Bulletin (March 22, 2009)

On this Fourth Sunday of Lent (also know as Laetare Sunday), we take up the annual collection for Catholic Relief Services. When I was in Peru, I saw their good work both in responding to emergencies (such as the 1990 drought) and helping people with ongoing projects (such as improving livestock and utilizing better seeds). Given the world-wide economic downturn, the work of CRS is more important than ever. I encourage your generosity.

Greg Miller gave a fine testimony last Sunday on Eucharistic Adoration. The Chapel of Divine Mercy is open twenty-four hours a day in the Ailbe House (except for Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in our main church). If you have never experienced Eucharistic Adoration, Lent is a great time to give it try. Simply being seated before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is like radiation therapy. It heals the soul on a deep level.

A good number of you have begun the program to read the Bible and Catechism in one year. I started last Sunday and am enjoying it, particularly the Catechism. When it first came out, I read it first in English, then in Spanish. What a wonderful gift the Catechism is! It is thoughtfully composed with appropriate quotes from Church Fathers and the saints.

We have passed the halfway point of Lent, but there is still time to make a Lenten Confession. Fr. Red and I are available on Wednesdays, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays of Lent at 7 p.m. Also, you may receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on First Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m.

This Sunday we are offering Dr. Tom Curran’s book on the Mass for a promotional price of five dollars. Dr. Curran brings together his theological studies and his experience as the father of a young family. His book will help young people understand the meaning of Mass and will motivate all of us to make the Mass the “source and summit” of our lives. I highly recommend THE MASS: Four Encounters With Jesus That Will Change Your Life. Also, I ask you to please make sure that you have set aside the evening of March 31 to attend Dr. Curran’s presentation here at Holy Family.

I am sure you noticed that we are moving ahead with two important improvements to our parish. The pictures show the work on the extension of our main parking lot and the repair of our church pews. For now we will have a gravel surface on the parking extension and eventually (after giving time for soil to settle) pave it with asphalt. You might remember that about seven years ago, we had a mini-campaign to purchase that property. I am pleased that by Palm Sunday we will be able to use this parking extension.

A crew, composed of Holy Family parishioners, has been hard at work sanding and refinishing our church pews. Also, they are repairing some of the many broken kneelers. I am grateful to these men for their work – and to all of you for supporting the effort of preserving and maintaining our majestic church. Parish administrator, Gary Samaniego, is working with a committee to make the final recommendations regarding the repainting of our church interior. Please say a prayer for them.

Fr. Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, is coming to Holy Family. He will be here on the Sunday after Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday – and will preach at the 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Masses. At noon we will have a reception giving parishioners the opportunity to meet Fr. Pavone. I especially invite you to consider joining us for the Hour of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m. (April 19) at the Madison Street Planned Parenthood. To understand what is at stake in this struggle, I encourage you to view the one-minute video "Everyone Against Abortion, Please Raise Your Hand!" You can find it at http://www.priestsforlife.org/images/index.aspx

Advisory: the video, like Schindler’s List or the crucifix, is shocking – but not gratuitous.

This Wednesday we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, which is also the International Day of the Unborn Child. I encourage you to attend Mass that evening at 6 p.m. Also, for those interested in learning more about our parish delegation to Peru, we will have a meeting at 5 p.m. in the Ailbe House that same day, March 25.

En este Cuarto Domingo de Cuaresma tenemos la colecta de “Católico Relief Services” (Servicios Católicos de Ayuda). Cuando yo estaba en el Perú, vi la buena obra de CRS en responder a emergencias (como la sequía de 1990) y ayudando a la gente con proyectos (como utilizar mejores semillas de papa, cebada, etc.). Gracias por su apoyo.

Y gracias por sus contribuciones de tiempo, talento y tesoro a la parroquia. Como se puede ver, estamos reparando las bancas del templo y hemos hecho la extensión del estacionamiento (ver la foto abajo y la de la sección en ingles). Estoy agradecido con los muchachos que están llevando a cabo el trabajo de las bancas.

En la parte en ingles hay información sobre confesiones, Adoración Eucarística, lectura de la Biblia – y las presentaciones del Dr. Tom Curran y el Padre Frank Pavone. Están invitados a participar en todas estas actividades para mejorar la relación con Dios. Durante la presentación del Dr. Curran sobre la Misa (31 de marzo a las 7 p.m. en el salón de la escuela) habrá traducción simultanea.

Les invito este miércoles a una reunión sobre la delegación al Perú en septiembre. La reunión comenzara a las 5 p.m. en la Casa Ailbe. Todos son invitados.

Stewardship Reflection:

Fasting is a form of penance the Church encourages, especially during Lent (Catechism 1438). In addition to its spiritual benefits, fasting strengthens the will. Ask the Lord to bless your fasting by making you a better steward of the gifts and resources he has entrusted to you.

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

Parish Stewardship Giving Summary:
Wk. 37 of Fiscal Year, March 15, 2009		 
Amt. Needed 1st Collection Each Sunday:  $ 14,100.00	     Weekly Comparison		
1st Week  (Mar. 1)	$12,795.99
2nd Week (Mar. 8)	$13,352.85
3rd Week (Mar. 15)	$11,503.25
4th Week (Mar. 22)	
5th Week (Mar. 29	
Rcvd. Monthly to date	$37,652.09
Check/Cash Envelope:		       $   8,084.24
EFT (Automatic Deduction):	       $      850.54    
Loose Cash:			       $   2,568.47  
Total Offering:		      	      $  11,503.25
 Weekly Income Difference:	     - $( 2,596.75)               

For on-line donations to parish or school: www.HFSeattle.org  

Gifts from the Other Half of Our Stewardship:
Second Collection:  SVDP/Madre Theresa:       $2,409.64 
Annual Catholic Appeal
Donations for the 2008 Annual Catholic Appeal will be received until April 20. 

Please stay faithful to your pledges so that we can receive the largest rebate possible.  


For simple on-line payment of your pledge, go to: http://www.seattlearch.org/ACA.  

As of March 11
Total Pledged:		$80,062
Required Donation:	$62,759
Possible Rebate:	$17,303

Total Paid to Date:	$65,391
Rebate to Date:		$  2,632  

March 13

March 15

March 18

March 15, 2009

March 15, 11 a.m. Mass, Fr. Armando Red & Deacon Ted Wiese

Camano, March 16