St John the Evangelist Parish
September 4, 2019
Funeral Announcement

Rose Lindberg, longtime parishioner at St. John the Evangelist, passed away on August 24, 2019. A memorial service will be held at Evergreen-Washelli funeral home on Saturday, September 7th, at 10am with reception to follow.  Click here for the obituary.

Middle School Parents: 
Youth Group is coming back to St. John this year.  We need a core group of volunteers to give a few hours a month to make this an excellent experience for our Middle Schoolers.  Please get involved! 
Email if you are interested in any way!

Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) begins September 8!  This wonderful program is for children from K to 5th grade.  It starts when Father calls the kids up to the altar at 10:30 mass and finishes 20 minutes later, when the kids come back for Communion.  Please come to 10:30 mass so your kids can participate!  And let us know if you're interested in helping.  This ministry is fun, rewarding, inspiring and educational.  What could be better?  Contact Kristin Kent at
Sunday School begins October 6!  This program is for 4 and 5 year olds.  It is run by the wonderful Shawna Calhoun, who has  been involved in this ministry for many years.  Your 4 and 5 year old children can spend the entirety of 10:30 mass having fun and learning a bit about faith.  Sunday School takes place in the XDC space - on the parking lot side of the Quigley Building.   You can contact Kristin Kent for a registration form ( or just bring your child directly to the room on October 6.  Your child gets to have fun, and you get to have a peaceful, inspiring time at mass.
It's time to register for First Communion! If your family is registered in the parish, you have probably received a form in the mail. If you didn't, and need to register your rising 2nd grader for First Communion & Reconciliation prep classes, please 
click here  for the registration form or grab one from the literature holder in the church vestibule. Our program starts with a prayer service in the church on Monday, September 30th, at 7pm . Questions? Contact Julia Rudden at
Questions About the Catholic Faith?

Seeking Answers About the Church?
Our Door is Open! 

Here at St John, we meet once a month, on the second Wednesday, with those interested in learning more about Catholicism, about our church, and about our faith. The meetings are casual, with plenty of time for questions and discussion, and are open to all!

The next meeting is Wednesday, September 11th at 7pm.  
We will meet in the Admin Building.
Check out our website for more information about 
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
Questions? Contact Julia Rudden:
Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross is a 30 minute devotion that 
offers witness to Jesus' passion and death. 
At each station we use our senses and our imagination to reflect 
prayerfully upon Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection, and to simply experience the visual images to reflect on Christ's love for us.
(adapted from

St John will pray the Stations 
Wednesday, February 13th at 7pm in the church.  
Contact Jim Russell if you would like to help.  
September 14th and 15th, we will take up the collection on behalf of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. More than 46 million people in the United States live in poverty today. This collection supports programs that empower people to identify and address obstacles as they work to make permanent and positive changes for their communities.
Please be generous.

St John Book Club

Our next book is  Helena by Evelyn Waugh. Based on the life of St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine and finder of the true cross, this spiritual adventure brings to life the political intrigues of ancient Rome and the early years of Christianity. We will meet towards the end of summer. We will meet in the Admin Building on  September 15th at 7pm.
Click here  for more on this book.

Young Adults:  Are you interested in playing Adult (21+) co-ed volleyball starting in September?  Click this link and get involved today!
Want to be Inspired?
Don't miss the 2019 Cornerstone Catholic Conference: "United for Life and Justice," taking place at the Tacoma Convention Center, October 18-19. To register ($100 per person; $65 for young adults; scholarships available) or for more information: or call 206-301-0556.
The 2019 Cornerstone will feature three great keynote speakers: Bishop Frank Caggiano, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, and Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ. If you are concerned about the challenges facing our world today, don't miss this opportunity to learn how our Catholic faith can positively impact all of our lives. There will be six practical workshops on mental illness, essential life principles, racism, family prayer, the environment, and the PREPARES ministry. Register today!
Job Opportunity
3W Medical for Women is looking to hire a Clinical Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) or Physician Assistant (PA) to lead and supervise the clinical and nursing care of patients.  3W Medical for Women is a nonprofit women's clinic located in Seattle's university district.  Click here for more information.
Laudato Si In Action
The Season of Creation
On September 1, Pope Francis released a message at the start of the Season of Creation :

This season of increased prayer and effort on behalf of our common home begins today, 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends on 4 October, the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.  
Pope Francis continues:

This is the season for letting our prayer be inspired anew by closeness to nature, which spontaneously leads us to give thanks to God the Creator.

But prayer is simply not enough to respond to the urgency of the climate crisis, there is also a need for effort:  Read more...

Click here for this article with its links and all prior Laudato Si in Action columns.

Until we've prioritized prayer in our lives for some real period of time, a few years, it's hard to take seriously the idea that prayer time is the most important part of our day.  How could it be?  We're busy: job, family, other commitments, some me time to maintain sanity.  Sheila shared this answer with me.  It's good.
Demonstrate your trust in Me by sitting quietly in My Presence.  Put aside all that is waiting to be done, and refuse to worry about anything.  This sacred time together strengthens you and prepares you to face whatever the day will bring.  By waiting with Me before you begin the day's activities, you proclaim the reality of My living Presence.  This act of faith - waiting before working - is noted in the spirit world, where your demonstration of trust weakens principalities and powers of darkness.
The most effective way to resist evil is to draw near Me.  When you need to take action, I will guide you clearly through My Spirit and My Word.  The world is so complex and overstimulating that you can easily lose your sense of direction.  Doing countless unnecessary activities will dissipate your energy.  When you spend time with Me, I restore your sense of direction.  As you look to Me for guidance, I enable you to do less but accomplish more.
Luke 12:22 - 26; Ephesians 6:12; Proverbs 16:3
[From the August 29 entry in Sarah Young's devotional Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence, via Sheila Marty.  Thanks, Sheila.]

If you have nuggets you'd like to share, email Bill Marty, .  Thanks!
Saint of the Month

Saint Peter Claver
Feast: September 9