Bulletin (July 20, 2008)

Perhaps you saw some of the news about World Youth Day in Australia. For those with Internet access, it was possible to view the Masses and other events live. Three young people represented our parish: Lauren Hance, Adam Fox and Catherine Hildebrand. Catherine’s mom, Roberta Tansey, accompanied the group. They were part of several hundred thousand youth who went to Sidney for this great event. One of our youth sent this email message: “YAY! We saw the pope today!!! And we actually had a really good spot for his entrance on the boat in Sydney Harbor and when he came riding through in the pope mobile!” Pope Benedict addressed these words to those attending World Youth Day:

Many young people today lack hope. They are perplexed by the questions that present themselves ever more urgently in a confusing world, and they are often uncertain which way to turn for answers. They see poverty and injustice and they long to find solutions. They are challenged by the arguments of those who deny the existence of God and they wonder how to respond. They see great damage done to the natural environment through human greed and they struggle to find ways to live in greater harmony with nature and with one another.

Where can we look for answers? The Spirit points us towards the way that leads to life, to love and to truth. The Spirit points us towards Jesus Christ. There is a saying attributed to Saint Augustine: "If you wish to remain young, seek Christ". In him we find the answers that we are seeking, we find the goals that are truly worth living for, we find the strength to pursue the path that will bring about a better world. Our hearts find no rest until they rest in the Lord, as Saint Augustine says at the beginning of the Confessions, the famous account of his own youth. My prayer is that the hearts of the young people who gather in Sydney for the celebration of World Youth Day will truly find rest in the Lord, and that they will be filled with joy and fervor for spreading the Good News among their friends, their families, and all whom they meet.

Back here at Holy Family, we are promoting various activities for young people. Please take note the announcement regarding the Pier Giorgio Frasatti Boys’ Club. Also this summer we are going to be recruiting new members for our Youth Choir. In other parts of the bulletin, you will find information on the Young Adult Scripture Study, Steubenville Northwest, Camp 4:12 and other youth activities.

Holy Family has a great history. Last week I placed a few pictures of Monsignor McGrath in the bulletin. He had our parish’s longest pastorate (1936-1969). Here is a picture of Holy Family’s founding pastor, Fr. John Gibboney (1921-1929). In the Spanish section, I have placed a photo of the original church. In 1953 our current church replaced that wood structure.

Next Friday will mark the fortieth anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae. I would like to invite you to re-read that encyclical (or perhaps read it for the first time). It is a profound and beautiful expression of Jesus’ teaching on the love between husband and wife – and the moral principles that should guide them in spacing the birth of their children. Here is a key paragraph:

If, then, there are serious motives to space out births, which derive from the physical or psychological conditions of husband and wife, or from external conditions, the Church teaches that it is then licit to take into account the natural rhythms immanent in the generative functions, for the use of marriage in the infecund periods only, and in this way to regulate birth without offending the moral principles which have been recalled earlier.

The Church is coherent with herself when she considers recourse to the infecund periods to be licit, while at the same time condemning, as being always illicit, the use of means directly contrary to fecundation, even if such use is inspired by reasons which may appear honest and serious. In reality, there are essential differences between the two cases; in the former, the married couple make legitimate use of a natural disposition; in the latter, they impede the development of natural processes. It is true that, in the one and the other case, the married couple are concordant in the positive will of avoiding children for plausible reasons, seeking the certainty that offspring will not arrive; but it is also true that only in the former case are they able to renounce the use of marriage in the fecund periods when, for just motives, procreation is not desirable, while making use of it during infecund periods to manifest their affection and to safeguard their mutual fidelity. By so doing, they give proof of a truly and integrally honest love.

The pope also addressed the consequences of artificial methods of birth control. Forty years later, his words are prophetic:

Upright men can even better convince themselves of the solid grounds on which the teaching of the Church in this field is based, if they care to reflect upon the consequences of methods of artificial birth control. Let them consider, first of all, how wide and easy a road would thus be opened up towards conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality. Not much experience is needed in order to know human weakness, and to understand that men -- especially the young, who are so vulnerable on this point -- have need of encouragement to be faithful to the moral law, so that they must not be offered some easy means of eluding its observance. It is also to be feared that the man, growing used to the employment of anti-conceptive practices, may finally lose respect for the woman and, no longer caring for her physical and psychological equilibrium, may come to the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion.

I witnessed this “general lowering of morality” when I went to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Although the actors and directors have great talent, it seems like each year the Festival is becoming less family-friendly and more family-hostile. I was particularly disappointed by the production Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play features a spirit world that mirrors the world of humans. However, instead of representing the sprites as children, someone got the bright idea of depicting them as stereotypical homosexuals with limp wrist gestures, tights, purses, etc. Fr. Jim and I decided that if we go back to the Festival again, we are going to be more selective in the plays we see. As I mentioned in the homily last weekend, they did have a fine production of a non-Shakespearean play – Our Town by Thornton Wilder. It was beautifully done, and I hope to write something about it next week.

A final word for men of the parish: Please consider taking part in the Seattle Monastic Retreat at Westminster Abbey. You will find information fliers in the vestibule or you may call Joe Keppler at 937-8155 or 615-2214.

En la parte en ingles hay una foto del primer parroco de Holy Family: el Padre John Gibboney. Aquí una foto del templo que sirvio a la parroquia desde 1921 hasta 1953.

Tambien mencione de la enciclica Humanae Vitae que tendra su 40 aniversario este viernes. Aquí una parte de la carta importante del Santo Padre:

Por consiguiente, si para espaciar los nacimientos existen serios motivos, derivados de las condiciones físicas o psicológicas de los cónyuges, o de circunstancias exteriores, la Iglesia enseña que entonces es lícito tener en cuenta los ritmos naturales inmanentes a las funciones generadoras para usar del matrimonio sólo en los periodos infecundos y así regular la natalidad sin ofender los principios morales que acabamos de recordar.

Los hombres rectos podrán convencerse todavía de la consistencia de la doctrina de la Iglesia en este campo si reflexionan sobre las consecuencias de los métodos de la regulación artificial de la natalidad. Consideren, antes que nada, el camino fácil y amplio que se abriría a la infidelidad conyugal y a la degradación general de la moralidad. No se necesita mucha experiencia para conocer la debilidad humana y para comprender que los hombres, especialmente los jóvenes, tan vulnerables en este punto tienen necesidad de aliento para ser fieles a la ley moral y no se les debe ofrecer cualquier medio fácil para burlar su observancia.

Podría también temerse que el hombre, habituándose al uso de las prácticas anticonceptivas, acabase por perder el respeto a la mujer y, sin preocuparse más de su equilibrio físico y psicológico, llegase a considerarla como simple instrumento de goce egoístico y no como a compañera, respetada y amada.

photo of clergy present at the dedication in 1921 (Fr. A. McHugh, Fr. Fisser, Bishop O'Dea, Fr. M. J. O'Callahan, Fr. Francis Gliebe OFM - names written on back of photo)

Stewardship Reflection:

Growing in generosity is a key to enhancing our relationship with the Lord and those around us. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus says, “Truly. I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” Are you reaching out to your brothers and sisters in Christ?

Faith and Finances with Phil Lenahan © – www.VeritasFinancialMinistries.com

Parish Stewardship Giving Summary
Wk. 1 of Fiscal Year (July13, 2008)

July 13 Check/Cash Envelope:	$    7,155.02
July 13 EFT (Automatic Deduction):	$       767.93  
July 13 Loose Cash:			$    2,636.59
July 13 Total Offering:			$  10.559.54

Fiscal Year to Date:				$  22,820.20

Some of the Gifts from the Other Half of our Stewardship
2-bit Collection (Deanery Prison Ministry):	$    1,334.18  
St. Vincent De Paul:				$       270.00

To make on-line donations for our Parish and School, go to www.HFSeattle.org.

Annual Catholic Appeal Update as of July 17 In the Vestibule you will see a thermometer tracking our Annual Catholic Appeal Pledge. As of this week, we are at a 46% fulfillment rate! All money collected over our required donation amount will be rebated back to us and used to purchase a beautiful hand-carved sign as well as for other maintenance projects. Your continued faithfulness to your pledge will help us reach our goal. Thank you for your on-going Stewardship to the Appeal. For on-line donations go to http://www.seattlearch.org/ACA

Total Pledged:				$77,183.00
Total Paid:					$36,077.00
Balance:					$41,106.00

Total Required Donation:			$62,759.00
Potential Rebate:				$14,424.00

Military Prayer Board

Melanie & Samwise, July 13 & 14

Fourth of July with the Bells