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Welcome to St. Joseph
From the century-old origins of our parish, the community of St. Joseph Parish has been an example of God’s presence in the world. Ignited by the Eucharist to love & serve, we are called to a passionate and personal relationship with God and our world. Today, our parish is home to 1800 families. Nearly 1/3 of our parishioners are active volunteers in our ministries, contributing both time and talent to our 3 dozen ministries, undertaken to serve those in our parish and to the elderly, ill, and needy in our area. Our parish school forms 600+ children from kindergarten through 8th grade. Our religious education and youth program ministers to nearly 350 families. Our parishioners are as complex and diverse as the first disciples, coming for various reasons and with varied ways of living out their commitment to our community. Some come seeking greater depth in their life of prayer; some for greater understanding of the faith they profess; some come because they desire a values-based education for their children; and some seek a place of beauty & respite in a difficult world; some come because they long to do justice with others; and do not quite know what they seek, but come from habit or obligation or an inchoate longing of the heart. No matter your reason for joining us, know you will be warmly welcomed by community members. If you want to join us, please follow the following steps: ACTIVATION: choose St. Joseph as your community of faith through registration, either on-line or in person; AFFIRMATION: claim annually St. Joseph as your community through your pledge of prayer and support; PARTICIPATION: to live in the community of St. Joseph through engagement in the life and ministry of the Parish. Be sure to register, to explore our volunteer opportunities in the areas of Liturgy & Worship, Parish Life, Faith Formation, and Faith Justice - and stay up to date, via our events calendar. One of the best ways to get to know your new parish is to join us for each of our We Are St. Joseph seasonal celebrations - beginning in the fall with the Parish Picnic. Introduce yourself and be prepared to be amazed. Please reach out to us as we look forward to getting to know you better. Email welcome@ for more information.
Stewardship & Gifts
Your annual affirmation and commitment is a visible statement of your active participation in the mission of our Parish. Together, we stand with whatever we can offer, as a faith community committed to be Ignited by the Eucharist to love and serve. For over a century, St. Joseph has been here: serving people in faith, educating with hope, and engaging the world with the love of Christ Jesus and the power of the Gospel. Through good times and bad, the people of St. Joseph have generously responded to her needs. Together, we ensure that our century-old commitment will endure. Whether you are called to contribute toward Faith Justice, Faith Formation, or just to help us keep the lights on and boilers working, know that your financial gifts are needed and well-stewarded. Each year, we publish our “glass pockets” annual report which provides complete financial transparency. We are grateful for every gift. Thank you! Explore Ways to Donate Make an Immediate Impact Grow Your Contribution Over Time Create a Lasting Legacy Recognize a Special Time or Person
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.