Bulletin (August 3, 2008)
Our parish delegation to World Youth Day has returned. They came back from the event in Sydney, Australia, with glowing reports and renewed enthusiasm for their Catholic faith. Accompanied by valiant mom, Roberta Tansey, they are: Catherine Hildebrand, Lauren Hance and Adam Fox. We hope to hear more about their experience in the coming weeks – and as we look toward World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid.
Thank you for your warm reception of our new principal, Mr. Francis X. Cantwell. Frank gave an energizing presentation at our English, Spanish and Filipino Masses. At those Masses we had the second collection for the Randy Terlicker Fund for tuition assistance. Mrs. Colleen Terlicker will match your donations dollar for dollar. In the course of the year, we will have other Randy Terlicker collections to keep our parish school strong and viable. I join with Mr. Cantwell in thanking you for your sacrificial generosity in supporting Holy Family Parish School.
This Sunday our two-bit collection will go toward an evangelization project sponsored by our own Deacon Abel Magaña. One of the most effective means of evangelization is the radio - as we have seen from Sacred Heart Radio. Deacon Abel is not setting up a separate radio station, but has a plan to use radio to reach out to our Hispanic brothers and sisters. Many are being drawn away from the Catholic faith by other groups. Your donations to this evangelization project can have a great impact in keeping Hispanics as a vital part of our Catholic faith community.
In the past few weeks we saw a hideous assault on our Catholic faith. Perhaps you read that at a state-sponsored university, a biology professor carried out a public desecration of the Eucharist – and bragged about it by posting pictures on the Internet. Catholics (and other sensible citizens) protested to the University officials. Amazingly, they said the act of theft and destruction was part of the university’s “academic freedom.” It is hard to think of a comparison, but suppose a professor painted a swastika on a synagogue or burned a cross in a black neighborhood, would the university shrug it off as “academic freedom”? I don’t think so. They would correctly judge that he is incapable of treating Jewish or black students fairly. A professor who publicly desecrates the Eucharist is clearly incapable of fairness toward Catholic students. For us as Catholics, the Eucharist is our most precious possession – worth more than all our buildings or bank accounts.
Although the university is not in Washington State, still it receives federal funds so it is our right (and duty) to protest this violation. I encourage you to write a courteous letter to President Robert Bruininks, University of Minnesota, 600 East 4th Street, Morris, Minnesota 56267. I have written him a letter, which I have posted on the bulletin board.
Besides exercising our rights as citizens, we should see this heinous act as a wake-up call. As Catholics we have lost reverence for the Eucharist. We need to examine our own behavior when we are in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and when we come forward for Communion. Acts of reverence such as genuflection and bowing of the head express an interior devotion. Spending time in the Adoration Chapel deepens one’s faith and love for Jesus. Also this month I would ask you to join me in offering a Mass of Reparation. A Mass of Reparation is a powerful way of counteracting disrespect and sacrilege against the Eucharist. When you think about it, it is amazing that Jesus – through whom all things were created – comes to us in such a humble form. The fact that he makes himself so defenseless imposes on us the duty to do all we can to defend the Eucharist from sacrilege. As a reminder of this sacred duty, we will have several Masses of Reparation during this month of August. You will notice the times in the Mass Intentions section of the bulletin.
In the middle of the month of August, we have one of the most beautiful celebrations of the year: the Assumption of Our Blessed Mother. Besides the Masses for this Holy Day of Obligation, we will have a procession in her honor on August 15. Fr. Phuong Hoang, whose parents are members of Holy Family, will be with us to help guide the procession. We will gather in the church at 5 p.m. and then process with flowers to the new statue of Our Lady of LaVang. On the way we will have hymns in various languages and will recite the rosary in Vietnamese, Tagalog, Spanish and English. Please plan on participating in this beautiful event to honor the Virgin Mary.
Gracias por la bienvenida cordial al Sr. Francis Cantwell (nuevo de director de la Escuela de la Sagrada Familia) y su apoyo a la segunda colecta para el Fondo Randy Terlicker. La Sra. Colleen Terlicker otra vez donará un dólar por cada dólar contribuido. Es una gran ayuda para nuestra parroquia y su escuela.
Este fin de semana habrá una segunda colecta para el proyecto de evangelizacion de nuestro Diacono Abel Magaña. Como ustedes saben, otros grupos están usando el radio para captar a jovenes catolicos. Este proyecto alcanzaría a los catolicos hispanos (y tambien a los otros cristianos) con un entendimiento de nuestra fe. Gracias por su apoyo.
El 15 de agosto celebraremos la Fiesta de la Asuncion con una procesion en honor a la Virgen Maria. Les invito reunirse en el templo a las 5 p.m. con flores para ella. Iremos cantando himnos en diferentes idiomas hasta la estatua de Nuestra Señora de LaVang (a espaldas de la imagen de la Virgen de Guadalupe). Rezaremos el rosario en ingles, filipino, vietnamita y español.
Finalmente una noticia triste: quizas han oido que un profesor de biologia hizo una acto de sacrilegio contra la Eucaristia. Hay mas en la parte en ingles y una carta mia dirigida al presidente de la universidad. Este mes habrá unas Misas de Reparacion y una enfasis en la importancia de reverencia para Jesus, realmente presente la Eucaristia.
Marriage and Money
Paul and Ann, with their four beautiful children were by all accounts a typical parish family. But as we sat down to review their finances, it became clear that all was not well. They described a common scenario. Always more month left at the end of the money. $10,000 in credit card debt. Only making the minimum payments. Always being surprised by unexpected bills. And no plan. Paul and Ann couldn’t overcome blaming each other for their financial problems and eventually divorced.
Half of all marriages end in divorce, and statistics point to money problems as one of the primary causes. But it doesn’t need to be that way. When couples apply their Catholic faith to how they manage their money, the blame game ends. They learn that their resources aren’t “His” and “Hers,” but rather the Lord’s – and are to be used in ways pleasing to him. This understanding fosters the unity necessary for true financial peace, making a genuinely Christ-centered marriage possible. It is the unity the Lord calls for as we read, “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh” (Gen 2:24). God love you.
Faith and Finances with Phil Lenahan © – www.VeritasFinancialMinistries.com Parish Stewardship Giving Summary Wk. 4 of Fiscal Year (July 27, 2008) Amt. Needed 1st Collection Each Sunday: $ 14,100.00 July 27 Check/Cash Envelope: $ 5,703.00 July 27 EFT (Automatic Deduction): $ 767.93 July 27 Loose Cash: $ 2,645.37 July 27 Total Offering: $ 9,116.30 Weekly Income Difference: (-) $ 4,983.70 Fiscal Year to Date Goal 1st Collection FY to Date: $ 40,648.46 Collected 1st Collection FY to Date: $ 56,400.00 Difference 1st Collection FY to Date: (-) $15,751.54 Some of the Gifts from the Other Half of our Stewardship Second Collection (Terlicker Scholarship): $ 1,246.07 St. Vincent De Paul: $ 96.00
GOING ON VACATION? Please don’t forget the parish while you’re gone. Our donations took quite a dip last week, so before you go, please send your donation to the parish or simply make your donation on-line at www.HFSeattle.org and have a great trip!
To make on-line donations to the Annual Catholic Appeal, go to http://www.seattlearch.org/ACA