How do I join St. Charles Borromeo Parish?

First of all, come to any events or liturgies you feel called to or stop by the parish offices and say hello. Welcome! We can't wait to meet you.

Second of all, register as a parishioner.

How do I register with the parish?

By registering at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, we affirm our identity as Disciples of Christ and members of his Church.

This can be done in a variety of ways.
  • Call 253–564–5185, visit the Parish Office between 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. or email Renee Stocks at rstocks@stcharlesb.org to request a registration form.
  • Visit our Welcome Kiosk in the vestibule for a registration form.
  • On the second weekend of the month, we have a special Welcome Weekend where you can receive a registration form along with a gift from the parish. Be sure and visit the Welcome Kiosk if you have recently registered to receive your Welcome Gift Bag on this weekend.
However you register, please introduce yourself to Fr. Mike McDermott, the pastor after Mass in the vestibule. We also encourage you to schedule a time with Renee Stocks, Pastoral Assistant, for a tour of our facilities and become familiar with our parish and meet other parishioners. We are excited that you are joining us!

How do I become Catholic?

No matter when you begin to consider Catholicism, rest assured that god is present from the first moment of your spiritual journey. RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is a series of steps conducted in the context of learning about faith and spiritual formation, through which a person is fully incorporated in the body of Christ, the Church. This process can begin at any time but we have our classes beginning in September. These classes offer you the tools to make an informed decision. Please contact Renee Stocks at rstocks@stcharlesb.org for more information.

How do I arrange for the sacrament of baptism?

Depending on the age of the person desiring baptism, there are a few options. Our page on baptism lists all of these. Also, a great person to connect with is our pastoral assistant for Religious Education.

How do I arrange for the sacrament of first reconciliation?

A first reconciliation can be a very meaningful experience. There are a few ways to prepare for this sacrament for the first time. A great person to connect with is our pastoral assistant for liturgy, first reconciliation and communion. Once you do receive the sacrament for the first time, we suggest you explain to the priest that you are new to the experience. Every effort will be made to walk you through the sacrament.

How do I arrange for the sacrament of first communion?

As with other sacraments, this depends on the age of the person desiring to receive the Eucharist for the first time. A great person to connect with is our pastoral assistant for liturgy, first reconciliation and communion. We do suggest that you read more about the sacrament on this site or talk to a pastoral assistant, priest or deacon.

How do I arrange for the sacrament of confirmation?

Usually this sacrament is received during high school. Otherwise, those wishing to be confirmed get involved with RCIA. A great person to connect with is our pastoral assistant for senior high youth ministry.

How can I get involved helping during Mass?

There are a lot of liturgical ministries St. Charles Borromeo Parish invites its members to partake in. More information is available on this site along with contact information. A great person to connect with is our pastoral assistant for liturgy, first reconciliation and communion.

How do I arrange for the sacrament of marriage?

Contact Kim Seevers, the pastoral assistant for marriage, at 253-564-5185, ext. 3013 or kseevers@stcharlesb.org.  You can also access more information on this site by visiting this page.

How do I arrange for a church blessing of my marriage?

More information is provided on this site. A great person to connect with is our pastoral assistant for the sick and homebound, marriage and parish outreach.

How do I care for a sick or dying person?

There are a few programs St. Charles Borromeo Parish coordinates. We invite you to find out more. We are very happy to work with you and your family based on your needs. A great person to connect with is our pastoral assistant for the sick and homebound, marriage and parish outreach or our deacon.

How do I arrange for the sacrament of the anointing of the sick?

The best way to go about this is to get in touch with our priests. Calling the Parish Office is the best way to do this. More information is available on this site.

How do I arrange for a funeral?

First of all, we are very sorry for your loss. We hope we can be a help and support during this time. Please call our parish office at 564-5185 or Renee Stocks at rstocks@stcharlesb.org. There is an afterhours connection through the mail phone line. If you are interested in pre planning please contact rstocks@stcharlesb.org to set up an appointment or receive our booklet "Understanding the Catholic Funeral."


How do do I enroll a student in St. Charles Borromeo School?

Visit the school website here.


How can I learn more about my faith?

One great way is through joining one or more of the many parish groups or by enrolling in a Religious Education program.


What parish groups are there?

The short answer is that there are a lot. We invite you to browse groups and classes on this site. If you don't see something you're interested in, contact us or stop by the main office. Maybe others have expressed interest in a similar group or maybe you would like to share some of your time and talent and host such a gathering.

How do I enroll myself or my child in Religious Education programs?

There are many programs at St. Charles Borromeo Parish. Your best bet is to get in touch with the contact person for the program you're interested in. That can be found at the bottom of program profiles on this site. If you aren't sure, don't hesitate to call the Parish Office for assistance. A great person to connect with is our pastoral assistant for Religious Education.


What opportunities are there in the parish for teens in seventh and eighth grade?

Plenty. Seventh and eighth graders often participate in programs for children and teens so take a look at what is offered.


What opportunities are there in the parish for teens in ninth through twelfth grade?

While there are many ways high schoolers can get involved at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, the main way is by getting involved in the high school programming. Senior high youth group is a great place to start. Other programs for teens are listed on this site. A great person to connect with is our pastoral assistant for senior high youth ministry.

How can I reach out to the community?

Both the parish community and the greater Tacoma community are great places and we welcome you to get connected. Service and outreach to both circles are outlined on this website.

How do I return to the Catholic Church?

No matter how long you have been away, you can always come home. We want you to feel welcome. You can start coming to Mass. You can become a part of our parish community. You can enter in far more deeply than when you left. We encourage you to call and set up a time to talk about this next step in your faith journey and how the parish can help you feel more welcome. Feel free to call or email any of the staff, as well. A great person to connect with is Renee Stocks at rstocks@stcharlesb.org, our pastoral assistant for RCIA, Grief Ministry and parish life.