Message from your Pastor
Liturgical Changes

Beginning November 1st, our parish will implement the new archdiocesan policy of kneeling after the Lamb of God up unto the time when you join in the Communion procession (those who have difficulty kneeling may be seated).  Kneeling is an act of adoration and expresses our belief that Jesus is truly present in the bread and wine that has been consecrated.  

The Communion procession expresses our unity.  We all do the same thing. We bow to the Eucharist and receive the Eucharist while standing. There are to be no other acts of personal piety that call attention to an individual. There is no genuflection, no making the sign of the cross, no kneeling. We all do the same gesture expressing our unity as the Body of Christ.

Another expression of unity is joining in the Communion Hymn. During Covid-19, we are not singing, but we can join in listening to the cantor and letting their singing resonate in our hearts.  The archbishop states that (in ordinary circumstances)  “Participating in the Communion hymn while the congregation continues to process and receive Communion is another important form of worship and source of unity”.   Since we are called to sing, it would be proper to remain standing when you return to the pew.   The instructions from the archbishop state: “It is appropriate to “sit or kneel during the period of sacred silence after Communion. This is a time to prayerfully reflect upon the mystery we have received and to give thanks for such a precious gift”.

Some things we do by habit, other things because we were taught that way or things have personal meaning for us.  As we are called to implement these small liturgical changes, we are being called to develop new habits and to move beyond simple personal meaning to expressions of unity, not just as a parish, but also as the local Church in Western Washington. 

-Fr. Bill
Called to Evangelize

Last Sunday was Mission Sunday, which helps us foster our sense of being “Missionary Disciples”. It has struck me how the many cards I have been receiving during my cancer treatments are expressions of this call to evangelize. In these cards you are expressing your faith in God and sharing that you are a person of prayer (some are also revealing their keen sense of humor). This simple expression of faith has an impact. It strengthens me and makes me grateful to be a part of such a strong praying community.  

If other people are also the recipients of such expressions of faith when they are ill or going through tough times, then they too are having the Good News brought to them and you are participating in the evangelizing mission of the Church.  Being a Missionary Disciple does mean each one of us has to do extraordinary feats far from home, most strengthen the faith of others through simple kind gestures.

I am nearing the end of my radiation treatments.  I am beginning to notice a little decline in energy and a few mild side effects.   Overall, it has been going very well.  Thanks for strengthening me.
-Fr. Bill
A note from your Parish Administrator
Parish Stewardship

You will be receiving your stewardship pledge card in the mail this next week, along with a letter explaining what it means to pledge. Stewardship is a biblical concept, woven into the fabric of all of God’s creation. In Genesis, God gives man dominion over all living things that move on the earth, but in return, Adam is to “cultivate and care” for the garden. Our first command is to care for and cultivate all that God has created. We are all stewards of the gifts given to us by God – our families, our homes, our incomes, our relationships. During our annual stewardship drive, we are asked to examine how we are caring for and cultivating all that God has given us. When determining what your pledge will be for next year, please take a moment to say a little prayer, and ask for the Lord’s help in deciding what you can afford to give. Our trust is in God, and He often shocks us with His generosity. 
 -Tracey Rockwell
We had our first Gathering Around the Altar last night! Thank you to all the parents who joined us in the church and via the live stream. It was so wonderful reconnecting with all of you!

We're looking forward to gathering with the adults next Wednesday. For those who have already registered for the adult track, make sure to check your email to reserve your spot. For those who are interested but haven't registered yet, read on for more info:
Adult Track - Wednesday, October 28th

Please join us in the church (or via live stream) from 7-8pm for an introduction to the Year of the Eucharist, an invitation to explore your personal journey with Christ, & quality time with Him through Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Main Presenter: Fr. Bill McKee
If you still haven't registered, don't worry -
it's not too late to register for any of our tracks!

  1. Elementary - target audience is ages 6-12
  2. Teens - target audience is ages 13-18
  3. Adults - target audience is individuals or couples ages 18+

Save the Date for our November Gatherings:
November 4th - Elementary Track
November 11th - Teen Track
November 18th - Adult Track
November: Book of Remembrance

Due to Covid restrictions we will not be displaying the Book of Remembrance for parishioners to write the names of their loved ones into. Instead we ask you to call the office at 253.839.2320 or email us and we will write the name in for you.
National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated in our country November 1-7, 2020. Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation. If you have questions about your vocation, please contact Fr. Justin Ryan in the Office of Vocations at or 206-507-4476. Visit us at for more information, or on social media @seattlevocations.
November Mommy's Escape to Prayer
When: Saturday, November 7th
Time: 11 am
Where: Church

Reservations are required for this event. Please contact Katie at or
253-839-2320 x205 with questions.
Thanksgiving Day Masses
This year we are offering two Masses for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be a Thanksgiving Eve Mass on Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00 PM. There is also Mass on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th at 9:00 AM. Like our Sunday Masses, attendance is limited to 130 and reservations are required.   Reservation will be open next week. You may attend Thanksgiving Mass even if you are already signed up for a Sunday Mass in November.  We hope you'll join us!
Sunday Mass

We can always use more volunteers to help us with our Sunday Masses. If you are interested in being an Usher or Cleaner please contact Katie Goodson at
Daily Mass

The parish continues to recruit volunteers to make it possible to offer daily Mass on Monday mornings and Thursday evenings.  We need people to serve as sacristans, lectors, ushers, hosts, and church cleaners.  Contact Katie Goodson to volunteer
Communion to the Sick and Homebound

Did you know that prior to to Covid we were bringing communion to nearly 100 people? We would like to start bringing communion to our parishioners again but sadly most of our volunteers are no longer able to due their age or health concerns. We need your help! Please contact Katie Goodson at if you can volunteer in this important ministry.
Prayerfully Give
Sunday Giving:
Like you and your families, the church still has fiscal responsibilities, and your Sunday Contributions make up 90% of our parish income. If your household income has been affected by circumstances due to the corona virus we ask you to please offer up prayers for our church as your Sunday Giving.

Ways to give:
  • Online - signup to give onetime, weekly or monthly, click the link on the below to sign up.
  • Mail - you can mail your contribution to 30525 8th Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003.