St John the Evangelist Parish
March 15, 2017
Jambo Rafikis,
After prayerful thought and consideration, St. John the Evangelist Parish and School is moving forward with a capital campaign. As we celebrate 100 years of faith, this campaign will ensure that we will continue to share in that faith as a community. The Honor the Past, Embrace the Present, Secure the Future Capital Campaign will address specific needs that will focus on the future of St. John.
We hired the Steier Group, a national fundraising and development firm, to conduct a five-week, parish-wide planning study. The results of that study indicate that strong support exists within our community for a capital campaign. The campaign preparations have begun and, in the coming weeks, we will be recruiting volunteers and finalizing the campaign goals for this important project.
Volunteers are a vital part of the success of the campaign. If you are interested in helping, please reach out to the parish office or reply to phone calls from the Cabinet Committee volunteers. In the coming weeks, we will continue to keep you informed on the campaign and its progress. And, finally, I graciously ask that you prayerfully consider how you can help our parish through this campaign and to pray for its success. I have great faith in our community and look forward to coming together as good stewards of our parish. With your help and commitment, we can build an even stronger faith community. For, as you know, the success of the campaign rests not on the backs of a few, but many.
Baraka ya Yesu,  
  Fr Crispin Okoth 
Rev. Crispin A. Okoth
Statement by Archbishop Peter Sartain and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo on vandalism at Temple De Hirsch Sinai
On behalf of the Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Seattle, we express deep sorrow and solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters following the vandalism of Temple De Hirsch Sinai this past weekend. Our community stands with our neighbors who have been subjected to such a senseless and hateful crime. Sadly, this local attack is among several recent anti-Semitic actions in the United States. Such crimes must be rejected because they threaten to divide people of faith and undermine liberty for all.  In solidarity with the Jewish community - "our elder brothers in the faith of Abraham" - we look forward in hope to the day when the darkness of religious hatred will be transformed by the light of our loving God.
St John Youth Group
"3-on-3 March Madness"
Thanks to everyone who made this year's 3-on-3 March Madness Basketball Tournament a success! Many kids turned out and turned it up to compete and it was totally fun!
Thanks to all the parents who came to support the students, especially Dave Laemmle, Glorilyn Maw and Sam Lipscomb for helping with scoring and making the event run smoothly.

The next Youth Group meeting will TONIGHT March 15th, 6:30-8pm in the Mezzanine.  We will have snacks, music and a movie and talk about fun projects in the future. or text 206-612-0036
Service Stars!
Eight of our St. John freshmen were a great help at the Ballard Community Center on the evening of 3/11. They set up, served, and cleaned up after the Annual Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance. They received needed service hours and had a great time.
More service projects are available through the St. John Faith Formation Office: 206-782-2810.
Meditation Night is here again, Tonight!  Wed., March 15
Jean Berolzheimer, chaplain from the Veteran's Hospital, will be leading the meditation that evening from 7-8 pm. We are hoping you will join us as a special way to dedicate the start of your Lenten prayer.
Archbishop Gives
St Patrick's Day Dispensation
Western Washington Catholics can enjoy their corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day this year without worry about breaking their Lenten Friday commitment.
Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has granted this one-day dispensation from the normal obligation to abstain from meat during the Fridays of Lent. The feast day of the popular Irish saint falls on Friday, March 17 this year, the third Friday in Lent. Typical Irish dishes enjoyed on the holiday are meat heavy.
"The archbishop encourages anyone who wishes to take advantage of this dispensation to abstain from meat on another day of that week, or to substitute abstinence from meat with a personal penitential act offered for the success of the proclamation of the Gospel in western Washington, in honor of St. Patrick," according to the March 2 announcement from the archbishop's office, which was sent to all pastors, parish administrators and pastoral coordinators.
So local Catholics aren't completely off the hook.

G.K. Chesterton
is one of 
Bishop Barron's  Pivotal Players

Thursday, March 23rd, 7:00-8:30pm
Egan Hall

Come for the video and talk.

Dale Ahlquist
will be our guest speaker

President of the
American Chesterton Society

Dale "wrote the book" on Chesterton

No cost, donations welcomed, bring a friend :-)
Seattle Camino de Santiago

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, the day before Palm Sunday, there will be a mini-pilgrimage in Seattle based loosely on the Camino de Santiago.  We will walk and take Metro through seven Catholic churches, ending at St. James Cathedral.  We will pray two stations at each church.  Since our ending point is also a St. James Cathedral, we're borrowing the name and calling our mini-pilgrimage the Seattle Camino de Santiago. 
Everyone is invited to join us for part or all of this small pilgrimage.  

For more information visit our web page at

To sign up to join us click here.
Members of faculty and staff are gathering as a way to do something concrete during Lent to pray for the unborn and in support for all those who care for mothers and fathers who welcome new life. You are welcome to join them in the church at 3:15 or in your own hearts as you join us in prayer.

Social Justice Opportunities

"I want a Church which is poor and for the poor. They have much to teach us. . . WE need to let ourselves be evangelized by them."                                                                   Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, no. 198

Soup Suppers every Friday at 6pm

Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 7pm in the Church
and Fridays at 2:30pm with the school, beginning March 17th

On Good Friday the Stations will begin at 2:00pm and there will be no 7pm Stations.
On Thursday, March 23rd, we're showing Bishop Barron's Pivotal Players video on G. K. Chesterton.  On Monday, March 27th, St. John is offering a parish reconciliation service.  I recently read a blog post on the National Catholic Register web site titled, "What G.K. Chesterton and a Dear Friend Taught Me About Confession".  (Google the title to find it.)  The opening line is "Why should I have to go to Confession?"  The best Chesterton quote is this:
The real difference between the Church and State is huge and plain. The State, in all lands and ages, has created a machinery of punishment, more bloody and brutal in some places than in others, but bloody and brutal everywhere. The Church is the only institution that ever attempted to create a machinery of pardon.
The Church is the only thing that ever attempted by system to pursue and discover crimes, not in order to avenge, but in order to forgive them...[The Church's] specialty - or, if you like, its oddity - was this merciless mercy; the unrelenting sleuthhound who seeks to save and not slay.

Go to both events.  You'll be glad you did.   If you have a prayer nugget you'd like to share with the parish, email Bill Marty, . Thanks!
High School Service Opportunities:
Come with your friends!!
Ballard Community Center
Sheila Connolly, Faith Formation director, is happy to take groups of students to the following activities. Students will earn 4 hours of service for each time. Call 206-782-2810 to reserve space.
Parents' Night Out: 3/10, 4/14, 5/12
Meet on Church Steps 5:15 and return to Church Steps at 9:30 PM
Daddy Daughter Dinner: 3/11
Set up-5 students
4 pm-11pm (7 hours of direct service) 10 students.
You need to provide your own transportation but Sheila Connolly will be the evening chaperone.  
Spring Easter Egg Hunt: 4/15
9 am to 12pm. 3 hours of direct service
10 students needed.
For all events, call Sheila Connolly, 206-782-2810
The 2017 St. John School Auction
Do you remember these favorite 1980's TV shows?
  • Cheers
  • A-Team
  • Miami Vice
  • M*A*S*H
  • Magnum PI
  • Knight Rider
  • Family Ties
  • Who's The Boss?
  • Love Boat
  • The Facts of Life
  • The Greatest American Hero
Dinner tickets for the Live Auction are now on sale at the Bidding for Good website.  We have already sold 78 tickets, please buy your tickets now before prices go up on April 14th.  Tables seat 10 people and are available to purchase as a whole table. We have three ticket levels available:
  1. Prom Committee - standard ticket, $95 per person
  2. Prom Court - upgraded ticket, $125 per person
  3. Prom Kings & Queens - VIP ticket, $150 per person
If you have questions, feel free to contact Karen Bombino at or at the
Saint of the Month

Saint John Paul II
(1920-2005, Poland and Rome)
Feast Day: October 22