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Below you will find an archive of all our past front page posts. Please pay attention to the dates if you see an event in which you would like to participate.

Fall bereaved support group starts

posted by Steve McGlone   [ updated ]

Inline image 1What: New support group for those suffering loss forms. 
When: End of October. Exact dates & times will be determined based on the needs of the participants. 
Where: Sessions will be held at the parish but the exact location will be based on the size of the group.

St. Charles offers a Bereaved Support Group for parishioners who have lost a loved one.  If you, or a family member, are in need of support surrounding your grief journey, we invite you to Learning to Manage Your Grief:  A Small Group Experience. Support groups offer participants opportunities to heal, grow, and become more whole.  Learning from others and sharing insights makes what seems impossible to handle more manageable.  This 5-session program will combine the use of a workbook and videos along with the sharing of common experiences.  Everything spoken within the group is confidential providing a safe environment for you to work through your grief.  If you are interested in learning more, contact Renee Stocks.


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



THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY BASKETS

posted Oct 17, 2014, 3:50 PM by Fr Mike McDermott   [ updated Oct 17, 2014, 4:12 PM ]

We are beginning our Thanksgiving Holiday Basket Drive to help 130 plus families enjoy a full Thanksgiving meal and food for the following week.

See food donation and volunteer opportunities
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Say yes to Greeter Ministry

posted Oct 10, 2014, 3:21 PM by Steve McGlone



It's easy! 
  1. Email rstocks@stcharlesb.org to be scheduled for one or two weekends a month and to get your greeter name tag(s). 
  2. Be at your assigned door at least 15 minutes before and 10 minutes after Mass. 
  3. Greet each person that comes to church. Offer a friendly smile, "good afternoon" and open the door. If necessary, ushers are available to answer questions. 
  4. After Mass greet everyone again. Thank them for coming. Personally hand out a bulletin and invite them to coffee and doughnuts (if offered). 
This is  a perfect ministry for families who want to get more involved or for someone who has always been interested in volunteering! 

For more information or to get started, contact:



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

Honduras Mission Team needs your help

posted Oct 1, 2014, 9:32 AM by Steve McGlone   [ updated Oct 3, 2014, 1:33 PM by Brian Suda ]

What: The St. Charles Honduras Mission Team needs your donations of toothpaste, floss and toothbrushes 
When: The weekend of October 11-12, 2014 
Where: Church vestibule 

The 2015 Mission to Honduras Team is on a mission to provide 1,200 families with enough toothpaste, floss and toothbrushes to last a full year. Please bring your donations on the weekend of October 11-12 and put them in the donation container in the main vestibule of the church.

For more information or questions, contact:

Kim Seevers
Pastoral Assistant for the Sick and Homebound, Marriage and Parish Outreach
253–564–5185, ext. 3013

Pet blessing on St. Francis of Assisi's feast day

posted Sep 19, 2014, 10:18 AM by Brian Suda   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 10:18 AM ]

What:
A blessing of all pets large or small 
When: 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 4 (rain or shine) 
Where: St. Charles Borromeo Parish courtyard (through the Parish Center atrium) 

All ages and all pets welcome! Pets must be on a leash or in a cage and children need be accompanied by an adult. Bring with you that day to the pet blessing a picture you drew, colored or something you created that shows St. Francis caring for our animals and earth and receive a St. Francis of Assisi medal. All art work will be featured in the parish walk the weekend of November 1 and 2 for All Saints' Day.

For more information, any questions or would like to volunteer, contact:


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


Say yes to Greeter Ministry

posted Sep 19, 2014, 9:44 AM by Brian Suda   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 10:19 AM ]


It's easy! 
  1. Email rstocks@stcharlesb.org to be scheduled for one or two weekends a month and to get your greeter name tag(s). 
  2. Be at your assigned door at least 15 minutes before and 10 minutes after Mass. 
  3. Greet each person that comes to church. Offer a friendly smile, "good afternoon" and open the door. If necessary, ushers are available to answer questions. 
  4. After Mass greet everyone again. Thank them for coming. Personally hand out a bulletin and invite them to coffee and doughnuts (if offered). 
This is  a perfect ministry for families who want to get more involved or for someone who has always been interested in volunteering! 

For more information or to get started, contact:



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

Respect Life Baby Shower

posted Sep 18, 2014, 12:03 PM by Steve McGlone   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 10:19 AM by Brian Suda ]

What:
 Respect Life Baby Shower 
When: October 4 and 5; Respect Life Sunday 
Where: Parish Center after 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses 

The St. Charles Respect Life committee is hosting a baby shower to conclude this year's Spiritual Adoption ministry and to benefit the Parish's Gabriel Project ministry and Our Lady of Guadalupe Maternity Center. Donated items can be dropped off in the church vestibule on September 27-28 and on Respect Life Sunday, October 4 and 5. The committee is hosting coffee and donuts on October 5 so donations can also be brought to the Parish Center. Needed items are: baby toiletries, diapers, onesies, swaddling blankets, sleep sacks, clothing for children up to age 4, infant swings, crib sheets and cash.


Deacon Steve McGlone
Deacon and Pastoral Assistant for Administration
253–564–5185, ext. 3014

Congratulations, Fr. Dean on your ordination to the priesthood!

posted Sep 7, 2014, 7:59 PM by Steve McGlone   [ updated Sep 18, 2014, 12:01 PM by Brian Suda ]

Fr. Dean Mbuzi (far right) with his classmate Fr. Brian Thompson (far left), Archbishop Alexander Brunett (seated), Archbishop Peter Sartain (center) and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo at Saturday's ordination ceremony.

Congratulations, Fr. Dean, from the entire St. Charles Borromeo community! We look forward to your ministry among us.

September is Safe Environment Month

posted Aug 25, 2014, 10:05 AM by Steve McGlone   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 10:20 AM by Brian Suda ]

What: Safe Environment is the Archdiocesan program that helps ensure our parishes and schools are safe environments for minors and vulnerable adults. It has 3 components: criminal background check, policy acknowledgement and education. 

Who: All volunteers who work with minors and vulnerable adults must complete the Safe Environment requirements. If you are a volunteer in one of the following ministries you must meet this requirement:

  • parish school
  • religious education
  • youth ministry
  • confirmation leaders
  • Cub and Boy Scouts (Girl Scouts are covered by their own program)
  • food bank
  • grief ministry (not funeral reception committee)
  • Eucharistic ministers to the sick and homebound
  • sacristans
  • altar server team
  • Nativity House
  • Bible study leaders
  • Gabriel Project
  • babysitters
  • ushers
  • Paint Tacoma Beautiful

How: Click here to find written instructions on how to fulfill these requirements. If you are a new volunteer and have never taken the Called to Protect for Ministries class, follow the first set of instructions. If you are updating your education requirement, follow the instructions for taking the Armatus update class.

When: Please complete your requirements in September of each year. Then you will always be current!

Thank you for helping to make St. Charles Borromeo Parish and School a Safe Environment for our children and vulnerable adults.

For more information, contact:

Deacon Steve McGlone
Deacon and Pastoral Assistant for Administration
253–564–5185, ext. 3014

Thank you to our Funeral Reception Ministry team!

posted Jul 31, 2014, 11:16 AM by Brian Suda   [ updated Jul 31, 2014, 11:17 AM ]

Funeral Reception Ministry appreciation breakfast

On behalf of all the appreciative families the funeral reception committee has served this year, the breakfast is one way to thank them for for the comfort and compassion provided. Throughout the year they receive notes of appreciation. Here is an excerpt from one note that shows the effect this ministry has on members of our community:

"...The help of a group like yours at a time like this cannot be measured and you cannot be thanked enough. The reception was beautiful and I know it is a tremendous amount of work for your group. You are blessed servants of God and a blessing to the families at this time of such sorrow. God Bless you all."
— Family who lost a son

None of this would be possible without the help of all the members who do their part to bring a reception together. From our cooks at home to those who work the reception, each are providing a valuable ministry. Thank you!

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