We Are St. Joseph!
An Opportunity to Serve & An Invitation to Celebrate
Interested in Exploring the Ministries of St. Joseph Parish?
Here are all the ways you can serve the greater good at St. Joseph and beyond. As we move toward summer and new activities think about where or how you might reflect the face of God. LITURGY & WORSHIP MINISTRIES 1. Altar Servers 2. Eucharistic Ministers 3. Lectors 4. Ushers 5. Choir 6. Instrumentalists 7. Cantors PRAYER GROUPS 9. Centering Prayer 10. Rosary Groups 11. Sacred Silence PARISH LIFE MINISTRIES 12. LGBTQ Ministry 13. Men's Ministry 14. Women's Ministry 15. Young Adult Community 16. Seniors Ministry 17. Prayer Shawl Ministry 18. CYO Athletics 19. Funeral Hospitality 20. Sunday Hospitality CHILDREN'S FAITH FORMATION 21. Pathfinders Middle School Group 22. The VOICE High School Youth Group 23. Agape Summer Experience ADULT FAITH FORMATION 24. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) 25. Bible Study 26. Spirituality & Retreats 27. Partnering with Parents 28. Beliefs & Practices 29. Ignatian Sprituality Center 30. Spiritual Exercises in Everday Life (SEEL) FAITH JUSTICE MINISTRIES 31. Annual Events: Alternative Bazaar, Giving Tree, & Epiphany Dinner 32. Choose Life Ministry 33. Dialogue for Justice 34. Sister Parish Ministry 35. St. Martin de Porres Meals 36. Winter Overnight Shelter 37. St. Vincent de Paul FAITH JUSTICE OUTREACH MINISTRIES 38. Chief Seattle Club 39. Habitat for Humanity 40. Jubliee Women's Center 41. L'Arche 42. Noel House 43. Peace for the Streets by Kids on the Streets (PSKS) 44. Bloodworks NW 45. Recovery Cafe 46. St. Francis House 47. Westside Baby 48. Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center 49. Shirts Across America JOIN US AND GET INVOLVED!
Online Bible Study is reflections on the Sunday Readings written by parishioners for our parishioners. This is a great way to feel connected to our community through communal reading and reflection. By becoming intimately familiar with the Sunday’s Gospel, your experience at Mass will be more prayerful and fruitful. The Online Bible Study is self-directed and can be accessed at a time convenient to you. Studying and praying with the Bible allows you to bring Christ alive in your head and heart. Click here to join us. Pastor’s 3 Week Bible Study begins in Advent and is meant to give insight into the Gospel for this year’s lectionary cycle. Introduction to the New Testament is an academic introduction to the structure and themes found in the New Testament. It will look at the historical context, theological themes of the gospels, and the epistles of Paul, John, Peter, and James. While the primary approach is academic, there will be small group sharing and introduction to praying with the scriptures. Questions? Contact Theresa Lukasik theresal@
Welcome to St. Joseph Parish
the Jesuit Parish in Seattle
Dear Companions & Friends, Peace of Christ!
Whenever the early Jesuits would enter a new town, they would look for the busiest corner, and there they would set up shop. Unlike older, monastic orders, they did not seek mountaintops or secluded alcoves to set themselves aside in prayer; rather, these followers of Ignatius sought crossroads, believing that here—amid the hustle and bustle of ordinary life, amid the glorious racket of God’s creatures—the surprising grace of God was most truly to be found.
St. Joseph Parish, in the spirit of those first Jesuits, likewise seeks to live at the crossroads: at those points where the hum and buzz of the world meets the quiet of the Spirit, where the awesome beauty of liturgical worship encounters the chaotic longings of the young, where the pain of war and poverty are met by the compassion and love of a diverse community. A communion of opposites, the living Church at St. Joseph seeks to engage the world in the dialogue of Christ, and to live faithfully the call of our brother Jesuit, Pope Francis, who asks us to “come out of ourselves in order to go to meet others, to go toward the outskirts of existence, to be the first to take a step toward our brothers and sisters, especially those who are the most distant, those who are forgotten, those who are most in need of understanding, comfort, and help.”
In our Mission Statement, “Ignited by the Eucharist to love and serve,” St. Joseph declares that we are women and men on fire through the presence of Christ in our midst, and committed to follow Christ in the active love and personal service of all of our sisters and brothers. Coming from various places and traditions, from a variety of social, economic, and political backgrounds, we have found our way to this crossroads, to this place of God’s Holy Spirit. Some come seeking greater depth in their life of prayer; some, greater understanding of the faith they profess; some desire a values-based education for their children; some, a place of beauty and respite in a difficult world; some seek to do justice with others; some do not yet know what they seek, but come from habit, or tradition, or an inchoate longing in their heart. Yet, all who come with hope, are touched by the grace of the One who loved us first.
Placed on the crossroads through its history and its people, St. Joseph Parish welcomes every pilgrim and passerby, every sinner and everyone longing for sanctity. Whether you come to us for a while or abide with us for a lifetime, whether you explore us on the web or stand with us at the table of Eucharist, we welcome you, and bless you, and open our door to you, for the greater glory of God.
Yours in the Lord,
John D. Whitney, S.J.