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 December 20, 2012 

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

 from Psalm 12                     



Message From the Principal  


As we near the celebration of the birth of Christ, we wish you and your family a very happy and a holy Christmas.   Throughout Advent the candles have been growing brighter, but the brightest experience will happen at the children's Mass on Christmas Eve, when the children share their symbols of light to celebrate the arrival of the baby Jesus, the light of our lives. We hope you can participate. (See below for details of this Mass)


Our students have put the meaning of Advent into action, sharing the light of the season:

  • Students in grades Kindergarten, one, and two made gingerbread decorations to add to the festivities of the Children's Hospital Christmas Party
  • Primary students collected donations to help a family in need
  • Students in grade four collected items for the homeless served by the Downtown Emergency Service Center
  • Grade five created Healing Baskets - comforting baskets of simple luxuries - for the ill and home bound    
  • Sixth grade students are creating baskets for house bound seniors to be distributed through Volunteers of America
  • Students in grade seven have been gathering items for the St. Joseph Baby Corner
  • Eighth grade students are collecting needed items to be given to homeless youth through the University District Youth Center

We thank you all for your support of these projects. The lessons of social justice, service, and stewardship are the greatest gifts we can give to our children.


Tomorrow morning, we will present end-of-trimester awards for academics and Habits of Mind practitioners. We will begin with students in grades 3 - 8 at 8:45. Students in grades K - 2 will have their ceremony at 10:00.


Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year,


Bernadette O'Leary  

Christmas Lights 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.   

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

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.

   Advent 4
Meditations for Advent
Fourth Sunday
The angel Gabriel said to Mary, "Do not fear, Mary, you shall conceive and bear a son and give him the name Jesus. Great will be his dignity and he will be called Son of the Most High..." Lk. 1:39-45

O Jesus, I believe you were born of Mary and are God's Son.   


Your mysterious coming is beyond understanding. Yet like your holy mother, Mary, I wish that you come to me, for you promised you will. Let me serve you in any way I can and know that you are with me day by day as my life goes by.  


Like Mary, your mother, though I know you only by faith, may my whole being proclaim your greatness and my spirit rejoice in your favor to me.


O Wisdom, Holy Word of God, Jesus Christ, holding all things in your strong yet tender hands, come and show us the way to salvation.  Amen  

Important Dates

Friday, December 21
Prayer Service and Awards Assembly, 8:45am, Grs. 3-8, Egan Hall
10:00am, Grs. K-2, Egan Hall 

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

Monday, January 7, 2013
School resumes regular schedule

Christmas Concert
Click the photo for more pics from the Christmas Concerts presented by Preschool and Kindergarten.

4th grade girls CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!    

Your support is needed as we head into the open house season in January and February.  Bakers, hospitality helpers, greeters, and classroom hosts are needed at our admission events.  Follow this link to volunteer-click on one or all of the different events.  If you are interested in helping at the Q & A for New Parents on January 15th, please e-mail Michele Thornquist directly at

Scrip elf


Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  We are happy to help with your scrip needs throughout the holiday season - only an email away!


Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.


Friday, December 21          

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


Monday, January 7            

Baked Chic'n Nugget (breast meat), oven roasted red potatoes, sweet peas, orange wedges 


Tuesday, January 8      

Curly pasta w/creamy Marinara 


Wednesday, January 9      

Chicken or cheese Quesadillas, salsa and sour cream (if you choose), pineapple  


Thursday, January 10   

Buttered noodles w/choice of parmesan, sweet peas & carrots, cantaloupe 


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, Mrs. Pat Tsagalakis for directing the preschool and primary children in a joyous concert Tuesday evening.  Truly the way to usher Christmas in. 

The 6th grade teachers would like to thank all the 6th grade families who donated items for house bound seniors in the Greenwood area. Many thanks to Kristin Kent, Dean Oquist and Antonella Bartel for offering to drop off all the baskets created!



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

Lost and FoundStop by the lower west hallway to look through the Lost and Found collection.  Items not claimed by day's end tomorrow, December 21, will be delivered to St. Vincent De Paul for distribution to those in need.