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 December 13, 2012 

Year of Faith
Cry out with joy and gladness:  for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel. 

 from Psalm 12                     


Advent Joy   

Message From the Principal  


This week, we lit the second Advent candle. The light is growing brighter as we prepare the Way to celebrate the birth of Jesus and the light He brings to our lives. As you light the Advent candles at home, chat with your children about the many Advent prayers and activities we are doing at school.   Some students are making the images of the Jesse tree. Others are writing the story of the Nativity from the point of view of those who may have been witness to this great Wonder - the North Star, a mouse in the stable, the donkey, a shepherd, or one of the Magi. Students are making Advent wreaths, receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and engaging in service projects.   At home, continue the message and in the busyness of shopping and baking, allow yourselves time to consider what gifts your families bring to the baby Jesus.  


Tonight, Mrs. Becky Kelly will lead the students of grades 3 - 5 in their Christmas Program. On Tuesday, December 18, Mrs. Pat Tsagalakis will lead the students of preschool, kindergarten, grades 1 and 2 as they raise their voices for Christmas. These concerts promise to be very uplifting.


Mr. Anthony DiSapio, President of Bishop Blanchet, visited St. John last week. He attended Mass and introduced himself to the school, toured the campus and met with Fr. Crispin, Mr. Kelley and myself. We discussed ways the schools can enhance communication, and he shared the many successes of our alum, telling us that so many are on the academic honor roll! He congratulated our teachers, saying that the students are well prepared for high school.



Bernadette O'Leary  

   Parish Christmas Mass Schedule

Monday, December 24
  • Children's Mass, 4pm
  • Children's Mass, 6pm

  • Mass, 9pm

Tuesday, December 25

  • 12am - Midnight Mass
  • Mass, 9am  



The Star of Bethlehem was a special beacon to the shepherds that heralded the birth of the Baby Jesus on the first Christmas Eve. How does the light of that wondrous star still guide us to Jesus today? Are there other symbols of light that, like the star, guide us to Christ?  


We are asking children to bring a symbol of light to the Christmas Eve Masses. It could be a flashlight, a flameless candle, a photo or colored picture of a candle or light - something that represents the beacon of the Star of Bethlehem.


These symbols will be blessed at the 4pm and 6pm Christmas Eve children's Masses as we celebrate the beautiful gift of Jesus' birth.


We are fortunate to have the Cantionis choir join us for the 4pm Mass, and the Schola assist us at 6pm. Please remember that we cannot allow more than approximately 600 people per Mass, so please plan accordingly. Also, we are asking that you do not reserve seats unless you are a choir member, Mass participant or a related family member. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. The parish is making every effort to ensure that the Masses are a joyous celebration for everyone.

Fulcrum Foundation

2013/2014 Tuition Assistant Grants
In Parish and Out of Parish Families


Fulcrum Foundation Hossfeld Tuition Assistance Program applications are now available for the 2013/2014 school year.  Please visit the Fulcrum Foundation to apply.  Grants for parish members help offset the difference between the actual cost to educate and the amount of the family's pledge.  Grants for out of parish students reduce the amount of tuition owed by the family.  Out of parish families considering a request for financial aid from St. John School are required to also apply for a Fulcrum grant.  Apply online and provide a copy of your application and supporting documents (2011 tax returns, etc.) to St. John School, attention Diane Crockett not later than Friday, February 8, 2013.  If you have questions or need assistance in completing your application, Mrs. Crockett is happy to help.        

Wine 2013
2013 Annual Auction Wine
Underwriting Party
Saturday, February 9, 7-11pm, Egan Hall 

Due to the popularity of last year's event, we are opening up pre-orders on cases of St. John labeled wine designed exclusively for this year's event.

This featured wine is the Hence Cellars Cultivar, a meritage style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah that is custom labeled and estate bottled in Walla Walla, Washington.  It is offered at a special event price of $240 per case.  Last year's cases sold out quickly, so don't miss out on this great wine at a great price for a great event - this year's Auction!


Top 5 Reasons you would choose to buy a case of St. John Wine:


#5.  Drinking red wine is good for your health.


#4.  This is a wine you will be excited to share with family and friends.


#3.  A bottle makes a great gift, while still leaving plenty for your drinking pleasure.


#2.  It is a premium, smooth, full-bodied red made in Walla Walla, featuring an exclusive label made just for the 2013 Auction.


#1.  Each case purchase is equal to a procurement item for this year's auction and $120 goes towards the auction!




To order, email Katie Burckhardt,  Details on how to register on line for the party will be available soon.   

St. John Eagle


Congratulations to Taylor Thole, Class of 2009.  Taylor was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to University of Montana/Missoula for leadership, scholarship, and service.

BBall Classic 2013
  Reserve your seats now!  Click for tickets and more
  information.  Half of the proceeds go to St. John
Knights of Columbus Host Christmas Basketball Tournament

St. John Parish K of C will be the host for this year's CYO/Knights of Columbus Christmas Basketball Tournament for the 6th Grade Boys teams.  Games will run December 27 through 29 in Egan Gym.  Other middle school grade events will be held at other locations - visit here for a schedule.  The Knights could use a hand (or two, or three) with the events held at St. John - please contact Bennett Jones if you are able to help out, at 206-784-6938 or email
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St. John the Evangelist Parish News



December 15 and 16 at all the Masses

A presentation highlighting what we've done over the past year, with a financial summary.  Come find out how your parish is doing, where we are going, and how you can be a bigger part of it!



Join us for the Catholicism DVD Series by Fr. Robert Barron, 7-8:30pm, Egan Hall, shown monthly

This is a DVD series of 10 videos that helps to explain what Catholics believe, and why.  Our December date has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.  The next DVD will be shown January 10, Understanding the Mystery of God.  Attend all or any for free!

Please contact Anne Merklin, at 206-782-2810 or for information.

Meditations for Advent
Third Sunday

John's disciples said to Jesus, "Are you 'He who is to come' or do we look for another?" In reply, Jesus said: "Tell John what you hear and see: the blind recover their sight, cripples walk, lepers are cured, and the poor have good news preached to them..." Lk. 3:10-18  


O Jesus, I rejoice at the signs that say you are near. Your power is everywhere if I could see it.  


Yet my eyes often see only darkness and what has yet to be done. I believe in you, yet when I look around evil seems so strong and goodness so weak. If you have come, why is there still so much suffering and why do the poor still despair? Where are your miracles today?  


Your grace, O Lord, is more fruitful in my world than I imagine. I know your power is everywhere around me, if I could only see it. Show me today where the blind see and cripples walk.  


Make my vision sharper than it is. Amen. 


Attendance Request
Please be sure to contact Mrs. Q in the school office, if your child will not be in attendance due to illness or holiday travel.  You may call 206-783-0337 or email Mrs. Q,
Important Dates

Monday, December 17
Advent Prayer Service, Egan Hall, 8:20am

Tuesday, December 18 
Preschool/Kindergarten Christmas Program, 6pm, Church

Grades 1 and 2 Christmas Program, 7pm, Egan Hall

Wednesday, December 19 
Pizza for Hurricane Sandy
Schola sings at Ida Culver House

Friday, December 21
Prayer Service and Awards Assembly, 8:45am, Egan Hall

Christmas Holidays
School not in session Monday, December 24 through Friday, January 4, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013
School resumes regular schedule


Scrip elf


Remember, scrip is being sold in the east hallway outside of XDC every morning and afternoon until Christmas break (through 12/21).  Email your order the night before and pick it up the next morning.  We even have cards in the $5 and $10 denominations for the holidays.  A great way to say "thanks for all that you do" to that special someone!
Happy Holidays from your Scrip elves.  

No Junk Logo
December 21 lunch added!
Lunch service for Friday, December 21 has been added to the schedule.  Please order here!
Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.


Friday, December 14         

Penne pasta w/Alfredo sauce       


Monday, December 17           

Breakfast for lunch!  Pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, syrup, orange wedges  


Tuesday, December 18     

Chicken or cheese Quesadillas 


Wednesday, December 19     

No "NoJunk" service - Pizza for Sandy Day 


Thursday, December 20   

Homemade chicken noodle soup, oyster crackers, carrots & cucumber sticks w/Ranch dip, Rice Krispy  Treat


Friday, December 21

Chicken Burger, chips, fresh fruit OR pizza - cheese or pepperoni  


Visit "Menus" for extended menus. 


Dear Parents,

December 15th through December 21st NoJunk will run a Holiday special for January lunch orders. You will receive a 10% discount if you order a minimum of 15 meals. Mark this on your calendar and take advantage of this opportunity.


We appreciate your business!

Happy Holidays!

That's a Spicy Meataball!

Join the Knights of Columbus and St. John Boy Scout Troop 121 for the Ninth Annual Italian Dinner, Sunday, January 13th,  5pm in Egan Hall.

Support the Scouts with your
RSVP to the invitation by January 6th.  Contact Bethany King at,
206-789-7119 with any questions.


NCLL Baseball and Softball Registration Now Open


North Central Little League registration for 2013 boys baseball and girls softball is now open for ages 5 to 18. Registration deadline is January 15, 2013. Details available at

Bald Eagle

Thank you to the fifth grade students and their families for the delicious Mexican themed luncheon prepared for the faculty and staff today.  What a great Christmas gift!


IS THERE SOMEONE YOU WISH TO THANK?  Send your "thanks" to Mrs. Crockett for publication, 

Wire Hangers Need to get rid of those wire hangers?
A group of parishioners is busy making Christmas wreaths and is in need of wire hangers.  If you still have some of those dreaded wire hangers hiding in your closet, here is your opportunity to rid yourself of them forever!  Hangers may be delivered to the school or parish office.