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The National Weather Service has issued a forecast for below freezing weather patterns in the Puget Sound area during the next five days. In response to this predicted weather pattern, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services is issuing a “Code Blue” advisory to increase shelter capacity beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 3, and extending through 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Please see the attached flyer and distribute to your communities for instructions on how to help whether it be donating food or volunteers. We could not do this without you!

For volunteer opportunities please visit, www.iwshelter.org/code-blue.html or email Keylee Marineau at keylee.marineau@co.thurston.wa.us.
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3 weeks ago

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Healing ointments ready to go for foot care clients, Mike closes out the kitchen day, and Saima working on feet. More photos available at lacatholicworker.org/ ...

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After foot care on Friday we went to Homeboy Industries and met with Fr. Greg Boyle SJ. Homeboy Industries (and Homegirl) helps gang members turn their lives around. ...

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1 month ago

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Update from Los Angeles from Saima: "This is the garden at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker Hospitality Kitchen. Today, Friday, was out first day with cloudy but no rain.
Happy feet today."
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1 month ago

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Live from the foot care clinic at the LA Catholic Worker... ...

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Quick reminder about the Eye to Eye dinner that is fast approaching on January 25th. Here's the link for tickets: www.iwshelter.org/events.html#2019tickets ...

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Christmas caroling at the community center yesterday! ...

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You are invited to take part in an interfaith Moment of Blessing to respond to the murders of Summer Scheibel, age 23 and Nicholas Olson, age 25 - both of Lacey who died by gunfire on November 17, 2018. The brief service will include readings, non-denominational prayers and an opportunity for those in attendance to speak if they wish. Kathy Baros Friedt of Interfaith Works will lead the service. ...

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Open places to pray on election day: ...

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Great workshop this Friday and Saturday on the women of Luke, co-sponsored by HW. And don't forget: Contemplative Mass on Saturday is at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. ...

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Kathleen reports that folks in the homeless encampments in Downtown Olympia are in need of first aid supplies,
bus passes, brooms and dustpans, blankets, tents, and basic hygiene supplies. She and others will return to visit the encampments next Thursday with supplies. If people want to donate items they should contact her about where to drop items off.
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Cancelled: Tonight's community meeting. The next meeting will be Nov. 15. ...

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In response to the tragic homicide that occurred last Friday evening in our community, Interfaith Works will be holding a moment of blessing on Thursday October 18th at noon. Please join us as we come together to reclaim this place as a place of peace and morn the tragic deaths of two of our community members. Attached is a detailed flyer with more information and directions. ...

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Cancelled: Tomorrow's community meeting. The next meeting will be Nov. 15. ...

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James and Janet at the Community Kitchen October 1. (Zucchinis by Pam and Del.) ...

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5 months ago

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Information on upcoming Just Housing workshops... ...

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5 months ago

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From the rally at the cathedral in Seattle... ...

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Coming to St. Leo's soon... ...

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This never gets old:Free Download of 'We Shall Overcome' song here: www.emptyhandsmusic.org/we-shall-overcome "We Shall Overcome" Music Video by Empty Hands Music, Direct... ...

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

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Bicycling meets social justice... ...

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For most of us, exercising our right to vote has always been something that was simple and straightforward. But voting rights are regularly threatened. Who hasn’t heard recently about outrageous cases of Gerrymandering, the manipulation of polling places, and the imposition of onerous ID and proof of citizenship requirements? Who isn’t aware of the huge influx of money into politics unleashed by Citizens United? And then there are the serious threats of increased foreign hackers, the unwarranted purging of voter rolls – the list goes on and on.

As Washingtonians we live in a state where serious threats to voting rights are relatively low, but we need to be pro-active about defending them.

Thursday, July 19th, 7-9 pm , Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation's Faith in Action Ministry will host a meeting at OUUC to discuss how we can best organize to do that. In particular we’ll be looking at sponsoring a local chapter of FairVote Washington, and getting behind the implementation of Ranked Choice Voting in our area. Cindy Black, president of FairVote Washington in Seattle, will speak; several local politicians have been invited as well. Please join us! For more information contact faithinactionministr@ouuc.org
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8 months ago

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From the Community Kitchen July 2nd: One of our local farmers donated two cases of turnips for us to cook. They were a huge hit with the guests who came, and we ran out in 20 minutes. ...

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The moral imperative to welcome migrant children...

Reverend Jim Martin Discusses the Moral Imperative to Welcome Migrant Children
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8 months ago

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HWICC folks attended the Families Belong Together rally today at the state capitol - Kathleen and David, Donna, Don, Maggie, Tom, and Betty among others. Biblical tradition and universal human rights call us to speak truth to power for immoral acts. Thanks to Rep. Denny Heck, staff from the Northwest Immigrant Rights project, and others for giving voice and calling the 3,000 citizens in Olympia there to continue to act. ...

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Diane Whalen at TED (from 2015, but never actually published on this feed before).Institutional religion that denies women’s gifts for leadership is reaching a point of no return. Perhaps those who care about that need to take a step. Dian... ...

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8 months ago

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Hanging out at Pride... ...

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This conference is coming up soon. You can register here: iands.z2systems.com/np/clients/iands/event.jsp?event=11 ...

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The Pentecost mass on Saturday will feature a potluck after all! Happy cooking! ...

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A Liturgy of Apology... coming next month to St. Leo the Great in Tacoma. ...

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10 months ago

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You're invited to a fun event for a couple of great causes!Feed the Hungry!
Join your community members for a walk around the beautiful Capitol Lake while supporting those who do not have enough food on their table. Funds directly support two local agencies fighting hunger.
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A message from the Roman Catholic Womanpriests Action Network, of which our two priests (Kathleen and Diane) are members:

The Roman Catholic Womanpriests Action Network strongly condemns the vile and racist comments most recently made by President Trump about immigrants from Haiti and Africa. These remarks are appalling and intolerable. We believe that Jesus gave us the example of a life lived for peace, inclusion, and justice.There can be no peace or justice when people are not given the dignity and respect they deserve.
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Enter Into Stillness with Brigid’s Well
Beginning Friday, August 25, Brigid’s Well — a community devoted to silent contemplation and the needs of those who are poor and marginalized — will commence its weekly Enter Into Friday Stillness at 1604 Union Avenue S.E. in Olympia, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. All are welcome to stop by weekly for just a few minutes, or to spend the day. “This is a time to conjoin our personal spiritual
paths as we prayerfully strengthen our loving vision and transformative practices for world peace.”
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Harlequin Productions & Community Kitchen
On behalf of Community Kitchen, all of Holy Wisdom is invited to Harlequin Productions' free showing of August: Osage County on Wednesday, August 23, at 8 p.m. These complimentary tickets are made available in gratitude to all Community Kitchen volunteers and their friends. Please contact Kathleen to reserve your seat(s).
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Community Kitchen News
Next Community Kitchen will be Monday, September 4. Contact Kathleen if you would like to help cook or serve. We share cooking chores from 1:45 to 4:45 p.m., and serving and cleanup from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Any contributions of garden produce and flowers for dining room bouquets are welcome and appreciated.
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CIELO Immigrant Family Fund Potluck/Fundraiser
Please mark your calendars for a potluck/fundraiser supporting the local chapter of CIELO and benefitting South Sound immigrant families. See both pages of the attached flyer for details. At a recent Community Meeting, we as a community chose to take up a second collection for the work of CIELO. This special collection will be taken up at mass on August 25. Thanks in advance for your generous support of our immigrant sisters and brothers.
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New Book Group
A new book group is forming and we would love for you to join us. Contact Jackie Huetter for more information.
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Community Kitchen News
Next Community Kitchen will be Monday, July 3. Contact Kathleen if you would like to help cook or serve. We share cooking chores from 1:45 to 4:45 p.m., and serving and cleanup from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Any contributions of garden produce and flowers for dining room bouquets are welcome and appreciated.

Community Kitchen work continues with great joy and enthusiasm. Our crew is honored to serve high quality food to our neighbors in need, as acknowledged by grateful guests and staff alike. While Western Meats continues to sell to us at cost ($130 for 40 pounds of extra lean beef), our funding is now depleted and we are seeking one-month donations from individuals or groups who would like to help. Checks should be written to Holy Wisdom and marked ‘for Community Kitchen meat’. Many thanks for your contributions supporting this ministry.
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Open House with Alexander Shaia
Alexander, who worked with our community in 2012, and who inspired our 72 Hours of Easter Celebration, will be in Olympia late June to early July. Tom and Betty will host a reception at their home on Sunday, July 2, allowing an opportunity to visit with Alexander between 1 and 4 p.m. Please bring food to share. Park on the road, unless you are unable to walk down a short but steep driveway. Hope to see you there!
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World Peace & Prayer Day 2017: “All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer”
Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Lakota tribe (the “pope of indigenous peoples”) is asking the world to unite in prayer for world peace on Wednesday, June 21, World Day of Prayer for Peace. That day, from sunrise to sunset, Kathleen will open her yard and home to everyone who would like to stop by and pray in silence. Come for 5 minutes or all day and offer prayer in the way of your
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personal practice. See this video for more information: World Day of Prayer and Peace. Contact Kathleen for questions or directions to her home.
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Fundraiser Potluck for CIELO
Please mark your calendars for a fundraiser potluck in support of the Olympia chapter of CIELO, especially those vulnerable to deportation, to be held on Sunday, August 20, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1601 North Street in Olympia. The event is a collaborative effort among several local faith communities including Holy Wisdom, St. Benedict’s, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, St. Michael’s, Sacred Heart and Interfaith Works. Stay tuned for more information!
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Capital City Pride 2017
This year, Olympia’s Capital City Pride celebration, in which Holy Wisdom participates, is one day only, Saturday, June 17. The parade begins at noon, but event organizers ask that marchers assemble at the Capital building no later than 11:15 a.m. Prior to the parade, Donna Smith will find out where we can gather as a community and will bring Holy Wisdom banners and a rainbow flag for marchers to carry. Booths will be open from 1 to 6 p.m., although the setup team will arrive earlier. Diane W., Kathleen and Donna will be present at the booth following the parade. If others are interested in helping, please contact Donna. We hope many of you will be there to support this important event!
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Community Meetings Suspended for Summer
Community meetings are now suspended for the summer months and will resume with our annual meeting on Sunday, September 17. Watch for details as the date approaches.
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Community Kitchen
Our next scheduled date at Community Kitchen is Monday, June 5. Contact Kathleen if you would like to help cook or serve. We share cooking chores from 1:45 to 4:45 p.m., and serving and cleanup from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Any contributions of garden flowers and produce are most welcome and appreciated.
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Community Meetings
The next Community Meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 18 at St. Benedict’s.
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72 Hours Evaluation Forms
For those who attended this year’s 72 Hours of Easter, your feedback is an essential resource in planning next year’s celebration. If you haven’t already,
please complete your evaluation forms, attached along with this newsletter, and bring them to mass on Saturday. Or, if you prefer, you can email your own thoughts and comments to Kathleen. Thank you in advance.
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Capital City Pride 2017
Olympia’s Capital City Pride 2017 takes place Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16. Plans are currently underway for Holy Wisdom’s parade participation and staffing a table, both on Saturday. You can watch the HW website for further information regarding HW’s presence or, to find out how you can volunteer, please contact Donna Smith.
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Pentecost Mass
In addition to the second and fourth Saturday masses in June, we will celebrate the feast of Pentecost with a special mass at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at St. Benedict’s. As always, our Eucharistic celebration will continue immediately after with a potluck meal. Please join us!
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72 Hours of Easter: Descriptions of the Four Major Rites
The 72 Hours of Easter, also known as the Easter Triduum, is one liturgy, one mass, with four distinct rites. Triduum means three days, or 72 hours. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.” So, one day that just happens to have three sunsets and three sunrises.
Thursday evening’s Liturgy of Fire and Foot Washing welcomes us to the beginning of Easter. We begin by lighting the Easter fire, singing the Gloria and reading the traditional scriptures, which tell the stories of Passover and of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. At this liturgy, we have the opportunity to wash each other’s feet.
Friday evening, our Liturgy of the Veneration of the Cross and Reading of the Passion continues with the traditional readings of the Suffering Servant and St. John’s Passion account, followed by the Nine Universal Prayers for the World. At this liturgy we venerate the cross, which represents the tensions and struggles of our real lives as individuals and as communities: the cross that symbolizes our deep desire to move towards unity in the midst of our diversity — to become Shalom.
As Saturday evening’s Liturgy of Light and Word begin, we once again light the Easter fire, from which we light the Paschal Candle and our individual candles. After the Exultet is sung, we listen to the seven traditional scripture stories of salvation history and God’s love for all.
On Sunday morning, Easter reaches its climax with joyous Alleluias as we continue our celebration with The Liturgy of Water, Oil and Eucharist. We welcome our ancestors in faith as we sing the Litany of Saints. We hear the story of Jesus’ resurrection and appearance to Mary Magdala, and we renew our baptismal promises with word, water, and oil. We celebrate Eucharist and receive what we are, the Body of Christ.
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72 Hours of Easter Schedule
Everyone is welcome to participate in all or part of our Easter celebrations at Gwinwood Retreat Center in Lacey, 6015 30th Ave. SE, Lacey WA 98503.
Thursday April 13
9 - 10:45 a.m. – Interplay
11 a.m. – Mass to close the Lenten Season 12:30 p.m. – Lunch
3 - 3:30 p.m. – Afternoon Prayer
5 p.m. – Dinner
6:30 p.m. – Silence before liturgy begins
7 p.m. – Liturgy of Fire and Foot Washing 9 p.m. – All Night Vigil begins
Friday April 14
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
9 - 9:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. – Sharing: What have you experienced so far? 11:30 a.m. – Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. – Centering Prayer
1:35 - 2:30 p.m. – Lectio with the scripture – Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12
4 - 4:30 p.m. – Afternoon Prayer
5 p.m. – Dinner
6:30 p.m. – Silence before liturgy begins
7 p.m. – Veneration of the Cross and Reading of the Passion 9 p.m. – All Night Vigil begins
Saturday April 15
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
9 - 9:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. – Sharing: What have you experienced so far? 11:30 a.m. – Lunch
1 - 4:30 p.m. – Rehearsals for Liturgies ending with Afternoon Prayer 5 p.m. – Dinner
6:30 p.m. – Silence before liturgy begins
7 p.m. – Liturgy of Fire and Word
9 p.m. – All Night Vigil begins
Sunday April 16
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. – Centering Prayer
8:30 a.m. – Breakfast (After breakfast cleaning of the cabins, hospitality
and art rooms)
10 a.m. – Liturgy of Water, Oil, and Eucharist – potluck lunch
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1:30 p.m. – Sharing: What did you experience? – followed by afternoon
prayer to close the 72 Hours of Easter
3:30 p.m. – Clean up chapel

Good Things to Know:
Gwinwood has beautiful grounds for relaxation, reading and quiet. Please feel free to come anytime and take advantage of our space and time there.
Our chapel will be open the entire time (night and day) for prayer, unless we are rehearsing. Please check the schedule.
We will have a hospitality room stocked with teas, snacks and good conversation that will be open during the day until 7 p.m. We also have a room if someone wants to stay for a day or half a day and needs a place to rest or nap.
Like to do art? The dining room (in the basement of our chapel) will be turned into an art room. We will have supplies for collage-making and other art forms, available for use from Thursday morning through Sunday morning.
If you want to come for one or more meals, please come and feel free to bring food for sharing.
For those who would like to stay overnight at Gwinwood, there are cabins available for our use. The fee is $25/night. No one should stay away due to lack of funds. Please contact Kathleen at kbr.urbanfarmer@gmail.com if you are interested in staying the night, need financial assistance or have other questions.
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Workshop at Lumen Christi ICC. Lumen Christi Inclusive Catholic Community in McMinnville OR is sponsoring a workshop June 16 -17 with Michael and Maria Morwood on their book Re-Envisioning the Second Half of Life. For more information, please contact Sandy DeMaster sdemaster@gmail.com. ...

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Community Kitchen
Our next scheduled date at Community Kitchen is Monday, May 1. Contact Kathleen if you would like to help cook or serve. We share cooking chores from 1:45 to 4:45 p.m., and serving and cleanup from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Any contributions of garden flowers and produce are most welcome and appreciated.
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