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.
WITHIN THE WALLS
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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.
Parish Office Hours
Tues-Fri. | 9-12 & 1-4 PM
Masses & Services
Saturday 5:00 PM
Sunday 8:30 AM / 10:30 AM
Wednesday through Friday 9:00 AM
The Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 45:1. 4-6; 1Thesssalonians 1:1-5b;
The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Exodus 22:20-26; 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10;
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“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.
Scheduled This Week
(October 19th - 25th)
*For specific event details see Notices & Events below.
- Coffee & Donuts After 10/19 Sunday Masses 8:30 & 10:30 AM
- Sr. High Youth Group Meets Sunday 10/19 | 5:30 PM
- Safe Environment Training on Monday 10/20 | 6:30 PM
- Jr. High Youth Group Meets Tuesday 10/21 | 6:00 PM
- God & Coffee Bible Study with Fr. Matthew on Friday 10/24 | 7:00 PM
- Cornerstone Catholic Conference in Tacoma | Friday & Sat
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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!
Needed - A Ride to church!
James lives in an adult group home and would like a ride to church. If you are able to serve in this way by picking James up and bringing him to church please call him at (360)872-8726.
Hospice Volunteers Needed
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General Notices and Events
Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum
There is nothing more frustrating than being sick. A common cold and seasonal allergies vex many of us throughout the year, and are a form of suffering.
More serious suffering includes acute conditions, serious illness, life-threatening disease, physical injuries, infirmity from advancing years, emotional distress, mental illness, and situations requiring surgery.
Our reaction to infirmity is to seek relief by treating what ails us. While medical professionals help treat our flesh and bones, the Church offers additional care for our spirit, mind and body.
From its earliest days the Church has had a rite of anointing the seriously sick and infirm. The Letter of James records our early practice: “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the Church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14).
As Christians we face our illness and suffering with faith. James tells us that the Sacrament is principally healing for the soul. The sick person “touches” Christ the Divine physician and experiences his power through sacramental anointing. The results of physical healing may not always be evident, but the spiritual restoration is at work.
Priests are the ministers of the sacrament of anointing because of the absolution from sin that often accompanies anointing and the prayers said at the end of a Christian life (though this rite and these prayers are no longer referred to as “last rites”). The Christian community is further present in friends, relatives, and medical staff who may assist in readings and prayers.
Sacraments are for the living, and those who have died cannot be anointed—so when someone is seriously ill, we should not wait to call a priest for anointing until he or she is at the point of death.
Physical infirmity, mental distress, and preparation for surgery are good reasons for receiving the Sacrament of Anointing.
Eventually all physical remedies fail. In the cycle of our human condition, life begins, grows, matures, declines, and ends in death. As death nears, Holy Communion is offered to the dying person.
This final Communion is called viaticum (“food for the journey”). Viaticum is the spiritual food one takes for the last journey, completing our earthly pilgrimage and returning home to the Lord.
Please advise the parish office when you or a loved one is hospitalized or seriously ill at home, so that we can arrange a visit to celebrate the Sacrament of Anointing. Unless we hear from you, we cannot know that we need to visit. What’s more, privacy laws now prohibit hospitals from telling us if someone is there, so we cannot call the hospital or show up uninvited to look for a parishioner.
May Christ Jesus, the Healer of Souls, touch your heart,
Fr. Matthew L. O’Leary
October 23—JOHN OF CAPISTRANO (1386-1456) had a vision of St. Francis in 1418, and afterward entered the order. John became a reformer of the Franciscans and Poor Clares. He preached great devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, and worked to end the Great Schism in the Western Church. John is the patron of military chaplains.
Mark Your Calendars
FEAST OF ALL SAINTS—November 1
Holy Disciples—Saturday, November 1, 10:00 a.m.
ALL PARISH CELEBRATION DINNER – November 22
WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY
“PAUL’S LETTER TO THE ROMANS”
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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