Bulletin (September 9, 2007)

Over the summer I am sure you noticed the work on our parish soccer field. I want to give a big thank-you to the school parents who have worked so hard on this project. Special thanks to Larry Dominico for donating his time and the use of his equipment for removing debris, grading the topsoil and all the other work involved. I also want to thank our Parents’ Club for their generous donation of $3000 which was generated from last year’s SCRIP sales. After Larry finishes the rough grading, a group of volunteers will do the fine grading with rakes. If you can help with this, please call Principal Glen Lutz, 206-767-6640. After the grading is complete, we will plant hydro-seed on the field. At that point we will close the gate to vehicles and ask people to not walk on the field. The field will not be used during the winter, but should be ready for use for the soccer season next spring. As coordinator of parish CYO Sports, Ed Horn has worked closely with Parish Administrator Gary Samaniego in realizing this important project.

A less visible but very important parish project is the replacement of our church boiler. The old boiler has served our church for over half a century and, as all of you know, was showing signs of age. In the picture you can see the boiler room (southwest corner of the church building). The boiler has been removed, along with any asbestos. We should be installing the new boiler in the coming weeks. The new church boiler is part of our parish Capital Campaign. Next weekend Dominic Parmantier will give a progress report on the Capital Campaign. There will also be presentations at the Spanish Masses.

On September 2 we lost a long-time parishioner, Al Pricco. Many of you will recognize him as a faithful usher at our 8 a.m. Mass. For the past twenty years, Al was coordinator for the Holy Family School Scholarship Fund. In lieu of flowers, Al’s family has asked that donations be made to a Holy Family School scholarship fund in honor of A.L. Pricco. Also this week we lost another long-time parishioner Elaine Denoma. Her funeral will be this Monday at 10 a.m.

On the last two Sundays of this month, you will have opportunities to support our parish Catholic school. On September 23 there will be a one-time collection for the Fulcrum Foundation, which in recent years has given significant grants for the operation of Holy Family School and the renovation of our parish gym/hall. On September 30 we will have a two-bit collection for Tuition Assistance. At the 11 a.m. Mass that Sunday, there will be a blessing for children participating in CYO Sports. All children of our parish – whether they attend Catholic, public or home school – are encouraged to take part in CYO Sports.

This week we will have some beautiful prayer opportunities. On Tuesday, September 11, there will be an Interfaith Prayer for Peace in the World, 1 p.m., at the Providence Mt. St. Vincent Chapel. Friday is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. At the 8:30 a.m. Mass we will introduce the new processional cross. At 7:30 p.m., Fr. James Reichmann, S.J., will celebrate Mass according to the 1962 Missal of Blessed Pope John XXIII. I will give the sermon. Those who attend should know that we will follow the norms of the extraordinary form which includes Communion on the tongue at the Communion rails. There will also be extraordinary form Masses on September 18 and 25, at 7:30 p.m.

Finally, I want to thank you for your kindness to me on the occasion of my 61st Birthday. I felt your great love at the Masses. So many of you gave cards and gifts that I am only able to thank you in a general way. The financial gifts are appreciated as I prepare for my October visit to Peru. I will remember benefactors by name when I pray at the shrines of St. Martin de Porres and St. Rose of Lima. I, of course, will pray for all those who have given so generously for Peru Earthquake Relief and for the Mary Bloom Center, and I will pray especially for the children of our parish. I deeply appreciated their birthday wishes, particularly the beautiful Youth Choir that sang at the 11 a.m. Mass.

En la parte en inglés he agradecido a los que están trabajando en el Campo Deportivo de la parroquia. La foto muestra el avance de esta obra. Necesitamos voluntarios para terminar este proyecto. Si usted puede ayudar, favor de llamar al Sr. Glen Lutz (Director de nuestra escuela parroquia) 206-767-6640.

Tambien estamos remplazando el calenton ("boiler") del templo, gracias a su apoyo de la Campaña Capital. El proximo domingo habrá un reporte sobre el progreso de la Campaña.

Quisiera agradecerles por su bondad en la ocasión de mi cumpleaños. Gracias por los buenos deseos, las tarjetas y los regalos. Los dones monetarios voy a usar cuando me vaya al Peru el 30 de septiembre. Gracias igualmente por todo el apoyo para las victimas del Terremoto y para el Centro Mary Bloom. Los recordaré cuando voy a las tumbas de San Martin de Porres y Santa Rosa de Lima.