2020 05 20 St C eBulletin

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May 20, 2020  Parish Newsletter



St. Catherine of Siena Parish
Called to follow Jesus and imitate His way of life.

In this newsletter:

  • Update on Masses
  • Church will be open for prayer at limited times
  • Children's Faith Formation Updates
  • St. Vincent De Paul - how your donations are at work at St. Catherine
  • Thank you for giving online
  • Help us connect with parishioners 
  • St. Catherine looking for cloth mask donations
  • Annual Catholic Appeal update
  • Catholic Cemeteries Pre-Planning
  • Archdiocesan Parishioner Survey for Pastoral Planning (your response is needed)
  • Archdiocesan COVID 19 Guidance and Response (includes Bishop Mueggenborg's May 8 letter on Worship)
  • Mental Health Resources
  • St. Catherine School News
  • Welcome Visitors!

As we realize it may be awhile before we can meet in person for Mass, St. Catherine is investing in audio/video equipment.   In addition, as of this past weekend you will be hearing familiar St. Catherine music from Mark Adrian and our cantors.  View Masses every Sunday at 9:30 am on our Facebook page or use the link at the top of our parish website.


Sunday School:  St. Catherine Parish will offer Sunday School via Zoom every Sunday from 10:30- 11:00, starting on May 24th.  It will be offered every Sunday throughout the summer.  Children of all ages are welcome to join for fun Bible stories and discussion, songs, videos, stories, and more.  Please contact Lauren Bergesen at faithformation@st-c.org for the Zoom link. 

VBS:  Due to social distancing requirements, Vacation Bible School has been canceled for this summer.  We hope to see all our happy campers in the summer of 2021!  If you are interested in receiving a VBS activity packet with fun games and activities for kids to do at home, please contact Lauren Bergesen at faithformation@st-c.org.   

First Communion:  Our First Communion has been rescheduled, and will take place on Saturday September 19th, 2020.  Please keep the first communicants and their families in your prayers as they prepare for this sacrament. 

CHURCH WILL BE OPEN FOR PRAYER:   We know you have missed being in our sacred space. We have been concerned for the health of all of our staff and parishioners in keeping it closed.   

At this time we believe we can open it safely, with your help in continuing to follow social distancing. The church will begin to open this week for prayer at two times: 

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fridays, 10:00 am - noon

We have protocols in place, including the requirement to wear a face covering.  There will be a monitor in the church during this time to support you in being safe. Before visiting the church, please see the full list of protocols HERE

YOU ARE AMAZING! -  Including one very generous gift this month, donations to St. Vincent de Paul topped $12,000 in April.   This money is well used to help many needed families, with food and rent.  Thank you for your generosity and response to the call for this need!  See the SVDP interim report at the end of this newsletter or HERE.

THANK YOU ALSO TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE USING  ONLINE GIVING AND MAILING STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPES.  While overall donations are down, your gifts make a big difference to our parish!    Coming soon - "Text to Give", to make it even easier to offer gifts for stewardship, SVDP and special collections.  Also, if you receive envelopes, look in your next set of envelopes for a couple of self-addressed return envelopes in your bundle to make it easier to mail in your donation. 

DO YOU KNOW OF PARISHIONERS NOT RECEIVING FATHER'S WEEKLY MESSAGE?    We are doing our best to connect with every parishioner by email or postal mail.  I realize some people are still falling through the cracks.  If you know of someone who is not receiving communication from St. Catherine Parish, please have them call the office, or forward their name to us.  You can also email Carolyn at cfoster@st-c.org.  

In addition if you know of someone who would like to be called by phone to check in with them or needs errands, let us know!  We have volunteers ready to do this.  Thank you!

PUTTING OUT A CALL FOR CLOTH MASKS  -  We are looking forward to being together again in St. Catherine Church. We realize, when we come together again, we will need to continue to use social distancing practices. We are presently planning to have the church open for prayer a couple of times a week.  In preparation we want to collect home-sewn masks, as we will require masks to be worn in church at this time. If anyone has the time and talent to sew masks, please leave them at the parish office.  You can use the drop slot to the right of the front door.  

Mask pattern options are on the Jo Ann Fabric site: (Link)

2020 Annual Catholic Appeal 

Thank you to all those who have gifted or pledged already!  We have already collected $12,625 which is 22% of our goal!!!

Gifts to the Annual Catholic Appeal make a huge impact in our community and directly support our parish administratively.  

Visit our ACA Page to 
* View Archbishop's Etiennes video about this year's Annual Catholic Appeal,
*View testimonials from diocesan staff about the programs and mission that ACA dollars support
*See a list of many of the programs and ministries that ACA support
*Find out about teh Parish Solidarity Fund, created this year. 

Make an Online ACA  Pledge or Donation Here


Prior to the pandemic, Archbishop Etienne began an long-term pastoral planning process.   As part of that process,  all practicing lay Catholics in the Archdiocese are invited to complete an online survey that seeks to better understand the experiences, beliefs, needs, desires and faith trajectories of Catholics across western Washington.   Your responses are anonymous and confidential.  Locate the link on the front page of our parish website or go to  CatholicSurvey2020.org. 


Bishop Mueggenborg is leading the Archdiocesan task force on the diocesan response and guidance coming out of the COVID-19 state guidelines and mandates.   His most recent letter addresses guidance  for worship, based on the states instructions for churches.   

Read Bishop Mueggenborg's May 8 letter here


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Watch this Informative Catholic Cemetery Video

See our website with a good article and list of resources HERE.  If you need any additional resources or assistance please don't hesitate to call the parish office at 206.524.8800.


St. Catherine was a leader in quickly developing an education model for online learning.  It was , and continues to be, a huge transition for our teachers, school staff, students and parents to receive their school lessons online.  In the midst of this challenge, the amazing members of our St. Catherine staff amd families have moved forward in learning and relating in new ways.  


The school is enrolling students for next year.  We are excited to announce our new full day preschool program, offering before care starting at 7:00 am and after care going until 6:00 pm.  Please invite your relatives and friends to check out the unique programs, academics and faith formation at St. Catherine school. contact Kristin Litke at klitke@stcatherineschool.net .

Visit the school website at www.stcatherineschool.net

Welcome Visitors!

Our pastor, Fr. Patrick, welcomes you to St. Catherine of Siena Parish.  If you are visiting us for the first time, you are honored guests and we hope you will consider making St. Catherine of Siena your church home.  We are here to assist you in your spiritual growth and maturity as together we give glory to God through our worship, prayer and service in the name of Jesus Christ.  We are committed to the fullness of Roman Catholic teachings and to the promise of salvation that Christ offers.  May God accomplish a great work in you among us.

Parish Registration – We welcome all new members of our parish family.  Parish registration envelopes are available at the doors at the Church or you can register online HERE using the “Newcomers” tab.  Please call the office at 206-524-8800 with any questions.

May 13, 2020

An interim report from St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Catherine chapter

The St. Catherine St. Vincent de Paul group (SVDP-SC) wishes to extend our great thanks to our parish community for your generous financial support. Your gifts allow us to help households in our parish area who call on us through the King County St. Vincent de Paul Helpline for help to pay pressing rent and utility bills. We are also providing food aid during this confusing and dangerous time that is the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.

From March 16 to May 15, 2020, we have provided $7,503.00 in rent aid to 13 different households, $235.00 in utility aid to one household, $1,575.00 in store food vouchers to 19 households to obtain fresh food, and delivered non-perishable food and hygiene supplies donated by the parish community to our parish pantry to 10 households. This action helped 39 adults and 36 children in respective households.
We helped one caller, a single mother with a 2-year-old son, paying $1,000.00 toward her $1,800.00 May rent bill, plus $100.00 in food vouchers, $35.00 worth of diapers and $80.00 value of pantry food. Her ex-husband no longer provides financial help. She is estranged from her family and was laid off from her work as a waitress and used her $1,200.00 stimulus check to pay April rent. She has found new work with a former employer that will help with childcare. We are referring her to the society’s case manager for our area for additional support and counseled her on other resources in our area.

Your generosity has amazed us! In the first week of May we received $12,087.00 in parish contributions for April. This included a one-time $3,850.00 gift and another giving soul sent their $1,200.00 stimulus check. This is by far the largest monthly contribution we have received in my 7 years with SVDP-SC. It’s clear you want to help and we are doing our best to put your faith in us and St. Vincent de Paul to good effect.
On June 4, the eviction moratorium in our area is expected to expire. We expect our calls for assistance to increase at that time and through the summer if tenants and landlords, who need help as well, are not able to agree on payment plans for back rent owed due to the employment crisis.

It has always been our mission to prevent eviction if possible since that stains a tenant’s record, usually for life. We ask that you continue to remember us with your awesome support as all of us walk a road to a new normal that will, I think, require discussion and negotiation aligned with empathy and acknowledgment of our common humanity against unseen enemies, the coronavirus and fear itself.

Sincerely, John McDermott, interim President SVDP-SC



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