St John the Evangelist Parish
November 6, 2019
We will be celebrating Veterans Day at all the Masses the weekend of November 9th and 10th.  Come honor our living and deceased service men and women who were or are serving in our armed forces; and pray for peace around the world.

The Parish office will be closed
Monday, November 11th in honor of Veteran's Day.
The Brass Quartet will join the choir at
8:30 mass on Sunday, November 10 to help celebrate Veterans Day.
Family Rosary Group
The next meeting will be Saturday, November 9th at CJ's and Joe's house at 6:00 pm (address below). Thank you CJ and Joe for hosting us!
 
13624 - 4th Ave NE, Seattle, WA  98125.
 
We will have a potluck after the rosary so please bring a dish to share.
For more information contact:
Shalini Pereira - shalini.russnak@gmail.com
NO Stations of the Cross on Wednesday, November 13. 
Stations will resume on Wednesday, December 11.

Reconciliation is available for 30 minutes before every mass in November.  Let's keep Father Crispin busy in the chapel!
 
Don't miss this evening of reflection called "Prayer:  Practicing the Presence of God"  presented by Ron Ryan in the admin building on Tuesday, November 26.  7:00 pm.  Wine and snacks provided!  
 
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.
 
SAVE THE DATE :  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 to Kristin (kkent@stjohnsea.org)

The St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) ministry at St John's serves the needy of our parish neighborhood by responding to calls for assistance and visiting our neighbors in their homes. This summer, Martha dropped everything to become a full-time caretaker to her father, who suffered a debilitating stroke. Though he continues to make small mobility improvements, all responsibilities including paying the utilities and mortgage have been assumed by Martha. In the chaos of the last several months, the utilities were not paid and Martha received a surprise shut-off notice. We helped Martha pay down her City Light bill, so she can keep the lights on and devote her energy on caring for her father.  
 
As we move into the season of giving, please consider contributing to this important ministry for our local community! A gift of $5, $10 or more each week goes a long way to support our neighbors. You can use the St. Vincent de Paul collection envelopes or create an ongoing electronic donation using the Vanco services link at the stjohnsea.org website. We also collect non-perishable food for our parish pantry the 3rd Sunday Mass of each month.   
Laudato Si in Action
It's time to stop the energy vampires

In chapter three of Laudato Si, Pope Francis writes of
 
 

the false notion that an infinite quantity of energy and resources are available

 

It is better to conserve energy so that we may stretch this finite supply. And what is perhaps the simplest way to conserve energy? Not to waste it in the first place. Our techno-savvy world contains numerous energy vampires - technologies, appliances, and practices that use up energy with little or no benefit.

 

Examples of energy vampires that might be lurking in your household or place of work:

  1. Phone or tablet chargers plugged into the wall but with no phone or tablet connected to them. 
  2. Televisions, and home entertainment appliances. (Many of these devices consume a significant amount of energy when turned off but in standby mode.) 
  3. Computers, monitors, fax machines, and printers when not in use.
  4. Power tools and other rechargeables that are plugged in all the time. 
  5. Spare refrigerators or freezers that you are not using. 
  6. Unused set top cable boxes, VCRs, DVD players, and DVRs.
  7. Always on lamps, lights, and night lights. 

In almost all these cases, the solution is to pull the plug or plug the device into a power strip that can be easily shut off. This will also reduce your fire risk as well. Tip: If you have kitchen or bathroom appliances plugged into ground fault circuit interrupter (GCCI) outlets, you can trip the circuit to shut off the flow of electricity to the appliance without any need for a power strip. Don't forget to look for unused devices consuming energy in spare bedrooms, attics, basements, and other seldom used rooms.

 

While in most cases, each device may consume only a tiny amount of energy, the sheer number of unconnected devices can easily add up to consume a significant amount of energy. More ideas on how to reduce your carbon footprint and care for creation can be found here.

 

Working together, we can help take care of our common home.

Paul Litwin 


The next St Francis of Assisi meeting will be
Monday, November 11th at 7pm in the Admin Building.

When the St. John staff moved from Quigley Hall to St. Admin Hall, they found themselves with less bookshelf space, and set out a pile of books to give away.  I found the pile irresistible, of course, and carried away a stack of books.  One is a thin little volume titled Catholic is Wonderful!, written by Mitch Finley in 1994.  Here, for your enjoyment, is the dedication page.
 
THIS BOOK is for our three sons, Sean Thomas, Patrick Daniel, and Kevin Andrew, to whom I say: Guys, as your father I reserve the right to give you advice.  It's in the fatherly job description.  You may ask, "Why should we stay Catholic as we grow up?"  Just this, I would reply: We live in a mixed-up world, a world where there is much good, plenty of bad, and a lot of confusing stuff in between.  If you would keep your bearings you need a compass.  Your Catholic faith is that compass.  Your Catholic faith will give you trustworthy values and ideals. It will keep you in touch with God's love and help you discover the truth of your own deepest self.
 
Regardless of what you do or where you go, your Catholic faith will help you be a person others will be happy to know.  Your faith won't save you from suffering, but it will help you to not whine about it so much.  Your faith will bring more joy into your life than you would otherwise have, and when you feel that joy, you'll know Who to thank.  There are countless phony gods that look very attractive, but they can never be trusted; if you believe their lies they will lead you into more grief and misery than you can imagine.
 
Live your Catholic faith, be a prayerful person, and you will have a life worth living.  That's advice you can take to the bank.  I promise.
 
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