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Outreach Ministries

The Outreach Ministries consists of many ministries and groups run by staff and volunteers; many of them are on this page. We list them all in alphabetical order.      


PAPER GROCERY BAGS WITH HANDLES. THANK YOU! Please bring to parish office. 

Transform Burien: 

...(Moira Schumacher)
Parking my car Sunday at Transform Burien, I took a deep breath. My car was full of groceries for the dinner that afternoon. As I loaded a cart heavy with all the food for the dinner, Pat, a regular volunteer, offered to help me push it into the kitchen. Moving across the parking lot we were stopped by a bump. We lifted the heavy cart together so we could move forward. As we did this she reminded me “we aren’t supposed to lift alone.” I took this reminder to heart, not just for heavy carts but for all the difficulties in life. Thank you so much to all the people who came out to help with this meal. I am never sure exactly how many people will come out to help, but we always have enough to ‘lift’ this dinner for 160 hungry people. 
I whipped up my famous (I’m the only one who calls it famous) Chili Tortilla Bake (see recipe below). This was complemented by watermelon, green salad, chips, salsa and brownies. Everyone was very appreciative of the food and help we had given.

Here is our recipe from last weeks dinner:  Chili Tortilla Bake
Ingredients: 1lb ground beef, 2 cans (8 oz each),1 can (14 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed, 1 can (4 1/2 oz) whole kernal corn, undrained, 2 Tablespoons Chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 6 flour tortillas, 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Brown beef in large skillet on med heat, drain fat.  Add tomato sauce, beans, corn and seasonings, mix well.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low , uncovered for 15 minutes.

Cover the bottom of a 2 quart square baking dish with 3 tortillas, layer with 1/2 of the meat mixture and 1/2 of the cheese.  Tope with remaining tortillas, meat and cheese.  Bake 30 minutes until heated through.  Enjoy!

Spend an afternoon serving dinner or helping in the food bank or clothing bank to help your neighbors in need.
Our next turn to host this dinner is Sunday, August 13th. Please contact Moira if you are planning on helping. We need at least 10 people to serve the food, host the clothing and food
bank. Thank you for all you do. moiraschu@comcast.net

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: https://instructors.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/course-details/85476

Transform Burien is a group of churches that are helping to feed and clothe the homeless in our community. St. Francis is a member of this group. Every Wednesday from 2:30-5:00 the homeless can wash their clothes at the Burien Laundry next to Fred Meyer. This takes two volunteers to hand out the soap and feed coins into the machines (the volunteers don’t do the laundry; money and soap are provided). There is a need for more volunteers. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, contact laundry@transformburien.org 

The next St. Francis blood drive  

will be Monday, July 24th. Bare those arms! 

The Knights of Columbus are collecting baby and young children’s items 

for their annual support of the Pregnancy Aid office of South King County. Items can be placed in the bassinet in the vestibule of the church. Contact Pat Robinson 206-241-5471 or Ken DeVos 206-248-2543 if you have any questions.   

Project Rachel: Hope and Healing After Abortion

“A woman’s mental picture of ‘mother’ is determined first of all by her own mother. Her perception of her mother will attach meanings to her own sense of herself as a maternal person. In many cases, the choice to abort is subconsciously driven by a need to act out mother-daughter conflicts.” 
-Forbidden Grief by Theresa Burke, Ph.D. & David Reardon, Ph.D.

We can help you find your true sense of self through a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. Begin again with a peace that surpasses all understanding.

“I felt loved, honored, respected & was able to bring to life what once was dead!”
-Testimonial from Retreat Healing and freedom from re-living your post-abortion pain can be yours.
Let Him hold your wounded heart on a Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat and discover the joy of His merciful love...August 4-6

Call Valerie: 1-800-822-HOPE (4673)
You are loved with an everlasting Love!
Project Rachel is a program of Catholic Community Services.

Joseph’s Corner
Hope and Healing After Abortion 

“I was unsure about coming and … thinking I could try to do without it. Today I feel so fortunate to have been here and now am free … with less fear. I was able to begin to forgive myself and ask forgiveness from my child.” -Retreat Testimonial
Why not give it a chance? It may help you be free of that which burdens you greatly about your role in the abortion decision. Give it a try. You won’t regret it.

Call Valerie: 1-800-822-HOPE (4673)
You are loved with an everlasting Love!
Project Rachel/Project Joseph is a program of Catholic
Community Services.  

For those who have suffered 

an unhealthy parent, there is healing through the ministry of prayer and the truth of God’s infinite love for us. Dr. Bob Schuchts from John Paul II Healing Center is coming later this summer from August 17 - 19th to Olympia’s St. Michael parish.
(See http://jpiihealingcenter.org/index.php/events/detail/healing-the-whole-person-olympia-wa for registration.)
It is a beautiful opportunity to be healed of identity wounds (Fear, confusion, shame, rejection,
abandonment, hopelessness, helplessness) that we have picked up along the way. Come be restored to that holy innocence that God always desired for you. 

Share the Compassion of Christ 

Are you being called by God to bring a compassionate presence to those in need? Are you interested in learning the listening, communication, and prayer skills that can increase your effectiveness as a lay minister? Then Cabrini Ministry Training is for you!
Register now for our 6-month formation program that begins in October, or for our 1-day “Accompaniment” Workshop scheduled for Saturday, September 16.
Get more information at www.cabriniministry.org or 206-760-0583 x3. 

50+ Plus Friends

50+ Plus Friends is a group of men and women age 50 and over, and their friends of any age.  We meet for social activities on the third Thursday of every month, September through June.  Watch the bulletin each month for time and place.  

50+ Plus Friends planning committee members are Pat deCastongrene, Don Dorres, Mary Jurisich, and Marge Vranizan.  Staff representative is Frances Davis.  The planning committee meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. in the parish office conference room.  All are welcome.  You input will be appreciated.
See News and Updates for more information about 50+ Plus Friends. 

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 

JUSTICE CAFE... (meets every 4th Thursday) 

Action Ideas for Community Peace-Building
-Push yourself outside your comfort zone to encounter new people, explore new communities, and hear more people’s stories.
- Educate others about the causes of violence for past and current events.
- Be willing to have uncomfortable conversations, speak your truth, and actively listen when others are speaking.
- Reach out to marginalized communities through service work
- Research what efforts and solutions have been effective in your communities and other communities in reducing violence.
- If there is conflict in your school or workplace, invite everyone to a social event where people can enjoy each other on friendly terms 
-Participate in advocacy days and legislative advocacy.
-Write letters to politicians
-Advocate for increased housing resources, especially for people fleeing from violence
-Adjust policies to support survivors of intimate partner violence and human trafficking
-Increase services and legal protections to survivors of human trafficking, and increase community education so survivors know the rights they do have.
-Encourage different government groups and services to do a better job coordinating with each other to improve access to services.
-Address sexual assault and create a culture where families talk to men about why they should not perpetrate assault and not only to women about how to protect themselves. Teach children to treat everyone, including women, with respect.
-Advocate for a reform of the criminal justice system around issues of sexual assault   

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 www.laborofloveauction.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. 

The ministry of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is many faceted. It is a worldwide organization with its vision based on St. Vincent de Paul’s spiritual nature. Five virtues are characteristic of his spirituality: Simplicity, Humility, Gentleness, Self-Sacrifice and Zeal. These virtues support Vincentians in their efforts to live out this vision in their ministry while making home visits. Please call the parish office if you would like to join in helping those in need. 242-4575. Please see our page for details.

Please visit our local St. Vincent store to see the many improvements that have been made along with the bargain prices.  Use the insert in this bulletin that offers a 60% discount for parishioners. (Must have the insert with you to get the discount).  Tell the staff what you think!  Thank you for supporting our local St. Vincent de Paul store! 

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 10:30a.m. in Parish Hall.
Contact for both groups is Charlene Carlson at (206) 242-2755   
There is instruction for beginners.  Contact Charlene  at 206-242-2755 or charlenebcarlson2@comcast.net  

Pregnancy Aid clothing drive 

The Knights of Columbus begin our 40th annual drive of supporting the Pregnancy Aide Office of South King County. In the vestibule of the church, there is a container for new and used clothing for infants and children up to age 5. We are also accepting diapers and other baby items as well. If you would like to help with our efforts, simply place your items in the
container. Watch the bulletin for the upcoming Pregnancy Aid Baby Shower.  

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, and practical support.
Call 1-88-926-ANGEL to connect with an Angel.
Questions? Contact Cecilia Foster (GPStStephens@live.com).
Pregnancy Aid in Kent (253-852-1201)
Des Moines (253-878-3770); and
Next Step in Lynnwood (866-892-5125).  

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), Des Moines
(206-878-3770); and Next Step in Lynnwood (866-892-5125). Open Mon. - Wed. Thurs. - Fri. from 10:am to 1:00pm. Closed on Tuesday and weekends. 

Building Families Through Adoption

is a program of Catholic Community Services.  If you are considering adoption, or if you know of a family who is, there are brochures on the table just outside the Parish Office.  For additional information on our adoption programs or other services, please call or write Catholic Community Services, 100 – 23rd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144-2302.  Phone (206) 328-5921.  We welcome the opportunity to cooperate with physicians, attorneys and agencies for adoption planning.  


After many years of supporting Women’s Wellness Hygiene Shelter and St. Martin de Porres,
St. Joseph Circle members will now redirect their efforts to a local, ecumenical endeavor,
TRANSFORM BURIEN which works to make lives easier for homeless and low-income persons. 
Circle members will collect items such as clothing, toiletries (all sizes including travel size),
towels – new or used, prescription and nonprescription eye glasses and sunglasses, sleeping
bags, blankets, tarps, etc.
This will be an on-going project and there is a collection bin in the back of the church where donated items can be placed at any time.  


Hospice volunteers needed to support patients in King County. Volunteers needed to visit patients and their families in their homes and in facilities. Training is provided, 4 hour/week commitment requested. Please call Halee @ 253-442-4367 or find us online for more info! 


Tens of Thousands of Marriages Helped
Is your marriage in trouble? Are you considering separation or divorce? Are you losing hope? There is hope – it’s called Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vî).
Retrouvaille can bring reconciliation and healing to seemingly hopeless marriages. You are not alone.
For confidential information about, call 360-671-6479 or visit our website at www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

What is the Retrouvaille program?
Retrouvaille is Catholic in origin and is endorsed by the Seattle Archdiocese. Retrouvaille is a community of volunteers committed to helping hurting couples heal their marriages. The Retrouvaille program offers couples the opportunity to rediscover each other and
examine their lives in a new and positive way. No matter what is causing the hurt, couples can find healing.

Who is it for?
It is for couples with strained marriages, including those in the initial stages of distress, as well as those in a state of hopelessness and considering divorce. While many attendees are Catholic, married couples of all faiths are welcome.    

Eucharistic Ministry to the Homebound

Special Ministers of the Eucharist visit the sick and homebound to extend the Liturgy of the Mass to those unable to attend.    Visits are made to those living within St. Francis of Assisi Parish area.  If you live outside our parish area we can help you contact the parish nearest to your residence. To make arrangements for a visit contact the Outreach Office at 206-242-4575 ext.  29

Eucharistic Ministry to Franciscan/Highline Hospital in Burien

Special Ministers of the Eucharist visit the Highline Franciscan Hospital several times a week.  We visit all those who are registered as Catholic, regardless of parish affiliation.

First Friday Sandwich Makers

On the First Friday of each month, volunteers meet in Unity Kitchen right after morning Mass to make 100 sandwiches for Lazarus Day Center.   Blood pressure checks and light refreshment are served on the First Friday.

Fourth Tuesday Sandwich Makers

On the Fourth Tuesday of each month, volunteers meet in Unity Kitchen right after morning Mass to make 500 sandwiches for St. Martin de Porres Shelter for men over 50.

Catholic Community Services 

Your gifts are used locally to provide essential services and programs for people desperately in need. As good stewards of your gifts, 92c of every dollar CCS spends goes directly to those in need. Please visit their website at www.ccsww.org for more information or if you have not yet made a gift of support. Thank you.  

Grief Support

Caring Companion: Bonney Watson Grief Support Group .  Open to all.
SeaTac – 1st and 3rd Thursdays - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
16445 International Blvd.
Contact Barbara Gilreath 206-242-1787 or bgilreath@bonneywatson.com

Capitol Hill – 2nd and 4th Thursdays - 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
1732 Broadway, Seattle
Contact Barbara Gilreath 206-322-0013 or bgilreath@bonneywatson.com

Knights of Columbus 

Burien Council 5495 Knights Of Columbus shall uphold and promulgate the four pillars of Knighthood: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Please see our page for details.

Parish Nurse

Our parish nurse is Sherry Storey.  Along with her team of medical professionals and lay ministers, she will provide a bridge connecting spiritual and physical health and wellness.  She is available for consultation.  Contact her at 206 242-4575. Please see the Parish nurse page.

Blood Drive

Parish Nurse Sherry Storey and her team are the coordinators for our quarterly blood drives here at St. Francis.

Serve abroad with Maryknoll Lay Missioners 

Do you feel called to be present with the voiceless and vulnerable in our world?
Are you ready to serve on the margins from the foundation of your faith and be transformed?
Maryknoll Lay Missioners offers US Catholics the opportunity to serve in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Time is running out to apply for the 2016 Class of Maryknoll Lay Missioners!
Applications for the Fall 2016 Class will be accepted through Mid-Summer 2016.
Visit MKLM.ORG or call 914-236-3489 for more information.  

Social Justice

"The Church's social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the callings of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents."
Please see the USCCB document titled "Themes from Catholic Social Teaching". Please see our page for details.

Sock it to Homelessness

Homeless people may have only one pair of socks, and those are often wet.  A clean, dry pair of socks can make a difference. We collect NEW men’s white socks year-around to be distributed to the homeless, both men and women.  We give men’s socks to both men and women, because men’s socks are usually warmer.


Strength for Helping Hearts: Reflections for Caregivers by Shelly Beach. Free copy by emailing rneal@guideposts.org.  


The Healthy Mind Cookbook by Rebecca Katz (director of the Healing Kitchen Institute at the Commonweal Cancer Help Program. Visit rebeccakatz.com  

Young Children are members of our parish.

Children are a welcome addition to our parish.  They are a sign our parish is growing.

To the parents of young children may we suggest?

  • RELAX: God put the wiggles in children.Don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house.ALL are welcome.

  • Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear.

  • Quietly explain the parts of the Mass.

  • Sing the hymns, pray and voice the responses.Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.Take time at home to “play” pretend church so your children know what to expect.

  • Explain to them that when we pray and sing, all the saints, angels and our loved ones in heaven are praying and singing along with us.

  • If you have to leave Mass with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back.As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Matthew 19:14

Look for children’s bulletins in the foyer and pick one up for your children when entering the church.

Frances Davis, Pastoral Asst. for Outreach
(206) 242-4575, ext 29, francesd1938@yahoo.com
Office Hours Monday - Thursday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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