"Do not forget the LORD, your God, who guided you through the vast and terrible desert with its saraph serpents and scorpions, its parched and waterless ground; who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock."

Moses to the People, Deuteronomy 8:14b – 16a

A people in a “parched and waterless ground”? Sounds like the story of African Americans for the past 400 years. From slavery to the terrorism of Jim Crow, to the more subtle racism of the north, the land has been parched and waterless. Yet the African American churches have been true to our God and have sown the seeds of justice for the whole country.

The country is now in a crisis – a turning point – and now we have an opportunity to make it rain.

So what is the community of St. Therese to do?

Our Pastoral Council continues to re-invigorate our parish. Last Saturday the Council hosted a virtual leadership retreat. The retreat began a process of creating an action plan for the next six months. While this process was not completed last Saturday, I took away a few suggestions of what we could do to help:

Join the Social Justice Commission. The Commission has but three members. It needs at least five more. If there was ever a moment that St Therese needs a Social Justice Commission it is now! If you want to work for justice, email Trisha Tinsley at citizencoach@gmail.com.

Join or give to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. St. Vincent’s is desperately trying to keep people in their homes with rent support and utility bills. 

Volunteer with or give to Catholic Community Services. Our overflow shelter functions as a support to the St. Martin de Porres Shelter, a ministry of CCS. To increase social distancing, St. Martin’s is housing 1/10th its capacity. Fifty percent of the staff of the shelter have come down with COVID-19; fortunately, no one has died. CCS also needs volunteers to help keep people in their homes.

Give to the Annual Catholic Appeal. The Appeal brings some equality to all members of the Church in Western Washington, and is currently supporting faith communities who are struggling due to the pandemic.

You can support the work of the Church of Western Washington by clicking on this link: Annual Catholic Appeal. If you have questions about the Appeal, please email me at jvrussell85@gmail.com

Finally, you can make a contribution online at st-therese.org and clicking on the “Donate Now” button or use the Push-Pay app on your phone. If you are giving through automatic transfers, please go onto your phone and download the Push-Pay app. When you get to “search for your church” enter “saint therese.” Be sure to send a note to Diane Figaro at paa@st-therese.cc so she can discontinue your automatic transfer through our current agent. Of course, checks are also accepted. The mailing address of the office is 3416 E. Marion Street, Seattle, 98122.


Stewardship Corner

Weekly Updates from our Stewardship Commission


Wrath and anger are hateful things.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Sirach may have hated wrath and anger but wrath and anger are hate-filled emotions. Mostly they are full of self-hate from a profound frustration... Read More

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
OK. This isn’t about this week’s readings. It’s the same reading I commented on last week in regards to materialism and the... Read More

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Saturday, August 29, 2020
Oh, boy. St. Paul is talking about prayer again and here sets out a daunting prayer challenge: first we must figure out how we are conforming to... Read More

For from God and through God and for God are all things.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Today’s reading from Paul immediately follows last week’s passages about God delivering all to disobedience so that God may show mercy.... Read More

For God delivered all to disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.

Friday, August 14, 2020
What? God delivers all to disobedience??? Well, God, after all, did put the snake in Eden. There is no redemption without sin. Those of us who are... Read More

Brothers and sisters: What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.

Monday, August 10, 2020
Or pandemics or racism? Same answer. In the reading from Matthew, Jesus is grieving for John the Baptist, who has just been executed in the prison... Read More

“Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart.”

Monday, August 10, 2020
I have a New American Bible, revised, that translates this passage with “a listening heart.”  I have also seen this translated as... Read More

Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought,

Sunday, July 19, 2020
The full text of Romans 8:26-27 (which wouldn't fit in the blog title) is: Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for... Read More