Bulletin (June 8, 2008)
I want to begin with some words of gratitude. First of all, I want to thank all those who have made a pledge and/or donation to the Annual Catholic Appeal. As you can see in the Annual Catholic Appeal flier, we have some 425 participants – and our total pledges have met the archdiocesan required amount. When we have fulfilled those pledges, Holy Family Parish will receive a rebate from the Archdiocese. This year we will use that rebate to purchase a new reader board sign and make other improvements to our parish grounds. If you have not yet made a pledge, there is still time. Fill out a pledge card or envelope and return it in the collection, by mail or drop it off at the parish office.
Another area of deep gratitude is for your support of the Capital Campaign. The Campaign, which began in the winter of 2004, has enabled our parish to accomplish needed repairs and renovations to our facilities. We will have a formal celebration of the Capital Campaign on the weekend of June 21-22 with the blessing of the permanent donor memorial plaque. You are invited to an Italian Dinner on Saturday evening, June 21, after the 5 p.m. Mass. St. Martha’s Sodality members will offer a delicious lasagna, salad, garlic bread, etc. The next day we will have receptions after the Sunday morning Masses – with a special prayer and blessing of the new plaque. The memorial plaque will list some 730 parishioners and friends of Holy Family Parish, who have supported this Campaign.
Last Sunday we had a beautiful celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Bishop Joseph Tyson confirmed a wonderful group of young people. At the Mass I read one of the letters requesting the Sacrament. It stated: “Confirmation class has opened my eyes to the views of the Catholic Church that I never knew and it has altered my perception on life. I do believe that these past four months have strengthened my faith in God.” The others also expressed gratitude to Gary Samaniego, Jim Postel and those who worked with them in the Confirmation class. The picture shows some of the newly confirmed with Bishop Tyson and me in the parish hall after the Confirmation Mass.
Confirmation by Bishop Joseph Tyson; June 1, 2008
This past week we had another beautiful moment: the Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Ceremony for our Holy Family School eighth graders. In his School News column, Mr. Lutz has a list of their names and those who received some special awards. I join him in congratulating them, their parents and other family members.
Speaking of Mr. Lutz, many of you have asked when we will have an opportunity to thank him for his years of good service to our school and parish. While it is always a good time to say “thank you,” we do have formal reception planned for June 29 after the 11 a.m. Mass. That same weekend we will also have the chance to say a formal farewell and thank-you to Fr. Ramon.
This coming week, school parents will have the opportunity to meet our new principal – Mr. Francis X. Cantwell. On June 11 at 6:30 p.m. we will present the new teachers for our parish school. After presenting these new teachers, I will introduce Mr. Cantwell and give him the opportunity to say a few words and to answer questions that parents and others might have.
The year 2008-2009 is auspicious for teaching the Christian faith. Perhaps you have heard that with the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the Church will observe the 2000th Birthday of St. Paul. On the weekend of June 28-29, I will make available a Novena in Honor of St. Paul that we will pray in our parish – and that I will encourage you to pray in your homes.
God sometimes selects surprising people to be witnesses and teachers of the faith. One of them is Dawn Eden, who was with us at our English and Spanish Masses on the weekend of May 17-18. Many of you purchased her book, The Thrill of the Chaste (How to Find Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On). In fact, we soon sold out the one hundred copies we had ordered. Many more of you asked us to order a copy for you. They arrived this week and will be available after Masses. If you signed up, please pick up your copy. Recently, Dawn was interviewed about the Sex and the City movie. Here is what she had to say:
"The Sex and the City rule is that sex should push the relationship. Watching that TV show, that's the message. Men will not love you, will not marry you, unless you have sex with them. ...More than that, the rule is that sex is supposed to be the harbinger of this emotional intimacy. The interesting thing is that part of the power of the show is that this never actually happens. You really don't see Carrie and Mr. Big getting closer and closer after all the sex they have. What you see is Mr. Big sleeping with Carrie and then running away and breaking her heart, sleeping with her, then running away and breaking her heart and so on -- which is quite a bit more like real life -- and certainly you see the reverse, too, with women sleeping with men and breaking their heart. But, the reason why the show tied everything up in these neat marriages is because the show knew that its viewers wanted to believe that they, too, after having sex lives of heartbreak, could be happily married. Unfortunately, the statistics don't bear that out. The Heritage Foundation did some great number crunching...on women's sexual partners and marriage. ...What they found were that the most stable marriages were among women who had only one sexual partner in their lifetime...and the chances of having a stable marriage decrease with each sexual partner they've had in their lifetimes."
The Archdiocese is sponsoring a wonderful event for young men, ages 15-25: Quo Vadis Days. This three day vocation camp will take place from June 22 to 25 at Camp Don Bosco, near Carnation. I will be part of the group of priests available to listen and give counsel to those trying to discern God’s plan for their life. For more information, see the flier on the bulletin, pick up one of the Quo Vadis pamphlets or contact me directly.
And a final invitation. As the weather gets warmer, please consider joining us on Friday morning for the pro-life prayer vigil. We leave from the Ailbe House at 7:15, walk to the Planned Parenthood clinic and return for the 8:30 a.m. Mass. During that time, we pray the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries of the rosary. Here is a picture from a recent vigil that included Fr. Thomas Euteneuer and member of the Crossroads Pro-Life Walk Across America.
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 8:30 a.m. Mass
After lunch: Matt Ulrich, Frs. Mel Strazicich, Bob Egan, S.J., Tom Euteneuer, Phil Bloom, Seminarian Chad Green & Fr. Sean Raftis, S.J.
En la parte en ingles he expresado unas palabras de agradecimiento para la participacion de todos en la Peticion Catolica Annual y la Campaña Capital. Quisiera hacer una invitacion especial de asistir a la bendicion de la Placa Permanente de Donadores el 21-22 de junio, despues de todas las misas.
Estamos rezando por los que nos han servido fielmente: El Sr. Glen Lutz (director de nuestra escuela parroquial) y el Padre Ramon Velasco. Habra recepciones para el Padre Ramon el 28 y 29 de julio – para el Sr. Lutz, antes de la misa de 12:30 p.m., el 29 de julio. Ese mismo fin de semana comenzaremos la Novena en Honor a San Pablo, para el inicio de la Comemoracion del 2000 Años de San Pablo. Rezaremos en forma especial por el nuevo director, Sr. Francis X. Cantwell y el nuevo vicario parroquial, Padre Armando Red.
Finalmente quisiera felicitar a nuestro Grupo Juvenil para todas sus actividades. El sabado pasado tuvieron un “carwash” en que tambien mi perrito, Samwise, recibio un baño. Como pueden ver, Sam no estaba contento pero lo aguantó a causa del cariño de Manuel Chirinos y su sobrina Elizabeth.
Samwash - Manuel Chirinos & Niece Elizabeth
Sunday, June 8
Congratulations to the Class of 2008. The following students earned and received their diplomas this past Tuesday, June 4:
Giancarlo Arias, Ciana Brogan, Yahaira Carrillo, Jessica Carter, Raquel Cavazos, Taylor Cleary, Joanna Cortez, Andrew Crawford, Jessica Gudiel, Conner Hill, Phong Hoang, Max Larsen, Frankie McElroy, Angelica Mendoza, Alexa Moffat, Cathy Ngo, Yiselle Ortega-Ames, Elise Powers, Chanel Randle, Delmy Recinos-Cervantes, Anna Romero, Rhea Romero, Jennilyn Sumalbag, Hermon Tesfamariam, and Herbie Traut.
The Valedictorian was Cathy Ngo and the Salutatorian was Raquel Cavazos. Both young ladies gave wonderful speeches at Graduation.
The Class of 2008 earned a number of Academic, Leadership and Service awards. Just to highlight a few ~ Anna Romero received the Sisters of Providence Scholarship, Alexa Moffat received the Holy Family School Spirit Scholarship awarded by Holy Family School CYO, and Elise Powers received the Randy Terlicker Scholarship awarded by Kennedy High School and presented by Firefighter, Roger Webber on behalf of the Terlicker Family.
The 80th Graduating Class will be sending 19 of its 25 graduates to Catholic High Schools. All who applied for Catholic schools were accepted. We are very proud of this class. These emerging young adults cared deeply about one another and their school.
Thank you, parishioners for all you do to support the school.
Quinceañeras: Yahaira, Coraima & Leydi Rubi
Yahaira with Holy Family classmates
Jogathon, May 23, 2008, with Mr. Chuck Secrest & Holy Family Sixth Grade
God Bless, Glen t. Lutz Principal Parish Stewardship Giving Summary Wk. 49 of Fiscal Year (July 1, 2007 – June 1, 2008) Amount Needed Each Sunday: $ 12,289.00 June 1 Check/Cash Envelope: $ 9,110.00 June 1 Father’s Day Envelopes: $ 525.00 June 1 EFT(Automatic Deduction): $ 767.93 June 1 Loose Cash: $ 2,818.55 June 1 Total Offering: $ 13,221.86 Weekly Income Difference: (+) 932.86 Budgeted Fiscal Year to Date: $602,161.00 Collected Year to Date: $585,568.59 Income Difference Year to Date: (-) $ 16,592.41 Some of the Gifts from the Other Half of our Stewardship 2-bit Collection (Birthright): $ 1,861.19