Bulletin (April 19, 2009)

Today is Mercy Sunday. In our sanctuary we have a beautiful representation of the Divine Mercy. The picture shows the Risen Lord with his right hand raised in a blessing and the left hand pointing to his heart. From his open hearts come streams of light that represent the blood and water that flowed from his side. The blood is the Eucharist, the Sacrifice of the Mass and the water represents the sacraments of Baptism and Confession which cleanse us of our sins.

For Mercy Sunday we are most fortunate to have with us Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. He will preach at our three Sunday morning Masses and, after the 11 a.m. Mass, be available for a reception in the Tice Hill. Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet one of the most dynamic priests in our country. I encourage you also to join us for the Hour of Mercy Prayers at 3 p.m. in front of the Madison Street Planned Parenthood. Here is the program for the Hour of Mercy:

Opening Prayer - Bishop Eusebio Elizondo 
Chaplet of Divine Mercy - Fr. Frank Pavone 
Creed & Opening Prayers of Rosary - Ed Sauley & Youth from Show the Truth 
First Glorious Mystery - Fr. Stephen Okumu, Priest Administator of St. Therese Parish, Seattle 
Second Glorious Mystery - Christine de Goede, 40 Days for Life 
Third Glorious Mystery - Deacon Abel Magana (in Spanish) 
Fourth Glorious Mystery - Cliff Macaraeg, University of Washington 
Fifth Glorious Mystery - Mark Shea, Author of Mary, Mother of the Son 
Litany - Matt Ulrich, Helpers of God's Precious Infants 
Words of Encouragement - Fr. Frank Pavone 
Final Blessing - Bishop Eusebio Elizondo 
(Fr. Pavone will be available for interviews with local media after the Hour of Mercy prayers)

This past week Archbishop Timothy Dolan summed up the pro-life mission of the Catholic Church. If you listen to Sacred Heart Radio, you may have heard his marvelous homily during the installation ceremonies as Archbishop of New York. I loved his image of the Church as a protective “mamma bear” when her “helpless cubs” (innocent human lives) are threatened. Here is what he said:

The Resurrection of Jesus goes on in our apostolate for the struggling, searching, and marginalized, as thousands of those closest to Christ’s Sacred Heart—the hungry, homeless, sick, troubled, and immigrants--find solace and help in our Catholic charities and healthcare. Conscious are we of former Mayor Ed Koch’s observation that the Catholic Church is the glue that keeps this city together . . . and, and . . . the Resurrection goes on, as His Church continues to embrace and protect the dignity of every human person, the sanctity of human life, from the tiny baby in the womb to the last moment of natural passing into eternal life. As the Servant of God Terrence Cardinal Cooke wrote, “Human life is no less sacred or worthy of respect because it is tiny, pre-born, poor, sick, fragile, or handicapped.” Yes, the Church is a loving mother who has a zest for life and serves life everywhere, but she can become a protective “mamma bear” when the life of her innocent, helpless cubs is threatened. Everyone in this mega-community is a somebody with an extraordinary destiny. Everyone is a somebody in whom God has invested an infinite love. That is why the Church reaches out to the unborn, the suffering, the poor, our elders, the physically and emotionally challenged, those caught in the web of addictions.

In the coming weeks we will ask you to support the Church’s mission here in the Archdiocese of Seattle. Next weekend is Education Sunday for the Annual Catholic Appeal. We will hear a testimony that I know will touch you deeply. We are living in uncertain times, but precisely because of that, it is even more important that we work together and that we say the prayer on the Divine Mercy image: Jesus, I trust in you.

This week I will be on retreat at the Benedictine Monastery in Mission, B.C. I am very much looking forward to this week of prayer. You will certainly be a part of my prayer, and I ask also for your remembrance. Fr. Armando Red will celebrate Masses and sacraments at the regular times. May each of us draw near to Jesus and receive the Divine Mercy he desires to pour out upon us.

Hoy es Domingo de la Divina Misericordia. En el santuario hay un retrato de la Divina Misericordia. Muestra al Señor Resucitado con su mano derecha dando una bendición y la izquierda indicando su corazón. Del corazón abierto fluye la luz que representa la sangre y agua, representando los sacramentos de Eucaristía, Bautismo y Confesión. Para el domingo de Divina Misericordia tenemos al Padre Frank Pavone que predicara en la misa de 9:30 y a las 12:30 el Obispo Eusebio Elizondo para Confirmaciones. Los dos participaran en la Hora de Divina Misericordia esta tarde a las 3 p.m., ante la clínica de abortos, Planned Parenthood de Calle Madison. Aquí es el programa:

Oración Inicial - Obispo Eusebio Elizondo 
Capilla de la Divina Misericordia - Padre Frank Pavone 
Credo y Oraciones Primeras del Rosario - Ed Sauley & Jóvenes de "Show the Truth" 
Primer Misterio Glorioso - Rev. P. Stephen Okumu, Administrador del la Parroquia de Santa Teresita, Seattle 
Segundo Misterio Glorioso - Christine de Goede, 40 Dias Para la Vida 
Tercer Misterio Glorioso - Diacono Abel Magaña (en español) 
Cuarto Misterio Glorioso - Cliff Macaraeg, Universidad de Washington 
Quinto Misterio Glorioso - Mark Shea, Autor de Mary, Mother of the Son 
Litania - Matt Ulrich, "Helpers of God's Precious Infants" 
Palabras de Aliento - Padre Frank Pavone 
Bendición Final - Monseñor Eusebio Elizondo 

La Novena de la Divina Misericordia comenzó el Viernes Santo. Aquel día nuestros jóvenes dieron una presentación de la Pasión, Crucifixión y Muerte de Jesús. Abajo hay unas fotos de su actuación.

El próximo domingo tendremos una presentación sobre la Petición Católica Anual. Durante estos tiempos inseguros es más importante que nunca que nos apoyemos mutuamente. La Petición Católica apoya a los seminaristas, sacerdotes y diáconos de la Arquidiócesis.

Esta semana tengo ejercicios espirituales en el monasterio benedictino de Misión, B.C. El Padre Armando Red celebrará las misas en el horario normal (misa en español, miércoles a las 7 p.m.) Que todos nos acerquemos a Jesús para recibir su Divina Misericordia.

Stewardship Reflection: In today’s Gospel, the Lord greets the apostles: “Peace be with you.” How do we reach that peace? St. John says, “For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments (1 Jn. 5:3).” If you want financial peace, manage your resources according to Godly principles. It will make all the difference.

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

Parish Stewardship Giving Summary:
Wk. 41 of Fiscal Year, April 12, 2009		 
Amt. Needed 1st Collection Each Sunday:  $ 14,100.00	     
Check/Cash Envelope:		       $  9,835.99
Easter Sunday:			       $ 2	,847.00
EFT (Automatic Deduction):	       $  1,032.63    
Loose Cash:			       $   5,595.59  
Total Offering:		      	       $  19,311.21

Weekly Income Difference:	    + $    5,211.21            

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

Gifts from the Other Half of Our Stewardship:
Easter Sunday 2nd Collection, RT Terlicker:  $    1,995.14
Good Friday, Deanery Prison Ministry:          $	    853.93		
This Sunday begins our 2009 Annual Catholic Appeal. This years’ Appeal has us reflect upon Passion for our Faith, Promise for our Future, and Care for our Community. You will be receiving a letter this week from Archbishop Brunett, which I support, and ask you to prayerfully consider supporting the needs of our Archdiocese through the 2009 Annual Catholic Appeal. I will be asking that all households participate this year so that we can achieve the highest percentage of participation ever in our history. I will be asking each weekend until I’ve heard from everyone. We will have a witness speaker presentation next weekend, which will be your first opportunity to return your pledge envelope at Mass. Thank you.

~ Father Bloom

Toys for Peru

Mrs. Sarah Boyd - Fourth Grade, Holy Family School

Children's Way of the Cross

Mrs. Kathy Budde - Holy Family Fifth Grade

Good Friday Vigil - West Seattle Planned Parenthood

Good Friday - Holy Family Church