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Cleaning the Church Roof - seeking person to help remove moss from the church roof tiles. A
stipend for this work will be provided.

2018 Stewardship of Treasure Pledges: Three ways to turn in a pledge card: Use our
Business Reply Envelope, drop it in the Offertory basket or go here.

Wi- Fi Project is completed. People can now access the internet in three locations: Parish Hall, Unity Place and Church. Fr. Dick now has a much stronger Wi Fi signal in the rectory as well as the staff in the parish office. Password is made available by request.

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.

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!  

“We both grew up going to Catholic schools and believe a Catholic education is important because it instills Christian values in people when they are young. There is discipline and accountability in Catholic schools that you don’t see in public schools.”
- Parishioners and Friends of the School

Please prayerfully consider a donation to the 2017-2018 Annual School Campaign. More
information regarding the Campaign will arrive via US mail the week of Nov. 20th.
Thank you!


Thank you to everyone who helped at Mass last weekend:
Altar Servers: Stella Quinn, Oskar Kurpisz, Rylee King, Gary King, Ugo Nkwonta,
McKinley Beard, Ali Gumapas
Acolytes: Sebastian Kurpisz, Lars Herold, Ashley Newton, Sonat Taydas
Eucharistic Ministers: Mel, Karen, Linda, Rick, Erin, Marian, Leo, Laurie, Mona, Lil, Steve, Marie, Michael, Linda, Ken, Chuck, Paul, Marge, Paul, Maria, Jan, Beatrice, Danica, Jessica Lectors: Rosanne Michaels, Elizabeth Boyle, Jim Bacon
Ushers: Chuck Post, Joe Hermle, Joe Madeira, Larry Corvari, Maurice Dunn, Paul Silvernale, Brendan Silvernale, Mary Ingersoll, Pearl Bautista, Ken Devos, Ron Perri, John Erban,
Keith Mooney, Peter Truong, Phil Isernio, Richard & Maria Rombauer
Sacristans: Tina Matz
Greeters & Bulletins: The Dethlefs family  

From St. Vincent de Paul... 

Dear Parishioners, Thank you for your generosity in providing 42 families a complete Thanksgiving meal. The boxes were full, they even gave everyone a pan to cook the turkey. Rolls and butter and a Costco pumpkin pie, and the turkey. To the families who came and filled the boxes and to the children who created the art to decorate the boxes, you are appreciated for building our Community. 
Many thanks to the 24 people who showed up at 9:30 a.m.and delivered in the RAIN to our
neighbors in need. God Bless You All.  

What is happening in December? 

Friday, December 1, 2:30 - 8:30 PM, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Sunday, December 3, 10:00 AM, First Sunday of Advent, Rite of Acceptance into the Order of
Friday, December 8, Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Masses 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM.
Monday, December 18, 7:00 PM, All Parish Communal Reconciliation Service.
Saturday, December 23 Christmas Environment: Trees in the church beginning at 9:00 AM.
Sunday, December 24, 4th Sunday of Advent, Masses 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM.

Please Note the NEW Christmas Mass Times!
Christmas Eve: Christmas Family Mass 4:00 PM,
Christmas Night Mass 10:00 PM

Environment: Poinsettias in the church 11:30 until completed.

Monday, December 25, Christmas Day Mass, 9:00 AM. 

Join us on December 23 and 24 to decorate the church for Christmas. Saturday, December 23 beginning at 9:00 AM we will put up the Christmas Trees and Sunday, December 24th beginning at 11:30 AM we will add the poinsettias.
If you enjoy decorating with lights outdoors, please contact Elizabeth for information about how you can help.

The December calendar  

will be included with the December 3rd bulletin. There will be no flyers with the Christmas bulletin and there won’t be a December 31st bulletin. 

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 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is Friday, December 1st from 2:30 – 8:30 PM. 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. 

The Esoterics present: 

EXCELSIS at Holy Rosary - 3210 SW Genesee, Seattle, 98116
Saturday, Dec. 1, 8pm. Tickets available at 

Archdiocese of Seattle SHARE THE JOURNEY 

by attending the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebrations December 2, beginning with rosary at St. Mary’s at 9:30 a.m. 611 20th Ave S., Seattle, 98144 followed by a two-mile procession to St. James Cathedral. Mass in Spanish and English will be celebrated by Archbishop Sartain at 12:10pm. A reception will follow with food, mariachi and folk dance groups. 

Come create memories with your family  

this Christmas with songs, stories, crafts and Christmas treats to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Saturday, December 2, 7:00-8:30pm in Unity Place. Contact Cheryl Brooten or Parish Office for more information. 

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.
The next group prayer is Dec. 6 in the Conference Room, 7:00-8:30pm.  


5:30pm on Dec. 7th in their parish hall. White Elephant gift exchange. Please bring your favorite dish. 

“Resurrecting Woman” Advent Women’s Retreat 

December 8-10, 2017 Led by Camille Pauley
To learn more and to register: 


Dec. 10, 2pm, Cantare concert
Dec. 15, 8pm, Seattle Girls Choir concert
Dec 17, 7pm, NW Boy Choir concert
4139 42nd Ave SW Seattle 98116

Facilities Committee 

meets on Monday, Dec. 11th at 6:30pm.

Finance Council 

is having its annual Christmas Party on Dec. 12th.  

50 + PLUS FRIENDS...Celebrate the holidays

with a champagne/sparkling cider brunch at Marianna’s, followed by a matinee performance of ”Twelve Days of Christmas”, a musical comedy at the Renton Civic Theater.
The date is Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
Carpooling available from the church parking lot - north side by the gym at 11:00 a.m.
Tickets are $45, all inclusive.
For tickets and info, call Marge Vranizan at 206 243 0311.

The Knights of Columbus upcoming events 

Breakfast with Santa Sunday December 17th after the masses
Annual Free Throw competition Thursday January 4th at 4:30 PM
St Francis Bowlarama Saturday January 20th 6PM
Annual Vocations Spaghetti dinner Sunday February 11th 4-7PM
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 


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

from March 5-10, 2018?
Find out more at Mexican Fiesta Party from 2-4 PM on Sunday, November 12 at Priceless Sunsets. $10 at door to help earthquake repair through Catholic Relief Services. Your pilgrimage helps businesses in Mexico recover from damages.
Contact: Kathleen Tansey 253-630-7755 or 


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. 


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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   

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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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