Eric Lentz, Chair
Eric is originally from Pennsylvania where his faith began at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Emlenton, PA. Eric was baptized, received first Holy Communion, and was Confirmed all at St. Michael’s Church in Emlenton PA. Eric has enjoyed being active as a Confirmation Leader, a Good News People participant, a Jet City Catholics member, and helping to coordinate spirituality, service, and fellowship for Holy Rosary Young Adults. His greatest desire is to see his son, Alex, grow in the Catholic faith.
Karen grew up in Spokane and graduated with a BA from Whitworth College and an MEd from the University of Washington. She has been a member of Holy Rosary since 1983. Karen grew up in a Catholic Lutheran household and was a confirmed Lutheran. As an adult she found a great deal of comfort in the Catholic Church and was confirmed Catholic in 1984. On the Pastoral Council, Karen is working to make our church more accessible to new community residents by improving our accessibility through various media. As a member of the council she is committed to our church mission by evangelizing in union with Jesus Christ through spirituality, service, and fellowship
John has been at Holy Rosary since 1984. Both of his sons, now adults, were baptized here. He has been a member of the Men’s Group since Father John started it.
This Spring he completed his 35th year of teaching at Seattle University. He teaches Child Development and the dreaded Introductory Statistics Classes. He knows he has several former students attending Mass at Holy Rosary. On the Parish Council, John is interested in the survey we just got the results of (from Gallup), and how we might measure changes in the parish, for example from the new Mass schedule. He has helped a bit with our mission statement. John thinks we need to make more of the way in which our beautiful building is a West Seattle landmark as we reach out to people in our area. Since he is a former teacher and works with teachers, John is also interested in getting involved in the religious education work of the parish. John likes John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
I was raised a Catholic in Wichita, Kansas and moved to Lynnwood in 1968. I have an MBA from the University of Washington and worked for Boeing over 30 years in Information Technology. I am now retired, along with my wife of 42 years, Karen. We moved into the Holy Rosary Parish 17 years ago. In fact, it is funny that we are having the Mass in the gym because that is the first place we went to Mass at Holy Rosary.
When I retired nine years ago, I decided to attend scripture study. My favorite bible verses are from First Kings 19:9-13. Elijah goes up to the mountain of Horeb looking for God. Elijah waits by a cave looking for the Lord and experiences strong winds, an earthquake, and fire (perhaps lightning). Yet in those mighty events, he never finds God. Then he hears a tiny whispering sound and hides his face. I think people experience the Lord subtlety, quietly, perhaps you may say as a tiny whisper. I know God continually pulled me toward Him by whispering what I should do. For instance, I have really loved the opportunity to study the Bible and opted to start a Monday night Bible Study in 2008, which continues today. I also lead the Men’s Group on Saturday mornings (7:00am). I participate in Shoulder-to-Shoulder and Catholic Community Services activities.
Our mission is to “Renew our Holy Rosary community, in union with Jesus Christ, by evangelizing through Spirituality, Service, and Fellowship.” To take steps to implement that mission, we are going to do our best to have people feel welcomed when they come to church. Parishioners said they liked the “Good News People” program and so we also will try to increase the small group opportunities.
My wife Barb Bollero and I joined Holy Rosary Parish in 1998 when we moved to Seattle. Our three sons all graduated from Holy Rosary School and went on to graduate from Bishop Blanchet and O’Dea High Schools. The boys played a lot of sports which gave me an opportunity to coach a lot of CYO teams in my early years as a parishioner, during which time I was a biotech R&D engineer. These days I help serve the parish by assisting at Sunday and daily Mass, being involved with Shoulder to Shoulder, and being a volunteer math tutor at the school. My wife and I feel fortunate to know many wonderful people at Holy Rosary and hope to know even more.
One of my favorite Scripture readings is often heard at weddings (1 Corinthians 4 – 8): “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” That reading sets the bar high, but reminds us that love is the best of God’s gifts to us and is something we can pass on to others.
My role, as I see it, on the Pastoral Council is two-fold: 1.) To always be on the look out for opportunities to form connections between parishioners, and 2.) To ‘Just Do It’. That is, let’s get good ideas converted to actions and get them implemented.
I'm a New England native, raised Catholic in the suburbs of Boston and spent lots of time, especially summers, with extended family in Rhode Island. I moved to Seattle several years ago and became a Holy Rosary parishioner 6 years ago. One thing, I've appreciated from the start are the opportunities to serve God and our community through wonderful ministries.
After some consideration for service, I decided to volunteer as an overnight host at the Holy Rosary Women’s Shelter. Through the Grace of God, I had a home, a wonderful 3 year old, a steady job with a supportive extended family and wanted to serve in a ministry to give back to those with far less security or stability. After my first overnight at the shelter, I realized that I received so much more from the experience than I expected. Four years later, I still enjoy it and in the last couple years decided to show, my son, the importance of participating within the parish, attending parish meetings and as a room parent for Sunday Faith Formation. Celebrating his 1st Eucharist this Spring was an incredible moment to witness.
One of my recent, favorite passages is in Luke 7:4-8, the Parable of the Sower, because there are so many ways to reflect on this as the different ways I live my life, seeing the best results when I choose good soil. My consistent favorite is Revelations 3:20, Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice, and opens the door I will come unto him and dine with him and he with Me. I see this as one of His many invitations to welcome Him in to our hearts and minds, to guide and support us.
I’m honored to be part of the Pastoral Council and believe the mission statement to “Renew our Holy Rosary community, in union with Jesus Christ, by evangelizing through Spirituality, Service, and Fellowship”. I am excited to continue building community through fellowship and service.
Ideas and feedback are always welcome. You can email me or the Pastoral Council at HolyRosaryPC1@gmail.com.
I was baptized Mary Colleen Doyle at Holy Rosary when I was 2 weeks old, started first grade here and graduated from the girls high school. My life has been blessed by 3 sons, Daimon, Joe and Shannon and a daughter Erin Mavourneen. Four grandchildren have been added to that blessing.
After a tragedy 38 years ago, I slowly started leaving the Church, convinced God had turned His back on me because I wasn't a good person and didn't deserve His mercy. It took me a long while to realize that God was always there and when He knocked on my door, I was the one who had gone out for a walk. For 32 years I was in and out of the Church and most of the time it was only because I had to do "church things" as my kids all went to Our Lady of Guadalupe School. I made excuses for not being an active Catholic and referred to it as an "inconvenient religion." It didn't fit my lifestyle at the time and seemed to be in the way of what I wanted to do with my own time and on my own time.
As my life slowly started disintegrating, I found I needed God desperately. Spurious tries at coming back ended nowhere, and finally in 2006, I tried once again to come back. It was only through the incredible patience and understanding of Fr. John that I slowly started returning. It took until 2008 that I finally got fully back in. Fr. John‘s power of persuasion and never-ending diligence in convincing me that God's love for me was enduring, unchanging and everlasting finally won me over. His power of persuasion in getting me to turn back to my Creator was nothing short of spiritual giftedness. I now jokingly tell him that his influence in getting me to return to the Church is the same as his ability, if he so chose, to talk a pig in to a ham sandwich.
Since my return I am, and have been, active in many ministries which include Voices For Life, Shoulder to Shoulder, the Womens Spirituality Group, League of the Sacred Heart, Lector and Pastoral Council. I can't get enough of the Church, so I now have two certificates in Cathechetics and I'm just finishing a third. I am also an advocate and volunteer for Project Rachel/ Rachel‘s Vineyard retreats, and am a public speaker on the healing power of the Holy Spirit—I have myself experienced it and seen the profound effect it has had on peoples lives.
Being on the Pastoral Council, I take our mission statement seriously and see the word spirituality as a way to grow together knowing that in the Spirit we become one body, one family, one people of God. As service goes we must know who we are in God if we are going to be able to serve Him and one another. Love serves and out of this service comes a fellowship. We are then channels through which the love of God flows and our spiritual essence is enhanced as a people, a community and a parish.
May we all come to know and accept the wildly outrageous, untamed, uncontrollable and radically intimate love God has for each of us. He loves us, and always will, and there's nothing we can do about it.