Family Communication 02/27/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

We’re excited to say the online auction is launching today!  In this online auction, you will find a wealth of exciting items, along with the Fund-A-Need for this school year, Safety and Security updates for our campus.  Please see the online auction or the auction catalog to come to learn more. 

This year we are also resurrecting the “Fund-A-School” as part of our auction to benefit Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School.  Both will be featured in the online auction and the live auction.  

Just 4 miles south of us, Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School, also has a long history serving families in our community.  The community does not have the same financial resources that we are blessed with.  For years HRS collected funds to support Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School, and we are excited to do so once again. Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School is at a crossroads. Their enrollment has nearly doubled in four years and they are on their way to being financially stable. However, like our school, their building is over 100 years old.  While we have been able to raise funds, with your assistance, to maintain our building Holy Family has not had this luxury. 

We have learned that Holy Family has been the recipient of a very large grant from Shea Homes Charities. This grant of labor and materials is expected to exceed $1,000,000! In order to commence work, Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School needs to raise 5% of the total cost.  While $50,000 seems like an attainable goal for our community, Holy Family has shared this will be a challenge.

This is a great opportunity for us to help a Catholic neighbor in need and support the mission of Christ and His Church.  For every $1000 we raise Holy Family School will receive $20,000 in grant funding.  Talk about a great ROI!!!

All contributions are tax deductible. We are immensely thankful for your support and contributions to Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School.

Thank you for your continued generosity and support of both HRS and Holy Family!

In Christ, 



Lent:  Day 2
So how is it going?  Did you start well?  Did Lent catch you by surprise?  Ready or not – it is here.  The only question is whether or not it will be a fruitful season in your life and in your family?  God has done His part – through the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He has sacrificed for you.  What sacrifices will you make for Him?  The only way to share in the glory of the Resurrection is to also share in the journey to the Cross.
Here is a great website with LOTS of ideas for celebrating Lent with your children to help them get the most out of this season.
Here is a printout you can put in your home to inspire all of the members of your family to live in love and sacrifice together.
May you all have a blessed Lent.  And for further inspiration, after the jump to the full EFC, find Pope Francis’ homily from Ash Wednesday.
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland

Pope Francis’ Ash Wednesday Homily
We begin the Lenten Season by receiving ashes: “You are dust, and to dust you shall return (cf. Gen 3:19). The dust sprinkled on our heads brings us back to earth; it reminds us that we are dust and to dust we shall return. We are weak, frail and mortal. Centuries and millennia pass and we come and go; before the immensity of galaxies and space, we are nothing. We are dust in the universe. Yet we are dust loved by God. It pleased the Lord to gather that dust in his hands and to breathe into it the breath of life (cf. Gen 2:7). We are thus a dust that is precious, destined for eternal life. We are the dust of the earth, upon which God has poured out his heaven, the dust that contains his dreams. We are God’s hope, his treasure and his glory.
Ashes are thus a reminder of the direction of our existence: a passage from dust to life. We are dust, earth, clay, but if we allow ourselves to be shaped by the hands of God, we become something wondrous. More often than not, though, especially at times of difficulty and loneliness, we only see our dust! But the Lord encourages us: in his eyes, our littleness is of infinite value. So let us take heart: we were born to be loved; we were born to be children of God.
Dear brothers and sisters, may we keep this in mind as we begin this Lenten season. For Lent is not a time for useless sermons, but for recognizing that our lowly ashes are loved by God. It is a time of grace, a time for letting God gaze upon us with love and in this way change our lives. We were put in this world to go from ashes to life. So let us not turn our hopes and God’s dream for us into powder and ashes. Let us not grow resigned. You may ask: “How can I trust? The world is falling to pieces, fear is growing, there is so much malice all around us, society is becoming less and less Christian…” Don’t you believe that God can transform our dust into glory?
The ashes we receive on our foreheads should affect the thoughts passing through our minds. They remind us that, as God’s children, we cannot spend our lives chasing after dust. From there a question can pass into our hearts: “What am I living for?” If it is for the fleeting realities of this world, I am going back to ashes and dust, rejecting what God has done in my life. If I live only to earn money, to have a good time, to gain a bit of prestige or a promotion in my work, I am living for dust. If I am unhappy with life because I think I do not get enough respect or receive what I think is my due, then I am simply staring at dust.
That is not why we have been put in this world. We are worth so much more. We live for so much more, for we are meant to make God’s dream a reality and to love. Ashes are sprinkled on our heads so that the fire of love can be kindled in our hearts. We are citizens of heaven, and our love for God and neighbour is our passport to heaven. Our earthly possessions will prove useless, dust that scatters, but the love we share – in our families, at work, in the Church and in the world – will save us, for it will endure forever.
The ashes we receive remind us of a second and opposite passage: from life to dust. All around us, we see the dust of death. Lives reduced to ashes. Rubble, destruction, war. The lives of unwelcomed innocents, the lives of the excluded poor, the lives of the abandoned elderly. We continue to destroy ourselves, to return to ashes and dust. And how much dust there is in our relationships! Look at our homes and families: our quarrels, our inability to resolve conflicts, our unwillingness to apologize, to forgive, to start over, while at the same time insisting on our own freedom and our rights! All this dust that besmirches our love and mars our life. Even in the Church, the house of God, we have let so much dust collect, the dust of worldliness.
Let us look inside, into our hearts: how many times do we extinguish the fire of God with the ashes of hypocrisy! Hypocrisy is the filth that Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel that we have to remove. Indeed, the Lord tells us not only to carry out works of charity, to pray and to fast, but also to do these without pretense, duplicity and hypocrisy (cf. Mt 6:2.5.16). Yet how often do we do things only to be recognized, to look good, to satisfy our ego! How often do we profess to be Christians, yet in our hearts readily yield to passions that enslave us! How often do we preach one thing and practice another! How many times do we make ourselves look good on the outside while nursing grudges within! How much duplicity do we have in our hearts… All this is dust that besmirches, ashes that extinguish the fire of love.
We need to be cleansed of all the dust that has sullied our hearts. How? The urgent summons of Saint Paul in today’s second reading can help us. Paul says: “Be reconciled to God!” He does not simply ask; he begs: “We beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20). We would have said: “Reconcile yourselves with God!” But no, Paul uses passive form: Be reconciled! Holiness is not achieved by our efforts, for it is grace! By ourselves, we cannot remove the dust that sullies our hearts. Only Jesus, who knows and loves our heart, can heal it. Lent is a time of healing.
What, then, are we to do? In journeying towards Easter, we can make two passages: first, from dust to life, from our fragile humanity to the humanity of Jesus, who heals us. We can halt in contemplation before the crucified Lord and repeat: “Jesus, you love me, transform me… Jesus, you love me, transform me…” And once we have received his love, once we have wept at the thought of that love, we can make the second passage, by determining never to fall again from life into dust. We can receive God’s forgiveness in the sacrament of Penance, because there the fire of God’s love consumes the ashes of our sin. The embrace of the Father in confession renews us from inside and purifies our heart. May we allow ourselves to be reconciled, in order to live as beloved children, as forgiven and healed sinners, as wayfarers with him at our side.
Let us allow ourselves to be loved, so that we can give love in return. Let us allow ourselves to stand up and walk towards Easter. Then we will experience the joy of discovering how God raises us up from our ashes.


A Message from Father Oakland and Anna Horton

Update on Kennedy Catholic

Many of our families have asked about the events at Kennedy Catholic.  Please find attached a letter from Archbishop Etienne to the Kennedy Catholic HS community, which impacts us indirectly as well as directly as he lays out some future plans.  Let us continue to pray for the KCHS family and our wider community.  In a time of confusion, of sadness, of anger, of doubt, of division, of fear – as the Prophet Joel reminds us in the readings this week- of our only truth path forward:  “Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart.”

Kennedy Response Letter



  • March 13th – No School, Deanery Curriculum Day
  • March 14th – Auction
  • March 18th – Parents Club Meeting, 6:30pm
  • March 20th – Noon Dismissal, 2nd Trimester Report Cards
  • April 10th – Noon Dismissal, Good Friday
  • April 13th-17th – Easter Break


8th Grade Pizza Lunch!

Yum yum! Tomorrow is 8th Grade Pizza Lunch!


Favorite Book Character Dress Up Day – Monday, March 2, 2019

In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, Read Across America, and the celebration of literacy we will dress up as our favorite book characters on Monday, March 2.  Which book character is your favorite?  It can be as simple as a shirt, a wacky hairdo, or you can go big and organize your friends to be all the characters from one book.  Be creative, and share your spirit for reading with our Holy Rosary Community!

Re-Enrollment Class Competition

Congratulations to 1B for being the first class to complete re-enrollment! Your free dress pass will be going home today.


Brown Bag Fridays For St. Martin de Porres Men’s Shelter 

Every year, as part of our Lenten Outreach, Holy Rosary School has provided lunches to the men at St. Martin de Porres shelter. Students are asked to help pack and bring a lunch along with an additional item on designated Fridays during Lent. 

These lunches can be kept cold, so perishable food is fine.

**If you are interested in driving a few students to deliver the lunches one Friday in Lent, please contact Kristin Bentler in the school office.

Please note the collection dates below. It is most helpful if the additional items are kept separate from the lunches. 

Fri. Feb.  28 – Lunches only

Fri. March 6 – Lunches + additional Items:

– Last name A-M men’s gloves

– Last name N-Z men’s socks

Fri. March 27 – Lunches only

Fri. April 3 – Lunches + additional Items:

– Last name A-M: disposable razors and travel size shaving cream

– Last name N-Z: travel size toothbrush and toothpaste


Auction Update

Volunteers: The AUCTION VOLUNTEER sign up genius is live.  This is a huge volunteer event.  We NEED volunteers!

Purchase your tickets here.  If interested in ordering a real flower lei, then you must do so by March 3.  Leis will be available at auction check-in. Order when you purchase your tickets.

The ONLINE AUCTION is NOW OPEN. There are tons of fabulous items.  View the auction here and get your bids in!

Key Dates:

February 27: Online Auction Opens

March 1: Online Auction Closes at 10pm

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!

Bingo Bash

Thanks to the teachers for an excellent Bingo Bash! Over 300 students attended and the event raised over $9000! 


HRS Summer Camps!

This summer we have 4 camp offerings being held at Holy Rosary School.  Two options for entering PreKindergarten and Kindergarten grades.  One option for Grades 1st-4th and one option for 5-8th grade.  Registration is available first to current 2019/20 Holy Rosary School families.  More information and the registration form can be found here.

A Child Becomes Summer Camps

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

CYO Summer Camp Registration Is Open Now

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


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:

  • Formed – Formed is like Amazon Prime for Catholic content! Find videos, ebooks, audiobooks, and whole study programs at If you don’t have an account yet, click “Sign Up” and then click “I belong to a Parish or Organization”; you can then find Holy Rosary Seattle and register for free. This Lent, we recommend two programs in particular: or
  • 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 things 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 St. Katherine Drexel. Raised in a wealthy Pennsylvania family, Katherine always wanted to use her money to help those in need. As an adult in the 1890s, she wanted to support a Catholic mission to those most disadvantaged in the U.S., particularly Native Americans and African Americans. At the Pope’s suggestion, she founded a religious order for that purpose, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Those of us who are blessed with material wealth can follow her example by using our money and other resources for the good of those less privileged. Her feast is March 3.

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 lightbulbs
  • 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 began on Ash Wednesday, February 26th.

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: 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

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