Family Communication 3/25/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
This Lenten season has been one of the fastest in my recollection.  By the time you receive this eFC message we will be approaching Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday as we commemorate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem.   We know what comes next, as we prepare ourselves to enter the Paschal Mystery:  being  present with Christ during His final days and experiencing His resurrection on Easter Sunday.   
Though we rightfully think about experiencing the Paschal Mystery at Easter, it is important to remember that as Catholics we do not just proclaim Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, we proclaim His resurrection in the face of all death and suffering.  And it certainly seems to me that this past year has been filled with moments of death and suffering.  We are living through a once in a lifetime pandemic.  We continue to see evidence of racism, hatred, and death in our country, most recently with the tragic killings in Atlanta and Colorado.  We have much work to do in order to drive out hatred and truly be a world that lives in solidarity with one another.  
The experiences of the past year have provided a new perspective for me on the Paschal Mystery, and perhaps you too!  It is easy to get caught up in the many struggles in our lives and the challenges we see in our world everyday- the moments of “death” we see all around us.  And it is important  we get caught up in these moments, because it is in these moments we often experience a conversion of heart.  But we must not lose sight of the moments of resurrection and the new life that is vividly present as well, especially as we emerge from the experiences of the past year.  
During Lent this year, we have spent time as a staff unpacking the Pastoral Letter Open Wide our Hearts.  This week, we focused on pages 16 – 24 and spent some time in conversation about how each of us is called to action right now as missionary disciples of Christ. As a staff we have had rich conversation this Lent and I have been profoundly moved by the depth of conversation and people opening their hearts to this work in a truly vulnerable way.   As we continue to examine our own consciences and how we can better live in solidarity with one another promoting a just society, we are experiencing our own change of hearts- a true resurrection of spirit, another Paschal Mystery moment!  
There is much work still to be done, and I will return in my eFC message next week with one last video reflection as we discuss the final portions of the Pastoral Letter.  If you have been reading along with us, I encourage you to finish the letter in preparation for next week.  I’d also encourage you to pray the Stations of the Cross for Overcoming Racism, as we did as a staff this past Friday morning.   This powerful prayer is not only a way to meditate on Christ’s final moments, but to pray that the work of promoting a more just society remains front and center.  
This Lent and preparation for Easter has brought much into perspective for me.   Life is about loving and letting go, growing and dying, and experiencing resurrection all around us.  This is how we grow as disciples of Christ.  And this is the Paschal Mystery truly at work.  
May the peace of Christ be with you all as we prepare to enter Holy Week.
In Christ, 


Next week is Holy Week.  It is the most important week of the year when it comes to our faith, because it was that first Holy Week who made us who we are.  Through His Passion, Death and Resurrection – Jesus Christ brought us from death to new life, freeing us from the power of sin and giving us the liberty to live as children of God.  But liberty is a tricky thing, because it requires our participation.  Its not enough just to be baptized, to formally be a child of God – no, we must choose to live in the Father’s House each and every day.  By entering into Holy Week faithfully, by consecrating this time we consecrate ourselves and become holy as well – like God.  We become more and more authentically his children.
Take a look at your calendar next week and block out time to journey with Jesus, to enter into the mystery that is our salvation, to remain faithful unto the Cross that you may truly rejoice in the joy that is Easter.  These days are powerful – or can be.  Just as we have joined with Jesus in the desert this Lenten season, now we must go with Him to Calvary if Easter is to mean anything at all for us.  If you are not joining us for these great Liturgies in person, join us via Livestream, and either way, look for ways to enter into the mysteries at home by washing one another’s feet and having an important meal on Holy Thursday, but taking time to pray around the Cross and venerate it on Good Friday, and on Holy Saturday sitting with Jesus in the stillness of the tomb.  These should not just be regular days and regular schedules.  It is important that we get them right – for our sake – lest we lose sight of who we are.  As children of God, where else should we be that is more important than with Jesus in these pivotal days?  As he said to His apostles in the Garden of Gethsamane on the night before He died – ‘Could you not keep watch with me for just one hour?’
I hope you have a truly blessed Holy Week!
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


  • April 2nd – Good Friday-noon dismissal
  • April 5th-9th – Easter Break
  • April 23rd – Auction



On Friday March 19, 2021 Governor Inslee updated the travel guidance for Washingtonians traveling outside of the state.  Specifically, Governor Inslee rescinded his 14 day travel quarantine and is now recommending that individuals returning from out of state travel comply with the CDC guidance.  Therefore, we are now adjusting our travel restrictions accordingly.  
Effective today, any individuals traveling out of state (or traveling within the state and engaging in a high risk situation) must quarantine according to the CDC recommendations in order to return to in person instruction.  Our goal in doing this is to protect the entire community and we are grateful for your support in this.
The CDC guidance can be found in total here, but in short:
1)  Non-essential travel is discouraged.
2)  Individuals traveling should be tested 1-2 days before traveling and upon return have two options:  1) get tested 3-5 days after return from your trip and quarantine for a full 7 days even with a negative test result or 2) if you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for a full 10 days.  
3)  If you begin to show symptoms during your quarantine, you should be tested again.
4)  If test results for any family members are positive, please contact the school office ASAP at or
NOTE:  Testing to return to school after 7 days should be PCR testing, not rapid COVID testing.  
Additional Note- International travels are now required to receive a negative COVID test before boarding a plane to re-enter the US and must also be tested according to the quarantine guidelines as well upon return.  If you are traveling internationally to a high risk area, please contact the office.

Staffing Transitions

We say goodbye to Ms. Caitlin Stroud who has made the decision to leave the West Seattle area at the end of this school year.  Ms. Stroud has taught 5th and 6th grade with us for three years and has had a profound impact on our school in her short time with us. We will be able to say goodbye more fittingly at the end of this school year, but I ask that you keep Ms. Stroud in your prayers and wanted to provide families the opportunity to thank her for her contributions to Holy Rosary School.

Drop Off & Pick Up
  • As the days get nicer, it’s tempting to stand in front of the school and visit with friends we haven’t seen since before Covid. We ask that when dropping off and picking up, you leave the campus as soon as possible. This allows room for the next group of arrivals and departures and helps keep all of us safe and healthy.
  • We also ask that you do not drop off or pick up in the middle of the street. Children running between parked cars to quickly get into a vehicle in the street is a recipe for disaster.
  • Help us be a good neighbor by not parking in the alley. The alley is only for active drop off and pick up. If your child is not waiting for you when you arrive, circle around. Most likely they’ll be there when you come by again.


Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year! If you have uniform plaid, sweatshirts or sweaters that no longer fit your child, bring them to the school office. We have a bin outside the front door. We will be putting used uniforms outside sporadically through the spring. (No polo shirts, pants or shorts)

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.

Cadet Sweatshirts Are IN!!

We have received our most recent order of cadet sweatshirts and we have all sizes from youth extra small to adult extra large! To order and pay for the sweatshirt go to If you ordered one already that was out of stock, please contact the office at


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


Our Auction theme is IN THIS TOGETHER, GATOR STRONG! Additional details will be coming out weekly in the efc.  We are in need of sponsors.

For Auction Sponsorships, contact Beth Martin for additional details. Our sponsorship levels are:
Title Live Sponsor (1 available) – $5,000
Presenting Sponsor (2 available) – $2,500 SOLD OUT
Dessert Auction (1 available): $1,000 SOLD OUT
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 Saturday, April 3rd at 9:00am. We have also added the following options, which are now available for parents to register for on Team Sideline.
–          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!


Vaccine Appointments

Holy Rosary is partnering with the City of Seattle to get people registered for COVID vaccine appointments at the West Seattle Vaccine Clinic located at 2801 SW Thistle St.  While the priority is individuals 65 and older, anyone who meets the current eligibility criteria and lives in King County can be scheduled for an appointment while spots are available.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call Libby at the parish office at 206-937-1488 ext. 209 or email at . 
If you reach voicemail, please leave your first and last name and your phone number.  You will receive a callback as soon as possible.
Appointments fill up quicky so call early in the week!
To learn about eligibility, please visit: Washington’s COVID-19 Vaccine Phases

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

Baptisms at Holy Rosary Church during COVID19
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
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.


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