December 11, 2014
   My soul rejoices in my God.
from Luke 1

December Saints:  PK-2, St. Nicholas; Grs. 3-5, St. Mary Magdalene; Grs. 6-8, St. Maximilian Kolbe 
Decenber Virtue:  Generosity - Giving without counting the cost    
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Principal's Letter

Immaculate Conception Mass
Dear Families,


According to the weather forecast, we are to expect a severe wind-storm tonight beginning at 6pm. Power outages may occur.


Should such an event take place during the Christmas Program, please follow the safety guidelines listed below:

  • Please do not call out to your child. Stay calm. Faculty and staff will be present and we will facilitate leading the children to meet with parents.
  • Throughout the performances, the children will be gathered at specific points in Egan Hall. Should the lights go out students have been instructed to remain where they are.
  • Listen for announcements from an administrator about where you will meet your children.
  • Many of you have a flashlight app on your phones. You may also want to bring a flashlight with you.

We do not wish to make the children anxious, but to prepare them. We ask the same of you. The faculty will talk to the students about this and it will help if you also do the same with your children. It is a good opportunity to talk with your children about how we prepare at home and in our neighborhoods when high winds and power outages occur.


On a happier note, the children are very excited about their Christmas Programs. The Cantionis Choir performed at lunchtime today for their classmates and for the teachers. They sang beautifully and added a very festive spirit to our luncheon provided by the fifth grade parents. Thank you all!


On Monday, we will gather in the church at 8:30am for Advent prayer. Please make sure that your child is on time. The students go straight to church from the playground.


See you this evening and hopefully all will be calm and all will be bright!

Bernadette O'Leary  
Dates To Note/Action Items

Tonight, Thursday, December 11
Grades 3, 4, & 5 Christmas Program, Egan Hall, 7pm

Green Banner

Tuesday, December  16 - PK/K Christmas Program, 6pm, Church
Tuesday, December 16 - Grades 1/2 Christmas Concert, 7pm, Egan Hall
Friday, December 19 - Prayer service, 10:45am;
noon dismissal for Christmas Holidays

All items in the Lost & Found (lower west hallway) will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul on Friday, December 19.  If you have not seen your student's coat or sweatshirt for awhile, please check the Lost & Found. 

Be sure to check the online calendar - updated regularly - for changes to the draft calendar distributed in July.  
Annual Report 2013-14

Our Annual Report for 2013-14 should have come home via your youngest child this week.  It is also available in an electronic magazine format -



Read the latest Auction Newsletter!

Student and Alumni News

Freshman Emma Flood, St. John Class of 2014
represented the  Bishop Blanchet High School Women's Cross Country team at the recent State Tournament.  Emma finished 7th place in the Metro League.

Junior Braden Thole, St. John Class of 2012
was November's Student of the Month in the Social Studies Department at Bishop Blanchet High School.

Regina Fletcher, St. John Class of 2006
recently earned her Urban Planning & Environmental 
Policy degree from Western Washington University. After working in downtown Bellingham, Regina and some friends were motivated to improve their community. They decided to start Project Helping Hands in Bellingham. Project  Helping Hands originated in Seattle through the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. John Church in 2002, and has helped give over $160,000 worth of items to those in need. Its purpose is to help the homeless in a dignified way. 
Buy your holiday Scrip gift cards from us!  We will be selling before and after school from now through
December 19
th outside of XDC.

 The last opportunity to buy Scrip will be after masses on Sunday, December 21
st.  After that, the Scrip Office is going to hibernate for two weeks! 


Have a very Merry Christmas! 

St. John Scrip's email has changed -  Thank you.  



Using Scrip is part of your Fair Share Commitment to St. John School!   

Questions? Contact Karen Bombino and the Scrip Team at  
Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers & Bakers Needed for January Open House events -
please visit Volunteer Spot and sign up!  Thank you! 
From the Parish 



We are fast approaching the glorious Christmas Season. I think that you will agree time passes more quickly year after year! Over the last few years it has been apparent that on Christmas Eve many parishioners along with their extended families come to worship at St. John. I am thrilled that we have such community on this very special night.


To accommodate the large volume on Christmas Eve we will be offering TWO children's Masses at 4pm and 6pm.

The ushers will have to strictly monitor the number of attendees for each Mass and only allow enough participants to fill all of the seats - there will be minimal standing room allowed. We anticipate that we cannot allow more than approximately 600 per Mass.  Please plan accordingly.  We want to be able to serve you - all are welcome!  However, we must adhere to city regulations as well.


We look forward to having our wonderful children lead us in worship on this very blessed night. We are so fortunate to have the Schola Choir join us for the 4pm Mass and the Cantionis Choir assist us in worship at the 6pm. There are additional masses at 9pm on Christmas Eve and 9am on Christmas morning.


In the coming weeks, please read the bulletin for additional information regarding the Masses for Christmas. The parish is making every effort to ensure that the Masses are a joyous celebration for everyone.


Baraka ya Yesu!


Padré Crispin

Christmas Eve Children's Mass
December 24, 4pm & 6pm


What does Jesus' birth mean to you? The angels told the shepherds and then the shepherds told others about the birth of Jesus. Who spread the good news about your birth? Do you think that people came to see you when you were born? Do you realize you are just as precious to your mom and dad as Jesus was to Mary and Joseph? Do you know that you, like Jesus, are another child, equally precious in the eyes of God?


We are asking children to bring a baby photo to Christmas Eve Mass. We will bless the photos as we celebrate the beautiful gift of life and Jesus' birth. A Sprinkling Rite will be given, so please protect your precious photos in a frame or plastic covering.

Ellie Strigen, Holy Names Academy junior (St. John School Class of 2012) coordinates our Parish Giving Tree this year.


Three organizations dedicated to assisting the homeless, benefit from your gifts this season: Noel House, University District Youth Center, and St. Martin de Porres Shelter.  For more information about the Tree and the organizations benefiting, link here.  


Please take an ornament from the Giving Tree, return that item unwrapped, and place it under the tree by Sunday, December 14.  Thank you so much for your generosity in making this a wonderful Christmas for the homeless in our community.

Knights of Columbus
Annual Christmas Tree Sale
Saturday, December 13, 10am-7pm,
Sunday, December 14, 9am-3pm
St. John Parking Lot

Proceeds benefit the St. John Women's Shelter and CCS Noel House programs serving  homeless women in the Seattle area.

Adult Confirmation-Begins January 14th!

Are you an adult, 18 or older, who has never received Confirmation?  Would you like to be confirmed and receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit through Confirmation?   Adult Confirmation sessions begin Wed. January 14th at 7-9PM in Quigley, Chapel room.  For more information, contact Anne Merklin at or at 206-782-2810.


Baptism and Sacraments of Initiation for Children Seven Years and Older

Children 7 years or older, who are unbaptized or baptized in another faith tradition, with parental support, can become Catholics and receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Communion and Confirmation at Easter Vigil.  Sessions begin in January. 

Anne Merklin, at 206-782-2810 or


10:30 Nursery is OPEN!

St. John Nursery is FREE.  Come to the Quigley Building (Parish office building) and ring the bell marked "Nursery" on the door facing the parking lot or across from the Preschool door. Children ages 6 months to 3 years are welcome!

Let's lead your child in a good direction!  Coming together is a beginning - keeping together is a progress - working together is a success!

Our night Head Chef/Manager told us about his grandmother's apple sauce cake recipe. We checked it out and adopted it right away!  Yum! 



Get your child excited about packing her or his lunch online
Neighborhood Bites

North Central Little League - It's time to register your little leaguer for next year's season.  NCLL has open registration for baseball and softball for players ages 5-18.  We are partnering with University of Washington for skill building clinics.  Register at Visit our Facebook page.


Ingraham High School will hold Open House on February 4, 10, and 12. Schedule a student tour for February 11 or 26 by calling 206-252-3888.


Thank You Corner
The 8th grade would like to thank Kimberly Butler, Doreen Kriekenbeek-Davis and their families for all the time and effort they put in to making our Washington, DC fundraiser/wreath sale a success. 

Thank you to families of fifth grade students for the beautiful Christmas luncheon provided today!  Ham with all the trimmings!  Everyone left with a smile!  



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


What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.

Nelson Mandela