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Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile. Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23   Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time August 29, 2021 Year of St. Joseph Dear...








Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.

Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23  


Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 29, 2021

Year of St. Joseph










































Dear Parishioners,


Salamat po … Cam on … Gracias … Thank you!

Neither cloudy skies nor chilly temperatures shall keep St. Pius X Parishioners from their Annual Picnic!

St. Pius X thanks everyone, especially all of our volunteers and staff who helped make our parish festival such an AMAZING experience this year!  Thank you!   



In Christ 

Fr. Cal Christiansen











Let's spread the Good Seed!

By Sr. Moira Debono, RSM

The Revelation of God in His Word

The Lord reveals Himself in so many ways in our world. Reading these articles, you would notice how often I mention the Presence of God in nature, in the people we meet, in the insights He gives us, and most especially in sacramental encounters. These sacramental encounters of being present at Mass, in receiving the Holy Eucharist, or in hearing the words of absolution in confession, “through the ministry of the Church, may God grant you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins…” (what words of relief!) are unique moments of His Presence.

Another unique moment is when we encounter the Lord through the Sacred Scriptures. This branch of Revelation is believed by our non-Catholic Christian sisters and brothers and by our Jewish brethren. In this past week’s audience Pope Francis spoke on St Paul’s Letter to the Galatians and his words have not been accepted favorably by some Jewish leaders. Since this has been picked up by secular news media, I’m going to wade into the fray.

The content of the bible of the Jews, of Catholics, and of non-Catholic Christians are not the same. The content of the bible is historically and theologically complicated. Up until the 16th century, all believers in Jesus were Catholics and accepted the contents of the bible as the writings organically came together over a period of time. There was no “official” vetting system, but the sense of the faithful and the guidance of the Holy Spirit worked together, so to speak. Those books which correctly manifested the faith remained and other writings with errors weren’t retained. We call these faithful books the “canon” of Sacred Scripture. For Catholics, the Old Testament (OT) canon were scriptures of the Jews whether they were originally written in Hebrew or Greek.  The New Testament (NT) came together in a similar way.  This is not to say this formation of the bible was without troubles. There were theological disagreements, such as the Marcian heresy which didn’t believe the God of the OT was the same as the God of Jesus Christ. The Church decried this.  The God of the OT is the God of Mercy and Justice and is the God of Jesus Christ.

The formation of the canon (official) Jewish scriptures actually took place around the same time as the formation of the Christian canon of the bible. It wasn’t that the Christian OT canon grew out of the Jewish canon, but it was a parallel development.

The ecclesial communities that arose from the time of the Protestant Reformation decided that the early organic formation of the Christian bible was done incorrectly.  The OT should be the Hebrew Scriptures only and thus, some books originally written in Greek are disregarded as well as parts of some books which had Greek origins. If you compare a Catholic bible with a non-Catholic Christian bible, you’ll find seven books missing from the Protestant OT. 

When a Christian reads the bible, we say that the key or lens to understanding or interpreting it is Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God. A Christian is to approach the Old Testament as mankind’s preparation for the coming of the Messiah.  That is precisely why it is called the Old Testament. The New Testament (or covenant) reflects the words of Jesus, “I have come to make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5) We don’t throw away the OT (or it wouldn’t be printed in a Christian bible) but we consider its contents in light of what Jesus has revealed to us of the Most Holy Trinity. 

Context is very important. Many, if not most, of us have had the experience of being misunderstood because our words have been taken out of context. The Letter to the Galatians was written by St Paul who was defending himself on more than one front, so his language can be quite strong. For example, he describes facing St Peter in hypocritical actions and putting him in his place (Gal 2:11-14) and showing the difference between adherence to the Law which had become exterior actions for many and the saving event of Christ (“Christ ransomed us…” Gal 3:13).  He says the same things in other places but in a calmer manner.  

In his catechesis Pope Francis was speaking largely to Catholics and the Law indeed is not meant for those who accept Jesus as the Redeemer. The Jews are still waiting for the Messiah and their understanding of Scripture and continued following of the Law is from a Jewish spirituality.  The interpretation will be different for Jews and Christians. However, any indication that the Scriptures are “obsolete,” needs to be understood that we are speaking of a Christian understanding with Jesus as the Key to interpretation. There is no sense of contempt or belittling. 

Do this broad brushstrokes whet your appetite to learn more about the Word of God, the Sacred Scriptures? See the flocknote advertising the upcoming Scripture classes. They sound fabulous! Who wouldn’t want to learn how to hear God speaking to them in the Scriptures?? 




Sr. Moira Debono
Director for New Evangelization












St. Pius X Church

Bible Studies Fall 2021










Monday evenings – 6:30 – 8:30 PM
October 4 – November 15, 2021
Free materials!

Our Story – A Basic Introduction via Zoom



The Prophets via Zoom in 2021
Tuesday evenings 6:30—8:30 PM
October 5—December 7, 2021
Order workbook from
The Prophets in person in 2022
on Tues mornings.



Coming in January 2022!
Monday evenings—6:30—8:30 PM
January 10—June 27, 2022 

Gospel of Matthew via Zoom




Follow Me—Gospel of John; in-person
Tuesday mornings 9:00—11:00 AM
in the St. Pius X Social Hall
October 5—November 23, 2021
Order workbook from
Follow Me via Zoom in 2022
on Tues evenings










For more information or for help with registration 

or ordering workbooks, contact:
Monica Keen,; 425-329-9588























You are invited!
  No pressure! No charge!


Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. Come for free dinner*, a video and meaningful conversation! *free dinner only if Covid-19 restrictions allow.  


In-person sessions on Thursdays,
 beginning: Sept 9, 2021 at 6:30 PM


Additional options available,
  if there is enough interest:

Tuesday evening Zoom sessions
 Saturday morning in-person sessions.


If you have questions, call:
 Patricia Puzio 206-218-6270 or Ron Atienza 206-714-0269 

or email:
























































The bishops of Washington State invite you to attend the virtual Cornerstone Catholic Conference on October 30.  Fr. Robert Spitzer and Gloria Purvis will present keynote addresses in English, and the Washington bishops will be hosting a panel. Fr. Agustino Torres and Brenda Noriega will present keynote addresses in Spanish. Pedro Rubalcava and Martίn Valverde are featured musicians. Attendees may also choose two workshops to attend, and a selection of workshops will be presented in Spanish.  There is no charge for this virtual conference, although donations are welcome. Register now to gain access to the conference.
























Could you not watch with me one hour?

Mt 26:40

Yes, I will commit to one hour each week in the Chapel with Jesus, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. I will make certain that someone will be there if I can't be. I can share by signing up with an hour partner.


These are the hours that especially needed coverage:



4:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.


6:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. and  5:00 p.m.


2:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m., and  7:00 a.m. 


3:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.


6:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.


  3:00 a.m.  





















Do you want us to pray for you or your loved ones?


Since Saint Paul instructed that, "First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone," we encourage you to submit your prayer intentions for parishioners to hold you and those intentions in prayer during Adoration hours and parish prayer ministries.












Please offer your prayers for our brothers’
 and sisters’ personal intentions and good  health


Allen Wood

Beverly Underland,

Breda O’Shea, 

Dawn de la Merced, 

Diane Carringer,

Eric Shelton,

Garry Swierenga,

Harris Martin, 

Jean Luke,

Kathy Morris, 

Lita Shanahan, 

Lucero Altamirano

Nancy Bowman, 

Peter Miller

Pacifica ‘Pat’ Smith,

Thu-Thuy Nguyen, 

Wilma Snyder


If you would like us to continue publishing or add a parishioner's name just contact Nancy Bowman at (425) 775-7545 or email secretary@stpxparish.c.... 

If you have recently become critically ill or injured or have a personal intention and would like your name in the bulletin prayer list, please call the parish office or have an immediate family member make the call for you. 












The Archdiocese of Seattle has issued new guidance to parishes for those who wish to attend Mass

  • Please screen yourselves for symptoms before to attend Mass.
  • We will not be checking people’s vaccination status at Mass.
  • Face mask is required during indoor Mass celebrations.
  • We will continue to have separate sections near the choir and baptismal fonts for those who wish to remain physically distanced.
  • You may now receive Communion on the hand or on the tongue.
  • Capacity is “recommended” at 50% or 400 people.











Mass Schedule Daily Mass

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
8:00 AM

Wednesday 9:00 AM 


Saturday Vigil Mass

5:30 PM English Mass

9:00 AM English Mass
11:00 AM English Mass

      1:00 PM Spanish Mass  

        6:00 PM Spanish Mass    


Mass Times Live-stream
11:00 AM English Mass
1:00 PM Spanish Mass

Confession Times

 in the Church

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Bilingual


12:30 PM

Perpetual Adoration Times

Adoration Chapel has reopened for 24 hours Adoration with all COVID-19 safety precautions in place











Mass Intentions for the Week of 

August 30th thru September 3rd, 2021

Monday 30 For the repose of the Souls of Philip and Lauren Andrews. 

Tuesday 31 For the repose of the Soul of Alice Kier.

Wednesday 1 For the repose of the Soul of Jessica Marin.

Thursday 2 For the repose of the Soul of Blas Lopez.

Friday 3 For the repose of the Soul of Guillermina Fuentes























Additional Resources 

for Prayer and Growth 



Online Resources for Prayer & Reflection

FORMED -Register today for free and take advantage of the special offerings that FORMED can bring to you at home! FORMED has posted brand new programming this month! 


Each week the Archdiocese of Seattle publishes a new guide for ways to grow in faith at home and as a family. 

This book contains an large collection of prayers rooted in our Catholic faith tradition. 

Magnificat is offering its website with excellent daily readings, prayers, and reflections free of charge. Also! Magnifikid! Check out the latest! Nov. Issue– for children 

Another prayer resource being offered free of charge, similar to Magnificat. 

Sacred Heart Radio Pray the Rosary 

Offered by the Archdiocese of Seattle Library Media Center, a list of books, DVDs, and materials. 

General Resources 

Find resources about prayer, mental health, and more from the Archdiocese of Seattle. 

St. Vincent de Paul is available help with food, rent, bills and other immediate needs. Call the them at 425-355-3504. 

Crisis Lines 

Teen Line: 1-888-375-8336 Text : 273TALK to 839863 

Mental Health Hotline (for ages 18+) (800) 710-7083 

National Suicide Hotlines 800-273-TALK/800-273-8255 800-SUICIDE/800-784-2433 

Crisis Clinic 24-Hour Crisis Line 866-427-4747 

National Runaway Switchboard 800-RUNAWAY/800-786- 2929 

National Child Abuse Hotline 800-422-4453 


Managing Stress Guide – Best Colleges 

Understanding Children and Teens with Anxiety and Depression – resources from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America 

Methods for Discerning Anxiety and Depression in Teens – a short blog post from Roy Petitfils, a counselor and author, and an internationally recognized expert in understanding and raising teenagers. 

Anxiety and Depression – a series of blog articles from Life Teen on anxiety and depression.












Are you looking for information about the Sacraments? 

Please click here for more information

















Office Hours

Monday to Friday
8:30 AM-4:00 PM
12:30-1:00 PM Closed


Our Team


Sr. Moira Debono
Director for New Evangelization


Allen Larpenteur
Pastoral Assistant for Administration

Janice George

Nancy Bowman
Administration and Event Planning








Ericka Lopez
Pastoral Assistant for Hispanic Ministry

Adriana Hilerio
Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation


Cesar Rodriguez-Rendon
Pastoral Assistant for Youth Evangelization


Perla Gallegos


Paul Brown
Facilities Manager

Kate Dwyer
Music Director











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