Category: Catholic Identity

Survivors of Suicide: A Journey of Faith, Hope and Healing on Vimeo

Survivors of Suicide: A Journey of Faith, Hope and Healing on Vimeo The Archdiocese of Seattle’s Mental Health Ministry presented Survivors of Suicide: A Journey of Faith, Hope and Healing at it’s annual networking luncheon on May 11, 2022. Father John Madigan, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish and a panel of survivors share their pastoral […]

Pope Francis wants to hear from YOU!

Planning & Mission Effectiveness Office is reminding us all that there is still a bit of time to offer your INSIGHTS and REFLECTIONS during the final push of the Synodalic process. Please share this link with your community if they have not had the opportunity to participate in this imporant listening process to bless and […]

Mental Health: Catholic Lifesavers Corps – Cohort 1 SUCCESS!

It is with great joy that I share the final report of our Catholic Lifesavers Corps (CLC) Cohort 1 training experience. With the amazing support of the Fulcrum Foundation, student leaders and their SEL Counselors from Archbishop Murphy High School, Everett, and Pope John Paul II High School, Lacey, were fully trained in Living Works […]

ACRE Religion Assessment has closed! Now what?

Information for Growth – Assessment for Catholic Religious Education (IFG-ACRE) Thank you to the schools that participated in the spring APRIL ACRE assessment! We are getting back on track with participation and your data will be coming to your school soon. Once you have your building’s data snapshot, then what? The OCS has created some […]

WSCC Catholic Advocacy Bulletin, No. 9 March 21, 2022

Getting Bills To The Finish Line! Action Alert: Urge Governor Inslee To Take Action On These Bills The governor’s desk is the final stop for bills before they become law.  The legislative session ended on Thursday, March 10, and all viable bills have now been delivered to Governor Jay Inslee.  He may now choose to […]

3rd Week of Lent – CRS Resources

THIRD WEEK OF LENT OVERCOMING DISASTER In Bangladesh, cyclones and other natural disasters are increasing—destroying farms, homes and more—making it difficult for people like Noornobi to earn a living and support their families. But Noornobi has learned new techniques to protect his land and income, enabling his niece and nephew to go to school. How […]

Restorative Justice Work

How Restorative Justice Helped Make the Justice System Work Better in Seattle, an article by the National Catholic Register via an interview with our own, Joe Cotton!  This article highlights the implications of what we’ve learned from this pilot initiative focusing on a greater understanding between the intersection of behavioral health and ending the pipeline […]

FIRST WEEK OF LENT – THE PILLARS OF LENT

FIRST WEEK OF LENT – THE PILLARS OF LENT: As we begin our Lenten journey, reflect on how your prayers, fasting and almsgiving can guide you. As Pope Francis explains, these are “elements which, when lived sincerely, can transform life and provide a sure foundation for dignity and fraternity.” How can practicing the Lenten pillars […]

The Holy Father’s Call-Peace for Ukraine

The Holy Father’s Call Join Catholics around the world responding to Pope Francis’ call for prayer and fasting on Ash Wednesday for peace in Ukraine.Please promote this at your school with these materials. For suggested prayers from Archbishop Etienne click here.

WSCC Advocacy Update – 2/28/22

Committee Deadlines and Floor Votes Bills still in play have been passed by House or Senate committees or must do so by Monday, February 28. If your legislators are members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, House Appropriations Committee, or the House Transportation Committee, we encourage you to contact them and urge them to […]

WSCC Advocacy Bulletin 2.20.22

Thank You For Your Continued Advocacy! Bills that are still in play have now moved on to the opposite house and are being scheduled for committee hearings.  Below are a number of bills that you can sign in “pro/con” for. Click here for the latest information. Additionally, now is the time to urge your representatives to […]

WSCC ADVOCACY UPDATE FOR SCHOOLS- 2/11/22

Thank you for the faithful efforts of our WSCC team! This update provides our constituents tangible ways each of us can help support this important work. Please click here for full information.

WSCC Catholic Schools Quarterly Newsletter

Below, please find the links to the WSCC Catholic Schools Quarterly Newsletter that can be shared out to your school communities. Thank you! English   https://www.wacatholics.org/_ui/img/global/Schools-Quarterly-Newsletter-Winter-2022.pdf Spanish   https://www.wacatholics.org/_ui/img/global/Schools-Quarterly-Newsletter-Feb-2022-Spanish     

Catholic Lifesavers Corps (CLC) for High Schools

Catholic Lifesaver Corps: This mental health collaboration of archdiocesan Mental Health Ministry, Youth Ministry, Fulcrum Foundation, has been designed to support our high school youth. Catholic Schools Catholic Lifesaver Corps (CLC) is a team of high school students (Juniors) who will be trained as facilitators of the 4-hour LivingWorks safeTALK suicide prevention program. They will, […]

WSCC Advocacy Newsletter for Catholic Schools

Advocacy Bulletin 22-01-21 Schools The WSCC has created a Catholic Schools newsletter focused summary of actions occuring in during the Lesigative session so schools are aware of the themes/issues, opportunities occuring. Action Alert: (Sign in “Pro” for the following bills referred to in the attached newsletter) Due to the pandemic, the legislative session is currently […]

Progress Reports 2021-22

Since 2014 the Office for Catholic Schools has asked that all WCEA accredited schools participate in annual progress reports that align with the goals and outcomes of the accreditation self-study for both the ISL and E3 protocols. In 2021, we have fully adopted the NSBECS for the work that we do in the office and […]

Securing your April 2021 ACRE Scores

Dear School Leaders, Just double-checking to ensure you have secured your school’s Grade 5 and Grade 8 ACRE assessment data from last April’s testing window (April 2021).  If not, please follow these simple steps to secure your school’s data: Go to  https://www.nceaifg.com/ Log into with your email and your password. (Please set up your password […]

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 […]

Seed Grant opportunity to create or expand your mental health ministries!

To our innovative and amazing school leaders who are working so hard to strengthen your own mental health mechanisms in your school, parish or region….please consider!  Please share with your SEL school counselors or memebrs of your leadership team! This grant is very flexible and could be a great resource for you! The pandemic has […]

Looking for a Pilgrimage Moment? The Grotto

The Grotto will host an exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles from around the world in our conference center from October 1st through the 17th.  The Grotto, the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, is located just off I-205 in North Portland. The exhibit consists of illustrations and descriptions of 48 miracles (in English and Spanish) that have […]

CIC VIRTUAL School Leadership Retreat – Sept. 23 only

CHRIST IN THE CLASSROOM VIRTUAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT We invite you to join us in solidarity with one another and in communion with our Church, to step back on Thursday, find that quiet place, and allow yourselves to be grounded and centered through this opportunity.  We thank Fr. Watson’s quick pivot to the virtual experience. The […]

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 […]

The Mustard Seed Project 2021 VIRTUAL Conference – Loyola Chicago

Dear Principals, Our friends, The Greeley Team, Loyola University Chicago, are inviting the Arch of Seattle to consider building teams from our schools to attend this vitual conference.  The OCS is sending a team of 5!  (Please join us and use the scholarship option below – request for scholarships must be submitted before Sept. 3rd.) […]

Black Theology and the Future of the Black American Community – 9/5 via Zoom

Proclamation & Practice Speaker Series: Dr. Dwight Hopkins – Black Theology and the Future of the Black American Community (Sunday, Sept. 5 – 10:30 am- 12:00 noon/4:30pm – 6:00 pm PDT) Sacred Heart, Saratoga, CA invites you to a Zoom presentation by Dr. Dwight Hopkins about how black theology can speak to the black experience […]

21-22 MDI Schools

We welcome our MDI Schools 2021-22 – Our list is growing and if your school wants to join us, there is still time. Christ the King, Seattle Holy Family Bilingual School, Seattle Holy Family School, Auburn Holy Family, Lacey Holy Family, Kirkland Holy Rosary, West Seattle Our Lady of Fatima, Seattle Our Lady of Guadalupe, […]

Rev. Bill Watson

Father Bill Watson Fr. Bill felt his desire to be a missionary at the age of 18 while watching a TV commercial on people volunteering with the poor in Africa. He joined the Jesuits months later. After taking his first vows, he went back to his native Spokane, WA for studies in philosophy. For some […]

Meet Your US Senators and Congress Member to Discuss CRS Priorities

Meet Your US Senators and Congress Member to Discuss CRS Priorities Full WSCC Advocay Newsletter for Schools WSCCAdvocacy Bulletin 21-08-02 – Schools This month Catholic Relief Services (CRS) chapters in Washington will be meeting virtually via zoom with US Senator Patty Murray, Senator Maria Cantwell, and select US Representatives: Rep. Suzan DelBene (district 1), Rep. Rick […]