Open house today for Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School

January 29th, 2015 Tracy Posted in Holy Family, Schools, White Center news Comments Off

If you’re shopping for a school for next year, you’re invited to this afternoon’s open house at Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School at 20th/Roxbury in White Center:

Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School (Pre-K to 8) welcomes all parents to our Open House on Thursday, 1/29. Three sessions are scheduled, and each session includes a short presentation and brief school tour.

We are pleased to describe the Spanish language immersion program and answer questions regarding our school community.

Thank you for your consideration in sending your student(s) to Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School. We believe the educational and emotional experience will be positive for your student(s) and positive for the entire family.

You’re welcome to visit today between 1:30 pm and 3 pm.

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Holy Family Street Fair happening today

September 6th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Holy Family, White Center news 1 Comment »

At 20th and Roxbury, you’re invited to check out this year’s Holy Family School Street Fair, happening today and tomorrow. We don’t have a list of activities but we did notice pony rides being set up on the north end of the street. The sign outside HF says it’s open 11 am-8 pm today, 9 am-4 pm tomorrow (Sunday). Have fun!

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Holy Family Bilingual School to sell Christmas trees starting November 30th

November 20th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Holidays, Holy Family, How to Help, White Center news Comments Off

We’re continuing to collect holiday information – e-mail us at! – for reporting here as well as inclusion in the Holiday Guide published through our partner site West Seattle Blog (with WS, WC, and South Park info, updated daily as new additions come in). The latest announcement from White Center is from Holy Family Bilingual School, where Christmas trees will be sold again this year to benefit the school. First scheduled day is November 30th – the Saturday after Thanksgiving, starting at 10 am – and sales will continue through Christmas Eve, December 24th. Holy Family is at 18th/Roxbury.

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Funeral Mass at Holy Family this Wednesday for Deacon Ted Wiese

September 22nd, 2013 Tracy Posted in Holy Family, Obituaries, People, White Center news Comments Off

A funeral Mass is planned at Holy Family this Wednesday morning for 84-year-old Theodore (Ted) John Wiese:

Ted went home to the Lord 9-19-13 at the age of 84. Born in Woodburn, Oregon, in 1929, he married Doris Marie Prinslow on October 2, 1954, after being honorably discharged as a corporal from the Marine Corps and attending OSU. He retired from The Boeing Company after 26 years and was ordained to the Diaconate, serving the Archdiocese of Seattle for the past 24 years at Holy Family Parish in White Center.

He is survived by his wife Doris, sister Jeanette Moore, his children Connie (Richard) Sanders, Larry Wiese, Greg Wiese, Julie (Bruce) Hanson, Lisa (Karl) Hansen, Tom (Wendy) Wiese, Margaret (Jeff Haack) Wiese, and Paul Wiese, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. Mass of the Christian Burial will be at Holy Family Church at 11:00 am September 25. To leave an online condolence, please visit In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ted’s memory to Catholic Community Services or Holy Family Parish.

(WCN publishes obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to

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Holy Family gets TV showcase during Pope’s installation ceremony

March 21st, 2013 Tracy Posted in Churches, Education, Holy Family, White Center news Comments Off

Thanks to both Gill and Christine for suggesting we republish this story – KING 5 coverage of White Center’s Holy Family Parish School watching, and learning during, this week’s installation of Pope Francis.

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Blood drive at Holy Family today

December 29th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Holy Family, How to Help, White Center news Comments Off

If you can give – consider stopping by 10 am-4 pm (except for the noon-1 pm break time) – this time of year has a higher demand and lower donation rate, so Puget Sound Blood Center is at Holy Family‘s Tice Hall (20th/Roxbury).

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New family-run tree lot benefiting Holy Family Parish School

December 10th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Holidays, Holy Family, Schools, White Center news Comments Off

(Photos by Katie Meyer for WCN)
If you haven’t already noticed: White Center has a new Christmas-tree lot this season – at Holy Family, benefiting HF’s Parish School. It’s being run by HF parishioners the Calderons: Carlos, Tracy, and kids Andres and Tahlia, who are in our photo, and Marco (who was off at a sports practice when we stopped by).

Carlos says the idea came up at a Holy Family School board meeting – fundraising ideas were being brainstormed, and Carlos suggested a Christmas tree lot, recalling one run by an acquaintance in South King County. The idea was enthusiastically approved. Carlos was put in charge. He and his family bought the tree inventory, added fencing to the lot at 18th and Roxbury, built the wooden framework for the trees, and opened within days.

The Calderons are helping tree-shoppers in Spanish as well as English, and they’re open long hours – 9 am till 10 pm. P.S. Delivery’s available.

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Spaghetti for dinner on Saturday! Holy Family fundraiser

September 21st, 2012 Tracy Posted in Holy Family, Schools, White Center news Comments Off

You’ve been invited to dinner on Saturday, 5-8 pm at Holy Family School:

Bring the family for a spaghetti dinner and raffle at Holy Family School in White Center (9615 20th Ave SW). Adults $12, children 11 and under are $5. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, and ice cream. Seating from 5:00 until 8:00pm. Live entertainment will feature local celebrities, and the raffle will include crafts and gift certificates from local establishments. All proceeds will benefit tuition assistance for eligible boys and girls at Holy Family School.

Holy Family is at Roxbury/20th.

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Happening now: Holy Family Street Fair until 4 pm

September 9th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Fun, Holy Family, White Center news Comments Off

Brightening up our first gray day in a while – cups of fresh fruit are among the treats you’ll find at the Holy Family Street Fair on 20th SW (which is closed for the occasion) south of Roxbury. Fun for kids includes the pony rides:

And a bouncy house:

And for all ages, entertainment – Gary Benson was performing while we dropped by:

It’s continuing till 4 pm today.

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First day at Holy Family School: New dual-language program debuts

September 4th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Education, Holy Family, Religion, Schools, White Center news 1 Comment »

Big smile from Holy Family Parish School principal Frank Cantwell – it’s the first day of school and the first day of a new program that will continue growing over the years. Holy Family is debuting its dual-language program. The principal explains, “We have hired seven bilingual teachers from Mexico, South America and Spain. Our Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten students will be learning half their subjects in Spanish and half in English. Each year, we will include the next grade up. For now, all the students in Grades 1 through 8 will be taught in English, but learning Spanish in the more traditional approach.” One of the new teachers is Flori Muñoz from Argentina:

Here’s her kindergarten classroom from another angle:

Assistant principal Anca Wilson was conducting parent orientation:

Also happening this week at Holy Family – the annual Street Fair is coming up Saturday and Sunday (September 8-9). Principal Cantwell says, “We will be having Mexican, Filipino and Vietnamese foods, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers. We will have pony rides again this year, and we have built a water slide that I am sure will be a big hit with the kids. We will also be having a variety of ethnic music and dancing. We expect it to be bigger and better than ever.”

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9/11 tribute begins the day at Holy Family Community Street Fair

September 11th, 2011 Tracy Posted in history, Holy Family, White Center news Comments Off

The Pledge of Allegiance, led by 9/11 first-responder Rudy Alvarado, and the national anthem, led by Holy Family School assistant principal Anca Wilson, started this morning’s tribute at the HF Community Street Fair. Alvarado then said the Firefighters’ Prayer:

Alvarado is a retired Redmond fire captain; his memories were featured in a Redmond Reporter story last week – note the bandanna around his neck in today’s video is like the one he was shown wearing during his work at Ground Zero ten years ago.

P.S. The Holy Family fair continues until four this afternoon:

It’s at 20th/Roxbury, on the south side of the school/church campus.

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Holy Family Community Street Fair this weekend!

September 9th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Holy Family, White Center news Comments Off

SATURDAY MORNING: Under way now! Pony rides are just part of the fun!

ORIGINAL FRIDAY MORNING NOTE: Tomorrow and Sunday, 20th/Roxbury is the place to be – and the weather will remain perfect, forecasters say.

(Click the image to see a full-size version!)

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Video: Holy Family School accepts donation from Holy Rosary community

May 20th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Holy Family, White Center news Comments Off

Last month, at the annual auction for West Seattle’s Holy Rosary Catholic School, attendees not only raised money for their own school’s needs, they also reached deep to help out White Center’s Holy Family School – as we reported in this story on West Seattle Blog, courtesy of journalist Gregg Hersholt, who emceed the HR auction that night. A followup: In WS last night, HF’s principal Frank Cantwell was invited to the Holy Rosary Parents Club‘s meeting for a check presentation. And it turned out to be not just the $20,000 announced the night of the auction – but a total of $25,000.

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White Center weather/school info for Thursday morning

February 24th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Holy Family, Metro, Schools, Weather, White Center news Comments Off

6:04 AM: Holy Family School is closed; Metro has some buses on snow routing (the latest list is here). More info as we get it.

6:44 AM: Kennedy High School in Burien is closed.

8:56 AM: The weather is supposed to improve, though since it’s going to be really cold – teens, potentially – tonight and tomorrow night, the snow that’s here may linger a while.

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Holy Family Youth Choir performs at Harborview

January 14th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Holidays, Holy Family, Schools, White Center news Comments Off

Big field trip for young singers from White Center’s Holy Family School - they were at Harborview Medical Center downtown on Thursday for its 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration. Third from left in the back row, that’s Eileen Whalen, executive director of HMC. The Holy Family Youth Choir members sang during the celebration, under the direction of Anca Wilson:

Thanks to Harborview for sharing the photos!

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Tonight: Retired General Steve Ritchie @ Holy Family for Veterans Day

November 10th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Holy Family, Schools, White Center news Comments Off

Retired Brigadier Gen. Steve Ritchie, legendary as a pilot ace during the Vietnam War, is speaking in White Center tonight, as noted here previously. Holy Family Parish School invites the community to hear him speak to the Seattle Chapter of the Air Force Association and the Puget Sound Chapter of the United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates. That appearance is at 7 pm, 9615 20th SW (map), no admission (though school donations accepted), but principal Frank Cantwell requests that you RSVP –

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Community Street Fair begins at White Center’s Holy Family

September 11th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Fun, Holy Family, White Center news Comments Off

Food, entertainment — live bands and dance performances! — and shopping are under way outside Holy Family Church and School at Roxbury/20th, for the annual Community Street Fair.

It began officially at 9 am but really got rolling with a blessing around 10:30 am, with Holy Family’s Father Horacio Yanez:

Then, Rudy Alvarado – who was on a first-response team that rushed to New York nine years ago – led a moment of silence in memory of 9/11 victims. You can drop by till 6 tonight, again 9-4 tomorrow.

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Holy Family School second-graders get props from cops

September 10th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Fun, Holy Family, Schools, White Center news Comments Off

What could have been a frightening morning at Holy Family School turned into a story about smart second-graders who knew just what to do when they saw something dangerous-looking. Here’s the tale.

Also note – tomorrow and Sunday are the days for the big Community Street Fair at Holy Family, with new features this year including salsa and chili contests!

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Holy Family street fair set for September 11-12

August 8th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Holy Family, White Center news Comments Off

Just out – the flyer for next month’s big event at Holy Family. Hopefully we’ll get better weather!

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White Center memorial service Monday for fallen sailor

August 6th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Holy Family, White Center news Comments Off

Crossposted from partner site West Seattle Blog, since the memorial service is in White Center – this is an announcement from the family of West Seattle sailor Jarod Newlove, killed last week in Afghanistan:

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jarod Newlove’s memorial service will be held on Monday, August 9, 2010, 11:00 am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 9622 20th Avenue SW [map]. Following the memorial service there will be a procession to Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th Street, Covington [map], where committal service with full military honors will be given at 2:00 pm. There will be a reception directly after the committal service at Kent Civic Center, 10120 SE 260th Street, Kent [map], to honor and remember Jarod and all the joy he brought to our lives. All events are open to the public; please join his family and friends to honor PO2 Jarod Newlove.

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