Pastors Corner

A message from Fr. Jim

August 13, 2017

As you read this I will be at Cannon Beach at my brother and sister-in-law’s getaway place for a family reunion of my first cousins on my mother’s side of the family. The next generation really isn’t into reunions all that much. There should be 15-20 people attending. I will be presiding at a home Mass on Sunday (today). I’m looking forward to celebrating with my fellow Tucker cousins what it means to be family.

August 6, 2017

I hope you have/had a chance to enjoy our Bite of St. John’s today (Sunday). Besides delicious ethnic dishes and entertainment, we will also burn our mortgage which is quite a milestone in the history of our parish. We will now have the pleasant problem of figuring out what ministries we will be able to grow. Have fun this weekend! I will be on vacation the next three weeks ( I will return Saturday, Aug. 26th). Next weekend I will be in Cannon Beach, Oregon for a reunion of first cousins on my mother’s side. Otherwise I will visit friends in Bellingham and read a few books. Pray for me as I will for you.

July 30, 2017

I don’t know about you but I’m getting excited about our third annual Bite of St. John’s which is next Sunday. This festival celebrates our diversity as a parish community. In my fifteen years here as your pastor I have been so thankful for the emergence of our ethnic communities, especially our Filipino and Hispanic parishioners. You have shared with us the best of your traditions as well as your delicious food. May the Lord bless you in every way.
 

July 23, 2017

I finally made use of a wonderful gift many of you contributed to on my fortieth anniversary of ordination which I celebrated two years ago. I invited my good friend  Fr. Phil Bloom to join me for a hot air balloon ride in Woodinville on July 11th. For me the hardest part of the experience was getting in and out. In fact my maneuver in getting on was pointed out as an example of how not to get on. I didn’t realize that I could stretch my right leg as much as I did. There were eight passengers as well as the pilot. We began in a field next to the Maltby Café about 7:30 p.m. and flew for the next hour with the highest elevation being two thousand feet at about four miles an hour. We landed on the Bear creek Golf Course driving range. Fortunately the two young men driving golf balls backed off and called it a day. I was surprised at how quiet and peaceful it was up there. I heartily recommend the experience for all you adventurers out there. One young woman was celebrating her twenty first birthday and a married couple were celebrating their seventh anniversary of marriage. Thank you for making all of this possible.

July 16, 2017

As many of you may know our parish sent its final mortgage payment last month to the Archdiocese. When I agreed to come to this parish fifteen years ago no one told me about the 3.2 million dollar loan. It was only after I talked to the Archbishop about my coming to St. John’s that Ed Williams, the finance guy for the Archdiocese, let me know the news. Even so, I believed that this parish, founded on the grounds of stewardship as a way of life, had the wherewithal to fulfill this challenge. Since we have now achieved this goal I have been worried more than once that there maybe a drop-off in our Sunday ordinary income because we are now flush. I strongly believe that this will not be the case. I am convinced that you are aware that we give not out of need but because God has first given abundantly to us and calls us to share a portion of that gift with others. Thank you for your continued generosity. We now have the opportunity to grow our ministries and serve others even more.  I’m looking forward to working on the solution with all of you.

July 9, 2017

We welcome to our pastoral staff Laurie for liturgy and pastoral care. She is a graduate of the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry and has served a year of internship at St. Anthony Parish in Renton.  We also welcome Amy Bonte of our parish who is our new pastoral assistant for pre-school/elementary faith formation. Amy is excited about working with our young children beginning this Fall.

July 2, 2017

Not a day goes by that I am not deeply immersed in some book whether fiction or non fiction. I am an inveterate learner (my top strength) and reading feeds my thirst for knowledge. I have enjoyed the recommendations that come from the Book Lust series by former Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl. I don’t invite too many people to my townhouse because of the piles of books on my sofa and other areas in my living room. When I read a book that I own I normally put it in a box in my parish office to be given to the library or the Yard Sale. If you would like to browse through them & perhaps take one please be my guest.

 

June 25, 2017

After a rather long and rainy spring we finally move into the summer months. I always enjoy hearing of your upcoming trips. If they have anything to do with visiting anywhere in the National Park system chances are that I have been there. May you have a refreshing and blessed summer. I look forward to a three week vacation in August highlighted by a reunion of my first cousins (on my Mom’s side) at Cannon Beach in Oregon at my brother and sister-in-law’s getaway place on the second weekend of August. Otherwise I may get away to visit friends in Everett and Bellingham more of a stay-cation. I am always open to an invitation to a meal whether lunch or dinner either at your home or a restaurant. God bless you all!

June 18, 2017

Congratulations to all of our graduates whether from eighth grade, high school, or college. This transition time gives one an opportunity to take a breath and reflect where one is in life and where one wishes to go. Please bring God into your discernment. If you are but willing to listen God will provide you with the help you need to become the best version of yourself. Know as well that you come from a parish community that deeply loves you. God bless you on the journey ahead.

This week I will be attending the annual Priest Days at Ocean Shores. Our main presenter is Fr. William Byrne of Washington, D.C. who will speak on “Preaching and Joy of the Priesthood.” I will return on Thursday afternoon. Please pray for me as I will for you.

June 11, 2017

Often times when we speak of the Holy Trinity we throw up our hands and say “what’s the use?” because it is all such a mystery. And yet the three-in-one is not a static, unknowable entity. The Trinity has to do with relationship. In fact, we are constituted by the same relationship that exists between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We cannot create our union with God; it is objectively already given to us. The only difference between people are those who are consciously drawing upon this union and those who are not. The life of the Trinity is within us waiting to be acted on. As Fr. Richard Rohr puts it. “God for us, we call you Father; God alongside us we call you Jesus; God within us we call you Holy Spirit.” May we join in the cosmic dance of the Trinity allowing our God to take the lead.

June 4, 2017

Often times when we speak of the Holy Trinity we throw up our hands and say “what’s the use?” because it is all such a mystery. And yet the three-in-one is not a static, unknowable entity. The Trinity has to do with relationship. In fact, we are constituted by the same relationship that exists between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We cannot create our union with God; it is objectively already given to us. The only difference between people are those who are consciously drawing upon this union and those who are not. The life of the Trinity is within us waiting to be acted on. As Fr. Richard Rohr puts it. “God for us, we call you Father; God alongside us we call you Jesus; God within us we call you Holy Spirit.” May we join in the cosmic dance of the Trinity allowing our God to take the lead.

June 4, 2017

On Pentecost Sunday I have always looked forward to the reading of the Sequence. It’s melodic flow speaks of the freedom of the Holy Spirit which is invoked in its first line- “Come, Holy Spirit, come!” Later we hear “Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen, warm the chill.” There are those times when we experience a hardness of heart toward someone who has hurt us in someway. As long as we hold on to that hurt we impede the flow of the Holy Spirit in our lives. How important it is to allow that same Spirit to thaw our stubborn, unforgiving hearts so that a healthy relationship with the other might be restored. May the Spirit enliven our hearts so that we might freely and joyfully give praise to our eternal, triune God.

 

 

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