Jan 27, 2021 | Parish Weekly Newsletter

Bulletin - Jan 31, 2021

From our Pastor

We had a blessed week with different events within our parishes. We had the chance to see each other at Weekend Masses after many of our parishioners received the COVID-19 vaccination. You are encouraged to make an appointment to receive this vaccine. It is important to know what phase or level you are in (i.e. age and other requirements).

We also thank you for your prayers and support to our parish Stakeholders at their meetings to work on the Parish Pastoral Planning. I also hope that you can spend a little time to read over all questions and answers we have posted on our parishes’ website. 

It is a long process involving consultations and spending a lot of time working with each parish individually as well as working together with our five parishes with love and care. We thank you for taking time to help our parishes with this process and for your prayers, so we are able to reach out to work with each other to establish our future parish.

We thank you for remembering our country in your prayers during this time of transition. It was difficult for many of us, especially division and separation for many families. We love our country and we also love our families so much, but with differences in opinion and belief have made many families experience hurt and mistrust in unity and love. We pray for Christian Unity, for vocations and for the Unity from Diversity, as we are One Body of Christ. This reason is why I am inviting you and your family to attend the Eucharist celebration each day and each weekend. You can hear the Word of God and celebrate the Sacraments with your Faith Community.



Weekend Mass Sign-Up


We thank you in advance for your cooperation to help us follow the restrictions during this pandemic.  Please use the links below to make reservations for Mass 




6pm Saturday Vigil Mass - Jan 30 

8am Sunday Mass - Jan 31 

11:30am Sunday Mass - Jan 31 





Parish Q&A Toolkit

The merger of Pierce Parishes

Click To Read The Q&A Toolkit

This document provides an overview of the parish consolidation vision for the Tacoma region, background information, and answers to questions raised by the parishioners in the first set of parish meetings.


Table of Contents:

  • Letter from Bishop Mueggenborg
  • Pastoral and Strategic Planning
  • Pierce Deanery Overview
  • The Realities We Face
  • Statistics
  • New Parish Vision
  • Visitation STEM Academy
  • General Questions
  • St. Ann’s Questions
  • St. Rita’s Questions
  • Visitation Questions
  • St. John of the Woods Questions
  • Strategic Planning Team
  • Stakeholders


If you have any question or concern, please contact any of member of Parish Stakeholder group

St. John of the Woods Parish Key Stakeholders

  • Larry Volland
  • Daniel Soderlind
  • Paul Giovannini
  • Joan Oshea
  • Twyla Halmrast
  • Mark Wiegman
  • Mario Castillo





Some SJOW parishioners are getting a SCAM text message supposedly from Fr. Tuan from a (317) area code phone number asking for a favor and to text the number back as soon as possible.


IT IS A SCAM to steal money from you. DO NOT FALL FOR IT. 

Fr. Tuan did not send this text message out.


Keep in mind that Fr. Tuan would never send out any PERSONAL TEXT MESSAGE or EMAIL to ask for FAVOR or MONEY. If you receive any message like that via email or text, please delete it immediately. 




Other information



    In January we will send out year-end statements of giving to parish families. The regional parish office will make report available for all parishioners. If you haven’t received it at the end of January, please call the office at your convenience. We encourage you to file 2020 taxes as early as possible – might help avoid tax fraud incidents. Thank you

  • CCD & First Communion

    Classes will resume Sunday, February 7, 2021 10:15am to 11:15am

    Questions call Sr. Theresa 253-592-2541 or email sotheresa@hotmail.com

  • Appreciation

    A BIG THANK YOU to El Sablan and Mary Cabrera who took Baby Jesus to visit Pacific Islander families during Christmas season. This is a tradition of Pacific Islander people. They have collected $1,225.43 as Gift to Baby Jesus and donated to St. John of the Woods Parish. We thank them for their generosity. 




Covid-19 Vaccine


Washington State has begun scheduling vaccination for group 1b . Those 65yo and older and those 50yo+ living in a multigenerational home. 

In Tacoma area, Covid-19 vaccine is now available at Franciscan and MultiCare Hospitals. If you belong to B1 group, schedule your appointment to get vaccine now. 

Franciscan Hospitals ( St. Joseph, St. Clare, St. Anthony, St. Michael, St. Elizabeth, St. Francis, St. Anne)


Multicare Hospitals







Prayer List 


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

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