Parish Weekly Newsletter | Mar 17, 2021

Bulletin - Mar 21, 2021

Holy Week Schedule


Holy Thursday (April 1st) 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday (April 2nd) 7:00 p.m

Easter Vigil (April 3rd) 8:00 p.m

Easter Sunday (April 4th) 8am & 11:30am


As Holy Week is coming near, we need to be assured there will be enough spaces for the attendees. If you and your families are planning to attend Holy Week Services at St. John of the Woods Parish, please do a head count for us. We appreciate your cooperation in advance

Headcounts for Holy Week Services

If you want to inform us through a phone call, please call Sr. Anna @ 253-592-2455. Thank you



Planting Trees Work Party

Saturday March 20, 2021

Our little trees are arriving Saturday, March 20th.   We need your help planting them.  Joe Staley from JDS Forestry is planning to be there at 9am to deliver and give us instruction how to plant our trees.  We are looking forward to your help!  Please bring your own shovel.

See you:

Saturday, March 20, 2021


St. John of the Woods North Parking Lot

Any question, please contact Gaye Dolan (253 531-7548)




Pondering Scripture

You are invited, beginning Tuesday, April 13, to join a small group in reading and discussing and praying with the Sacred Scriptures to be used on the following Sunday (for example, on April 18).

There is a book which publishes the Readings plus thoughts for consideration which we’ll use to facilitate our discussions.  Ponder, year B by Mahri Leonard-Fleckman is available at Amazon for $17.99. Nancy Baskett will be ordering the books, so please contact her so she can include you.

Our meetings every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm will take place on zoom until we are able to meet in person.   If you are interested and would like more information, please call Nancy Baskett at 253-224- 2884 or Brenda Kelly at 253-922-6569.



Lenten Season Schedule at SJOW

1) Stations of the Cross

On Fridays we will pray the Stations of the Cross after the 9:30am morning Mass and Friday evening at 7:00 pm

We will rebroadcast on the SJOW parish website and Facebook the 7:00pm Friday evening Stations.

2) Holy Hour

Monday evenings you are invited to the 7:00pm to 8:00pm Holy Hour. This time of prayer will be live streamed on the Parish Facebook and Website. If praying at home, you may want to light a candle to help focus your prayers. Also there will be opportunity for confession during the Monday evening Holy Hour 7:00PM to 8:00PM.

3) Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

On Wednesdays after the 9:30 Mass, there is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from after Mass until noon.

4) Confessions

Saturdays 5:00pm to 6:00pm before the 6pm evening Mass, and on Monday evening during the 7:00pm - 8:00pm Holy Hour


Other information

    Sunday Mar 21 @ 9:45am: Second Scrutiny at St. Ann church
    Saturday March 27th: RCIA retreat at SJOW from 9-12 noon
    Any questions, please call our Director, LB Gilmer at (928) 446-9045

  • Stewardship
    (These numbers include online giving)
    March 14:  53 envelopes Total $4,017
    Thank you for your continue support for the parish.

  • First Reconciliation Students
    Students of First Communion class will receive First Reconciliation on April 19th @ 6:30pm in church

  • Summit Christian Preschool
    Summit Christian Preschool is now accepting registration for the fall 2021-2022 school year that will begin in September. 
    Our newly redone classroom here at St. John of the Woods is bright and welcoming.  Our curriculum of "play-based learning" has proven successful for over 30 years. We have openings for 3 year olds and 4 year olds. 
    Please call Laurel Samples at 253-536-1687 for more information.



Special Message from Archbishop Etienne


Archbishop Etienne has a special video message on the anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We know not only the cost and the suffering that's been a part of this past year, but hopefully how we've been able to unite that to the cross of Jesus, and how we've been able to draw from the life of the risen Jesus as our real sustenance and as our real source of hope and strength," the archbishop said.
"As we continue with our own struggles, let's bring them to the Lord who cares, who is with us, who accompanies us. Let's ask him for the grace and the courage to accompany one another now in these days ahead, as we not only rebuild our faith communities and society, as disciples of the Lord, we go forth to build his kingdom."


Archdiocese of Seattle Statement
on COVID-19 Vaccines

In accordance with the instruction of the Holy See and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the use of all current COVID-19 vaccines during this pandemic is morally acceptable. It is not only important for one’s personal health, but it is also our responsibility to care for the common good of the broader community, and getting a vaccine is one way to do so. Whenever you are allowed to get the vaccine, please do so knowing that it is morally acceptable to receive whichever vaccine is being offered.

Vatican Resources
The Holy See recently published a resource kit to assist you with COVID-19 vaccine communication. The kit includes materials about the COVID-19 vaccine for varied audiences, relevant quotes from Pope Francis and episcopal conferences, links to useful information, and short messages for websites, parish bulletins, or other media. Please see the toolkit here.

We’re All in Phase 2 
All parishes are in Phase 2. This means that all parishes are at 25% capacity, but are not limited at 200 people. Also important to note is that if your parish has overflow space, it is no longer necessary to require that space to have its own restroom access. One set of restrooms is adequate to serve the church and other overflow space, provided 6 feet of distancing is maintained between each person. Here is a link to most recent faith-based guidance

Updated Liturgy Q&A
As the pandemic continues to unfold, the guidance on public worship, both from the state of Washington and from the Archdiocese of Seattle, has changed with our growing understanding about how COVID-19 is spread. This document is intended to provide an overview of current guidance and quick answers to the most frequently asked questions from parishes about celebrating the liturgy during the pandemic. 



Prayer List 


Judith Levesque, Linda Johnson, Rita Pangelinan, Courtney Kryder, Jennifer Akins, Natalie Vieria, Gordon & Nichole Chisholm III, Carlos & Claudia Caballero, Kari Tinsely, Susan Kitaji, Rod Stormshak, Helen Wilke, Connie Bender, Bill Miller, Evymae Sablan, James Moe, Karen Knobbe, Dave Casey, Remedios Laurente, Robert Lumas, Anna Kaperick, Dorothy Harris, Anne Gannon, Isaiah Williams Larry Anderson, Damian Roldon, Joan Ellis, Larry Luedke, Evelyn Allen, Gary Wilke, Betty Polansky, Isaako Malo, Donna & Dick Severson, Keith Browne, Liam Chisholm, Lucille Romo, Larry & Ivern Rubida, Irene Simon, Danny Sneed, Wendy Hanchett

Victims of COVID-19. Military: SPC Sean Gilson, AMN Mason Land, & WO-1 Stephen Adelman