Pastoral Care & Outreach: A series of pastoral ministries that provide spiritual care and resources while developing mutuality and kinship with people on the margins. Our ministries include: Criminal Justice Ministry, Hospital & Healthcare Ministry, Immigrant & Refugee Ministry, Seafarer’s Ministry, Inclusion Ministry, Mental Health Ministry, Grief Ministry, and Ministry to the deaf.

Mental Health Ministry Luncheons

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Holy Family Parish, 7045 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033

WHAT TO EXPECT: Guest speaker and panel with background and experience around mental health issues. Learn specific tools, strategies, and resources so that your parish and/or school can meet the increasing mental health needs of your members. A blueprint for how to develop and sustain a mental health ministry at your own parish. Develop action plans on how you can improve outreach & support to those with mental illness. Lunch will be provided.

Missionary Discipleship Formation Program



This program provides Catholic ministers and educators the knowledge, skills, and resources to better help their communities go forth as agents of encounter and positive Christian change rooted in global solidarity. Program includes four sessions over two days: Our Call : God’s Mission of Love, Our Story: The Mission in Scripture and History, Our Moment: Living the Mission Today, Our Commissioning: Going Forth and Forming Others


A New Ministry to Serve Mothers of Incarcerated Children – The grief of having a child in prison is a pain so deep that one may find it difficult to reach out to others for help or support.  Feelings of shame, helplessness, and isolation may cause you to retreat deeper into yourself. We envision a group where confidential sharing can happen, where people can gain strength from others having a similar experience, and where resources can be shared. If you are the mother of an incarcerated child, or know of someone who is, and could use a listening ear, we encourage you to contact Lisa Dreyer at (253) 381-7683 or via email at Meetings will occur at St. Leo Parish, Tacoma.  This ministry is sponsored by our archdiocesan Criminal Justice Ministry.

One Parish, One Prisoner

Did you know that, roughly speaking, Washington State has almost the same amount of prisoners as churches?  Churches are a natural support system for people returning to society following a prison sentence.  Criminal Justice Ministry is expanding our prisoner re-entry pilot project.  Would your parish be interested in entering into a relationship with a single inmate (via letter writing and prison visits) with the intention of providing wraparound support and accompaniment upon their release?  Join our growing list of pilot parishes in an ecumenical effort to connect churches with prisoners for their mutual transformation!  Training provided!  For more info, click HERE or contact Joe Cotton at (206) 382-4847 or

Faith Community Nursing Scholarships Available  – Are you interested in starting a health ministry within your congregation? Do you have an RN or LPN attending your church that may be interested in leading this ministry?  Faith community nursing (Parish nursing) is a nursing specialty recognized by the American Nursing Association that focuses on care of the individual in body, mind and spirit.  Pacific Lutheran University and Concordia University (Portland) in partnership with Faith Community Nursing/Health Ministries Northwest and CHI Franciscan Health provides the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course in the South Sound.  This year the course will be held February 28-March 1 and May 3 (2 ¾ days) with an 8 week interactive online course component in between.  The CHI Franciscan Foundation provides the Jean Vanberg Parish Nurse Scholarship to help fund this course.  For further information and to receive a scholarship application packet please contact Debbi Saint at 253-426-6343 or   Deadline for application submission is Feb 5.






Monthly Immigrant & Refugee Network Gathering


This is an open meeting.

Every Second Thursday of each month from 1-3 PM at St. James Cathedral

We meet in the Cathedral Place building across from O’Dea High School.


Next meeting: Thursday, February 14th


  • All those working on immigrant & refugee matters in their respective parishes, schools, agencies, and lives are invited to attend.
  • Network meetings typically include an update on current events from St. James Immigrant Assistance and/or the Washington State Catholic Conference
  • Attendees have an opportunity to report on their respective immigrant & refugee support activities and network with other workers in the vineyard.
  • Please join us and let’s build the Kingdom of God together – for all God’s children.







Walking & Witnessing for Immigrant Families

A Sustained Immigration Pilgrimage to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

April 29th – May 11th, 2019.


Mass with Bishop Elizondo outside the detention Center on May 11th, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Please stay tuned!







News from AIDNW

Serving immigrant detainees in Tacoma



Our next volunteer Orientation session will be located at 1915 S Sheridan Ave. Tacoma, WA 98405 from 10-12 on Sat. Feb 9th


Here are our current needs:

Volunteer visitors at the Detention Center- Commitment 2 days a month-Spanish and other languages helpful but not limited to. Many people speak English.

Office receptionist/donation sorters Tues or Thurs from 11-3. 2 days a month

Spanish speakers to answer visitation phone line which is open Mon-Friday from 11-3

Office volunteers to enter data. Experience with Google Drive preferred.


We do not currently have openings for Welcome Center volunteers but we can put you on a waiting list.


Please email if you would like to attend.





2 sets of bunk beds

Couch (new or slightly used sectional is preferred)


New or VERY SLIGHTLY USED & CLEAN list items for young men:

Warm Medium and Large Men’s Jackets

Warm hats, gloves, scarves

New Men’s Backpacks

New Men’s socks and underwear

New Men’s sweatshirts and sweatpants

Travel Sized Toiletries


At this time, we are NOT accepting women’s clothing. We have what we need for women.


Donations are only accepted at the new Hospitality House located at 1915 S. Sheridan St, Tacoma, WA. 98405.  Before delivering donations, please e-mail to schedule a time.  Drop off days and times are M-F from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Please do not drop off donations without making prior contact.



Thanks and God bless.




Joe Cotton  

Director of Pastoral Care & Outreach

Office of Pastoral Ministries

Tel: (206) 382-4847  |  Cell: (206) 472-4270


Archdiocese of Seattle |  710 9th Avenue Seattle, WA 98104 |