St John the Evangelist Parish
June 6, 2018
We would like to congratulate all of the  2018 graduates!
 
Whether it be Kindergarten, Middle School, High School or College;
we wish you well in your future endeavors and
pray that God will bless you and keep you. 
The St John book club is reading My Adventures with God by Stephen Tobolowsky. The club will meet on Thursday,June 7th at 7:00 PM at Diana Grusczynski's home at 510 North 80th St.

Funeral Announcement

The Funeral Mass for Dan Donohue will be held in the church on June 12, Tuesday, at 11am. All are welcome.

Reception will be at Nile Shrine, across from Holyrood, in Shoreline.
 
Rosary will be said at 7pm, on Monday June 11th, at Harvey Funeral Home Chapel in Fremont.
Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross is a Lenten devotion that offers witness to Jesus' Passion and Death. At each station we use our senses and our imagination to reflect prayerfully upon Jesus' suffering, Death, and Resurrection, and to simply experience the visual images to reflect on Christ's love for us. ( www.loyolapress.com )

St John will pray the Stations 
Wednesday, June 13th at 7pm in the church. 
 
Contact Jim Russell if you would like to help.   russelljim12@gmail.com
Bark Spreading Party
The maintenance department will be hosting a bark spreading party
on Saturday, June 16th from 8:30am - 1:00pm
Please come help spread bark and the Lord's word!
Let Steven d'Amelio know if you are able to help: 
sdamelio@stjohnsea.org or 206-251-8103
We have now moved into our 6th week of the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal. The good news is we have received pledges/gifts from 170  households for a total of $68,373!  But it means there are still many more  households that have not yet responded.  Help us reach our goal of $100,355. It's not too late for you to give!
 
Your gift can still help the Annual Catholic Appeal by its support of more than 60 ministries and services that are offered to thousands of individuals across Western Washington. If you haven't already made your gift, won't you please consider making a gift this year? No gift is too small. If you're unsure what to give, please consider a gift of $1 a day or $365 or more.
Go online to https://donate.seattlearchdiocese.org/aca or use a pledge envelope. If you'd rather call in your gift to the Appeal Office, they can be reached at 800-809-4921. Thank you!
Youth Mission Trip to the Skagit Valley:  Space is limited for this week-long service trip.  Your middle-school-aged child will do some farming, play with children of agricultural workers, cook, commune, and maybe even speak some Spanish! August 19-24.  Cost:  $100 (scholarships available)
 
**NEW** High School Week of Service!: August 6-9. 
High schoolers, let's do some service and have some fun this summer.  Transported on the St. John bus, a group of high school-aged kids will spend the mornings volunteering at Mary's place (making a meal and serving it to women and children), Westside Baby, St. Vincent de Paul, the Ballard Food Bank, and more.  Afternoons will be for fun - swimming at Green Lake, bowling, getting ice cream, etc.  The cost will be around $45.  (Space is limited. Scholarships are available.)
 
Young Adults!  Are you in the 21 - early 30s age range?  Are you looking for a way to connect with people your age to talk about life, faith and the Big Questions (and have some fun too)?  We're preparing to launch a Young Adult ministry.  Please email Kristin Kent if you are interested, have suggestions, or would just like to be in the loop.
 
Adult Faith Sharing:  Are you interested in deepening your faith life and getting more in touch with your parish family?  A new faith-sharing group is forming now - a place to talk about life and how our faith can enrich us, help us get through the hard times, and give us joy.  Please email Kristin Kent if you are interested. kkent@stjohnsea.org
Summer with N Seattle Catholic Youth


Click here for all the information!


Religious Freedom Week 
People of faith are committed to serving others in God's love in healthcare, child welfare, refugee resettlement, and more. Religious freedom protects the space in which we can continue to serve. Join Catholics across the country to pray and act for the freedom to serve faithfully and with integrity.
Learn more at www.usccb.org/ReligiousFreedomWeek!
Because religious freedom and conscience protection are threatened even in our own state, please help our Bishops by joining the Catholic Advocacy Network at www.thewscc.org.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!
Christ the King parish has invited St. John's kids to join their Vacation Bible School this summer!  July 30-August 3 from 9 am to 12:30.  This is for kids who will be in Kindergarten through 5th grade in the f all.  Please see the attached flyers for information and registration.  They are also looking for adult volunteers.   (St. John VBS will return in summer, 2019, when we're no longer under construction!) 

St. John Sounders Game
- Group tickets available for the Saturday September 1st at 1pm match against Kansas City FC.  Create/log into SportsPilot today from the link on our St. Johns CYO Website to buy your tickets. Just start a registration for any family member on the account and purchase the number of tickets needed.  Tickets will be mailed to your house in August.
 
Soccer Registration ends August 5th
-  Want to secure your child's winning season with CYO?  Register by August 5th to guarantee a roster spot.  Registrations after August 5th will be subject to team availability. CYO is open to all parish and school families. Create/log into SportsPilot today from the link on our St. Johns CYO Website.
 
I've just finished reading a remarkable book by Jordan B. Peterson titled 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.  Found this prayer nugget at the beginning of the last chapter.
 
"Ask, and it shall be given to you; Seek, and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be open unto you: For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."  (Matthew 7:7-8)
 
At first glance, this seems like nothing but a testament to the magic of prayer, in the sense of entreating God to grant favors.  But God, whatever or whoever He may be, is no simple granter of wishes.  When tempted by the Devil himself, in the desert - as we saw in Rule 7 (Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient) - even Christ Himself was not willing to call upon his Father for a favor; furthermore, every day, the prayers of desperate people go unanswered.  But maybe this is because the questions they contain are not phrased in the proper manner.  Perhaps it's not reasonable to ask God to break the rules of physics every time we fall by the wayside or make a serious error.  Perhaps, in such times, you can't put the cart before the horse and simply wish for your problem to be solved in some magical manner.  Perhaps you could ask, instead, what you might have to do right now to increase your resolve, buttress your character, and find the strength to go on.  Perhaps you could instead ask to see the truth.  [Peterson, p. 355 - 6]
 
If you have prayer nuggets you'd like to share with the parish, email Bill Marty, bill@takenroad.com.  Thanks!
Saint of the Month
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
Feast Day: June 21
(1568-1591 )
Canonized: December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII

Each month a portrait of the Saint of the Month is displayed in the church in one of the south side shrines.  You are welcome to spend some time reflecting on the life of the Saint and praying for their intercessions.