Family Communication 11/19/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
This will be our last eFC message prior to Thanksgiving, and we will soon be in December!  
I find myself sometimes getting caught up in all that 2020 has taken from us, and all that I (we) continue to struggle with during this time.   I know there is a huge sense of adjustment to this new normal that continues to go on, and a bit of grieving with what has been lost.  And it is important to acknowledge that these feelings are real and that they do matter.
But as I came into work yesterday morning, I heard something on the radio that gave me pause, and made me think a little differently about some of the challenges of these days.  As I was going about my morning routine, I had the radio on during my quick drive to school on a wet November morning.  I had other things on my mind and admittedly was only partly listening, when I heard this statement: “instead of thinking of all that you have lost in 2020, think of all that has been given to you.”  And I paused, listened more and thought, OK, what has this year given?  Well, the commercial, which was actually an advertisement for decluttering and hauling away junk, was making the statement that 2020 has reminded us to focus on people and not on stuff.   Time with people, renewed relationships with people, taking the time to talk to and be present (remotely) with people.  It is so true- these connections and our relationships matter so much right now.  
With joy, we welcomed our 8th graders on campus for Mass yesterday and a short retreat to follow in the church.   I am grateful for the time we were able to spend with them.  It was time spent focused on relationships and community. I look forward to seeing more students, hopefully soon, on campus.  I am grateful for every one of our wonderful students, for our school families, for our staff, and for our entire Holy Rosary Community and am focusing on that during this time of Thanksgiving.  Each of you matter so much to our Holy Rosary family.  With a renewed focus in my heart of what really matters, I thank God for the blessing of each one of you.  
May the peace of Christ be with you all, these days and always, 


COVID-19 has given us all an opportunity to reflect upon our lives, to call to mind the blessings which we have, the blessings which we are missing, and the blessings we have neglected or cast aside.  One of our blessings is the gift of our parish community, as we journey with one another and share in the goodness of life, and as we continue the work of our Lord on our way to Heaven.  None of this happens on its own, but because of our parishioners sharing their own gifts – including their time, talent and treasure.  

Holy Rosary Parish is asking our parishioners to prayerfully reflect on their financial support for the year ahead.  Just as we look for where the Lord is in every aspect of our lives, where is He in our budget?  Parishioners should have received a letter in the mail last week with a pledge card, which can also be filled out online.  The Scriptures remind us often of tithing, giving 10% of the first fruits to the Lord as a sacrificial offering.  Generosity may look the same for everyone, but the amounts may differ.  Parish families are eligible for a discounted tuition level in recognition of their support of Holy Rosary Parish, which funds part of school operations.  The minimum giving level is $1,080, or $90 per month.  The Lord calls us to faithful stewardship, which means we look at how we use all that God has given to us for our good and the good of others. 

We have already heard from 86 families after our first week.  Thank you to those who have already filled out a commitment card for the year ahead, and thank you to those who are still prayerfully considering where Holy Rosary fits into your household expenses as we care for one another and continue our important work together.In Christ,
Fr. Oakland



  • November 23rd-25th – Parents/Student/Teacher Conferences (school not in session)
  • November 26th-27th – Thanksgiving break, No School
  • November 27th – Tree Lot Opens
  • December 21st-January 1st – Christmas Break


Parent Student Teacher Conferences!
Conferences will be held November 23rd – 25th, remotely.  If you have not signed up yet, please do so now. The sign ups will close Thursday night at 11:59pm. After that, please contact your child’s teacher directly to schedule your conference.
Virtual Book Fair

The Holy Rosary School Scholastic Book Fair is happening now! Follow this link to order all the printed goodness. Scholastic will give back 25% in rewards to our school when you shop from November 13th -26th, so gobble up this deal before it ends. There are no leftovers, so stuff yourselves silly.


Protecting your family from COVID-19: Information and Resources 

Holy Rosary School and Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) want to be sure that you have the information you need to help keep your family healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. PHSK has answers to many commonly asked questions about COVID-19, such as: 

  • What are the signs and symptoms? 
  • What do I do if I think I’ve been around someone who has COVID-19? 
  • How do I care for someone in my family who has COVID-19? 
  • When can my child return to school and my household members be around others again if they have COVID-19? You may find the answers to these questions and more by This information is available in 33 languages. 

For questions about COVID-19 testing, we recommend the following: 

•Contact King County’s COVID-19 Call Center at 206-477-3977. The call center is open between 8am – 7pm daily. Interpreters are available

Subbing In Catholic Schools!

Have you ever considered subbing in our Catholic Schools?  Subbing can be a great way to work part time!  More information can be found here:


Yearbook Order Time

It’s yearbook order time! This year’s theme is Still Connected, and the yearbook staff will be doing its best to show the many ways we’re still connected this year. Yearbook price is $25 for grades preschool through 7, and $30 for grade 8. Grade 8 includes the student’s name stamped on the cover as well as other highlights. Orders are due by Wednesday, December 2, but why wait because it’s quick and easy to order at this link. Your FACTS account will be billed.
We are extremely proud of our yearbook program at Holy Rosary. It’s one of the few K-8 school yearbooks designed by 7th and 8th graders, who are skilled in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. A yearbook is not only a memory book, but a record and history book, a reference book, and a public relations book; as well as an educational experience for everyone involved. This year’s yearbook will be extra challenging, but we are looking forward to it! Thank you for supporting our yearbook program.

Social Media ‘Likes’ and ‘Comments’

The school posts often on Facebook and Instagram pictures of Holy Rosary School happenings. (@HolyRosaryWS) When you like our pictures on Facebook or ‘heart’ our posts on Instagram, you help share the story of Holy Rosary School.  This is especially important during COVID, when we are not able to have our normal admissions events.  Do you love your teacher?  Share a comment about them in a Facebook Holy Rosary School review – or an HRS Facebook post when your class is shown.  Pleased with all the remote efforts?  Another great piece to comment about!  Comments help our social media reach exponentially!  Be an advocate for Holy Rosary – Thank you!

Financial Aid

Applying for tuition assistance for the September 2021- June 2022 school year is now open.  Please complete your financial aid application by January 8, 2021. Information about financial aid and the link to the application can be found here.

Bishop Blanchet Pinewood Derby

We have an exciting opportunity for your 6th – 8th grade students!  (Also accepting interested 5th graders) Bishop Blanchet High School is holding its first annual Pinewood Derby presented by their school’s Robotics Team.  If you are interested, please register  Parents will register their own child. For more information see the flier.

Prayer “corner” Idea

An Advent of Thank You
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Maya Angelou
The end of November we celebrate Thanksgiving and the Solemnity of Christ the King, launching the season of Advent. This November, especially, we experienced a stressful election season. November’s endings and beginnings can be a source of anxiety. Focusing on the present with gratitude may make a difference. Writing in the early 1300s, Meister Eckhart says, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you,’ it will be enough.” A lifetime feels like a long time to concentrate on one prayer. But what about Advent? What would happen if we dared to make “thank you” the foundation of our prayers this coming Advent season? 
Dear Jesus, as November comes to a close, we remember again those who have died and we thank you for the gift of their lives. We thank you for the many blessings with which our lives are filled. Thank you for Advent, for the chance at new beginnings. For promises of deliverance and salvation, thank you. For these next few weeks, if in your kindness you would grant us one grace, grant us the grace of a grateful heart. Thank you for hearing our prayers and for your boundless love and compassion. Amen
From –  The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion  Ave Maria Press
Prayer idea: Have each member of your family pick a piece of fruit, vegetable, etc to decorate your prayer corner.  Then share as a family something we are each thankful for.
Prayer corner idea: Provide some “kneelers”  or cushions or a chair in or near the area for praying. When a family member is in the area praying, others may ask to join, so make a rule to give the family member in the prayer area some space for quiet prayer and reflection.
Keep an eye out in future efcs for prayer corner ideas.  Though we are currently not able to celebrate together as we have in the past, know that as a community we are joined together in our faith and through our hope and prayers, “for nothing will be impossible for God.” Luke 1:37


Need some GatorGear for your student? Sweatshirts and sweatpants can be personalized and are usually ready within a week or two of ordering.

Request Library Books

Are you looking for some new books to read?  Holy Rosary will be operating a remote check out system for our library to get books into the hands of our students as soon as possible.  To check out books please go to the Library page.



Tree Lot                                                                                                                     

Holy Rosary has hosted a Tree Lot for 30 years and this year is no exception.  We will follow all the social distancing rules, but we need your help to pull it off.  This is another major fundraiser, raising over $100,000!

Some changes for this year:

  1. Contactless delivery offered, for $25, as a fundraiser for the 8th grade class.
  2. Presale online and pick up at the lot, or opt for delivery.
  3. Shopping from your car: drive through the lot and the Tree Lot elves will bring over a couple choices for you to purchase.
  4. Spacing clearly marked.
  5. Fully masked volunteers.

We NEED YOUR HELP! Sign up to volunteer at the tree lot, click here to reserve your shifts.  New to HRS?  This is a great way to meet families in all grade levels.  Missing other parents? Make it a night out volunteering at the Tree Lot.

Tree Lot set-up takes place on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, with the lot opening on Friday, November 27. Buy a pre-sale tree and additional information may be found here.


December 4th is the cutoff to donate your auction item. All families need to donate a product valued at minimum $175 or cash prior to December 4thCheck the Amazon wish list for ideas or purchase products from a local West Seattle business. Reminder: please do NOT ask local businesses for a donation, after 40+ years supporting us, this is our year to support them.

Although typically cash is appreciated, this year item donations would be especially appreciated.   Since we are not contacting small businesses for donations, the auction will need items to bid on.  Think experiences, home décor, restaurants and more. A list of ideas may be found here.  Or contact

Enter your donation here.


Coding With Kids

Coding with Kids has moved online, with live instructors. Visit the Coding with Kids website here. Download the information sheet here. Questions? Email Coding with Kids at


Holy Rosary’s Advent Giving Tree is ONLINE!

Due to the covid crisis, Holy Rosary Church’s Advent Giving Tree has gone digital! $25 gift cards can be purchased They will be sent directly to the church by way of email or USPS without ever leaving home. All gift cards benefit our local St. Vincent de Paul, Lazarus Center, and St. Martin de Porres Shelter  If you prefer dropping off a gift card in person, they can be left in the collection basket at the Mass sign in table or dropped into the parish office mail slot located on the southside office door. Questions?  Please contact Libby at .  Thank you for your generosity.

Holy Rosary Parish Hiring

Holy Rosary Parish is looking for a new janitor/custodian for a 24-hour per week Friday through Sunday position.  For more information and a complete job description please go to:

Service & Leadership Opportunity for High School Students

Peer Ministry: Allowing Your Light to Shine!

The Holy Rosary Peer Ministry program is a leadership and service opportunity for all high school students who have received their sacraments of Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation. A Peer Minister will use their unique gifts and talents to serve and lead with the Youth Confirmation students, alongside the Youth Minister and Adult Volunteers. 

If you have a high school student who needs to complete service hours and wants to develop and grow in their faith and leadership skills, visit our website to learn more about the Peer Ministry program: https

2020 – 2021 Youth Confirmation Postponed!

After much discussion and prayer, the Holy Rosary Parish staff decided to postpone the start of the Youth Confirmation Program to second semester. We plan to jumpstart the program in January 2021 and conclude the program with the Confirmation Ceremony in May of 2021.For those who have not registered yet, we will keep online registration open until December 6, 2020. Click here to register for the 2020 – 2021 Youth Confirmation Program:

Contact: Bridget Bicek, Youth Minister at or 206-937-1488 ext. 299.


Holy Rosary Church welcomes children who are 7 years or older & TEENS and never been baptized along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. If interested in RCIA and becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella at or call 206-937-1488 ext. 252.

“Remembrance Family Tree”

November is the month of Remembrance. We dedicate this month to pray, honor and remember our loved ones who died ahead of us. One of the highlights of our celebration is putting up our “Remembrance Family Tree” in the church. The names of our loved ones will be prayed during our November Masses. You can email Sr. Stella the names of your loved ones or make a list, bring to church and drop it in the “Remembrance Family Tree” basket at the sign in table.


Tram’s Salon (Profession hair care and nails)
  • Full-service salon (trim, cut, wash, perms, color, highlights, and more for children and adults)
  • Nail salon next door for manicures and pedicures
  • Open 7 days a week, 9:00am-7:00pm

Appointments only, please call 206-935-2970
Address:  4110 California AVE SW
COVID protocol:  everyone wears a mask and is screened with temperature check and COVID questionnaire.

Postpartum Doula Services

Seattle Gentle Beginnings offers Postpartum Doula services in Seattle. Areas of support: maternal postpartum recovery and care, emotional and physical support, including PMADs, newborn education and care, breastfeeding education and support, sleep coaching, sibling transition, community resources and referrals. Overnight shifts available.Offering discount rates to Holy Rosary Families! Canali, BD, PDPhone 206.414.8070Email

Violin Lessons

Caitlin Kelley is a professional violinist based in West Seattle. She performs frequently with the Seattle Symphony and Opera, and received a graduate degree from the Juilliard School in NYC. She is an active violin teacher, and is currently accepting new students of all ages. She would be happy to offer a free trial lesson to Holy Rosary students that are interested in trying out violin lessons, or who might prefer to switch to a West Seattle-based teacher. At the moment, all lessons are being held online via Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype, but she will return to in-person lessons at her studio in West Seattle once it’s safe to do so. She may be reached at 206-245-7025 or

Little Free Pantries

Our family has used some of this time amid the stay at home order, building Little Free Pantries. The idea, modeled somewhat on the Little Free Library concept, is simple: The pantries are filled by people in the community, and those in need are encouraged to come by and take what they can use. We’ve had one in our yard for years and it’s not only introduced us to neighbors to whom we may have never otherwise met but has helped many who are food insecure.  Food insecurity hits many in our neighborhoods, most of whom are housed and with the aftermath of COVID19, the numbers are quickly increasing.  These little boxes are not intended to replace the work of food banks but a way to support a neighbor or who may be in need of a meal. We have a few Little Free Pantries remaining which need a good home. They need sealing or painting before they are installed but do come with a mounting post.  If you need support installing we are happy to help here too.  If you’d like to place one in your yard please email me at Thanks! Molly Harmon and Dave Wilton

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).

The Grove West Seattle Inn

Need office space outside your home? The Grove is currently renting guest rooms for private, secure and comfortable office space. Rooms can be rented on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Rooms are equipped with desk and office chair as well as Wifi and access to The Grove’s daily coffee and breakfast bar.
3512 SW Alaska St.

Alki Lumber

Per current guidelines, Alki Lumber remains open with limited capacity in our retail store. Call ahead orders and curbside service is available for all your lumber and hardware needs. 
M-F 6:30-4:30
4422 36th Ave SW

West Seattle Local Foods: Food for pick up 

West Seattle Local Foods is a group of small business who produce/manufacture delicious take-away in West Seattle.  They usually sell to high end restaurants, grocery stores, farmers markets, coffee shops, and online.  The pandemic and the closure of the West Seattle bridge has negatively affected operations so they have banded together to provide their food to their neighbors. Order ahead meals and products for pick up across the street from the West Seattle YMCA.
4611 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, LMHC3618 California Ave SWSeattle, WA 98116Office (206) 898-9366Fax (888)

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

The Good Society Brewery & Public House

The Good Society Brewery & Public House is open for both on-premise and to-go beers!  We have indoor seating for groups from the same household and outdoor seating weather permitting.  Along with our own small plates, we are offering pizzas from Slicebox Pizza down in SoDo.  Visit our website at for more information and hours.  Follow us on social media (@goodsocietybeer) to see as we release new beers as well as for other updates.  If you aren’t quite comfortable coming in for a beer, you can always place an online order at  Thanks as always for your support!

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 98116Monday – Friday 6AM – 4PMWeekends 7AM – 4PMWe 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