Bulletin (June 11, 2006)

This Sunday we have the joy and honor of hosting Fr. Peter Mactutis’ First Mass of Thanksgiving. Here is some information about Fr. Mactutis:

Age: 31
Hometown: El Paso, Tex.; now has strong ties to Holy Family, Seattle.
Seminary: Mount Angel, St. Benedict, Ore.
Pastoral Internship: Sacred Heart Parish, Enumclaw
Degrees: Certificate in philosophy; master’s of divinity.
First Mass: June 11, 11:00 a.m., Holy Family Church, Seattle.
Parents: Anthony Mactutis (deceased) and Joyce Kirsch. Stepfather, John Kirsch.
Siblings: Three older brothers, two younger sisters.
Hobbies/Interests: Boat building (“I’ve built three boats that are seaworthy”), hiking.
Relatives in religious life: Late father was a permanent deacon.
Foreign languages: Learning Spanish.

I want to thank the Knights of Columbus and St. Martha’s Sodality for providing a reception for Fr. Mactutis and his family members after the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Also, a big thank you to those who brought special dishes. All are welcome to attend this reception.

Speaking of vocations, we have with us this summer a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Seattle, Matthew Hoersch. Matt is currently studying at Bishop White Seminary in Spokane. An adult convert to the Catholic faith, Matt brings many skills, including a knowledge of computers and their programs. He is helping us work out some of the problems in our various computers so that we will be able to more effectively store and retrieve vital parish data. You will be seeing Matt around the parish this summer. Here is his picture so you will know who he is.

I want to applaud the Washington State Pharmacy Board for their decision to make room for pharmacists who have conscientious objections to dispensing so called “emergency contraception” or “Plan B.” One of its mechanisms is to weaken the endometrial lining of the uterus, thus making the mother’s womb inhospitable to the implantation or nidation (nesting) of the newly conceived child. As the University of California at Santa Barbara website states, “They (emergency contraception pills) also thin out the endometrial lining making it difficult for a fertilized egg to implant.” According to the National Institute of Health, “They (ECP’s) may make the uterine lining less hospitable for implantation of a pregnancy.” To make a comparison from the animal world, it is like tampering with an eagle’s nest - for example, by throwing a rock at it. Even a small amount of damage could be fatal to the tiny eaglets. So it is with misnamed “emergency contraception.” It can destroy a tiny human life.

While I applaud the Pharmacy Board, I also must register my disappointment with Governor Christine Gregoire’s reaction to the Board’s decision. During her election campaign, she had met with Archbishop Brunett, expressing to him that as a Catholic she was against abortion. It is hard to understand that she would not have more sympathy with those who have grave moral concerns regarding a pill which would snuff out the life of a newly conceived human. Instead, she employed scare tactics, drawing unfair comparisons with Viagra and medicines for AIDS. The fact is, that “emergency contraception” is in a category by itself. To require all pharmacists to dispense it would exclude anyone with clear pro-life beliefs from that profession. And more seriously, it would in the long run reduce pharmacists to the level of dispensing machines: Just fill out the doctor’s prescription and forget about any human, moral dimension. For my money, I prefer an adult relationship to my pharmacist (and other medical practitioners). And if I don’t get the service I desire, I can go somewhere else. Why are Governor Gregoire and others so threatened by a relatively small number of pharmacists who desire to exercise their profession without compromising their core beliefs?

Congratulations for Holy Family Eighth Graders and to all those graduating this month. On Tuesday morning, we will have a Baccalaureate Mass at 8:30 a.m. and Graduation Ceremony that evening in our church. All are welcome. Our goal at Holy Family School is to form young men and women with deep faith values who will make their contribution to our society and Church.

Speaking of graduates, I want to express a special congratulations to Reina Francisco Cayetano, who received a B.A. in Animation with a Visual Effects minor from the Savanna College of Art and Design. Rei’s parents, Roberto and Nida, serve as lector and extraordinary minister of Communion here at Holy Family. To Rei and all graduates go our congratulations and prayers.

Este domingo tenemos la alegría y el honor de la primera misa del nuevo sacerdote, el Padre Peter Mactutis. Muchos de Vds se acuerdan la ordenación al diaconado aquí en Holy Family, el 4 de septiembre, 2006 - y su homilía en las misas de español, el 12 de septiembre. Todos son invitados a la recepción en su honor, después de la misa de 11 a.m. este domingo. Favor de rezar por el Padre Pedro y los otros nuevos sacerdotes de nuestra arquidiocesis.

Gracias a todos que han hecho su compromiso a la Petición Anual. Sus donación apoyan a nuestros seminaristas, beneficios médicos para sacerdotes y hermanas jubilados y muchas otras obras del la Arquidiocesis de Seattle. Si Vd no ha hecho su compromiso o donación, favor de hacerlo esta semana. Aun si uno solamente puede ofrecer oraciones, es importante llenar un sobre. No tenga miedo. Vd debe de ser conectado con la Arquidiocesis - y la Arquidiocesis necesita su participación. Somos católicos, es decir, miembros de una Iglesia universal.