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The Bishops of Washington State have voiced strong support and encouragement for gathering signatures for the I-1004 Initiative, Parental Notification of Abortion Act, which would require physicians to notify parents or guardians before performing abortions on minors. Encouraging advocacy in public policy to create a society that recognizes the dignity of every human person, and promote this signature gathering effort in response to our call from Jesus Christ to protect and promote all human life from conception to natural death. The defense of the unborn child is an essential part of our consistent pro-life efforts, which express our love of God necessarily manifested in our love of neighbor. If you would like to to sign the petition, please contact Rose Rangel: 206-475-9333

 

Administration

Special Collection for Annual Catholic Appeal Shortfall: 55 families donated $11,927 to an anticipated shortfall between ACA pledged and funds received. In the parish budget the hoped goal was $10,000 so thank you for exceeding that figure. First Six Months of Parish Operating Budget Results: July through December Sunday Giving Actual $528,236 and Goal were $527,000; Total Revenue was $578,418 vs. $575,785; Total Expenditures in the same timeframe: Actual $559,152 and Budgeted was $579,976. Net results was a plus $23,457; Budgeted (4,191). Called to Serve Refund: $19,267. Our refunds come every quarter. Parishioner’s 2019 Financial Donations will be sent out by the last week of January. If needed sooner, let the Parish office know, 206.242.4575.

St Francis of Assisi School

Last week was Catholic Schools Week. Thank you, parishioners, for your support of our school. From your attendance at our school events to your children and grandchildren enrolled in our school to the parish subsidy that comes from a percentage of your weekly offerings, you help make all we do possible.

We are now taking applications for the 2020-2021 school year. If you are interested in giving your child or grandchild the gift of a high-quality, Catholic education, please go to our website www.stfrancisofassisisea.org to apply or call our office at 206-243-5690 to schedule a tour or to have questions about our school answered. We would love to hear from you.

This year’s school musical is Mary Poppins, Jr. It will be at the Highline Performing Arts Center at 7:00PM on February 21st and 22nd. Tickets are on sale at our website now. Please gather your friends and come and support our talented students. It is sure to be a wonderful event.

Activities, Events, Retreats & Encounters

Please pray for the upcoming alpha course! Please pray that each person participating in the winter Alpha course would be especially blessed by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit; that the dynamic, life-changing power of God will be at work. Per-haps you can commit to praying each evening the guests meet! The course runs Monday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, starting February 3rd and running through April 6th. If you are interested in discovering what Alpha is all about, please call the parish office to register or go to www.stfoa.org and sign up on-line. Please contact Cheryl Brooten for more information. 206 242-4575 ext 24 or cbrooten@stfoa-parish.org.

Advance notice...50 + Plus Friends - The 50+Plus Friends will carpool to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show at the Washington Convention Center on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.  Last year there were 20 creative display gardens, colorful Floral Competition displays and the City-Living container-gardens exhibit. This year promises even more. We will leave St. Francis parking lot at 10am. Food is available at the Convention Center. Admission and lunch are on your own. Look for more details in future bulletins.

All St. Francis women are invited to a "Galentine's" party on Friday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Unity Place. Contact Courtney Dethlefs at courtneydethlefs@hotmail.com or 206-794-9166 for more details.

Private Reconciliation is available on Saturdays between 4:00 and 4:30 PM.

Daily Lectors - We need some lectors for Daily Mass on Thursday morning at 9:00 AM and the Communion Service on Wednesday at 9:00 AM. Please give it some prayerful consideration. Call Elizabeth in the Parish Office for more details.

Rite of Christian Initiation.  Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Church with the intent to receive the Sacraments? We are excited to welcome you to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This process is for those not yet baptized, those baptized in another Christian Tradition and those who are un-catechized but were baptized in the Catholic Church.   It is a good way for parents with children in St. Francis of Assisi school that are from other faith traditions to find out what your children are learning. To find out if this process is right for you, please contact Elizabeth Hanks in the Parish Office, extension 25 to set up an appointment to discuss the process and receive paperwork.

Sunday school registration has begun. If you have a 4 year old through 5th grade child you would like to send, please go to our web site at www.stfoa.org for registration forms and the schedule of classes. You may also contact Cheryl Brooten at 206 242-4575 ext 24.

Rachel’s Corner - Hope and Healing After Abortion - Is it hard to imagine escaping the darkness you have known since your abortion decision? Would you be willing to invite God in, so He can show you the way with His light? Join us for a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat.
Call for more information and for a compassionate, confidential conversation.
English: (206) 920-6413 Español: (206)-450-7814
Email projectrachel@ccsww.org.
Visit us at www.ccsww.org/projectrachel or www.facebook.com/projectrachelww
Project Rachel is a program of Catholic Community Services. You are loved with an everlasting Love!

Volunteering and Involvement

Pregnancy Aid in Des Moines urgently needs more volunteers. Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 10am-1pm. Our office is open to provide free maternity and baby clothes, diapers, books, toys, and baby equipment to needy families, many of whom are immigrants and refugees. We need more volunteers to assist them. If you can help, please call Jo at 206-878-0803. http://www.pregnancyaidwa.org

Catholic Hospital Ministry at Harborview Medical Ctr - Volunteers are needed to bring Holy Communion and provide a presence to patients and their families at Harborview Hospital. Volunteers must complete all necessary paperwork, background checks, personal interviews and Orientation/Training sessions. Once a week, 3-4-hr shift, plus bimonthly check-in gatherings. Lots of flexibility re day/time. If you’d like to participate, call 206 965 1646 or email Deacon Steve Wodzaznowski at stevew@stjosephparish.org.

WestSide Baby is gathering donations of diapers, coats, pajamas, car seats and toys for 3,000 children in need. 10002 14th Ave SW, Seattle 98146. 206-767-1662, info@westsidebaby.org. Online donations at westsidebaby.org/donate-now/

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 – wacatholics.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 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 & Associations

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 iApple platforms: iPad or iPhone. 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  sacredheartradio.org

 
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