St John the Evangelist Parish
January 2, 2019

Funeral Announcement

Funeral mass for former (1966-2005) parishioner Philip G. Frasher will be held on January 3, Thursday, at 10:00am. There will be a reception after the mass in Egan Hall. All are welcome.
Questions About the Catholic Faith?
Seeking Answers About the Church?
Our Door is Open!
 
Here at St John, we meet once a month, on the second Wednesday, with those interested in learning more about Catholicism, about our church, and about our faith. The meetings are casual, with plenty of time for questions and discussion, and are open to all!

The next meeting is Wednesday, January 9 at 7pm.  
We will meet in the new Admin Building (former Rectory).
 
Check out our website for more information about 
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)  bit.ly/BecomeCatholic
 
Questions? Contact Julia Rudden:  jrudden@stjohnsea.org  
 
The third discussion in our series is called  " Why Serve? What Catholicism has to do with Action".   Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 pm in the parish office.  Led by Sheila Connolly, who has a passion for serving those most in need, we'll discussion Catholic Social teaching and hear from a few parishioners about how they serve and why.
 
Please come to the women's shelter wine and cheese party on Sunday, January 13 at 5:00 pm in the mezzanine.   Two women who have been running the program at Noel House for years will be speaking.  This ministry needs more volunteers.  Please come learn about it.  No pressure to commit... just join us... shelter volunteers are the best!  Call the parish office if you have questions, or email Kristin Kent at kkent@stjohnsea.org.
 
If you're interested in signing up for "6 Dates for Catholic Couples" , which starts Saturday, January 26 at 6 pm, please RSVP to kkent@stjohnsea.org.
 
Did you join our parish in 2018?  If so, you are invited to a "welcome" event in the parish office on January 24, at 7 pm.  Come meet with Father Crispin, some members of the parish and parish staff, and other newcomers.  We look forward to getting to know you better!
Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross is a 30 minute 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.
(adapted from  www.loyolapress.com)

St John will pray the Stations 
Wednesday, January 9th at 7pm in the church.  
Contact Jim Russell if you would like to help.  

The St. John Book Club is reading Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene. The story begins with Father Quixote, a village priest, being elevated to the rank of monsignor through a clerical error. He sets out for Madrid to buy purple socks appropriate to his new station with his friend Sancho. At only 221 pages, it is the perfect stocking stuffer. The date for our next meeting is TBD in January.
Save the Date!
Fifteenth Annual Italian Dinner
Sunday, January 27th at 5pm

Click here for the full flyer and to reserve your spot.

Click here for a pdf version of the flyer.
 

January 26-27

World Youth Day in Seattle is a Catholic Conference for Young Adults (ages 18-39). Join hundreds of young adults from our Archdiocese and beyond for this conference, featuring: addresses from Archbishop Sartain and Bishop Mueggenborg, a Vocations CafĂ©, multicultural music throughout, breakout sessions on topics from "A Relationship with Jesus" to "Creating the New Face of the Church," and fellowship and prayer with other Catholic young adults.  Lynnwood Convention Center.  Click here to register. 

Click here for a pdf version of the flyer.

In my imagination, the Little Drummer Boy arrives at the manger scene with the Wise Men.
Our finest gifts we bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the king
Pa rum pum pum pum
 
But we, like the Little Drummer Boy,
...have no gift to bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
That's fit to give our king
Pa rum pum pum pum
 
Inspired by a friend's question, I've been thinking about what I would bring to the Christ child at the manger scene?  I love music, but I don't play, or really even sing.  It's not as if the Word of God, who spoke the universe into being, needs any thing I can bring.  Unless.  Unless the thing I bring is my creation, me using the talents with which He endowed me, before he knit me, fearfully and wonderfully, in my mother's womb.  So, what is the talent that makes me me?  What do I do when I am being most naturally myself?
 
I'm an engineer.  It's who I am, how I think, my vocation.  I figure out how to make new things.  So, what would I make that is simple, beautiful, maybe even musical?  I think I would make a music box.  I would design visible works because I love that sort of thing.  And it would play Frank Mills' Music Box Dancer.  That's what I would bring.
Then he smiled at me
Pa rum pum pum pum
 
Want a little joy in your Epiphany?  Go to YouTube and play the Pentatonix version of Little Drummer Boy ( https://youtu.be/qJ_MGWio-vc ).  Then find the Music Box Dancer video with the ballerinas ( https://youtu.be/PpqucmEA3P4 ).
 
What would you bring? [Thanks to Teresa Lombardi for the inspiring question.]  Drop a note with your answer to Bill Marty, bill@prayernuggets.org .  Thanks!
Saint of the Month

Saint Oscar Romero
(1917-1980)
Feast: March 24