Family Communication 3/7/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Lent is upon us, a time of preparation, a time to draw ourselves closer to Christ, a time to pause, to slow down, and to walk alongside Jesus during these days leading to the Easter Mysteries.  As you consider how your fasting will draw you closer to Christ, I love to consider the words of Pope Francis (which are displayed on my door this Lenten season).  

Do You Want to Fast This Lent?

Fast from hurting words and say kind words.

Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.

Fast from anger and be filled with patience.

Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.

Fast from worries and have trust in God.

Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.

Fast from pressures and be prayerful.

Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.

Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.

Fast from grudges and be reconciled.

Fast from words and be silent, so you can listen.

May the peace of Christ fill you all this Lenten season.

In Christ, 



As we enter the season of Lent, as we are invited to increase our prayer, fasting and almsgiving, at Holy Rosary Parish we are also reflecting on the ways we use our Time and Talent in service of our faith community and beyond.  

168 hours.  That is how much time God gives us each and every week.  That time is filled with work, sleep, eating, family time, recreation, entertainment, chores and much more.  Hopefully it is also filled with Sunday Mass, prayer, and serving God with the gifts He has given you.  What percentage of your week or month do you spend with the Lord, either in public worship or private prayer?  What percentage of your time is spent building His Kingdom on the way to Heaven?  With Jesus, it really isn’t a question of if, but when and how. 

Thank you for the many ways in which you give life to the Body of Christ here at Holy Rosary Parish, and help us carry out our mission.  Please see the parish website for a copy of the Ministry and Apostolate Guidebook, as well as an online Time and Talent Commitment form to recommit to current ministries, or express interest in finding out more about new ones. 

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • March 7 & 8 – School Play
  • March 13 – Parents Club Meeting
  • March 15 – No School, Deanery Curriculum Day
  • March 16 – Heart Auction
  • March 22 – Noon dismissal, 2nd Trimester Report Cards
  • April 19 – Noon Dismissal, Good Friday
  • April 22 – 26 – Easter Break


Overdue Library Books

All students with overdue books will receive a notice via their homeroom teacher this week.  Any books not returned by Friday, March 22nd will be billed through FACTS as missing books.  Any book on the billed list returned after March 22nd should be brought to the office first to ensure the cost of that book is removed from their FACTS bill.  The FACTS bill will be processed on March 31st and there will be no refunds after this date. 

Drone And Pilot Needed

Holy Rosary Parish is in need of photos of the top of the tower; tiles and cross. We need a view that lets us see the tiles and their condition. If anyone is able to provide this we would be truly grateful.

Please contact Ted Krembs at (Note: attempted Google earth, but it does not provide a clear picture.)

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

Please check your Volunteer Hours

Volunteering for the upcoming Auction is the last widely available opportunity to obtain fundraising hours.  Please check your volunteer hours balance online to make sure you are meeting your hours requirement.  Unfulfilled hours are charged at a rate of $50 per hour on June 15th.    


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!

Parents Club

Come and get informed about what’s new at Holy Rosary! There is a Parents Club meeting Wednesday, March 10th from 6:30pm-8pm. Childcare is provided.

Holy Rosary Golf Classic

Registration is now open for the Holy Rosary Golf Classic taking place May 18th at the West Seattle Golf Course. Teams of four person scrambles compete to raise money for the Father James Mallahan Endowment Fund. New this year, the event will be held in the spring instead of our normal fall event. Click here to go to the event page for information and specifics on this year’s Golf Tournament. 

Also new this year is the ability to use your FACTS account to register! You can also still use your credit card if you prefer. Find the two links below: 


Development Directives

All AUCTION related questions may be answered here.

ONLINE AUCTION: Thanks to those that made purchases in the online auction. Don’t forget to pick up your items after school today, otherwise items will need to be picked up in the main office.

TICKETS: The auction is SOLD OUT!

VOLUNTEER: Sign up here. This is a huge volunteer event. LAST CHANCE TO EARN FUNDRAISING HOURS. Spotters and Distribution volunteers needed.  Spotters can enjoy the live auction and encourage guests to bid. If you like seeing all the items up for bid, then Distribution is your position.


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 to the office or download here by Wednesday at 3pm.  Please contact Kristin McMahan at with raffle questions.

AUCTION CATALOGS: Coming home in time for the weekend. Get your groups together to bid on the larger group items. Preview the catalog here.

The auction NEEDS BOXES to move items to the Brockey Center next Saturday. Please bring any large boxes (case of paper size to large amazon box size) to Beth’s office or place on the stage NEXT WEEK. The auction committee will need to carry the boxes, so please nothing exceptionally large or odd shaped. DO NOT PLACE on the stage until Monday as the Drama performance is this week.

Father-Daughter Glow Bowl

Save the date! Our annual Father-Daughter bowling at West Seattle Bowl is on Friday, May 3rd.

Registration for Summer Camps Now Open!

We are offering 2 summer camps for incoming Prekindergarten and Kindergarten students.  Each camp is limited to 12 students.  Registration information can be found here.


Lenten Gathering for the whole Family

This 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!

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:


Opportunities for Adults

As we enter the desert with Christ this Lent, here are a few ways to grow closer to Jesus and to the people he loves:

  • No Greater Love – Join us for a biblical pilgrimage that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. You can join our regular Wednesday morning Study Group, or you can join our Facebook-based on-line study group! Please register at org/adult-scripture-study. The Wednesday Morning Study Group will begin on Wednesday, March 13.
  • 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.

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 For questions or need a book (only $1), please email Deyette at Join us for this 5 week session!

For more information, or if you have any suggestions, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203 or


Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we celebrate St. Augustine of Hippo. Born in north Africa in the year 354, St. Augustine was raised by a Christian mother and a Roman pagan father. Through his youth, he sampled all the spiritual and philosophical trends that were popular in the Roman Empire at the time; but he credits his mother’s prayer for him for his ultimate conversion to Christianity. He became a priest and bishop, and among his prolific writings wrote the first autobiography, his Confessions. He is patron of students, seekers, and brewers. We celebrate his feast on August 28.




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!