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.

Respect Life Baby Shower

posted by Steve McGlone   [ updated by Brian Suda ]

 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 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 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!

Brews with the seminarian

posted Jul 22, 2014, 5:16 PM by Steve McGlone   [ updated Jul 24, 2014, 8:58 AM by Brian Suda ]

What: Join seminarian Chris Hoiland and other young adults (ages 21-39, married or single) for a lively discussion of issues pertaining to our faith and life. 
When: 7 p.m., Sunday, August 3. 
Where:  Cloverleaf Tavern on 6th Avenue. 

Join Seminarian Chris Hoiland for Theology & Brews. The St. Charles Young Adult Group (21-39, married or single) will be led this year by our new seminarian. This is a great chance to meet Chris (who is assigned to St. Charles Borromeo Parish all year) and other young adults. We will meet on Sunday August 3, at the Cloverleaf Tavern at 7 p.m. for our own version of Theology & Brews. You will also have an opportunity to discuss questions on our faith and see what’s coming up this year at St. Charles Borromeo Parish.

For more information, contact:

Chris Hoiland
253–564–5185, ext. 3047

Young adult summer social

posted Jun 30, 2014, 11:42 AM by Brian Suda   [ updated Jun 30, 2014, 11:47 AM ]

Barbeque and ring toss tournament 
For: Young adults (21 to 39 years; married or single) 
When: 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12 (following the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass) 
Where: Convent 

Join us and offer your best appetizer, salad or dessert! Whether you're new to the area or you've been here for years, we'd love to have you. We will meet in the newly remodeled Convent (drive through the gate to the right of school towards the separate brick building in back). This is an opportunity to meet other young adults and learn about different opportunities to socialize, serve and spiritually grow in our parish. We will have an extra babysitter on hand to help with little ones.

For more information or to help with this event, contact:

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

Parish Picnic celebrates Island hospitality

posted Jun 27, 2014, 10:09 AM by Steve McGlone   [ updated Jul 22, 2014, 5:26 PM ]

Sunday, August 24 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Where: Throughout all the parish gathering spaces: Parish Center, Feist Hall and school courtyard. 
Volunteer: We need volunteers to help put on this great event. 

Grab your favorite Hawaiian shirt and flip flops and join us at our parish picnic! Great fun for all ages! Free BBQ Hawaiian pork sandwiches, BINGO, kids' games and prizes, Fr. Mike's famous chocolate chip cookie contest and more!

For more information or to volunteer, call:

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

Serve Christ! Have fun! Join our team!

posted Jun 26, 2014, 9:50 AM by Steve McGlone   [ updated Jul 3, 2014, 9:07 AM ]

What: Join the St. Charles Paint Tacoma/Pierce County Beautiful Team and paint someone's house who is in need. 
When: 8 a.m.-noon July 12 and 19 (both are Saturdays); come for an hour or stay for half the day. 

Be a part of this ecumenical service project to paint someone's house who could not do so otherwise. Join us for a fun day of work and fellowship for the whole family. We need volunteers to pressure wash, paint, clean-up, and provide volunteer hospitality.

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

One more opportunity for Greeter Ministry

posted Jun 2, 2014, 3:35 PM by Brian Suda   [ updated Jun 2, 2014, 3:36 PM ]

Are you looking for a ministry to get involved with? Do you go to the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday? If so we are in need of interested parishioners who could offer their smiles and hospitality for 15 minutes before and after Mass twice a month as Greeters at our Parish doors at the 5 p.m. Saturday Mass. This is a great ministry to get involved in where you will meet other parishioners and help build our community.

For more information, or if this is something you believe you could help with, contact:

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

This year's Vacation Bible School announced

posted Apr 28, 2014, 9:50 AM by Brian Suda   [ updated Apr 28, 2014, 9:50 AM ]

9 a.m.-noon June 23-27, 2014. 
Where: St. Charles Borromeo School. 
What: A safe, fun and friendly chance for children to be together in community and learn about their faith. 

This year's Vacation Bible School theme is, Playing for God’s Team. Mark your calendars now for Summer Training and plan on learning what it means to be one with Christ, to work together as part of God's plan and to love one another as God loves all of us. Join Coach Coovert, the week of June 23 through June 27, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Charles Borromeo School. We will once again join together teams from both St. Charles Borromeo Parish and St. Patrick Catholic Church. Come make new friends at Savior Stadium. Registrations will be available soon. Watch the bulletin for more info coming soon and LET'S PLAY BALL!

For more information, contact:

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

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