Holy Rosary announces Homecoming Mass and Luncheon

May 11, 2009 3:25 pm
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This has been a big year for church milestones around West Seattle – and the next to celebrate its centennial is Holy Rosary in The Junction. Read on for the announcement of its Homecoming Mass and Luncheon planned for June 7, with tickets available now:

Holy Rosary Church, one of the longest continuously established Catholic parishes in the Puget Sound region, will be honoring over two dozen priests and nuns who were formerly assigned to the parish. The celebration, which is the first major event of the parish’s Centennial Celebration, will be held at a Mass at the church on Sunday, June 7th, at 11:15, and will be followed by a Homecoming Luncheon to be held at the parish, to honor the returning clergy and religious.

Father John Madigan, pastor of the parish today, stated, “The parishioners and the staff of this parish have been blessed over many decades to have had so many wonderful priests, religious, and lay staff to minister to the many members. We just felt that the celebration of our Centennial should logically begin by honoring as many of those wonderful people as possible. So we are inviting them to be honored, and to help us honor those no longer with us going all the way back to 1909, and we invite all those who have been affiliated with Holy Rosary over the years, whether currently in the parish or not, to join us in this mass and Homecoming Luncheon. We also invite our neighbors in the West Seattle Community to share in this celebration with us.”

Tickets for the luncheon may be obtained by contacting the parish during normal office hours.
Holy Rosary Parish was established in 1909 by the Most Reverend Edward John O’Dea, Bishop of Nesqually (Vancouver, Washington), which was later transferred to Seattle under his direction. The Reverend Daniel Hanly was named its first pastor. Originally located at the corner of Walnut Avenue and Hill Street, the parish has moved twice in its history, first in 1913 to the corner of California SW and SW Hanford, and again some years later to its current location at 4139 42nd SW in West Seattle.

The parish, which today has over 1200 registered families, has been a leader in the West Seattle Community throughout its existence, and its parish elementary school has been in continuous operation since 1913. Today the school houses over 400 students in grades 1 through 8, and has been cited on a number of occasions as among the outstanding elementary schools in the nation.

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