St. Francis church in the snow in February

News and Updates

Church App:
MY Parish App: when we decided to go with MyParish app, the company said it would cost about $50 a month after the one year for free expired. Actually, the cost is $103 a month. We may have cheaper alternative. Any suggestions? Facebook? Instagram? GroopIt? Stay Tuned.
Download our new parish app today at myparishapp.com or search your phone’s app store for myparish. Text APP to 88202 to download our parish app. Follow these steps: 1) Download myParish App; 2) Select our Parish after opening. Need help or couldn’t find an answer to your question? Give us a call, and let us try. 1-(800)-997-8805.
Quick access anytime, you can set it to remind you to silence your phone 20 minutes before Mass starts.
Current and past copies of our parish bulletin available on your phone
Learn more or down load our parish app at myparishapp.com (*available on Apple and Android Phones). Most people who have downloaded St. Francis' My Parish App used this feature: Homilies. These Homilies are not ours but extremely good and inspiring ones from well-known Priests. If you have not downloaded it, try it Today!

Administration 
Fence and new Bushes for the Rain Garden: For safety and security purposes, the Junipers will be replaced with different bushes. The reason is need to install a fence around the rain garden area to protect kindergarten children and keep out illegal drugs.  

Stewardship of Treasure: 2019 Confirmation letters sent in the early part of February to those who have a 2018 Stewardhip of Treasure pledge on file or have online giving account.

Maintenance Fund Account: Upgrade Parish Office Server: These funds were applied to an upgrade of new server with enhanced security and more compatible with newer Microsoft programs; Costs include labor, $4,500.  Fire Department noted that the interncom in the church elevator was not working.  The project required new wiring and parts.  The cost was $4,072.  Thanks to all who support this fund.

The parish office will be closed on the following dates from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for staff training:

  • Monday, Febraury 4 and 11
  • Tuesday, February 19
  • Monday, February 25

From our School

In recognition of Catholic Schools Week, we invited several of our fifth graders to write letters about what St. Francis of Assisi School means to them. Below is a letter written by Cecelia Guenther.

Hello, my name is Cecelia, I started at St. Francis when I was in kindergarten, now I am in fifth grade. I am so lucky my mom wants me and my brother to get a great education. I have learned many life skills here at St. Francis including how to be KIND towards others, how to be RESPECTFUL, how to see DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEWS, how to SHARE, how to RAISE MY HAND, how to LISTEN, and how to be PATIENT. My brother and I were also baptized here at St. Francis and participated in first Communion, too. This is an important part of our education. I know I am getting a wonderful education at St. Francis. I am also making lifetime friends. Many of my classmates started with me in Kindergarten. They are like family. We actually have groups that we all belong to called “Family Groups”. Everyone is assigned to a family group in Kindergarten, and it’s a mix of kids from Kindergarten to 8th grade. We work together to talk about what our religion means to us and then put that meaning into action, for example making sandwiches for the homeless. This group has allowed me to make friends from all different age groups. This is an opportunity most kids do not get. My mom works full time, and I know many other parents must work, too. St. Francis provides support to working families through EDP. I love EDP. I can get my homework done, play with friends and eat lots of snacks! I love when my mom comes to pick me up—but sometimes I just want to stay and play! Here at St. Francis we are all here for each other. We are family no matter what. In third grade my father passed away. This was hard for me and my brother. When this happened my school community surrounded me with love, sympathy, and prayers and also helped my mom. We will be eternally grateful for this kindness. I know other families have suffered the loss of their loved ones, too---this community has supported all of us at one time or another. At St. Francis we get so many opportunities. I am involved in choir, the amazing band and I just recently finished the Advent play. St. Francis is a wonderful school. I am so glad I am a student here.

Thank you for your continued support of our school and our students like Cecelia.

 

Activities, Events, Retreats & Encounters
Centering Prayer group will meet on Wednesday, 7:00-8:30pm in the conference room. The group will continue to view “The Spiritual Journey with Fr. Thomas Keating”, the Fruits of Centering Prayer.  The Centering Prayer Retreat is February 23rd in the Parish Hall from 9:30-12:30 p.m.  If interested, please sing up by email John, jeisen@stfoa-parish.org

Sunday School
Did you know? Sunday School for 4yrs through Kindergarten is held during the 10 AM Mass.  We use Allelu, an award winning program developed just for little people from Our Sunday Visitor.  Contact Cheryl Brooten at 242-4574 ext 24 or at cbrooten@stfoa-parish.org for more info.

Book Club - The Marian Option by Carri Grees - 7 p.m., February 15th in Parish Hall, contact Cheryl Brooten at cbrooten@stfoa-parish.org for more information.

St Francis of Assisi School Spirit Auction
Save the Date! St. Francis of Assisi School will be hosting their 2019 Spirit Auction on March 1st and 2nd. Friday, March 1st is the silent auction in the McClean Family Center at St. Francis. Saturday, March 2nd is the Live Auction Dinner & Ball at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. Tickets will go on sale in January, but mark your calendars now, as these events are our school's biggest fundraiser of the year. For more information, visit https:// www.stfrancisofassisisea.org/apps/pages/ auction. We hope to see you there!

Volunteering and Involvement
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

Extra 2019 Calendars
Did you receive too many 2019 calendars? Our homeless and low-income neighbors would greatly appreciate receiving your surplus calendars of any size. They are not in a position to make charitable donations and so do not receive calendars from these organizations. Please bring calendars to church. There is a collection box on the counter to the right as you come in the door.

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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