Bulletin (May 25, 2008)
This Sunday we have with us Fr. John Waldrep, M.M. He will preach at our seven weekend Masses. I got to know Fr. Waldrep when he was a seminarian in Peru. Subsequently, he was assigned to Tanzania. Besides preaching at all Masses, Fr. Waldrep will do Eucharistic exposition after the 6:30 p.m. Saturday Mass and the Procession with Blessed Sacrament after the 12:30 p.m. Mass. Fr. John wrote to me: “Eucharistic exposition and Procession with the Blessed Sacrament (will) carry me back to Tanzania, which is where I'm headed again in the not too distant future.” I will be leading the Procession after the 5 p.m. Mass.
Today’s Feast of Corpus Christi – the Body and Blood of Christ – gives us an opportunity to reflect on our spiritual preparation to receive the Blessed Sacrament. When should one come forward for Communion – and when should one refrain? You may have heard about bishops admonishing certain politicians not to receive Communion. In this instance the politicians had taken public stands promoting abortion. Since one is Democrat and the other Republican, clearly the bishops are not acting in a partisan manner. They were, in fact, acting out of a long tradition. St. Paul told the Corinthians to examine themselves carefully before receiving Communion. (1 Cor 11:28) Otherwise instead of receiving a blessing they might bring condemnation upon themselves. (v. 29ff) St. Paul did not just speak in general terms; he actually identified one person who should not be part of the Church's communion. (1 Cor 5:1-13) St. Paul, of course, was not acting on his own. Jesus practiced a similar tough love. (Mt 18: 15-20)
Part of our problem - at least in the United States - is that we have lost the sense of coherence between Communion and the rest of one’s life. Besides public advocacy of abortion, other acts exclude a person from Communion. For example, a couple living together in a marriage not blessed by the Church should not come forward for Communion. If someone has missed Sunday Mass without a sufficient reason, they should not receive Communion until they have gone to confession. At their annual meeting, the American bishops published a document titled 'Happy Are Those Who Are Called to His Supper': On Preparing to Receive Christ Worthily in the Eucharist. It gives specific guidance on who may receive Communion and when a person should refrain.
The bishops were careful to stress that you and I should not set ourselves as judges of those who come forward for Communion. For example, a couple may not be in a blessed marriage, but they may have made a pledge to live as brother and sister. That would be between them and their pastor. If one does have a concern about whether someone else should refrain from Communion, the first thing to do is to pray. Maybe you are not the right one to approach that other person. Maybe God will send someone else on account of your prayer. And maybe he will open a door for you to gently guide the other person. It would be a great act of love.
In today's Sequence, St. Thomas mentions that some receive Communion for salvation, others to their damnation. The greatest thing you can do for another person is to be an instrument setting them on the path to salvation. That is what the bishops were doing when they admonished Catholic politicians who are promoting abortion. We are not here to make people into Democrats or Republicans. We are here to make saints. Someday, the Republicans and Democrats will be as long forgotten as the Whigs and the Know Nothings. But the saints will shine like unquenchable stars. This Sunday we celebrate the great gift of Communion. Let's humbly ask the Lord that we may receive him in a way that will lead to salvation.
Next weekend we celebrate another beautiful sacrament. At the 11 a.m. Mass on June 1, Bishop Joseph Tyson will confirm a wonderful group of young people from our parish. Please pray for them during these final days of preparation, especially as they receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in order to receive the full graces of Confirmation.
We are also praying intensely for Deacon Ted Wiese. You probably heard that he was hospitalized last Saturday. As I write, we are waiting for the results of some procedures. I have to admit that my prayers for Deacon Ted are somewhat selfish since he does so much for our parish. Also, I am praying for the speedy and safe return of Fr. Ramon Velasco, who will be with us next weekend after his visit to family and friends in the Philippines. In addition to Fr. Ramon and Deacon Ted, one of our dedicated parish volunteers is away: Todd Aylard is spending a couple of weeks at the Clear Creek Monastery in Oklahoma. Please pray for him in this vocation discernment. Todd will return on June 4.
We are making good progress in our search for a new principal for our parish school. Please keep me and the Search Committee in prayer this week. And speaking of our school, Gary Samaniego and I had a nice outing this week with Mrs. Anca Wilson’s fourth graders to see Prince Caspian. I enjoyed the movie a lot and hope it will encourage children and adults to read (or re-read) the Chronicles of Narnia – and the other excellent books by C.S. Lewis.
Prince Caspian with Holy Family fourth grade:
Finally, a big thank you to all who have pledged for the Annual Catholic Appeal. As you can see in the Stewardship section, we are close to our required archdiocesan goal. Besides sending follow-up letters to those who have not yet responded, we are taking up the two-bit collection this Sunday to push us over the top. This year we will use our rebate (any amount contributed over our archdiocesan goal) to improve our parish grounds, beginning with the purchase of a new Church sign and reader-board. I have seen a number of sample signs and am quite anxious to get one of these attractive, eye-catching reader boards. I thank you for your support of the Annual Catholic Appeal and all your support of Holy Family Parish and School. May God bless you and your families on this Memorial Day weekend.
Este domingo el Padre Juan Waldrep, M.M., predicará en todas las misas y hará la exposcion y procesion con el Santisimo para el domingo de Corpus Christi – el Cuerpo y Sangre de Cristo. En la parte de inglés he dado algunas instucciones en cuanto a la recepcion de Comunion. Este domingo la segunda colecta será para la Peticion Catolica Anual. Es una oportunidad para la participacion de todos, pero al mismo tiempo quisiera subrayar la importancia de devolver su sobre de compromiso. Ya estamos cerca de nuestra meta – y toda donacion sobre la meta arquidiocesana se utilizará para mejorar la apariencia de nuestra parroquia, especialmente por conseguir un nuevo letrero con informacion basica de misas y confesiones. Habrá ejemplares de letreros en la entrada de templo. Finalmente quisiera recomendar la pelicula, Prince Caspian. Es parte de la serie, Las Cronicas de Narnia y vale la pena no solamente para jovenes sino tambien adultos. Yo fui a verla con los niños del cuarto grado de nuestra escuela paroquial. Aquí una foto con unas de ellos antes de ver la pelicula.
The school year is winding down and we still have much to accomplish. The Class of 2008 is nearing the completion of its Catholic grade school journey. They are truly a wonderful class of young people who have blessed our school in countless ways. Please continue to keep them in your prayers of thanksgiving and support.
There are openings in all grades, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. Please contact the main office if we can be of assistance.
This weekend, we observe Memorial Day, and there will be no school on Monday.
SAVE the DATE ~ Sunday, October 5, 2008 -80th Anniversary celebration of Holy Family Parish School and the kick-off party for the Randy Terlicker Endowment Campaign!
This date will appear many times and information will be forthcoming on what this day will entail. Please get the word out to other family members and friends who have a history with the school. Thank you.
God Bless, Glen t. Lutz Principal ANNUAL ARCHDIOCESAN CATHOLIC APPEALThank you to all who have made your Annual Catholic Appeal Pledge! As of today, I have heard from approximately 38% of our 1076 registered families at Holy Family who have made their Annual Catholic Appeal pledge to help support the 63 ministries and services throughout Western Washington. I need to hear from all of you.
Any money collected over our required contribution amount of $62,759 will be rebated to our parish to help fund our parish project. This year we are raising an additional $15,000 to purchase a new hand-carved quality Church sign with reader board and to accomplish some other landscaping projects.
I am asking you to consider a pledge of $100, which is only $10/month over the next 10 months. If you can give more, please consider the Archdiocesan average gift of $265.
My goal for Holy Family is to have 100% participation, which means that ALL registered families return an envelope.
I believe it is within the means of most of our registered parishioners to give a gift to this Appeal. If you cannot pledge $100, then a gift of $50, $25, or $10 would be most appreciated.
Also, just as you would politely send an RSVP to decline a special invitation, if you absolutely cannot make a pledge at this time, I ask you to please return an envelope and write “Prayers” or “I can’t Pledge Now” as your RSVP to the invitation to contribute to this important Appeal. Doing so will show your spiritual support to both the Archbishop and me, for which we are most grateful.
Pledges can be fulfilled by credit card, automatic deduction from your bank account, monthly statements, or on-line. To make a pledge on-line go to www.seattlearch.org/aca.
THANK YOU! Annual Catholic Appeal Update as of May 18 Registered Families: 1076 Participating to Date: 411 % Participating 38% Total Required: $62,759.00 Pledged/Donated to Date: $59,573.00 Parish Stewardship Giving Summary Wk. 46 of Fiscal Year (July 1, 2007 – May 11, 2008) Amount Needed Each Sunday: $ 12,289.00 May 11 Check/Cash Envelope: $ 7,128.57 May 11 Mother’s Day Envelope: $ 260.00 May 11 EFT(Automatic Deduction): $ 768.93 May 11 Loose Cash: $ 3,951.32 May 11 Total Offering: $ 12,108.82 Weekly Income Difference: (-) $ 180.18 Budgeted Fiscal Year to Date: $565,294.00 Collected Year to Date: $552,541.01 Income Difference Year to Date: (-) $ 12,752.99 Some of the Gifts from the Other Half of our Stewardship 2-Bit Collection (Mary Bloom): $ 2,221.94 Saint Vincent de Paul: $ 114.36 Capital Campaign Total Households Pledging: 734 Total Pledged: $1,208,774.63 Total Paid: $1,037,097.49 Balance: $ 171,677.14
Crossroads Walk Across America members at May 23 Prayer Vigil
Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, President of Human Life International
West Seattle Planned Parenthood Clinic (on left)
On right (with Samwise), Matt Ulrich Helpers of God's Precious Infants
Fr. Tom Euteneuer, Reception after 9 a.m. Mass
After lunch: Matt Ulrich, Frs. Mel Strazicich, Bob Egan, S.J., Tom Euteneuer, Phil Bloom, Seminarian Chad & Fr. Sean Raftis, S.J.
Jogathon, May 23, 2008, with Mr. Chuck Secrest & Holy Family Sixth Grade
With Mark Shea and Dawn Eden at Ivar's, May 16, 2008
With Dawn and Fr. Sean Raftis, S.J.
Dawn and Todd Aylard at Seattle University, May 16