Family Communication 01/30/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Happy Catholic Schools’ Week!

This week is a wonderful celebration of all that makes Holy Rosary School and Catholic Schools special- and much of that has to do with you, our families.  We are grateful for your commitment to Catholic education, your involvement in our school, and for your prayers and support. We could not do it without you!

As we continue in this Catholic Schools’ week, we continue our whole school study of the Mass. This week we continue with the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  

I hope to see you all this weekend as we conclude our celebration with the Father Mallahan Endowment Presentation and our student speakers.

Thank you again- you are a blessing in our community.

In Christ, 



Understanding The Mass-  Information taken directly from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (

Part III- The Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Liturgy of the Eucharist begins with the preparation of the gifts and the altar. As the ministers prepare the altar, representatives of the people bring forward the bread and wine that will become the Body and Blood of Christ. The celebrant blesses and praises God for these gifts and places them on the altar, the place of the Eucharistic sacrifice. In addition to the bread and wine, monetary gifts for the support of the Church and the care of the poor may be brought forward. The Prayer over the Offerings concludes this preparation and disposes all for the Eucharistic Prayer.

Eucharistic Prayer

The Eucharistic Prayer is the heart of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. In this prayer, the celebrant acts in the person of Christ as head of his body, the Church. He gathers not only the bread and the wine, but the substance of our lives and joins them to Christ’s perfect sacrifice, offering them to the Father.

The introductory dialogue, establishes that this prayer is the prayer of the baptized and ordained, is offered in the presence of God, and has thanksgiving as its central focus. Following this dialogue, the celebrant begins the Preface.

The Eucharistic Prayers make clear that these prayers are offered, not to Christ, but to the Father. It is worship offered to the Father by Christ as it was at the moment of his passion, death and resurrection, but now it is offered through the priest acting in the person of Christ, and it is offered as well by all of the baptized, who are part of Christ’s Body, the Church. This is the action of Christ’s Body, the Church at Mass.

The priest offers the Eucharistic Prayer in the first person plural, for example, “Therefore, O Lord, we humbly implore you…”  This “we” signifies that all the baptized present at the Eucharistic celebration make the sacrificial offering in union with Christ, and pray the Eucharistic Prayer in union with him. And what is most important, we do not offer Christ alone; we are called to offer ourselves, our lives, our individual efforts to grow more like Christ and our efforts as a community of believers to spread God’s Word and to serve God’s people, to the Father in union with Christ through the hands of the priest. Most wonderful of all, although our offering is in itself imperfect, joined with the offering of Christ it becomes perfect praise and thanksgiving to the Father.

Communion Rite

The Communion Rite follows the Eucharistic Prayer, leading the faithful to the Eucharistic table.
The rite begins with the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus taught this prayer to his disciples when they asked how to pray (cf. Mt 6:9-13, Lk 11:2-4). In this prayer, the people join their voices to pray for the coming of God’s kingdom and to ask God to provide for our needs, forgive our sins, and bring us to the joy of heaven.
The Rite of Peace follows. The celebrant prays that the peace of Christ will fill our hearts, our families, our Church, our communities, and our world. As a sign of hope, the people extend to those around them a sign of peace.
In the Fraction Rite, the celebrant breaks the consecrated bread as the people sing the Agnus Dei or “Lamb of God.” John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29). The action of breaking the bread recalls the actions of Jesus at the Last Supper, when he broke the bread before giving it to his disciples. One of the earliest names for the Eucharistic celebration is the breaking of the bread (Lk 24:35; Acts 2:42, 46).
Before receiving Holy Communion, the celebrant and assembly acknowledge their unworthiness to receive so great a gift. The celebrant receives Holy Communion first and then the people come forward.
Those who receive Holy Communion should be prepared to receive so great a gift. They should fast (except for medicines) for at least one hour before receiving the Eucharist and should not be conscious of having committed serious sin.
Because sharing at the Eucharistic Table is a sign of unity in the Body of Christ, only those in communion with the Catholic Church may receive Holy Communion. To invite others present to receive Holy Communion implies a unity which does not exist.  Those who do not receive Holy Communion still participate in this rite by praying for unity with Christ and with each other.
The people approach the altar and, bowing with reverence, receive Holy Communion. People may receive the Body of Christ either on the tongue or in the hand. The priest or other minister offers the Eucharist to each person saying, “The Body of Christ.” The person receiving responds by saying, “Amen,” a Hebrew word meaning, “So be it” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2856).
As the people receive Holy Communion, the communion chant/song is sung. The unity of voices echoes the unity the Eucharist brings. All may spend some time in silent prayer of thanksgiving as well.
The Communion Rite ends with the Prayer after Communion which asks that the benefits of the Eucharist will remain active in our daily lives.

In Christ, 



In 1909, Holy Rosary Parish opened its doors.  Four years later, we closed the doors, picked up the church, and moved it almost a mile away.  Why would we disrupt the community so much so early in our life?  Because we wanted to build a school – and we didn’t have the space to do so.  And so in 1914, we opened the doors of Holy Rosary School.  And ten years later, we closed the doors, picked up the school, and moved it almost a mile south, where it would serve as the convent for the sisters who operated the brand new school building.  Since almost the foundation of our parish, our school has been an important part of our parish community life and mission of making Jesus known and loved.  
And that is still true today.  Today, the parish sets aside 15% of our collections to support our school ministry, about $170k.  Countless times in our school’s history more has been required to bridge annual deficits.  Just 10 years ago the annual average subsidy was usually twice that and a much larger percentage of collections, about $300k-$360k per year.  That doesn’t include depreciation, the annual amount we need to be setting aside for the care of our building, and in truth, required using our limited savings.  This subsidy also doesn’t account for the staffing support from parish staff whose salaries are not shared.  Our administrative assistants both serve the school by coordinating the entire Safe Environment Program, including background checks (Melissa Tuthill) and overseeing the facility calendar (Libby Pickthorn).  Paul Dolejsi helps with music at half of school Masses, the after school dance program and CYO sports that so many of our school children participate in are actually programs of the parish, and much more.  This level of funding and support from the parish is only possible because of the financial support of our parish families of the wider parish.  This is also why we have in-parish tuition, to recognize that those who are financially supporting Holy Rosary Parish as a part of their regular faith life, are also indirectly supporting the school.  
Our parish is committed to our school, our children and their families, to help them grow in faith.  As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, we call to mind all of those who sacrifice so much that these children might grow in goodness, in virtue, in love, and yes, in wisdom and knowledge.  Thank you for your faithfulness to those whom God has entrusted to your care.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland


  • January 31st – Volleyball Signup Deadline
  • February 7th – Kindergarten Testing – no school for kindergarten
  • February 8th – Crab Dinner (6pm)
  • February 14th – Noon Dismissal
  • February 17th – Presidents Day – no school
  • February 18th – Mid-Winter Break – no school
  • February 21st – Bingo Bash


Spirit Day: 80’s Themed Clothes On Friday

Friday, Jan. 31st, is a school spirit day!  We have a spirit assembly (run by the leadership elective) at 9:45 AM and an 8th grade vs. teachers volleyball game at 1:30 PM.  For this spirit day, the students can deck themselves out in 80s gear!  Think neon colors, puffy hair, loud prints, etc.  Have fun with it!  We are looking forward to a day of fun events!

Catholic Schools Week Bookmark Competition

Thank you to all our students who participated in the Catholic Schools Week Bookmark Competition this year.  We were blown away by the time and creativity put into each entry, and it definitely made it hard for us to choose a winner.  The winning bookmarks will be on sale for $1 each in the front office and the proceeds will go to benefit our Uganda mission. Take a look at the work of our talented students. Bookmark Winners       Honorable Mentions

Honor Band 2020

Congratulations to the following band members selected for 2019 Honor Band!

                                                      Jack Strand  Clarinet                                                  Sophia Quintero-Rodriguez  Clarinet

                                                      Harrison Freeman  Alto Sax                                      Nick Yanak  Alto Sax

                                                      Eamon Mohrbacher  Trumpet                                  Ian Robinson  Trumpet 

                                                      Justin Nguyen  Trombone                                         Joseph Barredo  Trombone 

                                                      Daniel Dacanay   Bells

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to this years Spelling Bee winners! Zoe T in 2nd grade and Charlie K in 6th grade. A great job was done by all of our participants.




Re-Enrollment Due Jan 31st

Please complete both steps of re-enrollment by tomorrow, January 31st!!  After this school year, we are migrating to a new Student Information System, called ALMA.  This year, re-enrollment is a 2-step process.  Step 1: completion of our school’s online formStep 2: set-up of your ALMA account, submitting parent, student, emergency contact information for EACH student re-enrolling for the September 2020 – June 2021 school year. Remember TWO steps to re-enroll this year!  For the first class to complete re-enrollment, each student in the class will receive a free dress pass! ALMA set-up is best done on a Desktop computer. There is a video on our website if you need help completing the ALMA set-up. Thank you!

Financial Aid

If you would like to be considered for Holy Rosary School Aid, completed applications are due by tomorrow, January 31st.  The financial aid application is the same form for both Fulcrum and HRS aid, if you submitted an application before Jan. 6th to meet the Fulcrum deadline, you have already completed the application for HRS aid.  Completed applications must include required documentation (2018 tax return/W-2 forms). Applications can be found online here.  Any questions, please contact Jennifer Kokkonis at



Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch

The Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch was yesterday.  We had a full house, with over 350 guests.  The day started with entertainment in the church followed by lunch, school tours and pictures with their HRS students.  Photos will be available at the Gail Ann Photography web site, a link will be posted soon.

Thank you to Julie Roy, Shelby Reed, Kimberly Curtiss and Nicole Henning for all their effort in planning this event. Also, thanks to all the set-up and day of volunteers, especially those 7th and 8th graders that set-up all the tables and chairs in the School Hall and Gym. Finally, thank you to all the parent volunteers who assisted for the day.  This event wouldn’t have been successful without you!

Volunteer Opportunity

Interested in fulfilling a good portion of your fundraising hours?  A raffle coordinator is needed.  Detailed instructions provided.  Detail oriented a must, as well as availability auction night.

Looking for a volunteer to organize auction table seating.  You would be shadowing an 8th grade parent.  This is a great job, that could mostly be done at home.  Bonus if you have children in multiple grades, so that family names are familiar.  Not a requirement though. 

If either of the above sound interesting, contact Beth Martin for additional details.

Third Annual Crab Dinner

Back for its third year, Saturday, February 8th at 6:15pm, join us for a Crab Feast! Tickets are $50 for adults, $40 for seniors, and $10 for kids. Kids have a crab or corn dog option. Wine and beer for sale separately.  There will be NO tickets sold at the door.  Last day to buy tickets is Thursday, February 6th.  Buy tickets here.

Crab Dinner Volunteers Needed – Saturday, February 9

Help is needed for kitchen prep, day-of help in the kitchen, servers and bussers on the floor, and staffing the cash bar.   Sign-up Genius here.

Bingo! Save The Date

Mark your calendars for the Annual Bingo Blast with the Teachers! Event will take place 6-8 pm on Friday, February 21. Bingo, music, prizes and more! $30 per student–all proceeds benefit the Auction! Sign up here! Last day to sign up is Saturday, February 15, so don’t delay! 

Auction Update

Thank you for donating all those fabulous items!  The Auction committee is well on their way to creating some awesome packages.

Key Details:

Date: March 14, 2020

Location: Brockey Center, South Seattle College

Information: Check out the Auction page HERE

Donation Needed: The Auction committee is organizing a Hawaii item.  Any leads on donated/discounted accommodations or excursions, please contact Beth.

Drop off donations, in the main office, anytime between now and January 17th. Curbside item drop off will be available on Friday morning.  Look for auction committee members loitering in the alley or by the crosswalk.  Drive by and hand over your item.



CYO Volleyball

CYO Volleyball registration has opened! Go here to sign up to play and / or coach. CYO athletic programs are open to all members of the parish community. 
Deadline for volleyball registration is January 31.


Holy Rosary 5th-8th Grade Baseball

CYO baseball – 5th-8th grade registration is open. Scroll down the registration page past basketball and volleyball. This is CYO so if you haven’t played in a couple years, are already on a league team – no worries.

Time commitment – (optional practices) Games on Sunday!

Cost is $110, which includes Jersey and hat.

7th/8th graders – Click here for more information or contact Nathan Thomas at 503-956-7910


Totus Tuus

Totus Tuus is very similar to vacation bible school, but so much more! Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith. For more information and to register, visit our website at
Dates: August 2 – 7, 2020
Location: Holy Rosary Parish
$35/child (Grades 1-6)
$25/youth (Grades 7-12)
Discount: The total cost is $80 for families that register 3 or more kids
Register online at 
Totus Tuus Contact:
Bridget Bicek
206-937-1488 ext. 299

Opportunities for Adults

We offer several ways to celebrate and grow closer to the risen Christ:

  • Inquiry – Do family or friends ask you about Christianity or your Catholic faith at this time of year? Invite them to Inquiry: an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! All are welcome and no topic is off limits! This is also the starting point for anyone interested in becoming Catholic. We meet twice a month in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 11. Our topic will be “Does God Love Me?”
  • Bible Study – We’re studying “The Eucharist: Discovering the Mass in the Bible” with Dr. Brant Pitre. There’s still time to join our Bible Study community! For more information and to sign up, please see our website:

For more information, or if you have any suggestions, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we celebrate St. Josephine Bakhita. Born in Darfur around 1869, as a young girl St. Josephine was abducted from her family by slave traders. She was traded among abusive owners till she was sold to Italian diplomats who treated her well, and eventually brought her to Italy with them. She was educated by the Canossian Sisters, where she was legally recognized as a freeperson. She became a Canossian and became known for her gentleness and her strength. She is patroness of Sudan and of survivors of human trafficking. She’s a profound reminder of our responsibility to show everyone without exception the dignity due to the children of God. We celebrate her feast on February 8.



Registration For Southwest Lacrosse Club Open

The Southwest Lacrosse Club is a growing club that offers boys (3rd/4th grade; 5th/6th; 7th/8th and high school) and girls (3rd/4th and 5th/6th), as well as a co-ed, non-contact team for K-2nd grade. The club is planning to field two boys 3rd/4th and 5th/6th teams this year, and is pushing to increase girls participation, particularly for the 3rd/4th team (click here for a flyer about the girls teams).  Please visit the club website for more information about the club and to register.  Go Titans!

CYO Summer Camp Registration is Open Now

Give the gift of fun experiences and lifetime memories.  CYO Summer camp registration is open!

West Seattle Music Studio

In home guitar and piano lessons for children and adults. Beginners are welcome. Classical/Rock/Jazz. Twenty-five years of experience performing and teaching. Call Lizette at 206-349-5499 or

Free Throw Competition

Show off your basketball skills
Our Lady of Guadalupe Knights of Columbus Council is sponsoring a Free Throw Competition for all boys and girls age 9 to 14. It will be held Friday, January 31st at 6:30 PM. The competition will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Gym, 3410 SW Myrtle St., Seattle. Each boy & girl age group champion will be eligible to advance to the District Competition to be held in February. You must provide proof of age (birth certificate, etc.).

Write YOUR Story! Now enrolling for Spring 2020

Theme: Unexpected Endings
What: Free story writing workshops for children ages 8-12. Join kids from local schools as we read and rewrite a classic children’s story. In the second half, children write their own stories and a great party is had at the end!
Where: Curious Kidstuff Toy Store, 4740 California Ave SW, in the West Seattle Junction area
When: 3:15pm to 4:15pm, every Wednesday from January 22 to April 29, 2020
Price: $0.00 free. In return for this unique opportunity, participants are expected to attend every class.
Who: Taught for kids ages 8-12, by West Seattle resident Julia Douthwaite Viglione, PhD (“Ms. Julia”)
Space limited! To enroll, contact Ms. Julia at: or text (574) 400-9362.
Write YOUR Story: We Read. We Write. And we have a lot of fun.

Stories we will read in Spring 2020:
Zhang Fuxin, the story of Wu Duan and the piglet in The Story of Zhuang Zi, trans. Zhang Tingquan (Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 2002), 184-85.
Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm and Wilhelm Carl Grimm, “Hans in Luck” from Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm, trans. Lucy Crane (New York: Dover Pub., 1963), 14-19.
“The Witch of Fife” from Celtic Tales: Fairy Tales and Stories of Enchantment, ed. Mirabelle Korn (San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2016), 45-49.