Family Communication 2/25/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
I hope this message finds you well this first week in Lent.  Hopefully you received the little black prayer book we sent home with students last week, to assist you in prayer during this time of Lent.  In the spirit of ongoing conversion and prayer, this Lent our staff is engaging in a study and reflection on the United States Bishop’s letter against racism, Open Wide our Hearts.  It is linked here, along with a study guide for reading it.  We’re engaging in conversation about this document and what it means for us as Catholic school educators, particularly examining it through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching.  
I’m sharing this with you in hopes that you might consider joining us?   Beginning next week, and for the remaining weeks in Lent, I will share with you a short reflection to follow along with our discussion as a staff.  In preparation, consider reading the introduction and the first section before next week if you are joining along.  
This time of Lent is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to open our own hearts up as we walk alongside Jesus in the desert these 40 days.  
In Christ, 
February 25, 2021

Grade Start Date* Instruction Return Model Schedule
Preschool Returned  In Person Whole Class Monday – Friday
Kindergarten Returned  In Person Whole Class Monday – Thursday
1 and 2 Returned  In Person Whole Class Monday – Thursday
3 – 4 Returned In Person Whole Class Monday – Thursday
5 – 6 Returned In Person/


Hybrid- Group 1 present this week  Monday – Thursday
7 – 8 Returned  In Person/ Remote Hybrid- Group 1 present this week  Monday – Thursday



Lent, Day 8.  How’s it going?  Have your Lenten practices helped you and your family draw closer to God?  If not, there is still time, but be sure  to use it well.  As with all time, we always end Lent closer to God or further away – but never the same.  This season is a great opportunity – don’t waste it.
Join with the Lord in prayer daily.  Join together as a family with the Lord in prayer daily.  Join together with your parish family and the Lord in prayer at least weekly.   Worship is a key part of who we are.  For those who have increased personal risk and are therefore not going anywhere by the store or doctors appointments, it makes sense to join us for a livestream or at a good time for you by watching Mass and praying along each Sunday, on Facebook or Vimeo.  But if you are okay dining out, or going to the gym, or participating in sports, etc, we have all of the same protocols in place at church so come join us in person.  We usually have room for walkups, or you can guarantee your spot by pre-registering.  Households are kept six feet apart, everyone wears masks, our ventilation system is set up to bring in outside air, and we have a strict cleaning regiment between Masses.  Since June, there have been over 40,000 Masses in the Archdiocese of Seattle with none known to be a spreading event.  This year, we have been reminded that worship is essential to our way of life as Christians. 
Making room for God in our private and public prayer is necessary as we seek to draw closer to Him, and open up our lives and our hearts more and more to Him. 
On the Feast of Corpus Christi this last year, we began the Year of the Eucharist here in the Archdiocese of Seattle.  In and through the Eucharist, God nourishes His people and continues to dwell in our midst as we become what we receive, being ever more configured to Jesus Christ.
Lent is a time to draw near to Christ in the desert, to encounter Him more fully in our lives.  During Lent, we are inviting parishioners to join together in reflecting upon the Eucharist, this great mystery of our faith, using a series of 4 videos on Formed, an online platform which is free to all of our members through our parish subscription.  Information on signing up for your Formed account is below.
Each week, we will include information about the video of the week, a brief overview, and some questions for reflection in the bulletin as well as the Domestic Church email.  A study guide is available as well for those interested.  We would encourage you to talk about these as a family, or with a small faith sharing group you are already in or one you form with a few friends for this season as you grow in faith together.
Presence Episode 1:  God is With Us 
God has been present with His people throughout history, trying to save us from sin and death.  Presence is a gift in itself, something we cherish in spending time with others, and which we are missing during this pandemic, as many are also missing the Eucharist, itself.  Jesus gave us the Eucharist to remain present with us!

  1. Was there anything new in the  video that you hadn’t heard before?
  2. What is your favorite name for the Eucharist, and why?
  3. “How big is God?” and “How small is God?” are great questions to ask!  How would you answer them?  How is God both big and small in the Eucharist?
  4. How have you experienced the presence of God in your life?  In big moments or little ones?  In the midst of your home and family?  At work or in school?
  5. How can the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist be a source of strength and consolation for you on the journey of life?  In what ways can you grow in appreciating and embracing Christ’s presence in the Eucharist?

New To Formed?
Follow these steps to join Formed for free with Holy Rosary’s parish account! 

  1. Visit
  2. Under “Create An Account”, search “98116” or “Holy Rosary Seattle”, then select our parish.
  3. Enter your name and email address in the boxes; click the “Sign Up” button.
  4. 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.  If it asks you for a credit card, you are creating a personal account, not logging in under our free account.
  5. This will bring you to the home page of FORMED. In the future, visit FORMED.organd click on the “Sign In” link for instant access.  Formed has lots of great resources to grow in faith for children of God of all ages!

In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


  • March 12th – Teacher-In-Service – No School
  • March 19th – Noon Dismissal, 2nd Trimester Report Cards
  • April 2nd – Good Friday-noon dismissal
  • April 5th-9th – Easter Break
  • April 23rd – Auction


Growing Kids

As students have been returning to in-person learning, we have noticed how much they’ve grown.  As a reminder, skirts and shorts must reach the finger tips. We will have our used uniforms in front of the school on Friday, February 26th. Come by and grab what you need.

21-22 School Calendar

The 2021-2022 school calendar will be approved by the Office for Catholic Schools sometime after March 1st.  Once approved, it will be posted to our website and shared in a future eFC.

Comfort Kits

If your child has not brought in their Comfot Kit, please have them bring it on Monday. These kits are stored both in the building and outside of the building in case of a lock down or a local emergency.

Serving Learners Of All Abilities 

The  Archdiocese of Seattle is committed to responding to the call to serve diverse learners.  In continuing this work, the Office for Catholic Schools is gathering information from parents, staff, and teachers on how needs are currently being met and where support and professional development are needed system wide.  We encourage you to read this letter and to complete the survey embedded. 

Drop-Off Reminder

As a courtesy to our neighbors and fellow parents, please DO NOT park and exit your car in the drop-off areas. The front of the school (42nd) and the alley way are for pulling up and letting children out. If you need to assist your child or walk them to their door, please park in the surrounding neighborhood and walk in. Also, remind your child that crosswalks MUST be used at all times. We appreciate everyone’s help as more students return to in-person learning.

Encouraging Social Media ‘Comments’

We will do a drawing for a HRS cadet collar sweatshirt this month! To be in the drawing, comment on one of our social media postings on Facebook or Instagram. (@HolyRosaryWS). Every comment = 1 drawing entry We will announce the winner on Feb 26th!  Comments help our social media reach exponentially!  Be an advocate for Holy Rosary – Thank you!

School Band

During these unique months of Covid, the band program feels somewhat like the early Church underground.  What is incredible is like the faithful, the band is still thriving!  Dedicated musicians throughout the schools are challenging themselves, exploring Music History and expanding their knowledge of this special gift called Music!  Special salute to our young fifth graders that have that sincere desire to learn, despite it all!  I am humbled by the band members commitment!  HOPE!  The light is slowly piercing through! 
The Cambronero Music Scholarship will be again offered to 8th graders coming to Kennedy Catholic High School and are currently enrolled in their school’s band program.  Audition details will be forthcoming! 
Miss McKamey 

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:



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.


The AUCTION HAS A DATE!  Mark your calendars for Friday, April 23 for an exciting online experience.
If you haven’t dropped off your auction donation, please do so by the end of the week. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 – 3:30.

Support West5 and Holy Rosary School


Message From CYO

Greetings Holy Rosary Gators,
The Covid pandemic has caused many changes and challenges for our CYO athletic program. This spring, CYO has decided to offer modified spring soccer to students grades K – 3. The requirements that would be necessary to offer soccer are significant, including overcoming a lack of available field space.  Due to the requirements and our learning cohorts, along with the safety parameters needed to ensure our students can attend school, we will not participate in spring soccer.
Furthermore, although CYO is offering track and field this spring, similar challenges make it difficult for us to make this sport available for our students and parishioners, including the large size of our team as well as a lack of private practice space for a long period of time.  Again, the safety of our students and coaches is paramount. Coaching our track team on a publicly and heavily used shared field does not meet our school community’s safety standards. Our team’s coaches and assistant coaches have also stated they are uncomfortable coaching practices and meets for such a large group. 
As we prepare for the future and a hopeful return to CYO athletics next year, all parents and guardians who want their students to participate in CYO sports must now take Parent Like a Champion before enrolling students in CYO athletics. Currently one class is offered on March 17 at 7:00 pm, more will be offered in the future. Visit CYO for more information and future dates. We will let you know when more classes are scheduled.
We hope and pray we are able to resume CYO athletics in the fall. Please know our concern for the safety of our student athletes, coaches, and families is our paramount concern. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me
Wishes for peace and good health to all our Gator families, 
Jeanne Flohr
Holy Rosary CYO Coordinator

Way To Go, Gators!

Congratulations to our CYO Winter Rocket League gamers for a great first season. We had 24 students in grades 4 – 8 competing online against students from local CYO schools. It was a fun 7-week season ending with the playoff championship last weekend.  A round of applause for our 5th grade team for taking 4th place in their 21-team division, and congrats to our 7/8th grade teams for coming in 2nd and 5th  out of 19 teams in their division.   A big thank you to all of the parents who volunteered their time to coach and make this happen. Way to go, Gators!


Lenten Journey—The Mystery of the Eucharist online series

During Lent, we are inviting Holy Rosary parishioners to reflect together on the gift of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, present in our midst. Each week, you can watch a video on FORMED free.  Holy Rosary Parish has a subscription to this online platform that includes movies, podcasts, books, and videos that explore the Catholic faith.  Along with the video, we are providing the following questions for family discussion.  Follow the instructions below to register in advance for FORMED. It is 100% free to Holy Rosary parishioners.
Episode 1: God is with Us
God has been present with His people throughout history, trying to save us from sin and death.  Presence is a gift, something we cherish in spending time with others which we are missing during this pandemic, as many are also missing the Eucharist.  Jesus gave us the Eucharist to remain present with us!
Episode 1:  God Is with Us FORMED video link:  Presence – Episode 1: God Is with Us – Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist – FORMED
Family discussion Questions after watching the video:

  1. Was there anything new in the video that you hadn’t heard before?
  2. What is your favorite name for the Eucharist, and why?
  3. “How big is God?” and “How small is God?” are great questions to ask! How would you answer them?  How is God both big and small in the Eucharist?
  4. How have you experienced the presence of God in your life? In big moments or little ones?  Amid your home and family?  At work or in school?
  5. How can the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist be a source of strength and consolation for you on the journey of life? In what ways can you grow in appreciating and embracing Christ’s presence in the Eucharist.

Follow these steps to join FORMED for free with Holy Rosary!

  1. Visit
  2. Under “Create an Account”, search “98116” or “Holy Rosary Seattle”, then select our Parish.
  3. Enter your name and email address in the boxes; click the “Sign Up” button.
  4. Check your email at the address you gave for a registration link from FORMED, click the link to confirm.
  5. This will bring you to the home page of FORMED. In the future, visit and click on the “Sign In” link for instant access.
Stations Of The Cross–Fridays During Lent

Starting this Friday, February 19, Father will lead the Stations of the Cross in the Church starting at 7:00pm, for all Fridays during Lent.  You are welcome to join in person (no reservations needed) or to watch via Livestream.
You can view the livestream and the archived video on our Vimeo page at as well as on our Facebook page at
Attached is PDF of the Stations of the Cross booklet for you to follow the prayers and responses.  The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. Stations of the Cross Pamphlet Feb 2021

Sacraments Of Reconciliation And Holy Communion

Sacramental 2 preparation is in full swing. Second Grade and/or Sacramental 2 is the year in which most children prepare for and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion (Eucharist). We are grateful to our parents who devote their time teaching the Family Learning Classes for First Reconciliation with their child/children at home.  We are blessed with 41 children who are eager to embark the next page of their faith journey, as they start to explore and learn more about God’s indescribable love in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Let us remember them in our prayers as they eagerly await to receive Jesus’ Body and Blood for the first time at the Easter Season. This is a special and exciting time as they continue to grow deeper in their love for Jesus and as they look forward to that day where they will be nourished by the food of eternal life in the Holy Eucharist.  
For more information about First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion preparation, please email Sr. Stella:

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


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.


Registration for the Lacrosse Spring 2021 Season is now OPEN! 

Do you have kids looking for a fun, new sport to get involved with? The SW Titans, our local lacrosse league is recruiting, and we want to help kids get back into activities using the best available safety protocols while balancing the need to get kids active and outdoors again. If you’re interested in finding out what is so fun about the “fastest game on two feet”, keep reading and reach out to us!
Lacrosse is one of the world’s oldest sports, with its roots coming from indigenous peoples of North America, including what’s now the Northeast U.S. and Southeast Canada. It is now the fastest-growing youth sport in the U.S! Lacrosse is a mashup of hockey, soccer, and football. It’s fast, dynamic, physical, and exciting to watch. For athletes playing soccer or football in the early spring, Lacrosse is the perfect complementary late spring sport. The Southwest Lacrosse Club (SWLC) serves youth and high school boys in the general areas of West Seattle, Burien, Normandy Park, Seatac, Des Moines, Tukwila, Renton, and Federal Way. Below is a breakdown of the upcoming boys season. Further details for the girls 3rd-8th program through the West Seattle Lacrosse Club (WSLAX) is shared via a link below.
Season: April– June 2021
Grades, fees, practices, games 
Co-Ed K-2 – $80 – Practice Sundays in May/June
Boys 3/4 – $175 – 2x/week – Weekends
Boys 5/6 – $275 – 2x/week – Weekends
Boys 7/8 – $325 – 2x/week – Weekends
Boys HS – $450 – 2-3x/week – 2x/week
Next Steps:

  1. Register with US Lacrosse($30)
  2. Register for your local club:

High School Boys  (Chief Sealth and south areas)
HIgh School Boys (West Seattle High School area)
Girls 3rd-8th (all areas)
Boys 3rd-8th (all areas)
Co-Ed K-2 (all areas)

  1. Enjoy the season! – Practices begin the week of March 15th
West Seattle Baseball Opens Registration for 2021 Spring Season

Registration is officially open for the West Seattle Baseball Spring Season!  Be a part of the 60-year tradition in West Seattle.  We welcome boys and girls ages 4-18.  Please visit to reserve your child’s spot!    
West Seattle Baseball, the largest youth recreational baseball league in the area, has a 60-year tradition of serving the youth of West Seattle and its neighboring communities. As an affiliate of PONY Baseball, West Seattle Baseball does not have residency requirements for participation, so your child can play their spring baseball with friends from different parts of the area.
As was the case for so many, our volunteer-run organization was presented with many challenges in 2020 and is looking forward to giving the children of our community the best baseball season possible this year! In order to be prepared to start as soon as we are allowed, we have changed how parents will register their players this year.
Due to lingering uncertainty with regard to state-mandated restrictions:

  • All registrants will be “waitlisted” until we have the go-ahead from local officials to play. Your registration is a reservation.
  • NO MONEY will be collected until we know with certainty that we will be playing.
  • The league will publish and follow a comprehensive safety plan based on state and local guidelines.

Please spread the word to family and friends. Even in a typical year, registration for spring baseball starts much earlier than many expect. Many parents of first-time players miss the tee-ball season, not realizing the registration deadline is actually in winter! If you have any questions, please email our registrar Lisa at

Live Online Art!

A supportive space to create dazzling art, socialize and have fun.


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

Doyle’s is owned and operated by one of our Holy Rosary Families. It is located at 4607 37th Ave SW. Please call (206) 935-2600 for an appointment. Our lobby is temporarily closed, for the safety of everyone. Our hours are 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