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News and Updates

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


Activities, Events, Retreats & Encounters

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

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  Join us on Friday, January 3rd any time between 2:30 and 8:30 PM to silently adore the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Centering Prayer Retreat. The next Centering Prayer retreat has been re- scheduled for January 11. Paul Peterhans, religion teacher at Seattle Prep, will be offering to high school youth and young adults (though all arewelcome) a special program on Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si: Our Care for Our Common Home” on February 8, 12, and 15th. (Two Saturdays and a Wednesday evening) in the parish hall.

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 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
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Project Rachel is a program of Catholic Community Services. You are loved with an everlasting Love!

Volunteering and Involvement

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, Online donations at

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 & 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, 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), 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

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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

Music - 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 7:40-9:00pm 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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