Bulletin (June 7, 2009)

This weekend Catholic lay evangelist, Mark Shea, will give a presentation at the end of our English Masses. Mark has written a wonderful new book, “Mary, Mother of the Son.” Don't let the title mislead you. It is much more than a devotional book on the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mark has a unique ability to situate devotion to Mary in the context of the entire Christian life. Through Mary we understand the reason for the Bible and the Church: to guide us to a relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit - the One God who is all in all. In the process, Mark provides sensible guidance on crucial issues facing our society and Church. The book comes as a trilogy: three volumes. Each volume is a manageable length (from 150 to 195 pages). Once you start reading, Mark's logic and apt comparisons will carry you forward. These books are not inexpensive, but they are worth the investment. If you have any hesitation, just purchase volume one. Mark's explanation of the Trinity is worth the entire price. At the end of the Masses this weekend, he will say a few words about Mary Mother of the Son. He will be available after Mass to sign your copy.

Next Saturday Archbishop Brunett will ordain five men to the priesthood. One of them – Deacon Bryon Dickey – has been associated with our parish. Newly ordained Fr. Dickey will celebrate the 11 a.m. Mass next Sunday. Very appropriately, it is the Feast of Corpus Christi – the Body and Blood of Christ.

This coming Tuesday will be my final opportunity to celebrate with you the Latin Mass, according to Pope John XXIII Missal. We have booklets to assist those who participate in this extraordinary form of the Mass. The Mass begins at 7:30 p.m. and it will be followed at 8:30 by a Taize Prayer Service. You are welcome to attend these special prayer opportunities.

Speaking of prayer, this last week we have seen the need to redouble our prayers in light of some particularly hateful murders. In Little Rock a man named Abdulhakim Muhammad killed an American soldier, Private William Long, who was working at a recruiting station. Muhammad said he was “mad at the U.S. military because of what they had done to Muslims in the past.” I am concerned that no one interpret this heinous act as a condemnation of those who hold the Islamic faith. As a nation, we have welcomed and respected those who hold strong beliefs – as long as they correspondingly respect our nation’s laws and do not use their beliefs to incite violence. Having stated that, we do have both a right and responsibility to ask how this young man’s conversion to Islam and his time spent studying in Yemen contributed to his demented act.

Similar standards should apply to Scott Roeder, the man being held in the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller. Some have been quick to blame the pro-life movement – even though we have consistently condemned such acts of violence. Moreover, Roeder’s relationship to the pro-life movement was extremely slim. He had no membership in prominent groups such as American Life League, Priests for Life, Operation Rescue or Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. Rather, he seemed to be involved in anti-government groups that seem bizarre to most of us in the pro-life movement.

Here at Holy Family, our Respect Life Group has focused on prayer and assistance to moms in crisis pregnancies. For the past five years, some of us have prayed every Friday morning in front of the West Seattle Planned Parenthood (eight blocks away from our parish). Although we have been subject to some small acts of violence, we have not responded with violence, but have appealed to lawful authorities. In one case the police set up an opportunity for us to speak with the man who attacked us. That dialog turned out very positive. I have also invited the local directors of Planned Parenthood to a conversation, although I did not hear back from them.

Regarding groups that promote respect for human life – especially the most vulnerable – I thank you for your support for the Mary Bloom Center. Recently, I asked your prayers for a thirteen-year-old girl named Marisol, who was hospitalized with cysts on her lungs. The Mary Bloom Center has been assisting with her treatment and also some help for her mom so that the family can have a more healthful living situation. At our school Mass, the children offered a prayer for Marisol. I appreciate your ongoing prayers for her. She is still in serious condition. I will keep you posted.

Finally, I want to thank you for your support for the Randy Terlicker Endowment Fund. It is vital to the future of our parish and school. Even though I am going to Monroe, I will continue to support this Endowment that will enable deserving families to send their children to our parish school. And next weekend we have the collection for our parish Birthright. In recent months the eight trained volunteers have served 64 young women. Twenty-five were referred from the national 24-hour hotline. Thirteen came for a free pregnancy test. Many needed referrals for housing, pro-life medical support, food and baby items. Others came for counseling and moral support. Of those who were abortion minded, at least four babies were saved! Also, Birthright gave baby clothes, diapers and blankets to pregnant mothers who came to us seeking help.

Hay mas en mi columna en ingles, pero quisiera mencionar que el proximo domingo el Padre Bryon Dickey estara con nosotros para la misa de 12:30, seguida por la procesion con el Santisimo. El Padre Bryon sera ordenado al sacerdocio el 13 de junio y celebara la Primera de Misa de Accion de Gracias con nosotros el dia 14.

Fr. Bryon Dickey Seattle

Este domingo celebramos la Santisima Trinidad y la segunda colecta sera para el Fondo Perpetuo Randy Terlicker. Yo he hecho un compromiso de seguir apoyando este Fondo, aun cuando vaya a Monroe. Es bien importante para el futuro de nuestra parroquia y escuela. Ayudara a papas con recursos limitados enviar a sus hijos a la Escuela de Holy Family.

El proximo domingo la segunda colecta sera para “Birthright” (Derecho de Nacer). En la parte en ingles he resumido la ayuda que las voluntarias han dado a unas 64 mujeres jovenes. Birthright tiene su oficina en la Ailbe House y su ayuda, que incluye pruebas de embarazo, referencia para alojamiento, apoyo medico, comida, ropitas y cosas para bebitos. Sus contribuciones haran posible que continue esta obra importante.

Y mas lejos de Holy Family, gracias por ayudar al Centro Mary Bloom. Abajo hay una foto de Marisol, una muchacha de 13 años que el Centro esta ayudando. Marisol participo en nuestro program tutoreo y ahora se ha enfermado severamente de los pulmones. Les agradezco sus oraciones por ella y por todos los niños y familias servidos por el Centro Mary Bloom.

Stewardship Reflection:

True Financial Freedom: 80% Behavior and 20% Knowledge

I’m a big believer that succeeding with money is eighty percent behavior and twenty percent knowledge. Don’t get me wrong. The twenty percent knowledge factor is critical. But values, attitude, and behavior will be your keys to achieving true financial freedom.

Intuitively, most of us know what it means to be responsible with money: be generous, spend wisely, and save for the future. Instead, we give out of what’s left over, spend beyond our means, and misuse debt! Why is there this disconnect between what we know we should do, and what we actually do?

St. Paul speaks eloquently of the virtues in Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Yet the same St. Paul wrote, “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Romans 7:15).

Why this struggle? It’s the result of our fallen nature. But Jesus makes it clear in today’s Gospel that he expects his disciples to “observe all that I commanded you” (Mt. 28:20). The more you succeed in being a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, the more effectively you will manage the resources entrusted to you. As the United States Bishops described in their Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, “Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ leads naturally to the practice of stewardship.” God love you.

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

Parish Stewardship Giving Summary:
Wk. 48 of Fiscal Year, May 31, 2009		 
Amt. Needed Each Sunday:	$ 14,100.00	     
Check/Cash Envelope:		$   6,717.86
EFT (Automatic Deduction):	$      828.11    
Loose Cash:			$   2,758.51  
Total Offering:			$  10,304.48
Weekly Income Difference:   - $( 3,795.52)            

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

Gifts from the Other Half of Our Stewardship:
Deanery Hospital Ministry:	$  1,370.04	

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

We have not reached our required donation amount for the Annual Catholic Appeal. Whatever is not pledged, will have to be paid from our general account. We need the help of all parishioners to reach our goal. There are envelopes in the church for you to use. You can also pledge online by going to our web-site at www.hfseattle.org.

I ask you to please give generously. Let’s not leave Father Bloom to go out nor Father Yanez to come in with an Annual Catholic Appeal debt!

Registered Parish Households:  		1,276
Pledge Envelopes Returned:	   	   529
% of Participating Households:		  41%

Our Annual Catholic Appeal Goal:	$71,868
Total Pledged To Date:			$69,953
% Of Goal Reached So Far:		     97%

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