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The women's group of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church is offering two events that are open to all the women in the community: a Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 24 and a spiritual retreat March 13-15.

The Mardi Gras celebration takes place at the church on Cantova Way from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Women in the community are invited to attend and enjoy specialty coffees and desserts. Speakers will explain the history of Mardi Gras and its relationship to Lent, the time of penance before Easter.

The annual weekend retreat will be held at Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, March 13-15. It is open to all women in the community. The schedule offers activities, and time to rest, unwind, reflect and pray. For information, or to make a reservation, call Ginger Peacock, 354-2412. The center's web site is http://www.passionist.org/.

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