Pastoral Care Ministries – May 2019 Update

Sharing the Journey:  2019 Immigration Summit Poster
Third Annual Catholic Immigration Summit

Saturday, June 8, 2019

8:30am Registration
9am-3pm Program
3-4pm Mass

New location!
St. Catherine of Siena Parish
814 NE 85th Street, Seattle 98115

FREE event! 
registration required by June 1


Gather with fellow Catholics and Tony Cube, National Manager of Justice for Immigrants for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops! We will hear about and reflect on the current immigration situations, both nationally and locally. We will have opportunities to learn, network and develop personal and communal commitments. Check-in begins at 8:30 am and the day concludes with Mass with Bishop Elizondo at 3 pm. Lunch, refreshments and parking are provided at this free event. Registration is required.

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle, St. James Immigrant Assistance, Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, SU Campus Ministry, Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, and Catholic Community Services/Catholic Housing Services of Western Washington

Please join us – and help build the Kingdom of God for all, including immigrant and refugees!

Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley Needs Help! 

Supplies Needed! Due to the large number of Families that are passing through the McAllen Respite Center daily (on the border) we are desperately in need of snack supplies for the travel bags.  Here is what we need:

  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Cheez-It Crackers
  • Austin Zoo Animal crackers
  • Nature Valley Granola bars
  • Cheetos
  • Frito Lay Varity packs.
  • Plastic Spoons
  • 1 Gallon Zip lock bags

Please see the We Are In Need of Support for details on how to donate!


There are some incredible events coming up in the next few months in the area of mental health:

June 8th – NAMI Walk, Kirkland Marina

June 19th – National NAMI Convention, Seattle

July 1st – Suicide Prevention Training – safeTALK, St. James Cathedral, Seattle

Contact Nancy Granger for more information –

October 7-9thThe Mustard Seed Project, Mental Wellness in Catholic Schools Conference, Loyola University, Chicago

October 19th – Cornerstone Catholic Conference, Tacoma – workshop on Mental Health

October 29th – University of Washington Mental Health Summit, Seattle

Please let us know if your parish or school is interested in hosting a Mental Health First Aid Training.


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has openings for Mental Health First Aid Classes

  • Friday, June 14th     8:00am – 5:00pm

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Mental Health First Aid program teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in your community. Appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Mental Health First Aid USA is a course that teaches participants how to interact with and connect a person to the appropriate care. The training uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and substance use disorders.

To register call NAMI Eastside at  425-885-6264 Courses are held in the Garibaldi Room at the Together Center — in the same complex as the NAMI Eastside Office. Together Center, 16225 NE 87th St, Redmond, WA 98052

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!

New Website:

For more info, click HERE or contact Joe Cotton at (206) 382-4847 or

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, June 13th

  • 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.

News from AIDNW

Serving immigrant detainees in Tacoma: There has been a large increase in the numbers of guests released from detention and seeking our hospitality. Both the Welcome Center and Hospitality House are being stretched to new levels. As a result, this update comes with an urgent plea for donations and financial support. We are experiencing what’s recently been reported in the news. Detainees are being released in larger numbers and they are left to their own recognizance. Fortunately, we are here to help but we need more resources to carry out our mission.


  • BBQ Grill – slightly used, free-standing gas or charcoal
  • Safeway Gift Cards
  • International Calling cards
  • Sectional couch
  • 1 TV-2 roku boxes
  • Cereal bowls
  • Twin size sheets-white preferred
  • Twin size comforters
  • Women’s tshirts small and medium
  • Women’s capris small and medium

As the seasons change our Amazon Wish List below has been updated with current needs for the Welcome Center and the Hospitality House. They include LIGHTER WEIGHT CLOTHING, toiletries, snacks and English Language books. Click HERE for Wish List!   All donations can be delivered directly via the Amazon Wish List. Also, volunteers are scheduled to receive other donations at the Hospitality House at 1915 S. Sheridan St. Tacoma on Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm (only those days and times please). Thank you for your continued generosity!