April 3, 2014
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Lent 3
With the Lord
there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
from Psalm 130        
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Principal's Letter
Dear Parents,                                                       


Let's Celebrate St. John! It's auction time!


These days are filled with planning and preparation - for the auction this weekend and for the new school year! As I go about the tasks, I realize how intricately they are linked.   Bottom line - the auction revenue is crucial to the budget I am working on for next year and I am so grateful to our chairs, committee members, volunteers and all of you who will contribute this weekend. You are the means to the math textbooks that the intermediate department needs, the reading program that the kindergarten teachers have requested, the assistants in the classroom. We have projected that the auction will bring in $180,000. It is there in the income line-item, along with tuition and other fundraising. It is a huge portion of our annual operating budget and of our Fair Share philosophy.   We all want the best for the children, and we give the best we can. So have a grand time and enjoy the fruits of the weeks and months of preparations!


Also remember to send in your raffle ticket stubs tomorrow! The raffle will take place on Saturday evening at the auction. If you did not manage to sell all 75 tickets, please return them to school along with the stubs of those sold.  See you tomorrow night and Saturday!   



Bernadette O'Leary  

See you this weekend at the Auction! 

All silent bidding is electronic. 
Save yourself the hassle and register your cell phone and credit card before midnight TONIGHT!
Action Items/Dates To Note  
April 9, Grades 3-6, Fr. Crispin, Fr. Okumu, Fr. Angelovic presiding
April 10, Grades 7 & 8, Fr. Crispin presiding

Parent Association Meeting
Tuesday, April 8, 7pm - Egan Mezzanine 

Sign up for CYO Track & Field  
Green Banner
Easter Triduum 2014  

Palm Sunday, Passion of the Lord, April 13
Mass - 8:30am & 10:30am

Holy Thursday, Evening Celebration of the Lord's Supper, April 17 

Mass - 7pm 

Adoration until 11pm in the Reservation Chapel

Good Friday of the Passion of our Lord, April 18   

Stations of the Cross at 2pm 

 Liturgy - 7pm

Holy Saturday, The Easter Vigil, April 19 

Mass - 9pm


  Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord, April 20 

Mass - 8:30am & 10:30am


  Short on your required volunteer hours? 
Sign up to help one Sunday every three months, for three hours, selling Scrip at Coffee & Donuts.  You will assist one of the Scrip chairs, drink coffee, eat a donut or two, and help your child's school provide teaching assistants, textbooks - so much more.  Sign up today! 
IMMEDIATE NEED:  Someone to assist Lisa on Sunday, April 13!  Please contact Lisa directly at scrip@stjohnsea.org


Scrip - the EASIEST fundraising you will EVER do!   

Lisa Mendenhall
Student News
  North Deanery Middle School Science Fair
Congratulations to the following St. John middle school students  who were awarded gold medal certificates at the North Deanery Science Fair: Irene M., Emma C., Ana M., William K., Louisa Y., Brendan N., Emma F., Leo R., Cosette E., Sophie B., Cooper L., Molly O., Benjamin B., Elizabeth F., Luke G., Eric M.,  Finn B., Margo F., Brian S., and Emily C.

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
Fun was had by all at the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament last weekend.  Interested in joining the St. John Parish Youth Group?  Open to all students (parish or not) in middle school.  Contact Myke Folger at mykeblaise@comcast.net for information - or the parish office at 206-782-2810. 
Rice Bowl
For the fifth week of Lent, CRS Rice Bowl shares with you the story of a parish in New Mexico, helping others as a result of your generous offerings through the Rice Bowl:

On Sunday afternoons in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, over a hundred people gather in the basement of Immaculate Conception Church to be served a Sunday dinner. Some are homeless. Others are newly unemployed, forced to decide whether to pay a utility bill or buy enough groceries to feed their families. No matter

the circumstance, the parish community welcomes "anyone and everyone who is hungry to come and share a meal with us," says Roberta Montoya, the coordinator of the parish's Sunday Bread and Blessings meals, one of the projects in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe that receives a portion of CRS  Rice Bowl funds.


Guests sit down at dressed tables and are served drinks, a main course, and a dessert, restaurant-style. For many of the guests, the opportunity to be served by others stands in stark contrast to the jobs that they work during the week. For single parents who are raising a large family on little income, the meals are a chance for them to spend time with their children instead of cooking the meal themselves. And for the volunteers who serve the guests, it is a chance to connect with members of their own community.


In the five years since Bread and Blessings began, its ministry has expanded.  Now guests can receive clothing, hygiene items and books, as well as referrals to social service agencies that can help with unemployment, mental illness, addiction and housing. Whatever their needs may be, the weekly Bread and Blessings meals give guests and volunteers the opportunity to sit down together around a common table. The meals are one example of how the local 25 percent of CRS Rice Bowl donations is used by dioceses to help the poor in our own communities.

Thank You Corner

Thank you to everyone working to make the auction a great success! 



Want to thank someone publicly?  Send your "thanks" to Diane Crockett at  dcrockett@stjohnsea.org for publication in NewsViews.

Neighborhood Bites
Blanchet Braves Women's Hoop Camp - Fundamentals
Register now for this camp held at Bishop Blanchet High School Gym, July 7-10, girls grades 4 through 9.  Contact Coach Bryan Willison at 206-369-6354 or visit the Bishop Blanchet site here to register.

Blanchet Braves Men's Hoop Camp - Register now for this skill building camp July 14-17, boys in grades 5 through 9.  Register on the Bishop Blanchet site today.

Katie LeClerc Greer
Kids, Teens + Technology: What Every Parent Needs to Know! 

From cyber-bullying to sexting, its all too easy for our kids to get drawn into trouble online, often with serious long-term consequences. Get informed with up-to-the-minute examples of the dangers young users may encounter and measures adults can take to promote safe habits in our ever-changing, technology-driven society. The talk covers: Latest social media trends for youth; cyber-bullying warning signs; sexting, internet porn and online predators; savvy ground-rules and parental controls.  Ticket Link and more information.