Father Joseph's Weekly Reflection
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

As I mentioned in last week’s bulletin, we have the pleasure of hosting a seminarian for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year. I asked him to introduce himself a little to all of us:
Greetings! My name is Jonathan Cheever and I am in my second year of theological studies at Mundelein Seminary in Chicago. I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to Sacred Heart Parish and WWU Newman Center, who I look forward to serving beginning in February. 

I grew up in Lynnwood, WA and attended Catholic grade school at St. Mark Parish in Shoreline and public high school at Mountlake Terrace HS. I attended the University of Washington for two years with a focus on civil engineering. While at the UW, I played an active role at their Newman Center and it was through this experience that I felt a strong calling to the diocesan priesthood. I enjoyed my engineering studies, but I experienced a resounding peace and joy while helping my peers encounter Jesus during their joys and struggles throughout college, a very formidable time in life. While going on retreats, playing on Newman intermural teams, and going to mass with them, I saw young men and women desiring to understand themselves and to what vocation God might be calling them. Through their experiences and my own, I felt that a strong encounter with Jesus particularly occurred through the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation; where the priest truly takes on the persona of Jesus. Hence, I felt a call to help people encounter Jesus as a priest and minister of the Church’s Sacraments. 

In Fall of 2011, I entered the undergraduate philosophy program at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon. I graduated in Spring 2014 with a BA in philosophy and the following Fall I began graduate studies at Mundelein Seminary in Chicago. 

In my spare time I love playing sports and engaging in outdoor activities. My favorite sports are skiing, soccer, and golf while my other outdoor activities consist of hiking, rock climbing, biking (mountain and road), and running. I have an older sister who lives in Bellingham after having attended WWU and my parents live in Lynnwood. 

I look forward to spending the next few months serving at Sacred Heart Parish and WWU Newman Center. May God bless all of you and your families. Thank you for your prayers as I am praying for you all daily. 

Your brother in Christ Jesus,
 Jonathan R. Cheever
 Prayers Always, Fr. Joseph Altenhofen