Lighting the Easter candle at out Easter Vigil Saturday night

News and Updates

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Thursday, April 18th at 7:00 PM The Liturgy of Holy Thursday stresses the importance of our gifts for our brothers and sisters who are most in need, that we may learn to walk as one global human family. You are invited to come forward during the Offertory Procession with your Rice Bowls or monetary Lenten sacrifice and place them in the baskets. All of the donations collected will be given to Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl.  

Good Friday: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion: Friday, April 19th at 7:00 PM.  

Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil: Saturday April 20th at 9:00 PM.  

Easter Sunday: Masses are at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM.

Easter Environment: Join us on Saturday, April 20th at 10:00 AM to decorate the church for Easter. Many thanks to Camille Sutton and Kitty Meehan for sharing their creative talents during the Lenten Season and throughout the year. Thanks to Debbie Thoma for her vision for our Easter Environment. We need your help!

Easter Flowers:  If you would like to donate to our collection for Easter Flowers please use the envelope in your monthly packet or write Flowers on an envelope and place it in the Offertory Collection at Mass. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:  Join us on Friday, May 3rd any time between 2:30 and 6:30 PM for Adoration. Come for an hour or any part of the time. If you can commit to an hour or to be put on the email reminder list contact Sarah Vandemark at sarahvb53@comcast.net.

Administration 

Annual Catholic Appeal starts up next week. Sunday Weekly Giving is below, on average, ($1,300) less per week. Two to three options are under consideration for the 2019-2020 Parish Operating Budget. The best option will be reviewed and recommended by the Finance Council to Fr. Dick at their June 11 meeting. Fr. Dick’s Request: One family made special donation of a little over $3,200 to address parish Sunday giving shortfall. Five families emailed Fr. Dick that they decided to increase their giving to the church, Thank you!

From our School, Rosemary Leifer, Principal

One of the wonderful things about Catholic Schools is our ability to share the good news of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. This past week was Holy Week, the week beginning with Palm Sunday and ending on Holy Saturday, the last week of Lent and the final days before Easter Sunday. It is both a very holy and a very busy time for all of us. We are reminded of God’s great love for us and that He was willing to send His only Son to die for us so that our sins may be forgiven. It is a love that changes everything.

This week, time was spent in every classroom focusing on Holy Week and preparing for Easter Sunday.

In first grade, the teachers read from the Bible stories of the events of Holy Week and Easter. The classes discussed them and cut out, read, and colored a cross that had the different days of Holy Week and Easter on the different sides.

In second grade, the classes continued learning about Lent and how it leads into Holy Week and Easter. They cut out and read Holy Week books and then focused on Easter.

In third grade, they read from the Bible about the events of Holy Week and Easter and will continue reading through Pentecost Sunday as they create a wreath that began with the events of Palm Sunday and continues to Pentecost Sunday.

In fourth grade, they not only talked about Holy Week, they continued their study of the Catholic Social Teachings as related to Lent and reflected how the events of Holy Week and Easter Sunday continue to play out in their own lives.

In fifth grade, they have spent time discussing Lent, the Holy Days, and Easter. They shared a Seder meal on Holy Thursday and discussed the last supper. They also made crosses and candleholder with the words to “Amazing Grace” on the jars.

In seventh grade, they read from the Gospel of John about Jesus’s washing the feet of His disciples on Holy Thursday and then wrote about the ways God shows His love to them and how they could show their love for God. On Good Friday, they once again read from the Gospel of John, this time focusing on the words “Woman, behold your son.” And “Behold your mother.”

Our eighth graders led the school in praying the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. They also read and discussed the events of Holy Week. They spent time writing and reflecting on Jesus’s last words on the cross.

These were just some of the ways that we recognized, reflected and remembered the events of Holy Week and readied ourselves for Easter. I hope that you and your family were able to do the same. We wish all of you a happy and holy Easter .  

Activities, Events, Retreats & Encounters

Centering Prayer Retreats are scheduled on the 3rd Saturday every other month starting May 18. Saturday mornings, 9:00-12:30pm. Wednesday Centering Prayer group will start meeting again on Wednesdays, May 1.

NET Youth ministry:  On May 5th all high school and middle school youth are invited to a retreat hosted by the NET Youth ministry group. The event starts runs from 1 PM to 7 PM and will include dinner! All youth are invited to attend so bring friends. More information is available at www.stfoa.org. Or contact Cheryl Brooten at cbrooten@stfoa-parish.org.

 

Catholic Book Club: The next installment of the Catholic Book Club will be May 10 at 7 pm in Parish Hall. The book for this month is by CK Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday. All adults are welcome!

 

50+ Plus Friends will not have an event the month of April. We normally meet the 3rd Thursday of every month (except for July and August) but because the 3rd Thursday in April is Holy Thursday, we will not meet. Mark your calendars for May 18 for the next event. We will have as our guest speaker, Shannon O’Donnell, who is a Catholic Chaplain and author. She has an inspiring story to tell about her Jail Ministry and her book, “Finding Grace Within”. Have a Blessed Easter!

Sisters of St Joseph of Peace Summer Retreat, "God’s People at Prayer” Presented by Rev. James Eblen, July 12-19, 2019 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 e-mail lhanson@csjp-olp.org

Vacation Bible School is coming to St. Francis of Assisi parish this summer August 5 through the 9.th VBS meets from 9:30 to noon that week. All children aged four through fourth grade are welcome! We will be going on Safari this year.  Save the date!

Volunteering and Involvement

Palm Sunday and Easter: We will need help decorating the church for Palm Sunday on Saturday, April 13th at 9:00 AM and for Easter on Saturday, April 20th at 10:00 AM. Kitty Meehan and Camille Sutton are our Environment Coordinators. If you can help with the decorating, contact Kitty at knahem@comcast.net or Camille at essentiallycamille@gmail.com.

Do you like to cook? The new Alpha program will need several volunteers to help prepare meals for about 30 to 35 people once a week starting May 29 and ending July 31st. The supplies will be provided. Please contact Cheryl Brooten at cbrooten@stfoa-parish.org or at 206 242- 4575 ext 24 for more information.

Catholic Hospital Ministry at Harborview Medical Center
Volunteers needed to bring Holy Communion and provide presence to patients and their families at Harborview Hospital.  Volunteers must complete all necessary paperwork, background checks, perosnal interviews and Orientation/Training sessions.  Time expectation is once a week, 3-4 hour shifts, plus bimonthly check-in gatherings.  There is a lot of flexibility regarding specific day/time.  If you would like to participate, please call call 206-965-1646 or email Dacon Steve Wodzanowski at stevew@stjosephparish.org

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.
 
Scouting Troop 375
Scouting 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 Archdiocesan Council 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 7:40-9:00pm 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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