Category: Archdiocese of Seattle

Mass of Remembrance – Nov. 8 In-person/virtual at 7pm

Mass of Remembrance: Special Mass for loved ones lost to COVID-19 November 8 at 7pm, St. James Cathedral and livestream During this special Requiem Mass, we will remember, mourn and pray for all those we have lost to COVID-19. All Catholics in Western Washington are invited to submit the names of people who have died. Click here […]

Pope Francis Calls for a Synodal Journey

Archbishop Etienne writes….”Pope Francis has called us as a Church to a “synodal journey.” Catholics across the world will be coming together in a universal process of listening in preparation for the 2023 Synod of Bishops in Rome. With all that is going on in our archdiocese, I see the timing of all of this […]

Advertise in NWCatholic for CSW? Due date 10/13/21

Northwest Catholic Schools issue will be December/January this year! October 13 Reservation Deadline Planning is underway for the December/January Catholic Schools Week advertising section. Reserve space for the 2022 school year and take advantage of discounted prices. Click here for the 2021-2022 Catholic School advertising form. 2021-22 NWC Schools space res form    

NW Catholic Weekly Email Newsletter – Sign up!

Excited to share that Northwest Catholic has launched a NEW weekly email newsletter. It’s a quick roundup of the most important and inspiring Catholic news and commentary from around the archdiocese and the world. It’s the easiest way to stay up to date on the life of the local and universal Church, and we’re hoping […]

Archbishop Etienne’s Pastoral Plan and Toolkit

Archbishop Etienne released the new Pastoral Plan, entitled: KNOWING JESUS CHRIST, EMBRACING HIS MISSION. Pastoral Plan | Archdiocese of Seattle  The Vision: The outcome of a successful pastoral planning process will be a Church that reflects the Risen Christ to others. The goal is to help people have a conversion experience so they can draw […]

Parent Formation Presentation Opportunities

We are blessed to have the support and expertise of Deacon Eric Paige, Director of Marriage, Family Life and Formation Office, to offer Parent Formation presentations available to our schools throughout the school year. The full list of Parent Formation presentation offerings are listed for your review and accessible on the marriage,family life website. All […]

How to Help Refugees from Afghanistan

Dear School Leaders, I would like to introduce to you, Chris Koehler, Director of Immigrant and Refugee Ministry, at the new Office for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, The Chancery. Chris has gathered multiple resources that schools and parishes may want to use as they respond to the great needs in Afganistan. How to […]

Ministry Clearance Requirements for Guest Speakers

The Ministry Clearance information for securing speakers for your school and/or parish resides on the Arch of Seattle website – under Faith Formation to find the most current forms and contact information. For Parishes_Faith Formation | Archdiocese of Seattle ( (Scroll down quite a ways to find these 2 pdfs.) The Archdiocese of Seattle has […]

WSCC 2021 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin – July 15, 2021

WSCC 2021 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin, No. 20  July 15, 2021 Survey: Share Your Advocacy Priorities With the Bishops The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) is the public policy voice of the bishops of Washington state, and the WSCC bishops would like to hear what your top Catholic advocacy priorities are.  Participate in this brief survey […]

WSCC Catholic Schools Quarterly Newsletter – June 2021

Schools Quarterly Newsletter June 2021, ENGLISH A big thank you to our WSCC partners and especially Tracey Yackley for her consistent commitment to ensure all school leaders have information about the work and initiatives underway with the Washington State Catholic Conference… the public policy voice of the Bishops of Washington State. How Can I Learn More […]

Updated School Retention Schedule from Archives Office Now Available

Dear School Leaders, The Archives Office at the Chancery has just released an updated version of the Catholic Schools Retention Schedule protocol located at:  Catholic Schools Records RETENTION Schedule_2021-Archives Office This additonal link takes you to the comprehensive Catholic Schools Retention Schedule is located: Please share with your school office team to ensure protocols […]

Come and Be Fed – Conversations with Archbishop Etienne 

One of the great outcomes of the Year of the Eucharist is the excellent resources we have been given to use as teaching aids. Please share this resource with your religion teachers. Come and Be Fed – Conversations with Archbishop Etienne  Archbishop Etienne filmed a series of videos about the Eucharist, including three videos with local […]

WSCC Catholic Advocacy Bulletin #18 – legislative wrap-up edition

WSCC Catholic Advocacy Bulletin #18 – legislative wrap-up edition Good News: Newly Signed Bills The legislative session ended on April 25, and Governor Jay Inslee was given 20 subsequent days to sign bills into law. Bills in this section were recently signed into law and are listed by date signed. To read the full report […]

Welcoming our new Pastoral Leadership!

June marks the time for many transitions for school and parish life! A time to say goodbye and a time of welcome! Transitions can be very smooth or sometimes, chlanenging. The Office for Pastoral Ministeries has created a new handbook with resources to assist school/parish communities as they say goodbye and welcome new pastoral leaders. […]

Preparing to welcome a new Pastor?

The Office of Pastoral Ministries has completed a new Pastoral Transition Handbook to guide school and parish leaders on how to support a parish leadership transition well. As priests move to new assignments, a parish is in transition. This handbook has been created to help navigate this time of flux.  Explore suggestions, insights, guidelines and resources. Spanish version […]

Archbishop Paul D. Etienne Creates Racial Justice and Cultural Diversity Commission

Archbishop Paul D. Etienne Creates Racial Justice and Cultural Diversity Commission Commission to Advise Archdiocese on Belonging, Dignity and Justice May 6, 2021 With the recent social unrest and increased divisiveness in our society, Archbishop Paul D. Etienne recognized the need to create an advisory group dedicated to racial justice. He formed a new Racial […]

Archdiocese of Seattle – Official Priestly Appointments

The Most Rev. Paul D. Etienne, having carefully assessed the needs of the People of God in the Archdiocese of Seattle, and after careful consultation with the Christian Faithful and the Priest Personnel Board, makes the following pastoral appointments in accord with the 1983 Code of Canon Law effective July 1, 2021, unless otherwise noted. […]

CYO Summer Day Camp registration is now open!

Start Planning for the Summer! CYO Summer Day Camp registration is now open. Campers spend their days enjoying the outdoors and finding God there. Plus, swimming in the pool, making crafts, and much more before going home in the evening to rest up for the next day of fun! Please share this registration link  with your communities!

Archdiocese of Seattle Strategic Planning Update

March 10, 2021 Archdiocese of Seattle Continues Strategic Planning Efforts: Strategic Planning Committee Reviewing Recommendations Strategic Planning March 2021 Final

The Year of the Eucharist Phase 3: The Real Presence

“During the coming year, I ask every Catholic and every parish community to commit themselves to deepening our understanding and experience of the Eucharist, and strengthening our Eucharistic liturgies.” – Archbishop Etienne As we continue to walk with our Archbishop, we now have entered Phase 3 (Jan.– March) – We focus on the Real Presence […]

Ash Wednesday is February 17! CRS RICE BOWL begins!

Deacon Pierce Murphy, Executive Director, Stewardship & Development, Archdiocese of Seattle has shared the following resources so your school can prepare to enter into the Season of Lent with the appropriate instructional materials to support your local CRS goals. Questions? Please contact Deacon Pierce at CRS Rice Bowl Resources Rice Bowl Collection- February 17-April […]

WSCC 2021 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin, No. 1    

WSCC 2021 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin, No. 1                                         January 15, 2021 State Legislative Update Today marks the end of the first week of the state legislative session.  Below is a summary of bills on the move that are of importance to the Washington State Catholic Conference.  As bills continue to be introduced throughout the session […]

Ministering with People of All Abilities Workshop – Jan. 12 or 13

Ministering with People of All Abilities Workshop Tuesday, January 12 6:30-7:30 pm PT -OR- Wednesday, January 13 10:00-11:00 am PT Do the teens in your youth group seem to struggle with social interaction at times? Do you serve seniors in your parish who may have dementia? Do you have a child in your sacrament prep […]

The WSCC, Catholic Charities and Catholic Health Care Support COVID-19 Vaccinations

The-Washington-State-Catholic-Conference-Catholic-Charities-and-Catholic-Health-Care-Support-COVID-19-Vaccinations The Washington State Catholic Conference, Catholic Charities and Catholic Health Care Support COVID-19 Vaccinations December 12, 2020 The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) affirms that the recently announced COVID-19 vaccines are morally permissible. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) confirms the moral permissibility of the vaccines in this memorandum dated November 20, 2020 […]

Special Taskforce for Catholic Schools – December 2020 Update

Special Taskforce for Catholic Schools December 2020 Update In mid-August, Archbishop Paul D. Etienne appointed ten members to the Special Taskforce for Catholic Schools led by Father Ronald Nuzzi from the University of Notre Dame. This taskforce was charged by the archbishop to study church teachings, examine best practices among Catholic educators nationally and internationally, […]

CMN Virtual Gathering on Nov. 12 – noon to 1 pm

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 12pm – 1pm PST Join Catholic Mobilizing Network for a virtual gathering of Washington State Allies to discuss the death penalty, restorative justice, and racial justice. This is an opportunity for local Washington Catholics to connect themselves with the national movement to end the death penalty and promote restorative and racial […]

National Vocation Awareness Week: November 1-7

National Vocation Awareness Week, November 1-7, 2020 Now is the time to plan how parishes and schools will pray, invite, teach, and celebrate! The Office of Vocations is providing these helpful resources as we celebrate God’s universal call to holiness by helping foster a culture of vocations in our families, parishes, and schools. Please consider […]

Christ in the Classroom Level I – Catechetical Certification for Teachers of Religion

Christ in the Classroom Level I – Catechetical Certification for Teachers of Religion Level I online coursework through Augustine Institute’s Symbolon program and the Archdiocese of Seattle, Office for Catholic Schools, for teachers of religion and elementary school principals. 2020-2021: CIC Level I- Catechetical Certification is minimally required for teachers of religion and elementary school […]

Racism Resources

Summer and Fall 2020 has been a time for gathering resources, sharing, reflecting and developing a call to action to eradicate racism. special thank you to our school leaders and our Catholic school librarians for sharing resources to bless our school communities. Thank you! ACE Advocates Summit -Called to HOPE ActionStepsToErdicateRacism-AnInvitationFromUSCCB Archbishop Etienne Statement on […]

Upcoming Livestream School Masses with Archbishop Etienne

Upcoming Livestream School Masses with Archbishop Etienne Tuesday, October 20th at 8:00 AM with host school, Eastside Catholic, Deacon Scott Pickett, Campus Ministry lead. Livestream vimeo link: [] Tuesday, November 10th at 8:00 AM with host school, Holy Names Academy, Julie Tilghman, Campus Ministry lead. Livestream vimeo link: [] Feast of the Immaculate […]