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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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.

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Regular Parish Office Hours

Tues-Fri. | 9-12 & 1-4PM


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Masses & Services


Weekend Masses

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


Daily Masses

Wednesday through Friday            9:00 AM



Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 22:19-23; Romans 11:33-36;

Matthew 16:13-20

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 20:7-9; Romans 12:1-2;

Matthew 16:21-27


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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 Emily Heseltine,

Jeff Rosenberg, 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

(August 24th - Sept 7th)

*For specific event details see Notices & Events below.


  • KofC General Council Mtg | St Cecelia Rm. | Sat/Aug 30th 9 AM
  • KofC District Mtg | Classrooms 1-3 | Sat/Aug 30th 10 AM
  • Coffee & Donuts After Sunday Mass 8:30 & 10:30 | August 31st & Sept 7th
  • Strengthen Your Marriage @ Retrouvaille | Sept 5-7th | See "Off Campus"

What's new online? 

Tax Fraud Information DVD

The Archdiocese has put together a DVD with information in relation to the issues of tax fraud and identity theft. The recording includes a message from Archbishop Sartain and a presentation by

local tax consultant James P. Murphy. If you are interested in viewing the DVD, please contact the parish office to sign it out. The video is also available online at the Archdiocese of Seattle

website: www.seatlearchdiocese.org



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Thank You Volunteers!!



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.



Opportunities To Serve

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

Volunteers are needed for various programs!


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 us at (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.


Catholic Community Services Needs Foster Parents!

At CCS our goal is to provide children in foster care with a safe, stable, and loving place to call home while their family works to reunify and bring their children home. Children and families involved with the foster care system have experienced trauma. At CCS we focus on minimizing that trauma and moving the family more quickly towards resolution. Further, we focus on minimizing the number of placement changes, or moves, that a child in foster care experiences. We work diligently to support our foster families as they help the children in their care through this difficult time in their lives. Ideally, we are able to place children in foster families within their own communities. This enables them to remain in familiar surroundings and most importantly to stay in their own schools. 

What We Need:

We need families that are willing to open their hearts and their homes to a child in need. In 2013 there were 9326 children in foster care in Washington State alone. There are not enough foster homes in our state to adequately provide stable placements for every child in care. As a state, as a community, as an organization we believe we can do better but we need your help.

What You Can Do:

Call us today at 253-502-2650. We are looking for loving, caring adults who are willing to become licensed foster parents. Given the diversity of our programs we are almost certain to be able to find one that would interest you. 


Sharing the Rosary with those in need

Are you interested in joining a group to pray the Rosary in local Nursing Homes? If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please call Margaret Warden 253-318-2269 to get more information.


Holy Disciples Prayer Line Ministry

This is a group of volunteers that provides prayer support to our parishioners when loved ones, friends or coworkers are in need of prayer and helping them through a time of need. If you are in need of prayer or know someone who needs prayers please contact Anita Ary‐Price at 253‐840‐2021 email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Want to make a difference in the lives of Puyallup teens?

Everyone needs someone to talk to, especially teenagers who are trying to navigate life. Care Net of Puget Sound is seeking Youth Mentors to be a listening ear and a guiding voice. If you are over 18 and under 18 you can join our Mentor Team and volunteer in downtown Puyallup at the Youth Investment Center. Ongoing training and support are provided. Time commitment and hours are flexible. Contact Melinda Rossi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Looking for a long-term Volunteer Opportunity?

Would you like to make a difference in your community, the country, or the world?  Do you want to serve those in need and work for social justice?  With more than 200 programs and thousands of opportunities, RESPONSE 2014, the most comprehensive guide of faith-based service opportunities is now available – and it’s free.  Volunteers serve full-time for periods of one week to one year or more across the United States and in more than 100 countries worldwide.  Summer and school break opportunities are also available.  Our volunteers are from all walks of life – from high school to senior citizens and every stage in between.  Positions are available for both single and married volunteers, including those with children. For more information: Call (800)543-5046 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - You can visit us at www.catholicvolunteernetwork.org



General Notices


HD Food Bank's Wants & Needs List  | August

Teas, Soups, Condensed (Chicken Noddle, Tomato, Vegetable Beef, Chile) Brown Rice, Condiments,  Mustard, Catsup, Canned Fruit, Jugs of Juice Also we need 2 One-Quart spray bottles in working condition. 


Baptism Preparation Classes | September 15th & 22nd | 7-9 PM

Parents of children under age 8 are invited to attend our baptismal preparation classes which will be offered at Holy Disciples ParishIn addition we ask that you attend the Catholicism 101 class taught by Father Matthew. The next 101 class will be held Saturday, October 18th at 6:15 PM at HD. These three sessions together will give you an opportunity to understand the primary role you have as parents in raising your children in the faith. To sign up for these classes please email or call the parish office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 253-875-6630. 


A Grief Group at Holy Disciples | Sept. 24th - Oct. 29th

Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care is offering a six-week Grief Support Group starting Wednesday, September 24 – October 29 from 6:00-8:00 PM, at Holy Disciples. The support group welcomes all adults who are grieving the death of any loved one.  Participants will have the opportunity to receive support, share their experiences and learn about strategies for getting through difficult times. The group is facilitated by hospice bereavement counselor, Susan Mix, M.A.  Please call Susan for further information and to pre-register (pre-registration is required) 253- 534-7016.




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Thoughts Along The Way


This has been a busy summer behind the scenes at Our Lady of Good Counsel and Holy Disciples, for our pastoral staff, parish leadership, and me, as we have steadily pursued major projects for both communities. Here is an update:


Our Lady of Good Counsel Hall Expansion

Site preparations to expand and build out the existing lower level hall have begun.  We are now emptying the space in anticipation of the build out.  Plans also include improvements to the main level.

Downstairs, we are aiming for more usable floor space, a new kitchen—better located and organized for more working space and efficient storage, and office and separated meeting room area, improved and ADA compliant restrooms, a larger central room space, and an all-around more comfortable and inviting hall area. 

Upstairs, we are planning on two unisex and ADA compliant restrooms, a smaller but more efficiently organized sacristy and conversion of the current crying-room area so it can also be used as a small meeting room.

We have contracted Jody Miller Construction of Spanaway to work out a Design-Build proposal to accomplish this goal within our budget, to avoid any additional fund-raising or taking on debt from a future loan.  The Building Committee approved JMC’s proposed footprint, and will continue to offer input on some specifics of the internal plan.  JMC has worked with the Town of Eatonville to facilitate our project and secure permits, and also worked extensively with the Archdiocesan Property and Construction Office to review and refine our plans, and ensure that the project conforms to all Archdiocesan regulations.

JMC now begins site preparation and will proceed with all “outside” aspects of the project to take advantage of the “dry season” of this summer.  Meanwhile, further consultation of the Building Committee will give input to JMC for some specific details of the interior plans.


Holy Disciples Food Bank Building Expansion

Holy Disciples has enjoyed a decade-long relationship with FISH (Friends in Service to Him) Food Banks of Pierce County.  FISH operates the Graham/South Hill Food Bank, serving tens of thousands of people each year.  While an ecumenical effort, many of our own parishioners serve in this Gospel mission, which is closely identified with our parish.

For a nominal amount, FISH leases the building from HD, but the Food Bank has outgrown the space.  Moreover, HD is in dire need of additional storage space.  Private funding has been made available to FISH for expansion of this building, which will also benefit HD’s needs. 

Members of HD’s Facilities Committee, FISH, and the Archdiocesan Property and Construction Office have worked out a proposal that doubles  the size of the Food Bank building, allowing FISH and HD each half of the space.  A. J. & Sons Construction of Olympia has been selected for the work.  Permitting is next.

This is a win-win deal for everyone because it would help the Food Bank, significantly increase HD’s storage capacity, and allow us to eliminate the shed and storage containers currently used by HD and FISH.  Moreover, this expansion will not cost HD anything! 


Holy Disciples Capital Campaign

As you may already know, HD has accepted the challenge and opportunity to get on more firm financial foundation and free ourselves to grow into our mission by eliminating two-thirds of our $3.2 million dollar debt.  Through a financial gift from Archbishop Sartain, we have been able to ask TLC Ministries, Inc. of New Castle, Indiana to guide us in a Faith Based Funding Campaign. 

The goal of this campaign is to eliminate two-thirds of our debt by our 21st birthday.  That figure might take your breath away, but we believe that “with God all things are possible” (Mt 19:26).

Our campaign begins this weekend with a presentation to the parish by our TLC consultant, and a Rally at the parish center on Sunday, August 17, at 4:00 PM.  In this rally, we will learn the plans for the campaign and be asked to participate in a survey of interest about our parish.

The Lord has blessed us with an exciting mission and historic opportunity to invest in our future. We will need all members of the HD community to help by prayer and some honest work to take the next steps God has already designed for us.


May the Holy Spirit guide our efforts as we work for the Greater Glory of God,


Rev. Matthew L. O’Leary




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Weekly Bible Study 


“ACTS OF THE APOSTLES”  - As portrayed in the epic series “Peter and Paul” Fr. Matthew hosts hour-long weekly segments of this video portrayal the Acts of the Apostles. At Holy Disciples -  Friday, 7:00-8:00 PM



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Our Saints


AUGUST 20—BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX (1090-1153) was born in Burgundy, France, and entered the abbey of Citeaux at 23.  He took 30 family members and friends with him!  Just three years later, Bernard became abbot of Clairvaux, and went on to found 68 abbeys as far away as Sweden and Syria.  Bernard was a great reformer, spiritual author, and preacher; he preached against the Albigensians and was asked by Pope Eugene III to rally people for the 2nd Crusade.  Bernard’s service was often sought for diplomacy and peacemaking.  Bernard is patron of Gibraltar.








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