Weekly Update 8/6/20

It came upon us in an unexpected way,
Churches must close,
Quarantines imposed,
Life put on pause…

What do we do?
St. James Cathedral live-streamed mass,
Is that something we can do?
We don’t know…Maybe…Yes!

Facebook does live-streaming
And we have a phone
It doesn’t look too hard
But alas we were wrong!

Holding the camera by hand
Can be exhausting and bumpy.
What we need is a tripod,
And Amazon is supplying!

The challenges grow
Surprised selfies, interrupted WiFi,
Creaky tripod, terrible sound,
Hats and glasses appearing on faces!
But the blessings also grow,
Hearts, hugs and signs of peace,
Request for prayers and love
Flow on the screen.

With the help of a grant
And the generosity of others,
A new camera is ordered
All the way from China!

But wait, it is delayed,
Because the ship is so slow.
Another one is ordered,
But, unfortunately, it is the wrong one!

Finally… it arrives!
It is installed in our church.
The sound is amazing,
The camera works!

The pandemic didn’t stop us
From celebrating our faith,
With generosity, patience and grateful hearts,
We embrace whatever awaits.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
It's Time to Loop the Lupe!!
To keep everyone safe, our summertime event is GOING VIRTUAL this year. All participants, from those doing the Obstacle Course to the Senior Saunter, are encouraged to sign up at www.loopthelupe.com. It's a fun time for the whole family!
 As a special bonus, you'll get a race t-shirt AND a face mask this year when you register. Virtual runners and walkers who post videos or photos of their "race course" will be in the running for some great prizes, too! Shirt and mask pickup at West Seattle Runner 3-5 p.m. August 22 and at Our Lady of Guadalupe noon-2 p.m. August 23rd. This is an important fundraiser for all the social outreach work OLG does, so please register at www.loopthelupe.com! Questions? Contact loopthelupe@gmail.com.  
Summer Concerts Re-Imagined!
Unfortunately, due to infection prevention protocols currently in place, gathering to watch the summer concerts are not allowed at this time. But, we are happy to announce that they will be live streamed for all to enjoy!

There will be two VIRTUAL concerts this year
Friday, August 7th - Danny Vernon as the Illusion of Elvis from 6-7pm

Friday, August 21 - Abbagraphs from 6-7pm

Make sure to like our Facebook page to receive updates and watch the concert from the comfort of your own home.
Pen Pal Program - The Life, Justice and Peace Commission at OLG have created a pen pal program between seniors in our community and students from our OLG School and Parish.

During this Covid 19 pandemic, many of us are not able to visit in the normal way. This is especially so for our seniors who are in the high risk category. Many seniors in our community enjoy interacting with children and youths. With a pen pal, our seniors will have an opportunity to stay active and engaged through letters and card exchanges with our students. For our students, they will get to practice penmanship, writing skills, and obtain some wisdom from our seniors.  

This will be a pen pal program exchanging actual letters, cards, and/or drawings. Our seniors want something tangible so it will not be through emails. In addition, not all of us have access to an electronic device.  

This program is for seniors and student families who are okay with exchanging mailing addresses as we do not have the resources to forward letters through our Parish office.

Lastly, there may be questions about transmission of Covid19 through the mail. We've looked into this and online resources states mail is a low risk for contamination. There is no evidence that Covid 19 is spread through the mail but in any case, we encourage everyone let their mail sit for 24 hours, disinfect envelopes, and to wash your hands thoroughly after handling the mail.  

It is our hope that this pen pal exchange will continue long after the pandemic is over. 
If you are interested in becoming a pen pal, please contact Sheila Hui of the Life, Justice and Peace Commission at sheilahuihui@gmail.com or (206) 818-3327.
Continuing to address Food security in our greater community!

Due to COVID-19, OLG could not host the Community Meal this past weekend. However, we were able to use the funds we would have dedicated to the meal to continue to support food security in our greater community. OLG redirected the funds to The Food Bank at St. Mary’s as a sponsor for their 21st Annual Harvest Dinner, which will be online on Saturday, September 19. The Food Bank has been in operation since the 1940’s. In 2019, they distributed nearly 3 million pounds of food through the food bank, household visits, and groceries to children in local schools. Thank you for helping us support a neighboring parish in their efforts to feed the hungry.  
Looking for a volunteer or a family, to participate in our Adopt-A-Stop Program Ministry!
After looking at this volunteer request, your first question might be: “What is the Adopt-A-Stop Program” and how is it a ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe? Four years ago, we partnered with King County Metro Transit by adopting a bus stop and in return, we receive 60 free bus passes every three months. These bus passes are shared with Saint Vincent de Paul as well as enable the parish to offer transportation support to those who come to our office. For many years, a teacher and her family in our school have volunteered to maintain this bus stop which simply means taking out the trash from the stop and putting in a new bag once a week or every other week if bus stop does not need weekly service.

This can be a great way to give back to our community, help your neighbors in need and allow us to support Saint Vincent de Paul with transportation resources to assist the neighbors they serve! If you are interested, please contact Marion Kari at: marionk@olgseattle.org. or call: 206 935-0358, Ext. 113. Thank you for considering this ministry to serve!
CONGRATULATIONS & GOD’S BLESSINGS to our newly-baptized Neophytes: Griffin & Vaughn Matzen, Matthew Mihlon and Roberto Whyte, and to those who celebrated their First Communion: Noelle Burgess Simms, Adrian Gonzales, Minnette Perkins, Lucas Rabago, Rafael Villegas, and Lily Wallat!!

Blood Works NW blood drive continues the week of August 10th. The need for blood donations this summer and during this pandemic is great. If you are able to help sign up here

Are you a volunteer or coach who still has a keycard to the gym? Sal is in the process of cancelling all key cards. If you have a card please return to the parish office. You can just drop it in the mail slot to the left of the office doors near the bench.

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