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.

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

The Archdiocesan Annual Appeal

posted Apr 28, 2014, 9:38 AM by Brian Suda   [ updated Apr 28, 2014, 9:39 AM ]

Each year Archbishop Sartain asks all 
Catholics to make a financial gift to support the work of the Archdiocese. Every parish, including our own, benefits from the pastoral services of the Archdiocese. Some funds are used to educate and form our seminarians and newly ordained priests. We also benefit from the Office of Building and Construction, which assisted us this past year as we remodeled our school office and convent.

I also ask you to support this effort and our parish project of completing the repair of our Church Dome. May you experience the Lord’s great love for you more fully this Easter season.


Fr. Mike McDermott
253–564–5185, ext. 0

To donate now go to and choose Donate Now.

An invitation for those who have undergone divorce or separation

posted Apr 28, 2014, 9:33 AM by Brian Suda   [ updated Apr 28, 2014, 9:34 AM ]

When: 7-8:30 p.m. June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 
What: Divorce: Healing and Moving On. 

This is a five week support group for parishioners who have experienced a divorce or legal separation. The group will explore ways to rebuild one's emotional, spiritual and family life following a divorce by offering practical steps, support and resources within your faith community. We will work though two topics a session. Examples of session include:
  • How to heal
  • How to learn from your divorce
  • How to be a better single parent
  • How to plan your future
  • How to live in the present and let go of the past
For more information or to register, contact:

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

Divine Mercy Holy Hour honoring papal canonizations

posted Apr 24, 2014, 1:20 PM by Steve McGlone   [ updated Apr 28, 2014, 9:29 AM by Brian Suda ]

Where: St. Charles Borromeo Church. 
When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27. 
What: Join us for our Divine Mercy Holy Hour honoring the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. 

Two extraordinary leaders who shaped the world in the 20th century, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday, April 27 at St. Peter's Basilica. They will be recognized for their holy lives, their contributions to world peace, and the miracles attributed to their intercession.

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