St John the Evangelist Parish
October 21, 2020
Mass for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In-person Masses:
Sat., October 24th at 5pm & Sun., October 25th at 10:30am
The Vigil Mass will be live streamed on our Facebook page.
We will not stream the 10:30 Mass.
Click here for the Vigil Mass worship aid.

(You do not need a Facebook account to stream the Mass
just click on the link above and it will take you to our page.)
A recorded version will be available on Sunday, 
or you can watch the Facebook version, it just won't be truly live.  :)
There is still room for you at Mass!
The October 24th and 25th in-person Masses still have space available.  
The sign-up will remain open until Thursday at noon.

Monday through Wednesday each week, we will be taking reservations for our in-person Masses for that weekend.  Go to www.stjohnsea.org and click on the Mass Reservations button for more information.
The Saint Francis of Assisi ministry will be meeting next Wednesday, October 28th at 6:30pm via Zoom. We will be discussing the first chapter of Pope Francis' Fratelli Tutti encyclical at the meeting as well as the topic of climate change. Please consider joining us in caring for our common home. If you would like to attend, please email Paul Litwin at paul@thelitwins.com.
Confirmation Registration is open!
We will start our classes remotely, in early November, with Confirmation in the Spring. Please fill out and return the registration form to the parish office. All those in grades 8 and above are invited to join the preparation sessions. Please contact Julia Rudden at jrudden@stjohnsea.org with any questions, or to return your form electronically.
State of the Parish Presentation
Saturday 11/7 at the 5pm Mass - also live-streamed

As with most everything at this time, the State of the Parish will look a little different this year. We will have an abbreviated presentation at the 5pm Mass on Saturday, November 7 that will also be live-streamed. After Mass, a video will be available on the Parish website that shows our current financial picture, highlighting the great things you have helped St. John accomplish and asking you to prayerfully consider your stewardship commitment for 2021. 
 
School families:
In order to be eligible, and to remain eligible for Fair Share tuition, each family must meet the following criteria:

-Be registered in the Parish-you may do this at the parish office or online at www.stjohnsea.org
-Be active in the life of the parish including:
-"Attend" the State of the Parish presentation by accessing it through Survey Monkey on the Parish website beginning Saturday, Nov. 7th after the 5pm Mass
-Be supportive of or involved in one of the many ministries of the parish
-File a stewardship pledge card if you are a new family or you have changed your pledge amount-otherwise your pledge will automatically rollover from 2020.
-Make a consistent effort to meet that pledge
 
-This year, school families will receive their packets in the mail, which will include the pledge card and contract.
Thanks for participating in the Called to Serve as Christ Giving Weekend!
Thank you to everyone who prayerfully considered a sacrificial gift during our Giving Weekend. Your gift to the Called to Serve As Christ campaign supports the retirement and medical needs of our priests and women religious in the Archdiocese of Seattle. If you haven't had a chance to give, it's not too late! Click here to learn more and make a pledge. Thank you!
October is the Month of the Rosary
Spend some time with the Rosary this month!
  • St John will be praying a decade of the rosary before each weekend Mass.
  • If you don't have a rosary, come pick one up in the parish office.
  • Click here for instructions on how to pray the Rosary.
  • Click here for more information on the mysteries of the Rosary
Date Changes for Fall First Reconciliation classes!

Please update your calendars. 

Opening Prayer Service (or opening video message from Father + catechists) - Monday Oct 26 at 7 pm
 
Reconciliation Class 1 - Thursday November 5 at 7 pm
Reconciliation Class 2 - Tuesday November 10 at 7 pm
Church Tour              - Tuesday November 17 at 7 pm
 
First Reconciliation service Saturday December 5th at 10 am. 
The Catholic Church does not endorse any candidates or political parties, but the Church does advocate for public policies that serve the common good and are aligned with Church teachings. When considering political candidates' views on public policies, we recommend reading Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).For more information on public policy issues and guidance from the bishops, visit the Washington State Catholic Conference website.

PLEASE REGISTER TO VOTE/  MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
Telephone: 206 296-VOTE (8683)
In person: King County Elections Office, 919 SW Grady Way, Renton 98057- by appt. only.  Call 206 296-8683
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT
 
Submitted by Joyce Farrell (Social Justice Committee)
Laudato Si in Action
Most Common Source of Plastic Waste: Cigarettes
What's the most common form of plastic pollution in the world? Straws, industrial waste, plastic bags? No, according to an article in earthday.org:

Cigarette butts are actually the most abundant form of plastic waste in the world, with about 4.5 trillion individual butts polluting our global environment.

Cigarette butts are made up of paper, tobacco, chemical toxins from smoking, and surprisingly, mostly plastic.

In Laudato Si, Pope Francis tells us:

We read in the Gospel that Jesus says of the birds of the air that "not one of them is forgotten before God" (Lk 12:6). How then can we possibly mistreat them or cause them harm?  Read more...
This year we are joining with the school in studying the Beatitudes.
Walk humbly with God...
How does this theme look in our families, school, and community?
We can walk humbly with God through the beatitudes! In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught His disciples (and us) about how to be perfectly happy (Heaven with God). In other words, He taught us how, in our earthly lives, we can live out the purpose for which God made us. Jesus taught us 8 ways of living called Beatitudes, so that we can begin to be perfectly happy with God in Heaven.
Each month we will focus on one beatitude and how everyday saints, like you and me, can live out this beatitude.


Beatitude of the month
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
The poor include both literally poor people, in need of basic necessities, and figuratively poor people, who are aware of their spiritual poverty, people who acknowledge their need and utter dependence upon God.
The reward mentioned here is nothing less than the kingdom of heaven. What do we consider to be our family's greatest riches?
Flowers can help us to "see" the beatitudes in a different way.
The Columbine can remind us to be humble because it looks like it is bowing its head to pray. When we bow our heads and pray to God we humble ourselves before him. We are poor in spirit when we acknowledge that we are sinners who need God, and that everything we have comes from him.
Saint of the Month

Feast day: January 1
Patron: of all humanity
Birth: September 8, Nativity of Mary
Death: August 15, Assumption of Mary