Please return your pledge envelope so we can meet our parish goal! It is our hope this year that ALL our parish families will participate by
completing an envelope.
Our Annual Catholic Appeal Goal: $32,568
% of Goal reached so far: 162%
Registered Parish Households: 413
Pledge Envelopes Returned: 215
% of Participating Households: 52%
Our Parish Goal: $65,000
Gifts Pledges received as of 7/13: $52,789.79
% of goal reached so far: 81%
Over goal rebate to parish to date: $20,221.79
Parish Project—Upkeep of the Church
Haven't made your donation yet? Give online today!
We have now moved into our 7th week of the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal. The good news is we have received pledges/gifts from 200
households! But it means there are still 198 households that have not yet responded - 48% of the parish! That’s the not so good news.
However, it's not too late for you to give!
Your gift can still help the Annual Catholic Appeal by its support of more than 60 ministries and services that are offered to thousands
of individuals across Western Washington. If you haven't already made your gift, won’t you please consider making a gift this year? No gift
is too small. If you're unsure what to give, please consider a gift of $1 a day or $365 or more. Go online to
use a pledge envelope.
If you'd rather call in your gift to the Appeal Office, they can be reached at 206-382-4274 or 206-382-4353. Thank you!
Liturgy of the Hours Retreat
September 12-14, 2014
Led by: Br. Aelred Woodard, O.S.B. and Andrew Casad
Location: The Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades (4700 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA 98023)
Price: $199 per person for all presentations, 6 meals, and 2 nights in a comfortable room with private bath; $165 per person
for a shared room with one bed
Register: (206) 748-7991,
The Liturgy of the Hours has remained a mystery for many faithful Catholics, yet it is a powerful tool to grow in communion with God
through the Scriptures. Curious to know how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours? Interested in learning its history? Learn about theology of
the Liturgy of the Hours, music and the Liturgy of the Hours, the spirituality of the Psalms, and how this regular prayer of the Church leads
us to Christ in his mysteries.
God has shown himself to be a God of justice and mercy.
A prayer to God for mercy.
The Spirit intercedes for us with God.
Matthew 13:24-43 (shorter form: Matthew 13:24-30)
Jesus offers parables about the Kingdom of Heaven and explains them to his disciples.
Background on the Gospel Reading
In today's Gospel, Jesus offers three parables to describe the Kingdom of Heaven. He also explains why he speaks to the crowds in parables
and interprets the parable of the sower for the disciples. This reading is a continuation of Jesus' discourse that we began reading last Sunday.
All three parables use commonplace experiences to describe aspects of the Kingdom of Heaven. The first parable is longer and more detailed than
the next two, and it alerts us to the two-fold reality of the Kingdom of Heaven. The beginnings of the Kingdom of Heaven can be found in this world.
The fruition of the Kingdom of Heaven, however, will not be realized until the final judgment. In the meantime, as Jesus' explanation to the disciples
cautions, any effort to judge the progress of the Kingdom of Heaven is premature. Only God, in the final judgment, will distinguish the fruit of the
Kingdom of Heaven and offer its reward.
The second and third parables call to our attention the abundance that will result from the small beginnings of the Kingdom of Heaven. Just as a
mustard seed—the smallest of all seeds—will become a large bush, so too God will bring his Kingdom to full bloom. As a small amount of yeast will
leaven the entire batch of bread, so too God will bring about the expansion of his Kingdom. In each case the image is of the superabundance that
God brings out of even the smallest of signs of the Kingdom.
Contained within these parables are words of caution as well as words of consolation. In the parable of the sower we are warned against judging
others. To judge and uproot the “weeds” prematurely will harm the wheat; final judgment rests with God. In the parables of the mustard seed and the
yeast, we are consoled by the message that God can work wonders and produce abundance from even the smallest beginnings of the Kingdom of Heaven.