Weekly Update 12/23/20
Mass Schedule

Weekday Livestream - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday @ 9:00am

Public Mass - Saturday @ 5:30pm

Livestream - Sunday @ 10:00am
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S SCHEDULE
  • Christmas Eve: 4:00 pm (For families with children)
  • 8:00 pm (Traditional)
Both masses will be live-streamed and recordings will be available on our website.

  • Christmas Day: 10:00 am
This is a public Mass (need to register ahead of time)
  • New Year’s Eve: 5:30 pm

Please note there will be no public mass on December 26th.  
Christmas masses are the most well attended during the year as we celebrate the glorious season. As we are unable to join in person as we have in year’s past, the financial impact will be significant as we end the calendar year. Consider mailing or dropping off your December envelopes by December 28th For non-envelope users we invite you to make a Christmas donation online or by text. Thank you for your wonderful support during 2020.
        CHRISTMAS FLOWER DONATIONS
 It is that time of year to begin planning for our Christmas celebrations.
The Arts and Environment Committee is hard at work creating another wonderful place for worship and prayer and your donations can help with this effort.  You can also donate at our parish website. Donations in honor or in memory of a loved one will be remembered during the Christmas season. Thank you for your generosity!
Don't Miss Out On This Opportunity to Connect With Others!
 
The feedback from the Fireside Chats has been amazing! If you haven't had a chance to join one of our listening sessions with Fr. Kevin there is still space available on 1/9 and 1/15. We want to hear what you value most about OLG, what can we do as a parish to continue to support each other as the pandemic continues and as we look ahead to life post COVID. What are your hopes for the near and longer-term future of OLG? Sign Up Now
The end of December is also the end of the tax year. Here are some tips for year-end giving.
  • Donate Online
  • Text 206-745-4559 and put $$ amount in message line - response will provide link to finalize gift.
  • Mail or drop of at parish office.
  •  IRA – If you are 70 ½ or older, there are potential tax benefits when you transfer funds from your IRA to the parish. Contact your IRA plan administrator.  
  • Donate stock – donating to a non-profit can save you from paying capital gains tax of the appreciated value if you have held the stock for at least year. Call 206 382-4845 for further instructions/details on donating stock.

To be counted as a tax deduction for 2020 your gift must be either received or postmarked by December 31st. If the parish receives it after January 1st, the IRS says it is a 2021 tax deductible gift.
A huge thank you for your generosity to Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2020, especially given the challenges many of you experienced during this year of the pandemic!  
GIVING THANKS!

Successful Ethical Trade and Coffee Sales Thank you to all who purchased Pura Vida Fair Trade Coffee through the parish and who shopped for Ethical Trade items using our parish link. We sold 75 bags of coffee, supporting partner Pura Vida and earning $300 for OLG. Through your Ethical Trade purchases, you supported artisans around the world and also earned OLG over $1200 in commissions! Funds will be split between Catholic Relief Services and our parish Outreach efforts. Our link stays live so you can continue to shop and earn for OLG throughout the year! We appreciate your ongoing support!

On behalf of our St Vincent de Paul Conference, my heartfelt thanks to you all, the staff, the volunteers, the school, the students, the donors, and to all who contributed to the event’s success. Our Vincentian team is so grateful to belong to a most welcoming and generous parish community that has and continues provide us with strong support, especially so during this difficult time for so many. May the blessings of this Advent Season bring peace, joy and good health to you all thorough out the Christmas holidays and coming year. So far parishioners have given over $150,000 in 2020.  

OLG’s Generosity Shines Bright Thank you to all who were able to participate in our Giving Tree and St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive this year. We collected nearly 600 items for the pantry at our Feast Day celebration and also received nearly $100 in donations for St. Vincent de Paul’s ministry. In addition, we collected gifts for 9 children at Sanislo Elementary and 107 Target cards $2675! for all the youth at Santa Teresita Housing. This included extra cards that allowed us to help with a couple last-minute requests from people struggling in our OLG community. You indeed offered Christ’s love and hope to our neighbors this holiday season, easing their burden a little and giving their children a little extra joy!
“A GOOD NEWS STORY FOR OUR NEWSLETTER by Mary Haywood”

It has been my privilege to lead a Prayer and Communion Service at Bridge Park for the last 5 years. Initially I was one of a several people who enabled Bridge Park residents to receive Communion every Monday. However, with Covid 19 all that changed and with it my ministry to our friends at Bridge Park. Nowadays, every week I call the 12 residents who make up the group and spend time listening to them and praying with them. I help them feel connected with our Parish and the many activities that are available. As you can imagine, with Fr. Kevin’s recent health issues, they have been very anxious for updates. I came to understand just how important this weekly call had become for them.
My friends are frequently on lockdown due to Covid exposures and have to endure fear, loneliness and isolation. Many do not have a computer or smart phone and they feel disconnected from our fellowship. Many times, I was asked “when can we resume our Prayer and Communion Service?” So on Dec 7 with help from Marion Kari and Matthew Bosisio (himself a resident) each resident was delivered a special package containing a Pyx containing the Eucharist, Crucifix, candle and prayer service. Then I made a schedule to call everybody individually that day. I was concerned as to how well this would work in practice. The absolute joy, excitement and gratitude was overwhelming. Each person was ready and eagerly waiting for my call. They had “prepared the way of the Lord”, setting up a table with the candle and Pyx – in readiness for our celebration. Then we recited the Word and Communion Service together following which my friends received Communion for the first time in nine months. It was a grace filled and very humbling experience for me. As I made my last call on Monday afternoon, I truly felt the gift of the Advent message “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his path”.
As Covid 19 drags on, I plan to continue to bring the Eucharist in this manner to my friends and our Parish family in Bridge Park. I feel so grateful and honored to have shared this unique experience during the Advent and Christmas season.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Racial Justice Discussion for Youth

All 7th-12th graders are invited to an online MLK Day discussion on Racial Justice on Monday, January 18 from 3-4:30pm. Through prayer, music, video, reflection and discussion, we’ll explore the definition of racism, learn tools to become anti-racist, and find ways to advocate for peace, justice, and racial equity.  Sign up here by Wednesday, January 13.
ITS HERE!
The amazing Student Council (and Casey)did a fabulous job with "pageant"!

In case you didn’t see this…Check out the Student Council’s portrayal of Our Lady of Guadalupe…AMAZING!
BAPTISM CLASS FOR GODPARENTS & FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN on Tuesday, January 12, 6:30 pm by Zoom. This is the first step for parents/guardians who are wanting to have their first child baptized. It is also for persons who are asked to godparents for the first time. To register, contact Helen or call 206-935-0358

CONGRATULATIONS & GOD’S BLESSINGS to Charlotte Maria Reichenbach and Una Marie DeVries, who were recently baptized in our parish. We welcome them to our community and commit our support and prayers to them and their family as they grow in faith and love for Jesus.

ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL is hiring an Assistant for Social Outreach and Advocacy. The incumbent will provide support for the Cathedral’s ministries for the poor and underserved, with a particular focus during the pandemic on meal programs and care for creation. This is a 25-29 hour/week position, non-exempt. To receive a job description and details, interested applicants should download the Seattle Archdiocesan Job Application and send it with a resume, via e-mail, to Patrick Barredo, director of social outreach and advocacy, 206-619-2879

ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL is still looking for a full-time custodian. Contact Tang Nguyen for more information.

MASS INTENTION FORMS NOW ONLINE The tradition of offering Masses for others, particularly the dead, originates in the very early Church. Inscriptions discovered on tombs in Roman catacombs of the second century evidence this practice.

WANT TO UPDATE YOUR ENVELOPE PREFERENCE? If you have moved to online giving. Or decided you would like to start receiving envelopes again, you can contact Marla

SEND YOUR ENVELOPE IN OR DONATE ONLINE TO THE CCS APPEAL FOR THE POOR
With more than 170 programs serving over 105,000 Western Washingtonians in 2019, CCS and CHS are Christ’s hands at work in our community. In these uncertain and challenging times, your support as a volunteer, advocate, or donor of CCS and CHS offers Hope and Light to those in need of assistance. Parishioners received a letter asking for your participation. 25% of collections returned, or made through the parish website, will come back to OLG for our own social outreach ministry and programs. For more information go to our website

REMINDER WE NEED YOU IN OUR PEWS—at least your faces!  Who knew that the pandemic would be going on this long and we still have many more months to go. If you haven’t already done so, please send us a photo of your household with names, so we can add it to our pew collection. Then, when we can gather again in person, you can view our “photo gallery” in the vestibule and be reminded of who your fellow parishioners are and what they look like! Email them to Helen or mail it to the office
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Blessings to each of you!