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

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June 16th - August 15th:  9 AM - 3 PM  Closed on Fridays 


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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



Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19; Romans 8:26-27;

Matthew 13:24-43

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Kings 3:5, 7-12; Romans 8:28-30;

Matthew 13:44-52

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 55:1-3; Romans 8:35, 37-39;

Matthew 14:13-21


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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

(July 20th - 27th)

*For specific event details see Notices & Events below.

  • Vacation Bible School | July 21-24, 1-4:30 PM
  • EFT Online Update | July 23rd
  • Coffee & Donuts After Sunday Mass 8:30 & 10:30 | July 27th
  • Welcome Dinner For New Parishioners | August 2nd
  • Youth Outreach Mission Trip | *See Needs Below | August 3rd-9th
  • RCIA meets for 2 Thursdays on August 7th & 21st | 7:00 PM
  • Catholicism 101 at Holy Disciples | July 19th | 6:30 PM
  • ASTRA Presents "Once Upon A time" | July 18th-August 2nd
  • Holy Disciples Collects Food For Food Bank | August 24rd
  • Blessing of the Bikes w/Fr. Matthew | August 27th | After 10:30 Mass
  • Knights on Bikes | Wounded Warrior Fundraiser BBQ/Mt. Rainier Ride | August 27th after Blessing of the Bikes

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




For Your Information


EFT Update | July 23rd

Online Giving is getting an update!  On Wednesday morning, July 23rd, 2014, our Online Giving account will receive an update with improvements for our donors including an easier-to-use interface, reminders about expired credit cards, and a quicker way to donate to specific funds. Online Giving is a great way to help your administrative staff while supporting our church. Signing up is easy - you can use a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Just go to our church website (www.holydisciples.org) and click the Online Giving logo to get started.


Welcome Dinner for New Parishioners! | Saturday | August 2nd | After 5PM Mass

A welcome dinner for newly registered parishioners at Holy Disciples is being held on August 2, immediately following the 5:00 PM Mass.  If your family has registered within the last few months, you will receive an invitation next week.  Come enjoy a meal with members of your parish family, and others new to our area. We are looking forward to meeting you.


Blessing of the Bikes | August 27th - After 10:30 Mass | HD Parking Lot

Fr. Matthew will conduct a Blessing of all bicycles, trikes, scooters, big wheels, and of course motorcycles immediately after conclusion of the 10:30 Mass. The Blessing of the Bikes, also The Blessing of the Bicycles, is an annual tradition in which riders of motorcycles or bicycles are blessed by a priest in the hope that it will bring safety for the coming season. Many towns hold annual ceremonies to bless motorcycles at the start of the summer. Open to all denominations. We have a Catholic Mass at 10:30, then 12:00 blessing of the bikes with Holy water by our Priest, Fr. Matthew O'Leary.


Knights on Bikes | Wounded Warrior Fundraiser

BBQ @ HD & Mt. Rainier Ride Afterward | August 27th 

The Holy Disciples Knights of Columbus Council #11948 will be hosting a BBQ Fundraiser with The Knights on Bikes Club for the Wounded Warrior organization on Sunday August 27th right after the Blessing of the Bikes. we ask everyone to contact a MC club, radio station, TV to let them know of this beautiful event. This will be our 3rd year hosting. The Fund site is niow open for all member and non-members to donate. We can raise some real money. Wounded Warrior controls all funds, so all we need to do is ride. *If you cannot make the event, no worries, you can still make a difference. Please make a donation to our wounded warriors. See link below. Donation takes 1 minute and is tax deductible. 




After the Blessing we will enjoy lunch donated by the Knights of Columbus - Holy Disciples Council #11948, then off to Mt. Rainier, the largest volcano in the United States, just one hour drive away. Once to the top we will take a group photo for distribution, illustrating our unity, fraternity, and charity towards one another and our Wounded Warrior project. Once photo is taken we will ride down the other side of the mountain for additional scenic rides with lots of opportunities to take pictures and enjoy riding through the Cascade Mountains. The event will last between 4-6 hours. Water and snacks will be provided along the route. Come out and join this beautiful event. More importantly, be a rider who desires some ride time, meet new friends, and donate a small contribution to the Wounded Warrior blessing of the bikes event.



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!


Youth Outreach | Mission Trip Coming Up Quickly! | Some Help Still Needed!

We are getting close to our Mission Trip to Skagit County on Aug 3rd - 9th. Thank you very much for all of the Parish support during our fundraisers, along with the Mission Possible Grant and the Rice Bowl Grant we were able to reach our goal! We still need your help in donating toiletry items and non-latex gloves to take to the Friendship House. Thanks so much to those who have already helped out! Contact Dave & Mary Goreczny, 253-435-0193 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Holy Disciples Feeds the Hungry | Sunday | August 24th | 

With assistance from the members of the Young Ladies Institute Holy Disciples will conduct the next Food Drive on Sunday, August 24. The food collected id then donated to the Graham-South Hill Food Bank at Holy Disciples Parish. If you could feed the hungry by sitting in a chair for one hour, would you? If your answer is “yes” then please call Nora Schindler at (253)318-3744. In June Holy Disciples sponsored a Food Drive at WalMart to support the Graham South Hill Food Bank. Our wonderful volunteers collected 102 pounds of food and $130 in cash donations.  Organizer Nora Schindler sends a large “Thank You” to the people of WalMart, the volunteers who helped on that day, and to all supporters of the Food Bank.


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  | July

Teas, Soups, Condensed (Chicken Noddle, Tomato, Vegetable Beef, Chile) Brown Rice, Condiments,  Mustard, Catsup, Canned Fruit, Jugs of Juice. Also 1 QT. Spray bottles in working condition - we need 8.


RCIA August Schedule | August 7th & 21st | 7:00 PM

People who are “on the way” to becoming full members of the Catholic Church will gather in Classroom #3 at 7:00 on two Thursday evenings during August. Join us!


Back-to-School Extravaganza | Friday | August 1st | 9:00AM-1:00PM

FREE School clothes, Backpacks & Supplies at Graham Evangelical Covenant Church located at 10609 234th St E, Graham. Like new school outfits. Children must be present to get their backpack & supplies! For more info or questions please call the Graham Evangelical Catholic Church office at (253)847-2223.



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Thoughts Along The Way


I write this while preparing to take a few weeks away from my duties.  I want to advise our parish community of some substantial developments, whose plans should continue to unfold during my break. 


Our Lady of Good Counsel Hall Expansion

During a February 9th vote following an all-parish meeting on February 1, the OLGC community overwhelmingly decided (1) to scrap the long-planned addition because it’s costs far exceed the amount saved in the Building Fund, and (2) to explore the possibility of expanding the square footage of the existing lower level hall, upgrading the kitchen and restroom facilities, and creating walls for classrooms.    

We asked Jody Miller Construction of Spanaway to work on a Design-Build proposal to accomplish this goal within our budget and avoid any additional fund-raising or taking on debt from a future loan.  Over the last few months, JMC has worked with the Town of Eatonville to facilitate this undertaking, aiming to make the most use of our existing planning and permitting.  The Archdiocesan Property and Construction Office also has been in the loop. 

On Wednesday, June 11th the Building Committee and Pastoral Council reviewed JMC’s proposal and offered some suggestions for modifications. Their feedback was reviewed with JMC on June 13th

Downstairs, we are aiming for more usable floor space, a new kitchen—better located and organized for more working space and efficient storage, some space that can be designated for an office area and separated for meetings and religious education purposes, modernized and ADA compliant restrooms, a centralized gathering space, and an all-around more comfortable and inviting hall area. 

Upstairs, we are planning on two unisex restrooms (in place of the one) with family friendly space, along with a smaller, but more efficiently organized sacristy, and conversion of the current crying-room and storage room into a meeting room, that can also serve as a crying room.

All is taking shape, and we hope to sign contracts within a week or two, and see progress begin during the more favorable “dry season” of this summer. 


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 on our property.  For a nominal amount, FISH leases the building from HD and many of our own parishioners serve in this ecumenical effort, closely identifying this Gospel Mission with our parish.

Serving tens of thousands of people each year, the Food Bank has outgrown the building.  Moreover, Holy Disciples is in dire need of additional storage space. 

FISH has advised me that private funding has been made available for expansion of this building.  Members of HD’s Facilities Committee have worked with FISH on a proposal that envisions doubling the size of the Food Bank building, allowing FISH and HD each half of the new addition. 

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

Proposals have been solicited from contractors, the Archdiocesan Property and Construction Office is in the loop, and the various legal and contractual issues are being worked out.  If all works, I hope to see substantial progress on this mutually beneficial proposal this summer. 


May the Holy Spirit guide our efforts in Building God’s Kingdom,

Fr. Matthew O’Leary





Weekly  Bible  Study


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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The social media hashtag #BringBackOurGirls has become an international outcry against the April 15 kidnapping of 287 12-15 year-old-girls from their school in Chibok, Nigeria.  The kidnappers are members of the Boko Haram terrorist group, who have murdered thousands of men, women, and children, and committed numerous acts of sexual assault on women and children, forcible enslavement and human trafficking, cutting off children’s limbs and tongues, and other crimes against humanity to forcibly advance their twisted agenda of revolutionary Islam.  Their leader has gleefully celebrated his group’s kidnapping of these girls on international media, and boasted of his intention to forcibly marry these children to other adherents of this evil movement.  Other children have since been kidnapped. You can send this hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.  Spread the word.  Add your voice to the international outcry!  Pray for these girls and their return to freedom.  Pray to defeat this evil—which threatens to spread beyond Nigeria and join other global terrorist movements.






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