Category: Catholic Identity

WSCC 2021 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin, No. 7  2.19.21

WSCC 2021 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin, No. 7                                         February 19, 2021 Bills Requiring Your Action Now Legislative Cutoff Dates Monday, February 15 marked the first cutoff day of the legislative session.  All bills were required to pass out of committee in their house of origin (either the House of Representatives or the Senate) in order […]

FREE WEBINAR: How to Accompany the Grieving after Suicide – 2.16

Many of us have experienced great loss, especially during Covid-19.  This webinar is intended to support you as you support others dealing with loss, especially suicide. Join us Tuesday, February 16 at noon to learn more about how to create an effective mental health ministry. Two of the biggest concerns of those who grieve the death […]

WSCC 2021 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin, No. 6-February 12, 2021

    WSCC 2021 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin, No. 6    February 12, 2021 Virtual Catholic Advocacy Day on March 23, 2021  Register for our first virtual Catholic Advocacy Day (CAD).  Scheduled for March 23, CAD will include several opportunities to choose from: pray at Mass, learn about current legislation that is important to Catholics, talk with […]

WSCC Newsletter for Catholic Schools – Winter Quarter 2021

WSCC Newsletter for Catholic Schools- Winter Quarter 2021 A Message From The Washington State Catholic Conference February 2021 Dear Catholic School Parents, Teachers, Administrators, and Supporters, Greetings from the Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC), the public policy voice of the bishops of Washington State. The WSCC is pleased to begin communicating with you regularly throughout […]

CIC Retreat Flexibility due to Covid-19

Dear School Leaders, Please use your log in to review and access any materials available for your consideration:  CIC Foundation and CIC Level I: Catechetical Certification – My Catholic School 20-21 Fall CIC Foundation LOCAL Retreat Toolkit – Task 3: MORAL FORMATION – adapted from Open Wide Our Hearts- the enduring call to love; USCCB Pastoral […]

WSCC 2021 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin – 1.29.21

WSCC 2021 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin, No. 4                                         January 29, 2021 State Legislative Update Action Alert: Urge your State Representatives to Oppose Expanding Assisted Suicide Click here to urge your State Representatives to oppose expanding assisted suicide.  House Bill 1141 (HB 1141) increases access to physician assisted suicide and accelerates the process.  The bill broadens […]

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-1.22.21

WSCC 2021 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin, No. 3                                         January 22, 2021 State Legislative Update Bishop Mueggenborg Testifies Against Assisted Suicide Bill (HB1141) House Bill 1141 (HB 1141) increases access to physician assisted suicide and accelerates the process.  The bill broadens the definition of “qualified medical provider” and broadens the definition of those who can provide […]

March for Life: March 23 – Virtual Catholic Advocacy Day

Join us for the Virtual Catholic Advocacy Day on March 23rd 8AM – 4 pm. Register your space by March 9th at  The flyer is below to share broadly! 3.24.21 Virtual Catholic Advocacy Day flyer

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 […]

WSCC Legislative Priorities and January Pro-Life Activities

Happy New Year to you all and I pray that your Christmas season has been a time of blessing. Wow – 2020 was a unique and challenging year. I am writing at the start of the Washington legislative session to greet each of you and to let you know that the Washington State Catholic Conference […]

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 […]

WSCC Adovacy Network -COVID Emergency Relief -TAKE ACTION NOW!

TAKE ACTION Friends, in just the past couple days we have a seen a restart of the COVID Emergency Relief [] talks.  There is a strong chance it could be attached to the “must pass” federal budget bill. A bi-partisan, bi-cameral group in Congress released a new $908B framework [] and it is catching steam.  We know the […]

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, […]

The Season of Advent is HERE!

The Season of Advent Resources USCCB Advent Resources  click here. Advent Retreat -ON DEMAND – A great way to ready ourselves for Christmas. Webpage: Advent 2020: The Season of Waiting – When We’re Sick of Waiting for Life to Go Back to Normal. 2020 has been a demanding and daunting year. As we approach the Season of Advent, how can […]

Missionary Discipleship Institute “MDI” Racial Justice Lessons

Missionary Discipleship Institute – Grade 7 Updates Responding to God’s call….  while adults are praying, studying, and responding to the racial justice conversations that continue, our MDI students are also invited into this important conversation and learning. Sincere thank you to our MARYKNOLL partners who have helped us design, review, and complete 7 MDI racial […]

WSCC 2020 Catholic Advocacy Updates – November 2020

Updates from the Washington State Catholic Conference HHS Works to Ensure Access to Spiritual Care During COVID-19 Pandemic In a statement, USCCB Chair of Religious Liberty, Archbishop Thomas Wenski commended action by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure patients receive spiritual care, even while hospitals are under COVID-19 restrictions.  Previously, […]

Taking Mental Health Strategies into the Holidays

As we move into the holiday season, let’s help our communities bring mental health and coping strategies into the season too! Resources respectfully shared by the Mental Health Ministry Committee, Diversified Learners Committee, and SEL School Counselors Committee. Mental Health Support Strategies Coronavirus Mental Health Resources Mental Health America offers a free self-care school toolkit […]

WA State and City of Seattle Covid-19 Immigrant Relief Funds Available

Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund At the state level: We are excited to announce that today the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund began accepting applications. The Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund will distribute $1,000 per person (up to $3,000 per household) to Washington residents who are ineligible because of immigration status for federal stimulus funds […]

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 […]

The Maryknoll Annual Essay Contest for middle and high schools is underway! 

Maryknoll has launched our Annual Essay Contest for middle and high schools! Here’s the website with all the details:  Here’s the assignment: Write an essay explaining what you think the pope means by “a civilization of love.” What signs have you seen during these extraordinary times of people building a civilization of love? How will […]

Christ in the Classroom Local Retreats – Update

Friday, October 16, 2020 was originally designated archdiocesan day for the CIC Foundation LOCAL Retreats but with the implications of Covid-19 and all schools working tirelessly to open schools appropriately, this date has been released and adjustments have been given to allow each school FLEXIBILITY in meeting their local Catechetical certification and renewal requirements during […]

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 […]

Respect Life Month Toolkit – Catholic Mobilizing Network

October is Respect Life Month, a time for Catholics to reflect more deeply on the God-given dignity of all human life. Beginning on Respect Life Sunday (October 4th, 2020), Catholics across the U.S. will recommit themselves to the work of uplifting this core tenet of our faith. CMN’s annual Respect Life Month Toolkit offers a selection […]

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 […]

A call for national prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary – October 7

+September 30, 2020 Dear Parish Leadership, Peace be with you! Next week, Wednesday, October 7, the Archdiocese of Seattle will join in solidarity with Archbishop Gomez, president of the USCCB, to celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. This national prayer event is designed to unite Catholics across the country in a moment […]

October is Mental Illness Awareness Month

October 4-10, 2020 Mental Health Awareness Week From our partners at NAMI: The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” Throughout the week, we will be raising the voices of those with lived experience to talk about some of the conditions and symptoms that […]

WSCC – Letter from WA State Bishops – Voter Registration

September 10, 2020 Dear Priests, Deacons, and Pastoral Leadership, The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) is the common voice of the Catholic Bishops of the Archdiocese of Seattle, the Diocese of Spokane, and the Diocese of Yakima.  We wish to notify you of our support and encouragement for setting up voter education and registration booths […]