Transition Express News
April 29, 2022


Letter from Fr. David Mulholland
Pastor of St. Rita of Cascia Parish
Dear Parishioners,

I hope this finds you well during this Easter Season. I write you to share a couple of items of “news” that will interest you. In addition, there is also additional information about the ongoing strategic planning process here in Tacoma along with this email.

As you all know, we continue to deal with a significant amount of crime and vandalism, along with an increase in the population of people with mental illness, drug addiction, and homelessness, in the neighborhoods surrounding the parish. People leave needles, human waste, and trash behind. When you come to the parish, please be aware of your surroundings. Don’t leave belongings in your car, and don’t engage with people loitering about. For your safety, please be careful!

In addition, we had a young Catholic couple reside in the old rectory as “caretakers” for most of last year. Their presence on the grounds deterred much nefarious activity. They also did a daily security check of the buildings. However, they recently moved to Spokane. Fortunately, a young attorney moved to town and was looking for a similar situation. So, the parish has a new caretaker residing in the rectory to look after the property. Remember that he does not work for the church; he is simply in residence. So please refrain from knocking on the door to ask him parish-related questions etc. Please continue to direct all questions or concerns to me.

With every best wish and prayer, I remain

Yours in Christ the Lord,
Fr. David Mulholland
Rev. David Mulholland
Letter from Fr. Tuan Nguyen
Pastor of St. Ann, St. John of the Woods, and Visitation Parishes
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Tacoma New Parish Webinair
The Tacoma New Parish Webinar is ready for viewing! The webinar provides an opportunity to hear and see an overview of the transition process journey. The Tacoma New Parish Advisory Team worked together to create this webinar. Highlights include:

  • Praying with Fr. Tuan
  • Reading quotes from Archbishop Etienne’s January 13 meeting with parish leaders
  • Viewing brief historical timelines for each parish
  • Learning where we are today in the process; and
  • Looking at what's next.

Kathy McSperitt

Debbie Orlando

Thom Ryng

Helen McClenahan
Seattle Archdiocese Director of Communications
Background Information
In late 2020, the Archdiocese of Seattle announced a new strategic plan for the Pierce County Deanery, that involves St. Rita of Cascia Parish.

For more information and resources about the strategic planning process visit the Pierce Deanery Strategic Planning page on the Seattle Archdiocese website. Additional information can be found on the St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church website.
St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church
1403 South Ainsworth Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98405

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