Family Communication 9/19/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Fall is upon us!   I find the rain and cooler weather to be refreshing….a sign that the seasons are changing and we’re in the full swing of school now.

With fall starting, our religious education programs are beginning with the parish.  The parish offers a number of wonderful programs for people of all ages. I encourage you to take a look at the parish website ( 

Children’s and adult RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is also beginning soon.  If your faith journey leads you to a point where you’re interested in learning more about joining the Catholic church (for you and/or your family), please reach out to me and I will connect you with parish staff.

Finally, I hope to see you at Westfest, this coming weekend.  This is truly an event to celebrate all that makes the Holy Rosary Community special. Thank you to the countless volunteers and chairs who make it happen!

In Christ, 



I was recently reading an excerpt from a book by Cardinal Sarah, originally of Guinea, called God or Nothing.  He was commenting on the African proverb that ‘It takes a whole village to educate a child.’  “On my continent, the family is the melting pot of values that irrigate the whole culture, the place where customs, wisdom, and moral principles are handed down, the cradle of unconditional love.”  He goes on to explore the family as the place where faith is transmitted, where elderly are respected and cared for, where receiving visitors teaches children the importance of welcoming and generosity, where children learn to be of service to society.  “In Africa, the family has never closed in on itself; it takes it’s place within a larger social fabric.  The tribe and the village are generally the natural extensions of the family.”

“Familial harmony can be the reflection of the harmony of heaven.  That is the real treasure of Africa!”

As we undertake assisting our brothers and sisters in Uganda in their pursuit of an education through our monthly collections, let us receive this treasure from them in our own homes, and may it shape our life together in our village here at Holy Rosary.  

I look forward to seeing you at WestFest this weekend!  Stop by the burger booth for a burger with my family’s special BBQ sauce.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • September 20th – Noon Dismissal (No PM BASE)
  • September 20th 6pm-10pm & 21st 10am-10pm – Westfest
  • October 9th – Parents’ Club meeting
  • October 11th – No School – Teacher Retreat (BASE open for registered students)
  • October 24th – Picture Retakes
  • November 1st – All Saints Mass
  • November 2nd – Fall Open House
  • November 2nd – Italian Dinner (following 5pm mass)
  • November 8th – Mother/Son Glow Bowl (5pm)


Free Dress Tomorrow!

Wear your WestFest Gear Friday!

BASE Program

Our BASE Program currently has space available. if you are interested in registering your child, please contact the Kristin Bentler in the school office for information about available days.

Attendance Reminders From The Main Office

Please notify the main office at, as well as your homeroom teacher, if your child is home sick or has an appointment and will be arriving late to school. All students arriving after the tardy bell must sign in at the main office for a tardy slip. Thank you!

We would like to remind parents of school guidelines should your child be sick. It is our goal to keep the school environment as healthy as possible for all children.

A child should be kept home from school in the following situations:

A temperature over 100°F (must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications such as Motrin or Tylenol before returning to school).

Vomiting or diarrhea during the night or in the morning (child should be kept at home for 24 hours from the last episode).

Red, swollen eyes that itch and are draining, or have a crusty appearance upon awakening. A physician will need to evaluate him/her for “pink eye”.

A productive cough not controlled by medication. A child who has been diagnosed with a communicable illness (e.g. chicken pox, impetigo, ringworm, or MRSA) may not return to school without a note from the physician.

A child with live lice should remain home till until no live lice are seen on the child’s scalp.

Red Cadet Collar Sweatshirts

The Main Office currently has the red Cadet Collar sweatshirts in stock in various sizes.  An order form must be completed to pick up a sweatshirt.  The Main Office is open M-F from 9am-3pm.  For sizes not in stock, a bulk order will be placed October 15th. 


Walking School Bus

We’re looking for a parent volunteer or team of volunteers who would be interested in coordinating a “walking school bus” for the school. This would mean coordinating volunteers who would meet students at a drop off location on the surrounding blocks of the school in the morning and walk groups of kids to school. If you have any interest in coordinating such a program, please reach out to me at

Library Volunteers (Service Hours Opportunity)

I’m looking for some consistent volunteers for our library this school year.  Volunteers would help with shelving books, processing new books, and general organization tasks.  Please contact me if you’d be interested.

Old Magazines Needed

Please donate any old magazines you have to the art room for use in collage projects.  There will be a box in the office for drop off.

Get Your Gator Gear

Do you want to order Gator Gear for you or your child? Forms can be submitted to the office.

Sweats and hoodies

Youth Sport-Tek fleece jacket, hoodie pullover and duffel

Adult Sport-Tek fleece jacket, hoodie pullover and duffel



Magazine Drive

Another Turn in Tuesday for the MAGAZINE DRIVE has come and gone. Keep selling those magazines. Click here to register and sell. Last day to take orders/renewals is October 6th. Remember donations accepted, $25 = 1 subscription. Donate here and share the link with family and friends!

Congrats to the top selling class:

  1. 3B
  2. 6B
  3. 8A

Magazine Drive INCENTIVE: Sell 3 NEW subscriptions, per student, between September 16 (9PM) and September 23 (9PM) to receive a FREE DRESS PASS


See you at WestFest this weekend. The fun begins on Friday at 6pm and again Saturday at 10am.  Don’t miss out on this wonderful community event! West Seattle’s own, DAD Band, plays Friday. 

Thank you to our sponsors: Advanced Traffic Control, Alki Lumber, Burgess Design, Ewing & Clark, Fitterer Construction, Itto’s Tapas, Kamila Kennedy Homes, Northwest Art & Frame, Swanson & Seepersad Chiropractic & Massage Therapy & The Grove.

Westfest Cake Walk

Calling all bakers, aspiring bakers, and even non-bakers – The Cake Walk at WestFest needs your treats!  Please bake (or buy) cakes, cookies, brownies, cupcakes,  pies, etc. for us to use Friday and Saturday.  Donate your non-perishable, homemade or store bought items to the BASE art room in Lanigan Gym on Friday, September 20th starting at noon.  Each item will count as one fundraising hour with a maximum of 4 donations (4 hours).  Treats can also be delivered Saturday morning after West Fest opens at 10am.  If you have questions please contact Krista Zeissel: or Julie Cahill:

Westfest Needs Your Help!


WestFest weekend is almost here! 

Here ar

e some important details and highlights:

– WestFest weekend is 9/20 and 9/21

Volunteers still needed



Appearing Friday night from 8 -10pm, West Seattle’s own, DAD Band.





Name the Rover Contest

NASA is sponsoring a contest for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade to name the next Mars rover. The deadline is November 1st and entries can be submitted here:

Discovering Chess

Our Holy Rosary chess class will be offered again this year starting in October and running every Thursday through May. We will meet from 3-3:45 in room 7A. Cost will be $15 a month and will be charged to your FACTS account. I have room for 30 students. Please email to get on the class list. Thanks, Mr. Ritscher


Parish Ministry Fair

Save the Date…Holy Rosary Parish Ministry Fair, October 6, School Hall after both 8:30am and 10:30am Mass

This is a great opportunity to learn more about all the amazing ministries that Holy Rosary Parishioners has.  Did you know that volunteering at your church counts towards School general hours.  There will also be Coffee and Donuts along with children activities.

Blessing For Our Bell Tower

Blessing for our Bell Tower and new Bell System, October 6, after the Ministry Fair

Thank you to all who have contributed to our retrofitting and repair of our Holy Rosary Bell Tower!  Come celebrate our new Bell System after the Ministry Fair on October 6.

Youth Confirmation!

This year, Holy Rosary is offering Confirmation preparation for all youth in middle school and high school (grades 7 through 12). If you would like to receive the sacrament of Confirmation in February of 2020, please register them at Our first meeting will be on Sunday, September 29 at 6:30pm. We’re also looking for parents to assist as volunteers (This counts toward your general volunteer hours!). If you have any questions about Confirmation, please contact Bridget Bicek at

Opportunities for Adults

We offer several ways to celebrate and grow closer to the risen Christ:

  • Catechetical Certification Program – Holy Rosary and OLG are hosting a one-year program to be certified as a teacher of the faith: a Catechist! This is a foundational, sequential, and pastoral program for parish staff, volunteers, adult learners, and parents of homeschoolers! It provides a foundation for knowing, living, and teaching our Catholic faith for only $75! More info and registration at
  • Monday Night Rosary – Join us in the Parish Center Chapel, Monday nights, 6:30-7:00pm to pray the Rosary. Grow closer to God and relieve stress. Rosaries and aids provided.
  • Inquiry – an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! If you or someone you know has questions about the Catholic faith, invite them to come! All are welcome and no topic is off limits! This is the ideal preparation for those interested in Becoming Catholic or RCIA. We meet twice a month in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 1. Our topic will be “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
  • Bible Study – We are studying St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians on Wednesday mornings at 9:30am in the Parish Center. Join us for insight into Christian living in a secular culture! Register on our website: org/adult-scripture-study or just drop by! All are welcome!
  • Women With Purpose – Join us for a new series this fall as we learn about Mary in “A Scriptural Journey with Mary” by Jeanne Kun.  Meetings are Wednesday evening, 7:15-9:00pm beginning September 18 or Friday mornings, 9:15-11:00am beginning September 20. Both groups meet in the Parish Center Reception Room and childcare is provided for the Friday group. For registration: go to org/wwp-registration.  For questions or to order a book, email Deyette at
  • Formed – It’s like Amazon Prime for Catholics, and it’s free! For a wealth of videos, audiobooks, ebook, and other resources, sign up at today!

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. Vincent de Paul. In the early 1600s, St. Vincent was chaplain to a wealthy family. Working with their tenant farmers, he developed various ways the materially wealthy could support and serve the poor. Though he did not found it himself, his example inspired Bl. Frederic Ozanam to form the St. Vincent de Paul Society in 1833, which helps us serve the poor in our own community today. We celebrate St. Vincent on September 27.

RCIA Adapted for Children

Holy Rosary Church welcomes children ages 7-18 years old who have never been baptized, along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. We also welcome children who are already baptized in another Christian Tradition and have the desire to become part of the Catholic community. If interested in RCIA and becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella at or call at 206-937-1488 ext. 252

Holy Rosary Men’s Group

Men’s Group Invites New Members – Bishop Robert Barron has urged all of us in the Church to respond to the sexual abuse crisis by staying and fighting for ourselves, our families, and most especially the victims. Maybe you’re thinking, “Easier said than done.” Would you like to learn how other Catholic men are doing just that? On September 7 the Holy Rosary men’s group is discussing Bishop Barron’s book, “Letter to a Suffering Church.” On September 14 we will hear Tim Law’s testimony. On September 21 we will hear Robert Fontana’s testimony. If you have never attended a men’s group meeting, we invite you to come and check us out. We meet every Saturday at 7 am in the Parish Center. 

Time For Altar Server Training

Time for Altar Server training–for new and continuing altar servers. Training is required in order to serve. You can sign up now using our Signup Genius link:

Girls and boys in grades 5, 6, 7, 8 and High School can serve the holy people of God during Mass. When we join in the Mass, we remember Jesus and give thanks and praise for all the good things that God does for us.

Altar Servers assist the whole church in praying. They carry the crucifix, candles and books at Mass. They prepare the altar so that bread and wine can become the Body and Blood of Christ!

The priests and the other ministers who help us celebrate the Mass rely on the altar servers so that we can all receive Christ by hearing the Word of God and receiving the Eucharist.

Servers are trained after school or in the evening. Current altar servers receive follow-up training.

NOTE: Older altar servers can become MC’s (Master of Ceremonies) and lead the other servers at Mass!

Please pick one of the following times (and sign up via the Signup Genius link above):

  • Wed., September 25  2:20-4:20pm
  • Tue., October 1  6:30-8:30pm

We will train all altar servers together–new and old. This helps the new servers learn quicker and helps refresh older servers. We’ll sign up 10-20 servers per session.

Location: church sacristy

2019 Church Directory

Holy Rosary is thrilled to announce we have invited Lifetouch Photography back to create our 2019 Church Directory. The first session dates are October 7-12th. The second session dates are October 21st– 26th.The session times are Monday thru Friday from 1:00 pm until 8:10 pm, Saturday sessions are 10:00 am until 5:10 pm. Schedule your Photography Session. Use this link, the link on Holy Rosary Parish Website or sign up before and after mass in the Church

Once you are logged into this site click on login in, this will enable you to create an account. From here you can choose an appointment time. This site is active Monday afternoons thru Friday mornings to allow us time to enter paper session request from the weekend masses. Lifetouch has kindly offered to return in November during the week of Thanksgiving to give those families with college age children the opportunity to be included in the portrait session. In order for this to happen they will need a significant number of families to show interest in a third session.


Panther Pride Night – September 20th At West Seattle Stadium

Mark your calendar! Seattle Prep is sponsoring a Panther Pride Night on Friday, September 20th at West Seattle Stadium. The Seattle Prep football team takes the field versus Roosevelt at 7:00pm. We hope our entire community joins us for a night of Panther Pride. We will have prizes to give away during the game. Admission is free for middle school students and families who are wearing CYO or school gear, or if they bring their student ID card. Join us for a fun and exciting night of football! Click here to RSVP. Questions, contact Melissa White at  

VFW Announces Youth Essay Scholarship Competition

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2713, in West Seattle, announces this year’s VFW’s Youth Essay competition.

This is a VFW Washington State Department competition for students in Grades 3-5. The theme is: How I would encourage respect to the Flag of the United States and be 250 words or less. Please see ‘programs’ at:

About 30 students from the following participated in 2018: Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Holy Rosary School, and home school.

VFW West Seattle Post 2713 increases awards for 2019/2020:

Youth Essay (grades 3-5)

1st – $100

2nd – $75

3rd – $50

This program is completely voluntary, a student (including home schooled) does not have to go through their school to participate.

Interested students and teachers should contact Bill Dwyer,, telephone (206) 938- 5719 or Ben Skwiercz,, telephone (425)941-4651.

All entries must be in to VFW Post 2713 by Oct. 31, 2019 at 3601 S.W. Alaska Street, Seattle, WA 98126.

Ask your teacher for an entry form.

VFW announces scholarship competition

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2713, in West Seattle, announces this year’s VFW’s Patriot’s Pen competition (grades 6-8). The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The essay patriotic theme is: “What Makes America Great” and be between 300-400 words. Completed entry form must be submitted to the VFW Post by Oct. 31, 2019. Local Post winners compete at the District level, winners advance to the state.

Patriot’s Pen web site:

Patriot’s Pen

is approved by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

There were about 30 students from the following who participated in 2018: Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Madison Middle School, Holy Rosary School, and home school.

VFW West Seattle Post 2713 increases awards for 2019/2020:

Patriot’s Pen (grades 6-8)

1st – $150

2nd – $100

3rd – $75

This program is completely voluntary, a student (including home schooled) does not have to go through their school to participate.

Interested students and teachers should contact Bill Dwyer,, telephone (206) 938- 5719 or Ben Skwiercz,, telephone (425)941-4651.

All entries must be in to VFW Post 2713 by Oct. 31, 2019 at 3601 S.W. Alaska Street, Seattle, WA 98126.