Category: Catholic Identity

Office of Marriage and Family Life

The Office of Marriage and Family Life serves as a wonderful resource for our Catholic schools! The Office of Marriage and Family Life proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ’s presence in the life of the family by assisting parishes, schools and faith communities in forming and supporting families in living their vocation to marriage […]

Let’s get ready for UNIFIED ROBOTICS!!! Fall 2019

Dear Catholic School Leadership, Join us in creating unified teams for this year’s Unified Robotics season through Special Olympics of Washington. All are invited and welcome! Become a partner! Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It […]

Missionary Discipleship Institute for Our 7th Graders

Missionary Discipleship Institute 2019 – 2020 “Dear young people, the Lord, the Church, the world are waiting for your answer to the unique call that each one receives in this life! Do you accept the challenge?” – Pope Francis to youth, Feb 11, 2018 What is the MDI? The Missionary Discipleship Institute (MDI) consists of […]

Mental Health Retreat – Holy Family, Kirkland – Saturday, August 3, 2019

Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019  9:30 am to 4:00 pm   Holy Family Parish Social Hall 7045 120th Ave NE Kirkland, WA Mental Health Ministry presents:  The Spirituality of Relationships…..Care for Yourself While you Care for Others Discover: How our relationship with God impacts our relationship with others Explore: Reflect in a peaceful, quiet setting Transform: Relationships […]

Memo of Understanding – Gonzaga, Fulcrum Foundation, and OCS

Catholic schools partnership targets service to diverse learners Archdiocese of Seattle Catholic Schools, Gonzaga University, Fulcrum Foundation GU-FF-OCS MOU Poster The Archdiocese of Seattle Office for Catholic Schools is joining with Gonzaga University’s School of Education and the Fulcrum Foundation to increase opportunities for students training to serve diversified learners. The joint initiative is designed […]

Pastoral Care and Outreach Updates – June 2019

A Message from our Bishops: The Immigration Crisis June 27, 2019 For many years there has been a growing national consensus that the U.S. immigration system is severely flawed and in need of a comprehensive overhaul. However, the continued stalemate on enacting comprehensive immigration reform has created a void filled by stopgap initiatives and a […]

October is Mental Health Awareness Month!

3rd Annual Mental Health Summit at the University of Washington – Join us on Tuesday, October 29th for this amazing day!  The mission of the Washington Mental Health Summit is to create an inclusive forum for stakeholders around the state to develop, share, and advance new and promising ideas, opportunities and collaborations that will advance […]

Laudato Si Gathering – July 9, 2019 11 – 2 PM

Tues., July 9, 11am-2pm St. James Cathedral,Pastoral Outreach Center 907 Columbia St., Seattle (Limited parking at O’Dea High School) Pizza lunch ($5 donation) or bring your own lunch! RSVP: Patrick Barredo  206-382-4515 Facebook: @StJamesOutreachAndAdvocacy St. James Cathedral is hosting a gathering to once again bring us together, to learn, to pray, to share, and […]

Pastoral Care and Outreach Updates – June 2019

Pastoral Care & Outreach: A series of pastoral ministries that provide spiritual care and resources while developing mutuality and kinship with people on the margins. Our ministries include: Criminal Justice Ministry, Hospital & Healthcare Ministry, Immigrant & Refugee Ministry, Seafarer’s Ministry, Foster Care Ministry, Inclusion Ministry, Mental Health Ministry, Grief Ministry, and Ministry to the […]

Missions Good News Newsletter – June 2019

The LAST edition of our Good News newsletter is at the printer and also available now [] online (along with other current items of interest) at []. As has been done since 1983, contents include prayers, announcements, news, items (we hope are) of interest, and inspiring and fun artwork and photos. We hope you […]

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 REGISTER HERE [] Gather with fellow Catholics and Tony Cube, National Manager of Justice for […]

CRS wants to say thank you for your support of Rice Bowl 2019

CRS wants to say thank you for your support of Rice Bowl 2019 Rice Bowl funds go to LOCAL programs 25% of the funds raised by your community stays in this Archdiocese. In 2018, over 290 Rice Bowl grants were awarded to efforts alleviating hunger here in western Washington–St. Vincent de Paul organizations, Catholic Community Services/Catholic Housing […]

CRS wants to say thank you for your support of Rice Bowl 2019

      CRS Parish Ambassadors and staff at the Fall Formation Day in September. A growing number of parishes across the Archdiocese are participating in the CRS Parish Ambassador Corps (PAC) [], an initiative for parishes to increase global solidarity in their communities. Passionate “ambassador” volunteers are working to inspire their fellow parishioners, as […]

Mental Health OSPI – OSSI Resources- May 2019

OSSI’s monthly newsletter provides accessible resources and connects readers to best practices at the state, regional and local level that are improving student outcomes. May focus: Mental Health Setting the Stage: When we talk about mental health Social-Emotional Outcomes Improved Through Project AWARE Share Your Story: Successes from the Field Exploring the Landscape of Mental […]

WSCC 2019 Catholic Advocacy – 2019 Legislative Recap

  On the final day of the 2019 Legislative Session, lawmakers passed Washington state’s biennial budget and adjourned just before the stroke of midnight.  For the WSCC, this session was marked by extensive grassroots activity by the Catholic Advocacy Network.  These efforts included a successful Catholic Advocacy Day, the first Catholic Schools Day, a great […]

Happy Mental Health Awareness Month!

Happy Mental Health Awareness Month! One of the GREAT things about this article are all the resources linked to other resources.  The links lead to a treasure trove of great info. State officials urge action on youth mental health trends OLYMPIA — Recently released Healthy Youth Survey data [] show a high and increasing number […]

Catholic Cornerstone Conference – Oct. 18-19 Tacoma, Registration opens May 8

Greater Tacoma Convention Center: COMING TOGETHER FOR JUSTICE AND LIFE October 18-19, 2019 General Registration Opens May 8th! One of the largest gatherings of Catholics in Washington state, the purpose of the Cornerstone Catholic Conference is to inspire and educate Catholics and others to continue working together to protect human life: the unborn, individuals who […]

WSCC 2019 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin #16

WSCC to Search for New Executive Director Joe Sprague, Executive Director of the WSCC since 2017, is returning to the state of Alaska for a unique career opportunity in aviation there.  Joe spent 30 years in aviation before working for the Church.  The WSCC is accepting applications from individuals with a passion for policy issues […]

WSCC 2019 Update – Honoring Sister Sharon Park

Executive Director Farewell The past week has seen the impact of past and current efforts of the team at the Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC).  Just yesterday, Sr. Sharon Park, the longtime WSCC Executive Director who retired in 2017, was honored by the Washington State House of Representatives.  They recognized her for her decades of […]

School Office Mailing – May 2019

Monthly School Tasks— –OCS Facebook My Catholic School Website School Office Monthly Mailing Archives – click here. Dear School Office Colleagues, Happy Easter season!! We hope you had a lovely Spring Break, wherever it may have fallen this year. Now we are in this last quarter of the school year, please note a few housekeeping […]

Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle Welcomes Coadjutor Archbishop Appointed by Pope Francis

Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle Welcomes Coadjutor Archbishop Appointed by Pope Francis Archbishop Paul D. Etienne of Anchorage Will Succeed Archbishop J. Peter Sartain PDF version: Announcement to the People of the Archdiocese SEATTLE, April 29, 2019 — Archbishop J. Peter Sartain today welcomed the appointment of Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, currently archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska, […]

NAMI Walk for Mental Health in Kirkland – June 8, 2019

An open letter and invitation from Trez Buckland, member of the Mental Health Ministry Committee, Archdiocese of Seattle. Washington is 47th in the nation for care for the mentally ill this year – I think we have moved up a couple notches from last year!! We have a ways to go! I hope you can […]


FREE MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID CLASSES!             NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has openings for Mental Health First Aid Classes Friday, May 10th   8:00am – 5:00pm 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 […]

WSCC 2019 Catholic Advocacy Update – April 18, 2019

For much of the year, you, the members of WSCC’s Catholic Advocacy Network, have raised your voices for the suffering members of the human family – those ravaged by poverty, as well as the victims of abortion, war, and assisted suicide.  But Easter Sunday is the time to celebrate the great joy that death is […]

Update from your Missions Office – April 15, 2019

We wanted to let you know that the Missions Office and its staffing positions will be eliminated effective June 30, 2019. Several responsibilities of the Missions Office will fall to other Chancery offices, and we will be helping with the transition of those responsibilities as well as wrapping up the programs and commitments of the […]

WCCS – Advocacy Alert – April 12, 2019

Thanks to our advocacy network for your effective outreach to lawmakers this week.  We are thrilled to announce that the bill to improve school emergency notifications (SB 5514) was unanimously passed by the Washington House of Representatives and is now headed to the Governor’s desk.  Passing this bill has been a multi-year effort for the […]