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Five-Year Goal Planning Team  meeting this weekend to begin writing 2018-2023 parish goals based on input by parishioners, staff and committee members.

House Cleaning: Parish staff had a number of items removed from Unity Place and Parish Hall, notably two non-repairable pianos. 

Envelopes are in the pews for the Catholic Home Missions Collection. Right now, over 40 percent of dioceses in the United States are considered home mission territory because they are unable to fund the essential pastoral work needed in their communities.
Your support funds programs, such as religious education, seminary formation, and lay ministry training, to build vibrant faith communities right here in the United States.
Please be generous. 

See the flyer on St. Martin de Porres. Danica Balsiger will be featuring a saint monthly for our
edification. Thanks, Danica! 

Please subscribe to our parish email list.  

This saves the parish time and money. Your email will never be shared.
All new emails subscribed this week will be entered in a drawing for a $25 Starbucks gift card.
It’s easy!
Go here Click on the link above Fr. Hayatsu's picture in the left hand column. 

Growing an Engaged Church: Activities & Events 

Next engaged meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 5:30pm in the Conference room.
Topics include: gathering emails, promoting church App and ideas of how to grow engagement among families with recently baptized children. 

News from Our School 

St. Francis of Assisi School production of The Lion KingFriday, Feb. 23th and Saturday, Feb. 24th, 2018 7:00PM Highline Performing Arts Center. For tickets and info please see the flyer here.

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.

Please Join Our School Community on Facebook
For all the updated news, photos, videos of the happenings at our School, we would love to have you join our school Facebook page! or search
@StFrancisofAssisiSea. If you are an STFOA School parent, we also have a dedicated STFOA
Parent Facebook page. Just go to Facebook and search “St. Francis Parent Page” to join!

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!  

Please prayerfully consider a donation to the 2017-2018 Annual School Campaign. Thank you!


Thank you to everyone who helped at Mass last weekend:
Altar Servers:
Gino Morella, Sarah Eykel, Josie DeTuerk, Kayat Taydas, Stella Quinn, Coleman
Hollabaugh, Peter Hollabaugh

Acolytes: Darla Doell, Sebastian Kurpisz, Jackson Dyer, Zach Elicker, Sonat Taydas Eucharistic Ministers: Josephine, John, Mary, Dave, Dan, Ken, Paula, Chuck, Alda, Mary Ann, Anita, Paul, Mike, Heidi, Kristi, Carol, Michael, Jean, Marge, Jessica, Courtney, Colleen, Maria Lectors: Janet Seidl, Elizabeth Boyle, Xandria Eykel
Ushers: Chuck Post, Joe Hermle, Larry Corvari, Maurice Dunn, Joe Madeira, Paul Silvernale, Brendan Silvernale, Mary Ingersoll, Pearl Bautista, Duane Sokoloski, John Erban, Peter Truong,
Phil Isernio, Ron Perri, Richard & Maria Rombauer, Sonny

Sacristans: Janet & Brian Seidl, Tina Matz
Greeters and Bulletins: The Danaher Family

Congratulations to all of our newly Confirmed members.
Thank you to all who helped with the Confirmation Mass last Saturday evening
and to all of those that helped with the reception following Mass:

Margie Eley, Kristi and Paul Silvernale, Laurie and Rick Fleehart, Brian and Janet Seidl.

Thanks to all of our Altar Servers and Acolytes. It isn’t easy adjusting to all of the things that need to be done differently during the Rite of Confirmation and having a Bishop visiting our Parish. They did an amazing job and were wonderful to work with.
I love Bishop Eusebio Elizondo’s passion. It was wonderful to have him here.

Please keep our Catechumens and Candidates in your prayers: 

We enter the final time of preparation before receiving the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil. Our Catechumens now become the Elect, having signed their names in the book of the Elect at St. James Cathedral this past week. Please keep all of them in your prayers.
The Elect: Victor Mercado, Lacey Alvarez, Rece Rantz, Cameron Rantz, Paloma Hartley.
The Candidates:  Courtney Rantz, Jennifer Jensen, Bridgette Hartley, David Paice, Peter Hartley, Samuel Hartley, Jason Luttrull. 

From the Guidelines for Lent 

Abstinence is observed by all fourteen years of age and older. On days of abstinence, Fridays of Lent, no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted. 
Stations of the Cross are at 7:00 PM on all Fridays during Lent except on Good Friday it is at 3:00 PM.     

The Knights of Columbus upcoming events 

St. Francis Bowlarama - Saturday, February 17th 6PM, Highline Lanes.
This is open to parishioners, watch the bulletin for updated information

Pennies of Heaven Weight-in Thursday April 19th start saving your pennies!!

Bassinet for Pregnancy Aid items is in the Ushers room.
Knights of Columbus website     

World Wide Marriage Encounter 

“They prostrated themselves and did him homage.” As we celebrate the Epiphany of the
Lord, let us give homage to the presence of God in our marriages by participating in a Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) weekend at the Sheraton Hotel, Bellevue on
February 16-18, 2018. Apply at More information at 206-772-2344  

Centering Prayer Group:  

The Centering Prayer group prayer meets Feb 21. We will explore the fourpart DVD series called “The Spiritual Journey” Third Talk: Resting in God by Fr. Thomas Keating. Lenten
Journey using the Christian meditation method of Lectio Divina that starts Feb. 22 in Unity Place, Unit 3 from 7-8:30pm.
Presentations on the history of Lectio Divina and its primary purpose, i.e. growing in greater intimacy with God will provide a context for this method of prayer in meeting God in our daily life. 


Stand in solidarity with our neighbors in need! Join with hundreds of Catholics as we put our faith in action to advocate for just policies at Catholic Advocacy Day in Olympia,
Wednesday, February 21. The day will include briefings on legislative issues, Mass and
appointments with legislators. 
Register at by February 2.
Sponsored by: Washington State Catholic Conference, Catholic Community/Housing Services, St. Vincent de Paul Society and Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center. 

MATSIKO World Orphan Choir Family Concert - 

Saturday, Feb. 24th, starting at 7 pm at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church,
25810 156th Ave SE, Covington WA This choir consists of 25 children from Peru, Liberia, India and Nepal. They are touring across the country to share a message of hope for the world’s 600 million orphaned and at-risk children. Matsiko performs energetic and dynamic cultural dances in full vibrant costumes and sings primarily original songs.
A Matsiko performance is a multicultural event that has been deemed a “world treasure” on the Disneyland Parks blog. The choir continues to perform at many churches.
HEAR THE JOY – SEE THE HOPE – FEEL THE LOVE – Sponsorship that Breaks the Cycle of Poverty 

The Opioid Epidemic in Our Community: What Families Need to Know 

Our communities are struggling with opiate misuse and addiction, including fentanyl, heroin and prescription opioids.
Please join us to hear from Melissa Weiksnar, author of Heroin’s Puppet, a mother for whom the epidemic hit home. Learn facts about the disease of addiction, current trends in our
culture, options for treatment, and the realities for recovery.
Take this opportunity to learn more about opioid abuse and how it can impact your family and
community. Catherine of Siena Parish, Sunday, February 25th, 2018, 1:30 – 3:30pm PM, Victoria Hall Music Room (northeast of the rectory)
814 NE 85th Street, Seattle, WA.
RSVP: Trez Buckland,  

Lenten Journey Prayer Group 

Starts Wednesday, March 1 to March 22nd, 7:00-8:30pm, Unity Place, Unit 2.
John Eisen, M. Div, will lead and facilitate group’s reflections on the Sunday gospels using the prayer method of Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina is a traditional way of cultivating friendship with Christ. It is a way of listening to the texts of Scripture as if we were in conversation with Christ and He was suggesting the topics of conversation. 

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  

Our next day of adoration will be March 2nd between 2:30 and 8:30PM.

Over time, we have had significant attrition. We always welcome all. At this time there is a special need, for those who are willing, to commit an hour of their time. Please invite your friends and family to this beautiful prayer time. Talk with Elizabeth Hanks after Mass, or email me at if you are willing to be added to the monthly schedule. We are grateful to those who have made a monthly commitment to this enriching form of prayer. Your commitment makes Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament possible here at St. Francis Parish.  

SAVE THE DATE!Hospitality House Spring Fling 

Dinner and Auction is Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Unity Place The Spring Fling Dinner program includes:
• Buffet dinner prepared and served by Puget Sound Skills Center
• Hospitality house stories shared by graduates and staff
• Live and silent auction, raffle, dessert dash, and more!
Hospitality House has been serving homeless women in south King County since 2000.
To learn more about the great work of Hospitality House and to purchase tickets, visit  

Interested in a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe with Fr. Yu 

from March 5-10, 2018?
Contact: Kathleen Tansey 253-630-7755 or 

Rachel’s Corner 

Hope and Healing After Abortion
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people . . . in the city of David a Savior has been born for you, who is
Messiah and Lord.” - Luke 2:10-11
May the unending love of Our Savior fill your heart with hope, grace and peace this Christmas.
Do not be afraid.
We can help you on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ retreat. March 9-11, 2018 Seabeck WA
Call Valerie: 1-800-822-HOPE (4673)
You are loved with an everlasting Love!
Project Rachel, a program of Catholic Community Svcs.  


“My Liberation if Bound Up with Yours”
Second Annual Catholic Immigration Summit
Sat., March 10, Seattle University 10am to 4pm
Join fellow Catholics as we share our immigrant journeys - old and new - and discern how we can better welcome migrants in our communities. 
The day concludes with Mass with Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg. Lunch and refreshments are provided at this free event.
Register at
Sponsored by Archdiocese of Seattle, Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Seattle Univ. Campus Ministry, St. James Immigrant Assistance, Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center, Catholic Community Svc/Catholic Housing Svcs of Western WA. 

A New Beginning for Your Marriage 

Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vî) helps distressed couples rediscover each other and take positive steps to begin a new life of healing, commitment and love.
For confidential information about, or to register for our upcoming program beginning March 16-18, 2018 call 206-706-2608 or visit our website at  

Put Your Faith in Action! 

Your voice can help the Catholic Church more effectively advocate on key issues in Olympia, such as abortion, the death penalty, fighting poverty, and improving safety for all schools. Serving as the common voice of the Catholic Bishops of Washington State, the Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) advocates for public policies that promote life and justice. All Catholics are strongly encouraged to join the WSCC Catholic Advocacy Network. Sign up today to receive important alerts and easy access for communicating with your state legislators. Just go to the WSCC website – — and click on Join Our Advocacy Network. 

There is a 4:30 p.m. Catholic mass 

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

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. 

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: 
“Faith, Hope, and Love in the Life of a Man of Christ”
Men’s Lenten Retreat
March 16-18, 2018
Led by Fr. Sean Raftis
To learn more and to register:

“Holy Week Silent Retreat”
For Men & Women
March 26-28, 2018
Led by Fr. Caleb Insco, FSSP
To learn more and to register:




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