5306 13th Avenue South  •  Seattle, WA 98108  •  206.762.7744

Welcome to St. George Parish

OUR MISSION. St. George is a welcoming faith community of diverse peoples. We joyfully celebrate our life in Christ. We worship together as a family of God, and are renewed in spirit by the Gospel message. We look to our youth as the future of our Church. We are committed to deepening our faith by the ongoing education and formation of all. We strive to fulfill our Gospel mission through ministry to each other and outreach to the community at large.

Annual Catholic Appeal 2014 Results

From Renato Sacramento  •  Posted on July 20, 2014

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!
www.seattlearchdiocese.org/donate

Annual Catholic Appeal 2014 Update

From Renato Sacramento  •  Posted on July 20, 2014

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 www.seattlearchdiocese.org/donate or 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

From Renato Sacramento  •  Posted on July 20, 2014

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,
palisades@seattlearch.org,
www.seattlearchdiocese.org/palisades

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.

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year A

From Renato Sacramento  •  Posted on July 20, 2014

First Reading
Wisdom 12:13,16-19
God has shown himself to be a God of justice and mercy.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 86:5-6,9-10,15-16
A prayer to God for mercy.

Second Reading
Romans 8:26-27
The Spirit intercedes for us with God.

Gospel Reading
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.

(http://www.loyolapress.com/sunday-connection.htm?sId=35982)