St John the Evangelist Parish
May 22, 2019

To Those who courageously gave their lives...
And those who bravely fight today... Thank you!

The Parish office will be closed Mon., May 27th in honor of Memorial Day.
Thursday, May 23rd, 7:00pm-9:00pm at Newman Center at UW
We are so excited to have Fr. Colin Parrish back with us at Lumen! He will be sharing with us how we can live out Faith, Hope, and Charity in our everyday lives
New Parishioners - Please come meet Father Crispin!
Have you joined the parish in the last 6 months or so?  Then come meet Fr. Crispin, some parish staff, and other parishioners THIS THURSDAY, May 23, at 7:00 pm in the parish office.  Enjoy some refreshments, get information on parish activities and ministries, meet great people!  Please RSVP to
High Schoolers, this is for you!
The High School week of Service is August 5-9.  All high school students are welcome.  BONUS for Bishop Blanchet students:  You can get most of your service hours for the 2019-2020 school year completed during the summer!  This week is both heart-building and fun.  Please email to register.  ($50 for the week.  Scholarships available.)
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 $31,035 leaving us with $77,217 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. 

Memorial Day Weekend 2019
Serving God and Country:
A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

Schedule of Liturgies at Associated Catholic Cemeteries

Saturday, May 25:     
9:00am-Mass in Korean, Gethsemane
10:30am-Our Lady of Antipolo Mass & Pilgrimage-lunch following, Holyrood
1:00pm -Mass in Vietnamese & Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lavang, Holyrood
Monday (Memorial Day), May 27:
10:30am-Memorial Day Mass in English, Calvary, Gethsemane, Holyrood, St. Patrick    
1:00pm-Mass in Vietnamese & Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lavang, Gethsemane
1:00pm-Mass in Korean, Holyrood

Click here for locations and addresses.

Golden Fellowship Luncheon
Thursday, May 30th 
All parishioners better than ~55 are invited to gather at noon
in the Admin Building  for a potluck lunch. 
Bring a dish to share or just come for the fellowship.
Women's Shelter Thank You!
Together, we have transported, fed and hosted so many women this year.  Thank you so much to all of you who give your time and resources to members of our community who are in need.  It's good for our hearts and good for our society.  
A special THANK YOU to Suzie Burke for doing the laundry, Nancy Alton and LeAnne Chow for overseeing the food schedule, Hannah McDonald for keeping the cabinets stocked, Doug Smith for his good work driving and keeping the bus fueled-up and running, the incredible Mary Kearney for her scheduling expertise and amazing organizational skills(!!),  Andrew Exnicios, who stepped in this year as head of the drivers, and all of you who made food, stayed the night or drove this year.  And a shout out to our Super Volunteers -- those of you who drove or stayed every month -- You rock!
Bless you all this summer.  Rest well.  Have fun.  Recharge.  See you in the fall for more good work!      Kristin

A huge thank you to Kristin Kent for her many years of organization and dedication!
Garden Party Thank you!
A small, but mighty crew made great progress on our gardening plan this weekend, transplanting plants to the front of the church and preparing the beds for mulch along the North walkway. We will spread mulch on June 1st, which will keep the weeds down until fall when we will be putting in plants to fill in the beds. Thank you to Josh Stutzman, Mark Gerling and Ryan Roach who prepped the area for us, Dani D'Amelio, Susan Turner, Sara Norman and Sheila Marty for the planning work and Sara and DJ Norman, Steven d'Amelio, Jim Scanlon, Diana Grusczynski, and Laura and Sheila Marty for their physical labors. Also, a huge shout out to the crew from Holy Names ( Grace W., Addy T., Sadie B., and Yumi P-D) who came the weekend before and filled up 12 buckets with weeds from around the front steps of the church. We appreciate all the hard work from our awesome community!
N Seattle Catholic Youth will not be meeting this week due to Memorial Day Weekend.  We hope you have a wonderful and restful long weekend.
Our last Sunday Gathering/Discipleship Group of the school year will be next Sunday, June 2.  Middle School meets at 5:00 pm and High School at 7:00 pm, both at St. Catherine Parish.
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!
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!
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...
O'Dea Summer Camps

Click here for more information.
Laudato Si in Action  

In Chapter One of Laudato Si, Pope Francis calls us to recognize that the earth and the climate are a common good that we must care for:

The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all. At the global level, it is a complex system linked to many of the essential conditions for human life. A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system...Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.

It is up to each of us to change our lifestyles, and reduce both production and consumption. Will it be a challenge? Absolutely, but don't we want to preserve this beautiful planet for our children and grandchildren?

Click here for all prior Laudato Si in Action columns.
My daughter, Laura, recently read C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, and encouraged me to read it so we could discuss it over coffee.  That's an offer I'll never pass up.  I found this prayer nugget in #27, and have to admit that I've had exactly this thought.  Here, the demon Screwtape is instructing a more junior demon named Wormwood:

But since your patient has contracted the terrible habit of obedience, he will probably continue such 'crude' prayers whatever you do.  But you can worry him with the haunting suspicion that the practice is absurd and can have no objective result.  Don't forget to use the 'heads I win, tails you lose' argument.  If the thing he prays for doesn't happen, then that is one more proof that petitionary prayers don't work; if it does happen, he will, of course, be able to see some of the physical causes which led up to it, and 'therefore it would have happened anyway', and thus a granted prayer becomes just as good a proof as a denied one that prayers are ineffective.


[Thanks, Laura!]

Find this and other nuggets at  If you have nuggets you'd like to share, email Bill Marty, Thanks!


Saint of the Month

Saint Augustine of  Canterbury
Feast: April 29th