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News and Updates


Advertiser Of The Week 

Farmers Insurance
Julia Heuman, Agent

Church App: 

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


Unity Place New Chairs arrived last week.

The project to have Wireless coverage in Unity Place is proceeding on schedule.

Fire Department inspection noted that when someone called 911 from the church, the rectory’s
address was listed because that is where the recently installed new phone system is located. A
special internet phone line will be added to fix this problem.

Annual Catholic Appeal: Pledges have exceeded our appeal goal of $131,890 by $1,337.
Any funds received over our appeal goal will go toward wireless security camera system.

Facilities Committee does not meet until September.

The 2016-2017 Parish Operating Budget did end with an overall net surplus of $14,924.

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  

At the end of August, Fr. Dick welcomes all registered families who have children in our school for the first time.. It is a fun evening that ends with a special prayer service for them.

New Church App: Web team is working on the final touches for our new Church App. The official launch date is September 11.

Member Engagement Questionnaire Survey (ME25) will be conducted this fall.

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 http://www.stfrancisofassisisea.org/ 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.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Time for the Victory Lap! 

Our week in Rome was a wonderful adventure for a record number of 74 citizens. An event of this magnitude requires the generous support of many people. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the following volunteers:
• Diane Hoffman for her enthusiastic leadership with songs.
• Wendy Butzerin, David Morris, Teresa and Tommy Butzerin and Timothy Dethlefs for their spirited games.
• Lars Herold for his impersonation of St. Paul and Nate O’Leary as Brutus the jailer (who
becomes a Christian!)
• Debbie Reddy, Kathy and Rose Fisher and Frances Davis as members of the underground church. They were in the dark most of the time!
• Maria Balsiger, Mona Anderson, Pauline Hoyt, Yolanda Gomez and Sabina Henricus for being our family leaders (aka small group teachers). Their assistants helping to keep track of all those children were Caitlin Kretzmer, Rose Rangel, Amelia Bednarski, and Bev Winant.
• Laurie Fleehart, Karen Ehreth and Kathy and Rose Fisher kept everyone fed!
• Carol Hughes and Virginia Crotty worked in the shops with the crafts from Rome.
We were once again blessed to join with St. Bernadette parish in the blessed opportunity to share the gospel with our children.
With much gratitude—Cheryl 

To the Parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi, THANK YOU 

from our neighbors in need in Burien...for your generosity monthly to our St. Vincent de Paul collection. Our Vincentians are able to say yes to our many calls for emergency needs because
of your support! THANK YOU! 

Thank you for your generous support of the Trinity Dome collection. 

Your participation will bring to completion the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, our church, America’s Catholic church. 

This weekend, parishes in our Archdiocese will participate

in a national collection for the Trinity Dome to complete the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, before its 100th anniversary. Also known as America’s Catholic Church, the National Shrine has been a century in the making, built by and for the faithful of our great nation in honor of our Blessed Mother, the patroness of the United States. Become a part of Mary’s Shrine and help to bring to completion our church!
For more information, please visit: www.trinitydome.org 

Letter from Sister Parish translator to the delegation members 

(in case it was too light print to read on the bulletin flyer):
Hi, my friends, if you are reading this letter is because I already leaved. And I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to have given me the opportunity to work with you and to be part of good times that I am going to share with my friends. All of this have given me hope that good people still exist in some parts of the world, people that not just think about their own problems, their own necessity. I could see how much you love those children and how you get involved in their personal life and their necessities, and their studies and how do you help them to become professionals people. I am glad to have being part of your group. You are going to be on my prays, and I am going to ask God to please send more people like you to el Salvador, you are not normal people did you know that??? You are a kind of angels in the life of those kids. When I grow up, I want to be like you. GOD BLESS YOU WHEN YOU COME BACK HOME.” ...from Carolina Murrillo 

What is happening in AUGUST? 

Tuesday, August 29
Communion Service at 9:00 AM.   

2017 Summer Organ Recital Series 

Music at St. James Cathedral
All concerts are a $15 suggested donation.
Advance passes available at www.stjamescathedral-org/music or donate at the door. Gelato reception in Cathedral Courtyard after each recital!
Friday, August 18, 7pm - Richard Elliott  

18th Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Perpetual Help 

August 18-20.
Friday, August 18 5pm - midnight
Saturday, August 19 8am - 9:30pm
Sunday, August 20 9:45am - 1pm
Saturday pulled pork lunch $10 for adults; $25 for families. Camping available on church grounds, no charge. This is a free event, other than the charge for lunch on Saturday.
For more information
e-mail: olphshrineolympia@gmail.com
Website: www.olph-shrine.org
Address: 9730 Yelm Highway SE 
              Olympia, WA 98513

The 35th Annual Catholic Family Campout 

is being held August 18th, 19th and 20th at Millersylvania State Park.
For more information please call Mary Pat 206 367-2186 or 206 744-9028 or
Lou 360 943-9114.
Fr. Justin McCreedy from St Martin’s will offer Mass on Saturday.
Registration forms in parish office. 

Celebration of Mass followed by Healing Prayer for Body, Mind and Spirit 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at:
Christ the King Catholic Church
405 N. 117th Street, Seattle
Celebrant: Fr. Augustine Vallooran, VC
Theme: With God All Things Are Possible
Praise and worship music begins at 6:45 PM
Mass begins at 7:00 PM
Sponsored by Western Washington Catholic Charismatic Renewal 

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.  
If you can commit to an hour of prayer, contact Sarah at sarahbv53@comcast.net.

Join us for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday, September 1st between 2:30 and 8:30 PM. Read more.  

The “Season of Creation” 

begins Sept. 1st with the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation and ends Oct. 4th on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

Laudato Si: A Faithful Response to Climate Change, featuring Jeff Renner, chief meteorologist
and science reporter with KING-TV in Seattle.
7pm Wed., Sept. 13
Walmesley Center 
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
3410 SW Myrtle St., Seattle

Do you desire to draw nearer to a God who desires to draw nearer to you? 

The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) is a nine -month retreat format of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Jesuits), with retreat communities meeting in Seattle and Tacoma. The SEEL retreat goes from September through May and is a powerful, life-changing program of prayer and reflection that can be done by busy people of varied Christian traditions in the midst of their daily lives. Retreatants commit themselves to praying daily, meeting twice monthly with a Spiritual Director, and to attending monthly Saturday retreat days. SEEL is accepting applications now for the retreat starting in September of 2017. Learn more at our website at www.seelpugetsound.org
or call 206-721-3518.  


are still seeking new members. Meetings start Sept. 5th, 10:30-1pm and first Tuesday of month thereafter. We are also very grateful for any donations of fabric or sewing goods.
Local pick-up cheerfully offered. Ann Davis at 206.444.0953. 

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 vlr.mc@comcast.net

Hospitality House Walk for Women 

...Join Fr. Dick on Saturday, September 16, at 10:00 a.m. for a two-mile walk starting at Burien Town Square to support the great work of Hospitality House. If you are unable to walk, you can sponsor Fr. Dick! www.hospitalityhousesouthking.org 

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:

WEAVING Our strengths: For Such a Time as This 

Save the Date: Saturday, September 30
Weaving Our Strengths Conference: “For Such a Time as This”
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (8 a.m. registration) at University Congregational in Seattle
We encourage congregations to bring a group to build shared capacity and help implement learnings. More information will be emailed out soon, and will also appear on our website at www.thechurchcouncil.org


...23 donors were registered; 18 units were collected. This amount can help up to 54 patients in the coming days and weeks! We welcomed 5 first-time donors! Amazing!
Our next drive at St. Francis of Assisi is scheduled for Monday October 2nd

Enjoy a cruise vacation with Fr. Alex Pablo 

(St. Edward, St. George, St. Paul, and St. Peter in Seattle) with daily Mass, special prayer, and meditation time. 
Flying overseas may not be in your plan but you can still celebrate Our Lady of Fatima for the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun from October 7-14, 2017 on board Holland America’s ms Oosterdam.
Contact Kathleen at 253-582-SAIL or Kathleen@travelcenter4u.com

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:


...Exploring the role of the Roman Catholic Church and the Holocaust.
Save the date: Nov. 1-3. www.plu.edu/holocaustconference

Centering Prayer Group 

will no longer meet for the remainder of 2017. In its place, Lectio Divina is a wonderful way for people to form or deepen their relationship with God. The first meeting for Lectio will be announced in September.   


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 BruceDownesTheCatholicGuy.com 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 
bradishn@kennedyhs.org 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 www.forthechildrenww.org, 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 sstmdeaconcarlchilo@gmail.com
Pregnant & Need Help? Call 1-800-395-HELP or 1-877-NOT-ALONE to talk with someone 24/7 or visit www.optionline.org for information. Find local pregnancy centers at www.911babies.com, 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. http://grahamstandish.blogspot.com/2010/05/  

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 rangel.r.l@hotmail.com   

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 Liguori.org to receive access. The Liguorian App is also available at iTunes for ios platforms: iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Visit Liguorian.org 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 acceleratorhosthome@seattleymca.org  

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 acceleratorhosthome@seattleymca.org


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 dduque.stfrancisparish@gmail.com
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:


Music Ministry Job Opening:
St. Stephens (Renton) is currently seeking a parttime Assistant Music Director. For a full job description please see our the parish website
http://ststephenslife.com/job-opennings or our post at

POSITION OPENING: Do you love God and young people? Do you worship Jesus in the Catholic way? 
Do you desire to lead others to Jesus Christ? Then this ministry opportunity is for you! St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Covington, WA, a dynamic community living its faith though the model of stewardship - where all are called to ministry by their baptism - seeks a Pastoral
Assistant for Youth Ministry (5th-12th grades).
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. This is a full time/40 hours per week non-exempt position.
Salary range ($34,798 - $60,902) depending on experience/education and benefits in accordance with Archdiocesan guidelines.
Contact Rose Kinsella, Pastoral Assistant for Administration at
253-630-0701 ex103 or rose@sjtbcc.org for more information or visit
our website www.sjtbcc.org for the complete job description and application packet. Position open until filled.



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