Dear Friends in Christ,

Many years ago, the Times of London newspaper invited leading British intellectuals to submit essays in response to this question: “What is wrong with the world?” Many responses were sent in and the series of articles was published in the paper. I am sure many were long and profound! The great Catholic writer, G.K. Chesterton submitted a rather brief essay to the paper; a postcard, in fact, that simply said, “Dear Sirs, I am. Sincerely, G.K. Chesterton.”

Short. To the point. And spot on! What’s wrong with the world is me…and you. That’s probably the most hopeful thing that we can say as well. Because the only real influence I have on anyone or anything is me. So, If I want things to change, I first must take a good look at myself and seek God’s grace to change myself. After all, I can only help to remove the splinter in your eye, if I first remove the wooden beam in my eye, as Jesus constantly reminds me.

I bring this point to your attention because it seems like a lot is wrong with the world these days. We can get frustrated when nothing seems to get better. The year 2020 seems to have at least 18 months in it, right? We can also be frustrated when we feel helpless to make a difference. But there is where we must begin. And we must begin with ourselves, as Chesterton would have us do. And the first place that we begin with ourselves is by seeking out the Lord’s help every step of the way. We also need to look at ourselves and ask to see ourselves as God sees us. It is there that sin is rooted out and we can invite the Lord to bring healing and renewal. When I am healthy, I have a better chance of making people and situations around me healthy as well.

And we do this best by living our Catholic faith with boldness and authenticity, but simply as well. Bishop Donald Hying of Madison, Wisconsin, recently said: “Imagine if every single Catholic prioritized Sunday Mass, prayed every day, went to confession, contributed time, talent, and treasure to the mission of the Church, served the poor and sick, and evangelized people around them. We could change the course of global history!” Bold. Authentic. Simple.

And all of that begins with the individual man, woman, or kid who decides to get serious about changing the world; one person at a time, beginning with them. I say let’s give it a try and see what happens!

Blessings,

Fr. David Mulholland
ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL
It’s not too late to contribute to the Annual Catholic Appeal. All three of our parishes have aways to go to achieving goals. Please contribute what you can to support the good work of the Church in Western Washington!

If you have already made your gift - THANK YOU! If not, please consider making a gift this year. Many of our parish households have not responded yet.

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. Make your gift online, use the pledge envelope you received in the mail or call in your gift at 800-809-4921.
liturgy
REGISTER for Mass
We look forward to gathering together with you at the Table of the Lord. Registration for Mass is required, especially for the 9 AM Mass at St. Patrick Church to help us maintain social distancing.

The dispensation for Mass is still in effect.
Schedule Updates
No 9 am Mass on Tuesday, October 6 at St. Patrick.
The Mass on the first Friday of the month at St. Patrick is at 11 am; no 9 am Mass.

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Livestreaming MASS & PET BLESSING
We livestream Mass at 9 AM on Sundays from Saint Patrick Church, the all-school Mass at 9 AM a few Fridays each month and the first Friday of each month at 11 AM, October - May. On Sunday, October 4 the Blessing of the Animals will also be livestreamed after the Mass.

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, less than 100 subscribers are needed!

Check-in on Facebook and invite your friends and family to watch and make your weekly offertory gift via Online Giving. [Scroll to the bottom to find your parish link.]
Blessing of the Animals

The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi commemorates the life of St. Francis. This year, our Blessing of the Animals is going virtual. Join us at Mass on Sunday, October 4 at 9:00 A.M. via livestream on our YouTube Channel. Mass will conclude with a...

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CELEBRATING Kevin
There is still time! Collaborate with us on a keepsake online and hard copy memory book celebrating Kevin's contributions to our parish and school communities. Include a special message, a favorite photo or a few, a long letter— whatever you want. Click here to get started— https://www.newlywords.com/thank-you-kevin-lovejoy. If you would like us to insert a message for you, we can do that too! Send an email to development@saintpats.org. Click here to view photos from our socially-distanced drive-through celebration last Sunday.
mass intentions
October 7 | 9 am
for the intentions of
Cheryl Hoffman

October 8| 9 am
for the repose of the soul of
Sue Chouinard

October 9 | 11 am
for the repose of the soul of Algirdas Maciulis

October 10 | 5 pm
October 11 | 9 am & 11 am
for the people of the parish
October 5 | 9 am
for the repose of the soul of
G. Robert McKamey

October 7 | 5 pm 
for the repose of the soul of
Jim Brady

October 8| 9 am
for the repose of the soul of
Joe Cusato

October 9 | 9 am
for the Repose of the soul of
Nick Genna

October 10 | 5 pm
October 11| 10 am
for the people of the parish
prayer
ROSARY
Join Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, bishops, priests, and Catholics across the country in praying a virtual rosary in a moment of unified prayer for America on Wednesday, October 7. We pause in a moment of prayer for America at this time when there is so much unrest and uncertainty. We ask Our Lady to lead us to her son Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

The rosary will premiere on Wednesday, October 7 at 12 PM PST on the USCCBs YouTube channel and Facebook page.
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 sign up to keep watch for an hour.
faith formation
CONFIRMATION PREP
Students in grades 7 - 9 interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2021 are invited to fill out an interest form now! Class will begin in early October. Invite your friends to join you in preparing for this sacrament too.
ATRIUM REGISTRATION
Registration for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd [CGS] is open! ICGS is an approach to faith formation for children ages 3 - 12. Our staff has been preparing the atrium to allow for social distancing and creating and restoring works, like the City of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus!
FIRST RECONCILIATION & HOLY COMMUNION
On Sunday, September 27, the children who are preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation, later this fall and First Holy Communion, in the spring, participated in a Zoom prayer ritual called The Covenant of Faith.

By signing this covenant, the children, parents, and teaching team agreed to pray each day, study the lessons in their book, and participate in weekly Mass.
During the Zoom ritual, the parents blessed their children with holy water and put a cross necklace on them as a sign of support and strength.

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy. Colossians 1:11
BOOK STUDY
The Good Shepherd and the Child,
a Joyful Journey

This 4-week podcast/book study will give the listener/reader the opportunity to learn about the spirituality of the young child and the spiritual truths we can learn from the youngest among us. This is for everyone, even if you do not have young children in your life. Together, we will discover how living the way of the child invites us, as adults, into a place of contemplation, peace, and joy.

The study is on the first 35 pages of the book The Good Shepherd and the Child; a Joyful Journey. We have a limited number of books for sale at the office. We have a few to loan or you may order your own.

The one-hour long discussions via Zoomwill be based on the coinciding four podcasts, episodes #15-18, from The Good Shepherd and the Child Podcast.

October 7, 14, 21, 28
6:30-7:30 pm 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 910 3947 1459
FORMED
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!
outreach
FLU CLINICS
Curbing the flu this season will help to re-open our schools and keep them open. We have collaborated with Bartell Drugs to host a flu shot clinic at St. Patrick Church.

OCTOBER 3
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Reserve your appointment now! Although the reservation link offers a variety of vaccines, please sign up for the FLU SHOT only. All health forms must be completed online when you reserve an appointment. Bring photo ID and your insurance card to your appointment. Patients must be 3 years of age or older. Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

A limited number of free immunizations are available if you do not have insurance. Email us to make arrangements.
stewardship
SVDP
Now, more than ever, the St. Vincent de Paul's Homelessness Prevention & Basic Needs Program is essential to help our neighbors struggling to pay for basics such as rent, utilities, gas and food.

Make your gift online supporting the work of St. Vinnie's in our neighborhood. Donation will also be collected after Mass this weekend.
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.
advocacy
40 DAYS FOR LIFE
Over 60 million American children have died through abortion. This Vigil of Prayer, fasting, and public witness has saved over 16,000 known lives since its inception in 2007. Volunteers are needed now through November 1 for two hour shifts, especially on Fridays to stand witness on the sidewalk in from the Cedar River Clinic, 1401-A Martin Luther King Jr Way in Tacoma. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. To sign up email Tacoma40DaysForLife@gmail.com.
To learn more cabout Hope After Abortion visit https://hopeafterabortion.com. To receive the Zoom link for virtual healing opportunities email JulieE@ccsww.org.
st. patrick school
ANNUAL FUND 21
Believe. By now you know that word is at the center of this year’s annual fund campaign for St. Patrick Catholic School. You’ve received our letter, asking you to contribute because our school is a school worth believing in. Believe that our Catholic faith depends on raising our children to know and embrace and model our Lord Jesus Christ, and raising them to be lifelong learners, critical thinkers and servant leaders.

If you have donated in the past, we thank you; you’re already part of the story and our 127-year tradition of Catholic Education. If you’ve never donated before, please make this the year you start. We ask all parishioners to join us. Your donation, however large or small, shows that you too believe St. Patrick School is a vital part of our Catholic community, and indeed of our city.

2020 has been a most challenging year. St. Patrick School has risen to the challenge but we need every parish family to contribute so that we can deliver our high caliber, Christ-centered education to as many students as possible.

Thank you,
Neil & Heidi Wachter
Chairs, Annual Fund 2021

"Believe that St. Patrick School brings our children into the ever-present love of Jesus Christ, that our school delivers academic excellence, and that our school builds a community of responsible learners, critical thinkers and servant leaders."
Neil & Heidi Wachter

Listen to their witness talk about why they believe in Catholic Education, our students and our communities. Then make your generous gift. The average gift to Annual Fund 2020 was $509 and 100% of our school families participated. Parishioners comprised 40% of the gifts made to the annual fund.

Believe that your support is as critical now as it has ever been; as always we strive for full participation from our school families and hope to exceed our financial goal of $190,000 with the support of our parish community!

Ready to make your gift? DONATE today! Did you know that after you make our gift you can set up a personal fundraising page to invite friends and family to support Catholic education?

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