Bulletin (August 12, 2007)

We had a nice gathering on August 3, after the First Friday Mass. Principal Glen Lutz invited us for coffee and donuts – and then a tour of the ongoing renovation of our parish school. The picture shows the group in the fifth grade classroom. Thanks to the School Auction “Fund-an-Item” we are able to refurbish the fourth and fifth grade classrooms, in addition to the hallway outside those classrooms. I would also like to thank the school parents who are volunteering their time and equipment to make major improvements on our soccer field. This summer we are accomplishing a number of projects: some with volunteers, some as part of the Capital Campaign, some from the operating budget and others from specific donations such as “Fund-an-Item.” I am grateful to Parish Administrator Gary Samaniego and Principal Glen Lutz for overseeing these projects.

Over the summer we are contacting those who are behind on their pledge to the Capital Campaign, as well as registered and donating parishioners who have not yet made a pledge to the Campaign. This is important not just for our parish needs, but as a pastoral outreach. It has enabled me, Fr. Ramon, Deacons Ted and Abel to find out about spiritual needs that we may not have known otherwise. I would especially ask that if you know of someone who is homebound and not receiving Holy Communion that you notify me or call the parish office.

This Wednesday we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The importance of this Feast is underscored by the fact that it is a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be Mass in English at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and in Spanish at 7 p.m. Also we will have a Vigil Mass on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. The Vigil Mass will be celebrated in Latin, according to the ordinary rite. I will be using “ad orientam” posture, that is the priest and congregation facing the same direction in the prayers directed to the Father.

On September 14, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, I hope to celebrate a Mass using the extraordinary rite – that is, the Missal promulgated by Blessed Pope John XXIII. For those who desire to learn the extraordinary rite, we will have practices on Tuesday evenings, beginning August 21. At the practices we will learn the pronunciations and postures of the extraordinary rite. More next week.

This Tuesday is the anniversary of the death of Fr. Michael McGivney. He died at the age of 38 on August 14, 1890. In his relatively short life, he accomplished many things; most notably he founded the largest Catholic fraternal organization – the Knights of Columbus. If you have not yet done so, I encourage you to read Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism by Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster. The authors are trained historians and have done a marvelous job depicting the life and times of this remarkable man – who may become the first American priest to be canonized.

The Sacred Heart Radio Book Club will address a very different book this month: God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens. This book is part of a more militant atheism that has recently emerged in our culture. This new atheism does not really have new ideas, but it does have a much broader audience. The new atheism has repackaged itself as “science,” for example, Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion. Although they use authority of science as a club to strike their opponents, they do not really present science as such, but a philosophy that has been around for a long time. The Sacred Heart Book Club, hosted by Dr. Thomas Curran, will discuss Hitchens’ popular book. Frs. Kurt Nagel and Jim Northrop will form part of the panel. If you are concerned about our culture’s attack on Christian faith, don’t miss this program. Keep your radio tuned to AM 1050 for excellent Catholic programming.

Speaking of books, have I recommended to you the novels of Dean Koontz? They are not for the weak of heart, but they do address the problem of evil in an unflinching manner. I especially enjoyed his Odd Thomas trilogy.

Finally, I want to encourage you to vote in the August 21 Primary Elections. This is not a political endorsement, but I am proud of the fact that Holy Family parishioner Maria Ramirez is running for the Seattle School Board. Too often we lament the condition of our public schools, but do not get involved in the solution. I applaud Maria for getting involved. Of course, one of the greatest things we can do for our children is to support our parish school. Not only are we saving other taxpayers millions of dollars, but our Catholic School system provides a quality education for many children, including those of very limited means. Holy Family Parish School is in the forefront of serving a very diverse population.

En la parte en inglés mencioné diferentes proyectos que estamos cumpliendo gracias a la Campaña Capital y el trabajo de voluntarios. Quisiera mencionar aquí que seguimos mejorando la Casa Ramon Sainz, que tambien era parte de la Campaña y donación de tiempo de miembros de la comunidad hispana. Esta semana estamos enviando cartas a los que están atrasados en sus donaciones a la Campaña y los que todavía no han hecho un compromiso. Queremos incluir a todos y al mismo tiempo saber si hay personas con necesidades pastorales – por ejemplo, un miembro de la familia que no puede ir a la misa dominical a causa de enfermedades.

Este miércoles es Fiesta de La Asunción de la Virgen María. Es un Día de Obligación – es decir, como el día domingo, hay que asistir a la misa bajo la pena de pecado mortal. Habrá misa en español a las 7 p.m. y misas en inglés a las 8:30 a.m. y a las 6 p.m. También habrá una misa en latin para la vigilia de la Asunción (14 de agosto) a las 7 p.m.

Para los que tienen interés vamos a tener la oportunidad de aprendar la pronunciación y posturas correctas para la misa extraordinaria (Misal del Beato Papa Juan XXIII). Habrá más sobre esto en el boletín del proximo domingo.


La foto es de la boda de Russell y Dolly. La incluyo para recordarles a rezar por todos los novios que están preparandose para su matrimonio – y también para recordarles de la importancia del sacramento. Para mayor informacion, favor de hablar con el Diácono Abel Magaña, el Padre Ramón o conmigo

(New Sign for Sports Field)

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