Announcements (November 26, 2000)

1. Our two-bit collection this Sunday is for Catholic Seamen’s Club of Seattle. Your donations will help Fr. Tony Haycock in his ministry in the Port of Seattle.

2. Thank you for your donations last Sunday for our parish St. Vincent de Paul. $2,080 were donated to help the needy in our neighborhood. Also thank you to all those who contributed to the food collection, especially at our Thanksgiving Day Mass.

3. In our First Collection last Sunday $13,178 were given. Your weekly sacrificial giving enables us to maintain our parish and carry forward its programs.

4. This Monday afternoon our Ladies Sodality will hold their Annual Baby Shower, 1 p. m. in the Ailbe House Library.

5. This Friday is the First Friday of December. Please make an effort to attend the First Friday Mass at 8:30 a.m. Also there will be a First Saturday Mass at 8 a.m., December 2.

6. The First Thursday of December is December 7. There will be confessions from 1 to 8 p.m. This is a good opportunity to make your Advent Confession.

7. Please set aside the afternoon of December 31 for our parish pilgrimage to St. James Cathedral. It will involve celebration of Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 4 p.m

8. Next Sunday, Archbishop Brunett will celebrate the enrollment of Deacon Candidates, about thirty men from throughout the Archdiocese are in this program. From Holy Family Parish Abel Magana will be received as a deacon candidate. You are invited to attend the Mass next Sunday, 2 p.m. at St. James Cathedral.

9. Also next Sunday afternoon their will be Teen Mass at Holy Rosary Church, 5:30 p.m. The Mass is open for youth from 6th to 12th grades. Please bring a new or gently used music CD to donate for needy teens at the Orion Center.

10. Scrip is for sale in the vestibule of the Church.

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It’s good to get back to Holy Family after my visit to the Mary Bloom Center in Peru. The time there was both spiritually and physically renewing, but it is always good to return home.

As I mentioned in the Masses last Sunday, our parish auction at the W Hotel was a resounding success. I am grateful to all who worked on it, especially Debbe and Ken Hirata for their months of organizational effort. The evening went very smoothly and besides being a wonderful fun raiser, it was an enjoyable experience for all who participated. Many people from outside our parish came to the auction because they wanted to support our mission and vision, especially our parish school. In particular I must mention Lou and Diane Tice. Lou himself attended Holy Family when he was in first grade.

The proceeds from the auction will go to our school renovation project. They will be a great help toward retiring our debt from the porch construction so that when can move to the next stage - the installation of the elevator so that our school will be accessible to those with handicaps and to the elderly.

This Sunday afternoon we will have our “Ribbon Cutting Ceremony” for our new school porch. Mr. Harry Purpur, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese, will be present as well as different benefactors and supporters of this important project. All parishioners are most cordially welcome to attend.

Our school renovation project gives us a special reason to be thankful this year. On Thursday we bring our gratitute to God to a our parish Thanksgiving Day Mass. I have to admit Thanksgiving is my favorite national holiday. I invite you to come to the Mass at 9 a.m. and to bring two items of food: one to give to the poor and one from your own Thanksgiving table to be blessed at the end of the Mass. The food item for the poor will be brought forward during the offertory time. Also the collection will be used exclusively to help the poor in our parish through the St. Vincent de Paul Society and our Hispanic Madre Teresa group.

I would like to now emphasize something which is rather obvious, but which we can sometimes overlook. Our outreach to the poor, as well as our building maintenance and renovation, can only happen if we support our basic parish programs. During the month of November we are each asked to examine our Stewardship. Am I giving sacrificially? That is, do I recognize that everything I have comes from God and that I must make a return of first fruits to Him? The Bible speaks about tithing, that is, giving the first ten percent back to God. What we ask each parishioner to consider is giving 5 % of one income to the parish and 5% to other charities. Some actually give more that than, but the fact is that if every parishioner gave at this level we would not have such financial problems and would be able to do so much more.

Right now one of our dreams (besides the renovation of our buildings) is to strengthen our parish staff. In recent years we have had to cut back in order to maintain our school. If we are going to hire someone as a front office manager, we will need the sacrificial giving of every Holy Family Parishioner. We have a excellent new parish administrator, but for Tom Weber to get the administation running smoothly he will need that additional office support. Our goal is to provide the highest quality service possible to those who come to the parish with a wide variety of pastoral needs. The volunteers who have been helping out in the front office can testify to this pressing need.

Please take the time to pray about your own sacrificial giving and to fill out the pledge cards, returning them to the rectory or placing them in a Sunday collection basket. May the Good Lord bless you and your loved ones.