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Called to Serve as Christ: Parish receive its third refund from the campaign. $7,028 was add to our other refunds. The total refund to date is $35,110. Sunday Giving in June: Stock sale in December was deposited in our general savings account in June and parishioners caught up on their 2018 & 2019 pledges help boost our Sunday giving for this month- Thank You! The overall 2018-2019 Operating Budget will likely break even, even end with a slight surplus; primary reason is our new youth minister started employment this June, instead of July of 2018. This resulted significant salary and benefit “savings” that was budgeted for this fiscal year.

Annual Catholic Thank you to all who have responded to the needs of our Church in Western Washington through the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. We remain far short of our goal of $132,065. Please consider supporting the appeal. If you cannot give, could you please fill out a pledge envelope and mark it, “Prayers” so we won’t keep sending out more reminders. You can give online by going online to www.seattlearchdioese.org/ donate. Help us reach our goal. Thank you!

Activities, Events, Retreats & Encounters

Calling all prayer warriors! Please keep the Alpha course in your prayers. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would guide and direct the volunteers in all their conversations so that God’s love shines through them. Please pray for all those who are participating in this course, that they experience welcoming, acceptance and encounter the presence of the living Lord. We gather every Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm in Parish Hall. For more information contact Cheryl Brooten at 206 2542-4575 ext. 24 or cbrooten@stfoa-parish.org.

Priest Days This week Fr. Dick will be gone with the other priests of the Seattle Archdiocese to Priest Days at Ocean Shores. Monday through Thursday, June 17-20, we will have Communion Services instead of Daily Mass at 9:00 AM. Fr. Dick will be here on Friday, June 21 to celebrate morning Mass at 9:00 AM. We pray that they all have a relaxing and refreshing week away.

Centering Prayer group meets on Tuesday at 7:00pm in the Conference Room.  Centering Prayer group will not meet in July or the first half o August.

50+plus friends -June event - potluck and garden tour on Thursday, June 20 at 11:30 a.m. we will be having a garden tour and potluck lunch at Mary Ann and Joe Moushey's home in Shorewood on the sound. Parking is very limited and so we will be carpooling from st. Francis parking lot at 11:am. Please call Pat deDastongrene (206) 243-6238 or marge Vranizan (206) 243-0311 to confirm you are attending can you drive two or three people or do you need a ride?

Baptism celebrates the new God-given life of your child by welcoming the child into the community of believers. If you would like to have your child baptized, contact the parish office to receive information and paperwork. The next pre- Baptism class is on Wednesday, July 3rd  at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall. To have a child baptized in July or August you will need to attend the July 3rd class or have already taken a pre-baptism class within the past two years. You need to contact Elizabeth in the Parish Office and have your Baptism paperwork turned in one week prior  to attending a pre -baptism class. Call Elizabeth for more information.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament - Join us on Friday, July 5th any time between 2:30 and 8:30 PM for Adoration. Come for an hour or any part of the time. If you can commit to an hour or you would like to be put on the email reminder list, contact Sarah Vandemark at sarahbv53@comcast.net. If you have emailed Sarah in the last several weeks please try again. The email I had in the bulletin was incorrect.

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

SEEL Retreat Invites you to Draw Nearer to God The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) is a 9-month retreat format of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, with retreat community in Seattle meeting in Seattle and Tacoma. The SEEL retreat goes from September through May and is a powerful, life-changing program of prayer and spiritual direction that can be done by busy people in the midst of their daily lives. SEEL is accepting applications now for the retreat starting in September of 2019. Learn more at our website at www.seelpugetsound.org or call 206-721-3518.

Who is your neighbor? On the second Sunday of every other month we prepare a meal at Transform Burien at 146th and 4th SW. In order to continue this ministry to our homeless neighbors in Burien, we need cooks to help prepare the food. Our next day to serve is July 14. We make 500 sandwiches on the 4th Tuesday of the month for St. Martin de Porres Shelter for Men. We need leadership in this ministry. This ministry has been ongoing for 25 years or more. Contact Frances Davis in the outreach Office to get involved 206-242-4575 ext 29

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!

Rite of Christian Initiation - Are you interested in joining the Catholic Church? 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. Those interested in the Rite of Christian Initiation process will meet on Monday evenings between 7:00 and 9:00 PM in the Parish Hall beginning in September. 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 before the first meeting.

Volunteering and Involvement

Teen volunteers needed for Vacation Bible School at St. Francis August 5th through the 9th!! We are in need of many teen helpers for this year’s vacation bible school. You will be helping guide the children on their wildlife Safari! Please contact Cheryl Brooten for more information or to volunteer!

ST. FRANCIS BLOOD DRIVE will be Monday, July 22nd. Frances Davis is the contact to sign up. Watch for flyers

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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