Family Communication 3/11/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families, 
I hope you are well this third week in Lent. The days are getting longer and it is starting to feel more and more like spring!  
We have  had great success getting many of our teachers and staff members scheduled for their first vaccination with the news that school staff members are now eligible.  Though we certainly are not in a place to let up on any of our mitigation strategies and safety protocols (both at school and in our personal lives), it does feel like we’re starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for your continued careful attention to all of our COVID protocols including the travel guidance. Our collective actions do impact one another!
During this third week of Lent, we continue our study as a staff of the Pastoral Letter, Open Wide our Hearts.   It is not too late to join us!  This week we read through page 16 of the document and are unpacking the following quotes from the pastoral letter during our staff meeting this week:
“Despite significant progress in civil law with regard to racism, societal realities indicate a need for further catechesis to facilitate conversion of hearts. Too many good and faithful Catholics remain unaware of the connection between institutional racism and the continued erosion of the sanctity of life.”
“The evil of racism festers in part because, as a nation, there has been very limited formal acknowledgement of the harm done to so many, no moment of atonement, no national process of reconciliation and, all too often a neglect of our history. Many of our institutions still harbor, and too many of our laws still sanction, practices that deny justice and equal access to certain groups of people. God demands more from us.”
“As Christians, we are called to listen and know the stories of our brothers and sisters. We must create opportunities to hear, with open hearts, the tragic stories that are deeply imprinted on the lives of our brothers and sisters, if we are to be moved with empathy to promote justice.”
“The truth that we must face is straightforward. When one culture meets another, lack of awareness and understanding often leads to grossly distorted value judgments and prejudice.”
I encourage you to reflect on these quotes and what they mean to you in light of this week’s reading if you are reading along with us. You might also consider discussing them with a friend or family member.
You can also access last week’s thoughts and reflection questions in my eFC message last week.
I offer a few reflections on the sections we read this week here (password d%2G&63N  ).
I hope your Lent continues to be fruitful and prayerful.
In Christ, 


Lent, Day 22.  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.
The signups for Easter are posted along with other Sunday Masses.  Since June, we have celebrated over 40,000 public Masses in the Archdiocese of Seattle without any of them being a known spread event, despite the fact that we have known after the fact people were present with asymptomatic or presymptomatic COVID.  We take the risk mitigation protocols seriously – in the school, and at Mass, and invite you to come and join us in the weekly worship of God as a community of faith.
This past Fall and again in February, after a review of data from the last several years, we reached out to all of our in-parish families who have not been meeting the outline of expectations of what it means to be an active parishioner of Holy Rosary who benefits from a lower tuition rate from the parish.  A few people did note that the email went to their spam filter – so you might want to check yours.  We will be transitioning individuals to full tuition this summer if need be.  If you have questions, or wish to update us about your particular circumstances, reach out to  
During Lent, in this Year of the Eucharist in the Archdiocese of Seattle, 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.  
Each week, we will include in the bulletin, as well as the Domestic Church email, information about the video of the week, a brief overview, and some questions for reflection.  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.
Episode 3:  Bread for the Journey
Journeys can be short or long, but they all require sustenance.  On our journey in life, our soul needs sustenance too.  Just as God provided manna for the people in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, so too God gives us the Eucharist, an even greater gift, to nourish and strengthen us on the way to Heaven.  In and through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, God comes to us and feeds us.  Delve into the mystery of the Mass and the Eucharist, and drink fully of the Lord’s goodness.  

  1. Was there anything new in the video that you hadn’t heard before?  What stood out to you?
  2. Have you ever been really hungry because of a long trip or the circumstances of life?  What was that experience, that feeling like?
  3. What is your favorite part of the Mass and why?
  4. How do you participate in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist?  What does this actually look like? 
  5. What are the obstacles you experience to entering into the Mass in prayer?  What can you do to enter more fully into the Sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ?
  6. What do you view as your mission?  What is the mission given to us by Jesus at the end of Mass?  How do these two compare, and what can you do to more fully live out the identity and calling given to us in Christ?

O how wonderful the love of God, manifested throughout history, then in Jesus Christ made flesh, through His Passion, Death and Resurrection, His glorious Ascension, and the enduring gift of the Most Holy Eucharist which comes to us through the Holy Mass!
How will what you have heard and reflected on  change how you next approach the altar of the Lord?
New To Formed?
Follow these steps to join Formed for free with Holy Rosary’s parish account! 

  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 and 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


Travel Guidance

Many of you have asked if we will change our travel guidance/restrictions/need to quarantine after out of state travel to more closely align with the CDC.  In a call with King County Public Health Monday, schools were reminded that the CDC guidance also states that local guidance, if different, should be followed.  Right now, the 14 day quarantine remains in effect for Washington state for any out of state travel.  The only exception to this travel guidance is that individuals who have been fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine provided it has been at least two weeks since the second shot, but not more than three months, and the individual is symptom free after travel.   
Since children are not yet able to be vaccinated, we will continue to enforce the 14 day quarantine and ask families to bear this in mind as you approach spring break regarding your own travel plans.  Please do communicate with the office and your child’s teachers if you will be traveling out of state and needing to quarantine after spring break or if your spring break plans might involve large gatherings which are contrary to our family pledge.  Because the COVID counts continue to decline, and we trust families to quarantine if traveling out of state,  we do not plan on reverting to remote instruction at this time to follow spring break as we did at Christmas time.  But please remember, we are not in the clear yet.  COVID -19 is still active in our community and all of our actions right now collectively help keep our school safe and open for in person instruction! 

In-Person Attendance Information

We have tried to put information in one place about in-person attendance.  This information is on our homepage under our COVID-19 Info menu.  You will find a listing of drop-off/pick-up times, as well as which entry/exit doors are assigned for each grade.  

2021/2022 Registration Fees

Families have been charged registration fees for the 2021/2022 school year that are due March 15th.  Families that have applied for financial aid will have their application fees charged March 15th, due March 31st.  Any questions, please contact


Lunches Of Love

Please join your fellow Holy Rosary families in supporting those who need a helping hand. Bring Lunches of Love to the school office March 11th through March 31st.

Join School Commission

We are actively looking for new School Commission members for the 2021-2022 school year. The School Commission is an advisory group to the Principal and Pastor on school policy and long-term planning. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide a voice for all Holy Rosary parents and to be a leader in our school community.
Each School Commission member serves a 3 or 4 year term, and hours spent on School Commission business count towards fundraising volunteer hours, which will be required again starting with the next school year. For the upcoming year, we are looking for parents with backgrounds and expertise in Catholic Identity, Alumni, Fundraising, or Diversity & Inclusion.
If you are interested, please fill out the application and submit it to by April 15, 2021. 

Ambassador Families for 2021/22

Volunteer and help welcome New Families to Holy Rosary School! Need families in all grades!  Earn some volunteer hours during the summer for 2021/22.  Details 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.


The AUCTION HAS A DATE!  Mark your calendars for Friday, April 23 for an exciting online experience.
Auction Sponsorships available, contact Beth Martin for additional details.
Our sponsorship levels are:
Title Live Sponsor (1 available) – $5,000
Presenting Sponsor (2 available) – $2,500
Dessert Auction (1 available): $1,000
Silent Auction Sponsor (4 available)- $500
Video Recognition- $300
Logo Recognition $200


Parent Like A Champion Today Workshops

The next scheduled Parent Like A Champion workshop is scheduled for Monday, March 15 at 7:00pm. We have also added the following options, which are now available for parents to register for on Team Sideline.
–          Thursday, March 18 – 9:30-11:00am
–          Wednesday, March 24 – 7:00-8:30pm
–          Saturday, April 3 – 9:00-10:30am
–          Tuesday, April 6 – 7:00-8:30pm

Spring Track IS RUNNING!

Calling all Gator Runners!
We ARE participating, virtually, in CYO track events this spring. You may sign up here
Student runners and their helpers will be responsible for running and timing their events and submitting times each week through the school website. Times will be submitted to CYO each week for inclusion in the weekly virtual meets.
Event date deadlines are: May 7, May 14, May 21, and June 4. Cost is $25 per athlete.
Events offered are:
 4th/5th Grade Events
–          50m Race
–          100m Race
–          400m Race
–          Shuttle Relay (4 x 60m)
6th / 7th / 8th Grade Events
–          100m
–          400m
–          800m
–          4 x 100m Relay
This is a great opportunity to get outside, exercise, and safely participate in athletics with friends.
If you need scholarship information please contact Jeanne Flohr – we are happy to help all gators participate in CYO.
Special thanks to April Smith who will coordinate this virtual track opportunity!


Congratulations to Ava B

Ava B. was baptized on March 6, 2021! We welcome you to a life with Christ. 
We are happy to be able to safely baptize children during COVID-19.  For baptisms, everyone attending age 2 years and older wears a mask and follows all COVID-19 screening and protocols. We currently schedule one family for baptism at a time on Saturday mornings.  
If you are interested in having your child baptized and they are under age 7, please email Deyette at You may also complete our Baptism Registration form by using this link, For Baptism for Children older than age 7, please email Sr. Stella at

Lenten Journey—The Mystery of the Eucharist online series

Episode 3:  Bread for the Journey FORMED video link:  Presence – Episode 3: Bread for the Journey – Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist – FORMED 
Journeys can be short or long, but they all require sustenance.  On our journey in life, our soul needs sustenance too.  Just as God provided manna for the people in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, so too God gives us the Eucharist, an even greater gift, to nourish and strengthen us on the way to Heaven.  In and through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, God comes to us and feeds us.  Delve into the mystery of the Mass and the Eucharist, and drink fully of the Lord’s goodness.  
Family discussion Questions after watching the video: 

  1. Was there anything new in the video that you hadn’theard before?  What stood out to you? 
  2. Have you ever been really hungrybecause of a long trip or the circumstances of life?  What was that experience, that feeling like? 
  3. What is your favorite part of the Mass and why?
  4. How do you participate in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist?  What does this actually looklike? 
  5. What are the obstacles you experience to entering intothe Mass in prayer?  What can you do to enter more fully into the Sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ? 
  6. What do you view as your mission?  What is the mission given to us by Jesus at the end of Mass?  How do these two compare, and what can you do to more fully live out the identity and calling given to us in Christ?

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

  1. Visit 
  2. Under “Createan 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 address you gavefor 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 organd click on the “Sign In” link for instant access. 
Stations Of The Cross–Fridays During Lent

On Fridays, 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

Service Available for 7th-12th Graders

If you have a 7th-12th grader, consider signing up for our Welcome Table Lenten Service Project! Families can either prepare and drop off a meal or serve the meal outside while wearing masks.  If you have any questions, contact Bridget Bicek at You can sign-up for a volunteer spot here:

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