Bulletin (September 16, 2007)

This weekend we will have an update on the parish Capital Campaign. In just six months, we will complete the third year of this effort to renew our parish facilities. We have accomplished a lot – and this work continues forward. One of the important projects is replacing the boiler of our church. I mentioned to you previously that the old boiler had been removed. The picture shows the crew with the new boiler. They are standing in the space between the church and rectory. As you can see, they had to remove some doors to get the new boiler through. I was impressed by the compact size of the new boiler. It seems about half the size of the old one. Of course – like the boilers we replaced in the school and Ailbe House – it is much more efficient than older models. In addition the City of Seattle has given us a financial incentive for installing this more fuel-efficient boiler. In the long run, the boiler will practically pay for itself, plus (we hope) give us much more reliable service. Thank you to all who contributed to the Capital Campaign, making possible this and other improvements.


I want to thank those who turned in nominations for the new parish Pastoral Council. Nominations will remain open another week. Please prayerfully consider who might be a good member for this important consultative body. I hope to contact potential members before leaving for Peru on September 30.

Speaking of Peru, I received an email from Sister Maritza, who is superior of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Puno. Sister Maritza and three other Vincentian Sisters manage an orphanage for some sixty girls, as well renting space for the classroom and clinic of the Mary Bloom Center. I have placed Sister’s entire letter in the Spanish section. The letter describes how Sister Elizabeth perished in an attempt to rescue Sister Antonieta, and the girls accompanying her, from the collapsing church building. Sister Maritza tells about the great sorrow of her religious community and of the people of Pisco as they face the task of rebuilding their lives and their city. She thanks us for our solidarity with them in this great effort. This weekend they are offering a “one month Mass” for the Sisters, the children, and others who died in the August 15 earthquake. Let’s join them in prayer.

Speaking of solidarity, we should be thankful for the help we have received from others in the Archdiocese – especially through the Fulcrum Foundation. Were it not for the generous grants from the Fulcrum Foundation, I do not know how our school could have survived in recent years. Next weekend we will have an opportunity to concretely express our gratitude. There will be a one-time collection for the Fulcrum Foundation. Also, those on our parish list should receive an appeal to support this Fund. I want you to know that I have made a five-year pledge to the Fulcrum Foundation Endowment Fund. I ask you also to consider it as part of your “other-half” of financial Stewardship (the first half, of course, being your support to the ongoing mission of our parish). Fulcrum Foundation benefits needy families and children, not only in Holy Family Parish, but also throughout the Archdiocese.

As a follow-up to Fulcrum, we will have two smaller collections to benefit children in our parish. On the weekend of September 29-30, we will have a two-bit collection for “Tuition Assistance.” Holy Family School teachers, staff, parents, and children will take some special roles in the English, Spanish, and Filipino Masses that weekend. At the 11 a.m. Mass, children who participate in CYO Sports will be present for a special blessing. On the following weekend, we will take up a two-bit collection for CYO Sports. Many people have the mistaken idea that CYO Sports are only for children of our parish school. That is not the case. We have a good number of children from public school and home school families who take part in CYO Sports. We would like to have more. The collection will emphasize the parish nature of CYO Sports. Thank you for supporting this program which is so important for all our children.

En la parte en inglés he escrito sobre la Campaña Capital, con una foto del nuevo calenton (“boiler”) del templo. En solamente seis meses concluiremos el tercer año de este esfuerzo para renovar los edificios de nuestra parroquia. Gracias a todos por su apoyo. También hay una explicación del Fondo Fulcrum que es tan importante para nuestra parroquia. Tenemos la opportunidad de donar a este Fondo el proximo fin de semana. Es la unica colecta que habrá para Fulcrum.

Este fin de semana las Hijas de la Caridad de San Vicente de Paul están ofreciendo una misa de un mes para Sor Elizabeth y Sor Antonieta que fallecieron en el terremoto del 15 de agosto. Abajó hay una carta de Sor Maritza (superiora de las hermanas en Puno). Sor Maritza está al izquierdo de la foto. Sor Elizabeth está a su lado.


Estimado Padre Felipe.

Después de lo sucedido en el departamento de Ica, ciudad de Pisco y toda la zona afectada por el terremoto, solo quedó mucha pena y llanto, nos comparten las hermanas que han estado ayudando y dando su apoyo en Pisco con los reparto de alimentos, agua y ropa es como que la gente anda desconcertada, temerosa, algunos con enfermedades Psicológicas y de la piel, es como un cataclismo lo que sucedió, nos cuentan que Sor Elizabeth logró salir del templo en pleno movimiento, pero regresó para sacar a Sor Antonieta que se había quedado orando en una de las bancas con algunas alumnas quienes estaban esperando que salga la gente para participar de la siguiente misa, es ahí donde el movimiento sísmico fue mas fuerte, y que no lograron salir por el apagón que hubo y en medio de la oscuridad y la desesperación sucedió la caída del templo y sepulto a toda la gente dentro y con ellos nuestras hermanas, para mi es increíble pensar que sor Eli y Sor Antonieta estén muertas aun no puedo asimilar a pesar que estube en el sepelio,y en el entierro, miro sus fotos y pienso están en su comunidad trabajando, como es la vida Padre, es rápida y no espera.

El 15 celebraremos ya el mes de su partida y deseando que esten gozando de la Gloria de Dios, bueno me despido y hasta cuando Dios diga. En unión de oraciones.

Sor Maritza hc.

Whatcom County Quilts for Orphan Girls (Richard "Bing" and Rita Sukola)

Quilt made by Fr. Emilio Gonzalez