Good News Newsletter- Missions Office – April 2019

The April 2019 edition of our Good News newsletter is at the printer but also available now online (along with other current items of interest): .Contents include prayers, announcements, news, and more! Also on our newsletters page are all issues for the past year, including April 2018. Add a snippet to your bulletin, send to your friends, use in your classroom, discuss it in your faith sharing group, apply it to your life! In addition – the items below may be of interest to you and are not included in our newsletter. Enjoy!

CRS Collection March 30/31 The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Collection will be taken up in every parish this weekend, the fourth Sunday in Lent, known as Laetare Sunday, a day of celebration. We celebrate the six Catholic agencies supported by this collection, which provides relief and support to struggling communities and works for peace and reconciliation among our marginalized sisters and brothers, here in the U.S. and around the world.  In addition, the collection supports your Missions Office as the representative of many of the supported agencies. You can learn more at our website: Thank you for prayerfully considering how you will celebrate the CRS Collection with us this year!

3rd Annual Catholic Immigration Summit – St. Catherine of Siena Parish  814 NE 85th Street, Seattle 98115  Saturday, June 8, 2019 8:30am Registration
9am – 3pm Program; 3 – 4pm Mass – Gather with fellow Catholics and keynote speaker Tony Cube, National Manager of Justice for Immigrants for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops!  We will hear about and reflect on the current immigration situations, both nationally and locally. We will have opportunities to learn,  network and develop personal and communal commitments. Check-in begins at 8:30 am.The day concludes with Mass with Bishop Elizondo at 3 pm. Lunch, refreshments and parking are provided at this FREE event. Registration open now at Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle, St. James Immigrant Assistance, Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and Campus Ministry, Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center and Catholic Community Services/Catholic Housing Services of Western Washington

Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ is coming to Seattle! Fr. Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest and founder of Homeboy Industries, will be in Seattle’s neck of the woods this May, and there are a few opportunities to engage in his visit.

Barking to the Choir: An Ignatian Book Group – 5 Tuesdays, April 2-30, 2019 from 7:00 – 8:45 pm St. Joseph Parish Center in Seattle Kelly Hickman and Curtis Leighton, facilitators.

May 8th at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Walmesley Center at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Seattle. Tickets are $12, available on the parish’s website: 

May 9th at Seattle University  – Spring Catholic Heritage Lecture: Spiritual Practice and Working on the Margins 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium. Tickets available starting Monday, April 8th.

2019 Social Action Summer Institute (SASI) Two Feet, One Voice: Building a Home for All July 25 – 28, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT  This year, SASI will place emphasis on giving voice to and fostering systemic change for people experiencing homelessness or statelessness. Social justice ministry is dedicated to serving those individuals on the margins of society and within our Church. Housing affordability, health care access, racial injustice serve as some of the many barriers to resolving homelessness. For immigrants and refugees, increasingly unwelcoming policies and attitudes are leaving many with no place to call home. Join Catholics committed to peace and justice from across the country to learn, connect, and advance the social mission of the Church!  Visit for complete details and to register.

Grateful for your service,

your Missions Office

“God is the Father and does not extinguish the weak flame, but accompanies and cares for those who are weak so that they may be strengthened and bring their contribution of love to the community.” -Pope Francis, Sunday March 24, 2019