December 4, 2011 Bulletin - St. Joseph Parish

December 4, 2011 Bulletin - St. Joseph Parish

Second Sunday of Advent

December 4, 2011

Reflections Next Week:

Vince Herberholt

Readings for

December 11, 2011

First Reading: Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28

Weekend Mass Schedule

Saturday - 5 pm

Sunday - 9 am, 11 a.m., 5:30 pm

Weekday Mass Schedule

Monday - Friday - 7 am

Arrupe Room, Parish Center


Saturday - 3:30-4:15 pm in the Church

or by appointment

Parish Center Hours

Monday-Friday - 8 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday - 9 am - 1 pm

732 18th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112

Fax: (206) 329-5698

Parish Receptionist (206) 324-2522

Parish Staff (206) 329-5981


Rev. John D. Whitney, S.J.


Senior Priest in Residence

Rev. Jack O’Leary, S. J.


Deacon/Pastoral Associate

Steve Wodzanowski


Pastoral Staff:

Dottie Farewell, Dir. Religious Ed. x112

Dennis Gentele, Facilities


Renée Leet, Admin Assistant


Courtney Lilly, Development


Bob McCaffery-Lent, Liturgy & Music x109

Caprice Sauter, Administration x102

Greg McNabb, Admin Mgr


Randy Novak, Communications x114

John Stuntebeck, Accompanist x105

St. Joseph School

700 18th Avenue East • (206) 329-3260

Main Office

George Hofbauer, Principal

Rick Boyle, Academic VP

Patrick Fennessy, Vice Principal

Bulletin Cover: Section of a seasonal banner

at St. Joseph’s





St Joseph Holiday Schedule

Thursday, December 8

7:00 am, 9:00 am (School Mass) and 7:00 pm

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday, December 13, 7:00 pm, Parish Reconciliation Service

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Saturday, December 24

4:00 pm, Children’s Mass (Doors open at 3:00 pm)

6:00 pm, Vigil Mass

10:00 pm, Lessons & Carols

10:30 pm, Mass in the Night

Sunday, December 25

10:00 am, The Nativity of the Lord

New Year’s

Saturday, December 31, 5:00 pm Vigil Mass

followed by Benediction and Exposition of the

Blessed Sacrament, ending at Midnight

Sunday, January 1, 10:00 am & 5:30 pm

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Stewardship Update

Please pledge this November week 20, if 2011 you haven’t •

already done so. A

convenient way to pledge is to visit the home page of our


Thank you to all who have pledged!

Last year:

51 pledges

for a total of


So far this year:

287 pledges

for a total of


Ignited by the Eucharist to love and serv

Embraced with Compassion

One of most powerful Contemplations in the

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, at least for

me, concerns the decision of God to enter the

human race. At a time when Magellan was

just circling the earth, Ignatius invites the retreatant

to the very throne of God, calling us to sit with the Holy Trinity, and gaze out upon the whole of the world—all that God has

brought into being from the time the Spirit first moved upon the waters of chaos. You see there all the people of the earth, in all their

diversity—rich and poor, ancient tribeswomen clutching their young to their breasts and in opulent moguls surrounded by servants.

You hear the voices rising up in a thousand tongues—lullabies and curses; songs and groans; tears, laughter, and sighs of resignation.

You smell the wood fires and the sweat of the laborer, the food cooking on the stove and the rain falling through the trees. You taste

the salt of tears and the ash left by war and violence. In the perspective of the Trinity, you feel the loss of people, immersed in ego

and pride, in fear and anger, as they choose a hell of their own making: filled with war and conquest, the oppression of nations and

the enslavement of peoples, poverty and homelessness, sickness born of want and death sewed by neglect.

What a strange, peculiar God it is who, experiencing all of this confusion and suffering, does not turn elsewhere in the universe, but

embraces us even closer—circles us with a compassion that will not abate, with an unconquerable love that penetrates everywhere:

even into a winter stable, even beneath the shadow of a cross, even into the lifelessness of a felon’s tomb.

Even into our weary and fragile hearts.

God saw the world falling to ruin because of fear

and immediately acted to call it back with love.

God invited it by grace, preserved it by love, and embraced it with compassion.

-Peter Chrysologus-

Yet, this is the God who gazes out upon the world, and whom we stand beside in Ignatius’ Contemplation. This is the God upon

whom we wait in this Advent season: one who has already embraced us, unconditionally and in all our brokenness. This is the God

who invites us, with grace, to become what Christ is, invites us to embrace the world ourselves.

Through Catholic Community Services, we become not just spectators at the Incarnation, but vessels of it. We embrace the world in

all its brokenness—in the places of abandonment and homelessness, of crisis pregnancy and looming hunger, in the halls of power

as we advocate for justice and in the streets of powerlessness where we meet those who too often go unseen. CCS is, frankly, the

real deal—the gospel incarnated in women and men serving each other, not because they will get something from it, but because

they have become the grace they longed to find in the world.

In our Community Covenant, which 200 parishioners have already signed, we speak of expanding “the circle of grace found at St.

Joseph,” but we could just as well have spoken of expanding the embrace—for this, indeed, is what union with Christ entails. In

CCS, we have a means to expand this embrace to ever corner of our region, and while it is not the only way, it is a privileged way

for us, as Catholics, to do so. Let us add our voices to this call of justice and join our hands in this embrace.

This Week’s Covenant Signers:

John F. Adams, Dorothy Ambuske, Sheri Andrews, Ann Arnold, Rose Mary (Ro) Bacina, Teresa Balkenende, Susan Bannon, Robert J. Barrett,

Jacqueline D. Becklaund, Carmen Bendixen, Jeanine Benham-Jones, Rachel Bergere, Isabelle Blume, Keith Blume, Lisa D. Blume, Sarah Blume,

Jim Brennan, Patti Brennan, Erin Briggs, Gregory Briggs, Julia M. Buchholz, Michael T. Bunney, Abigail V. Campbell, Kaitlin Cappetto, Kelsi

Cappetto, Kristi Cappetto, Mike Cappetto, Michael Caputi, L. Patrick Carroll, Barbara L. Clinton, Laura Bracken Clough, David Bishop, MHB

Conant, Michael Conant, Shaun Corry, Stephanie Cross, Brian Cruess, Stephen Cruz, Joe Poe Daly, Sr. Pat Daly, SNJM, Thomas Daly, Jeremy J.

DePalma, Leona De Rocco, Sr. Rosemary Dobler, Wendy Donaghy, René DuBay, Eilis Eschweiler, Jim Eschweiler, Siobain Eschweiler, Gary Fallon,

Katie Fallon, Cyndy Ferrell, Patrick Finney, Bill Fix, Susan Fox, Candace Frankinburger, Ray Frenchmore, Joe Gaffney, Terri Gaffney, Patrick

Gemma, JoAnn Ghiglione, John Ghiglione, Gerri Gianelli, Gary Graf, Michelle Grevson, Ann Harrold, Vince Herberholt, David Hein, Yolanda

Hein, Debra Hofbauer, George Hofbauer, Ed Hogan Jr., Karen Hogan, Sue Horther, Mary Beth Hribar, Doug Hudson, Merilee Hudson, Adrianna

Johnson, Peter Johnson, Chris Karges, Lily Karges, Mary Ryan Karges, Michael Karges, Marian Kedzcorski, Kaki Keeves, John Kew, B. Kelly

Keydel, Hilda M. Kicinski, Justin Kuxhaus, David Lawton, Vitore Selca Lawton, Mary Laya, Alvin J. LeDuff, Daniel Maddela, Barb Maher, Bill

Mahoney, Brianna Mahoney, Sheila Sifferman Marie, Charlene Mayfield, James F. McAteer, Judy McAteer, Helen McDuffie, Kit McGarry, Gayle

McNulty, Cheryl Mead, George Mead, Marilyn Milnor, Bruce Mirkin, Catherine Mirkin, Jeff Montgomery, Sharon Montgomery, Petra Murphy,

Cathy Murray, Elizabeth Newman, Tommy Newman, Patrick Noonan, Randall S. Novak, Wendy Nystrom, Al O’Brien, Catherine O’Donnell,

John J. O’Leary, Jennifer R. Olegario, Erin A. Oliver, Julie Olsen, Sarah O’Neill, Mary Ott, Jennifer W. Paquette, Allen Payne, Pablo Proaño,

Marianne Pettijohn, Shauna C. Pierson, Daniel Potthoff, Daniel Quinn-Shea, Karen Quinn-Shea, Will Ross, Mia Rothrock, Paul Rothrock, Steve

Rothrock, Tessa Rothrock, Brooke Rufo Hill, James Rufo Hill, Tom Ruttkay, Diane Saas, Ann R. Scearce, Richard Schelin, Lorraine Schneider,

Lydia Schuman, Marlene Scott, David Self, Victoria Selser, Mary Linden Sepulveda, Robert Sepulveda, Samuel M. Shepherd, Jim Smith, Jo Smith,

Jeanine Snowden, Karen Snowden, Mark Snowden, Sara Snowden, Carrie A. Soli, Winnie Sperry, Marisa Spooner-LeDuff, Ben Stangland, Katie

McCarthy Stangland, Briana Stein, George W. Stein, Monica Stein, Jolynn R. Suko, Rosaleen Sweeney, John Tardif, Bernadette Thomas, Robert

Tobin, Lawrence Uhlman, Richard Van Dyk, Claudia Garza Verdin, Ruth Verhoff, Patricia Warme, Arlene Warnke, Harry L. Watts, Rita Webber,

Joan Weis, Robert Weis, Dennis West, Raymond F. Wheeler, Donna K. Whitford, Joe Whitford, John D. Whitney S.J., Pat Whitney, Stephen Wodzanowski,

Peter O. Wurmbauer, Gena Yousoufian, Krysta Yousoufian, Jerome M. Zech Sr, Angelina, Stella Cross, Parker Cross, Gary M. Fallon,

Makenzie Jones, Sydney Jones, Will Karges, Maia Maddela, Anne Maner, Annie Mirkin, Patrick Mirkin, Sarah Mirkin, Colin Nicoloudakis, Niko

Nicoloudakis, Michael Proaño, Bronson Lary Boutros Scott, Katie Self, Sam Stangland


One God, Three Faiths Series


St. Joseph is hosting the final event

Join us for an opportunity to participate in prayer with

other faiths.

St. Joseph Catholic Church

732 18th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Monday, December 5th, 7 to 8:30 pm

Sponsored by the Intercommunity Peace & Justice

Center, in collaboration with faith partners:

Islamic Center of Shoreline, Temple Beth Am and

St. Joseph Catholic Church

To register please call 206.223.1138 or


Seniors On The Go

Wednesday December 7th - Molbak’s & Flower

World outing with lunch at the Maltby Cafe. Bus

leaves at 9:30 am and returns at 3:00 pm.

Tuesday December 13th - Seniors Planning meeting

11:30 - 1 pm in the Parish Center, bring a brown bag


Tuesday December 13th - Afternoon At The Movies:

The Blind Side starring Sandra Bullock, 1 pm in the

Parish Center, bring a snack or beverage to share.

Tuesday December 27th - Seniors Monthly Potluck

6:00 pm in the Social Hall, call Mary Ott for details



St. Joseph’s Couples Weekend

Feb 4-6, 2012 La Conner Country Inn

Cost $300 per couple, Partial Scholarships available,

register by December 30th with Deacon Steve 206-965-

1646 or

2012 Planning team: Jim and Debbie Hoover, Harry

and Nina Watts, Mary Klubben and Brian Hahn, Steve

Wodzanowski and Cyndy Ferrell.

St. Joseph Community extends

its prayers and hopes

for the following intentions:

As we enter the season of Advent,

we pray that the God of

power and mercy will open

our hearts in welcome. We

pray to remove the things

that hinder us from receiving

Christ with joy, so that we

may share his wisdom and

love, and become one with

Him when He comes in glory, for He lives and reigns

with us and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and


“I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in

your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise,

for He has been good to me.”

~Psalm 13:5-6

Please remember in your prayers the family of Mike

Sauter, beloved husband of Carol, who died this past

week. May he rest in peace and may Carol find comfort

in your prayers.

Also, let us pray for Sherri Starr, mother of parishioner

Stephanie Cross and for former parishioner Samuel

Stanley. Their funeral masses were last week.

May they rest in peace and may their loved ones find

strength and comfort in your prayers.

If you have petitions you would like included in the

prayer tree, including birth announcements, illnesses

and deaths, please call the parish office 206-324-

2522 ext 100 or email

Family Mass & Breakfast

Sunday, December 11th, after the 9:00 am Mass

Parish Pancake Breakfast

Crafts for the Kids

Suggested Donation: Families $15 or $4 per person

There will be no CFF K through 6 classes that day


St. Joseph’s Mens Ministry

Invites you to an Advent Morning of Prayer

and Fellowship

Saturday, December 10th, 8:00am-10:30am,

St. Joseph Church

Coffee and pastries, prayer, presentations and discussion

For information, email Don Manning,

2011 St. Joseph’s Giving Tree

Thank you for supporting one of our

Outreach Partners!


1. Please choose an ornament and purchase the requested


2. If your item does not indicate whether to wrap

the gift or to leave it unwrapped, please leave the gift


3. Please attach the ornament/tag you received to the

wrapped/unwrapped gift.

4. Bring your giving tree donations back to the St.

Joseph’s Giving Tree or the Parish Center. The last day

of our collection is Tuesday, December 13th

5. If you have any questions regarding the Giving

Tree, please contact Deacon Steve at 965-1646 or

EcoJustice: Catholic Social Teaching

From Bishop William Skylstad's 2010 speech at Gonzaga

on climate change.

The Virtue of Prudence

Prudence dictates that we do not need to know everything

with absolute certainty before we should act. In

his 2008 World Day of Peace Message, Pope Benedict

said that: Prudence does not mean failing to accept

responsibilities and postponing decisions; it means being

committed to making joint decisions after pondering

responsibly the road to be taken, decisions aimed

at strengthening that covenant between human beings

and the environment, which should mirror the creative

love of God, from whom we come and towards whom

we are journeying.

We purchase insurance for our cars not because we

believe we will never get in an accident. If we believed

that we would never buy the insurance. In the same

way, we must make investments now in reducing our

carbon footprint and assisting those most impacted by

climate change because, as the bishops said in their

statement: “In facing climate change, what we already

know requires a response; it cannot be easily dismissed.

Significant levels of scientific consensus…justifies, indeed

can obligate, our taking action intended to avert

potential dangers. In other words, if enough evidence

indicates that the present course of action could jeopardize

humankind's well-being, prudence dictates taking

mitigating or preventative action.”

Collection: November 27, 2011

Total Needed Weekly to Meet Budget: $15,994.00

Total for Masses and Gifts Mailed In: $25,051.50


Monday, December 5

Sacred Silence, Loyola Chapel Parish Center, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 6

RCIA, Arrupe Room Parish Center, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, December 7

Friday, December 9

Pathfinders, Mother Teresa Room Parish Center, 6:00 PM

Choir Practice, Church, 6:30 PM

The VOICE, Arrupe Room Parish Center, 7:00 pm

Eucharist Adoration, Loyola Chapel Parish Center, 7:30 AM


Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

Concert Series

Saint Joseph Parish invites you

to join us to hear two groups

perform for

the Advent and Christmas seasons.

"The Annual Almost Boomers

Caroling Christmas Open House

Official Invitation for 2011"

Come one, come all, to sing Joy to the World and

share your voice with friends.

Friday, December 16, 2011, 6:30 PM

until the songbirds fold!

Graciously hosted by Mary Beth and Dick Gemperle

Seattle University Choirs will perform in

“Christmas Concert: A Festival of Christmas”

on Sunday December 4th at 2 pm.

Tickets are $7 students, $20 general and $35 reserved.

Choral Arts will perform in “Christmas with Choral

Arts” on Friday December 16th at 8 pm. Tickets

are $23 general and $18 senior.

1116 15th Ave East….. Questions Call the Gemperle’s

at 325-0784 or Carolyn Baker at 324-3695

Please bring heavy hors d'oeuvres and/or a

dessert to share, also bring your favorite beverage

to share with all.

As always Baby Corner gift cards will be available,

for your generous giving from the heart.

Esoterics Concert

Betsy Baeskens, one of our school music teachers, sings in the Esoterics, one of the premier choirs in the Seattle

area. They are singing a concert here at St. Joseph’s on Saturday Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. called: "Anticipating the Wonder

of Antiphony at Advent." Normally performed at Vespers, one for each day in the week before Christmas, the seven

“O antiphons” are based on seven different monikers for Christ found in the Bible. The Esoterics will present three

different sets of these O antiphons – in three different languages, by three different composers – Sieben Magnificat

Antiphonen (in German) by the mystical Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, Antiphonæ (in Latin) by the celebrated Polish

composer Paweł Łukaszewski, and The Great O Antiphons (in English) by Seattle’s own John Muehleisen.

The Esoterics offer three ticket prices: $20 general admission purchased at the door, $18 advanced admission

purchased online via PayPal, and $15 discounted admission for students, seniors, un(der)employed and differently

abled. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door on the day of the concert.

Proposed Cuts Threaten Poor – Advocates Needed!

The special session of the State Legislature begins Nov. 28. Citizen advocates are urgently needed because of

the budget deficit. Essential human services, housing and health care face elimination. A woman who relies on

these programs wrote the following earlier this month to Catholic Community Services (CCS): Some struggles and

simple things can be so very hard sometimes. When you don’t have your own place or you lost your place, every

simple little thing means the world to you - from a shower, to food, warmth, clothes, even a Q-tip. You appreciate

more because your eyes are wide open; your heart is thriving to heal. Keep your head up! Take all the help you

can get. Meet GOD halfway. Dreams are always possible; so dream.

Please join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Action Alerts from the Washington State Catholic Conference

and to help preserve safety net programs. You’re just a click away:

The Coronation of

Mary as Queen of


(North Transept, East Wall)

Learn the St. Joseph Windows

The three round windows on the

east side of St. Joseph Church are

original, dating to 1929-30.

On the north side is the Coronation

of Mary—recalling the doctrine

that, assumed into heaven, the

Blessed Virgin was crowned by the

Trinity (center panel) as Queen of


The image of the Trinity enthroned,

Jesus with the king’s scepter, the

Father with the orb, and the Spirit

as a dove above, has Mary kneeling

in the midst to receive a crown.

Around this panel, in the smaller

frames, are images that evoke some

of the titles of Mary in Catholic

tradition: (pictured from upper

right) Font of Grace, Mirror of

Justice, Star of the Sea, Ark of the

Covenant. See what others you can

Þnd in the window.

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