News and Updates

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2018 Annual Catholic Appeal

We have exceeded our parish annual appeal goal of $129,200. All dollars received after $129,200 will go toward new song books.

Parish Office Porch

The two bids for the porch were obtained.  Next step is having them reviewed by WJE for their recommendation.

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.  

Favorite business? 

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. 

News from Our School 

This week marks the beginning of a weekly column from the school. School started August 29th, and we have been busy. Our Information Night was September 13th, and we had our Red, White and Brew welcome back/fundraiser on September 15th. Our first all-school Mass was on September 14th and was a Mass of the Holy Spirit. Our seventh graders and kindergarteners made sandwiches for the guests at the St. Martin de Porres shelter, and our several small groups of seventh and eighth graders have gone to serve lunch at Community Lunch on Capitol Hill. There is much going on at school!

Our philosophy is St. Francis of Assisi School is a mission of our Catholic Parish where families and educators work in partnership to teach and develop the whole child. Our school exists because of our parish’s support.

We are excited to use this space to share with you some of the things happening in our school and to invite you to join us at different school sponsored events. Last year, our school spent the year developing and discerning a long-term, strategic plan. The four goals of our plan are:

1. Strengthen the relationship between the school and the parish

2. Engage all students in learning, with a particular emphasis on technology and science

3. Develop, retain and attract the best educators

4. Develop a welcoming, inclusive and involved community

This column speaks to our first and fourth goals. By reading our column, we hope that you learn more about what we are up to and will join us at events that interest you. We look forward to a wonderful year of increased participation in parish life.

...Rosemary Leifer, Principal


Activities, Events, Retreats & Encounters



Potluck luncheon is Thursday, Sept. 20th at 11:30 in Unity Place. This will be an event planning meeting. Please see flyer in this bulletin!

Knights of Columbus Annual Fund Raiser

Knights of Columbus 44th annual fund raiser to help support Pregnancy Aid of South King County will be a breakfast on Sunday September 23rd after the morning masses. See the flyer in the bulletin.

Parking for the Washington State Fair

The WA State Fair ends Sept. 23rd. All Saints Parish and Catholic School is located just 2 blocks from the main fair entrance. Every year we raise money for the school by parking cars for the fair. If you would help us get the word out to your parishioners we would appreciate the support. Our main lot is located on 7th Ave SW between 2nd St SW and 3rd St SW in downtown Puyallup. Look for our parent volunteers in the red aprons.

Blood Drive

Volunteer needed to assume duties for the quarterly Blood Drive. Do you enjoy chatting with people? Phone list of previous donors provided. September 24th is next blood drive at St. Francis. Contact Frances in Outreach 206 242 4575 X29 or

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

We will celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi On Sunday, October 7th. There will be a blessing of Animals on the patio in front of the church at noon. Please bring your pet in a cage or on a leash. 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Join us Friday, October 5th between 2:30 and 8:30 PM in the church. If you can commit to an hour of prayer please contact Elizabeth Some of the time periods only have one person committed. This would be a problem if something happened to one of them during their committed hour of prayer as the Blessed Sacrament cannot be left with no one in the church during our hours of Adoration.


OCTOBER 14 AT 11:30 IN UNITY PLACE: Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home, challenges all people of good will to care for the Earth and to care for the poor. Join us as we pray, learn and brainstorm ways to act on Pope Francis’ call to “a new and universal solidarity” in shaping the future of our Earth. Presented by Elizabeth Murphy, Program Associate at the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center and Kelly Hickman, Assistant Director of the Missions Office at the Archdiocese of Seattle, members of the Laudato Si’ Leadership team, a collaborative effort of parishes, schools and organizations in Western Washington who have come together to support one another in living out the vision of the encyclical. For more information and resources, visit 

Rachel’s Corner 

Healing After Abortion “He ran to me, He took me in His arms, held my head to His chest, said "My son's come home again!" Lifted my face, wiped the tears from my eyes, with forgiveness in His voice He said "Son, do you know I still love You?" - Lyrics from “When God Ran” by Phillips, Craig and Dean

Can you imagine what that would be like to have Our Lord run up to you and embrace you joyfully? To assure you of His great love for you? Join us for a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat and discover that merciful embrace that is just for you.

October 26-27, en Español

November 9-11 in English

Volunteering and Involvement


Called to Serve as Christ Campaign

Parish is seeking volunteers to help with the Called to Serve as Christ Campaign. Two more people volunteered to help. Twenty-nine in all have express an interest. If you want to learn more about this campaign and what is involved, then call one of the chairs, Ken Lindh 206.243.3140 or Steve Olson at 206.779.0953

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 – — 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 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’ action alert to express your views. Email: 

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 Sept. 19 (Wed) in the Conference Room, 7:00-8:30pm.

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, 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),    

MOM’s Connection

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.    

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   


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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  

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  


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. 

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

Tune in to Sacred Heart Radio 

AM 1050 Seattle/AM 1240 Olympia   





Job Opportunity at Holy Rosary: Janitor/Custodian 40-hr week, benefited position. Questions/application/resume to Ted Krembs or 206-935-8353X213. (7/11/18)

FROM ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL PROGRAM  EDP Supervisor (Part-time)  Do you want to spend more time with your kids  and meet their friends while being paid? Well  this is the job for you. We are looking for caring,  compassionate people who are interested in supervising  and working with students. Duties  would include assisting with crafts and activities,  preparing snacks, assisting in homework  club, monitoring students indoors and outdoors,  and interacting with students to enhance their  learning. If you are a patient, caring person and  enjoy working with students, we hope you will  get in touch about this position. A background  check and TB test are required. We will provide  training for CPR/First Aid, HIV/Aids Bloodborne  Pathogens, and Food Handlers Card. Hours  would be 2:30-6pm, Mon-Fri. We are flexible. If  you are interested or would like more information please contact Mona Anderson at  (9/13/18)







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