St John the Evangelist Parish
February 6, 2019
Tonight's Baptism Class Canceled 

Dear families,
 
Our baptism class hosts for class two, scheduled for tonight, just found out they need to reschedule. An event they must attend has been rescheduled due to the snow.
 
We will aim to reschedule the class.
 
Thank you!
Funeral Announcement
Gerri Buzard Anderson passed away on January 24th, 2019.  Gerri graduated form St John and Holy Names and was a member of St John Parish until she moved to Spokane.  She will be buried at Holyrood Cemetery at 1:00pm on Friday, February 8th.

Golden Fellowship Starts Again! (Note date change)
 
We have been on hiatus due to construction, however the building is beautiful and ready for us to gather again.
 
Please join us for our first Celebration.  We will be celebrating St Valentine on Wednesday Feb. 13th at 12:00 in the New Parish Administration Building.
 
The parish will provide the main dish.  Please bring a salad, side, or dessert to share or just bring yourself!
 
We hope you can join us! (If the weather is bad we will postpone. Be safe!)
Questions About the Catholic Faith?
Seeking Answers About the Church?
Our Door is Open!
 
Here at St John, we meet once a month, on the second Wednesday, with those interested in learning more about Catholicism, about our church, and about our faith. The meetings are casual, with plenty of time for questions and discussion, and are open to all!

The next meeting is Wednesday, February 13th at 7pm.  
We will meet in the new Admin Building (former Rectory).
 
Check out our website for more information about 
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)  bit.ly/BecomeCatholic
 
Questions? Contact Julia Rudden:  jrudden@stjohnsea.org  
Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross is a 30 minute devotion that 
offers witness to Jesus' passion and death. 
At each station we use our senses and our imagination to reflect 
prayerfully upon Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection, and to simply experience the visual images to reflect on Christ's love for us.
(adapted from  www.loyolapress.com)

St John will pray the Stations 
Wednesday, February 13th at 7pm in the church.  
Contact Jim Russell if you would like to help.  

6 Dates for Catholic Couples!
The remaining dates are February 9, February 23, March 9, March 23, and April 6.  Email Kristin Kent to register.  kkent@stjohnsea.org
 
Upcoming Retreats at the Palisades  (a quiet, beautiful retreat center surrounded by water and woods, in Federal Way)  See www.PalisadesRetreatCenter.org for more info.
Feb 15-17:  Married Couples' Retreat
March 22-24:  Women's Lenten Retreat
April 12-14: Palm Sunday Retreat
April 15-17: Holy Week Retreat
 
The 4th and final discussion in our parish series will be Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 pm in the Parish admin building.  Father Crispin will be leading this one, and his topic is The Holy Spirit.  Mark your Calendars!!
 
Are you interested in joining a prayer / service group for the Lenten season?  If so, please email kkent@stjohnsea.org for more information.  Our first meeting will be at Father Crispin's discussion on March 14- details above.
 
Young Adults!  Are you getting a weekly email from the archdiocese called The Scroll?  There is a lot going on for you, and a lot of it is in this newsletter!  Here's the link for you to sign up for The Scroll.
Letting it Go, Letting it Grow
Join Providence Mount St. Vincent and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish for a community event  'Letting it Go, Letting it Grow', a workshop to help participants clarify their priorities, purpose, personal mission and values - and to develop a thoughtful plan for getting organized, cleaning and downsizing.
Join us from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 16, 2019, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Walmesley Hall, 7000 35th Ave., SW, Seattle. A $10 donation is suggested for coffee, refreshments and lunch.
RSVP to Marion Kari at marionk@olgseattle.org or 206-935-0358 (w) or 206-786-2579 (cell).
Safe Environment Training at St John

Thursday, February 21st from 6:30pm - 9:00 in Egan Hall
(Child Care available)

You need this training if you volunteer on campus or in the classroom, coach, chaperone or drive for field trips, volunteer at the shelter, participate in the ministries of the church such as ushers, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, sacristans, CLOW, etc.

The Archdiocese of Seattle requires all Church Personnel (defined as all clergy, all employees, and all volunteers who have ongoing, unsupervised contact with minors and vulnerable adults) to take part in our Safe Environment Program in three ways. They must:
  1. Successfully undergo a criminal background check every three years
  2. Complete the Protecting God's Children course within 90 days of beginning service
  3. Read and sign the Archdiocesan policies of conduct
You may complete these requirements by accessing the Virtus database, our Catholic Risk Retention Group focused on the prevention of abuse.  New church personnel will need to create a Virtus profile ( http://www.virtus.org/virtus/index.cfm) under the "Registration" tab.
For more detailed instructions on registration click here.

If you have already taken the initial training, you will only need to update every three years.  Sign in at the volunteer computer in the school office to find out if you are up to date.
BINGO, BREWS & BITES
 
The St. John School Auction will be holding a fun, adults only BINGO, BREWS & BITES night on Friday, February 22nd from 7-10 pm in Egan Hall.  Don't miss out on the fun! Tickets are $35/person and include six BINGO games, 2 beer/wine drink coupons, and heavy appetizers. 
This event helps underwrite the wine served at the Auction Gala Event. 
Click here to purchase your tickets.

We need some help making "BITES" for this fun event.  Please sign up here for BITES or to volunteer your time at the event.  Thank you! 
St John Family Rosary/Prayer Group

Objectives:
1. Increase the engagement of our families, especially our children, in the Catholic faith through prayer, devotions, and network with other families with children and the same concerns.
2. Pray for our children and families.
3. Pray with our children and families.

We meet once a month on a Saturday to pray the Rosary, followed by a potluck and discussion.

Our next rosary meeting is:
Sat., Feb. 23rd in Egan Mezzanine at 6pm.
 

Interested in knowing more? Contact:
Olga Sala:  salatorra@yahoo.com
S halini Pereira:  Shalini.Russnak@gmail.com
Please join us for our next book club where we will be reading Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History by Rodney Stark. He is one of the "most highly regarded sociologists of religion and argues that some of our most firmly held ideas about history, ideas that paint the Catholic Church in the least positive light are, in fact, fiction. In each chapter, Stark takes on a well-established anti-Catholic myth, gives a fascinating history of how each myth became the conventional wisdom, and presents a startling picture of the real truth". 

 

The book club is open to everyone even if you didn't finish the book. We also embrace all forms of media including audio books and movies, so please join us at our next book club meeting in March (date TBD).  
Ministry for Sick & Home Bound
"Comfort, O comfort my people," says the Lord.   Isaiah 40:1
We are all summoned by God during our lifetime to answer this call in one way or another.  Here at St John Parish we are given two important and beautiful ways to reach out and respond to that call.
Ballard Care and Rehab Center
Our volunteer ministers conduct a Prayer Service with Communion every Friday morning.  Mass is celebrated, when possible, once a month.  All residents are invited and welcome to attend.  Those who cannot attend are visited in their rooms if they request a pastoral visit.
There are over 100 residents and many have become part of our community.  These are lovely, long suffering people who are an inspiration to all who visit and minister to them.
Sick and Home Bound
Special Ministers of the Eucharist are commissioned to bring Holy Communion to those sick in their homes.  Parishioners so appreciate being able to receive Communion and visit with another member of their community.  They need to know they are remembered and valued members of our parish.

For more information on time needed, commitment, and qualifications, please call:  Loretta Fletcher at 206-784-3529.
Click here for full size flyer.

I collect wisdom nuggets as well as prayer nuggets.  One of my wisdom nuggets is that non-fiction books are best short.  Publishers like books to be about 250 pages.  A book of 100 pages means that the author didn't fluff his few ideas into a "full book".  Or that she pared her presentation to the essentials.  The folks at Dynamic Catholic noticed early in the publishing revolution that the cost of printing books was dropping, nearly to zero.  So they're doing their best to fill the world with Catholic books.  I have a thin little book of theirs titled Finding True Happiness (78 pages!).  It's a collection of the best nuggets from Bishop Fulton Sheen.  This one is on the last page.
 
We always make the fatal mistake of thinking that it is what we do that matters, when really what matters is what we let God do to us.  God sent the angel to Mary, not to ask her to do something, but to let something be done.
 
Since God is a better artisan than you, the more you abandon yourself to Him, the happier He can make you.  It is well to be a self-made man, but it is better to be a God-made man.  Try it - I mean you, whether you be Jew, Protestant, or Catholic - by spending a Holy Hour a day in prayer and meditation.  Catholics should include morning Mass in their Hour, thus taking advantage of Calvary's sacrifice, in a world of lesser Calvaries.
 
God will love you, of course, even though you do not love Him, but remember if you give Him only half your heart, He can make you only 50% happy.
 
If you have nuggets you'd like to share, email Bill Marty, bill@prayernuggets.org.  Thanks!
Saint of the Month

Saint Agatha
Feast: February 5