"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


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Dear Lord, teach me to serve you as you deserve,

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Last Sunday St Therese hosted a Vigil for Social Justice in our parking lot. It is now available on our Facebook page. Before I mention a bit... Read More

Dear Lord, teach me to be generous;

Thursday, July 2, 2020
Last week, Father and parish leadership published a letter about the twin crises that are facing our nation and community. The letter had three... Read More

"What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul."

Saturday, June 20, 2020
In the expanded quote in today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Do not be afraid” not once, not twice but three times! He knew that many... Read More

"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."

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
A people in a “parched and waterless ground”? Sounds like the story of African Americans for the past 400 years. From slavery to the... Read More

"If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company. This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and receive us as your own."

Saturday, June 6, 2020
My impression is that the Holy Trinity Sunday is the least favorite homily for pastors. I will join the angels and fear to tread there. So let us... Read More

Amazed and astonished, they asked, “are not all these who are speaking Galileans?”

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Happy Birthday, Church! Today is Pentecost, the anniversary of the coming of the Holy Spirit! It is the Spirit that converts Peter the impetuous... Read More

You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, Which through us produces thanksgiving to God, For this collection is not only supplying the needs of the holy ones But also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God

Sunday, May 24, 2020
This week begins our Annual Catholic Appeal campaign, so I’m deviating from following the Sunday readings, and I’m going to write about... Read More

Beloved: Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence,

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
It seems that most of our groups these days forbid discussion of at least two topics: religion and politics. Book clubs, reunions, Thanksgiving... Read More