St John the Evangelist Parish
May 17, 2017
Annual Catholic Appeal
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Annual Catholic Appeal-Your Gift makes Everything Possible!
THANK YOU for contributing to the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA). The ACA gives St. John Parish an opportunity to support the work of the wider church in Western Washington - the education of seminarians, support of retired priests and women religious, the work of Catholic Community Services, multicultural ministries, and so much more.
Through this one gift, each of us and all of us embrace those whom the rest of the world so often overlooks. This year, the St. John Parish assessment for the ACA is $95,344. A very significant amount, reflective of the generosity already shown in this Parish. We have already raised $17,905!  While it is important to note that if we do not raise the whole amount through the ACA campaign we must make up the difference through our ordinary income, our hope is that this community will show itself ready to help both the local and the larger Church. Our witness, so important to Catholics throughout this region, relies upon each person's willingness to act as part of this community.
To make your ACA gift directly to the Seattle Archdiocese,
or submit your completed ACA envelope in the basket during Mass.
To all who have given to the ACA in the past, and today, THANK YOU!
We are reading Dale Ahlquist's "G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense".  We will meet on May 17th at 7pm in Quigley 13.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone!
St. John Cathedral Builders Present
Bishop Robert Barron's  Pivotal Players
Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:30 in Egan Hall
If you enjoyed Bishop Barron's CATHOLICISM series, you're in for another treat.  The Pivotal Players series illuminates a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church, but changed the course of civilization.
                2/23         St. Francis of Assisi
                Discussion: Bill Marty
                3/23         G. K. Chesterton
                 Special Guest Speaker Dale Ahlquist
    4/27         Michelangelo
    Special Guest Speaker Rebecca Albiani
    Art History Lecturer at the Frye Art Museum

                 5/18         John Henry Newman
                Special Guest Speaker Dr. James Felak
    University of Washington History Professor
    6/22         St. Thomas Aquinas
    Discussion: Bill Marty
          7/20         St. Catherine of Siena
           Discussion: Kristin Kent
A musical invitation from 8:30 Choir!
The final weeks of Easter are a great opportunity to YOU to come join us and try out singing with our joyful and diverse group!  All you need is your voice, the ability to hold a tune, and a be-attitude!  Choir ministry supports the assembly at the 8:30 mass. If you are interested, please give Twi a call for more info at 360-920-8866.
In other choir news: On June 4th, Pentecost Sunday (the Birthday of the Church) 8:30  choir will be joined by brass quintet.  In addition to the mass arranged for organ, choir, and brass, the quintet will play two preludes, beginning around 8:15, and two postludes after the mass.  
Youth Group
Super Smash Bros Battle
6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, May 24
Email or text to get your name on the bracket!
Gift cards and bragging rights go to winners!
Bring snacks and drinks.
Come have fun with your St John family!
Text or Call or Email YG Director Myke Folger
Go eat at Patxi's Pizza in Ballard and help fundraise for the school garden next Wednesday!
Next Wednesday, May 24th, Patxi's Pizza in Ballard as part of their 52 Weeks of Giving, will give 10% of sales to the St. John garden fund.  The garden uses this money for seeds and gardening supplies.  Last fall, the garden supplied some vegetables for Crispin's Kitchen. 10% of sales on dine-in, delivery and carryout will apply.  Here are a few ways to support St. John - lunch meeting, office or home delivery, buy a 1/2 baked pizza and bring it home or go have a fun night out in Ballard.  
Patxi's Pizza is located at 5323 Ballard Avenue NW and is open from 11 AM to 10 PM.
Thank you for supporting the St. John garden!

45 young people will be be confirmed at St John on May 25th at 7pm!
All are welcome to see visiting Bishop Peter Smith of Portland Archdiocese seal our confirmandi with the Holy Spirit. 
The Confirmandi currently attend high schools from all over North Seattle including Bishop Blanchet, Holy Names, O'Dea, Ballard, Seattle Academy, Lakeside, Seattle Preparatory, Ingraham.
Please include these young people in your prayers as they prepare for this wonderful sacrament.
Saturday, June 3 - 6pm - Egan Hall

All Parish and School families are invited to attend!
Pig roast/ Pulled pork sandwiches/ Chicken and all the fixin's. 
Phillip Suarez will man the grill with Michael Strimban and Pablo Kelley assisting in the operation.  

$10 child/ $20 adult/ $50 household  Click here to buy tickets.
2nd Annual Parish Gardening Party

Saturday, June 10 from 10am - 2:30pm   
(Come for as long as you can.)
Please join the garden club to help us clean up the gardens around
St John.  We will provide lunch.  Bring your own gloves and any personal garden tools you like to use.  
Please email Steven at to let him know you are coming so that we can get a count for lunch.
Since we first began talking about our Honor the Past, Embrace the Present, Secure the Future Capital Campaign, our parish and school offices and volunteer teams have been hard at work. We are gaining great momentum but still have a way to go to meet our goal.
As you contemplate your commitment, please remember the message from Saint Paul in his letter to the Corinthians when he wrote, "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 
Our volunteers are currently contacting parishioners. If you have been contacted by a volunteer to discuss the campaign and learn of your pledge decision, please be receptive to this call. Volunteers are working on behalf of the entire parish and school, in an effort to make our campaign as successful as possible. Thank you for being generous with your time and open to meeting with them.
Unfortunately, there are not enough volunteers to meet personally with everyone at the parish. If you received a pledge card and return envelope with your letter and case statement, we ask that you complete the pledge card and return it to the parish office. If you have any questions about the campaign please feel free to contact parish and school leadership or our campaign counsel, Brandon Sak, at
As always, thank you for your ongoing support of St. John the Evangelist Parish and School and our Honor the Past, Embrace the Present, Secure the Future Capital Campaign.
Wedding Coordinator
Do you love the movie 27 Dresses? Do you subscribe to The New York Times just for the Vows column? Sounds like you love weddings! We here at St John have been booking more weddings than in years past and we are in need of another wedding coordinator! This is a stipend position, involving helping ensure that the rehearsal goes smoothly and the Big Day goes without a hitch! Responsibilities include: attending rehearsal and working with engaged couple on specifics of the ceremony, procession, music, and attendants AND attending the wedding and ensuring that all goes well! If you are interested, please contact Julia Rudden, Director of Sacramental Preparation, at
Adult Confirmation
Are you an adult who missed the opportunity to be confirmed as a teen? If you would like to celebrate this sacrament, please contact Julia Rudden for more information. We would love to help!
Social Justice News

Click here for the latest update from Social Justice.
High School Volunteer Opportunity 
CYO Fall Soccer 2017
St John/St Al Fall soccer will be here before we know it!  If you are a high school student or know of one looking for a great opportunity and volunteer service hours, please come out and lend a hand (or your feet).  

We are looking for high school students to assist the parent volunteer coaches. Volunteers can help run practices, set-up and take down fields on game days and even test your refereeing skills!

If interested, please email Monica Overby at  Please let us know: - Age group and gender interested in helping and what kind of opportunity to assist with: assist coach, refereeing, field set up and take down, etc.

Thank you!
Summer Camps Through St John 

We have camp opportunities for many age levels.  
Click here to find out more.

Contact Sheila Connolly for more information:
Vacation Bible School
Set Sail with the Holy Trinity!
August 14-18 from 9-2
High School Faith Formation News:  
Things to look forward to this summer:  
Ascend Leadership Retreat
Designed for youth entering grades 9 -12, this retreat encourages young leaders to identify and strengthen their God-given gifts for servant leadership in Catholic parishes and schools. This dynamic week will offer opportunities for all to grow in their relationship with God, be strengthened as disciples of Christ, and experience the larger faith community from around the archdiocese and so much more! For more information, click here.

Catholic Youth Organization Summer Camp:
Registration is now open for summer camp, including day camps, overnight camp and family camp. Register at
Get a Start on your Service Requirement:
Contact Sheila Connolly, Director of Faith Formation, at 206-782-2810 or for service project ideas and connections. 
Our goddaughter lives on the other side of the country, sadly for us.  She was confirmed recently, and I wrote her this letter.  Just shipped it off this morning, with a copy of Peter Kreeft's Prayer for Beginners.  Thought I'd share it with you.
Dear Maryann,  
We sure enjoyed seeing you on the North Carolina beach last August.  Can't believe we let 6 years go by without visiting you.  You changed a lot from 9 to 15 :-)  And now you're Confirmed, which means you're an adult in the faith and have "confirmed" the decision your parents made to baptize you as a child.  We're thrilled for you.   
As your godparents, we're charged with helping your parents raise you in the faith professed at your baptism, and now confirmed by you.  Fortunately, your parents have done a delightful job, and so your absentee godparents haven't really hampered you.  Even so, I want to share a nugget of Catholic understanding that it took me until middle age to discover.  
Catholicism is a BIG and complicated thing.  I've read it compared to an attic at grandma's house, full of dusty treasures, just waiting on you to go exploring.  It's a 2000 year accumulation of the best human wisdom thinking about what God told us about himself and about ourselves.  Becoming Catholic is not a thing that you've completed now, like grade school.  It's the life-long process of discovering who you are, not by looking at yourself, but by looking at God.  In my experience, the key to that whole looking-at-God-to-discover-yourself process is to pray, every day.  And it may be different where you are, but around here, we don't seem to teach Catholics much about prayer.  So, we're sending along a few of the treasures that we've found in grandma's attic.  We encourage you to read these with a pen in hand; underline anything in them that speaks to you; skip over anything that doesn't.  And pray.  Every day.  Really.
Until we see you again, Maryann,
The Lord bless you and keep you!
The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!
Bill and Sheila
If you have a prayer nugget you'd like to share with the parish, email Bill Marty, .  Thanks!
Saint of the Month

Blessed Bartolo Longo
(1841-1926, Italy)
Feast Day: October 6