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First Communion Children 5/2017

News and Updates


Advertiser Of The Week

Mindy McClean
Coldwell Banker Danforth

St. Francis Parishioner/School Parent

Church App: 

For details about our New Church App: My STFOA go here and download it today.    


Tuesdays and Fridays,
8:15-8:45 a.m. and 2:45-3:15pm
in the school auditorium (EDP)     


Chain Link Fence around the Rain Garden: Because of vandalism and Kindergarten’s school projects, Chris Aley is leading an effort to install a chain link fence around the rain garden. We are seeking volunteers who can help Chris with this project.
Please contact John Eisen at or 206.242.4575. Thank you.

Sunday Gifts and St. Vincent de Paul: Occasionally, parishioners write a single amount on
their checks for two purposes: a check amount of $100, $50 for the church and $50 for St. Vincent. This practice adds extra work for the bookkeeper because she has to write a parish check for St. Vincent’s because they have their own separate account. We would prefer two checks of $50.00 each.

Annual Appeal Catholic Appeal: 2017 Parish Rebate is designated for a security camera system to help protect children playing in the parking lot and identify possible criminal activity on our property.

Your gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal is still needed! Thank you to all who have responded to the needs of our Church in Western Washington through the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal. One person or parish could not possibly accomplish all that needs to be done for over 60 ministries and services.
Gifts of any amount are welcome; your gift will make everything possible. It is not too late to return your pledge envelope if you haven’t done so. Return your pledge envelope today or donate online:

The following important alert has been provided by the Archdiocese’s Office of Parish Financial Services
We have become aware of a situation (currently under investigation) in a Seattle Parish in which new parishioners (a couple) posing as professionals have joined a congregation, made friends with other parishioners and then requested large loans from them in order to take care of a short term financial crisis—ailing relatives, non-paying clients, etc. PLEASE avoid responding to these requests should they be made by anyone that you have not known for
a long time and for whom you truly understand their family and financial situation. If you are approached, please report the incident to the Parish office so that the Archdiocese and
police can be alerted.

Growing an Engaged Church: Activities & Events  

Growing an Engaged Church: Activities & Events John Eisen made a presentation to
pastoral Council that summarized all the engagement activities since it began in 2009. Growing an Engaged Church has served as the Council’s five- year plan. The five years come
to an end in 2017, yet the work of engagement will continue. If budget allows for it, the team will lead the effort for the parish to take the Members Engagement 25 Questionnaire
(ME25). this coming fall.

Major engagement event for growing engagement is appreciating volunteers who serve
our commissions, ministries and services; This event is scheduled for June 11.

News from Our School 

Give your child or grandchild the gift of a high-quality, Catholic education. St. Francis of Assisi School is now accepting applications for next year’s kindergarten. We also have a limited number of openings in other grades. If you are interested in enrolling your child, please apply on line at then click Admissions and then click Application. If you have any questions, please call the office at 206-243-5690.

Altar Servers 

The ministry of Altar Servers is open to students now in fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh grade.
If you will be in the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the fall, I invite you to prayerfully consider service to St. Francis of Assisi Parish as an Altar Server. The ministry of Altar Server takes a reliable and dedicated commitment. You can find an application form in the vestibule of the church. Fill it out and returned it to the Parish Office. You will be contacted by email to
schedule a time for training that works for you. 
If you have questions or would like additional information please contact Elizabeth in the Parish Office. 

The Knights of Columbus are collecting baby and young children’s items  

for their annual support of the Pregnancy Aid office of South King County. Items can be placed in the bassinet in the vestibule of the church. Contact Pat Robinson 206-241-5471 or Ken DeVos 206-248-2543 if you have any questions. 

Pray the Rosary during the month of May 

Join together as a community to pray the Rosary after weekday morning Masses during the month of May.

Transform Burien Dinner... 

Our Transform Burien dinner last Sunday was a success. We cooked 50 lbs of chicken thighs along with carrots and green beans. We served 115 people over 2 hours.
Thank you to the cooks Scott Schumacher, Kitty and John Meehan, along with Keli DeRitis. We could not do this ministry without the financial support of you the Parish.
We were also able to host the food bank and clothing bank because of the many volunteers who showed up on Mother’s Day: Peggy Sharkey, Sheila Casey, Pat de Castongrene,
Winnie Becker, Glenys Cochran, Riley and Regan Merak, Jake Neer, Harrison Buffett, and Anthony Maxwell, Cheryl Brooten, David Morris, Claire Schumacher.


will meet on  Wednesday, May 24th at 7:00pm in the Conference Room. First hour is devoted toCentering Prayer. May 24 is the last time The Centering Prayer Group will meet until the fall. 

St. Catherine of Siena Mental Health Ministry Team Educational Forum 

The Challenge of Coming Home, Part 2 Moral Injury: Recovering from the Spiritual Wounds of War ...Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7-9 PM
St. Catherine of Siena Parish Music Room, Victoria Hall 814 NE 85th Street, Seattle, WA 

“Men of Christ in a Post-Modern World: A Father & Son Conversation on Discipleship” Men’s Retreat 

Led by Fr. Bryan Dolejsi & Ned Dolejsi
May 26-28, 2017
$205 for a Private Room
Register today on PalisadesRetreatCenter.Org 

Custom Pilgrimage & Cultural Tour of France 

May 21 – June 7, 2017. You are invited to join Fr. David Wathen OFM and experience the spirituality of: Lisieux, Lourdes, Ars (St. John Vianner), Paray-le-Monial, Nevers, Chartres, St. Catherine Labouré (The Miraculous Medal), and much more. We will also visit Paris, the
Beaches of Normandy, the Loire Valley, the French Riviera, Avignon, and Versailles. This 18-days pilgrimage for the very special price of $4,650 CDN (Approx. $3,448 USD) promises to be an unforgettable journey.
For more information or a brochure, call Liz Shachtay at 1-604-277-5303. Flyer also available at parish office. 

All are welcome to attend the MASS OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION 

The Most Rev. Daniel H. Mueggenborg Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 2:00PM
St. James Cathedral 804 9th Avenue, Seattle
Public Reception follows in Cathedral Hall. 

SAVE THE DATE...Our Volunteer Appreciation Event 

will be Sunday, June 11th following the 10am Mass. Mark your calendar so you can be
sure to attend this fun and delicious event. 
Volunteers! Remember to RSVP for Reception on June 11th, by June 1st; call parish office - 242 4575. 

Adoration of theBlessed Sacrament 

Join us for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Friday of the month, between 2:30 and 8:30 PM. Sign up for an hour or drop in for as long as you would like. All are welcome.  
Join us for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday, June 2nd between 2:30 and 8:30 PM in the church.  

“Betrothed: A Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage” Engagement Retreat 

Dr. Sarah Bartel June 2-4, 2017
The joy of marriage is the joy of the Church.
“Betrothed” invites couples to prepare for a joyful, lifelong marriage. Blending hands-on learning of practical life skills with excellent catechesis and insights from St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, this marriage-prep retreat is designed to impact on the quality of a couples’ communication, conflict resolution, and shared sense of mission.
Note: This retreat fulfills the diocesan marriage preparation requirement and offers a rich
integration of catechesis and theology.  


Wear red the weekend of June 3rd and 4th

You are invited to a Pentecost Celebration! 

Praise and Worship, guest speaker Fr. Jim Northrop and Prayer Ministry; Saturday, June 3rd,
7:00 PM, St. Louise Catholic Church, 141 156th Ave SE, Bellevue WA 98007.
Sponsored by Western Washington Catholic Charismatic Renewal
( & Renewed in Christ Catholic Charismatic Community 
( - Acts 2:17 “I will pour out My Spirit upon all mankind.” 

Come Celebrate over 130 years of combined service 

from 4 of St. Anthony School’s beloved Faculty & Staff Members At the end of this school year, 4 longtime St. Anthony School faculty and staff members will be retiring: Maureen Blodgett, Vicki Lazor, Sr. Maureen O’Brien and Mary Ormiston. Their service has touched the lives of countless students and families in our community. Come celebrate their retirement on Sunday, June 4th. The celebration will begin with the 10:45 am mass at St. Anthony Parish and an open house afterward in the parish hall from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Join them at mass or stop by the hall to say hello, thank them and wish them well in their retirement.  

Fighting Irish Football Camp 

Dates: June 20, 21 & 22
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Genesee Playfield
Ages: Boys entering 4th-9th grade (Fall of 2017)

Fighting Irish Basketball Camp
Dates: June 12-15, June 19-22, June 26-28
Time: 9:00am – Noon and/or 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: O’Dea High School
Ages: Boys entering 4th-8th grade (Fall of 2017)

Fighting Irish Jazz Camp
Dates: June 12-15
Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: O’Dea High School
Ages: Boys and girls entering 6th-9th grade (Fall of

Little Irish Program
This program is designed to match a young student with a football player at O’Dea High School. This program encourages the responsibility in our players to be positive role models and for the young student to flourish under the wings of a mentor. Participants can be both boys and girls entering Kindergarten through 6th grade in the Fall of 2017.
Registration forms can be found on the O’Dea website.
Please call the main office at 06-622-6596 with any questions. 

PROJECT JOSEPH - An Outreach to Men Suffering from Abortion 

June 24, 2017
Project Joseph, developed by Project Rachel of Dallas, Texas, is a life-changing opportunity for men who struggle with the emotional and spiritual pain of past abortions to come together for a one-day healing retreat. Contact Valerie 1-800-822-HOPE (4673) Completely Confidential. Healing Awaits You!
Project Rachel Western WA is a program of Catholic Community Services. You need not be Catholic to participate. 


A visual arts day camp for youth entering grades 7 through 12.
July 17-21, St. James Cathedral Be inspired by Cathedral art.
Explore different drawing techniques. Connect faith to art and art to faith. Produce your own artwork. Display your work in the Cathedral Chapel. Cathedral tours, lectures by area artists and field trips included.
$100; materials included; scholarships available. 
Information: Brenda Bellamy 206.274.3108 or 

Homestay -  

Are you interested in hosting an international student? Kennedy Catholic High School is seeking families beginning August 2017.
For more information, please contact Teri Crosswhite at 206.957.9628 or A generous stipend is available. 

Registration for this summer’s Vacation Bible School 

We will be journeying to Rome on August 7 through the 11. All children age 4 through 4th grade are welcome! Contact Cheryl Brooten at or at 206 242-4575 ext 24 for more information or to volunteer. Please watch for the flyer in the bulletin! Or see the flyer here    

Fr. John Madigan is leading a modified walking pilgrimage 

of the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James, in Spain Sept. 12-22. It is a nice mix of
reflective walking (66.5 miles over 6 days), visits to sacred sites, and motor-coach transportation. Cost is $3,795 double occupancy and there are still a few spaes available! Contact Virginia Radel at 206.658.3680 or

Marian Pilgrimage 

September 18-30, 2017
Take part in a spiritual journey to three of the most beloved shrines of Europe - Fatima, Lourdes, and Santiago de Compostela, as well as many other holy sites. Experience the rich culture, beautiful architecture, and fine cuisine of France, Spain, and Portugal. Join us for prayer, fellowship, spiritual growth, cultural enrichment, and good natured fun.
The pilgrimage is led and organized by Fr. Kevin Duggan and Zoltan Abraham from Mary, Queen of Peace Parish.
The registration brochure, which includes a detailed itinerary, is available at the link below: 


Be inspired by a new Catholic television program for every-day living that will motivate you to achieve your hopes aznd dreams as you live a life of power, impact, freedom and purpose. It provides practical ways of living life to the fullest and helping you make faith a part of your daily life.
Bruce Downes The Catholic Guy Television program is seen by millions of people whose lives have been changed by his down-to-earth approach.
DirectTV Ch 371, DISH Ch 258, AT&T U-Verse 565, Verizon Fios Ch 288...Every day. 5:30am PST.
For more info go to where you can watch the program daily. 


Complete listings:
It’s all about the fun of learning and the satisfaction of working hard! Academic, performing and visual arts, and athletics. Contact Camp Coordinator Nancy Bradish at or 206.246.0500. 

St. Vincent de Paul in Georgetown 

on 4th Ave. has a need for Volunteers to answer their phones. It is really distressing that our brothers and sisters in need are having to wait 20 minutes on hold. Training will be provided. - 4 hours a week would be appreciated so they know we care and want to try and help with their emergency. Please call Pat Pomerory, our president of the St. Francis Chapter. (253)878-5295 or (206) 280-6115 

If you are not aware of the role Association for Catholic Childhood plays in the Archdiocese, 

we are the “founding mothers” of Catholic Community Services. Since 1918, we have been providing funding and advocacy for children and families in need, regardless of race or creed. There are about 600 women in parishes throughout the Archdiocese, mainly in the greater Seattle area currently, who gather in Circles to volunteer to raise money and/ or do service for children and families. Twice yearly, agencies from throughout Western Washington submit formal grant requests. A review Board evaluates each proposal, and awards grants. We primarily support CCS agencies, but also fund other programs like CASA.
Last year we were able to provide $162,500. Please help us continue to help the children by advertising our online auction. If you would like to learn more, please see our
website at, respond to me, or call the office at CCS on Monday or Wednesday mornings at 206-328-5973. Labor of Love auction website

From St. Stephen the Martyr parish... 

If you are a pregnant mother in distress or know someone facing a crisis pregnancy, our Gabriel Angels are trained volunteer mentors who walk beside Mom with spiritual, emotional, & practical support. Call 1-888-926-ANGEL to connect with an Angel.
Questions? Contact Deacon Carl Chilo
Pregnant & Need Help? Call 1-800-395-HELP or 1-877-NOT-ALONE to talk with someone 24/7 or visit for information. Find local pregnancy centers at, including Pregnancy Aid in Kent (253-852-1201), 

Pray the Rosary 

Join us to pray the rosary after morning Mass on Thursdays.
The Key to the Rosary is Meditation “When Catholics recite the twelve prayers that form a decade of the rosary, they meditate on the mystery associated with that decade. If they merely recite the prayers, whether vocally or silently, they’re missing the essence of the rosary. It isn’t just a recitation of prayers, but a meditation on the grace of God. Critics, not knowing about the meditation part, imagine the rosary must be boring, uselessly repetitious, meaningless, and their criticism carries weight if you reduce the rosary to a formula. It is the meditation on the mysteries that gives the rosary its staying power.”

Archbishop Oscar Romero 

Visiting the graves of victims of violence, Archbishop Oscar Romero was stricken with grief. He stumbled forward along a road and then fell to his knees. He offered perhaps as profound a prayer as has ever been said: “I can’t… You must… I’m yours… Show me the way.” He was brought to the depths of humiliation by his experiences, but in those depths he found the power of humility. Read the whole article on him at this Calvin Presb Church website.  

Please notice the colorful welcome cards, 

located in the plastic holders at the end of each pew.  These cards were provided by MOM’s Connection to welcome and support our families with children. Children may draw on the back of a card and take it home, or drop it in the collection basket as their offering!  We ask you to help keep our church tidy by checking the pews and the floor around you before you leave.  To learn more about MOM’s Connection please see the bulletin flyer.    

Beautiful Mass cards to support the seminarians will be available 

in the vestibule after 10am Masses. This program is through the Seattle Archdiocesan
Council of Catholic Women. Questions: contact Rose Rangel 206.475.9333 or   

Are you looking for hope? Inspiration? Spiritual Guidance? 

Liguorian offers all this and more! Grow in your relationship with Christ through timely pastoral messages on matters of faith, practices, Christian living and social justice.
Liguorian is a leading Catholic Magazine published by the Redemptorists. It reaches about 60,000 households each month and provides solid and straightforward answers to the important questions and problems facing today’s Catholics.
Our mission at Liguorian is to help you navigate your day-to-day lives, assisted by your faith in both print and digital formats. Your print subscription also includes FREE access to Liguorian Online Digital Edition; register at to receive access. The Liguorian App is also available at iTunes for ios platforms: iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Visit and click on the subscription tab to learn more. For faster service, call 1-800-325-9521.  


in partnership with New Horizons young adult services offers Accelerator Host Home
Program serving young people, ages 18-24, experiencing homelessness in King County.
Contact: Nicole Guiberteaux 206.462.9327  

YMCA’s Accelerator Host Home Program  - On any given night in King County, over 800 youth and young adults experience homelessness.  Shelter beds and resources are limited, leaving the majority of young people without access to food or safe housing. We are looking for caring adults, willing to open their home to a young person at risk of homelessness. Contact Nicole Guiberteaux...206.462.9327


Our ST. VINCENT de PAUL volunteers are in need of a few men and women who could help out. Training is provided. It takes about 3 hours of your time. We always visit in pairs, so you’d have a partner. If you cannot commit to every week, it would be great to have trained volunteers in case of illness or vacaton time. Then we could call you to help out. Our teams go out once weekly. 
Please call the parish office if you would like to join in helping those in need. 242-4575. 

St. Vincent de Paul would appreciate paper grocery bags for when the Vincentians deliver a bag of food to clients.  They may be dropped off at the parish office.  Thank you.

The Knit & Chat group and the St. Francis Quilters 

are always looking for new members! And if you have yarn or quilting supplies, they can be given to the parish office; cheerful pick-up provided!

The Knitters meet 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 9a.m. in Unity Place 2. Hats and scarves are created for the Warm for Winter campaign; they are given to Lazarus Day Center,
Ratcliff House, Bishop Lewis House, St. Martin de Porres shelter, Hospitality House, The Wintonia, King County Youth Detention Center and Transform Burien.

The Quilters meet 1st Tuesday at 10a.m. in Parish Hall.
Contact for both groups is Charlene Carlson at (206) 242-2755.  


Contact Denise Duque, Pastoral Assistant (206) 242-4575, ext. 33 or
The choirs of St. Francis are looking for more voices to carry out the word of God! If you have a song in your heart and you love singing in church, please consider sharing your gift in music ministry! Contact Denise for more details. 


Did you know that we offer adult basketball at the St. Francis Family Center (school gym) each week? Every Wednesday night from 7:00-9:00pm the gym is open for adult basketball.
We usually have between 4-10 men in our 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. We are a nice group of local men who like getting exercise once a week and love good, clean, fun recreational basketball. Even if you haven’t played in awhile, consider dropping by. We always like to see some new faces. For more information, call Pat Herold at 206.369.0173.  


St. Francis Parish is participating in a Seminarian Aid Mass Intention Card program. The estimated cost to cover education for future priests is about $55,000 per year per seminarian. You can help by using a Mass card when you wish to send a family member or friend a special greeting. Your loved one will be enrolled in a year’s worth of Masses being
celebrated by Archbishop Sartain. This is a wonderful gift for an anniversary, birthday, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s or Father’s Day or to honor a departed loved one. Simply fill in the Mass intention slip, enclose a check written to Seattle ACCW, and mail it to the address listed on the slip. You mail the beautiful Mass card to your friend or family member. This program is sponsored by Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. The parish office has a supply of these beautiful cards and addresses/envelopes of where to mail them.  

Northwest Catholic Is on the Air 

featuring a conversation with Mother Hildegard, a member of the Benedictine nuns on Shaw Island. You’ll also hear from Fr. Jack Shrum of St. Anthony Parish in Renton, who is noted for his iconography. He’ll discuss how he got started in this unique field, and you may be surprised!
You can hear this radio magazine on Sundays at 8:00 a.m., Mondays at 11:00 a.m., Thursdays at 6:30p.m., and Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. on AM 1050 Seattle and AM 1240

Tune in to Sacred Heart Radio 

AM 1050 Seattle/AM 1240 Olympia   

Seniors would like to thank an anonymous person who recently gave a gift of $1000. This wonderful gift is an unexpected blessing that will be used to enhance the 50+ monthly events. We hope to use this money to attract a wider participation in our programs by offering entertainment and speakers of special interest to our seniors. We sincerely appreciate this generous gift and are excited about the possibilities it presents for us.

Palisades Retreat Offerings: 
“Men of Christ in a Post-Modern World: A Father & Son Conversation on Discipleship” 
Men’s Retreat
Led by Fr. Bryan Dolejsi & Ned Dolejsi
May 26-28, 2017
$205 for a Private Room
Register today on PalisadesRetreatCenter.Org



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