Finding the Gospel of Mercy
Reading St. Luke in the Year of Mercy
Children's Faith Formation 2015-2016
Enrollment Deadline has been extended - October 10th
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
Scroll down for sign up form! Sign up now for the new school year! Serving at the altar is a great way for our youth to be actively involved at St. Joseph. Open to all parish youth from 6th to 8th grade (new for the 2015-2016 school year), participation begins with a year-long commitment to this important ministry. During the first year of service your daughter or son will become more familiar with the rites and rituals of the Church, while at the same time enjoying more active participation during Sunday Mass. Second and third year members become lead servers, as they become more comfortable with the ministry and are able to jump in to help whenever and wherever the need arises. Additionally, senior members can return to St. Joseph during their high school years to captain Mass teams while also, possibly, earning their service hours at various schools. Beginning in 2015, members who attend St. Joseph School will also enjoy the age-old benefit of being excused from class once in a while to serve at the altar during large funerals - of course, only with the permission of parents and teachers. The highlight of each year will be serving at the Christmas and Easter Masses. Server responsibilities include: signing up for various Masses carrying the processional cross preparing the altar during the Offertory assisting the presider with the missal assuring a smooth flow to the liturgy. New Altar Servers Please sign up below if your daughter or son is interested in becoming an altar server here at St. Joseph. We are always welcoming new altar servers and training will be scheduled in order to help new servers ready to serve at Mass. Current Altar Servers Our new calendar will be provided to parents and if the times assigned don't work, please be sure to let Fr. Glen know.
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.