The 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal, A Future Full of Hope, Passion for our Faith, Promise for our Future, Care for our Community, and Love for our family.
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Tuesdays and Fridays,
8:15-8:45 a.m. and 2:45-3:15pm
in the school auditorium (EDP)     


2017 Annual Appeal begins April 22-23.

Security Camera System: After reviewing comprehensive proposal for the whole campus, a
modest approach is required due to cost. Our 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal rebate will go to hard-wired camera system that monitors and surveils the rectory front door, parish office
front entrance, kindergarten door entries and the parking lot, especially where our parish school children play. With IPhone or computer, parish employees can watch what is
happening in these areas. High definition cameras have night vision and are protected from the weather. The cost is just under $14,000. In the future, we hope to install cameras
for the family center (gym) that monitors school entry doors and the church and Unity Place.

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  

Leadership Team meets on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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.  

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.  
“Prayer and meditation before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament are great ways to spend some special time with Him. You can ask Him for graces for yourself or for loved ones, reflect on His Word, or just keep Him company! And it’s no bother for Jesus. In fact, He
very much wants to see you! (  

Registration for this summer’s Vacation Bible School 

Please watch for the flier in the bulletin! 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.  See flyer here

Join the Catholic Book Club! 

We meet again April 21st in Parish Hall at 7 PM. The book under discussion will be How to be Holy by Peter Kreeft. All are welcome! Contact Cheryl Brooten at 
cbrooten@stfoa-parish or at 206 242-4575 ext 24 for more information. 

Divine Mercy Sunday 

April 23, 2017 Join us from 2:15-4:00 PM at Holy Rosary, West Seattle, 4130 42nd Ave. SW, Seattle for a Holy Hour with Jesus Christ present in the Eucharist and praying of the Divine
Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 PM. Fr. Matthew Oakland will be presiding. Confession and prayer teams will be available so you can receive the forgiveness and Mercy of Jesus for your soul and body. Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the School Hall.
Jesus has a wonderful gift for you on Divine Mercy Sunday. He said to St. Faustina:
On that Day, the very depths of My tender Mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of
graces upon souls who approach the fount of My Mercy. The soul that goes to confession
(eight days before or after) and receives Holy Communion, shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment
” (Diary 699) 


will meet on April 26 at 7:00pm in the Conference Room. First hour is devoted to Centering Prayer. The group will explore theme by Fr. Keating called “Surrendering to Love.”
(DVD) God is Love: The Heart of All Creation. 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter 

“Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” Let the light of your love shine upon your marriage by attending a WorldWide Marriage Encounter weekend at the Sheraton Hotel, Bellevue on April, 28-30, 2017. Apply at More information at 206-772-2344 

Remembering Your Identity as a Child of God 

 “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and help you remember all that I have told you.”John 14:26
All are invited to a workshop offered by Brian Des Roches, PhD, LMFT to benefit Cabrini
Ministry Training 
Remembering Your Identity as a Child of GodSaturday, April 29 - 9:30am-1pm
St. Bridget Church 4900 NE 50th StreetSeattle, WA 98105
Come and explore what Scripture tells us about our identity. We will also learn about spiritual neuroscience and the practical steps we can take to remember and live the most important memory of all: that of our spiritual identity as children of God.
Suggested Donation: $25 To register, send name and contact information to

Last call...100th Anniversary Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. 

Ten-day pilgrimage to Portugal offered over three dates in October. We can be departing your airport and at the all-land inclusive cost of $2,149 in twin accommodations with single accommodations also available. Call for the special air price from your city. We will be visiting Lisbon, Fatima, Santarem Portugal, Lourdes, Frances and Barcelona, Spain.
For further information please call Mr. James Adair at 1-855-564-1008 toll free or simply email 

Now Hiring: Pastoral Asst for Liturgy & Pastoral Care ... 

St. John the Baptist Parish, Covington, Washington, a vibrant, stewardship-based faith community of 1,200 families in the Archdiocese of Seattle seeks an individual to serve as Pastoral Assistant for Liturgy & Pastoral Care (full time/40 hours per week). Parish staff members need to be skilled in facilitating and fostering a sense of mutual ministry with and among all members of the parish community. The successful candidate will be an active member of a Catholic parish; have at least two years (four years preferred) demonstrated and relevant work experience, with a focus on liturgy; a Masters degree (or working towards one) in ministry or equivalent work experience; demonstrated ability to recruit and support parish disciples; willingness to work some evenings and some weekends.
Contact Rose Kinsella, Pastoral Assistant for Administration at 253-630-0701, ext. 103 or for more information and an application packet. Application packet is
also available on our Website
Closing date: May 5, 2017 

2016-2017 Catholic Heritage Lectures 

Rooted in Tradition, Growing Towards the Future:
Seattle University at 125.
2016 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of Seattle University in 1891. During this important moment, the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture in partnership with the Center for Jesuit Education invites the community to a year-long examen of how the university is living out its Jesuit Catholic Mission. Foundations for the Future of Jesuit Education featuring Stephanie Russell, Vice President for Mission Integration of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
Campion Ballroom • 5:00 pm
This event is free and open to the public. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served beginning at 4:30 pm. Please RSVP at
This lecture continues on May 8, 2017. For more information, please visit   


Our next meeting will be the annual May luncheon on May 11th at the former DesMoines Creek Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. 

Holy Land Pilgrimage A PILGRIM’S JOURNEY 

Date: May 11, 2017
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: Unity Place 1
Contact: Xandria Eykel | | 206-245-4412
Have you ever considered visiting the Holy Land?
Join me in a “fireside chat” to share some of the following answers to common questions.
•What is a pilgrimage?
•Why go on a pilgrimage?
•How to choose a pilgrimage?
•Is it safe to travel to the Holy Land?
•How do I prepare for a pilgrimage?
“Having participated in our Parish’s Bible Study series for over five years, I was finally ready to HEAR God’s call. His call to ‘put out into deep water’ (Luke 5: 1-11) led me to a profound experience of the mystical body of Christ in the Holy Land. I pray that you will give me the privilege of sharing this recent experience with you.” Xandria Eykel, St. Francis Parishioner.  

Transform Burien Dinner... 

Our turn to host this dinner is Sunday, May 14th. This is Mother’s Day.
Let me know if you can help serve or prepare food for this meal. or 242-4575 

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. 

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. 


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. 

Vacation Bible School 

We will be the host for next year’s program.  SAVE THE DATES:  August 7 to 11th, 2017!    

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


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.
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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   

50+PLUS FRIENDS - will be meeting in Unity Place for a Potluck at 11:30 followed by a movie
on our large screen. Date is April 20.We are calling it “A HOLLYWOOD PARTY.”
Please bring a dish to share with everyone - salad, main dish or dessert. After lunch we will watch the movie North by Northwest with Cary Grant. Popcorn will be provided; do not miss our very first HOLLYWOOD PARTY! Look forward to seeing everyone.

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