Holy Disciples Parish is a vibrant Catholic Community of Faith, dedicated to the gospel, centered in the Eucharist, and fulfilling our Baptismal call through the consistent sharing of prayer, worship, and reconciliation, welcoming all through Education and Faith Formation, Hospitality, Community Building, Outreach, Stewardship and Evangelization.





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    Saturday - November 1st 

The entire Holy Disciple Catholic Community is invited to participate in the Stewardship Campaign Prayer Vigil on November 1st, 6:00 AM through Midnight in the St. Cecelia room at church.  Participants are needed for each of the 18 hours and each hour requires a prayer leader.  Special prayer intentions will be provided for each hour along with individual needs that can be prayed for.  To sign up for the hour or hours you would like, look for the Prayer Vigil chart located in the back of our worship space.  Additionally, directly below the chart, there is special box for your prayer intentions.  For additional information, please contact Prayer Vigil Co-Directors: Tony & Ramonda Huff at 253-973-1513 and Barbara Smith at 253-476-1635.




 VIP visits continue through October.  The VIP mission is to visit every home in our parish to establish a spiritual foundation for the campaign. The teams will cast the Vision of the parish, provide Information about the project, and ask for any Prayer requests for the prayer vigil, as well as any ministry needs those visited may want to share. Money will NOT be a topic of discussion during the visit!

Everyone in the parish is requested to prayerfully consider taking part in this important venture. We hope to establish a minimum of 32 two-person teams to conduct the visits. If you are interested in participating in this important ministry, or for more information, please contact Ministry Co-Directors: Steve & Peggy Hager at 253-770-9289 and John & Mimi Lampert at 253-772-6974.




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Please stop by and visit us at our new

Welcome Desk located at the back of the church. We offer Registration Forms, Class Schedules & Parish Brochures. Welcome Desk Attendants

are also available before and after all weekend Masses to assist with your class & event sign-ups and questions.

Thank You!  


Parish Office Hours

  Tues-Fri. | 9-12 & 1-4 PM 




TLC Spiritual Capital

Campaign Rally

All parishioners are welcome and encouraged to attend the rally on Tuesday, November 4th at 7:00 PM. Come and share in the parish excitement and learn more about the campaign progress. Refreshments will be provided. Child care provided upon request; please contact Ann Wagner at 253-279-0501.


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 Calling all kids! Preschool to 5th grade! 

What does your parish mean to you?  Join us in creating a Children's Art Gallery to support our church campaign and win prizes!  To kick start the fun, we will have art events after the 5:00 PM Mass on November 1st  and the 10:30 AM Mass on November 2nd  where you can begin your creation and maybe even complete it.  You can submit finished drawings during the art events or at the Welcome desk after Mass on November 8th and 9th.


Masses & Services


Weekend Masses

Saturday                                          5:00 PM
Sunday                         8:30 AM / 10:30 AM


Daily Masses

Wednesday through Friday              9:00 AM



The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Exodus 22:20-26; 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10;

Matthew 22:34-40

All Saints Day

Revelation 7:2-4,9-14; 1 John 3:1-3;

Matthew 5:1-12a

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

Wisdom 3:1-9; Romans 5:5-11; John 6:37-40


Services are updated weekly.






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Electronic Funds Transfer







A VIP Message from

Fr. Matthew









Our campaign Special Projects Committee will be highlighting the history of our parish in the coming months.  Our plan is to share different aspects of our parish story. Please take  moment and check out our display on the kiosk in the back of church.  This month our focus is the early days at Stahl Junior High School before our parish had a name.





Deployed Parishioners

“Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as you protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform in our time of need. Amen.”

We ask you to remember

Jeff Rosenberg, Colton Smith, John McGurk,

and B.J. Chamberlain in your prayers.

If you have anyone who is deployed and would like their names to be published in the bulletin for prayers, please contact the Parish Office at 253-875-6630.



What's Happening

Scheduled This Week

 (October 25th - November 2nd)

*For specific event details see Notices & Events below.

  • Coffee & Donuts After Sunday Masses 8:30 & 10:30 AM
  • Sr. High Youth Group Meets Sunday | 5:30 PM
  • Jr. High Youth Group Meets Tuesday  10/21 | 6:00 PM
  • Oct. Widows/Widowers Meeting is Tuesday | 10/28 | 4 PM
  • God & Coffee Bible Study with Fr. Matthew on Friday 10/24 | 7:00 PM
  • Cornerstone Catholic Conference in Tacoma | Friday & Sat 
  • Table of Remembrance photos due Friday | October 31st
  • All Hallows Eve Festival Lives On at OLQH Friday | 10/31


Thank You Volunteers!!


For Your Information


Holy Disciples Lectors!

Please pick up your new workbook at the Welcome Desk.


Table of Remembrance

During the month of November we remember our departed family members.  If you would like to have your family member’s photo (5x7 or smaller please) displayed on our table of remembrance please bring it to the parish by Friday, October 31st.  Be sure to put your name and contact information on the back of the photo so that we can return it to you at the end of the month.  


630 HATS!! Yep... One More Way We Are Serving God's Will!

We have turned in 630 hats to St. Joseph Hospital Outreach program so far this year!  Thank you!!


Help Wanted: Part-time Maintenance Person

Mike Bourlier is retiring from his position at Holy Disciples and we need to find someone to provide hands-on maintenance to our buildings and grounds.  This position is currently 15 hours a week (opportunity for additional hours for the right person).   The hours are somewhat flexible.   Our ideal candidate will be familiar with plumbing, mechanical, light electrical, heating and air conditioning systems. For an application packet please contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call Coleen at 253-875-6630.


Holiday Bazaar| NOV 7th | 1- 7 PM

Looking for that special gift for that special someone? Come to St. Rita’s Holiday Bazaar Nov.7 from 1-7pm and Nov. 8 from 10am-4pm at 1403 S Ainsworth Ave. Crafters, we still have a few tables available, if you would like one contact Pam Smith 425-220-5044(local) or Kay Bowen 253- 627-4979 or our office at 253-627-4851.


Recycle Your used Northwest Catholic Magazines

In an effort to help the detainees at the Pierce County ICE facility, we ask you to consider recycling your old Northwest Catholic Magazines so we may donate them to the detainees for reading material.  They have nothing to do while waiting for consideration of their immigration status.  If you are willing to help us provide religious reading material, please bring in your old magazines and drop them off at the Welcome desk or bring them to the office.  If you have questions, please call Coleen at the office.


Information About Persecuted Christians:

Aid to the Church in Need Catholic Relief Services



Christian Solidarity Worldwide Catholic Near East Welfare Association



Read John L. Allen’s book, The Global War on Christians (New York: Image, 2013).



Opportunities To Serve

Looking for ways to serve your parish & share your time & talent?

Volunteers are needed for various programs!


Interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister? 

Training for new Eucharistic Ministers will take place October 26th at 1:00 PM in the main worship space.  Please contact Peggy Hager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (253) 770-9289 for more information.


Attention All Future Altar Servers!

Opportunity for our youth to serve God's Will... Training for new Altar Servers will take place October 26th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm in our main worship space (church building).  Who can serve? All baptized parishioners, 10 years old or older, who are responsible and desire to serve God and our community at the altar, are invited to attend. Please contact Dave Goreczny at E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or 253-435-0193, to RSVP or for additional information.


Hospice Volunteers Needed

Hospice Volunteers Provide a Special Kind of Caring - Franciscan Hospice needs volunteers with helping hands and open hearts to support terminally ill patients in homes and nursing homes in your community. As part of the Franciscan Hospice care team, you will provide companionship and support to patients and their families in a variety of ways. Volunteers receive comprehensive training and support for this live-affirming work.  There is a volunteer training starting soon.  For more information call (253) 534-7050. CYO Women’s Camp June 19-22, 2014. Join us at Camp Don Bosco in Carnation, WA. for a chance to be a kid again! Call Flora Pallechio at (360)951-3334 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Sponsored by St. Charles Borromeo, Tacoma.


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Thoughts Along The Way


Deep autumn.

Few leaves left on branches.

Freed to fill with stars.

James Liguri


I heard the haiku poem above years ago and have recalled its lines each fall.  How a few words can paint a vivid picture and make a poignant statement!

After a long and beautiful summer, we are well into the autumn season.  Fall was always a comforting season growing up, signaling back to school, pullover sweaters, fires on Sunday afternoon, and Seahawks.  Spicy cinnamon and pumpkin wafted through the air.

As the years have passed, it has been increasingly difficult to see summer pass, leaves drop, and bright days lessen…oh, those warm summer evenings!  It’s challenging to head back inside after spending so many days outside. 

But Scripture reminds us that there is an appointed time for everything under the heavens (Eccl 3:1) and mentions the seasons many times.   Each season reveals the beauty and creative power of God. 

Autumn’s crisp air means leaves turning brilliant orange and red in a colorful spectacle orchestrated in heaven.  Falling leaves reveal arboreal skeletons beyond any art of human design.  Such is but one working of the Divine hand.

“The world is charged with the grandeur of God,” wrote the great English Jesuit, Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ.  Each season proclaims God’s creative majesty and calls us to praise the Glory of God. 

We are gifted with the seasons and called to make each a time of celebration.  A poem from the East lays the challenge before us: 

In spring, hundreds of flowers;

In autumn, a harvest moon;
In summer, a refreshing breeze;

In winter, snow will accompany you.
If useless things do not hang in your mind,
Any season is a good season for you.


Quoted by Dom Aelred Graham in

Zen Catholicism, Crossroad, 1994


Enjoy God’s blessings this autumn,

Fr. Matthew L. O’Leary




Our Saints

October 28—SIMON AND JUDE, APOSTLES.  Simon is called “the Canaanite” (Mt 10:4, Mk 3:19) and “the Zealot” (Lk 6:16, Acts 1:13), probably for an earlier association with the first century anti-Roman political movement.  He is remembered in the Roman Canon (First Eucharistic Prayer), and by tradition preached in Egypt and Persia.  Jude is called “Thaddeus” or “Courageous” (Mt 10:4, Mk 3:19) as well as “Judas of James” (Lk 6:16, Acts 1:13), not to be confused with Judas Iscariot.  Jude is also mentioned in the Roman Canon, and is believed to have preached in Palestine and Persia.  Jude is the patron saint of those in despair and is often invoked for hopeless causes.




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Fr. Matthew  offers  a guided read through different books of the Bible.  We  cover a chapter or two each week, and include some background, spiritual reflection, and issues for faith.  No need to attend every week.  Drop in when you can.  Bring your Bibles.

Holy Disciples—Fridays, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (2nd, 3rd & 4th Fridays of the month)



FEAST OF ALL SAINTS - November 1st


Holy Disciples—Saturday, November 1, 10:00 a.m.







Fr. Matthew offers  a guided read through different books of the Bible.  We  cover a chapter or two each week, and include some background, spiritual reflection, and issues for faith.  No need to attend every week.  Drop in when you can.  Bring your Bibles.

Holy Disciples—Fridays, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (2nd, 3rd & 4th Fridays of the month)




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