Advent workshop and festival

When: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Sunday in late November or early December
Where: Feist Hall

The Advent workshop is a beautiful all-parish assembly that celebrates the holy season of Advent followed by a festival for all ages. This event is held in the Social Hall. Participants come before or after Mass.

Each year families have the opportunity to make their Advent wreath with fresh greens brought in by parishioners, with Advent candles, ribbons, Styrofoam bases and other materials provided by the parish.

For children and adults, there are about 8–10 craft tables which allow children and families to make charming, handmade Christmas gifts with a religious, seasonal, or symbolic theme.

Materials are provided for each station and the event is free to all.

Volunteers are appreciated. There are opportunities for teens through adults who wish to share their talents and time and offer hospitality to parishioners and visitors to this event.

For more information or to volunteer, contact:

Jodie Clark
Pastoral Assistant for Religious Education
253–564–5185, ext. 3036

Bible study

There are two main sessions of Bible study during the year. The first runs from September through April with December off. The second is in the summer months — usually June through August. Sessions take place both in the Parish Center and Convent.

Materials may be picked up at the first session. A suggested donation of $20 is requested to help offset book costs.

For more information, contact:

Jodie Clark
Pastoral Assistant for Religious Education
253–564–5185, ext. 3036

Catholic book club

This book club meets the last Wednesday of every other month from 5:30–6:45 p.m. in the Teacher's Lounge. Every other month a new book is selected and discussed. New members are always welcome to join our no-host discussion. Recommendations for books are always welcome. Light refreshments are provided at times by participants.

Copies of each month's book are available in the Parish Office. A suggested donation of $15 is requested to help offset book costs. Occasionally books may also be available for loan from the Parish Library.

Some of the books that have been read include:
  • "The Death of a Pope" by Piers Paul Read
  • "Images of Hope" by Joseph Ratzinger
  • "The Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell" by Regis Martin
  • "Magi" by Dan Gilbert
  • "Mudhouse Sabbath" by Lauren Winner
  • "Practice Makes Catholic: Moving From a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith" by Joe Paprocki and Doug Hall
  • "Sacred Blood, Sacred Image: The Sudarium of Oviedo" by Janice Bennett
  • "Signs of Life" by Scott Hanh
  • "The Way of Mary: Following Her Footsteps Toward God" by Mary Ford Grabowksy

For more information, contact:

Jodie Clark
Pastoral Assistant for Religious Education
253–564–5185, ext. 3036

Prayer line

We gladly pray for parishioners, friends and relatives who are in need of prayers. Please call our prayer line at 253–564–5587.
Religious Art Festival
St. Charles Borromeo Parish is host to the annual Religious Art Festival, a Lenten inter-generational festival celebrating God through sacred art in a variety of mediums. There includes an art gallery of religious art, music, private collections, visual media, hands-on religious arts and crafts for both adults and children, literature, holy cards, door prizes and light refreshments for all.

For more information, contact:

Jodie Clark
Pastoral Assistant for Religious Education
253–564–5185, ext. 3036

Quilting club

St. Charles Quilt Club for Bundles of Joy sews baby quilts for families in need. No previous quilting experience necessary to join this group. Generous quilters will teach you. All baby quilts are donated to local places like Our Lady of Guadalupe Maternity Center, that serve families. Over 100 quilts have been delivered each year since the beginning of this program in June 2005. The club meets every other Saturday in the Convent from 10 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and members rotate lunches.

For more information or to join, contact:

Jacque Helland
St. Charles Quilt Club for Bundles of Joy Leader
253–241–2722

Jodie Clark
Pastoral Assistant for Religious Education
253–564–5185, ext. 3036

Religious Education

St. Charles Borromeo Parish provides a wide range of opportunities for adults and children to deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith.

Feel free to use some of the many free resources all are welcome to use. Many books, films and a lot of music is lent regularly through our Parish Library. A variety of speakers are invited to come to the parish on a regular basis and classes such as those for RCIA are wonderful opportunities for people who simply want more information about Catholicism.

Children and teens are invited to enroll in the parish's Religious Education sessions and either the junior high or senior high school students youth groups. Religious Education sessions run SeptemberMay.

For more information, see other pages for specific information or contact:

Jodie Clark
Pastoral Assistant for Religious Education
253–564–5185, ext. 3036

Returning Catholics

This is a series of sessions for adult Catholics who have been away from the Church and wish to return to the sacraments. Sometimes issues relating to marriage, divorce and remarriage cause Catholics to leave the Church unnecessarily. Change, either too little or too much (depending on the individual) causes Catholics to stop going to Church. Sometimes a person feels offended due to words or actions from one or another member of the community and "drops out." Whatever the reason, the Church wants to welcome all who want to live as a Catholic. This series is aimed at reconciliation and the return of those who wish to return to the Church and receive the sacraments.

For more information, contact:

Renee Stocks
Pastoral Assistant for RCIA, Grief Ministry and Parish Life
253–564–5185, ext. 3037

Rosary group

Those wishing to pray the Rosary are invited to join the Rosary group on Wednesdays in the Convent Chapel at 7 p.m. The Rosary is also prayed after the 9 a.m. daily Mass.

For more information, contact:

Renee Stocks
Pastoral Assistant for RCIA, Grief Ministry and Parish Life
253–564–5185, ext. 3037

Small faith sharing groups

These small groups meet in homes or designated areas weekly to pray and reflect on scripture and its application to daily life. They have been well received for promoting an atmosphere of caring Christian community.

For more information, contact:

Jodie Clark
Pastoral Assistant for Religious Education
253–564–5185, ext. 3036

StrengthsFinder assessment and workshops

StrengthsFinder, from Gallup Press, identifies your top five of 34 "naturally occurring patterns of thought, feeling or behavior," commonly referred to as talents or themes. What can the StrengthsFinder assessment do for you?
  • It can help you understand yourself better. Why you do things the way you do?
  • It can help us focus on what is right with people instead of what is wrong.
  • It can help us understand there are different paths to the same destination.

If you are interested in learning more about yourself and how you relate with others in relationships and as a witness to Christ's presence, this is a great resource.

For more information, contact:

Renee Stocks
Pastoral Assistant for RCIA, Grief Ministry and Parish Life
253–564–5185, ext. 3037