The US Council of Catholic Bishops has asked Archbishop Etienne to take up an emergency collection in response to the recent earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace in Haiti. Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the USCCB, has this to say about the appeal:
"This past weekend I offered my prayers of support to the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck on Saturday. It caused immense damage and resulted in a substantial loss of life on an island already challenged by social unrest and still rebuilding after a major 2010 earthquake. Tropical Storm Grace followed just yesterday adding devastation to an already reeling population. As a result of both disasters many Church properties, along with homes and businesses, have been severely damaged or destroyed. The impact will be long-lasting.
Our partners at Catholic Relief Services are on the ground providing humanitarian relief and will be with the community over its extended recovery. The chairman of our Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America has approved $10,000 grants to each of the three most impacted dioceses to begin to help them as they look to rebuild the many parishes, rectories, schools, and other Church properties reduced to rubble. But much more support will be needed. To respond as a unified Church, I suggest we take up a voluntary special collection for the humanitarian, long-term recovery, and significant Church needs arising from these calamities...
The funds collected in this special appeal will become part of the Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund and will be used to support the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church as well as the efforts of Catholic Relief Services and/or Catholic Charities USA, the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church, as they and their local agencies respond to immediate emergency needs and aid in long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts. Funds will be used in response to the earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace calamities in Haiti and any other disasters that occur and will be distributed where they are most needed. However, if such purpose(s) become unnecessary, impractical, or impossible to fill, USCCB may use such contributions for other emergency disaster relief where it is most needed as determined by the Committee on National Collections using its emergency response protocol...
May Our Lady of Perpetual Help, patroness of Haiti, intercede for us that this special appeal will be successful and provide for the needs of the people and the Church in Haiti."
You can make out a check to St. John the Baptist, with "Haiti Relief" in the memo line, or you can click on the picture above to give online through the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Outdoor Work Party - St. John’s is teaming up with Vine Maple Place to help beautify their grounds for the families they serve! Join us the morning of Saturday, August 21st from 10 to 12. RSVP here or by contacting Andrea Mendoza via the contact form on this website.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
El Grupo de Oracion Divina Misericordia les invita todos los viernes a reunirnos en oración comenzando con el Santo Rosario a partir de las 7 pm. Los esperamos!
As we welcome Fr. Bill in July, we will be providing name tags in the Narthex. We invite you to write your name on a tag with the provided pens as you arrive and wear it to Mass so that Fr. Bill can start matching names to faces. It will be a great way to welcome him with our wonderful St. John the Baptist hospitality!
Registration is open now for St. John the Baptist Pre-K, Elementary, Youth, and High School Faith Formation! We will be taking note of what is happening in our local school districts as we prepare to return to the McMullen Center for faith formation classes. As always, volunteers are needed to help shepherd our children through the program, please let us know if you are willing to volunteer. We provide training and support throughout the program. Also, while we must charge a fee for materials, no child is turned away from faith formation if the family is unable to pay; arrangements are available.
For more information and to access the registration form, click the button below to go to the registration page: