Family Communication 2/28/19


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Lent will officially begin Wednesday, March 6th and I invite you to join the school community for the Ash Wednesday Mass at 8:35 a.m. 

Lent is a time of preparation, a time for us to open our hearts and walk alongside Jesus in the desert, as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the Easter Mysteries. Lent is a time for us all to increase our prayer, to fast, and to consider how we can increase our service to the needy in our community and world.

Often Lent is seen as a time to simply “give something up.” How many of us (myself included) have given up sweets or other temptations during this period of fasting? While fasting is an important of part of our Lenten journey, it’s important to consider why we are abstaining from something. That act of denying ourselves something is really an opportunity for self-reflection, self-renewal, and to draw ourselves closer to God. For if we simply give up TV during this time, but don’t use the time we’d be watching TV to engage in some sort of activity that deepens our relationship with God, then I think we miss the mark. If we give up sweets, but don’t see the denial of our favorite snacks as a an opportunity to eat a bit more simply in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who have less, then we’re missing the meaning.

This Lent, we will ask students and families to walk in solidarity with those who have less by supporting the St. Martin de Porres shelter.  St. Martin de Porres operates as part of Catholic Community services and provides safe and dignified night shelter for homeless men age 50 and older. The shelter opened in October 1984 in response to the growing need for an emergency shelter for this special population of elderly men. St. Martin de Porres operates with a unique model that provides comprehensive wrap around services year round to this vulnerable population within our community.  More information can be found here:

Though we’ve simplified our collection this year for St. Martins, we encourage all families to participate. More information is included in this week’s eFC. The men they serve are very grateful for our contributions.

In closing, I encourage us all, as we approach the start of Lent, to prayerfully reflect on what we are going to do during the 40 days to draw ourselves closer to God. What will you abstain from, and why? What can you add to your life during Lent? How can you increase your daily prayer and service to one another? And how can all we focus on really using Lent as a focused time of kindness and forgiveness in preparation for the Resurrection of our Lord?

It seems to me, with the busy nature of our lives, it might be helpful to use the next week to prepare ourselves for Lent. I know I will be thoughtfully considering what I will “give up” and why, and how I can consciously use this time to slow my own pace, to prepare, and to show that little extra bit of kindness to those I encounter.

In Christ, 



Lent is less than a week away.  Do you have your plan yet for growing closer to Christ during this holy season?  Have you talked about it as a family?  It’s a good idea to come up with individual practices, but you might also consider something together as a family.

 First things first.  Sunday Mass is that time when we gather together as the People of God, with Christ in worship of the Father.  If you aren’t going to Sunday Mass each week, what’s the point of giving up coffee for 40 days?  If you go to Mass less often you miss Mass, make this your only resolution.  It’s that important.  If something is happening one weekend and Saturday night at 5PM or Sunday morning at 8:30 or 10:30AM don’t work, remember there are local Sunday night Masses—St. James at 5:30PM, St. Joseph at 5:30PM, or St. Bernadette at 6:00PM.  The last chance Mass in the area, as far as I know, is the UW Newman Center, with Mass at 7PM and 9PM.  Make Lent about Sunday Mass—worshipping and encountering God with the community that Christ has given us.

During Lent, we are invited to go away with Jesus, to enter into a deeper communion with the Father.  There are two parts of this movement.  We begin by leaving behind some things and turn away from the world.  As we do so, we turn toward the Lord. 

Sacrifices as a part of leaving behind some things in this world.  Its an exercise I our self-mastery and strengthening our will.  Jesus gave up His life for us— the least we can do is go 40 days without chocolate.  Being willing to let go of things, in order to hold onto Christ, is very important.  There is the usual list—giving up alcohol, coffee, desserts, sweets in general, television, pop, etc.  But consider some other options:  take shorter or cold showers; don’t eat between meals; abstain from nonessential material purchases; only use your computer for work, school or essential tasks (absolutely necessary, extremely important); or only use your smart phone for essential communications (and don’t use it for non-essential texting, app or internet use). 

Spending time alone with God is important.  And if we want to grow in our relationship with God, then spending time with Him is necessary.  If you struggle with quiet time with the Lord, spend some of that time with a spiritual reflection aid.  Maybe it is the little books we offer at the Church.  Maybe it is reading the Scriptures  – the Gospels are always good, or the readings of the day.  Maybe it is a spiritual book—the biography a saint, a book of reflections.  Maybe it is a daily podcast.  Options abound – what is important is that we do something.  

May you have a fruitful Lent!

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • March 7 & 8 – School Play
  • March 15 – No School, Deanery Curriculum Day
  • March 16 – Heart Auction
  • March 22 – Noon dismissal, 2nd Trimester Report Cards
  • April 19th – Noon Dismissal, Good Friday
  • April 22nd– 26th – Easter Break


8th Grade Pizza Lunch!

Yum yum! Tomorrow is 8th Grade Pizza Lunch!



Seuss Yourself Day – Friday, March 1st

In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, Read Across America, and the celebration of literacy we will dress up as our favorite Dr. Seuss character next Friday. Dr. Seuss created dozens of memorable characters: the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Sam-I-Am, and the Lorax, to name a few. Which Dr. Seuss character is your favorite? Suess yourself! It can be as simple as a wacky hairdo, mismatched clothes, or fun hat. Be creative, and share your spirit for reading with our Holy Rosary Community!

Snow Make Up?

You’ve likely heard all of the talk about snow make up days and the public schools around us. Public schools are required to maintain instructional time equivalent to 180 days and 1000 instructional hours (K-8). State approved private schools are required by the state to maintain either. While the Office for Catholic Schools does mandate both (a 180 day school year calendar with a minimum of 1000 hours of instruction), in circumstances such as this year’s snow, we are only required to make up time if our instructional hours dip below 1000. Our school year calendar far exceeds 1000 instructional hours- so even with the snow days, we will still maintain instructional hours beyond 1000 and therefore do not need to add any time on to this year’s calendar.

Lost and Found

We have a large table setup in the main hallway of the school filled with lost and found items. All week, we have been asking students to look through them, but the table is still very full. Please, take some time before Friday at 9am to look at items. After that, they will be donated.



Holy Rosary Custom Glassybaby

A Perfect Gift For The Grandparent/Special FriendWe are very excited to offer Holy Rosary School’s first custom glassybaby! Available in limited quantities, the proceeds go to our school. It’s a perfect celebratory gift for any occasion — grandparents and special friends! — or your favorite Holy Rosary glassybaby collector.

“Blessed are the Peacemakers” will be “Cherish” opaque white, with gold-filled etching of the school logo for $100.

Order your commemorative glassybaby online here. Payment will be charged to your FACTS account. Questions? Contact Michelle Chan (Gabby Betzer-8A) at



Every year, as part of our Lenten Outreach, Holy Rosary School has provided lunches to the men at St. Martin de Porres shelter. Students are asked to help pack and bring a lunch along with an additional item on designated Fridays during Lent.

These lunches can be kept cold, so perishable food is fine.

**If you are interested in driving a few students to deliver the lunches one Friday in Lent, please contact Kristin Bentler in the school office. 

Please note the collection dates below. It is most helpful if the additional items are kept separate from the lunches.

March 8 – Lunches only

March 29 – Lunches +additional Items:

Last name A-M men’s gloves

Last name M-Z men’s socks

April 5 – Lunches only

April 12 – Lunches + additional Items:

Last name A-M: disposable razors and travel size shaving cream

Last name M-Z: travel size toothbrush and toothpaste

School Commission Seeking New Members

The Holy Rosary School Commission is seeking new members for the 2019-2020 school year! The School Commission is an advisory group to the principal and pastor on school policy and long-term planning, and has openings for several new at-large members starting next school year. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide a voice for all Holy Rosary parents, and to be a leader in our school community. It’s also a very exciting time, as we are in the process of finalizing a new strategic plan for the School.

Each School Commission member serves a 3 to 4-year term and hours spent on School Commission business count toward fundraising volunteer hours. For the upcoming year, we are looking for parents with backgrounds and expertise in finance and planning, fundraising and development, diversity, equity and inclusion planning, marketing, technology, or facilities.

The entire School Commission meets one Thursday evening each month between September and May (typically the first Thursday). In addition, each member is also assigned to one or two subcommittees based on his/her background and interest. This subcommittee work is done outside of the regular meeting and includes: 1) Planning & Finance, 2) Fundraising, 3) Alumni Relations, 4) Marketing, Communication & Governance, 5) Catholic Identity, and 6) Buildings & Grounds.

Holy Rosary School Commission members must meet the following criteria:

  • Interest in and commitment to Catholic education and to the School’s philosophy and mission.
  • Availability to attend the Thursday evening School Commission meetings and other periodic events, and to participate in subcommittee work.
  • Willingness to voice opinions and to listen respectfully to the opinions of others.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to view issues with the good of the entire school community in mind.
  • Ability to put the interest of the school before personal interest.

If you are interested in joining the School Commission, the application is found on the School Commission section of our school website. If you have questions about becoming a member or the application process, contact any member of the Nominating Committee listed below. Please send all completed applications to by March 10, 2019. Applicants will subsequently be contacted for interviews.

Nominating Committee

  • Brendan Kolding, President (
  • Julie Leonardo, Vice-President (
  • Karin Hansen, Member-at-large (


Holy Rosary’s Drama Elective Presents
 The Fearsome Pirate Frank

Mark your calendars for the evenings of March 7th and 8th, and plan on bringing the whole family to enjoy Holy Rosary Drama Elective’s debut of The Fearsome Pirate Frank. Come indulge your imagination in an evening filled with fun, humor, whimsical entertainment, and community building!

When: Thursday, March 7th & Friday, March 8th @ 7:00 pm

Where: Holy Rosary School – School Hall

Cost: Donations warmly accepted at the door

*Delicious treats & refreshments will be available from our snack shack!

2nd Annual Crab Dinner

I’d like to thank everyone who volunteered and those who came to support this year’s fundraiser event. It made for a great CrabFest 2019 and made it all come to fruition. Our Holy Rosary family and community came together for another successful year.

Development Directives

AUCTION related questions may be answered here.

RSVP NOW: Only 10 tickets remain, BUY NOW!

ONLINE AUCTION: Fabulous items may be found in the ONLINE AUCTION, open NOW! Click here to bid.

DATE: March 16, 2019

LOCATION: Brockey Center, South Seattle College

VOLUNTEER: Sign up here. This is a huge volunteer event, please sign up to earn fundraising hours.

RAFFLE TICKETS: On sale now. Don’t miss out on $5000 towards tuition for next school year. Only 100 $5000 tuition raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each. Back by popular demand is the 50/50 raffle. You keep half the pot of gold and HRS keeps the other. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Need not be present to win either raffle. Please return the green raffle sheet, coming home today, to the office or pick up a new sheet there. Please contact Kristin McMahan at with raffle questions.

BINGO BASH: Raised $10,000!!! Thank you to all those that participated and to the teachers who hold this event on a Friday night, so that the parents have a date night. These funds all go towards the auction, what a great start!


February 28: Online Auction Opens

March 3: Online Auction Closes

March 5-7: Online Auction Item Pick-Up (times vary)

Sweet Charity Dessert Auction:

The dessert committee is seeking a few more donations of homemade or bakery purchased desserts. Maybe you have a famous family recipe or know someone who does. We are always looking for new, creative desserts! All proceeds from the dessert auction benefit Holy Rosary’s tuition assistance program. You will receive fundraising hours for your efforts (up to 4 hours)! For questions contact: Sarah Mosley – by email: or phone/text 206-849-7977.

To sign up for the dessert auction, email your name, phone number and what type of dessert you are thinking of donating to the above email address. If you need ideas we are happy to make suggestions. We hope to receive all submissions ASAP. Dessert delivery will be from 12:00 – 3:00 the day of the auction – March 16 – at Brockey Center (South Seattle Community College).

The photographer from the Grandparents Lunch is looking for help moving items from storage into a moving truck.  She is willing to donate her fee if we can provide 4 volunteers on Saturday, March 30 from 8am-12pm.  Location is within West Seattle. Some furniture, mostly boxes.  Since you will be helping to offset a fundraising event expense, this will count as fundraising hours.  Please contact Beth Martin.


Parish Ministry Fair

You’re invited to Holy Rosary Parish Ministry Fair

Sunday, March 3 after 8:30 am and 10:30 am Masses in the School Hall. 

Everyone is invited to our Ministry Fair on Sunday, March 3, School Hall after the 8:30 am and 10:30 am Masses during our Coffee and Donuts Hospitality time. Our Ministry Fair is a wonderful way to learn more about all the amazing faith and service ministries that Holy Rosary Parish offers to our Parishioners as well as to our broader community. Stop by for five minutes and learn more about your community. We will also have activities for children!

Lenten Gathering

Save the Date…Lenten Gathering for the whole Family

Sunday, March 10 after 8:30 am and 10:30 am Masses in the School Hall

Prepare for Lent with your family at our Lenten Gathering. Crafts, activities, Coffee and Donuts, and more. We will also be collecting non-perishable food items for our St. Vincent de Paul pantry. Whether you stop by for 5 minutes or stay for a while, all are welcome to come!

Golden Outreach

Announcing Golden Outreach: March 28-30, 2019

Every year our parish checks-in on parishioners over age 80, our golden parishioners. We prepare meals, deliver meals, and see if they need any assistance. The volunteers are part of Shoulder to Shoulder; a group of over 200 parishioners helping members of our parish community who are ill, grieving, homebound, facing an unexpected crisis, struggling to get by, or living independently over age eighty. Sometimes help is as simple as delivering a hot meal, changing a light bulb, or fixing a computer. When there’s a request, all the volunteers are notified and people respond if they can help. Once a year, Shoulder to Shoulder proactively check-ins on these golden parishioners through Golden Outreach. The event will be held this year on March 28, 29, and 30th. If you are interested in serving (and earning service hours), go to:

For Adults, Grow Your Faith During Lent
  • For Lent, we offer No Greater Love, a biblical pilgrimage that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. You can join our regular Wednesday morning Bible Study, or you can register to study from home and join a Facebook-based on-line study group! In either case, please register before March 1 at, so that we can order your book and send you an access code for the video presentations!\
  • Women with Purpose – All women are invited to a new series for Lent starting March 13 and 15, Matthew Kelly’s “The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity”. Sessions on Friday mornings at 9:15am (childcare available); or on Wednesday evenings at 7:15pm. 

Matthew Kelly is a founder of Dynamic Catholic, a New York Times Best Selling Author, and has dedicated his life to helping people bring their faith alive. Dynamic Catholic will be offering a free daily email reflection based upon this book “The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity” to help you have the Best Lent ever! Please register at Stop by the Ministry Fair on Sunday March 3, School Hall after morning Masses to learn more, ask questions and/or pick up a book. For questions or need a book (only $1), please email Deyette at Join us for this 5 week session!

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we celebrate St. Josephine Bakhita. Born in Darfur around 1869, as a young girl St. Josephine was abducted from her family by slave traders. She was traded among abusive owners till she was sold to Italian diplomats who treated her well, and eventually brought her to Italy with them. She was educated by the Canossian Sisters, where she was legally recognized as a freeperson. She became a Canossian and became known for her gentleness and her strength. She is patroness of Sudan and of survivors of human trafficking. We celebrated her feast on February 8.



Preschool Summer Camps

This year, we will offer two summer preschool summer camps. These will be for incoming PreK or Kindergarten students. Teacher Tammy and Teacher Tauna will be teaching and would LOVE to have your children join us. Sign ups will be coming out soon, but for now, here are the dates:

Session #1 – June 17– 21, 9:00-1:00

Splash Into Summer

Session #2 – June 24 – 28, 9:00-1:00

Soar Into Space

Keep an eye out for sign ups in the next week or two!

Holy Rosary Women’s Shelter

The Holy Rosary Women’s Shelter is seeking new volunteers for drivers and over-night hosts.  The shelter hosts up to ten women on Saturday and Sunday nights from September through June.  It’s’ an amazing (and relaxing) way of giving back. I have hosted for about three years and found it personally rewarding to not only meet our guests who are always so appreciative, but also get to know the other volunteers in our community. 

Bus Drivers:  Bus drivers use the church bus to pick up the ladies in downtown Seattle – leaving West Seattle around 7:30pm and deliver them to the HRS shelter by 8:15 or so.  The following morning a driver takes the women from the HRS shelter and drive them back downtown.  Don’t worry if you can only volunteer for evening pickup or morning drop offs, we break up the shifts.  I’ve also heard the church bus is easy to drive and no special driver’s license is needed.

Over-Night Hosts:  Volunteers can be a married couple, female friends, neighbors etc… and do not need to be members of the parish.  You can sign-up as a couple or solo and you’ll be paired with another volunteer.  Also, new this year, mothers and daughters (age 16+) can host together. So what’s a typical host experience?  For me, I typically host Sunday evenings.  I arrive about 7:45 PM and ladies arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 PM. We welcome the ladies, place the hearty snack provided by the hospitality person on the table, offer towels or other toiletries as needed.  After some conversation, we retire to the host room.  I’m typically in bed by 9:30 but there’s wi-fi in case work or other needs to be done.  The hosts are up on Monday at 5:45 AM (Saturday is an hour later), wake the ladies and set out breakfast items.  The ladies are picked up by 6:30 AM and after emptying garbage and a few light tasks, I’m home by 7:00 AM to wake up my kids for school. 

The experience is truly rewarding, and it’s also a fantastic way to get service hours.  If you have interest in giving it a try –we’d love to have you.  Requires you pass Safe Environment training and a brief host or driver training. 

A Child Becomes Summer Camp

A Child Becomes offers summer camps for children ages 3-11.  There is a camp for every age group – Preschoolers, Early Elementary and Big Kids. Visit our website for a detailed description of each camp and available dates. Sign up online at:

CYO Summer Camps

Summer CYO Camp dates and registrations are now available. CYO Camps open to grades 1-12, day and overnight camps at Don Bosco and Hamilton as well as Tatonka Adventure for high schoolers. There is a CYO Camp for every child and teen…Register Now!