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.

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, we ask that you consider the moral and human dimensions of state policy as you debate the 2013–2015 budget. We understand the difficult choices that confront you in your efforts to meet the diverse needs of our citizens.

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.

Juan Diego Academy off to a promising start

Bilingual education at Holy Rosary School has been ‘a tremendous success,’ says principal

By 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 a student holds up a picture of Jesus.

Remembering early missionaries

Parish plans celebration marking its origin as the archdiocese’s first permanent mission

By 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.

Gathering to encounter and share Christ

Evangelization program takes root at Holy Family Parish

By 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.

Reform bill on right track

Tempers flare in Judiciary Committee over comments linking Boston bombings with immigration legislation


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.

Newtown pastor grateful for response to shooting

Western Washington Catholics sent donations, posters, prayer shawls

The 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 left 20 children and six educators dead.