Family Communication 12/3/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Happy Advent! 
This Advent season, more than ever, we find ourselves filled with a need for joy, hope, and renewal.  Archbishop Etienne challenges us this first week in Advent, to not just focus on all that has been lost during the pandemic, but rather to truly see Advent as a time to bring hope to others.  We all need a bit more hope these days, of goodness to come in our world, and that there is light at the end of the pandemic we are living through.  During this Advent, as we await Christ’s Incarnation with joyful anticipation, I encourage you to ponder ways your family might experience these days together, through prayer, service, and symbols.  
Father Oakland blessed our school Advent wreaths at Mass yesterday, and they will burn brightly in our classrooms so we are united together in Christ’s light these weeks of Advent.  I also encourage you to drive by our school one evening and see the lights flickering in the front windows, a sign to the outside world of Christ’s enduring presence.  
Happy first week of Advent, may it fill your hearts with HOPE.
In Christ, 


This weekend we will celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas, who famously tossed a bag of gold into a poor family’s home through the window, landing in the socks of one of the daughters which were hanging by the fire to dry.  He provided the dowry necessary for a good marriage of her choosing, saving her from a life of destitution.  While he tried to make his gift anonymously, he returned and made two similar gifts for the other two daughters and was discovered.  We continue to recount the generosity of good old Saint Nick – a generosity which gave life and love.  Thank you for the many ways in which you generously support our works and ministries, including in hidden ways, giving life and love.
Thank you also to the 183 individuals and households from the wider parish community who have responded to the call of Christ to continue their financial support of our parish ministries, which includes the school.  It is always important to ask the question of where the Lord fits into every aspect of our lives, including our budget.  Parishioners who haven’t had a chance yet to fill out a pledge card will receive another in the mail this  week, which can also be filled out online.  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 per year, or $90 per month, though some are in a position and/or so moved to be more generous.  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.
This Saturday night, perhaps your children might leave their own shoes outside their room and find a gift from St. Nichols (or his helpers) in them in the morning. And they might even leave a gift with their shoes, for St. Nicholas (or his helpers) to share with another child in greater need, inviting them too to share in giving life and love.
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland



  • December 11 – Report Cards
  • December 11th-12th – Materials Pick Up
  • December 14th-18th – Spirit Week
  • December 21st-January 1st – Christmas Break
  • January 18th – Martin Luther King Jr Day – No School


Spirit Week (December 14th-18th)
  • Monday: Christmas hats, hats, Christmas headbands, etc.
  • Tuesday:  PJ Day
  • Wednesday:  Perfect Uniform- Mass
  • Thursday:  Winter Wonderland- gloves, snow hats, dress for snow!
  • Friday:  Christmas Colors/Ugly Sweaters
Prayer “corner” Idea

Expectation And Negative Space
First Week of Advent
Did you know that each week of Advent has a “theme” or idea to think about?  The first week is about EXPECTATION.  Expectation can be Exasperating and Exciting – like you are waiting for a party to begin or you are super hungry for dinner and you must wait for it to be delivered or finished cooking. What do you EXPECT Christmas to be like this year? 
Is your holiday season too noisy? Too many meetings, socials, emails, pop-up ads? Does it seem as if every space is filled? If it seems as if every space is filled, you might be craving some negative space, space filled with nothing. “In music, we recognize negative space as silence. When musicians remove noise and strategically incorporate silence, they also add emphasis and lend definition to their work.” Negative space is just what the season of Advent calls for.  Remember Christ was born on a “Silent Night” in humble surroundings.  Preparing for Christmas, calls for an Advent season that is memorable not by how we “supersize” it, but for how we don’t.  So, adjust your expectations, seek a negative space or two. “Savor the silence. De-clutter your heart. Make room to receive Jesus when he comes.” 
Based on –  The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion  Ave Maria Press
Prayer Corner Idea: Look at your calendar. What nonessential activities can be removed so you can savor a bit more silence this Advent?  Keep your prayer corner simple.  Just an advent wreath and your student’s school cross or crosses. 
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

Holy Rosary Is Hiring!

Pastoral Assistant for Adult Evangelization
Pastoral Assistant for Communications and Technology 
Weekend Janitor-Custodian
Please visit our jobs page for full job description, job ad and application.  
For questions or further information please contact Jill Carr. 

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:


Intent To Return Due

Complete by Dec. 11th

New this year, to assist us in planning for 2021/22, we need an estimate of returning students.  Please complete this quick form for us today.  It will take you less than 2 minutes to complete.  Thank you!  Any questions, please contact Admissions, Jennifer Kokkonis:

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.

Auction Projects

We are looking for Heart Auction Grade Art Project Leads for all grades except, K and 6th.  The art project leads will help create items that will be auctioned off as part of our online auction. We’re envisioning kid-crafted projects that can be made up of individual pieces that kids can create at home and then send back to school to be put together as one art piece. There are a number of cute ideas online to get you inspired and we’re here to help.  We’d love your help to make this year’s auction a success. If interested please reach out to Brittiony Borges  ( with questions and to sign up as a grade lead.

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.

Polar Bear Challenge

We would like your help by participating in the West Seattle Polar Bear Challenge. 

Here is the central idea of the Polar Bear Challenge: 

  • Create a fun activity for the West Seattle community – A Polar Bear Scavenger Hunt (much like the teddy bear one that took place earlier this year) 
  • Collect food for the West Seattle Food Bank at Polar Bear Locations (there will be bins placed at some locations to collect canned goods) 
  • Build awareness about “supporting local” and drive business into local stores & restaurants for take out  

For more details, please take a look at our webpage- Polar Bear Challenge – we will be officially launching on December 1.
Ways you can help: 

  • Place a polar bear in your window so it is visible from the street, or you can be extra and place one in your yard! 
  • Follow us on instagram @polarbearchallenge 
  • Take a picture with your polar bear and put it on your story along with our tag!!! 
  • Reach out to your friends and local businesses you know that would like to take part in this challenge.
  • If you have a polar bear, and or a donation box for the Food Bank, send us your address so we can add it to the map. (don’t worry, your address will not be leaked or provided, we are doing it by latitude and longitude)
  • Want to help in other ways? We will need people to pick up and take food to the food bank, update the map if we get a lot of participants, deliver bears to businesses and more.

Go Polar Bears! 
-Catie S. , Mia S., Reese H., and Clara H. (8th Graders)


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

The Tree Lot still needs some volunteers.  Thanks to all those that have volunteered this year.  You can count up to 10 hours toward your 2021/22 hours requirement! 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.

You can also support the tree lot by buying your tree or holiday greenery. Come on out and say Hi!  The 8th grade class is offering delivery for $25, sponsored by Alki Lumber. Pre-order online here.


TOMORROW is the cutoff to donate your auction item. All families need to donate a product valued at minimum $175 or cash prior to December 4th.  Need ideas:

  1. Check the Amazon wish list for ideas
  2. 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.
  3. A list of ideas may be found here. Or contact
  4. Pool your money with friends and buy a gift card to Suncadia, Seabrook or another destination.  Add wine and a cozy blanket or hot cocoa and a family game to complete the package.




All those that enter their donation by Friday, December 4 at 11:59PM will be entered to win AirPods.

ANNUAL FUND MATCH                                                                                            

Thank you to those that responded to the GIVING TUESDAY $5000 match request.  We not only raised enough to meet the match, but we exceeded it.  Our community is the best!

2020 is winding down, thankfully, but there is still time to make a year-end gift to the Annual Fund here.


HRS and Precept Wine have partnered together for the past 5 years to deliver cases at a discounted rate. It has been a win-win for both organizations.  Precept Wine is once again offering wine by the case, but with easier ordering and delivery options…one positive of COVID. If none of the options work for you, then please reach out to Kendall Danzer and she will assemble a case perfect for you to receive or gift.   Here are 4 reasons to purchase wine through this link.

  1. 10% back to HRS
  2. Free shipping for cases, $10 for quantities under 12 bottles
  3. 30% off retail
  4. It tastes GREAT!

Two Notes:

You must sign up to receive the discounted pricing.

Use referral code: HOLYROSARY (all caps, no spaces)

Please pass this along to friends and family.  The more that is purchased, the higher donation we receive.


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.

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.


Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream is back for Christmas!

Offering festive gift boxes to add a little sweetness to your holidays. Pints of candy cane, egg nog, and classic chocolate ice cream accompany a tin of home-made speckled hot cocoa mix, Shug’s marshmallows, and holiday sprinkles to create your own hot cocoa and ice cream creations.  If you are looking for more of an adult spin on dessert, we have a couple different options for you as well!  
The boxes are gorgeous and will make a wonderful gift for anyone on your list. We appreciate your support this holiday, and wish everyone a healthy 2021!  
Dates & Hours of operation:
December 17th-December 23rd 2-7pm 
December 24th 12-4pm
3800 California Ave SW at SW Charlestown St. 
Preorders and delivery available.  More information to be found on our Instagram account @Shug’s Soda Fountain or on our website-

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