Bulletin (September 21, 2008)
This weekend we welcome Deacon Juan Lezcano. He will preach at our English, Spanish and Filipino Masses, addressing the important issues raised by the current drive to legalize assisted suicide in Washington State. Like Deacons Ted Wiese and Abel Magaña, Deacon Juan is a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Seattle. A social worker for Child Protective Services, Deacon Lezcano-Sotolongo professed in the Secular Franciscans in 1986. Recently, he was elected to his second term as international councilor for the Secular Franciscan Order in the United States, representing the order’s 17,000 U.S. members. Deacon Juan and his wife Karen are members of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Federal Way. I might also mention that Juan and Karen are long-time friends of Fr. Jim Williams, who I also hope will join us at one of our weekend Masses.
You probably noticed that we have begun the work on the Ailbe House roof. I am delighted that we are able to replace this roof which has been leaking in a number of places. Your support of the Capital Campaign makes possible this much needed repair. We also hope to begin the work on the rectory roof. Like the Ailbe House roof, it has seen many years of service and is beginning to leak. As you remember, the Capital Campaign enabled us to replace the roofs of the church and school. Thus we will have new roofs for our four major buildings. This work is essential for the present and the future of our parish. I thank you for your support of the Campaign and of Holy Family Parish.
Besides the work on the Ailbe House and rectory roofs, last weekend we marked a notable accomplishment: the inauguration of the new soccer field. This has been a great project of our parish CYO. It was great to see the soccer teams from Holy Family and neighboring parishes make good use of the new field. Also, our parish school uses this field for physical education classes. Special thanks to Ed Horn for his leadership in this project. The picture shows Ed coaching one of the young soccer players in last Saturday’s match with Holy Rosary.
Speaking of leadership, we had a good gathering of parish and school staff, consultative bodies (Parish Council, Finance Council and School Commission), and heads of different parish ministries. In another part of the bulletin, you will find a list of the different ministries with contact numbers. I am grateful for their Stewardship of Time and Talent, and I invite you to find out more about these ministries and to consider how you might participate in helping us build a better parish.
Next Saturday our Parish Council will make an all day retreat to reflect and pray on what it means for us to become a Stewardship Parish. This retreat culminates a year of study and discussion using documents from the U.S. Bishops and the Archdiocese of Seattle. I ask your prayers for us in this important retreat. After the retreat we will be presenting to you the results of this discernment.
Finally, I invite you to join in the novena in honor Saint Lorenzo Ruiz. The novena will culminate with a Mass in his memory on September 28 at 6 p.m. I will have the honor of being the main celebrant of that Mass, together with our parochial vicar, Fr. Armando Red. After the Mass we will have a reception in the parish hall. Please plan on taking part in this important parish celebration. Since St. Lorenzo Ruiz was a parish scribe/record keeper, he is a good intercessor for those with financial worries (and who doesn’t have those worries today). St. Lorenzo, pray for us – and for sound financial advice, please read Phil Lenahan’s reflections in the Stewardship section.
English Ministry Altar Servers – Gary Samaniego 767-6220 Birthright – Suzanne Nicholas 322-9329 Boys’ Club – Dominic Parmantier 510-4937 Choirs, Adult & Youth – Anca Wilson 767-6640 CYO – Ed Horn 933-9739 Extraordinary Ministers, Lectors – Greg Miller 861-6099 Knights of Columbus – Macabe Mooney 694-9402 Legion of Mary – Gerry Watson 764-5407 Parents’ Club President – Lawrence Kane 938-2361 RCIA – Toni Halsey Steve Hance 246-6118 Religious Education – Gary Samaniego 767-6220 Scripture Study – Susan Purcell 935-5991 St. Martha’s Sodality – Betty Weller 763-0886 St. Vincent de Paul – Bob and Dorothy Atkins 938-3463 Ushers – Rosa Velasco 763-3479
Este fin de semana el Diacono Juan Lezcan dará la homilia en las misas en ingles y español. Dará un mensaje importante sobre el tentativo de legalizar el suicidio asistido en Washington. En mi mensaje en ingles he escrito mas sobre el Diacono Juan.
Tambien en la parte de ingles, he descrito unos proyectos importantes: los nuevos techos para la Ailbe House y la rectoria (oficina parroquial). Gracias a su apoyo de la Campaña Capital y la Mayordomia (Co-Responsibilidad – Primera Colecta) hemos podido hacer estas reparaciones necesarias. Tambien mencioné el nuevo campo deportivo que nuestros niños usan para futbol, beisbol y otros deportes. Hay una foto del sabado pasado (13 de septiembre) el dia de la inaguracion del nuevo campo. Como se puede ver, aun mi perrito Samwise esta gozando del nuevo campo.
Tuvimos una Buena reunion de los empleados (“staff”) de la escuela y parroquia, los grupos consultivos y los lideres de diferentes grupos. Hay una lista de las personas de contacto con sus telefonos. El proximo sabado, el Consejo Parroquial – que es el grupo consultivo principal – tendra un retiro para juntar los resultados de nuestro año de discernmiento sobre lo que significa ser una Parroquia de Co-Responsibilidad. Despues del retiro, les comunicaremos esto resultados a ustedes. Gracias por sus oraciones y apoyo.
Altar Service – Carlos Orozco 839-1507 Baptism Preparation – Victor Ramirez 762-6069 Children’s Bible Classes – Rosa Soledad 431-5050 Choirs – Efren & Christina Valencia 439-1711 Rudy & Paulina Alvardado 933-7810 Mayte Felix Ricardo Magallanes 940-5510 Extraordinary Ministers – Ana Luz Calvo 835-0243 Faith Formation – Leticia Magana 767-6220 Janitorial at Church – Rosalina Almada Lady of Guadalupe – Antonia Altamirano 243-9326 Lectors – Maritza Padilla 242-0738 Legion of Mary/Adults – Maria Segura 941-2394 Legion of Mary/Children – Reyna & Ana Recinos 380-1017 (Ana) Marriage Preparation – Lourdes Santos 244-3054 Mass Coordinator 6:30 p.m. – Sergio Romero Mass Coordinator 9:30 a.m.– Cristina Chavez Mass Coordinator 12:30 p.m. – Victor Ramirez 762-6069 M.F.C. – Gilberto & Clemencia Chirino 923-2327 Nocturnal Adoration – Enrique Rosales 431-9303 Juan Ramon Aldrete 322-7439 Perpetual Adoration – Raquel Aldrete 322-7439 Prayer Group – Elena Valera 241-1156 Quinceannera Coordinator – Angelica Ramirez 762-6069 RCIA – Margarita Martinez Mario Recinos 431-1009 Social Events – Rogelio Rodriguez 246-2807 Juan Soledad 832-6491 Bertha Galaviz 933-0746 Sr. de los Milagros – Ines Medina 935-6747 Ushers – Raquel Hernandez 658-8006 Soledad Colmenares 431-9101 Rene Chavez Hugo Recinos 968-5164 Young Adult Group – Claudia Orozco 839-1507 Youth Group – Federico Magallanes 406-7409 What Are Your Financial Priorities?A key to becoming truly financially free rests in having priorities in line with God’s design for life. Pope Benedict alluded to this in a recent talk when he said, “Indeed, when man pursues material well being alone, remaining absorbed in himself, he bars the way to his own total fulfillment and authentic happiness.”
Note that Pope Benedict didn’t say we shouldn’t be concerned about our material well being. It’s a question of balance and purpose. Is our primary goal the pursuit of material possessions, or in fulfilling God’s will for our lives?
St. Augustine famously wrote, “Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you…You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you… You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness…You touched me, and I burned for your peace.”
Being a Steward of Providence means fulfilling God’s will by responding well to his love for us. These responsibilities are fulfilled by using the gifts the Lord has entrusted to us in ways that foster growth in our love for God and neighbor. We all need a shout from God once in a while – are you listening? God love you!
Faith and Finances with Phil Lenahan © – www.VeritasFinancialMinistries.com
Parish Stewardship Giving Summary Wk.11 of Fiscal Year (July 6, 2008 – September 14, 2008) Amt. Needed 1st Collection Each Sunday: $ 14,100.00 Sept. 14 Check/Cash Envelope: $ 6,071.00 Sept. 14 EFT (Automatic Deduction):$ 746.07 Sept. 14 Loose Cash: $ 2,870.28 September 14 Total Offering: $ 9,687.35 Weekly Income Difference: (-) $ 4,412.65 Fiscal Year to Date Goal 1st Collection FY to Date: $ 155,100.00 Collected 1st Collection FY to Date: $ 114,784.37 Difference 1st Collection FY to Date: (-) $ 40,315.63 Some of the Gifts from the Other Half of our Stewardship Second Collection: Build Hope $ 1,765.79 For on-line donations to parish or school: www.HFSeattle.org For on-line donations to the Annual Catholic Appeal: http://www.seattlearch.org/ACA