Volume XVI | July 2022

Hello all!

Welcome to our July Newsletter! We have some great news to share this month. First, we are so excited to have Fr Thomas join us. Please help us welcome him this weekend July 9th and 10th (more information below). Next, we have a variety of ways for you to get involved in the parish (please read more about them below). We are reestablishing our Altar Server Ministry and need more volunteers. Please read the rest of the newsletter to find out the latest on our programs and ways to volunteer. 

We are continuing our transition process and are hoping to have more events and activities, beginning in August. If there is something you would like to see, please contact us at the parish office.  Also, please keep the Staff and Fr Thomas in your prayers as we work hard to best serve our parish community. Know you are always in our prayers. Be sure to check out our website and like us on Facebook to stay up to date. 


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Welcome Father Thomas

Fr Thomas First Mass July 1st

Fr Thomas has officially joined us as Priest Administrator. His Installation Mass was held on Friday July 1st, and it was great to see those of you that could make it. It was wonderful to have Fr. Jerry Burns (Pierce County Dean) and Fr. Tuan Nguyen (Pastor, St. John XXIII Parish, Tacoma) concelebrate the mass. We are also thankful to Maura & Jim Armstrong for their hard work setting up and cleaning up for the reception. Please check out some of the pictures from the festivities below.

Join us for Fr. Thomas's Welcome Weekend July 9 &10

We will officially welcome Fr Thomas this weekend with masses followed by a receptions. Join us Saturday July 9th for mass at 5pm with a reception following or on Sunday July 10th for mass at 10am with a Pancake breakfast following. Learn More.


Thank You to our Meditation Park Volunteers!

The Meditation Park has been a part of the St John Bosco community for 25 years. It provides a place for quiet reflection of our Catholic faith, in a natural setting. The Park is kept up by a small group of volunteers with the help of work parties throughout the year. The last weekend of June, we hosted a work party at our meditation park to help combat the weeds that sprouted up with the rain and sunshine this spring. Our Volunteers did a great job and got a lot of work done. We are also so thankful them.

If you weren't able to make it, but would love to learn more about the park and how you can help maintain this beautiful space, please reach out to the parish office or Paul Mernaugh. There are a variety of ways to help. We have monthly work parties and also have some spaces in the parks people or groups can adopt to help maintain.

If you are interested in learning more or volunteering please contact Paul Mernaugh at 253-324-0245 or pmernaugh@yahoo.com.

We also invite you to visit our website to learn more and view additional Pictures of the park.

Liturgical Ministries

We are so happy to be celebrating mass with you. If you would like to be more involved with mass we invite you to volunteer in one our Liturgical Ministries. 

  • Eucharist Ministers
  • Lectors
  • Ushers
  • Welcome and Hospitality Team
  • Sacristan

If you are interested in serving in one of these compacities please click the button below to learn more and sign up. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Terri Nelson via email.

Liturgical Volunteer

Altar Servers Needed!

We are looking forward to having altar servers this Sunday at mass and for all following Sundays. To continue with this ministry, we need more volunteers. All youth in the third grade and up are welcome to begin training. We also welcome adults to serve as well. For questions, please contact Cassie Denning at cassiedenning@stjbosco.org and you can register using the Register Now button. We will be hosting trainings as needed throughout the summer.

Register Now
Music Volunteer

Music Ministry

It has been great to have music at some of our Saturday and Sunday Masses and would love to have music at more Masses. If you have some musical talent, whether singing or an instrument, and you would like to share with the Parish, please use the form on our website to sign up. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Terri Nelson.

Homebound Ministry
Our Homebound Ministry is now in full swing. We have teams now going out to those parishioners that are homebound and are unable to make it out to receive the Eucharist and connect with others. We are continuing to recruit volunteers for this ministry, so please contact Terri Nelson if you would like to be part of this ministry. If you or someone you know would like to be visited by our homebound ministry, please contact the parish office at (253) 582-1028 or email Terri Nelson at terrinelson@stjbosco.org.
Faith Formation and Youth Ministry

Faith Formation and

Youth Ministry

We had a great year this year for both our programs. We had small groups but they were fruitful. I am looking forward to next year when I hope to grow our Programs and return to in person events and classes.

If you are interested about participating in our programs for the 2022-2023 school year please fill out this interest form. You can also learn more a bout our programs using the buttons below. If you have any questions please feel to contact me directly at cassiedenning@stjbosco.org.

Faith Formation
Youth Ministry

Sacramental Prep

We are so proud of all students who received their Sacraments this year and look forward to next year when more will be receiving their Sacraments.

We will be beginning our Sacramental Prep in the fall. We have a couple of programs. One for those who will be receiving their First Communion and Reconciliation. This is open to all students who are in second grade or above and have been baptized. Next we have Confirmation. This Sacrament can now be received by all students in 7th grade and above. If you are interested in either program please fill out our interest form. Registration will be available later this Summer. If you have any questions please contact Cassie at cassiedenning@stjbosco.org.

Questions about Faith Formation, Youth Ministry, or Sacramental Prep?
Email Cassie at cassiedenning@stjbosco.org

Annual Catholic Appeal

Thank you to everyone who donated to the ACA campaign this year. Thanks to your generosity we have exceeded our goal of $58,991. To date 184 families, 27% have pledged $69,866 to the ACA! In light of the economic climate and the hardships many are facing due to an increase in prices all across the board – we are most cognizant and grateful for your sacrifice. Our rebate will be used for rectory upgrades and repairs.

If you haven’t already made your gift, won’t you 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. Simply click the picture, fill out a pledge card located in the pews, or call 800-809-4921. Your ACA gift directly supports more than 170 parishes and missions with services like liturgy guidance, human resources, financial services, administration and more.

Thank you for your continued support!

TOGETHER WE CAN be Christ to others!

Click Here to see Archbishop Etienne’s video

Give Online: archseattle.org/giveaca

Archdiocese News and Events

Archdiocese of Seattle releases Synod Synthesis Report

The Archdiocese of Seattle submitted its Synod Synthesis Report to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on June 30, officially concluding the local consultative process of Pope Francis’ global synod. The synthesis report captures feedback from nearly 1,000 online and in-person gatherings since January, involving over 11,000 people across Western Washington.

Read Synod synthesis report | Read news release in English

Catholic schools are hiring! CLICK HERE to see current job openings and to apply.

Golf Fore Seminarians


August 2nd

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week

July 24th - 30th

Archbishop Etienne launched the new pastoral plan on Pentecost. This plan is an invitation to all Catholics and Catholic ministries to re-envision the relationship with Jesus and ensure we are carrying out his mission. Learn More
Archbishop Etienne is calling all of us to deeper encounter with Jesus, as part of “Knowing Jesus Christ, Embracing His Mission.” Check out the Encounter page on the archdiocese website for resources, videos and more.

Visit the Archdiocese of Seattle’s website: archseattle.org Where you can find all things Catholic in Western Washington, including Catholic events, Ministries, Giving and service opportunities, Ways to deepen your faith, and much more.

Bulletins Available Online

We are still putting together bulletins. They are available on our website weekly.

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