Dear Parish Community, 
Earlier today you may have received our sister community's weekly bulletin for St. Patrick. Please excuse the error - our apologies. Below is our weekly update. Thank you for bearing with us! 

In Christ Our Hope, 
Deacon Dennis and Parish Staff
"Do Not Be Afraid." - Matthew 10:26-33

St. Joseph's Church, Florida

Lord, in your great love, answer me!
Dear Friends in Christ Our Hope,
I hope you are getting some time in the sun after our particularly rainy Junuary. The rays of the sun are such welcome balm as we start to emerge from the COVID-19 Pandemic, reminding us of God's abundant love for us. I am praying for you and your families every day that God keep you safe and healthy.
This past week, we were notified by the Archbishop's office that our safety plan for reopening to public Masses in Phase II has been approved. A big shout-out to Paula Holmes for creating our plan. King County officially applied for Phase II on Monday. The Governor and state health officials are expected to give us the green light at any time allowing us to resume public celebrations of the Eucharist for up to approximately 50 people per Mass. At this point, we are finalizing our communication plan for sharing the details of how all of this will work and when public Masses will begin to be offered. But I am happy to give you some highlights to prepare you for our future together:
  • Mass attendance will be done by online registration or phone call
  • All who attend will be required to wear face masks for the safety of our vulnerable community
  • Our Church will be configured to allow all who attend to have six feet social distancing from another person or family
  • The liturgy will be done differently (i.e. No congregational singing - only humming of hymns, No bringing up the gifts, etc.)
  • All who register for Mass will need to do a health self-assessment before attending (Fever, Cough, Difficulty breathing, Chills, Muscle Pain, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell)
  • Vulnerable populations are strongly encouraged not to attend Mass (Over 60, Weakened immune system, Underlying health condition ((diabetes, heart disease, obesity, etc.)), Pregnant)
  • No social gatherings before or after Mass at the Church
These special safety guidelines will change the way we experience Mass for the foreseeable future. We will all need to ask God for an abundance of patience throughout the coming months and year as we adjust to these difficult, but necessary changes to public worship.
Be assured the parish will continue to offer Mass on Facebook LIVE and YouTube until a vaccine is developed, and Archbishop Paul Etienne has given special dispensation to all who are unable or chose not to attend public Mass.
Remember, this, too, shall pass one day and we will be allowed to gather together again as one large family to celebrate our exodus from the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Until then, please take advantage of the many ways to remain virtually connected to our parish community.  Fr. Bryan and I look forward to the day when we can see you in person again.


Deacon Dennis Kelly 
Pastoral Coordinator  

Dialogue on Racial Justice

We invite all members of our community to participate in the follow up conversation on Monday, June 22nd at 7:00 PM where we will discuss our shared action response. 

Patrick Barredo will again facilitate our discussion on Monday, June 22nd about how our faith informs the lens by which we view current events using the "See, Judge, Act" Model. 

Please join us on Zoom on Monday, June 22nd in prayer and conversation, listen to various views, and experiences, as we support one and another through these difficult times. 

Sunday Coffee Hour

Thank you to Jim Sweeney for hosting the return of Sunday Coffee Hour. Last Sunday, we heard from a panel of parishioners  who have served the Body of Christ in unique settings and far-flung places. From Idaho to India, Senegal to Bolivia, from Africa to Auburn, WA and many more places in between. It was wonderful to hear the opportunities that Bill and Kathy Collins, Judy Davis, Lauren Pusich and Deanna Tighe had to be present and bring community to others around the world. 

We invite everyone to join us for our virtual hospitality after the 8:30 AM Mass on Sunday, June 21 via Zoom. This coffee hour we will hear from Black COH parishioners and their experiences of being Black in the Catholic Church.
Parish Dialogue on Racial Justice
Monday, June 22 at 7:00 PM

Facilitated via Zoom
Click here to join via video

Phone Only: 1-253-215-8782 
Meeting ID: 810 1890 6867 
Password: 961051 

All Are Welcome and All Are Called 
Please join this facilitated dialogue to discuss racial justice, privilege and how our faith calls us as a Church to respond. 

Father's Day Blessing

We will r emember our fathers-- living and deceased at Masses this Sunday.
We have a special blessing now for all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, and all people with fathering roles. 

Please pray for them:

God our Father,
in your wisdom and love you made all things.
Bless these men,
that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honor them always
with a spirit of profound respect.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.  
Gracias Padre Alejandro!

Congratulations to our dear friend Father Alejandro Báez, S.J. on the Second Anniversary of his ordination! 

Fr. Alejandro has been a wonderful part of our parish community, in English and Spanish, and will say his last Masses with us on June 21 before his next assignment in California. 

Thank you Fr. Alej! His next roles will be Associate Pastor at St. Agnes in San Francisco and Chaplain at San Quentin State Prison. We will hold you and your new homes in our prayers at Christ Our Hope!

Felicidades a nuestro querido amigo el Padre Alejandro Baez, S.J. en su segundo aniversario desde su ordenación.  El Padre Alejandro ha sido un maravilloso miembro de nuestra comunidad, en Inglés y en Español, realizara su ultima misa con nosotros este 21 de Junio antes de su nueva misión en California. 

Gracias Padre Alejandro! Su siguiente misión será como Pastor asociado en Santa Inés en San Francisco, así como capellán en la Prisión de S an  Quentin. Lo tendremos a usted y a sus nuevos hogares en nuestras oraciones aqui en Cristo Nuestra Esperanza!

Women's Luncheon

During this time of continued separation from our community and parish, all Women are welcome to stay connected by joining our Women's Luncheon on Wednesday, June 24th at 12 PM. 

Join us via Zoom, click here. Alternatively, you can also phone in.
Dial: +1 253 215 8782
Meeting ID: 899 8204 6081

SEEL Invites You to a Deeper Relationship with God

Because the safety of all participants is our highest priority, SEEL is prepared to offer the retreat either in person OR virtually depending on the current public health situation. Learn more at our website at or call 206-721-3518.

We will also host an online SEEL information session on Tuesday, June 30 from 7 PM - 7:30 PM. If you would like to participate via Zoom please email to receive a zoom link.
Father Paul Magnano Scholarship

Are you considering Catholic School Education for your child? If the answer is Yes --  you can have a Catholic Education for your child! The goal of the Father Paul Magnano Scholarship is to ensure that no child is denied a Catholic school education due to financial constraints by providing scholarships for Christ Our Hope school-age children.  

We invite anyone who yearns for a Catholic education for their child or children to come forward and seek our assistance in providing this great gift. It is not too late for your child to start at the Catholic Schools this Fall. For more information, please contact Deacon Dennis Kelly or Deanna Tighe.

  Stay up to date, check out our  Calendar of COH events