Lecturer points to shifting church demographics

Election of first pope from Western Hemisphere an indication of population trend SEATTLEBy Savio Pham Father Peter C. Phan identified two significant trends in contemporary Christianity in a lecture at Seattle University on Thursday, April 18: the growth in Pentecostal churches and the shift in the world’s Christian population from…

Gathering to encounter and share Christ

Evangelization program takes root at Holy Family Parish KIRKLANDBy Susan Eick When Holy Family Parish started an evangelization ministry called ChristLife last fall, Laure Anne Wilbert’s sister signed her up for a spot.

Newtown pastor grateful for response to shooting

Western Washington Catholics sent donations, posters, prayer shawlsThe pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown, Conn., sent a letter April 5 to the Archdiocese of Seattle, expressing his gratitude for the support his community received in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, which…

Remembering early missionaries

Parish plans celebration marking its origin as the archdiocese’s first permanent mission TOLEDOBy Jean Parietti In December 1838, Father Francis Norbert Blanchet of Quebec traveled up the Cowlitz River to establish a mission for French-Canadian Hudson’s Bay Co. employees and settlers, and to bring the faith to local Native Americans.

Juan Diego Academy off to a promising start

Bilingual education at Holy Rosary School has been ‘a tremendous success,’ says principal TACOMABy Kevin Birnbaum Friday begins at Holy Rosary School with kindergartners reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in confident, perfect Spanish. Then they make the sign of the cross in Spanish and say a prayer in Spanish as…

Bishops to legislators: Protect the poor

Bishop-supported bills succeed, abortion-coverage mandate flounders April 17 was the cut-off date for all non-budget-related legislation during the 2013 regular session of the state Legislature. According to its own self-imposed rules, only bills necessary to implement the budget can be considered from now until lawmakers adjourn Sunday, April 28.

From the bishops

Editor’s Note: On April 16 the bishops of Washington state asked Gov. Jay Inslee and state legislators to make funding for safety net programs for the poor the top priority in the 2013–2015 budget. The full text of their letter appears below. Dear Governor/Legislator,As the Catholic bishops of Washington state,…

CYO camp enrollment rebounds

Focus on Catholic identity, accessibility and facilities improvement is helping re-establish camping as ‘important element of the archdiocese,’ director says By Kevin Birnbaum After a decade of declining enrollments, things are looking up for the archdiocese’s Catholic Youth Organization summer camps.

A surprise papal blessing

Seattle sisters became ‘rock stars’ at school after meeting Pope Francis SEATTLEBy Kevin Birnbaum Ken Pretti assumed he and his family would be shut out of the seating area for Pope Francis’ first general audience March 27. After all, they’d arrived at St. Peter’s Square without tickets.

Reform bill on right track

Tempers flare in Judiciary Committee over comments linking Boston bombings with immigration legislation WASHINGTON A panel of bishops said April 22 that a comprehensive immigration bill introduced the week before is on the right track, though they alluded to some aspects they would like changed.

New evangelization is the work of the whole church

Catholics must not be afraid to ‘speak about their own experience of God in their life,’ says Father Bryan Dolejsi TACOMABy Kevin Birnbaum Catholics’ primary method of evangelization should be the witness of their lives, said Father Bryan Dolejsi.

Teaming up to give a wounded veteran a home

Holy Disciples parishioners swung hammers on Saturdays to refurbish an aging mobile home for an Iraq veteran and his family PUYALLUPBy Jean Parietti When Holy Disciples parishioner Al Drake learned that his neighbor wanted to donate a vacant mobile home to a wounded veteran, he thought refurbishing the property would…

Archbishop testifies against insurance mandate

Measure fails to provide a conscience exemption for Catholic church, others morally opposed to abortion In testimony before the Senate Health Care Committee April 1, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain testified that a measure mandating abortion insurance coverage for all who provide maternity care “discriminates unjustly against churches, religious organizations and…