News and Updates

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Most people who have downloaded St. Francis' My Parish App used this feature: Homilies. These Homilies are not ours but extremely good and inspiring ones from well-known Priests.

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Administration 

Facilities Committee will meet on December 10.  Safety Committee meets on (Tuesday) Nov. 20 to discuss emergency procedures. Though Called to Serve as Christ Commitment Sunday is this weekend, pledges for this campaign will continue to be accepted.  Porch and Lift Update: The original contractor will not sign the archdiocesan contract so I am now working with a different company.  Stewardship of Treasure Renewal normally happens in October & November. Because of the Called to Serve we will do a mini-renewal in January.

How Can I Report Suspected Abuse in my Parish or Catholic School?

To report any suspicion of abuse by any Church personnel, please contact local law enforcement. In addition, anyone who has knowledge of sexual abuse or misconduct by a member of the clergy, an employee or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Seattle is urged to call the archdiocesan hotline at 1-800-446-7762.

Renting Parish Facilities

We want to be known as a welcoming and hospitable community that includes making available our facilities for parishioner’s celebrations. On Monday we got word that starting July 1, Archdiocesan liability coverage will no longer cover any misconduct against minors and/or vulnerable adults. If such an incident were to occur by renting our space, the parish would be liable. Sadly, we need to rethink our facility user policy. Until we sort this out, our facilities are not available for rent.

Clarification: people who want to rent our facilities could purchase liability insurance that covered any misconduct against minors and / or vulnerable adults. Not anymore. If something were to happen, the parish would be covered under the Archdiocesan liability insurance. Our insurance company wants a staff person present for events when the facility is rented which is not really possible. 



Low gluten hosts 

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.  

Sunday School

Did you know? Sunday School for 4yrs through Kindergarten is held during the 10 AM Mass. We use Allelu, an award winning program developed just for little people from Our Sunday Visitor. Contact Cheryl Brooten at 242-4574 ext 24 or at cbrooten@stfoa-parish.org for more info.

Activities, Events, Retreats & Encounters

 

Hoping for Home: Communities of Faith Respond to the Need for Trafficking Survivor Housing

Do you have a spare room, rental property, or empty living space and feel called to act? Are you part of a faith community and want to mobilize people at your worship space to respond to the need for housing for trafficking survivors? Join us to learn more about what you can do to provide temporary or long-term housing opportunities for survivors. Explore ways to give the “hope of home” to those who have experienced human trafficking.

Sponsored by: The Multifaith Coalition to Address Human Trafficking; Archdiocese of Seattle is part of this.

Speakers: Audrey Baedke, Community Advocate Supervisor, Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) & Hao Nguyen, Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator, API Chaya

If you are able, please bring a $5-50 gift card for trafficking survivors as your “cost of admission.” Some examples include fast food restaurants (McDonald’s), clothing stores (Target), or pharmacies/ convenience stores (Bartell’s).

Thursday, November 15th 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 5701 8th Avenue Northeast Seattle, WA 98105 Limited parking available. 

Register At: bit.ly/HopingForHome

Sunday School

Did you know? Sunday School for 4yrs through Kindergarten is held during the 10 AM Mass.  We use Allelu, an award winning program developed just for little people from Our Sunday Visitor.  Contact Cheryl Brooten at 242-4574 ext 24 or at cbrooten@stfoa-parish.org for more info.


50+Plus Friends

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE to visit Bellevue Nativity Festival on Friday, Nov. 30. Over 550 nativity sets from around the world will be on display. This event puts our focus on the reason for celebrating Christmas: the birth of the Christ Child. We have chartered a coach which will leave St. Francis parking lot at 10:30 a.m. and return at 3 – 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include tax and gratuity. Lunch at Ricardo’s is on your own.

For tickets and more information contact Steering Committee Members:

Virginia Crotty 206 244 2358

Pat DeCastongrene 206 243 6238

Ann Gottberg 206 243 1744

Dodie Osborn 206 243 4271

Marge Vranizan 206 243 0311

Hope you can join us.

Stock the Pantry

For many parishioners it is a yearly routine to bring a bag of groceries to the Thanksgiving Mass (9:00am) for the St. Vincent de Paul pantry. Here is a wish list; no Costco size items please.

Hot/cold cereals—Peanut Butter—Canned Tuna

Jam/Jelly - Canned Soup—Chili—canned vegetables

Canned fruit—bar soap - spaghetti

Spaghetti sauce-canned or jar;

Boxed macaroni and cheese

Anyone who would like to help sort food after Mass on Thanksgiving Day in Unity Place is welcome to join in!

The life and work of Thomas Merton

Upon the 50th Anniversary of his death: a video presentation followed by a question and answer session with the Rev Stephen Garratt on Sunday November 25, after 10 am Mass in Unity 1. All are invited. Refreshments shall be served.

Our Lady of the Lake Church (8900 35th Ave NE) is offering special memorial in honor of Thomas Merton. Saturday, December 1, 10:00am -3:00pm, presentation by Two Merton experts, group participation, and Memorial Mass by Fr. Tim Clark are some of the highlights of this day. RSVP to seattlemerton@yhaoo.com

Experience the Healing Love of God

Mass followed by healing prayer for Body, Mind and Spirit. Fr. Richard McAlear and Fr. Jim Northrop. Thursday, November 29 at St. Thomas, 4415 S 140th St, Tukwila. 7pm.

Kennedy Catholic High School Arts and Crafts Fair

The Kennedy Catholic High School Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, December 1 from 9 am – 4 pm. Enjoy holiday music, raffles and a delicious lunch. Shop from over 140 high quality vendors and artists presenting unique and one-of-a-kind items, a Holiday Bake Sale and more. This festive event is one not to be missed. Location: John F. Kennedy Catholic High School Gymnasium and Cafeteria 140 South 140th St. Burien, WA 98168 (206) 246- 0500

A Night of Carols

Your family is invited to join with our St. Francis of Assisi Parish/School community for a potluck dinner and a night of carols! Come celebrate the season with us Tuesday, December 11, Unity Place, 6 p.m – 7:30 p.m.

Suggested potluck items:

Last names beginning with A-H, bring salad and bread/butter.

Last names beginning with I-Q, bring a main dish.

Last names beginning with R-Z, bring a dessert.

Book Club

Next Book Club meeting...January 11th, at 7pm in parish hall. The book is by Brandon Vogt, Saints and Social Justice.

St Francis of Assisi School Spirit Auction

Save the Date! St. Francis of Assisi School will be hosting their 2019 Spirit Auction on March 1st and 2nd. Friday, March 1st is the silent auction in the McClean Family Center at St. Francis. Saturday, March 2nd is the Live Auction Dinner & Ball at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. Tickets will go on sale in January, but mark your calendars now, as these events are our school's biggest fundraiser of the year. For more information, visit https:// www.stfrancisofassisisea.org/apps/pages/ auction. We hope to see you there!

Praying the Advent Gospel

Using the Benedictine method of Lectio Divina, we pray the Advent scripture readings as our own life stories of faith. Starting November 28 through December 19, there will be two prayer sessions: 4:00 and 7:00pm on Wednesdays. Lectio Prayer will be in the Parish Hall except the first Wednesday of the month.  

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. Sign up today to attend an upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend at the Sheraton Hotel, Bellevue on November 16 – 18, 2018. Apply at wwme.org. For more information leave a message at 206-772-2344. Sign up today.

Volunteering and Involvement

 

Adoration Opening and Closing

Lay ministers who do the opening and closing rites for the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Friday of the Month are needed. One person is needed to begin the Adoration at 2:30 PM and one is needed to end the time of Adoration at 8:30 PM. Please give this some prayerful consideration and then contact Elizabeth for more information in the Parish Office or ehanks@stfoa-parish.org

Communion Service Leader 

If you enjoy Scripture, this is the opportunity for you. One Wednesday a month a Lay minister will prepare a reflection on the readings for that day. You will present a simple Communion Service and Liturgy of the word. If you can assist with this volunteer opportunity, contact Elizabeth in the Parish Office or ehanks@stfoa-parish.org

RCIA Team Members 

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults meets every Monday evening, except holidays, between September and Pentecost. The team members lead the class on a rotating basis. Team members do not need to attend every class but are welcome to attend all or some of the classes. If you are interested in sharing your faith and journeying with others new to the Catholic Faith, contact Elizabeth for more information in the Parish Office or ehanks@stfoa-parish.org

Breaking Open the Word Scripture Leaders 

We are also in need of Breaking Open the Word Leaders.  You would take the RCIA members downstairs to Unity after the Homily at the 10:00 AM Mass and discuss the Scripture readings for that weekend. We use At Home with the Word  to start the discussion. This begins on the first Sunday in December and continues until Palm Sunday. Usually a commitment of once a month during the 10:00 AM mass. If you can assist with this volunteer opportunity, contact Elizabeth in the Parish Office or ehanks@stfoa-parish.org

Thanksgiving Traditions

Boy and Girl Scouts, please join us at the Thanksgiving Day Mass to help collect the nonperishable food that is brought to Mass for distribution to our neighbors in need by our St. Vincent de Paul volunteers during the holiday season. Please wear your uniform and join in the beginning and ending processions. Then stay to help bring the food downstairs to SVdP Food Pantry. As is our tradition, we are asking our community at St. Francis to please bring non-perishable food items to our Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 22nd.The food will be brought to the altar at the offertory time. Financial donations are accepted as well, and will be given to our St. Vincent de Paul organization. “Lord, we thank you for your faithfulness and love.” Psalm 138 I hope to see you here.

Called to Serve as Christ Campaign

Power outage impacted our server so we are unable to get the latest campaign numbers for this bulletin deadline. Our campaign representative said the parish has reached the halfway mark of our goal of 1.2 million dollars. However, although this weekend is Commitment Sunday, that marks the end of bulletin and Mass announcements, the campaign continues. Archdiocese will continue to reach out to those who have not pledged until you let them know your decision about the campaign.

Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC)

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 – www.theWSCC.org — and click on Join Our Network

Catholic Volunteer Network

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 info@catholicvolunteernetwork.org. You can also search RESPONSE 2018 online at https://catholicvolunteernetwork.org/

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’ action alert to express your views. Email: wscc@thewscc.org 

Groups & Associates

 

St. Francis Knitters and Quilters

The Knit & Chat group and the St. Francis Quilters are always looking for new members and any unwanted fabric, yarn, or other craft supplies. Your leftovers help provide warmth and comfort to many of our neediest neighbors. Local pickup of items cheerfully provided. Call Anne at 206-444-0953.!



The Knitters meet 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 9a.m. in Unity Place 2.

The Quilters meet 1st Tuesday at 10:30-1pm in Parish Hall.


Contact for both groups is Charlene Carlson at (206) 242-2755.  

Centering Prayer Group

The Centering Prayer group prayer will meet on November 21 in the Conference Room, 7:00-8:30pm.  Because of the November through December Lectio Advent Prayer series, Centering Prayer will not meet again until January 16, 2019.  Praying the Advent series by the method of Lectio Divina starts November 28 at 4:00 or 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

Boy Scout Troop 375 

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. 

St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle King County

Our 53 neighborhood chapters make close to 12,000 in-home visits per year. Last year we
served close to 60,000 people in all programs. Our Chapter here at St. Francis is so grateful to all our Parishioners who donate monthly. $.90 of every dollar donated goes directly to our neighbors in need. We strive to help everyone. 80% of those in need are non-Catholic.
If you would like to be part of our St. Vincent de Paul team, please contact our president, Mary McGarry (206) 433-7758.

Association for Catholic Childhood plays in the Archdiocese

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

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),      

Seattle Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women

Beautiful Mass cards to support the seminarians will be available in the vestibule after 10am Masses. This program is through the Seattle ArchdiocesanCouncil of Catholic Women. Questions: contact Rose Rangel 206.475.9333 or rangel.r.l@hotmail.com   

Liguorian

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.  

YMCA’s Accelerator Host Home Program

The YMCA, in partnership with New Horizons young adult services, offers Accelerator Host HomeProgram 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  

Music

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. 

Adult basketball 

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.  

Support our seminarians! 

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
Olympia.  

Tune in to Sacred Heart Radio 

AM 1050 Seattle/AM 1240 Olympia   





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