St John the Evangelist Parish
November 20, 2019
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
King of the Universe
November 23 & 24
 
On the last Sunday of the liturgical year, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. A relative newcomer to the Church calendar - established in 1925 by Pope Pius XI- this feast is designed to give special recognition to the dominion Christ our Lord has over all aspects of our lives.
 
This weekend we also celebrate the wonderful volunteers who keep our Parish running. It's truly humbling to see how many people contribute to the life of our Parish. Come join us in thanking them!
Introducing the Men's Shelter!  From now through May, we will be hosting up to 10 men (aged 45 and up) from St. Martin de Porres shelter.  It's the same basic schedule as the shelter we've been running for the last 25 years EXCEPT:
  1. We will host men instead of women
  2. Saturday nights only
  3. Staying in the portables near the playground.
Are you willing to help?  We need everyone, but especially men to sign up to stay the night.  You could do this one time this year, once a month, or any amount.  Please get involved in this unique opportunity to spend time with the most vulnerable of our neighbors.  Drivers / stayers / food prep people needed.  Email Kristin Kent at kkent@stjohnsea.org
St John Parish Stewardship
Thank you  to all who have made a pledge to St John for 2020!  
If you haven't had a chance to make your pledge click here now
 If you are looking for a little more information click here.
Questions?  Contact Mary Wiseman at mwiseman@stjohnsea.org .
Asante sana!
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Father gave us another week to watch the first video. 
Be ready for his questions Sunday! 

Reconciliation is available for 30 minutes before every mass in November.  Let's keep Father Crispin busy in the chapel!
 
Does holiday prep stress you out?  Please join us for an hour and a half that will help you keep things in perspective.   "Prayer: Practicing the Presence of God" will be Tuesday, November 26.  7:00 pm in the admin building.  The wise and peaceful Ron Ryan will lead us in a prayerful evening. Don't miss this one! Click here for more information.
 
Nov 24 - Liturgical Ministers Recommissioning + dinner.   Lots of people are signed up.  Are you? 
Be sure to RSVP to Kristin
kkent@stjohnsea.org  
Doors open at 5:30.  Recommissioning around 6:00 pm.
 
UNBOUND party!  Please RSVP!   December 8.  5:00 pm in Egan Hall.  Please join us for a fun gathering to celebrate our new sponsored friends through Unbound.  Games, appetizers, fellowship, inspiration and fun on the agenda.  RSVP kkent@stjohnsea.org
 
FORMED - Enjoy your new digital subscription to lots of good Catholic content... if you liked the first episode of "Forgiven", watch the second!

There are several advent retreats coming up at the Palisades Retreat Center.  Including this one:  A One-Day Advent Retreat led by Ron Ryan, entitled "O House of Israel, come; Let us walk in the light of the Lord". We will discuss finding hope and faith in the midst of darkness.  December 14, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PMThe event fee is $25 and includes lunch.  Check out all Palisades retreat offerings at:
Advent Wreath
Advent Wreath Making Event

Sunday, December 1st after the 10:30 Mass - Egan Hall

Join us for our 8th Annual Advent Wreath Making Event.  We will provide all the supplies to make a wreath for your family. There will be Christmas music, donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and a few small crafts for the younger kids. A $10 good will donation will help cover our costs.

If you are interested in helping out with this event or have a high school student who needs service hours, contact Sheila Marty (or just show up).
St John Book Club

On Sunday December 1 at 7:00 PM, the
St. John Book Club will be watching the movie Of Gods and Men, which is based on the life of the Cistercian monks of TibĂ©rhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996, it tells the story of eight French Christian monks who live in harmony with their Muslim brothers. 

Please join us in the parish administration building.
Golden Fellowship Christmas Luncheon
When: Thursday December 5th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Parish Admin Building
This luncheon is hosted by the Parish Staff in appreciation of all of our 55+ parishioners, so just bring yourself and maybe a friend! We will be serving our traditional Christmas meal of ham, scalloped potatoes, salad and dessert.
Benefit Concert to Help the Needy:
Come enjoy a festive Christmas concert performed by the Northwest Chorale to benefit Northwest Harvest. 
 
The concerts are on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 pm at Edmonds United Methodist Church (828 Caspers St., Edmonds )and again on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 pm at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church (814 NE 85th St., Seattle ).  
 
Admission is complimentary; a free will offering will be taken to benefit Northwest Harvest.  This is a family-friendly opportunity to participate in the work of Christmas. 
 
For details, please visit www.nwchorale.org.

This one will require you to stay with me for a bit.  On a whim recently, I picked up Jaron Lanier's book Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.  I don't have social media accounts, so I'm basically the choir, asking to be preached to.  Anyway, read this little excerpt from page 48 and see if it strikes you the same way it struck me.
 
     "Each of us has an inner troll.  In the early days, before everyone was doing it, the air was clearer and it was easier to notice how bizarre it is when your inner troll starts talking.  It's like an ugly alien living inside you that you long ago forgot about.  Don't let your inner troll take control!  If it happens when you're in a particular situation, avoid that situation!  It doesn't matter if it's an online platform, a relationship, or a job.  Your character is like your health, more valuable than anything you can buy.  Don't throw it away.
     But why, why is the inner troll there at all?
     It's such a common problem that it must be a deep, primal business, a tragedy of our inheritance, a stupid flaw at the heart of the human condition.  But saying that doesn't get us anywhere.  What exactly is the inner troll?"
 
Have you ever read a better description, by an unbeliever, of original sin? Don't let your inner troll take control!
 
Find this and other nuggets at  https://prayernuggets.org.  If you have nuggets you'd like to share, email Bill Marty, bill@prayernuggets.org. Thanks.
Saint of the Month

Saint Martin de Porres
Feast: November 3