Category: Catholic Identity

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 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 […]

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 […]

Washington State Catholic Conference Advocacy – June 2021

WSCC Advocacy Bulletin 21-06-02 Virtual Cornerstone Catholic Conference: October 30 The bishops of Washington State invite you to attend the virtual Cornerstone CatholicConference on October 30. Fr. Robert Spitzer and Gloria Purvis will present keynote addresses in English, and the Washington bishops will be hosting a panel. Fr. Agustino Torres and Brenda Noriega will present […]

Religion and Family Life Textbooks and Planning

While you are preparing to close out this year, it may also be a good time to review Religion instructional materials to better address current instructional needs of your buildings, PreK-12. We are receiving inquiries from parents aabout what/how and when we teach family life in our Catholic schools. With the new state law launching […]

Slingerland: 2021 Summer Comprehensive Teacher Training Class

The Slingerland® Institute for Literacy is an amazing partner working with the Diversified Learners Committee. There are still a few summer openings for interested teachers. To view their comprehensive teacher offerings, please click here. 2021 Summer Comprehensive Teacher Training Class in Seattle, WA When: 7/27/2021, 7/28/2021, 7/29/2021, 7/30/2021, 8/2/2021, 8/3/2021, 8/4/2021, 8/5/2021, 8/6/2021, 8/9/2021, 8/10/2021, 8/11/2021, […]

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. […]

2021 APRIL ACRE Participating Schools

2021 APRIL ACRE Participating Schools – 19 schools Assumption Catholic School – Bellingham Christ the King School – Seattle Holy Family School – Kirkland Holy Rosary  School – Edmonds Holy Rosary   School – Seattle Immaculate Conception Regional School – Mount Vernon St. Anthony  School – Renton St. Catherine  School – Seattle St. Frances Cabrini School […]

Learn Survey Findings of The Matthew Project on 5.27.21

The Greeley Team will be presenting their findings on Thursday, March 27 at 11AM at the Principals mtg. We thank all schools for their gracious support of participating in the The Matthew Project survey and cohort focus groups. Thank you! The Matthew Project: An Implementation Plan for Addressing the Needs of the Diverse Learner in the […]

Religion and Family Life – Support and Publishers

Dear School Leaders, As you are completing this year and planning for next year, the Religion publishers are ready to help support your work with materials and/or training. If you are seeking new religion or Family life textbooks or just need updates or training, the Religion publishers are ready to help! The RELIGION CURRICULUM tab […]

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 […]

21-22 Parent Formation Presentations for your School Community

21-22 Parent Formation Presentations for your School Community The Office of Marriage and Family Life can walk with schools in many ways! Specifically, Connect with Families with AT HOME WITH FAITH – free resources that can be used to support families honoring their role as primary educators. Resources are in English and Spanish…. easy to […]

20-21 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 […]

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health America statistics you should ponder as we support our YOUTH: Youth Mental Health Facts | Mental Health America Screening 2 Supports ( Art with Heart CATALOG   A new mental health resource to share called Art with Heart. Art with Heart creates therapeutic creative expression activity books and curriculum through K-12 that focus on social-emotional […]