Dear Friends in Christ,

A reminder . . .

I had planned to write a little about my few days in Idaho this week, but after seeing that Governor Inslee reduced the size of allowable gatherings due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, I thought I would take a different approach. However, notice he didn’t restrict religious gatherings in the phased reopening. Why? Well, I think in part it’s because churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship are doing an amazing job of reducing the risk of transmissions in their gatherings. At least, I think we are.

I will say this about my trip. Western Washington’s approach to the pandemic is a lot different from that of Idaho. They haven’t been impacted as much and therefore, precautions are not as great. I found this interesting. In addition to the different perceptions of the pandemic, I think it’s too bad that the whole thing is so politicized across the nation and the world. The loudest arguments, from those calling for very strict restrictions to those who think this is all a hoax, tend to drown out the reasonable, balanced approached that is so needed at this time. Who would have ever thought that basic science could be hijacked by both extremes for political gain rather than for the common good of our citizens? Where is our focus? Where is our leadership? It seems that common sense takes second place to complaining, arguing, and grumbling from all sides. All this reminds me of Matthew 24:37-38:  “In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.”  Why are we as distracted as our ancestors?

Saint John Vianney once said, “The eyes of the world see no further than this life, but the eyes of the Christian see deep into eternity.” Too often we are too focused on the practicalities and nuances of this world. We argue and complain about everything. It’s time we see with the eyes of Christians. We need to look beyond the politics of the day to what is really important. However, faith and prayer are weak today. We put far too much importance on that which we or others can control. Rather, we need to raise our hearts to God our Father and seek His guidance and protection. Rather than grumble about wearing masks or complaining that this or that group I like can’t meet right now, why not offer that sacrifice to God and pray for an end to the pandemic; and pray for the recovery and healing of those who are sick. In these times we are called to sacrifice a little for the common good and focus our eyes on what really matters in the end: God’s redemption and our eternal life with Him. Remember, that comes for all of us, whether we are healthy or health compromised.

For now, there are simple, proven things we can all do to reduce the risk of giving or receiving the Coronavirus: 

1. Wash your hands often
2. Don’t touch your face.
3. Social distance; don’t gather in large groups.
4. Wear a mask in public to protect others. 

How simple this is. It’s for my good and the good of all. Let’s step out of the fray and step up to the plate by putting into practice our duty to love God with all our strength (and Him alone!) and to love our neighbor as ourself.

God bless,
Fr. David Mulholland
prayer
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outreach
Join fellow members of our parish communities in a  Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity  “Building on Faith” home sponsored by the Pierce County Deanery and in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

The first walls of the home were raised on July 11th. We’ll be working from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM in Midland, near Highway 512 on August 8th. Special skills are not needed. Professional staff will supervise all work. Must be 16 years or older to volunteer.

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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. "
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The 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal campaign is wrapping, but we still have a ways to go with less than 50% of our parish families participating. Click here for our weekly update by parish!

If you have already made your gift - THANK YOU! If not, please consider making a gift this year. Nearly 70% 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.
 
Your gift will support more than 60 ministries and services that are offered to thousands of individuals across Western Washington. In addition, this year, a 10% ‘tithe’ from ACA 2020 donations, excluding rebates will be placed in a  Parish Solidarity Fund  for those parishes severely financially impacted as a result of the suspension of public Masses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Go online to  https://donate.seattlearchdiocese.org/aca  or use a pledge envelope. If you’d rather call in your gift to the Appeal Office at 800-809-4921.
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Urge Congress to Strengthen SNAP in the Next Relief Bill

Families are struggling to put food on the table. Churches and charities are working overtime to meet this rising need. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) addresses hunger by delivering resources directly to low-income households.

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Answers to frequently asked questions for the 2020 - 2021 school year, Summer Climb materials, draft calendar, and more!

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