Family Communication 02/06/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Happy February!  It’s hard to believe we’re here.  I just wanted to say thank you for all of your support of our school during this past Catholic Schools’ Week, and for your efforts to re-register and establish your Alma account during the month of January.  Accurate enrollment for next year will assist us greatly in making planning decisions for next year.

Along these lines, I wanted to take a moment to let you know of one staffing change for next year.  Angela Uding, 3A, has made the difficult decision after having her baby to not return to us next year.  I know this was a very hard decision for Angela, and I know she will miss us as much as we’re going to miss her!  She and her family have made the decision to move closer to family.  Please keep her family in your prayers as they plan for this transition.

This week we are focusing on the final portion of the Mass, the Concluding Rites.  I hope the information we’ve shared this month has been helpful and educational!  I know I learned a lot about the Mass and have really enjoyed our schoolwide focus.

In Christ, 



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

Part IV- The Concluding Rites

During the Concluding Rites, announcements may be made (if necessary) after the Prayer after Communion. The celebrant then blesses the people assembled. Sometimes, the blessing is very simple. On special days, the blessing may be more extensive. In every case, the blessing is always trinitarian: “May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” It is in the triune God and in the sign of the cross that we find our blessing.

After the blessing, the deacon dismisses the people. In fact, the dismissal gives the liturgy its name. The word “Mass” comes from the Latin word, ” Missa.” At one time, the people were dismissed with the words “Ite, missa est” (literally meaning “Go, she—meaning you, the Church—has been sent”). The word “Missa” is related to the word “missio,” the root of the English word “mission.” The liturgy does not simply come to an end. Those assembled are sent forth to bring the fruits of the Eucharist to the world.


No money, no mission.  No mission, no money.  This was a common saying of our George Hofbauer, who retired as our principal in 2016.  Carrying out our mission requires financial resources.  And it is in carrying out our mission faithfully that people join us in the labors, contributing generously and sacrificially to continue the work of Christ.  What we are capable of depends in many ways upon our financial resources.  There is always a gap between the cost to educate our children and what tuition actually raises.  Every year, we fundraise this difference.  We also rely on these extra funds to help pay for facility improvements, also not built into the cost to educate.
One of the components of our long-term financial health is the Fr. Mallahan Endowment Fund.  It was started a couple of decades ago to support the mission of Holy Rosary School.  While the original donations cant be used because they are permanently restricted, in reality the fruit they bear through the market over many years far surpasses the original donation, as we withdraw up to 5% each year.  This year, total donations to the endowment since inception surpassed $1 million!  And while these monies are restricted permanently, over the last 22 years (the longest I could go back based on the files on our computer server), the Endowment has donated a few dollars shy of $860,000, including $50,000 this year to help with our capital projects!  That is all pretty incredible!!  Thank you to the many of you who have supported our endowment over the years-some with large donations, others a one time donation to mark a special occasion, and others making small, recurring monthly donations.  These are truly investments in our long-term mission here at Holy Rosary of providing a Catholic education to our parish and neighborhood families.
To make a donation to the Endowment, you can use the envelope in the monthly packet, or make a one-time Quick Give donation or set up a recurring donation by logging in to

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland


Student Safety To And From School

In the past two weeks, there have been a number of child luring attempts in the greater Seattle area.  The West Seattle Blog reported on 1/30/20 a child luring attempt near Fairmount Park Elementary.  There were two attempts in the Newcastle area around the same time.  KOMO news is also reporting two attempts within the last week near Hawthorne Elementary in Columbia City. 

I wanted to share these safety tips the West Seattle Blog published and ask that you speak with your children, especially if they walk to and from school, about safety, awareness, and strangers.

General Safety Tips:

Pay close attention to your surroundings, avoid “automatic pilot.”

Walk with a purpose; project an assertive, business-like image.

Use common sense; plan your route to avoid uninhabited parks, parking lots, garages and alleyways.

Stick to well-lit areas.

Develop a plan before you see trouble. Crossing a street or entering a store may get you out of a potentially bad situation.

If a car follows you or beckons you while you are walking, do not approach it. Instead, turn and run in the opposite direction- get home, back to school, or to a public building and ask for help.

Consider wearing clothing and shoes that you can move freely and quickly in, especially when walking or waiting for the bus.

Carry minimal items; overloading yourself can make you appear vulnerable.

Always plan your route and stay alert to your surroundings. Avoid shortcuts. Walk confidently. Scan your surroundings and make eye contact with people, do not talk to strangers.

Avoid distractions like cell phones and music while walking.  

Walk with a buddy or in a group at all times.


  • 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
  • March 13th – No School, Deanery Curriculum Day
  • March 14th – Auction


No School For Kindergarten

No School Friday for Kindergarten students due to Kindergarten testing for incoming students.

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


Bingo! Sign Up Now!

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! Signups are limited so don’t delay! 


Development Directives
Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch

We are happy to share with you a photo memory of your day provided by Gail Ann Wodzin, who has been supporting Holy Rosary School for many years.  Please send this link to your family and friends that attended or better yet download for them.

Download your complimentary photo from the event here.



Auction Update

Key Details:

Date: March 14, 2020

Location: Brockey Center, South Seattle College

Volunteer:  plenty of volunteer opportunities will be available, link posted in next week’s efc

Tickets: On sale Monday, February 10 at 7pm

Online Auction: Opens February 27

Ton of fabulous items

Third Annual Crab Dinner

Join over 100 people signed up for Saturday’s, February 8th Crab Dinner!  Doors open at 6:15pm, 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.  Last day to buy tickets is Thursday, February 6th.  Buy tickets here.  Proceeds go towards our school and you get to have a really terrific meal!!

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.


Girls on the Run Informational Session! 

Do you have questions about Girls on the Run? Are you wondering what the program is all about? Are you wondering how much running is actually required? Come to the Girls on the Run Informational Session!

Who: Any girls/families who are interested in GOTR or have already signed up for GOTR

When: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 3:15-4:00

Where: Holy Rosary Classroom 4B (2nd floor all the way back)

What: Come to learn more about Girls on the Run! We will learn about the program, go through a typical lesson, and you can ask any questions you might have.

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. Scholastica. Often overshadowed by her brother, St. Benedict, Scholastica had at least as much impact on history as he did, being the foundress of the largest movement of monastic women (nuns) in Europe. Following the same “Benedictine” rule, she also knew that the purpose of the rule was to encourage monks and nuns in the love of God and neighbor. Therefore, she prayerfully submitted even the rule to God’s great law. She is a patroness of books and education, and of storms and rainfall. She reminds us, in every situation, to seek not our own desires but God’s good will for others. Her feast is on February 10.


Fertility Education & Postpartum Doula Services

Holy Rosary School parent Ann Baker is a trained Symptopro Fertility Educator (Natural Family Planning method) and a DONA trained doula specializing in postpartum care.  Visit or contact Ann at (206)880-3455 for more information about classes and doula services.

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!

3 On 3 Youth Basketball Tournament

The Salvation Army of White Center is hosting a “3 on 3 Youth Basketball Tournament” for Kids 3rd grade – 8th grade.

No matter your skill level, grab your shoes and your friends and come join!

Day:     Saturday, March 7th

Time:   9am – 4pm

Place:   Salvation Army of White Center (9050 16th Ave SW, Seattle, 98106)

Cost:    $10 per team

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