Family Communication 3/4/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
I hope this second week in Lent finds you well.  Spring is also in the air, which is a wonderful reprieve from the dark, wet winter days!
You’ve hopefully heard from homeroom teachers that our students are engaging in a Lenten service opportunity, supporting our friends in Uganda!    If you’re new to our community this year,  in July 2006, Ms. Mudge, Mr. Barker and other HR parishioners traveled to Uganda to visit schools, hospitals, and the surrounding country. Upon returning to West Seattle, Holy Rosary “adopted” students in Uganda to help pay for their education. Holy Rosary School has a long standing relationship with this school community and over the years our students have helped support the tuition and other basic needs of many students and their families.    We haven’t been able to support our friends as we usually do this year, so we’re hoping to make up for it this Lent.  We’re encouraging students, if possible, to engage in some service around their homes to earn a bit of money to support our friends in Uganda.  If every child can share $10 during Lent, it will provide enough to support our friends this year, as usually we ask for $1/child/month.  Thank you for your continued support of our Ugandan friends!
Last week, I introduced the pastoral Letter Open Wide our Hearts that our staff is studying and discussing this Lent.  I hope you might consider reading it along with us!  Here’s where we are right now:
Week 1:  Read Introduction and to page 8 (completed for this week, reflection questions below)
Week 2 (next week):  Read From “Do Justice” (page 8) to “Love Goodness” (page 16).  
Reflection Questions from Week 1 for you to ponder yourself, or perhaps engage in conversation with someone who is reading this along with you.  I guarantee the conversation to be powerful and worth the time.  
Does the bishop’s definition of racism in the first section resonate with what you believe to be true regarding racist thinking and actions?  
The bishops contend that racism ignores the fundamental understanding of truth and human origin, as brothers and sisters made in the image of God.  How have you seen this manifest in our society?
How does the phrase “sin of omission” resonate with you?  What does this make you think of?
What does the phrase “genuine conversion of heart” mean to you?
To do justice requires an honest acknowledgment of our failures and the restoring of right relationships between us.  What do you remember from childhood about how you made sense of human differences? What confused you?
What experiences have you had with friends or adults who were different from you in some way?
How, if ever, has anyone given you help thinking about racial differences? 
Finally, I offer a brief summary and a few thoughts on this first section here (password EM5$+2nL   )
Information on Catholic Social Teachings as referenced in the reflection.  
I hope that you all are having a blessed second week of Lent!  
In Christ, 


Lent, Day 15.  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.
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.
Presence Episode 2:  The Story of the Eucharist
From the very beginning, God was preparing us for the gift of the Eucharist, pointing the way for what was to come, the enduring presence of Christ in our midst to feed and nourish us.  While it might have seemed like a new teaching from Christ, God laid the foundation for this gift throughout the Old Testament, and Jesus Himself prepared the way for the full revelation at the Last Supper. 

  1. Was there anything new in the video that you hadn’t heard before?  What stood out to you?
  2. The Jewish faith finds its culmination in Jesus Christ.  What does Passover teach us about the Eucharist?
  3. In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Jesus’ sacrifice becomes our own.  How do you participate in this perfect offering?
  4. How is the Eucharist the fruit of the Tree of Life?  What does this mean for your life?
  5. Why do you receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist?  What fills your thoughts on your way to Mass, or on your way forward in the Communion line?  What do you hope for or expect from Jesus?

The Eucharist draws us closer to Christ, nourishes and replenishes the life of grace begun at Baptism, cleanses us of venial sins and helps us to avoid sin in the future, strengthens us in love, unites us more closely to the Church which is the Body of Christ, and helps us to see Jesus Christ in others, especially the poor. 
Which of these effects have you seen most in your life?  Which of these effects do you need most in your life right now?  How will this change the next time you 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

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- Important Survey from the Office for Catholic Schools- complete by Friday! 

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. 


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:


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.

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


CYO News

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!

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 Lentwe 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 2The Story of the Eucharist  
From the very beginning, God was preparing us for the gift of the Eucharist. Pointing the way for what was to come, the enduring presence of Christ in our midst to feed and nourish us.  While it might have seemed like a new teaching from Christ, God laid the foundation for this gift throughout the Old Testament, and Jesus Himself prepared the way for the full revelation at the Last Supper. 
Episode 2:  The Story of the Eucharist FORMED video link:  Presence – Episode 2: The Story of the Eucharist – 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?  What stood out to you?
  2. The Jewish faith finds its culmination in Jesus Christ.  What does Passover teach us about the Eucharist?
  3. In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Jesus’ sacrifice becomes our own.  How do you participate in this perfect offering?
  4. How is the Eucharist the fruit of the Tree of Life?  What does this mean for your life?
  5. Why do you receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist?  What fills your thoughts on your way to Mass, or on your way forward in the Communion line?  What do you hope for or expect from Jesus?

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

  1. Visit
  2. Under “Create anAccount”, search “98116” or “Holy Rosary Seattle”, then select our P 
  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 confir 
  5. This will bring you to the home page of FORMED. In the future, visit FORMEDorg and clicon 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 & 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