Dear Friends in Christ,

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
 Colossians 3:17

A lot has been happening at our parishes in the past few weeks, getting things ready for the re-opening of our parishes for Mass and other sacramental celebrations. This is at the core of who we are as Catholics; it’s how God offers us His grace and mercy. I know people have missed encountering the Lord in this unique way, not only in the Mass and Holy Communion but also in the other sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Matrimony, and Anointing of the Sick. Still, the threat of COVID-19 lurks, so we as the family of God take the necessary precautions. Most people take it in stride; others grumble. It just shows you that not much has changed since the chosen people grumbled against Moses in the desert! To them, I say offer your grumbling to the Lord so He may replace it with His grace and peace. Don’t let the enemy ever rob us of God’s peace!

A month ago I expressed my gratitude for all it took for our school staff and teachers to educate “at a distance.” Today, my heart is filled with gratitude for all of our parish staffs and volunteers who have stepped up to livestream the Mass, open our doors in a safe way once again to parishioners, and to help clean and sanitize the spaces for the next celebrations. It takes many dedicated people to make this all happen so we can gather once again as a parish family. (You are free to please join them, as well!) Gratitude is a wonderful thing to experience because as it fills our hearts, it brings us to joy. And with joy, we can offer prayer to God in thanks for the blessing of His people in our midst who do so much.

I suggest you take note of who you are grateful for today. And let them know!

Blessings for the week ahead,

Fr. David Mulholland
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Registration for Mass is required to ensure we maintain social distancing protocol. Didn't get a spot for Sunday? There are plenty of seats available at daily services. Join us at the table of the Lord!
The dispensation for Sunday Mass is still in effect for people unable to attend because of seating capacity limitations, illness, general risk or vulnerability. We continue to pray for you, and are eager to join with you in the Eucharist.
The waiting is over! Those among us who have been preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation are now going to enter into the sacramental life of the Church on Saturday, June 27 at the 5 PM Mass. They faithfully prepared by attending class throughout this whole year in addition to worshiping together at Mass. Join us via livestream or register for Mass using the link above.
We will continue to livestream the Mass at 9 AM on Sundays from Saint Patrick Catholic Church. Subscribing on YouTube 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. Don't forget to check-in on Facebook when you attend Mass so we can be together as a faith community.
sacramental prep

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. Tell your friends.
faith formation
Archbishop Etienne began Year of the Eucharist on the Feast of Corpus Christi for the Archdiocese of Seattle. We are asked to spend this time pondering the true presence of Jesus's Sacred Body and Blood in the Eucharist. To guide us through the year, the Archbishop has written a pastoral letter, " The Work of Redemption. "
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stewardship
We are now moving into our 6 th  week of the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal campaign. The good news is that most of our three parishes are more than half way to goal, however we have not heard from more than 70% of our households! Click here for our weekly update by parish!

If you haven’t already made your gift, please consider making a gift this year.  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, they can be reached at 800-809-4921.
This weekend, is the Peter’s Pence Collection. It's a worldwide collection that supports the charitable works of Pope Francis. Funds from this collection help victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters.

Donate by clicking on your parish giving link below, drop your gift in mail or in the collection basket at Mass.
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