It is with a heavy heart and great sadness, that we inform you of the tragic death of Melissa Protz, sixth/seventh grade science teacher at Assumption-St. Bridget School. She was suddenly killed in a boating accident late Wednesday night on Lake Washington. We are stunned and paralyzed at this news. Melissa made a marked impact on the students, faculty, staff and parents that she interacted with in her short two-year career here. She began her teaching career at ASB and quickly was an integral part of our community.
A prayer service was held on July 17th at Assumption Parish. Please keep her family and our community in your prayers.
In Christ's Peace,
Father Stephen Okumu, Pastor
Christina Vierra McGill, Principal
Jeff Pozarski, Vice Principal
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St. Bridget Parish Featured in
Northwest Catholic Online!
By Jean Parietti
The languages, music, dress and food of diverse cultures meshed at St. Bridget Church in Seattle on Pentecost Sunday.
“It just came to my knowledge, two years into my being here, that this place is not quite 100 percent white as people thought,” said Father Stephen Okumu, the Kenyan pastor of St. Bridget’s, located in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood.
Parishioners hail from places like Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon, Mexico and the Philippines. Other parishioners take pride in tracing their heritage to European and other counties. “It’s a really diverse community, so we decided to have a multicultural Pentecost celebration,” Father Okumu said.
For the June 8 celebration, parishioners were invited to dress in the attire of their native countries. Prayers of the faithful were read in English, Swahili, German, Spanish and Hindi. When it was time for the Our Father, everyone was invited to pray in their native language at the same time.
After Mass, a mariachi band led parishioners to the parish hall, where they feasted on foods from various countries.
The events reflected the beginnings of the church, when the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and they began speaking in different tongues, understood by the people from various countries who were present.
“I just want to let people know that we all belong,” Father Okumu said of the multicultural celebration. “We are all baptized, we are all created in the image and likeness of God.”
The date for the 2014 Elephant Stampede has been set! Mark September 14th at 1pm as the day we join together at Magnason Park to raise money in support of our sister parish in Namitembo.
First Sunday of the Month Youth Mass at 6pm
Next Mass: October 5th
Come for Mass and then stay for dinner and fellowship afterwards. The Mass has more youth involved in the liturgy but we invite the young and the young at heart to stay for both parts. Bring the whole family! We will also be celebrating our youth who were recently Confirmed at St. Bridget. Father Okumu has challenged you to a ping pong turnament, don't miss it!