Family Communication 02/20/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

I hope this message finds you well and that the long weekend was a time for rest and family time.  

Believe it or not, Lent is upon us!  Ash Wednesday is next week, and we will celebrate the school Mass at our usual 8:35 Mass time.  

I always try to take some time before Ash Wednesday to discern how I am going to use this time to prepare myself, to draw myself closer to Jesus during this time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  

I found this short reflection on how we might prepare ourselves for Lent and am sharing it with you in hopes it might be helpful in your preparations.

In Christ, 



Last night we welcomed Archbishop Etienne for the first time to Holy Rosary as he conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on 114 of our parish family members.  Congratulations!!

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • February 21st – Bingo Bash
  • February 26th – Ash Wednesday Mass (8:35a)
  • March 13th – No School, Deanery Curriculum Day
  • March 14th – Auction
  • March 20th – Noon Dismissal


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 Bash And Bingo Blast

Thank You Families! 

Thank you to all of the families who signed up for Bingo Bash. The event is now full and sign-ups are officially closed! Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate any late or walk-up registrations. 

Reminders: To those attending, please remember that ALL STUDENTS K-8 MUST BE SIGNED IN/OUT with their child’s homeroom teacher. If you are carpooling, it is fine to sign in/out students under your care. We especially do not want students to leave the gym/hall without an adult. Please make sure your child understands this and that you have clearly communicated your carpool plans. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Pick up: is at 8:00 pm. If you arrive a few minutes early while black-out bingo is wrapping up, you may sign your student out with the homeroom teacher and enjoy watching black-out with us. That will help speed things up. We’d like all students to be off campus by 8:15 pm if possible, so staff can clean up.

Cell phones: If they absolutely need to come with your child, they should be off and away at all times. 

Behavior: Please remind your child of Safe, Respectful and Responsible behavior during Bingo and emphasize your expectations. We look forward to this event all year and want it to be fun for everyone!!!!


Auction Update

Key Details:

Date: March 14, 2020

Location: Brockey Center, South Seattle College

Tickets: On sale HERE

Volunteers: The AUCTION VOLUNTEER sign up genius is live.  This is a huge volunteer event.  More positions will be posted so keep checking back.


February 21: Bingo Bash

February 27: Online Auction Opens

March 1: Online Auction Closes

March 3 – 5: Online Auction Item Pick-Up (times vary)

March 14: Hawaiian Luau Auction

Cash for volunteering: Did you know that some companies match your volunteer hours with cash donations?  A few that come to mind are the Gates Foundation, Microsoft and Starbucks.  Check with your HR Department to see if your company matches volunteer hours.

Matching Funds: Don’t forget to apply for matching funds through your company’s HR Department. It is usually a quick and easy online form. Last year HRS made nearly $50,000!

Raffle:Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets. $100 for a chance at $5000 towards tuition or $25 for a chance at the 50/50. Forms in the front office.


Lenten Mission

Mark your calendars for our Lenten Mission with Fr. Bartholomew Hutcherson, OP on the theme of “Metanoia: Ongoing Conversion”. Fr. Bartholomew is a Dominican Friar and priest of the Province of the Holy Name of Jesus in the Western USA. Ordained in 1997, he has spent most of his priesthood in university and parish ministry. Now, as an Itinerant Preacher, he uses story-telling, teaching, retreats, and pilgrimages to share the Gospel with others. His retreats and missions are rooted deeply in his love for the Word of God and a deeply Catholic understanding of Sacred Scripture. When he is not on the road, Fr. Bartholomew teaches Homiletics at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley.

  • March 21-22: Fr. Bartholomew will preach all weekend Masses
  • March 23-26: Morning Mission session follows morning Mass, with confessions following the Mission session
  • March 23-26: Evening Mission sessions preceded at 5:30pm with Adoration and confessions; Mission sessions begin at 6:30pm
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, March 10. Our topic will be “Why do Catholics give stuff up?”
  • 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 or

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we celebrate Sts. Perpetua and Felicity. Perpetua was a young North African noblewoman and mother of a newborn infant who wrote an account of how she and several others, including a pregnant slave named Felicity, and their children, were put to death by Roman authorities around AD 200. She describes the fervor of their faith in Jesus, and the comfort they received in the form of dreams and the kindness of some guards. We know little about them except that, whether rich or poor, all were equally willing to give everything else up rather than reject Christ. Their courage is a model for us to stand by our belief even in the face of opposition or threats, and to trust both ourselves and our children into the care of Jesus. Their feast is March 6.

Spring Forward – With Shoulder To Shoulder!

Spring Forward is right around the corner (turning the clocks forward an hour is early morning on March 8)  and Shoulder to Shoulder would like to help with the transition to daylight saving time.  On Saturday, March 7 our team of dedicated volunteers are able to help you (or family members) with:

  • replacing (or even installing) smoke detector batteries
  • replacing light bulbs
  • resetting clocks
  • general tasks in/around the house/yard

WHAT:                  Spring Forward Fix it Day

WHEN:                  Saturday, March 7, 9AM-3PM

WHY:                     Keeping in touch keeps everyone closer together

SIGN UP:              Contact Shoulder to Shoulder, via email:, or via the Parish Office, 206-935-8353

Interesting in volunteering? We are planning on two sessions for March 7, 9AM to 1200PM  and 1200-300PM, and could use your help for one, or even both, of the sessions.    Is your 7th or 8th grader, or high school student in need of  service hours?  This is a great chance to earn a handful and stay connected to the Gator Congregation (honestly, a group of gators is called a congregation). Sign up to be a Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer on or by sending email to

The 2020 Lenten Season Begins On Ash Wednesday, February 26.

During Lent, the Church begins a special journey, one that follows the path of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We recall his terrible death on the cross. We remember that his suffering and death were great acts of love and forgiveness. We finish our journey as we celebrate His glorious Resurrection on Easter Sunday (Journey of Faith for Children on Lent).

Holy Rosary Parish in collaboration with Children’s Ministry will journey towards the fruitful observance of the season by hosting a parish wide Lenten Gathering on Sunday, March 1st after the 8:30 & 10:30 AM Masses. We are going to learn and explore the season of Lent by making crafts and projects designed for all ages.  Please come, bring your family and friends to this momentous event!

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


Providence Mount St. Vincent Essay Contest Offers Cash Awards 

Seattle, Wash. (Feb. 14, 2020): Providence Mount St. Vincent is offering cash awards to winners of a new essay contest open to parents and graduates of its internationally recognized Intergenerational Learning Center (ILC). The Mount is offering $1,000 first place awards and $250 second and third place awards in four age categories. Essays are due by Feb. 28, 2020.  

Writers should submit an essay of no more than 500 words about how their experience at the ILC shows up in their life, or their child’s life today. Complete the entry form, found online at, and mail or email the completed form and essay to: or Ann Martin, Providence Mount St. Vincent, 4831 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA. 98126

A Child Becomes Summer Camps

Check out the 6 sessions of Summer Camps being offered this year. Don’t wait! Sessions fill up quickly.

Finding Peace at the End of Life

Catholic Perspective on Dying – The Holy Rosary Voices for Life ministry group is hosting a presentation addressing end of life issues from a Catholic perspective. Whether you are thinking of your own end of life care, or that of a loved one, feel free to bring questions.  Our speakers, Cathy Nilon and Pam Sipos, are dedicated workers in this field at Providence Mount St. Vincent, and Cory Baker is a chaplain at the University of Washington Medical Center.  Tuesday, March 10, 6:15-8:00 PM. (program begins at 6:30PM). Questions? 

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