St. Patrick's Day Party 2019
Join us for an Irish celebration!
Summer Service Week
Get Involved - St. Joseph has three youth service experiences this summer. 1. Camp Give Back - A week long day camp with an emphasis on fun & service. Participants will develop empathy and be empowered to make change. A mighty impact in just a week. Cost is $275. Questions? Email Marie Pitman at mariep@ 2. Middle School Summer Service Learning Trip - Agape - A hands on week long youth mission for middle schoolers. Cost is $275. Questions? Marie Pitman at mariep@ 3. High School Summer Service Trip - Shirts Across America Purpose: An experiential way to deepen awareness around social issues in our world A natural continuation of Agape; to be in solidarity with those devastated by Hurrican Katrina To encounter people of different backgrounds and experiences Activities: Rebuilding homes and communities in New Orleans Hear stories from thsoe devastated by the hurricane Build leadership skills to bring back to your community Visit a historical plantation to understand the systemic issues around racism in America For more information on the high school trip, or if you have questions, please contact Theresa Lukasik theresal@.
Listen to recent homilies, recorded and available online here.
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.