News and Updates


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2018 Annual Catholic Appeal: We remain short of our goal of $129,200. If you have not already made a pledge to support archdiocesan ministries that serve so many people in need of hope and resources, please prayerfully consider giving to the needs of our Archdiocese. Go online to make a pledge at or fill out pledge envelope and drop it in collection basket or off at our parish office. Some of you have already made your donation, and we thank you!

Parish Office Front Porch is sinking and the Lift does not work because the unit is out of
alignment. The door at the top of the Lift won’t open. Soils Engineer reviewed the porch / lift situation and will have proposal by Monday.

Asphalt Parking Lot Project: Good news! When the new parking stall lines are painted – the narrow, “can’t get out of my car” lines will be replaced by normal sized stalls. 

New Accounting Manual: The archdiocese revised its accounting manual. The manual was revised to reflect current operational realities. One change: it is now optional to show depreciation because the diocese looks at the “Profit and Loss Report” and most capital projects are funded by special capital campaigns.

2018-2019 Parish Operating Budget: In predicting Sunday giving, the Finance Council did wonder how the new tax law would affect charitable giving because of the doubling of the
standard deductions. Fewer people will itemize because of this new standard deductions.

Five Year Goals Planning Committee: had to cancel its Monday meeting; new date will be set soon. 

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!

News from Our School 

Ms. Jayne is Retiring after 39 years as a classroom teacher, 17 at St. Francis, Ms. Jayne is retiring! We invite all of her current and past students, their parents, and anyone else who knows and loves Ms. Jayne to join us in the Family Center on Tuesday, May 29th from 3:30-5:00 to thank her and wish her well. If you have fond memories of Ms. Jayne that you would like to share, please email them to Rosemary Leifer @ or drop them off at the school office. Thank you for helping to make this a special day for a special person.

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!

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!  

Please prayerfully consider a donation to the 2017-2018 Annual School Campaign. Thank you!

Centering Prayer Group: 

The Centering Prayer group prayer will meet June 20 at 7pm in Conference Room. The group prays for two-25-minute prayer periods, then group explores Contemplative tradition as it relates to this prayer practice.



The annual Volunteer Appreciation Event will be held Sunday June 3rd starting at 11:15.  If you are or have been a volunteer mark your calendar!  Please RSVP by May 25th.  Call Naomi in parish office (206 242 4575) or email If you didn’t receive your mailed invitation, please let Naomi know!


St. Bernadette Parish School is now accepting applications 

for the 2018-2019 school year in the pre-school and pre-k programs! This is our fully licensed, full day Early Learning Center for children ages 3-4. New this year, families from regional
parishes will be eligible for the in-parish tuition rate. In order to qualify, you must be a registered and active parishioner at your church. The St. Bernadette Early Learning Center participates in Early Achievers and Working Connections Child Care (WCCC).
For more information, call or email the school office:
(206) 244-4934/ or email our Early
Learning Director, Eve Ruiz: To schedule a tour, please
visit our school website at: If you register on or before May 1, 2018, we will waive your child’s registration fee ($100 value). Inquire today! 

Kennedy Catholic athletic summer camp offerings

Registration is now live on the Kennedy Catholic website! We are excited to offer a variety of camps led by Lancer head coaches, staff members and current student-athletes. Camps are open for all skill and ability levels, with an emphasis on skill development and fun, friendly competition. Below are the available camps for summer 2018 and link for registration

  • Volleyball: Multiple weeks/age groups
  • Cross Country: Week of 6/4 (after school)
  • Golf: Week of 6/19
  • Girls Soccer: Week of 6/25
  • Football: Week of 7/9
  • Girls Lacrosse: Week of 7/16
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Athletic Director, Sam Reed (

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental illnesses are far more common than cancer, diabetes, heart disease or arthritis. Our faith communities can be an important part of the recovery process through education, support and by helping individuals and families feel part of a caring community. Find resources for you and your community at


The Catholic practice of assigning a special devotion to each month goes back to the early 16th century. Since the best known of those devotions is probably the dedication of May as the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it might come as a surprise that it wasn't until the late 18th century that this devotion arose among Jesuits in Rome. In the early years of the 19th century, it quickly spread throughout the Western Church, and, by the time of Pope Pius IX's declaration of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception  in 1854, it had become universal. May crownings and other special events in May in honor of Mary, such as public recitation of the rosary, stem from this time. Such communal events are rare today, but we can take the month of May as an opportunity to renew our own devotion to the Mother of God by dusting off our rosaries and adding a few more Marian prayers  to our daily routine. (Scott P. Richert) Join us on weekdays following morning Mass to pray the Rosary. One of the St. Francis School classes leads our prayer on Tuesday mornings.

Mom's Rosary during May...

Join St. Francis school and church moms in praying the rosary every Monday in May. The rosary will begin at 8:25am, prior to daily mass. Latecomers and little ones welcome. Extra rosaries will be available. No experience necessary!


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 dates of adoration will be June 1st between 2:30 and 8:30PM.

“The most powerful thing we can do on this earth with our time is to spend it in Eucharistic adoration. Nothing can do more to change the world, to bring about peace, to convert hearts, to make reparation for the many evils committed. Spending time in prayer may seem, on the outside, to be a passive thing; however, it is anything but. Our world is in desperate need of hope, of renewal, of a ‘turning back’ to the things of God. By visiting Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, we take up the best weapon for the battles of our age and contribute to the healing of our culture.” 

Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany and 6-night Danube River Cruise:

Fr. John Madigan and Virginia Radel are joining with Collette Travel to lead a group to experience the live Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany to include a 6-night Danube River Cruise: Budapest, Brayislava, Vienna, Passau and Munich June 1-11, 2020. Once in a decade event! Info and RSVP contact Virginia Radel at 206-658-3680 or

St. Stephen the Martyr Women's Retreat

Father Ed White invites women to enjoy an opportunity of Refreshment, Renewal, Fellowship, Prayer and Song at the St. Stephen the Martyr Women's Retreat on Saturday June 2, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Sarah Bartel, a local speaker, author, workshop leader, mother of 4, and theologian will share how women can Discover Radiant Joy: Encountering Jesus with Mary of Magdala and the Woman at the Well. Register online at or call Tina Nold at 206-715-8462.


Volunteer Appreciation

If you’re a parish volunteer and did not receive an invitation by mail to the June 3rd reception, please call Naomi at the parish office at 206 242 4575!


From Slave to Priest presented Sunday, June 10th at Immaculate Conception Church, 820 18th Ave., Seattle. Tickets & Info:  Severa Dowe, 206 721 5375


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

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. 

There is a 4:30 p.m. Catholic mass 

on Sunday afternoons at the VA Hospital Chapel, 1660 S. Columbian Way, Seattle 98108. 

Justice Cafe for young adults 

in their 20’s and 30’s meets once monthly on the 4thThursday in Parish Hall (7:00-8:30pm). Aaron Walsh hosts. He can be reached at 206-739-2713 or
The focus for March will be Popular Movements. Previous topics have been Addiction, Mental Health and Wellness. 

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 Advocacy 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’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. 


Be inspired by a new Catholic television program for every-day living that will motivate you to achieve your hopes aznd dreams as you live a life of power, impact, freedom and purpose. It provides practical ways of living life to the fullest and helping you make faith a part of your daily life.
Bruce Downes The Catholic Guy Television program is seen by millions of people whose lives have been changed by his down-to-earth approach.
DirectTV Ch 371, DISH Ch 258, AT&T U-Verse 565, Verizon Fios Ch 288...Every day. 5:30am PST.
For more info go to where you can watch the program daily. 

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 

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.

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   

Are you looking for hope? Inspiration? Spiritual Guidance? 

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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.  


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.  

Spring cleaning underway? St. Francis Quilters and St. Francis Knitters Circle 

are looking for 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.
We want to express our gratitude for all our donors who make our work possible, with special
thanks to the Koddenberg family (in honor of Jeanne Peterson); the Sisters of Providence (in honor of Sister Rox Byrne) and Judy Berryhill. Their generous donations will be quickly turned by many hands into prayers of love. 


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   

50+PLUS FRIENDS50+Friends will meet for a Morning of Reflection in preparation for Pentecost Sunday on Thursday, May 17, 2018 in St Francis Parish Hall 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. A Continental Breakfast will be served. Contact Dodie Osborn at 206-243-4271 or Pat Gottberg at 206-242-8725 if interested in going.

Palisades Retreat Offerings: 
May 25-27 “Anointed: Priest, Prophet, King” Men’s Retreat. Led by David Charboneau.  
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

ADMINISTRATION: Part-Time Job Opening: need person to open and close Parish Office on Fridays and, as needed, cover for the parish secretary when absent. Qualifications: Active member of St. Francis, customer service or related experience, proficient in Word and Excel, and, a real plus, data entry experience. Position description and Application available in Parish Office or by email, contact John Eisen,

HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL is interested in hiring 1-2 high school graduates or college students to join the summer maintenance team as we spruce up the school for the 18-19 school year! This is a temporary summer job which will end in August, with flexible summer hours. Interested individuals should reach out to PAA Ted Krembs, for more info.



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