St John the Evangelist Parish
June 5, 2019
Parish Directories are here!

If you got your picture taken for the directory you can pick it up in the Parish office.  Each directory is labeled with a name.  Please only take the one with your name on it.  
We are open from 8-12 and 1-4 Monday thru Friday.  
You can also pick it up in the vestibule of the church for the next couple of weekends.
We will have some extra directories available the weekend of June 15-16.
Thank you!
We are so thankful for all those who took time out of their Saturday to help us spread mulch on the weeded beds around the church.  We accomplished our goal for the spring and more!  Thank you to Boy Scout Pack 121 with their parents and siblings, as well as Josh Stutzman, Jim Russell and Sheila Marty.  None of this would be possible without our awesome maintenance team's work every day.

Special thanks to Christine and Shane Ryland for their work with the rose bushes by the Admin Building.  They have weeded, fertilized and pruned the bushes as well as coming in a couple days a week to water the plants so they will thrive.
Annual Catholic Appeal
Each year at this time, we are called by Archbishop Sartain to participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal.   The ACA gives St. John Parish an opportunity to support the work of the wider church in Western Washington - the education of seminarians, support of retired priests and women religious, the work of Catholic Community Services, multicultural ministries, and so much more.  
Through this one gift, each of us and all of us embrace those whom the rest of the world so often overlooks. This year, the St. John Parish assessment for the ACA is  $108,252.   At this time we have received pledges of $39,978 from 127 donors   leaving us with $68,274 still to collect. While it is important to note that if we do not raise this amount through the ACA campaign we must make up the difference through our ordinary income, our hope is that this community will show itself ready to help both the local and the larger Church. Our witness, so important, to Catholics throughout this region, relies upon each person's willingness to act as part of this community.  
Your participation, regardless of the amount, will make a difference - to you, to us, and to those who benefit from your generosity. 

Mass of Reception
for Archbishop Etienne
Friday, June 7, 2:00 pm
St. James Cathedral
804 9th Avenue, Seattle
Archbishop J. Peter Sartain invites the people of the Archdiocese to join in this special celebration to receive Archbishop Paul D. Etienne as Coadjutor Archbishop of Seattle.
          A public reception will follow at O'Dea High School, located on the east side of the Cathedral. All are welcome!
HEY YOUNG ADULTS: (age 18-39) 
Here's a chance for a day of reflection before summer begins! 
This coming Saturday!  (ALL ADULTS WELCOME)
June 8, 2019, at St. Joseph's parish center, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
A SOJOURN IN THE SPIRIT: A MIDYEAR DAY OF REFLECTION This silent, personal, guided mini-retreat is based on four movements of a modified Ignatian Examen, a form of prayer designed to help you discern God's presence and direction in your life. Former Ignatian Spiritual Center Executive Director Mary Hartrich will offer brief and inspiring presentations, followed by reflection questions and abundant time for prayer and journaling.
For more information google the retreat title
or contact
Andrea , 206-329-4824.
Brass Quartet for Pentecost
The 8:30 Mass for Pentecost on Sunday, June 9th will be accompanied by parishioner Jim Russell's brass quartet.  They will be playing a prelude at 8:20 so come early for a special treat.
St John's newest ministry, Saint Francis of Assisi, will meet next at 7pm on Monday, June 10. Our group meets monthly to discuss and share our concerns regarding the environment, climate change, and the treatment of animals. All are welcome! This month we will be continuing our discussion of Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si. More information about the group and where to get a copy of Laudato Si can be found at our website at
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, June 12th at 7pm.  
We will meet in the Admin Building.
Check out our website for more information about 
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
Questions? Contact Julia Rudden:
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

St John will pray the Stations 
Wednesday, June 12th at 7pm in the church.  
Contact Jim Russell if you would like to help.  
Summer BBQ for St John Parish and School!
Please join us for School's Out, Grills' Out BBQ on Saturday, June 15 from 6-9pm in the school's blacktop. Ethan Stowell, one of our Kindergarten parents, and Ethan Stowell Restaurants will be catering this event alongside our very own in house chef, Michael Strimban. We will have a mixed grill for adults, hot dogs for kids, salads, dessert, and select adult beverages will served. Please join the fun! Tickets are $10 per child, $25 per adult and $60 per family.  Sign up here! We look forward to seeing you at this fun event!
If you are joining the community in the Fall, do come on out!  You and your students will enjoy meeting your new community!
Vacation Bible School 2019
Dates: Aug 19-23    Times: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm  
Location: St John School 
(with Teachers Molly Jessup and Vanessa Castillo)

Get Your GOLDEN TICKET & Track Mary All Over the World!

The Queen of Heaven Express is leaving the station!
Mysteries & Messages Revealed at Each Stop!
Discover how Mary brings us closer to Jesus 
through the POWER of the ROSARY.
Secure your spot- Register Now for Fall Soccer and Cross Country
Do not delay and get on top of your future to do list by registering for fall XC and Soccer before summer starts. Fall sports fees will be refunded without any question for any reason any time before September 12th so there is no risk! Soccer registration will guarantee a player's spot if registration is complete by August 1st, but team availability after August 1st will be based on grade availability. Registration is open to all SCHOOL and PARISH families.
Link here to create an account/register: St. John CYO Registration System . Visit the school CYO website for more details.

Are you new and want to help with CYO by coaching or doing other activities? Reach out to for Soccer and Joe Sperry, for Cross Country.
Want to get your child in the tunnel high fiving the Sounders or on the Pitch at Half time?-
We had so much fun we are bringing back the group Sounders game! St. Johns Group Tickets for Sounders FC on sale and tunnel experiences to high five the players and get on the field for part of the game are available! St. Johns has secured a group of 175 tickets all together during the Saturday, September 1st match against the LA Galaxy.  Read more...

Thank you for a great year of Youth Ministry! Our young people are an amazing blessing! Check back in next fall! Don't be afraid to be Saints!

Congratulations to all those who will received the
Sacrament of Confirmation on June 5 at St. John's Parish!
O'Dea Summer Camps

Click here for more information.
Laudato Si in Action  
In Chapter One of Laudato Si, Pope Francis calls our attention to unsustainable energy use and consumption:

...a number of scientific studies indicate that most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxides and others) released mainly as a result of human activity. As these gases build up in the atmosphere, they hamper the escape of heat produced by sunlight at the earth's surface. The problem is aggravated by a model of development based on the intensive use of fossil fuels, which is at the heart of the worldwide energy system.  

As I mentioned last time, my approach to consumption of resources can be summed up with these five words: reduce, reuse, renew, reconsider, and recycle. In prior columns, I discussed reduce and reuse. This time, I'd like to talk about renew.

Click here for all prior Laudato Si in Action columns.

Scott Adams is the Dilbert cartoonist.  Being an engineer, I've enjoyed Dilbert for years, many years.  In 2013, Adams published How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.  I don't recall there being any discussion of faith in the book at all.  But, several years after reading it, one incredibly useful nugget is lodged in my memory.  It occurs to me now, thinking about the Catholic Church, and all its failures, that if the church is going to survive this century, it will have a story like Adams'.  The story of the Church in the 20th and 21st centuries will be a story of failing at almost everything, and still winning big.
Back to the nugget.  In my memory, the very best piece of advice in the book is a short chapter that Adams summarizes as "Goals are for losers."  Systems are for winners.  Simple examples:  Retiring comfortably is a goal.  Investing 10% of your income in a 401(k) plan is a system.  Losing 10 pounds is a goal.  Saying yes to vegetables and no to carbs is a system.  Getting in shape is a goal.  Bicycle commuting is a system.
So, maybe you have goals related to your faith life, that should be replaced with systems?  Becoming a disciple is a goal.  Praying first thing every morning is a system.  Getting to know Jesus is a goal.  Reading Matthew's Gospel is a system.  Growing the church is a goal.  Inviting your friends to mass is a system.  Seeing Jesus in the poor is a goal.  Joining St. Vincent de Paul and visiting the poor is a system.  Talking to the street people who ask you for money is a system.
What are your goals, personally and for the church?  What systems would actually move the needle?  I don't mean these as  rhetorical questions.  Seriously.  Write down these questions.  Write down your answers.  I'd love to hear from you about goals and systems.  Drop me a note,  Or better yet, let me buy you coffee and tell me what you're thinking.    Thanks!
Saint of the Month

Saint Anthony of Padua
Feast: June 13