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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Holy Disciples Parish






December 6, 2014

9:00 AM – Noon

Please join us in the follow-on Prayer Vigil for the intentions of our sisters and brothers here at Holy Disciples faith community.  The Vigil will incorporate the prayers and intentions gathered during the Holy Disciples Scriptural Funding Campaign and of all the requests collected from the prayer box at church.  The Vigil will take place on Saturday, 12/6/14 from 9:00 AM thru noon within the confines of our worship space.  If you would like to participate either as a prayer partner or prayer leader please contact Ramonda Huff 253.531.1864, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Barbara Smith 253.476.1635, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .    







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.  

The topic of this month is "Early Parish Ministries."








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Register at Holy Disciples


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 





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          Equal Sacrifice,

                      Not Equal Gifts

Masses & Services


Weekend Masses

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

Daily Masses

Wednesday through Friday              9:00 AM



Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11; 1 Thessalonians

5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

Fourth Sunday of Advent

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Romans

16: 25-27; Luke 1:26-38


Advent Confession & Reconciliation Service

•Holy Disciples - Thur. 12/18, 7:00 PM


Christmas Mass Schedule - 12/24 & 25

Wednesday, December 24           
5:00 PM   Holy Disciples         

•7:30 PM   OLGC

•10:30 PM Holy Disciples    

Thursday, December 25    

•10:30 AM Holy Disciples

 *Services are updated weekly.




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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.


To Visit Our

Scriptural Capital Campaign


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Thank You!

Celebration Dinner "Moves" Holy Disciples' Forward!

A very special Thank you to all those that helped organize such a wonderful and inspirational time together at our Scriptural Capital Campaign Celebration Dinner held this past Saturday. The food, beverages, dessert and social time together created a memorable setting for powerfully moving witness presented by a number of our fellow parishioners. We are all truly blessed as a spiritual family! Thank you all again for your gift of loving service to our mission. 




Our 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 

Colton Smith, and John McGurk 

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

 (Dec. 14th through Dec. 21st)

*For specific details please see Notices & Events below.

  • KofC Santa Breakfast @ Applebee's | SAT | 12/20 8-10 AM | Call For Tickets
  • Coffee & Donuts After Sunday Masses | 8:30 & 10:30 AM
  • Sr. High Youth Group Meets Sunday | 12/14 | 6:00 PM
  • Jr. High Youth Group Meets Tuesday | 12/17 | 7:00 PM
  • Holy Disciples Simbang Gabi Mass | SUN | 12/21 | 10:30 AM
  • Notice!! Change to Simbang Gabi Novena Mass | See Below



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For Your Information


Knights of Columbus Santa Christmas Breakfast | SAT | DEC 20th | 8-10 AM

Tickets are Still Available! Call, text, or email to reserve and pay at the door.

Santa's Coming! The Knights are excited to host their popular Santa Christmas Breakfast again this year. This is a fun and relaxing event. All are invite to purchase breakfast meals at $10 per plate, so bring the whole family. Call Mike Hodson at (253)405-8888 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to place a ticket order reservation. If you get voice mail please leave your name, best number to reach you and an email along with the number of $10/plate tickets you will be picking up at the door. I will call and/or email/text a confirmation that we have your tickets and the total amount due when you pick them up.


Church Christmas Decorating Party! | DEC 21st | After Mass

We will be decorating the church for Christmas after Mass on Sunday Dec 21st.   If you can stay, your help will be very much appreciated.  For more information contact  Pat Hague or Car ol Smith at 360-832-4319.


Out with your Old, In with your New!

Your Holy Disciples St. Vincent de Paul Conference will a have a truck available for your gently used donations on the weekend of Jan 3rd and 4th. Please help us to help others! Thank you for your support!


Frequently Asked Questions...

Question: Do we have a process for donating stock to the parish?

Answer:  Yes, we have a process to donate stock to the parish.  It goes through the Archdiocese, then the Archdiocese sends the money to the parish.  The last page of the bulletin is the stock donation form.  It has the Archdiocese's Bank of America account that the stocks can be transferred to.  Emily Lee at the Archdiocese is wonderful to work with.  Her number is at the top of the form.


Catholicism 101

All adults have an opportunity to assist in preparing themselves or their children for receiving sacraments for the first time.  If you are getting married, will be baptizing a young child, or have a child receiving first sacraments you are invited to attend a class taught by Fr. Matthew.  This class is offered only four times a year and is required prior to the celebration of these sacraments.  Please put the following date on your calendar now.

Saturday, January 10th 6:15 PM Mass at HD. To sign up please call the parish office at 253-875-6630 or email Coleen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


A Lifeline for Marriages | 

Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vī) can help struggling couples rediscover each other and take new, positive steps to save their marriages.  No matter the source of conflict in your marriage, Retrouvaille can help you. For confidential information about, or to register for our upcoming program beginning January 23-25, 2015

call 206-706-2608 or visit our website at www.HelpOurMarriage.com


Help Wanted: Part-Time Maintenance Person at Holy Disciples

Holy Disciples is in need of 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.


Annual Catholic Appeal and Matching Gifts

Thank you to those who have already fulfilled your Annual Catholic Appeal pledge! If you would like to help maximize our Annual Catholic Appeal Rebate this year for our parish project, please check if your employer has a Matching Gift program. Once your gift has been paid in full, you can apply for the match per your employer’s instructions. The Annual Catholic Appeal, Archdiocese of Seattle, is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax ID # 91-0778147. Call 206-382-4274 if you have any questions. Mailing address:  Annual Catholic Appeal, PO Box 14964, Seattle 98114.


Annual Catholic Appeal Year-End Payments and Donations

Still need to make your Annual Catholic Appeal payment or donation by year-end for tax purposes?

Any payments or new gifts you want credited to the 2014 calendar year for tax purposes need to be in the Annual Catholic Appeal office by December 31st. If mailing in the payment, the postmark must be stamped by Dec 31, 2014 in order to be applied in the calendar year.

To make a payment, visit www.seattlearchdiocese.org/pp and use your debit or credit card for immediate processing. Or call the Appeal office at 206-382-4274. Please do not put ACA payments in the parish collection basket.  Mail directly to:  Annual Catholic Appeal, PO Box 14964, Seattle 98114. Final payments for the campaign are due in April 2015.

If you would like to donate stock, call 206-382-7316 or 800-422-5417.

Haven’t made a gift to the Appeal? It’s not too late. Go to:  www.seattlearchdiocese.org/donate

Your generous support is greatly appreciated – thank you!


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.


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Thoughts Along The Way


St. Paul Bids Us Rejoice as the Lord Draws Near:


Brothers and sisters:

Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.

In all circumstances give thanks,

for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

Do not quench the Spirit.

Do not despise prophetic utterances.

Test everything; retain what is good.

Refrain from every kind of evil.

May the God of peace make you perfectly holy

and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body,

be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The one who calls you is faithful,

and he will also accomplish it.

1 Thes 5:16-24


Rejoice!  God is Near!

Fr. Matthew O’Leary,



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Coming Events for Advent and Christmas


Advent Confession and Reconciliation Service

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths!”  (Mk 1:3).  Bring extra joy to your Advent and Christmas by getting your spiritual house ready for the coming of the Lord!  Try celebrating confession and the Sacrament of Reconciliation this week. 

Our Lady of Good Counsel—Wednesday, December 17, 6:30 p.m.

Holy Disciples—Thursday, December 18, 7:00 p.m.


Simbang Gabi

Traditional Filipino Advent celebration.  Spirited Mass, followed by delicious food, great music and dance.  This year Simbang Gabi will be part of our Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass.

Holy Disciples—Sunday, December 21, 10:30 a.m.


Christmas Mass ScheduleDecember 24/25

Wednesday, December 24            Thursday, December 25

5:00 p.m.   Holy Disciples            10:30 a.m. Holy Disciples

7:30 p.m.   Our Lady of Good Counsel

10:30 p.m. Holy Disciples    


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Blessing Of An Advent Wreath

The use of the Advent Wreath is a traditional practice which has found its place in the Church as well as in the home. The blessing of an Advent Wreath takes place on the First Sunday of Advent or on the evening before the First Sunday of Advent. When the blessing of the Advent Wreath is celebrated in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another member of the family.


All make the sign of the cross.

Leader: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Response (R/.) Who made heaven and earth.

Read:  Isaiah 9:1-2 and 5-6



Lord our God,

we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:

he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,

he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,

he is the Savior of every nation.

Lord God,

let your blessing come upon us

as we light the candles of this wreath.


May the wreath and its light

be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.

May he come quickly and not delay.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R/. Amen.


Sing a verse from

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”:


O come, desire of nations, bind

in one the hearts of humankind;

bid ev’ry sad division cease

and be thyself our Prince of peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

shall come to thee, O Israel.


- From "Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers"



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