News and Updates

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2018 Annual Catholic Appeal

Made it! Our pledge total is a touch over our goal, $129,200. Any new pledges will go toward our song books. If you have not made a pledge, fill out a pledge card located in the back of the church or go to our web page, and use the Annual Appeal link to make an online pledge.

Parish Office Porch

With design drawings available, two companies are bidding on the project. WJE – an engineering firm is overseeing the project to ensure the evidential selected company is following the specifications.

New Bookkeeper

Mary Ingersoll is our new bookkeeper and Friday morning Office person. She brings a wealth of experience to her role. We are very happy to have Mary as part of our staff.

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 

A Catholic education is a wonderful gift to give your child.

Our school is now enrolling for the 2018-2019 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!

Have you heard about St. Francis scrip?

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

Summer Scrip Schedule: Tuesday, 4:30-6:30pm. Thursday, 9:00-11:00 am. First Saturday of the month after 5pm Mass and every Sunday after 10am Mass. 

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!

Activities, Events, Retreats & Encounters

Blood Drive

Next St. Francis blood drive is July 16th! Contact person to sign up is Frances Davis at 206 242 4575 X29 or

Palisades Retreat Offerings

June 15-17 “Waking Up, Growing Up, Growing Wise: The Spiritual Dynamics of the 12 Steps” 12-step retreat for men and women Led by Dr. Mary Cross & Fr. Jim Harbaugh, SJ 

June 22-24 “And the Desert Will Bloom: Experiencing More of God’s Grace in Everyday Life.” for Men & women. Led by Fr. Jim Northrop.

Register online at PalisadesRetreatCenter.Org

Sisters of St Joseph of Peace Summer Retreat

“Three Pathways to God”... Presented by Fr. Bill Heric...July 22-28, 2018 at St. Mary-on-the-Lake, 1663 Killarney Way, Bellevue, WA 98004
Retreat Fees: $500.00 for Live-in includes retreat and all meals (space is limited)
$300.00 for Commuter, includes retreat, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks
To register or for more information contact Linda Hanson at 425-467-5499 or

IN OUR DEANERY...Bishop of Assisi Visits St Stephen the Martyr!

Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi Italy will be a most special guest ofour parish this July! The Archbishop will preach at our weekend masses on July 28-29th. On Thursday the 26th he will speak following the 6:30 evening Mass. All are welcome! 13055 SE 192nd St., Renton

Vacation Bible School

This year’s vacation bible school will be August 6th through the 10th at St. Bernadette Parish. We will be visiting Daniel and friends in Babylon! This is a great opportunity for teens and adults to volunteer.
Please contact Cheryl Brooten at or call 206 242-4575 ext 24 for more information. 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

Come learn a technique of loving communication that you can use for the rest of your lives. It is a chance to look deeply into your relationship with each other and with God. Fill your marriage with joy! Sign up today to attend an upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend at the Sheraton Hotel, Bellevue on August 10 - 12, 2018. Apply at For more information leave a message at 206-772-2344. Early application is highly recommended

YOU ARE INVITED to FRANKLIN GRAHAM ‘Decision America’ Pacific Northwest Tour.

August 12, Tacoma Cheney Stadium and August 13, Monroe at Evergreen State Fairgrounds. Free admission. 7:30pm

Retrouvaille Marriage Lifeline

Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vī) can help couples in trouble rediscover each other and take new, positive steps to save their marriages. No matter the source of conflict in your marriage, Retrouvaille can help you. For confidential information about, or to register for our upcoming program beginning August 17-19, 2018 call 206-706-2608 or visit our website at

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.

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. August 24-26, 2018 Stanwood WA
Call Valerie: 1-800-822-HOPE (4673)
You are loved with an everlasting Love!
Project Rachel, a program of Catholic Community Svcs. 

You are invited on a short pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Rockies 

( and Jesuit Mission sites to scenic Montana from Sept. 17-20, 2018. The 4 day-3 night motor coach journey for $679 includes transportation, lodging, touring, most meals and more.
For additional information, contact 
Susanna Dolejsi at 206-938-4461 or or
Kathleen Tansey at 253-630-7755 or
Space is limited. 

There is a 4:30 p.m. Catholic mass on Sunday afternoons at the VA Hospital Chapel, 1660 S. Columbian Way, Seattle 98108.  

Volunteering and Involvement

Volunteer Training

Training Session for Volunteers is right here at St. Francis of Assisi: August 6 (Monday), 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Unity Place.

Two volunteers needed to mow lawns

Our two helpers have retired. There are 5 areas—church, rectory, Unity, kindergarten and north of Family Center. Dan will show how to get our mower out of garage. Please contact Dan at 206-242-4575 X21 or Thank you!

Volunteer needed every 4th Tuesday

We need a volunteer once a month to pick up a standing order of bread and ham from Fred Meyer for our 4th Tuesday sandwich making. Please contact Outreach at 206 242 4575 X29.

Intentional Service! Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (JV EnCorps)

is now accepting applications for 2018-19! JV EnCorps, a program of JVC Northwest, facilitates transformative opportunities for service, community and spiritual formation for adults 50 and older who are committed to social and ecological justice. During their ten months of part-time volunteer service, participants meet regularly in community to deepen their spirituality and explore the values of community, simple living and social & ecological justice. Priority application deadline: August 15th. For more information: or  

Called to Serve as Christ Campaign

Parish is seeking volunteers to help with the Called to Serve as Christ Campaign. 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

Liturgy, Baptism and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

If you can assist with any of the following volunteer opportunities, contact Elizabeth in the Parish Office or

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Lay ministers who help with the distribution of the Eucharist at Mass. To serve as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist you need to be Confirmed and actively participating in the Church’s Liturgical Life on a regular basis. At this time we are looking for ministers for the 8:00 AM Sunday Mass and the 5:00 PM Saturday Mass.

Altar Servers and Acolytes

Altar Servers and Acolytes serve God and His people by helping the priest during daily and weekend Masses and other liturgical celebrations throughout the year. Any Catholic child, 5th grade and older may be an Altar Server. Any High School student may be an Acolyte. Request an application in the Parish Office from Elizabeth. This ministry takes the commitment of both the student and the parent.

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. We use the Our Catholic Life series of books. If you are interested in sharing your faith and journeying with others new to the Catholic Faith, contact Elizabeth for more information. 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.

Communion Service Leader

You would lead the Communion Rite on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 AM. You would prepare a reflection on the readings of the day to share during the service. Leaders serve once a month.

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 take a summer break and resume the group in September.

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.

We were able to assist 59 of our neighbors in need in April. Thank you! Our collection for May amounted to $3,271. Thank you to our Parishioners!

John Meehan, one of our new members, thought if we could all save the coupons that come in the Value Pak for Grocery Outlet, the Vincentians could give that family a coupon when they do the Grocery Outlet voucher. They are for $4 & $5. And they can use all the help we can give. Just put them in an envelope and put in the collection basket.

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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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.  

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)







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