Animal Blessings 2017

News and Updates


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Burien, 206.244.3555

Church App: 

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1-(800)-997-8805. The previous OSV church app will no longer work after Nov. 15


Annual Parish Report: In her Annual Report, Terry Douglas cited that in the generation of the 1980’s only 20% of them go to church; 51% of them do not identify with any religion.
Fr. James Mallon wrote a timely book entitled, “Divine Renovation: Bringing your parish from maintenance to mission.” Fr. Mallon offers a framework that addresses the core question: What is the purpose of church? He offers a historical perspective as well as solutions that address
declining church membership, especially among younger generations. Fr. Dick and the Pastoral Council’s Five-Year Goals Committee are using “Divine Renovation” as its main resource in setting parish priorities for 2018-2023.

Terry Douglas in her annual financial report asked this question: “What will our parish look like in ten years? Her question stemmed from research that suggests that only 20% of the millenniums attend church Fr. Dick, the pastoral council and staff are already working on goals and implementing programs that embrace this challenge. It is at this time of the year that we ask you to pray about your Stewardship of Treasure that supports our parish mission.

Next Sunday Fr. Dick has invited one of our parishioners, Hugh Blain, to share his reflections..

Facilities Committee  is seeking new members. The committee meets on the 2nd Monday, 6:30-7:30pm, September to May. The committee offers advice about pending projects & 
makes recommendations regarding parish facilities and grounds. If a school parent, serving on this committee counts as service hours.

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.

News from Our School 

A Catholic education is a wonderful gift to give your child. Our school is now enrolling for the 2017-2018 school year. Currently, we have limited openings in most grades.
If you are interested, please go to our home page for a link to our online application or call our school office at 206-243-5690 for a tour or more information. We would love to have you join our school community.

Scrip is another way of saying ‘gift cards’ and an easy way to support ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL. Scrip is available to purchase after the 10AM Sunday Mass and Tuesdays and Fridays before and after school in the auditorium! You can either support a family you know or principal’s choice which goes directly back to the school.
Question: contact Nikki or Kyla at

Please save your Box Tops for St. Francis school! There’ll be a box top box in parish
office vestibule!


This year we can even “chat” with our chief missionary, Pope Francis, and learn more about his missions and missionaries. Learn more at


Thank you to everyone who helped at Mass last weekend:
Altar Servers: Ali Gumapas, Sarah Eykel, Rylee King, Gary King, Nicklaus Dubois
Acolytes: Jackson Dyer, Abigail Quinsay, Lars Herold, Erik Eykel, Harrison Buffett,
Marshall Buffett

Eucharistic Ministers: Paul, Maria, Joe, Jan, Rossana, Beatrice, Colleen, Diana, John, Lil, Michael, Ed, Linda, Ken Ray, Paul, Mel, Daren, Linda, Rick, Connie, Erin, Marian, Leo, Laurie, Mona
Lectors: Rosanne Michaels, Xandria Eykel, Connie Ballantyne
Joe Madeira, Chuck Post, Joe Hermle, Larry Corvari, Maurice Dunn, Paul Silvernale, Brendan Silvernale, Mary Ingersoll, Pearl Bautista, Ken Devos, Ron Perri, John Erban,
James Friant, Keith Mooney, Peter Truong, Ken Devos, Phil Isernio

Sacristans: Patty and Al Halverson, Paul Hanks, Kathy Lorella
Greeters: The Monson Family

Pray the Rosary - October - Month of The Holy 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.”


Rose Rangel will at a table in the vestibule with information on Respect Life, resources to support life, and opportunities to get involved with defending Life. Questions? 206-475-9333 or email: 

Centering Prayer Group meets 

the 3rd Wednesday at 7:00pm. in the Conference Room. Interested? Call John Eisen, 206.242.4575 or email at . Our format offers teachings about contemplative tradition and Centering Prayer; followed by two 20-minute Centering Prayer periods. 

...Our Lady of the Holy Rosary/Visitation 

in Tacoma invites St. Francis of Assisi parishioners to join us in the Annual Mission to the Work of the Holy Angels, October 23-25. It is presented by the priests from the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross. They are based out of Carrollton, Ohio and have been returning for several years now and is growing. Here is their website if you haven’t heard of them before. 

There will be a mental health first aid course  

that will be held at Transform Burien Monday and Tuesday, October 23-24, 2017, from 12pm-4:30pm each day.
UGM is offering to Transform this course for free, and is the last of several courses they are offering in our area. Because of this, the class may fill up quickly.
More info is listed online here: 

Learn the Art of Listening and Accompanying Those in Need 

Do you feel called to serve others with your compassionate presence? Do you want to learn the skills to become an excellent companion to others? Cabrini Ministry Training has just two spots left in its amazing formation program. Hurry, classes start on Tuesday, October 24 from noon-2:30 at Christ the King. Visit or call 206-760-0583 x3 to find out

Life is Changed, Not Ended 

During the month of November we pray in remembrance of all our family and friends who have
died. A memorial will be created with their photographs in the vestibule of the church. Please
bring a framed photograph of anyone you would like included to the Parish Office by Wednesday, October 25th. Please put their name, your name and phone number on the back. 

Share the Journey by Learning More about Human Trafficking 

As part of the Share the Journey initiative, you are invited to attend a multifaith event that will explore how human trafficking and today’s immigration crisis are linked. Please join us at Kol Haneshamah Synagogue in West Seattle on October 26th at 6:30 PM. For more information, please e-mail Missions Office at 

Do you know someone who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? 

OCD is a thought disorder that can torment an individual who typically suffers in silence and
feels shame. Please join us for a presentation on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) at St. Catherine of Siena Parish on Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 7-9 PM, 
Victoria Hall, 814 NE 85th Street, Seattle, WA.  


...Exploring the role of the Roman Catholic Church and the Holocaust.
Save the date: Nov. 1-3.

Adoration of the Blessed 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.  
If you can commit to an hour of prayer, contact Sarah at

Join us for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday, November 3rd between 2:30 and 8:30 PM.  

Come Celebrate 40 Years of the Charismatic Renewal in Western Washington! 

Join the faithful from all over the region to celebrate the abundant blessings of the Holy Spirit.
Enjoy Mass with Bishop Elizondo, teachings from Jim Murphy and Tom Curran and testimonies from many local priests and lay leaders that will inspire and deepen your walk with the Lord. The event begins Friday and will conclude Saturday evening with a Night of Worship featuring Catholic recording artists “Heights of Zion.”
November 3 & 4 St. Stephen the Martyr Church – Renton, WA
Online registration is open until October 23rd on our website: 

O’Dea High School will celebrate its annual Alumni Memorial Mass  

On Saturday, November 4, 11:00 AM, in St. James Cathedral to honor their deceased graduates.
Father Michael G. Ryan, pastor of St. James, will be the celebrant of the Mass.
After Mass a complimentary lunch will be offered in the Isaac Orr Center, 910 Marion St. If you wish to attend the Mass and/or the lunch, please respond by Friday, October 27, to Allie DeLong, Advancement Director,, or 206-923-7540. 

The Catholic Book Club 

We meet at 7:00 PM in Parish Hall on Friday evenings at 7:00 PM. Hope to see you there! For more information contact Cheryl Brooten at "
Join the Catholic Book Club! The next meeting will be November 10th at 7 PM in Parish Hall. The book for this month is How Dante Can Save Your Life by Rod Dreher.  

Moral Injury is a normal response to an abnormal event.  

Like psychological trauma, moral injury is a construct that describes one’s immediate and longterm response to exposure to extreme and unprecedented life experiences which go against deeply held moral beliefs.
Join us on Veterans Day weekend in Pastoral Outreach Center, Holy Names Room at 1:30 pm
on Sunday, Nov. 12th for a presentation by retired Colonel, USAR, and St. Vincent de Paul Case Manager for Veterans Services, Roy Harrington. Roy will address the topic: What Warriors Experience: Moral Injury.
Info: contact Nancy Granger at 206-382-4269 or 

 “The Lord is kind and merciful, 

slow to anger, and rich in compassion.” Help to encourage our compassion and forgiveness by working through a Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) weekend. The next weekend at the Sheraton Bellevue Hotel is on November 17-19, 2017. Apply at
More information at 206-772-2344 


Featuring the best of sacred music from around the world.
Hundreds of Seattle Pacific University vocalists and instrumentalists perform in this major celebration. 
Tickets start at $22. Purchase online at or by phone at 206.215.4747.



As of October 10, 2017 Mary McGarry is the new President of our St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Francis. Mary is the first woman to be elected as President in the Parish. Vice President will be Patrick Pomeroy. Patti Pomeroy will serve as our Spiritual Advisor. Jim Sharkey will continue as our Treasurer and Pat deCastongrene will continue as Secretary. Many thanks to our Officers who served for the past three years, Pat Pomeroy, President - handling many changes that have occurred in the way we handle cases and a new computer system in King County. Also we would like to recognize Marion Julum-Weaver for her commitment to serving as our Spiritual Advisor.
Please pray for all Vincentians who work to hear the “CRY OF THE POOR” and work to make a positive difference in their lives. AND…Thank you to our generous parishioners who contributed $3,185.35 in October. 
Without your generosity and commitment to help our neighbors in need we could not help those to come to us ask for help. 

There is a 4:30 p.m. Catholic mass 

on Sunday afternoons at the VA Hospital Chapel, 1660 S. Columbian Way, Seattle 98108.  

3W Medical for Women, 

a new women’s clinic in the U-District of Seattle. Our clinic has been endorsed by both Archbishop Sartain as well as Archbishop Emeritus Brunett. We currently have two job openings – one for a Registered Nurse and one for a Medical Assistant. More information on the positions can be found here: 

Would you like to make a difference in your community,  

the country, or the world? Do you want to serve those in need and work for social justice? Check out RESPONSE 2018, a free guide listing nearly 200 faith-based volunteer programs and thousands of opportunities. Volunteers serve full-time for periods of one week to one year or more across the U.S. and in more than 100 countries worldwide. Summer and school break opportunities are also available. Our volunteers are from all walks of life - from high school to
senior citizens and every stage in between. Positions are available for both single and married volunteers, including those with children.
Contact Catholic Volunteer Network to receive your free copy/copies of RESPONSE 2018. Call 800-543-5046 or email You can also search RESPONSE 2018 online at 

The USCCB and the DACA Program 

 The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as our Archbishop Sartain and Bishops Elizondo and Mueggenborg, have expressed concern for all the young people who are affected by the cancellation of the DACA program. These youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their only home. President Trump has asked Congress for a decision about
the DACA program within the next six months. Along with the USCCB, we strongly urge Congress to pass a legislative solution that is both humane and fair. We encourage all Catholics in Western Washington to let their voices be heard as well. Please refer to the WA State
Catholic Conferences’s action alert to express your views. Email: 


Given the serious health risk for those suffering gluten intolerance, it is important for us not only to be aware of the reality  of Celiac Disease, but be prepared to address the situation of Catholics with celiac disease who come to parishes and seek to receive Holy Communion in a
safe, sensitive, and compassionate manner. We have Low Gluten Hosts available.
If you would like to receive a Low Gluten Host at Mass please contact Elizabeth in the Parish
Office or talk with me before or after Mass.  

Boy Scout Troop 375 

can properly dispose of the U.S. Flag. You may bring damaged flags to the marked box in the parish office vestibule. 


Do you have a favorite hair dresser or barber?
What about a dentist or doctor? Your parish family wants to know about these great businesses too.
Please let your favorite business owners know that advertising on the church bulletin is affordable, reliable and helps to provide the bulletin at no charge to the church!
Whether it be your favorite local business or your own business, our church bulletin is a great place to advertise!
For more info, call Catholic Printery:
With your help, we can keep our bulletin free of charge. 


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),    

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 10:30-1pm in Parish Hall.
Contact for both groups is Charlene Carlson at (206) 242-2755.  


are still seeking new members. Meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month, 10:30-1pm. We are also very grateful for any donations of fabric or sewing goods.
Local pick-up cheerfully offered. Ann Davis at 206.444.0953.  


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   


Palisades Retreat Offerings: 
“Building a Practice of Contemplative Reading in Your Life”
Young Adult Retreat, Ages 18-30
Led by the Monks of St. Martin’s Abbey
September 1-3, 2017
To learn more and register:


KAUFER’S CATHOLIC SUPPLY is seeking a delivery driver for their Northwest area. Job description in our parish office.
Full time Office Assistant
35-hr week with benefits
Interested candidates should apply through the Applitrack System ( click on ‘employment’ and submit letter of inquiry to Principal Anna Horton (
Is God calling you to serve youth and young adults?
Now hiring:
Director of Youth Ministry Services
Director of CYO Athletics
Director of Young Adult Ministry
Apply today:



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