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.

Alert: Email data mining scam and how to handle it

posted Jun 25, 2015, 11:47 AM by Brian Suda   [ updated Jun 25, 2015, 11:47 AM ]

You may have received an email from one of our staff asking you to click a link to a shared OneDrive folder.  This is not a valid message and the link may be to a data mining site.  We would like to share what we know, what we are doing about it, some methods of prevention, and steps to take if you believe you have been compromised.

Quick take-away:
  • This is not a virus and our system was not compromised.
  • It has affected two individual email accounts.
  • We now have safeguards to prevent further issues.
  • As prevention, never click email links unless you were specifically expecting them.
  • If you were compromised, change your password immediately and let us know.

What we know:
This is not a virus.  There is no attachment.  It is a simple email with a link.  Opening the message does not harm your account or computer.  Clicking the link takes you to a very convincing login page.  Most people claim it looks exactly like the official Google page.  It is not.  It is a well-crafted data-mining site (aka phishing scam).  They are attempting to coax users into logging in with their email credentials (account and password).  Once done, their system has full access to that account.  It seems to make several changes to the settings and then emails itself to the user’s entire contact list.

It is important to note that our system was not compromised or "hacked."  This only affected the email accounts of those who clicked the link and entered their credentials.  To date, we only have two confirmed cases.

What we are doing about it:
This was a completely unknown threat and it appears we may have been among the first victims.  As such, safeguards did not previously exist.  Google (our email system) now recognizes this type of message as a threat.  If it detects similar activity from one of our accounts, it will suspend that account and deny the user access until we review and manually reactivate it.

As with any email message, never click on a link you were not specifically expecting – even if it appears to be from someone you know.  If it seems strange in any way, contact the sender to verify.  Another trick to detect bad links is to hover your mouse pointer over it (without clicking on it).  At the bottom-left of your email window, you will see the website address listed.  In one of these recent messages, the website listed was bluegreenarchitecture… – not at all affiliated with us.

If believe you have been compromised:
If you clicked the link or otherwise believe your account may be compromised, the first thing to do is change your password immediately (see your email provider for instructions).  This scam may not access your account right away, so you might have time.  Also, please contact the parish office if you received the suspect message from us so we can continue to track the extent: 253-564-5185 ext. 0.

What's the buzz about Laudato si?

posted Jun 19, 2015, 4:33 PM by Brian Suda   [ updated Jun 19, 2015, 4:33 PM ]

Our parish has put together a question and answer page along with some terrific links. Check it out!

Honduras Mission Team is open to all who want to join

posted Jun 12, 2015, 10:18 AM by Brian Suda   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 10:18 AM ]

Made up of lay people, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, lab techs, dentists and engineers, the Honduras Mission Team shares their gifts with those who need them. The engineer section predominately works on potable water solutions while the medical portion provides basic medical/dental care and medications to the nearly 2,000 people we see at the same five villages in five days each year, usually the end of January. We also provide school supplies, dental hygiene supplies and maternity bags. When possible we take shoes, clothes  and horse tack (equipment) to the people we serve.

For more information, contact:

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

Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families Pilgrimage

posted Jun 8, 2015, 11:49 AM by Brian Suda   [ updated Jun 8, 2015, 11:49 AM ]

Archbishop Peter Sartain invites you to join the Archdiocesan pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, September 22-27. This is an historic opportunity to see Pope Francis on his first visit to the U.S. The week-long Congress also offers inspiring keynote speakers and dozens of timely workshops. For complete information on how to register for this exciting pilgrimage, 
visit the website below.

Congratulations to Fr. Dean

posted Jun 6, 2015, 5:54 PM by Brian Suda   [ updated Jun 6, 2015, 5:54 PM ]

Archbishop Sartain has appointed Fr. Dean Mbuzi to serve as Parochial Vicar of St. Thomas Aquinas in Camus, Our Lady Star of the Sea in Stevenson and St. Joseph in Vancouver beginning July 1, 2015. We thank him for his service here at St. Charles Borromeo and will continue to pray for him. Fr. Dean will be with us until the end of June. Fr. Mike will remain at St. Charles Borromeo Parish.

Reverend Michael J. McDermott Golden Jubilee

posted May 26, 2015, 10:05 AM by Brian Suda   [ updated May 26, 2015, 10:05 AM ]

Mass and reception following in Feist Hall
When: All Sunday Masses (including the Saturday vigil) this weekend, May 30-31
Where: Church and Feist Hall

Please join us on this Blessed Occasion in honor of Fr. Mike’s 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood at the Masses on May 30th at 5 p.m and May 31st at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. Special receptions following in Feist Hall.

In lieu of personal gifts please continue to pray for our parish community or you may make a donation to the St. Charles Parish Evangelization Fund.

Mass times have changed

posted May 18, 2015, 10:31 AM by Brian Suda   [ updated May 18, 2015, 10:34 AM ]

As we move into our summer schedule, please note the following changes for Sundays: there will no longer be a 5:30 p.m. Mass and the 12:30 p.m. Mass has moved a half hour earlier to noon. What's the latest you can catch a Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Parish this weekend? High noon!

St. Charles Faith Paint application and information

posted May 1, 2015, 1:32 PM by Brian Suda   [ updated May 1, 2015, 1:32 PM ]

We will begin taking applications from parish members and/or their neighbors, relatives and friends who are low income and/or disabled and in need of an exterior home painting. Applications can be obtained from Kim Seevers, Pastoral Assistant. Application deadline is June 26, 2015. Painting will take place between mid-July and mid-August (weather permitting and volunteer availability). Contact Kim Seevers at 253-564-5185, ext. 3013 or to obtain an application. Confidentiality will be handled with strict practices.

The St. Charles Faith Paint WILL replace our parish participation with Paint Tacoma Beautiful.

Watch the bulletin and the website in the coming weeks to learn about ways you can get involved in the St. Charles Faith Paint. You don’t have to paint to get involved!

To apply or for more information, contact:

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

2015 Annual Catholic Appeal

posted Apr 24, 2015, 3:41 PM by Brian Suda   [ updated Apr 24, 2015, 3:41 PM ]

The 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal campaign is underway! Archbishop Sartain’s letter should be reaching homes soon!

We are seeking everyone’s participation this year so that we reach our goal as quickly as possible!

A witness speaker will join us at all Masses on the weekend of April 25/26 to inform you more about the Appeal and invite you to give if you haven’t given already.

If you would like to make your gift today, you can go online to 

You can make a one-time gift or spread your payments out — you have until April 2016 to fulfill your pledge. Donating online helps saves the parish money in mailing costs.

Thank you very much for your support and participation!

World Meeting of Families

posted Mar 6, 2015, 12:35 PM by Brian Suda   [ updated Mar 6, 2015, 12:35 PM ]

Since its inception by Saint John Paul II in 1994, the World Meeting of Families has strengthened the sacred bonds of families across the globe. The Archdiocese of Seattle is planning a pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families. See the links below for detailed information.

Every Archdiocese has to set up their own travel plans and you can only get in by using the Archdiocese travel guide and agency who are tracking ticket sales to the Papal Mass.

For more information from St. Charles Borromeo Parish, please watch the bulletin and website or visit the links below.

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