacoma. This is an excellent opportunity for elders of our community, these young people need and want your presence and your wisdom! Ongoing support and training provided. Please contact the deanery office at (253) 383-3496.
Volunteer Chore Services
Make a difference in someone's life. It only takes a few hours a month! Help low-income elders and disabled adults stay in their homes. For more information on how to join our volunteer team, contact the Parish Office at (253) 473-4960.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE MATERNITY CENTER
...is greatly in need of volunteer workers to assist needy children and their families. Call Vivian Bell at 566-7021
Would like to express their gratitude to you for your support for all that we do together. All too often people do not realize the extent of their financial donations and volunteer time, make such a great difference. Your support made possible the Moment of Blessing at homicide sights, Hilltop Action Coalition, Paint Tacoma/Pierce Beautiful, the Mental Health Chaplaincy, Project Interdependence, CommUniversity, the Channel, Severe Weather Shelter, our Emergency Shelter Assistance Program, Faith Partners Against Family Violence, Open Heart Ministries, the Family Emergency Fund, Pierce County Hunger Walk, advocacy on behalf of lower income persons and many other activities. You help to maintain the table where we come together as people of Faith, the table where we share ideas, pray and plan together. We thank you for your support and encourage your continuing engagement with our work together of stepping out in faith " to build a community that is humane, compassionate and just."
FOOD BANK NEEDS
Right here in Washington state 286,000 children will suffer from hunger and 1 in 7 children lives in poverty. Source: Center on Hunger and Poverty. Thank you for your donations each week to our food bank. Food Bank coordinator Joan Boehm and her devoted volunteers put together 30 bags of groceries each week! These groceries help our parishioners and neighbors in need. Each year at this time our food bank gets very low on supplies and the following items are needed; cereal, peanut butter and jelly. If each of us brought "1" item in each week we could continue to feed the hungry in our area.
Catholic Community Services
In sheltering those of us who are homeless, and
In protecting those of us who are vulnerable or oppressed,
We are helping people in need strengthen and rebuild their lives.
Please give generously to Catholic Community Services and the Archdiocesan Housing Authority so we can continue to provide services to the most vulnerable among us.
ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED!!
Servers are needed for mass. Anyone from Grade 5 to adults are welcome.
THERE'S A CHILD IN NEED OF A MENTOR. WILL YOU RESPOND?
Big Brothers Big Sisters of King & Pierce Counties is looking for caring adults (18+, couples welcome) willing to spend an hour or two a week with a young person. See a movie, bake cookies or shoot some hoops. If desired, you can mentor at a school. You'll make all the difference in the world. Please call (206) 763-9060.
Choose life and opportunity for poor children…
Every 43 seconds another child is born into poverty in the U.S. That child's life will be diminished by hunger, poor education and limited health care. Yet for some kids, future risks are quickly extinguished because every 53 minutes, a child in this country dies from the effects of poverty. It doesn't have to be that way. As Catholics, we are compelled to act for justice by promoting life from conception through natural death. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is helping children and families gain better lives by addressing the root causes of poverty. Choose life and opportunity for America'' children --support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Visit www.usccb.org/cchd to learn more. CCHD receives funding through the Build Hope collection in our parish in September.
Catholic Community Service
Many parishioners have heard of home care and may even know some basic information about it. But too many parishioners are not taking advantage of this unique long term care option simply because they don't fully understand what home care is or how to pay for it.
Now, those who want help in determining whether home care is right for them can simply call CCS using the toll free number below to ask for a FREE in home assessment! This offer is too good to pass up! If interested, please call 1-877-870-1582
SHARE your time and save on food…
SHARE Northwest. SHARE encourages volunteer service in the community by providing substantial savings on quality food items. Participants may choose a pre-made package, individual choice menu items, a grill pack, or all of the above. Some of our parishioners are already participating in this program and have given it RAVE reviews.
SHARE accepts payment by cash, check, credit card, or EBT food stamps. For more information, call the SHARE office at 253-473-7669.
Reminder about Envelopes
If you are using the white envelopes found in the pews, please be sure to write your full name not just the family name if you want your donation properly recorded. It helps me to better identify who the gift is from, thank you for your assistance with this bookkeeping item.
We are still very much in need of people to provide transportation for some of our parishioners who are unable to drive. Would you please consider helping out on a once a month basis? Those you help would be so appreciative. Please call the parish office at 473-4960.
Tune into AM 1050 - Catholic Radio
The Puget sound area has its own Catholic radio station, Sacred Heart Radio AM 1050! Tune in for daily devotionals, news, music, teachings of the Faith, and live call - in programs. For more information, log on to www.sacredheartradio.org. Or call (425) 867-2340 or check our bulletin board for more information!
Support Visitation School with Scrip & eScript!!
If you have yet to use Scrip here's how easy it is. Plan your next week or two on Saturday. Are you going to the movies? Are you renting a movie? What is your weekly spending at the grocery store, the gas station, and local department stores? What about going out o lunch or dinner? No one will do all of these each week, but probably most of you will do some of it each month. After Mass stop by the Scrip table. Pick up gift cards for Safeway, Fred Meyer, Top Foods restaurants and gas stations. Once you try it you will be hooked! Think how nice it is not to have to worry about writing a check, checking ID, etc. Just take out the card and swipe it! Your cash register tape even tells you the balance in the card. The scrip program is an easy way to show support and doesn't cost you a thing! Give it a try!
Introducing eScript. Just register your credit/ATM/Debit cards and purchase goods from participating merchants and a certain percentage goes to Visitation School. Click here for more details and how to sign up.
Would you like to serve @ Our Lord's Table?
Yes you can, by becoming a Eucharistic Minister! The only requirements as specified under the Archdiocese of Seattle are;
Please contact the Parish Office at 253-473-4960, leaving your name & phone #. You'll be contacted to set up a convenient time for a short training session.
Down town at Nativity House
Could you and would you spare a thought and prayer for God's creatures on the street. No home, no hygienic necessities, no clean socks, underwear and men's attire. If you can, please help. It may seem like nothing to you, but your donations can make a difference to those who are in desperate need of them. Thank you!
FUNERAL RECEPTION MINISTRY NEEDS YOU!
As we begin a New Year, we are looking for additional new volunteers who would be willing & available to help with our Funeral Reception Ministry of Visitation Parish. Receptions are held Monday through Saturday.
These are the duties:
If you are a new volunteer, there will always be an experienced individual that will gladly guide you along. If you feel called to this Ministry, please contact the Parish Office at 253-473-4960.
POST-ABORTION HEALING RETREAT:
For more information, please check the church bulletin board found in the ladies rest room.
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