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.

Seeking a Pastoral Assistant Administration

posted Oct 16, 2015, 3:58 PM by Brian Suda   [ updated Oct 23, 2015, 12:35 PM ]

St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Tacoma is seeking a Pastoral Assistant Administration

Do you have a gift of working with a variety of people in order to accomplish specific goals? Are you capable of monitoring of a variety of projects at the same time?  
Are you skilled at working with numbers and a doing financial analysis?  If so, we’d invite you to consider applying for the position of Pastoral Assistant for Stewardship and Administration at St. Charles Parish in Tacoma, WA. 

The ideal candidate would be a college graduate active in the Catholic church, with  experience in managing finances, facilities and personnel. Candidates need to have strong interpersonal skills; a mature, poised manner; and the ability to take the initiative to work independently.

This is a full time position with compensation commensurate with experience and according to the Archdiocesan salary scale which includes an excellent benefit package. The position description and application documents are here or can be picked up at the Parish Office. Please mail completed application documents and resume to the attention of Fr. Michael McDermott at St. Charles Borromeo 7112 S 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98465. Position open until filled.

New blog for parents of small children by our very own Pat Gleason up now

posted Jul 18, 2015, 12:52 PM by Brian Suda   [ updated Jul 18, 2015, 12:53 PM ]

Walking with Jesus is our very new blog that our very own pastoral assistant Pat Gleason has put live. In the about section, Pat writes:

This blog will be about that 25 year journey with Jesus, and more than 2000 children and their parents. I hope to share some of the things I have learned on the way that I hope will encourage us all to find and nurture the gift of faith in one another. God is counting on all of us to do just that, even the children, especially the children. After all, every one of us started out life on this earth as somebody's child, and we are all still children in our Heavenly Father's eyes. 

If your child is preparing for first communion or has just received it or if you're new to the parish and have young children and want a nice resource and read, check out Pat's blog. It will include family oriented reflections on the weekend Gospels as well as other stories.

You can find Walking with Jesus here:

St. Charles Borromeo Parish Faith Paint is scheduled

posted Jul 10, 2015, 2:54 PM by Brian Suda   [ updated Jul 10, 2015, 2:55 PM ]

July 13-17 the prep work will begin; July 25 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. is Paint Day
Where: 1036 South Geiger

Come as you are and stay as long as you can!

Your time and talent is needed to help  prep the house, paint, light gardening, photography, donation of cookies and/or snacks and food for the volunteers and clean up of paint brushes, etc. This is a great way to meet new friends. Families enjoy this community service project and we need any time you have to offer. Stay for an hour or stay all day!

Come join the fun and fellowship while we work together to help our community as Disciples of Christ.

For more information, contact:

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

Parish picnic to be circus themed

posted Jul 10, 2015, 2:49 PM by Brian Suda   [ updated Jul 10, 2015, 2:51 PM ]

Under the Big Top; St. Charles Borromeo Parish Picnic
When: Sunday August 30, 1-3:30 p.m.

Save the date, plan to attend and sign up to help with the fun!

This is a great opportunity to invite a friend/family to show them our parish and school community, meet other parishioners, relax and enjoy an amazing meal!

Fantastic free lunch, kid’s games, BINGO and all shapes and sizes of carnival surprises!

For more information, or to find out how you can be part of the fun, contact:

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

Meet our Seminarian for the summer

posted Jul 10, 2015, 2:19 PM by Brian Suda   [ updated Jul 10, 2015, 2:20 PM ]

Born in Tacoma, Deacon Kyle Mangloña is a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Seattle. After graduating from high school, he entered the college seminary at Gonzaga University where he earned undergraduate degrees in philosophy and history. Currently, he lives and studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he was present in St. Peter’s Square the evening of Pope Francis’ election. His favorite saint is Ignatius of Loyola and his favorite spiritual writer is Thomas Merton. He enjoys playing the piano, watching the Mariners, and posting on Instagram. This summer he is stationed at St. Charles Borromeo in Tacoma, WA.

If you see Deacon Kyle, welcome him warmly!

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.

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