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Breathing the Water
Denise Levertov was a great 20th century American poet who lived in Seattle from 1989 until her death here in 1997. A convert to Catholicism, she wrote about faith, nature and the environment, politics and social justice. St. Joseph Parish is sponsoring a citywide celebration of Levertov’s legacy as poet, activist and woman of faith. On May 16th, Choral Arts, a vocal ensemble in residence at St Joseph Church, where Levertov was a parishioner, will present the world premiere of a setting of Levertov’s poem Making Peace.
Congratulations on the newest member of your family! Here at St. Joseph, we are so pleased that you have chosen baptism for your child and look forward to working with you. There are several steps involved in the process of Infant Baptism. If your child is newborn to five years old, the first step is completing classes for parents—Infant Baptism Preparation—and the second step is your child’s baptism during one of our weekend Masses. Two classes—or the equivalent of 4 hours—are needed for parents. Godparents are encouraged to attend one class at their church or they may attend the second class here at St. Joseph’s. We have 5 sets of classes held throughout the year. Typically, but not always, on Thursday nights in the Fall - September, October, and November; in the Winter - February and March; and in the Spring - April, May, and June. We welcome anyone in the area who may be in need of classes, to register for one or both of our Infant Baptism Preparation classes. If you have taken a class within the last 3 years, you may not need to take more. Please make sure to contact Dottie Farewell if you have questions about class requirements in the Seattle Archdiocese. The second step is requesting a baptism date and time for your child. Please make sure you have previously registered with St. Joseph Parish. Third, we will need the names of your child’s Catholic sponsors (i.e. Godparents) to verify membership in a Catholic parish, that he or she is 16 years or older, and are baptized, receive the Eucharist, and are Confirmed. The fourth step is a final piece of paperwork; we will need your child’s birth certificate. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Dottie Farewell at dfarewell@.
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.