Dear Holy Rosary Families,
We have our fall Open House this weekend from 10-1 on Saturday. Please help to spread the word to friends and family to come visit our wonderful school! We’re also in the priority enrollment period for the 19-20 school year for siblings and parish families wishing to enter next year. All new families and new siblings seeking admission must fill out an application and you are strongly encouraged to do so by November 15. After that, we will begin reviewing applications from outside of the local school and parish community.
We continue this month of October to honor Mary, and will join together this coming Friday to pray the living Rosary at 8:35 in the church. Everyone is welcome to join us for this powerful prayer opportunity.
Finally, in continuation of my message from last week, a bit more from our staff retreat a couple of weeks ago (written again by Fr. Ron Nuzzi).
The Second Great Mystery: The Trinity
The doctrine of the Trinity maintains that our experience of God throughout history has been threefold. God has been revealed in Scripture as triune, Father, Son, and Spirit. It is this theological conviction about the oneness of God in three persons that animates the Catholic notion of community and undergirds the theology of communion. Trinity Sunday is a liturgical feast on the calendar and we affirm the Trinity every time we make the sign of the cross, perhaps the most often repeated of all Catholic prayers and practices. In addition to affirming the nature of God, the doctrine of the Trinity says something important about relationships and community. Simply stated, the doctrine of the Trinity says that God is in relationship-Father, Son, and Spirit and what it means to be God is to be in perfect relationship. God is characterized by relationship. Because of the Trinity, we come to understand that all relationships are of God. Our human relationships participate in the union of the Trinity and when such relationships are loving and healthy, draw us more deeply into the mystery of God’s love for us all. The Trinity is, therefore, the divine model for all human relationships. It is the nature of God to be in relationship and it is the nature of relationships to lead us back to God. Far from being some esoteric and effete principle of theology, the doctrine of the Trinity has practical ramifications for believers who see in every human exchange, the potential for divine significance. Relationships, all relationships, take on theological meaning for in coming to know and love others more deeply, we draw into deeper union with God.
Among the most common similes used to speak of Catholic parishes and schools is that of family. “My school is like my family,” a student will say, or “the parish family” as many pastors say. It is a helpful comparison, calling attention to the bonds of community experienced in these institutions. Some leaders even speak of building community in parishes and schools, by which they mean promoting activities and gatherings that help people feel welcome and create a certain positive affect among the group. Most people of faith understand what is meant by the family simile and readily grasp the notion that fundraisers and social events can help build this sense of community.
But from a strictly understood Trinitarian perspective, we do not build community. God has in fact already done so. Jesus established this oneness in humanity, dying to save us all and rising from the dead. We are by God’s design and doing, one human family, brothers and sisters all in Christ Jesus. The community is already built, won, and redeemed by God’s grace. When God looks at us, that is what God sees-one human family. Our meager efforts to grow closer to one another and build community must be understood for what they truly are, namely, a simple unveiling of the truth of who we really are. We never really build community. We simply come to see it, have it revealed to us, have our eyes opened and the veiled pulled back so we can see the goodness of our God and the oneness of the family. Community is who we are and the Trinity is our model, our goal. Thus, it is the doctrine of the Trinity that impels into deeper and more meaningful relationships and it is very being of God we experience in and through our human loves. The doctrine of the Trinity says relationships matter and eternally so.
On Tuesday evening of this week, I held a Listening Session on Clergy Sexual Abuse. It was attended by 22 individuals, was moderated by one of our parishioners and another took notes. I wanted to have a community conversation about an issue that is regularly discussed on the sidewalk, at coffee and donuts, in the stands at a game or at any number of parish and school gatherings. It was also important to provide a format for feedback, as requested by Archbishop Sartain, to our bishops about where we are now as individuals and as a Church, and what the future should look like. At this session the participants aired their concerns which we categorized together. Anytime an action item was mentioned, Tammy Savage, our moderator, made a note of it. At the end, these action items were posted and the participants had the opportunity to rank them. 1 — Necessary, 2 — Important, 3 — Good, 4 — Extra/Helpful.
Zero toleration policy and processes for abusers and supervisors (including bishops)
Zero retaliation against those who raise issues and process (outside ethics hotline)
External reporting investigation and accountability
Take a stand against statute of limitations of civil and criminal penalties
Structural change required for accountability
Open files proactively/Get the information out and over with
Church/Pope sincere apology, and be willing to suffer
Tell members what we can do to help people heal/stop suffering
Education (Seminarians, Youth)
Investigation in WA by Civil Attorney General
Financial restitution and means clearly communicated
Reevaluate role of women and lay people in the Church
Address public perception so that members don’t always have to defend the Church
Many of these things are a part of the larger conversation of the Church’s response to the clergy sexual abuse scandal, as we consider the original victimization and systematic failures/cover-ups that followed, as we look at healing and justice for past victims, as well as looking at present and future processes and structures and protections. It is important that we raise these concerns and ideas with members of the hierarchy and work together as one Church. But it is also important for us to look at our own parish and school community, and what we can do here, in terms of our own policies and practices and ministry. We have Safe Environment programs for a reason — because sexual abuse is a part of our wider culture, as one in five girls will be sexually abused by the time they are 18, and one in eleven boys. It is a real problem, and it is a universal problem. It is important to have good codes of conduct, to promote good boundaries, to hold one another accountable, and to report violations — small or large. I know that sometimes these trainings or background checks seem like a burden. But if we want to be serious about creating a safe environment for our children, and in our wider society, then we have to take them seriously. Thank you for helping us do that, as we realize and look for ways that we can do better – for one another, and for our children.
Parish Goal: $2.0 Million
Pledged to Date: $527,675—26% of Parish Goal Total Pledges: 74
Rebate to Parish: $79,151
Separate Donations with Corporate Matches: $44,800*
Total Parish Benefit: $123,951
*Some companies do not match religious donations, but will if it is not used for church purposes. The Archdiocese is allowing us to offer these parishioners the option of splitting their pledge, donating some directly to the campaign school projects, allowing us to take advantage of some of the company’s matching donations.
This is good news! We are on our way, with just 49 individuals and families participating thus far. Imagine where we will be if everyone participates—and how much good will be accomplished!
SCHOOL NOTES & REMINDERS
Calling all age five and under trick-or-treaters to come to Holy Rosary School on Friday, October 26 from 10:30-12! There will be a mix of candy and non-candy items given out from Holy Rosary classroom teachers. This free event is open to all preschool-aged children.
Halloween is Wednesday, October 31. The students may wear orange and black to celebrate. No face paint or costumes please.
Safe Environment Training
We will be offering Safe Environment Training in the school library on Monday, October 29 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
You’re Invited! School Commission Open Meeting November 8
The School Commission has three open meetings a year. I would like to invite anyone who is interested in learning more to attend our first open meeting on Thursday, November 8 at 6 p.m. in 7B.
Preschool And Kindergarten for 2019-20
The priority application period for our current school and parish families is now ongoing (September 15-November 15). All students entering kindergarten for 2019/20 at Holy Rosary must fill out an application for our K-8 school. If you have a new student entering our preschool (2s, 3s, or PreK), this is also the time to submit an application. There are very few available spots in our preschool 3s and PreK class; early submission is highly encouraged! Reenrollment for current students (except kindergarten) will happen in January. Our fall Open House is on Saturday, October 27 from 10-1. We have our kindergarten testing day scheduled for Friday, February 8, 2019. Any questions about the process, how to set up a tour, or our preschool through eighth grade school, contact Jennifer Kokkonis, Admissions Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- October 26 – Living Rosary, Preschool Trick-or-Treat, 10:30-12
- October 27 – Fall open house from 10-1
- November 3 – Italian dinner
- November 8 – School Commission open meeting
- November 12 – No school, Veteran’s Day (BASE closed)
- November 19-21 – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences (regular school not in session, BASE open
- November 22-23 – Thanksgiving break, no school (BASE closed)
- November 23 – Tree Lot Opens
- December 7- First Trimester Report Cards
- December 18 – Preschool Christmas Program
- December 20 – Christmas Program
- December 21 – Noon Dismissal, Christmas Break Begins
SCHOOL ACTION ITEMS
We will be celebrating the Living Rosary tomorrow with our seventh grade classes! All students need to be in Perfect Uniform. Please join us if you are available. The service begins at 8:30am.
Pirate Attire Needed For Drama Elective
As Halloween quickly approaches and you dig through your old decorations and costumes we ask that you consider donating any old pirate costumes/gear to our Holy Rosary drama elective who will be putting on a pirate play this spring. There will be a box in the front office where you can drop off / donate these items. If there are any other pirate theme decorations/items you’d like to offer but are unsure if they can be used, please email Sara Weythman at email@example.com to discuss these items. Thanks in advance for your help!
Volunteer Hours Available At Our Scholastic Fall Book Fair
We are looking for volunteers to help run our Scholastic Book Fair this fall. Volunteers will be asked to monitor book fair and process purchases during their shift. If you are interested in donating your time, please use this SignUpGenius link.
Financial Aid Applications For 2019-20
Financial aid applications for Fulcrum and school aid (one application form) are now available. Please submit your applications by January 1. Please contact Jennifer Kokkonis at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
EVENTS & FUNDRAISING
Get Your Italian Dinner Tickets Now!
Buon Appetito! Come enjoy our annual Italian Dinner on Saturday, November 3 from 6:15 – 9. It’s a family friendly event, serving a delicious Italian pasta meal with dessert. Purchase tickets here.
Interested in volunteering for the Italian Dinner? We still need help on the cleanup crew. Sign-up through the Sign-up Genius and earn fundraising hours.
Family Fun Center permission slips were emailed over the weekend. Please return to Beth at BMartin@HolyRosaryWS.org or to the main office ASAP or your child will NOT be able to attend. Extras available in the office.
TWO VOLUNTEER NEEDS
- We’re still in need of VOLUNTEERS to chaperone the Family Fun Center on November 2. Your child does not need to be attending for you to volunteer. This is a great way to get five fundraising hours. This is a special prize for individuals selling 25 subscriptions or families that reach 40 or more subscriptions sold. All volunteers will receive fundraising hours and must be Safe Environment cleared. Please sign up here to chaperone. No need to drive as we ride Kennedy High School buses to/from the Fun Center.
2. Tree Lot needs a detail oriented person to manage the sign up genius and confirm volunteers. Most of the work can be done from home. You will accumulate fundraising hours quickly with this task. Contact Beth Martin if interested.
Seeking MATCHING FUNDS! If you work for a company that matches time or money that you donate to nonprofit organizations, then please submit prior to year-end. Direct questions to Beth Martin.
The Tree Lot SignUpGenius will be published in the eFC in the coming weeks. Sign up early and often because its a great way to knock out fundraising hours in a fun and festive environment!
No extracurricular news this week.
Faith Formation At Holy Rosary Parish
Our parish offers many opportunities to grow in your faith beyond the school day. We’d like to highlight a few.
- Monday Rosary – Looking for a way to renew your Faith? Stressed and need a break? Join us for only 25 minutes to pray the rosary on Monday evenings at 7 in the Chapel! Rosaries and prayer aids provided. All are welcome!
- Inquiry is an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! A perfect preparation for RCIA or adult confirmation, or a chance to deepen your understanding of Christ and the Church. All are welcome, and no topic is off limits! We meet every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 30. Please contact Robert King at email@example.com or 206-937-1488 x203 for more info.
- Sunday Nursery During Mass – The Sunday nursery runs during 8:30 and 10:30 mass and is open to all children aged one and walking, up to kindergarten. We have wonderful paid caregivers along with student volunteers to watch and play with your children. For questions, email Deyette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Baptism for infants up to age 7 – If you are interested in having your child (infant up to age 7) baptized Catholic, please contact Deyette at email@example.com.
We also offer a variety of offerings for both children and adults! Find more information on our website (holyrosaryseattle.org/faith-formation), and in future eFC’s!
Saint Of The Week
Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week we celebrate St. Francis of Assisi. Perhaps the most famous Catholic Saint, St. Francis was the favored son of a merchant family until a mystical experience while serving in the army led him to seek to woo “Lady Poverty” and to imitate Jesus Christ as completely as he possibly could. He is known for many miracles, and is the patron of the poor, of merchants, and of those who care for our natural environment, among many others. We celebrated his feast on October 4.
Piano And Drum Lessons
Danny McMahon, who has taught lessons for over 20 years, with many Holy Rosary students as students, is looking for more students to teach on the piano and drums! Contact Danny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Washington, College of Education School Psychology Program
COUNSELING FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS – The University of Washington’s College of Education is offering free weekly therapy sessions for children and adolescents between the ages of 6-18 years old. Those experiencing anxiety, depression, attention-deficit, social skills, and behavior problems are examples of appropriate referrals, although we will assess for your individual needs. Please see this flyer for more information.
TESTING FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN – The University of Washington’s College of Education invites you and your child to participate in the school psychology graduate’s assessment testing course. The tests administered by graduate students (under the supervision of licensed psychologist/faculty), are designed to identify strengths, weaknesses, and learning disabilities that may be influencing the child’s academic performance. Please see this flyer for more information.
Seeking Vendors For Holiday Bazaar
Vendor spaces are still available for Saturday, November 17 at St. Francis of Assisi. The holidays are coming up quickly and that means the shoppers will soon be ready to shop! Looking to sell your unique art or newest craft? This is the perfect place to start selling to those early holiday shoppers! Whether you’re new to selling your wares or not, we’d love to have you at this wonderful community event. Please contact Paula Hall at 206-552-6652 or email@example.com to reserve your space today! Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi, 15216 21stAve. SW, Burien, WA 98166.
Ingraham High School Open House For Private School Families
Ingraham High School is holding a general information night in its library on November 7 at 7 p.m. It’s open to parents and students new to the Seattle Public Schools. Ingraham staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs, and student life at Ingraham. More information is posted on the Ingraham High School website.