Family Communication 03/12/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

I know these days are challenging and uncertain and we will do our best to keep you informed as things change.  On Monday, we will begin online and at-home learning options for kids. This will look different for different grade levels.  Look for specific directions to come out from staff on Monday.  

Additionally, on Sunday, I will email families with tips for a successful online learning experience.  Please know that we simply do not have all of the answers at this point in time, but will make all efforts to keep you informed as information changes/becomes available.  If you were not able to make it to school today and need to pick up materials, I will be in the building tomorrow as well.  You may also contact me directly to arrange an additional pick up time.

Please remember that all activities are cancelled at this time- this includes, but is not limited to dance, CYO, sacramental preparation, RCIA,  Parents Club, and Mass.

In these coming days, let us continue to turn towards Christ for care and comfort.

In Christ, 



I know that for many of you today is a challenging day.  So was yesterday, and these weeks gone by.  Know that during this time of social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, with schools closed, all public Masses being cancelled, and events and programs postponed, it is important now more than ever that we work harder to maintain the bonds of unity and love as we can.  Know that the staff and I are still here for you, and that the church remains open as a place of prayer.  Stay tuned for more information about a livestreamed Mass this weekend.  Please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you.  For more information, I would invite you to read my letter that was sent out last night if you haven’t had a chance to do so yet. 

In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


Hello Holy Rosary Families,

I know that this has been an incredibly stressful time for our close and wider community. I wanted to let you know that during school hours I will be available for conference calls and email. I am hoping that during this time, although physically separated, we stay connected to our community, and support each other in any way we can! Please know that I am thinking of your children, I will miss them, and am here for support should you need it. 

Please send me an email to coordinate: 


  • April 10th – Noon Dismissal, Good Friday
  • April 13th-17th – Easter Break
  • May 9th – Auction


Overdue Library Books

Please do your best to keep track of any books that have been borrowed from the school library. They may be returned when school reopens. All fines have been suspended at this time.

Ambassador Families For 2020/21

Volunteer and help welcome New Families to Holy Rosary School! Need families in all grades! Earn some volunteer hours during the summer for 2020/21. Details can be found here.


No Lunches Of Love This Week

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. 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

Due to the venue closing, the AUCTION has been postponed to May 9th!  We are just as bummed as you.  The committee was ready and had a fantastic party planned, but don’t worry May 9th will be just as great.  Hopefully those unable to join in March will be available in May to attend our largest fundraiser.   Appreciate your flexibility in this unprecedented time.

Questions Answered:

  1. Is the auction being rescheduled?

Yes, the new date is MAY 9th.

  1. I already bought my tickets, what now?

All tickets will be automatically converted to the new date. 

  1. I can’t make the new date, what are my options?

Your ticket purchase can easily be converted into a Fund A Need and a donation receipt  will be provided or we can refund your form of payment. Contact Beth asap.

  1. The new date works for me may I purchase tickets?

You bet, please purchase here:

  1. What about the items?

The auction committee will reach out to donors with expiration dates that are within a month of the new auction date of May 9.

  1. What about the vendors?

All vendors have been notified and working on reconfirming for the new date.

  1. I signed up to volunteer do I need to sign up again?

No, you are all set for May 9th.  We appreciate the assistance!

  1. I have a conflict with the new date, how do I cancel my volunteer shift?

Contact Beth Martin (

Online Auction: Pick up your items in the main office.


Holy Rosary Parish CYO Track & Field

Holy Rosary Parish CYO Track and Field registration is now open for Parish girls and boys in 4th-8th grade.  Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:45pm-7:15pm at Hiawatha Track. First practice is Tuesday, March 31. For questions, please email Head Coach, Larry Swegle at We are looking forward to another great season!  

To register, please click on this link and scroll down to where you see Track & Field, then click on Enroll:

Don’t forget to select if your child  needs a new Track t-shirt and select appropriate size.

Meet dates:

  • Preliminary: Saturday, May 2, 2020 @ 10:00am or 2:30pm
  • Relay: Saturday, May 9, 2020 @ 10:00am or 3:00pm
  • Qualifying: Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ 10:00am or 3:00pm 
  • 8th Grade Pentathlon: Sunday, May 17, 2020 @ 12:30pm 
  • Championship: Saturday, May 30, 2020 @ 10:00am (Individuals  & All-Comers) & Championship Meet 12:00pm
  • Track Barbecue: Date TBD but most likely Monday, June 1, Lincoln Park


Summer Art Camp For 5-8th Graders!

Calling incoming 5th-8th graders! Spend a 3-day creative-filled time (June 15th-17th) with Mrs. Helling for an incredible art camp!  Stimulate your brain with inventive 2D and 3D art projects.  More information 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!

Lake Samish Music Camp

An incredible opportunity for music students to participate in an inclusive, rigorous, and fun summer camp experience.  Our focus is on improving each camper’s skills as a musician and performer in an inspiring environment. Now in its tenth year, LSMC is an overnight camp where students participate in small and large ensembles and have individualized instruction on their primary instrument by highly qualified instructors.  In addition, the camp experience is unmatched in the Northwest with all of the unique adventures that Lake Samish has to offer, including water and nature activities. With an excellent lineup of music staffers, we are excited to welcome students who are ready to learn.  This camp is aimed at students who will be starting their second year of study on their instrument and entering 6th through 12th grade. See our website for more information.


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 31. Our topic will be “Why is Jesus’s Crucifixion so important?”

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. Patrick. Little is known for certain about St. Patrick, except that he was born in Britain in the fifth century, and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped, became a priest, and returned to Ireland to become the island’s first Bishop. He has since become a patron, not only of Ireland and Irish people, but also of those impacted by human trafficking, and of reconciliation with enemies. While donning the green this year, we can also follow his example by listening to those who oppose us, and by speaking Christ’s love to them in a way that genuinely answers the cry of their hearts. His feast is March 17.

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


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!