Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A Revival . . . 

“For the person without faith, God has neither meaning nor value, nor place in their life. On the other hand, the more lively our faith is, the more God enters into our life until finally, He becomes our all.” 
Fr. Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen, OCD

I think our Church is in need of a revival. Let me explain:

For the past few weeks, we have heard from the parables of Jesus about the kingdom of heaven from Saint Matthew’s Gospel. We have to keep in mind that as Jesus went about preaching, teaching, and healing, he likely shared the same messages and parables in various places. Many people heard them at different times and locations. I myself have given the same or similar homily across Western Washington a number of times in my different assignments! 

At the Sunday Masses, we have been hearing the parables as recorded in Chapter 13 of Saint Matthew’s Gospel. It is believed that these were first proclaimed at one particular time and location, when Jesus was at the sea, with crowds gathered along the beach. Picture a kind of amphitheater, with Jesus in a boat, just off from the shore a bit, with large crowds of people gathered along and up on the beach. Thousands of people heard Jesus teach at given times, all without a microphone! Imagine that on this day as Jesus told the parables of the mustard seed and the weeds and the wheat, some people undoubtedly could not hear. They may have asked their neighbors, “What did He say?” And they would then retell the parable they had just heard. In doing so, those in the crowd were the first to proclaim the good news of the Gospel after hearing it themselves! The parables are simple and yet profound. They were meant to be shared among people long after Jesus departed from a place. The whole idea was for people to keep talking about the parable and Him long after He had gone onto another village. That’s what it means to share the faith or to catechize, which literally means “to echo.” The message of Jesus was echoed almost immediately to countless people who would eventually become His disciples.

So what about us? Do we do the same? Do we echo the faith to others? When we leave Mass, do we talk about the parables we just heard in the Liturgy of the Word with our family or friends? Do we discuss the homily or the readings? Are we quick to share with someone our experience of having just received the body and blood of the Lord in Holy Communion? If we don’t, why?

So many of our conversations, not just at the parish, but in our families, among friends, at work or school are, well, trivial and meaningless. Much of what we talk to others about lacks real substance and purpose. How many times do we talk about the weather to someone on a given day? When was the last time you had a real meaningful conversation or even a debate with someone about God, the faith, or the spiritual life? Are you passionate about your faith in Christ? If there was as much passion for the Lord Jesus as there is about politics, ideologies, our hobbies, and sports, I think it would be a different world. A better world. Jesus said where your treasure is, so there will your heart be.  (Matthew 6:21). If we value everything over and above the Lord our God, our hearts will be there and not on Him. We will be quick to discuss those other things and not the things of God in our conversations with others. 

This is where the revival comes in. I feel our personal faith in Christ, as well as our Church, needs to be revived so that we once again place God first in our lives; in our families, in our parishes and schools… everywhere. This time of the pandemic has instilled in me a sense of urgency. What was once normal and routine will no longer be, probably for the better. I feel this time is a wake-up call to get serious about what really counts. For us Catholics, that means our faith in Jesus and His Church. Are we “all in” with Him? Do we really love God with all our hearts and love our neighbors? Or, are we just going through the motions? Is the Eucharist truly central to our lives or not? Have I missed receiving Holy Communion these past months, or not? If I didn’t, then why? 

I have asked a whole lot of questions in this brief letter. But now is the time for us to get serious about them. In fact, there’s no time to waste. In the near future, I believe that the Church will become smaller but more faithful. This isn’t really my idea. Pope Benedict long ago made this prediction in a series of essays he wrote in 1969-70.  (Faith and the Future). For the last 50 years, people have slowly drifted away from Christ and the Church for a host of reasons; some legitimate, some not. We all know these people. They are our family and friends. They talk about the weather and other trivial things a lot. I think the pace of drifting away will likely pick up a bit now and as we come out of the pandemic. Many of these folks have no passion for Jesus or their faith. 

So, this is the time for us to get serious. This is the time for a revival. We need to awaken once again; to rise up and boldly profess our faith in Christ and deepen our daily, personal relationship with Him. Our daily lives must once again focus on God and placing Him first. We need to bring the Lord back into the conversations of life; make prayer a priority, act with kindness and charity toward others, and deepen our spiritual life in general. In short, we need to quit talking about the weather and start talking about Him! As Jesus says at the end of the parables, whoever has ears ought to hear! What do you think?

Blessings,
Fr. David Mulholland 
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New Mass Protocols
Now that we have had Mass for a few weeks, the Bishops have made a few changes to our Liturgies. Beginning this weekend you will see the following changes:

1. Our Celebrant will be masked throughout the Mass except when he is speaking.
2. Holy Communion will return to its usual place during the Liturgy. Masks should be worn until you are to receive Communion and put back on once you consume.
3. At the end of Mass, you will be asked to stagger yourselves as you depart observing the 6-feet of social distancing protocol. Please do not congregate in the vestibule. Learn more.

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Night of Mercy
Now, more than ever, our world needs Christ’s Divine Mercy. On Thursday, July 30, 4 - 7 PM PST, we will gather in our homes, to pray, proclaim, adore, and plead for Christ’s abundant Mercy.

Join us for this dynamic evening with live-streamed speakers and musicians including Fr. Chris Alar and actor Jonathan Roumie (Jesus in The Chosen TV series), who will also lead us in the Divine Mercy Chaplet, while renowned recording artist Danielle Rose will lead us in music.

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First Holy Communion 2020
The Sacrament of First Holy Communion was celebrated on Saturday, July 18! Click the play button to listen to Fr. David's awesome homily about the Eucharist. Click here to view photos .
Sacrament of Confirmation
Students in grades 7 - 9 interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2021 are invited to fill out an interest form now! We'll be in touch. Invite your friends to join you in preparing for this sacrament too.
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Stephen Ministers are Trained EMHC
Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Stephen Ministry had to modify the way in which we provide care to parishioners in need. We moved from face to face visits to telephone or internet calls. We were pleased with how well this worked. 

We would like to let everyone know that we are once again able to visit parishioners in person - taking mandated and appropriate COVID precautions of course. Now parishioners visiting with Stephen Ministry Care Givers may do so by whatever means they choose whether that be in person, phone, or otherwise. For people who feel as though they want to be isolated from crowds, it can be arranged for them to meet with their Stephen Minister at isolated areas around St. Patrick Church or any agreed-upon spot that limits their exposure to COVID.

In addition to care visits, the Stephen Ministers are also trained Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick and Homebound. If you or someone you know is ill and unable to come to Mass or living in a retirement or nursing facility, please let us know so we can make arrangements to bring them Holy Communion. We want everyone to know that the Stephen Ministers and all Eucharistic Ministers are trained to mitigate the chances of the transmission of COVID-19.

Please be patient as we as Stephen Ministers, and as a Church, navigate with the ever-changing protocols of life during these difficult times.
outreach
New Build Date Added!
Join fellow members of our parish communities in a  Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity  “Building on Faith” home sponsored by the Pierce County Deanery and in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

The first walls of the home were raised on July 11th. We’ll be working in Midland, near Highway 512 on August 8 and/or 15, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Special skills are not needed. Professional staff will supervise all work. Must be 16 years or older to volunteer.

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Year of the Eucharist
Archbishop Etienne began Year of the Eucharist on the Feast of Corpus Christi for the Archdiocese of Seattle and asked us to spend this time pondering the true presence of Jesus's Sacred Body and Blood in the Eucharist. Read his pastoral letter, " The Work of Redemption. "
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Weekly Offertory
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Annual Catholic Appeal 2020
The campaign is wrapping up, but we still have a ways to go with less than 50% of our parish families participating. Click here for our weekly update by parish!

If you have already made your gift - THANK YOU! If not, please consider making a gift this year. Nearly 70% of our parish households have not responded yet. No gift   is too small . If you’re unsure what to give, please consider a gift of $1 a day or $365 or more. The average gift is $417.
 
Your gift will support more than 60 ministries and services that are offered to thousands of individuals across Western Washington. In addition, this year, a 10% ‘tithe’ from ACA 2020 donations, excluding rebates will be placed in a  Parish Solidarity Fund  for those parishes severely financially impacted as a result of the suspension of public Masses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 at 800-809-4921.
advocacy
Civilize It: Clarity
Developing a well-formed conscience is one way to find clarity. Conscience is the voice of God resounding in the human heart, revealing the truth to us and calling us to do what is good while shunning what is evil. Join the U.S. Bishops’ Civilize It campaign to help promote civil dialogue.  Learn more.
2020 Census
Spread the word— the 2020 Census is more than a population count. It's an opportunity to shape your community's future. Through your social media channels, your voice can make a difference. Click the play button above to learn more then visit 2020CENSUS.GOV to respond.
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Summer Climb 2020

Research shows that just a little, but consistent, summer work maintains and advances content knowledge. Use these resources to climb this summer with your student. Share it with friends who have students in PreK - 8th grade.

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