Bulletin (April 25, 2004)

This weekend, Deacon Abel Magaña will speak in both the English and Spanish Masses concerning the Annual Catholic Appeal. As you might remember, the Archbishop ordained Abel on September 13, 2003, along with twenty-five other married men. Many parishioners have asked me to have Deacon Abel preach more often in the English Masses. I hope that will happen, but with the death of his mother and the great responsibilities he has both here and in St. Andrew’s, Sumner, I have been reluctant to request more of his generosity.

As is the case with the other permanent deacons, Abel is a family man. His wife Leticia supports him in his ministry, and together they are raising three teenage daughters, so Abel has much to share about the challenges of being a Christian father and husband. During the past eight years, he has worked as Pastoral Associate for Hispanic Ministry and has done a marvelous job organizing the Hispanic community in our parish.

I asked Deacon Abel to speak about the Annual Catholic Appeal because he can speak from both the viewpoint of the Archdiocese and the parish. Our donations to the Annual Catholic Appeal support programs that help in the formation of deacons and seminarians.

Deacons have been part of the Church hierarchy from the earliest times. In the Acts of the Apostles, we read that some widows were being neglected in the distribution of food. (Acts 6:1) Because these widows spoke only Greek, they were not being well served by those whose first language was Aramaic. So the Twelve Apostles instructed the Greek speakers to select “seven men who were acknowledged to be deeply spiritual and prudent.” (v. 3) Among them was Stephen, who would become the first martyr of the early Church, (7:54ff.) and Philip, an early missionary to Samaria, who also baptized a court official from Ethiopia. (Acts 8)

Famous deacons include St. Lawrence, who was martyred in 258 A.D., and St. Francis of Assisi. The permanent diaconate fell into disuse but was restored by the Vatican Council. The Catechism outlines the sacramental character and duties of the diaconate:

"Deacons share in Christ's mission and grace in a special way.[Cf. LG 41; AA 16.] The sacrament of Holy Orders marks them with an imprint ('character') which cannot be removed and which configures them to Christ, who made himself the 'deacon' or servant of all. [Cf. Mk 10:45; Lk 22:27; St. Polycarp, Ad Phil. 5, 2: SCh 10, 182.] Among other tasks, it is the task of deacons to assist the bishop and priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, above all the Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting at and blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel and preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating themselves to the various ministries of charity. [Cf. LG 29; SC 35 # 4; AG 16." (#1570)

Last year 447 Holy Family parishioners participated in the Annual Catholic Appeal with an average pledge of $123.00. Our parish goal this year is $52,500. My hope is that every parishioner will participate this year. I ask you to consider responding with the same spirit of generosity by pledging the same amount, or even increasing your pledge, because our parish is trying to raise an additional amount of $30,000 for our special parish project of repairing and refurbishing the Ailbe House. This appeal dovetails with the June 20 rededication of the Ailbe House Library in memory of Sharon Carriere. All parishioners use the Ailbe House, and I ask all parishioners to support this special project. If we all participate, we can meet the needs of the wider Church while at the same time fund our parish project.

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Next Saturday there will be a rally at Safeco Field called "Mayday for Marriage." The featured speaker is Dr. James Dobson. You might want to attend this gathering. Here is their statement:

We believe God, not man, created marriage. We believe marriage was the first institution designed by God. We believe the Bible teaches that the covenant of marriage is sacred and life long. The Bible makes it clear that marriage is a legally binding public declaration of commitment and a private consummation between one man and one woman, never between the same sex. Therefore, we believe God gives a wife to a husband and a husband to a wife, and they are to receive one another as God's unique and personal provision to help meet their mutual needs.

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MOTHER'S DAY CARDS are available. We will have a Novena of Prayers for our moms, both living and deceased. You may take a card for your mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, niece, etc. Please place an offering of ten dollars (or whatever amount you wish to donate) in the spiritual bouquet envelope so that we can place it on the altar during our novena of prayer.

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Don't miss the Holy Family School play. It begins this Friday evening!

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Please pray for our young people who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Wednesday. Archbishop Brunett will celebrate a bilingual Mass at 7 p.m. in our church. Plan on attending.

Este fin de semana, el diácono Abel Magaña predicará en las misas de español e inglés sobre la Petición Católica Anual. Le pedí al Diacono Abel hablar sobre la Petición Anual porque él conoce bien el trabajo de la arquidiócesis y de la parroquia. Sus donaciones apoyan programas como formación de diáconos y seminaristas.

Los diáconos han sido parte de la jerarquía desde el principio de la iglesia. En los Hechos de los Apóstoles, leemos como fue necesario escoger “siete hombres espirituales y prudentes” (6:1) para ayudar con la distribución a las viudas de habla griego. Uno de ellos era el diácono Esteban que fue el primer mártir. Otros diáconos famosos son San Lorenzo y San Francisco de Asís. El Catecismo da esta descripción del carácter sacramental y deberes del diácono:

1570. "Los diáconos participan de una manera especial en la misión y la gracia de Cristo. El sacramento del Orden los marcó con un sello ['carácter'] que nadie puede hacer desaparecer y que los configura con Cristo que se hizo 'diácono', es decir, el servidor de todos. Corresponde a los diáconos, entre otras cosas, asistir al obispo y a los presbíteros en la celebración de los divinos misterios sobre todo de la Eucaristía y en la distribución de la misma, asistir a la celebración del matrimonio y bendecirlo, proclamar el Evangelio y predicar, presidir las exequias y entregarse a los diversos servicios de la caridad."

En cuanto a la Petición Anual, nuestra meta para la arquidiócesis es $52,500. Tenemos la esperanza de recaudar un total de $85,000 para poder dedicar $30,000 para reparaciones de la Ailbe House. Necesitamos la ayuda de todos para alcanzar esta meta.

Las tarjetas del DIA DE LA MADRE están disponibles. Se puede usar el sobre para inscribir su mamá, abuela, sobrina, cuñada, hermana, etc. en la novena de oración. Favor de poner una donación (sugerida: $10) en el sobre. Pondremos todas las intenciones en el altar durante la novena.

Este miércoles el Arzobispo Brunett celebrará la MISA DE CONFIRMACION en nuestra parroquia. Será una misa bilingüe a las 7 p.m. Favor rezar por los candidatos y, si es posible asistir a la misa.

La foto chistosa del Sr. Kermit y la Señorita Piggy es para recordar que estamos en los tiempos de matrimonio. No es necesario ser tan guapo como Kermit o tan elegante como la Señorita Piggy para celebrar su boda. Solamente llamar al diácono Abel para inscribirse en la preparación pre-matrimonial aquí en Holy Family. El año pasado 58 parejas celebraron su boda en nuestra iglesia. Si no estás casado por la iglesia, ahora es el momento oportuno.