Family Communication 04/09/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
I hope this message finds you all well on this Holy Thursday, as we enter the Sacred Triduum.  I am looking forward to our remote Faith Family activity this afternoon.  I hope you are able to join us!
As we return from Spring Break, we will enter the next phase of our remote learning.  It is our sincere hope to provide each student with high quality remote learning.  We know that families have varying needs at home, and we know there will be no perfect fit for everyone.  But we are making all efforts to continue refining our remote program to better serve you.  In this light, we’re asking for feedback from families to guide us in our next steps.  I encourage you to participate in this brief survey in the coming days if you have a moment.  Also, if your family finds itself in unexpected financial hardship and you’re worrying about paying tuition for the remainder of this year or next, please reach out to me to discuss financial aid options.  
Each day in this Triduum brings us one step closer to Easter, and I think we all need the risen Christ more than ever this year!  
On behalf of the Holy Rosary School Staff, we wish you all the peace, comfort and love only the risen Christ can bring.  We hope you have a very blessed Easter and that you will enjoy this message from us to you!
In Christ, 
Anna and the Holy Rosary School Staff


Today begins the Sacred Triduum, as we journey with Jesus through His Passion and Death to the Glorious Resurrection.  Very often, we want to skip over the first part.  We don’t want the suffering or sacrifice – for Jesus, or us.  We just want Easter – without Good Friday, and Lent, for that matter.  It was a problem even in the time of Jesus, as there were always those who tried to get Jesus to flee the Cross – from Simon Peter, to the thief who hung next to Him.  But He didn’t. 
In His own life, we see this struggle.  “Lord, let this cup pass me,” he prayed on the night before He died, “but not my will, but yours be done.”  That is the hard part.  Not my will….  Which means we follow where we do not want to go, just as He did.  That includes the desert, and it includes the Cross.  There is suffering in this world.  There wasn’t always – God gave us a garden Paradise, it was we who chose to leave.  So given that there is suffering in this world, Jesus wants to help us conquer it.  He comes to give us His light to banish the darkness.  He comes to fill us with His love, to banish the loneliness, the isolation, the fear and anxiety.  He comes to call us to new life when we are in the tomb, if we but choose to live with Him always.
These three days we commemorate the one saving action of Christ – which means that we don’t just get to skip ahead to the end.  There is no fast-forward option – for Jesus, or us.  But that is actually a good thing – because it allows us to find redemption not just in spite of our sufferings and sacrifices, but also through them – if we but journey with Jesus to Calvary.
While our commemorations this year will be different since we cant gather together, I would still invite you to truly enter into the celebration of these mysteries at home.  We have some great information in our bulletin from April 5th for individuals of all ages, and more will be coming in tomorrow’s edition for Easter Sunday.  Be sure and check out our online bulletins if you haven’t seen them already, and join us for our LiveStream Liturgies on our Parish Facebook page:
Holy Thursday – 7PM
Good Friday – 3PM
Easter Vigil – 8:30PM (with blessing of Paschal Candle and extended readings)
Easter Sunday – 9AM
You have been in my heart and prayers during these weeks.  My prayer for you this coming Easter is that you be victorious with Christ – triumphing over the world with the joy of new life.
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


Wow Parents! Ok….quick recap: we all just collectively found out this week that we will not be going back to school this year. Insert (deep breath). I imagine this was met anywhere from crying, to a stunned acceptance that this is really happening, and then coming back around to what we can be grateful for anyway. Ok, maybe not everyone will be at the gratitude part yet, but I trust we will get there. We all will for our kids. 
Our kids are not going to be ruined through this experience. Even on your darkest day, your kids know that you care about them. One thing I learned about kids really quickly when I became a counselor, was that they always believe in their parents and families. They are resilient and more forgiving than they ever get credit for. 
For some of you right now you feel like nothing is 100%. Your job, parenting, homeschool, marriage, or even your house. You are not alone. Most of us are feeling these things somewhere on the scale, and I believe that when this is over, and it will end… that as a community we will be stronger, not weaker. Adversity breeds strength, not weakness.
You are doing GREAT. Your kids can learn true values right now. Family, community, taking care of one another, appreciating what they have now, and what we will have again. Faith. This is not forever, and this generation of kids is going to be much more resourceful than they would have been before. I wouldn’t be surprised if as a family we support them more than ever with whatever they want to do in the future- and with a lot more fan fare! HA! 
After Springbreak I will be sending out some “go-to” parenting tips, and other resources. Happy Easter and enjoy your week off of school! Visit Ms. Mudge’s page for some musical inspiration this weekend!
Selena Borne ~School Counselor



During this time out of school, we still would like to continue our work as Missionary Disciples by supporting our students in Uganda.  If you are able, consider making a donation ($1/child/month, or perhaps consider making your donation for the remainder of the year) through the parish giving portal, OSV.  Visit the Holy Rosary Parish site ( click on “online giving.”  If you don’t have an account, you will have to create one.  You can then make a one time gift to the Daughters of Mary.

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.


Outreach Opportunity with Quail Park Memory Care Residents

Residents of nursing homes all over the world are having limited or no visitors to ensure their health and wellbeing.  This can be challenging for these older people to not see family/friends.  HRS has a nice relationship with residents of Quail Park memory care facility.  Leadership students made weekly visits during 1st and 2nd trimester, and they developed wonderful relationships with the residents there.  These visits became many residents’ favorite part of the week!  It was truly heartwarming to see.  
Nicole Painter, Life Engagement Director at Quail Park, reached out to me to see if our HRS students (K-8) would want to send a letter to help spread joy and cheer.  Our leadership kids wrote letters since we were not able to visit on our last day, and Nicole said that these letters meant so much to the residents.  She’d love to be able to give these letters out again!  
What you could include in the letter:

  1. A colorful and cheery front of the card
  2. A greeting (Nicole will distribute the cards) “Dear QP resident”
  3. A few things about you: grade, what you’re learning in school, favorite color/holiday/food/school subject/etc.
  4. A couple of questions for the QP resident: What’s your favorite holiday/food/color/song/book/movie/season?
  5. Your first name only and grade (or you can just write HRS 4th grader or HRS student)

How to send:

  • Please make this your return address:

Ms. Horton, Principal’s Office
Holy Rosary School
4142 42nd Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

  • Please send the cards here:

Nicole Painter
Life Engagement Director
4515 41st Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98116

If you do this, I would love for you to email me a picture of your card or your child and the card.  There are 24 current residents, and it would be awesome if each and every resident got a card.  
Thanks for considering.  I always appreciate the kind and thoughtful hearts of our students at HRS.  These QP residents saw this each week with our wonderful leadership students!

Volunteer Hours for 2019/20

School Commission will review the topic of volunteer hours for 2019/20.  During this time, it would be helpful to submit your volunteer hours completed so far for the year. You can do that here.  Thank you!


Auction Going Online

ALOHA!  Everyone needs an escape about now, even if it’s just a virtual one. Imagine palm trees swaying in the wind, a ukulele being strummed in the background and the smell of Plumeria in the air. Holy Rosary can transport you, at least virtually, to Hawaii for 3 hours on Saturday, April 25.

Due to school being cancelled for the remainder of the year, Holy Rosary School’s largest fundraiser, our annual auction, needs to be moved all ONLINE.  The great news is you don’t need a ticket to participate.  EVERYONE IS INVITED! On Thursday, April 23 over 100 items that would’ve been in the Silent Auction will be up for bid through Sunday, April 26. The Live Auction will take place over a three-hour period on the evening of Saturday, April 25.

Additional information will come out over the next few weeks leading up to the start of the online auction.

If you signed up to volunteer at the auction, please enter those hours in the volunteer portal as you would’ve before. Add a note in the description: auction moved online per Beth Martin. We appreciate the commitment you made to volunteer!

In the meantime, if you have questions regarding your Fund A Need or ticket sales please email Beth Martin at

Amazon Shopping Portal

A lot of us are ordering online these days, please shop through the school’s smile program link.  Bookmark on your browser: 0.5% of your purchase price will be directed to HRS.

Italian Dinner Chair Needed

The Italian Dinner has been chaired the last 2 years by a family that is graduating this year.  Thank you to the Volpone Family for their efforts!  We are looking for a new chair for this fundraising event.  Support from the past chair is available.  The event has traditionally been held in October, but may be moved to February.  Please contact if interested in hearing more information about this role.  We ask anyone who is interested to let us know by April 15th.  After April 15th, if there is not any interest, we will sunset this event for next school year.  We hope we can continue the tradition!

Holy Rosary Golf Classic

Along with all of you, we are carefully watching the updates on Shelter-in-Place policies in Seattle and across the state. Currently, West Seattle Golf Course is closed as it not deem as an essential business. We have been in communication with the Golf Pro and have committed to making a decision about our date 2 weeks prior. We will send a broader update after Monday, May 4th which is also the current Shelter-in-Place end date (subject to change). While we technically have an open registration site available, it would be easier to wait until we have a solid plan to begin that process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at Stay well and safe!


Spring Session Online Coding With Kids

Both courses will be held online Thursdays from 3:10-4:10 and will run April 16 – May 28. The 7-week session is $154 and will be charged to your FACTS account. Registration is through the Coding With Kids website below.

Visit Coding with Kids website here. Download information sheet here. Questions? Email Coding with Kids at

Little Coders – Grades K-2 (Requires parent to help the child with the technology)

Get them started early! The Little Coders class provides young students with the basics of computational thinking skills, such as loops and conditionals, through a fun blend of hands-on activities. The curriculum is built specifically for this age group, with a mix of activities from coding puzzles and board games to easy-to-use, drag-and-drop programming tools. Projects are updated each session, so returning students will have new challenges to work through and advance their knowledge. Register here.

Animation Maker / Beginner – Grades 3-6

Enter the world of movie and game animations! Students will learn the core skills of creating simple animated movies, creating 2D and 3D characters and animating those. Take your learning beyond stop-motion animation with real animation design tools. You will get to create real computer graphics and build animations like the pros! Register here.

CYO Athletics Update

CYO Athletics will cancel the spring sports season, based on the latest recommendation from the CDC to limit events and activities for the next 8 weeks. This includes:

  • 5-8 Baseball season is cancelled.
  • 4-8 Track and Field season is cancelled.
  • 3rd Grade Girls Basketball season is cancelled.
  • Coed HS Volleyball season is cancelled.

If you have questions or need more information please contact Jeanne Flohr, CYO Athletic Director for Holy Rosary


Holy Rosary Summer Camps – Cancelled

Unfortunately, Holy Rosary Summer Camps have been cancelled. For those who have already signed up, you have not been billed.

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.


Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday on April 19

To help you celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, we have provided links for crafts, Divine Mercy Chaplet booklets, and links to learn more about Christ’s message of mercy and love. 

Every year, the Church celebrates on the 2nd Sunday of Easter, the Sunday of Divine Mercy. This year, the Sunday of Divine Mercy falls on April 19, 2020. Divine Mercy  Sunday is relatively new in our Church history.  In fact, the Vatican decreed on May 5, 2000, that the Second Sunday of Easter would from that day forth be known as the Sunday of Divine Mercy. 

During the 1930’s Jesus appeared to a humble Polish nun, whom we know as St. Maria Faustina Kowalska on 14 occasions. Jesus asked her to paint an image of Him with the red and blue rays pouring out of his heart like the image shown here.  This image of Jesus was to be a reminder of God’s love and mercy.  Jesus also encouraged Sr. Faustina to write everything down in her diary and taught her the prayer that we know as today, the Divine Mercy Chaplet. On Divine Mercy Sunday, we can reflect upon the completeness of the Paschal Mystery–Christ’s Passion, death, Resurrection and Ascension.  Thru Jesus, God gave us forgiveness of sins, mercy and love, an absolute and infinite gift.  

The best way to truly celebrate this devotion is to understand it yourself, so let’s take a quick look at the overview of Divine Mercy Sunday.

  • The image of Jesus has a red ray and a blue ray coming out of his heart. One symbolizes water, and one symbolizes blood.
  • Faustina is the one that had the apparition of Divine Mercy Jesus.
  • Pope John Paul II is the pope that canonized St. Faustina and instituted Divine Mercy Sunday. So he is also associated with the day.
  • When Jesus appeared to St. Faustina, he came with the message “Jesus, I Trust In You”.
  • Faustina kept a diary where she wrote a lot about Divine Mercy, and it is often referred to in reference of the image. 
  • The “Divine Mercy Chaplet” is a prayer that can be prayed using a rosary, but is shorter and prays much faster. You can find directions for praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet here
  • It’s traditional to pray a Divine Mercy novena, which starts on Good Friday and ends on Divine Mercy Sunday. 

To learn more about the Divine Mercy Chaplet, click here:
Divine Mercy Chaplet Mini book for Children
Divine Mercy Novena Counter
Divine Mercy Jesus Paper craft
St. Pope John Paul II coloring sheet
Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet booklet
Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayers

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. We’re celebrating the Passion and Resurrection of Christ, so let’s look at St. Peter, head of the Apostles. St. Peter swears he will never deny Jesus mere hours before denying him repeatedly. He cowers and hides during the crucifixion, but also races to the empty tomb on Easter morning. He’s the patron saint of turning everything up to eleven. At this time, when so much is uncertain and patience is running thin, St. Peter can remind us to calm down, to listen before acting… and to ask forgiveness when we do act or speak impulsively. We will celebrate his feast (along with fellow hothead St. Paul) on June 29.

Totus Tuus is Cancelled 

Due to COVID-19, the Diocese of Portland will be postponing Totus Tuus to the Summer of 2021, therefore Holy Rosary will be cancelling the 2020 Totus Tuus summer program. Holy Rosary hopes to offer this program in the Summer of 2021 and will have more information on our website come Winter of 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Bridget Bicek at

Free Online Resource for Parents and Kids–FORMED

FORMED is like Amazon Prime for Catholic content! Find videos, audiobooks and podcasts, ebooks, and other inspiring content!
Find daily Lenten reflections, video series on Confession or the Eucharist, or stories of the saints. There are options for adults, kids, or the whole family!
Formed is FREE to Holy Rosary parishioners! If you haven’t signed up for Formed, follow these steps:

  1. Go to in any web browser
  2. Click the “Sign Up” button in the middle of the screen
  3. Click the “I belong to a Parish or Organization” button
  4. Search for Holy Rosary Seattle or 98116, then click on “Holy Rosary 4139 42nd Ave SW Seattle WA” to select our parish; click the “Next” button
  5. Enter your name and email address in the boxes; click the “Sign Up” button
  6. Check your email at the address you gave; you should have a message from Formed with a link to confirm your registration; click the link

This will bring you to the home page of Formed. In the future, just go to and click on the “Sign In” link for instant access.
Once you have signed up for FORMED on the website, you can also download the Formed app for your smart TV, smartphone or tablet from your app store.
This will give you access to the full range of Catholic content wherever you go!


Helping The Hungry In This Time Of Need

Catholic Community Services (CCS) has been hard at work, trying to care for many people experiencing homelessness who have no place to go. In particular, there is a great need at the day center they operate in Federal Way. They welcome up to 75 people a day, many who come for both lunch and dinner. CCS is reaching out to local parishes and schools for support. They would prefer donations of hot casseroles, although cold sandwiches are also appreciated. Meals can be brought on Tuesday mornings to St. James Cathedral, which will handle delivery. If interested, email/text/call Patrick Barredo ( | 206-619-2879).

Helping To Support Each Other

Holy Rosary Families- let’s support one another during this difficult time.  If you own a small West Seattle business that is open to serve others during this time, please send a brief description of hours and information to Kristin Bentler (  We’ll run it in our community section so we can all help support each other during this difficult time. 

The Grove West Seattle Inn & Alki Lumber

Both The Grove and Alki Lumber currently remain open as essential services during our normal business hours and we’d appreciate the support. We follow guidelines for sanitation and distancing and Alki offers will-call with curb side pick up (customers do have to sign in person for credit card purchases) and local delivery options are available. 
                                                                  Alki Lumber                                              The Grove West Seattle Inn
                                                                  M-F 6:30 to 4:30                                       206-937-9920
                                                                                                 3512 SW Alaska St.
                                                                  4422 36th Ave SW

Counseling For Children, Adults And Families

I am a licensed mental health counselor. I provide mental health counseling to children and families and adults. In response to COVID-19, and the social distancing protocols I am providing my services to patients using zoom, Skype, FaceTime.  This includes new intakes. Please note if finances are a barrier to accessing counseling services please let me know as I offer sliding scale.
Thank you,
James Bederaux-Cayne, MA, LMHC
3618 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
Office (206) 898-9366
Fax (888) 506-5242

Doyle’s Automotive Service

4607 37th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126      (206) 935-2600
We are open as automotive repair is an essential service during the stay at home. Our lobby is temporarily closed, for the safety of everyone. Our hours will be M – F, 8am – 4:30pm

  • Dropping your vehicle off: Please use the after-hours box (envelopes and pens provided, or use your own if you prefer)
  • When your vehicle is ready: We will call you to make arrangements
  • The only payment option at this time will be credit cards over the phone

Please feel free to call us with any questions: 206-935-2600. We appreciate your business; we are glad we are able to stay open during this difficult time for our customers. Please stay healthy and safe out there.
~Jon and the employees at Doyle’s automotive
Early Bird Night Owl Box Instructions:

  • Park your vehicle on the street or in front of Doyle’s (please do not block the access doors)
  • Inside the box, you will find envelopes & pens (or use your own if you prefer)
  • Follow the instructions on the envelope
  • Put your vehicle’s key in the envelope, slide the envelope thru the mail slot located in the big door

Tips for car care during Stay-At-Home Order

Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream

Add a little sweetness to your time at home with an ice cream sundae making kit!  Visit Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream Pop-Up Window at 3800 California Ave SW, on the corner of California Ave SW and Charlestown.  All kits come with ice cream and toppings to create your own masterpieces at home with your families. Thursday-Friday-Saturday 2-5pm Instagram: Shug’s Soda Fountain 
We appreciate you supporting our small family business.

The Good Society Brewery & Public House

The Good Society Brewery & Public House offering our beer in 32 oz crowlers to-go or for West Seattle delivery! We also have glassware, shirts, and gift cards.  We are open 3-7 PM Monday through Friday, 12-7 PM Saturday and Sunday.  Follow us on social media (@goodsocietybeer) or visit our website at for updates and new beers being tapped! As always, we are so very appreciative and often overwhelmed by the community support we have received.  A heartfelt thank you for that.  Let’s keep it rolling.

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop is open for To-Go Service! We serve Caffe Umbria’s coffee and organic teas for beverages as well as fresh local pastries & sandwiches! Our address is 2141 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Monday – Friday 6AM – 4PM
Weekends 7AM – 4PM
We are so grateful to our community and all the wonderful people in it who have supported us & our neighbors through this strange time. We are working extra hard to ensure that when you visit our establishment you and your families feel at home and safe. Order online for pick-up with the Joe Coffee App ( ) or text ‘coffee’ to 474747 to download the app and find our shop to get the delicious coffee that you crave without having to wait! Questions? Call us at (206) 708 1018 or visit our website

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.

Message From CYO Summer Camps

We are starting a new web page to help you.  It will have content and mock schedules for you to use with your family.  I know I am personally overwhelmed with the amount of resources I’ve been given without anyone saying this works or doesn’t work.  We’ll help sift through this for you and give content that you can use with your family.  We’ll also add new content to help you during this time period to bring camp home.  If you have ideas/video/content please send it to us so we can share it through direct message on our Facebook account.  If you don’t have Facebook please send it
Lastly at campfire we talk about the circle of family, friendship, and support.  I think this world needs more of this than ever right now.  We here for you in prayer and solidarity.
~Shaune Randles
CYO Camps Director