St John the Evangelist Parish
May 8, 2019
The Archdiocese of Seattle welcomes
Coadjutor Archbishop Paul D. Etienne

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The Ascension of the Lord

Most  ecclesiastical provinces of the United States of America have transferred the Solemnity of the Ascension to Sunday, June 2, 2019. 
There are no Holy Day Masses May 30th at St John.
There will be an all school Mass at 9 am
All are welcome. 
We apologize for the error on the May calendar bulletin insert.

Annual Catholic Appeal
A special thank you to all of those who have given a  gift to the
Annual Catholic Appeal Campaign which supports
over 60 ministries and 
services in the Archdiocese.
If you haven't  made your gift to the Appeal please return  your pledge envelope today or donate online with the link below.  Thank you!

Playground Volunteers Needed!
Would you like to volunteer for St John's school and parish? Right now we need people who like to work with children. The school would love more volunteers to help with playground duty. Even if you could only help one day a week, we'd be delighted!
Please contact Catherine Dahlgren at
10:30 mass nursery needs some help!
Our wonderful leader, Becca, needs a temporary assistant to watch children age 6 months to 3 years during 10:30 mass. This could be a high school student needing a couple of hours of service per week, or someone who loves children and wants to give parents a chance to participate fully in mass.  You could do this from time to time or every Sunday.  Please contact the parish office if you're interested, and Thank You! 
Sign your kids up for these heart-building summertime activities! (email
  • Vacation Bible School, run by Mrs. Jessup & Mrs. Castillo. For rising kindergartners to rising 5th graders. August 19-23, 9 am - 12:30 pm.
  • High School Week of Service:  Get lots of service hours under your belt during the summer!  Enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow high school parishioners! Grow your heart!! August 5-9.
The Family Rosary Group
will be having their annual Marian pilgrimage on Saturday, May 11 at the Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center. We plan to meet at 10:00 am. Please pray for good weather.
The retreat center has a grotto with a statue of the Blessed Mother and grounds where one could walk around praying the 4 mysteries of the rosary, ending in front of the statue of Mother Mary while saying the litany. After we finish the rosary we plan to have an early pot-luck lunch/dinner on the grounds. Please bring a dish to share. I am sure the kids will be thrilled to be able to run around for a few hours.
Here is the link to the retreat center:
The address is below. It is about a 30 minute drive from Seattle and is an absolutely gorgeous location. Please feel free to wear your hiking boots (or bring them with you) so you can hike down to the beach or on the nature trails around the center.

The Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades,
Archdiocese of Seattle,
4700 Southwest Dash Point Road,
Federal Way, WA 98023
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Sunday, May 12th
Today the Church throughout the world prays for vocations. Will you make a special effort to ask the Lord for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life?
  • Pray for the priests who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead.
  • Keep our parish priests in your prayers throughout the week.
  • Encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation as a priest or religious brother or sister.
  • Pray a rosary for more young men and women in our diocese to respond to God's call.
St Francis of Assisi Ministry
St John's newest ministry, Saint Francis of Assisi, will meet next at 7pm on Monday, May 13. Our group meets monthly to discuss and share our concerns regarding the environment, climate change, and the treatment of animals. All are welcome! This month we will be continuing our discussion of Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si. More information about the group and where to get a copy of Laudato Si can be found at our website at .
Garden Work Party
Come join our new seasonal garden party crew!
We will be making an initial round of improvements to the church grounds and need the help of our St. John's community.  We have appreciated all the hard work from our community in the past and are incorporating new landscape practices to make the grounds easier for us all to manage in the future. We hope you will come join us as we implement these changes. 
We are hosting 2 late spring garden work parties on
May 18th from 8am-2pm (better for adults or high school students who love to garden) and again on June 1st (great for kids and teens) to help brighten up our campus.
Please sign up here or contact the parish office to sign up or ask questions!

Come for the day or just a couple hours.  Lunch provided.
BYOT - Bring your own tools if you have them please!
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ARE YOU A NEW MEMBER OF ST JOHN PARISH?  We want to meet and welcome you!  Please come to the Parish admin building (on 1st Ave just to the south of the church) on Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 pm for some refreshments and socializing with Father Crispin, some parish staff, and other new parishioners.  RSVP to (or just show up!) 

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.
The St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) ministry at St. John's is called to serve the needy of our community, those teetering on the edge. We do this by visiting our neighbors at their homes and offering help with an overdue utility bill or rent bill. We might also provide a voucher to a local grocery store to help them feed their families or to the SVdP thrift store for a clean bed. Every needy neighbor is also delivered bags of food from our food pantry. Last year, we helped 103 needy families.
Last week, we visited a young family with two small children who were struggling to get by with a father going back to school and a mother recovering from a brain injury. Tragedy struck when their rental home was condemned for the mold that had overtaken it. We met our neighbors in a nearby hotel and supplied them with bags of food, and a voucher for clothes at the SVdP thrift store while they waited to find a safe housing option to relocate their family.

We offer support to families in need exclusively through the donations from St John's parishioners. Won't you help support our ministry to the poor of Greenwood? Please consider donating $5 or more each week using the St Vincent de Paul collection envelopes. You also have the option to donate electronically using the Vanco services link at the website. You can also help by bringing non-perishable goods for our food pantry to mass the 3rd Sunday of each month.  
Archdiocese of Seattle
Mission Stat ement: 
Jesus Christ as our teacher, we gather our wisdom and resources, reaching out to parishes and schools, to create welcoming 
communities of compassion, support, and education to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

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St. Dymphna - The Patron Saint of Mental Health
Click here for a pdf of the flyer.
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

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OK gents, this one's for you.  Today's prayer nugget is a link to one issue of a monthly email newsletter titled "The Masculinist".  The author, Aaron Renn, is a Senior Fellow of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.  His "day job" is research into cities and what makes them thrive.  The Masculinist is a side project designed to explore topics at the intersection of masculinity and Christianity.  Renn is obviously not the first to observe that Christian churches are more successful in attracting women than men, and this is one of the topics explored in his newsletters.  For our purposes in prayer nuggets, the issue of interest is "Masculinist #6: How to Establish a Consistent Prayer Life".  Click here for the issue.  I think you can also find it if you just Google "Masculinist #6".  
If you have nuggets you'd like to share, email Bill Marty,  Thanks!
Laudato Si in Action  
In May of 2015 Pope Francis released his Laudato Si encyclical. The name comes from the "Laudato Si, Mi Signore" or Praise be to you, my Lord which Pope Francis took from Saint Francis of Assisi's beautiful canticle.
In the first paragraph of the encyclical, Pope Francis quotes from Saint Francis,
"Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs."
But in the second paragraph, Pope Francis continues...
This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she "groans in travail" (Rom 8:22).
Clearly, this is not acceptable to Pope Francis or God.
In this column, my goal is very simple: to share with you key excerpts from this critically important document and to suggest how we can put Laudato Si into concrete achievable actions.
For this first installment, I will leave you with two suggestions:
  1. Please consider reading Laudato Si. You can download a free copy that the vatican has posted. The easiest way to get your copy is to go to and click on one of the buttons to either read it online, download a PDF, or find a copy you can purchase on
  2. Consider joining the Saint Francis of Assisi group that meets monthly on the second Monday of each month at the Administration building at 7pm. We will be discussing Laudato Si at our meetings. Our next meeting will be Monday, May 13th. More details on the group can be found at 
Working together, we can help take care of our common home.
Paul Litwin
Lending Library Treasures
If you enjoy the Saint of the Month articles, you might enjoy one of the many books on Saints we have in our lending library in the vestibule of the church.  The titles are pictured above.
Saint of the Month

Saint Augustine of  Canterbury
Feast: April 29th