Dear Friends

A week or so ago I was a little down when I saw the Covid-19 numbers soaring around the world and in our country. It seems to never end. Then, I saw the following letter on the internet. It made my day. I hope it makes yours! – Fr. David
Ireland’s oldest citizen, Nancy Stewart
To Anyone Who Needs a Reason to Keep Going:

My name is Nancy Stewart and I was born on the 16th of October 1913. This weekend I turn 107 years of age. Imagine turning 107 in a world pandemic. This is something very unusual even for me and all I have been through. I live in Clonard in County Meath and have lived in my home for over 83 years.

I lost my husband in a car crash in 1989 and lost my twin daughters Margaret in 2007 to motor neuron and Anne in 2010 to the utter heartbreak of losing her sister. I’ve lost all my friends throughout the years which comes with living so long on this earth. I’m very lucky to still have three daughters Kathleen, Mary, and Olive, and one son Finian and I have 84 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

I have faced many heart-breaking moments and also have seen many hard times in our country witnessing world wars, division in our people, and numerous sad times for our nation.

I write to you today to send you my love and to offer you my prayers. We are in a very difficult time at the moment in our country, in our lives, and our world. But I reach out to you in this letter to offer you hope, faith, and belief that everything will be ok in the end.

We are in another stage of this battle against the virus but we will get through this. Like everything I’ve been through since the day I was born in 1913, no matter how bad things have got, I’m the living proof that we can survive and in years to come, this will just be a distant memory.

I have great faith and it has helped me keep positive throughout the struggles I’ve met. I thank you for keeping your faith and for keeping your resilience strong, through this hard time. Sadly for the moment, we can no longer stretch out to a friend and embrace them nor can we call to each other's houses.

But I’m here to share my story. I have been in lockdown in my house since March, alongside my granddaughter Louise and even though it has been a tough time, we have got through it together.

We drink tea. We say prayers. We bake. We laugh. We make phone calls. I can even video call lots of my family and friends and am making new friends every day that God gives me on this earth. And that’s a very important thing to say. If you are feeling low, make sure to try to call someone or even go for a walk. I also ask God to help me if I’m feeling low. This is a hard time for everyone but please make sure you keep yourself well and wear your mask. If you keep healthy, your mind will stay healthy too.

Keep talking to one another. All my life I have always believed in chatting and drinking tea and saying a prayer or a decade of the rosary and it has got me through. This is our moment to keep our faith and to keep believing that everything will turn out ok.

We must try to make sure we leave nobody behind and also that we don’t lose sight of each other. This is a moment for humanity to step forward to take care of the other. We must mind ourselves but we must also mind all those around us. Look up and smile even if you have your mask on. Your eyes will smile and that might be all someone needs to keep going. No good deed ever goes unnoticed so try your best to keep being good. We are not here to live for ourselves but to live for each other.

I can’t believe I’ve made it to this age, I only feel like I’m 50 but now that I’m here, all I can say is please God I’ll be here for my next birthday. We must always look forward. I can’t believe I’m the oldest person in Ireland living in my own home, I don’t feel that old.

When God wants me, he will come take me but for now, I will keep enjoying my life, I’ll keep loving my family and I’ll keep saying my prayers day by day…..oh and not to forget eating lots of good wholesome food is my tip. Good food and lots of tea is my secret to a long life as well as keeping positive as best we can. We must always look forward and hope for the best.

Thank you for thinking of me in your prayers and your thoughts and I promise I will think of you in my many rosaries I say every day. Thank you so much for reading my letter also and I hope I have, in even a little way, helped you feel less alone at this moment. There is always hope and once we keep talking to one another, no day will seem empty and we can get through this together. It only takes a small candle to take away the dark and in each of us, we can be that light in the world.

This hard time will indeed pass like all the rest and all that matters is that we helped each other through.

Many blessings and much love,
Granny Nancy 
Clonard, Co Meath, Ireland
stewardship
Parish Stewardship
Thank you to the 171 parish housholds who have returned their Parish Stewardship commitment card. Fr. David signed and mailed over 1500 letters last week and asks everyone who has not pledged to prayerfully evaluate their giving to the parish and community. After prayful discernment, please fill click on your parish link below and fill out a commitment card. How will you know whether you have pledged the right amount? You will feel comfortable and at peace with the size of your gift.
Weekly Offertory
An offertory collection basket is located at the back of the sanctuary during Mass for contactless giving. If you are unable to attend Mass in person, please mail in your gift or consider Online Giving, — Fr. David gives this way! It is safe and easy.
St. Vincent de Paul Collection
Your gift to our St. Vincent de Paul Conference supports our brothers and sisters in Christ with food, gas and other basic needs. Thank you for your support of this ministry. Make your gift online bit.ly/SVDPdonation or at mass this weekend.
liturgy
How to come to Mass
Mass Reservations
  1. The archdiocese is no longer requiring parishes to keep a record of Mass attendees for contact tracing. Please continue to be vigilant regarding our health and stay home if you are feeling unwell.
  2. You will no longer need to make a reservation for a daily Mass at any of our parishes.
  3. Reservations for weekend liturgies are REQUIRED so as not to exceed our maximum building occupancy set by the State of Washington. These records are destroyed after each Mass.
  4. Register for weekend liturgy and arrive 10 minutes before mass begins.

Mass Schedule Updates
  • At St. Rita of Cascia, the Sunday Mass has moved from 8 am to 8:30 am
  • At St. Patrick, the 7 pm Mass on Sundays resumes, except for the 4th Sunday of the month, which is reserved for Youth Group and Confirmation students.

Looking ahead...
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 8 | 9 am* & 7 pm at St. Patrick Church

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
January 1 | 9 am* | St. Patrick Church
mass will be livestreamed on our YouTube Channel

VIEW new Mass schedule
The dispensation for Mass is still in effect.
Livestreaming Mass
Mass is livestreamed from St. Patrick Church on Sundays at 9 am. The all-school Mass at 9 AM a few Fridays each month and Mass on the first Friday of each month at 11 AM are also livestreamed and holy days.

Subscribing to our YouTube Channel is not necessary to watch the Mass, however it allows you to set reminders to tune in and provides us with the option of livestreaming from a mobile device when we reach 1000 subscribers. We are so close!

Check-in on Facebook and invite your friends and family to watch and make your weekly offertory gift via Online Giving.
Sunday Evening Contemplative Mass
Join us as we welcome back our Sunday evening contemplative chant Mass at 7 pm at St. Patrick Church. The lights are low and the candles are lit for a reflective and prayerful celebration of Sunday Mass.
COVID-19 Update
We learned that a person at Holy Cross Parish tested positive for COVID-19. They were at Mass on October 24 and October 25. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCH) has been informed and at this time, we have determined that there were no “close contacts” with parishioners. By definition, close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over 24 hours. Read more
mass intentions
November 10 | 9 am
for the intentions of
Barbara Simpson

November 11 | 9 am
for the repose of the soul of
Irene Schmit

November 12| 9 am
for the repose of the soul of
George Bucsko

November 13 | 9 am
for the repose of the soul of
Algis Maciulis

November 14 | 5 pm
November 15 | 9 am, 11 am, 7 pm
for the people of the parish
November 9 | 9 am
for the repose of the souls of
Doris Ormsby & William Watters

November 11 | 5 pm
for the repose of the soul of
Lina Bower

November 12 | 9 am
for the repose of the soul of
Nova Louise Echtle

November 13 | 9 am
for the repose of the soul of
Judith Gaffney

November 14 | 5 pm
November 15 | 10 am
for the people of the parish
pastoral care
Book of the Dead
The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Church commemorates all her faithful children who have departed from this life, but have not yet attained the joys of heaven. The Book of the Dead is placed in the sanctuary this month and it contains the names of our dearly departed friends and family.

If you would like to add names to the book send us an email. Names will be written into the book for you. Names added in the past three years are in the book.
prayer
Adoration
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." Join us for Adoration. Click the parish links below to view adoration schedule and sign up to keep watch for an hour.
faith formation
Available on your phone, tablet, laptop or TV for FREE as our gift!
To sign up:
  1. Click HERE to get started, then...
  2. Enter zip code 98403 or parish St. Patrick [regardless of your parish affliation]
  3. Enter your email and your in!
Youth Group #253

For middle schoolers, due to Covid precautions, their weekly youth ministry is all online! Each grade level has its own small group to grow, learn, and talk with every week. High schoolers meet in person. Join us!

Read more
youthgroup253.net
outreach
Donation Drive
Next Chapter is dedicated to empowering pregnant women, single mothers and their children to move out of poverty into lives of stability, permanent housing, and self-sufficiency by providing a group living community and life-changing resources. Next Chapter is a non-profit founded by parishioners of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

November 21, 2020
10 am - 2 pm
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St. Patrick Church 
in the parking lot beind the church
1123 North J Street | Tacoma, WA

Next Chapter families are in need of the following new or gently used items:
School Supplies
  • small whiteboards & dry erase markers
  • calculators; for high school level math 
  • gently used ChromeBooks
  • notebooks, sketchpads
  • pens, pencils, crayons, markers
  • glue
Non-Perishable Food
  • canned soup
  • peanut butter & jelly
  • cereal
  • spaghetti & sauce
Other
  • toilet paper
  • cleaning supplies
  • blankets, sheets & pillowcases

Furniture and clothes are not need at this time. 
Poinsettias
St. Frances Sodality poinsettia sales benefits the charitable works of the ministry. Order one for your home and for friends and family, especially the homebound. Poinsettias can also be gifted to the parishes of St. Rita of Cascia and Holy Cross in memory of a loved one.

Several sizes and colors are available. Orders by November 15 for November 21-22 pick-up and December 13 for December 19 - 20 pick-up.
advocacy
The Immigration Game
Have you ever wondered how the immigration system works for different people?

Join us as we play through scenarios to learn about the barriers and pitfalls of the immigration system, as well as the ways these can be avoided if you have enough money. Together we'll navigate through the system selecting different answers for who and where we are, what resources we have available, etc. to uncover what outcome we can expect. There will be time for discussion and ways to learn more. RSVP to receive a Zoom meeting link.
st. patrick school
REACH Auction 2021

EARLYBIRD TICKETS
Reserve your tickets before November 30 to save!

PROCUREMENT
Our procurement needs are greater than ever. Browse our Amazon Wish List and download the procurement form.

SPONSORSHIP
Corporate sponsorship opportunties are now open! Limited availabilty, select yours today.
Classroom Life
Curious what student life looks like at St. Patrick Catholic School during a pandemic? Click the play button to find out. Our classrooms look a little different, like all things do these days, but what hasn't changed is that we are still educating the leaders of tomorrow, while supporting the social-emotional needs of our students and families.
Wreaths & Crosses
We make getting ready for the holidays easy! Our 24" adorned Noble Fir wreaths and crosses are perfect for your front door at home or your business. They make great gifts for friends and family, especially the homebound.

Place your order online or drop off your completed paper form along with cash or check at the school office or in the collection basket at mass by November 18.

Did you know that orders of 10 or more qualify for free local delivery? Credit a St. Patrick School student with your order and help them earn a chance to win an Amazon gift card! Wreaths and cross may also be purchased and donated back to the school to gift to a local family in need for the holidays.
community news
For more than 35 years, Associated Ministries annual Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude has brought together people of various faith traditions.

Save the Date
NOVEMBER 24 | 7 PM

Be social, while physically distancing!
Get connected. Stay connected.