• Upcoming Liturgical events,
  • Formation opportunities for you and your parish communities,
  • Read about the new Order of Baptism of Children, second edition,
  • Why the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is NOT a holy day of obligation this year, 
  •      and more!

St. Cecilia Sing!

St. Joseph Church, South Seattle
732  18th Ave E
Seattle, 98112

Friday, November 22, 2019 - The Feast of St. Cecilia, patron saint of music and musicians.

7:30pm (with warm-up at 7:20pm)
Join liturgical musicians from all over the Archdiocese in celebrating the gift of liturgical music and join together in fellowship and prayer, through the intercession of St. Cecilia, patron saint of music and musicians.

All are welcome to attend this celebration of liturgical music.

Parish choirs may present a solo piece under 5 minutes in length. Depending on the number of choirs, more hymns may be presented. 

Choir directors, to register your group, please email Paula Schmitz, NPM Seattle Chapter president and Pastoral Associate for Music and Liturgy at All Saints Parish in Puyallup.

We ask that you please register your choir as soon as possible.

Sponsored by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Seattle Chapter.
simbang gabi parols multicultural parol blessing
Photo credit-Stephen Brashear
Multicultural Celebrations at St. James Cathedral in Seattle

Celebration of the Saints
Saturday, October 26, Mass at 11am

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, Madre de las Americas:
Saturday, December 7, Mass at Noon

Simbang Gabi
Saturday, December 14, Mass at 11:00am

Concelebrating Priests for each of these liturgies are asked to RSVP by email to Jennifer Day.

Introducción al Iniciación Cristiana:
Visión y experiencia en parroquias multiculturales

Sponsored by Liturgy Training Publications...En Español.

El arte del ministerio de Iniciación Cristiana consiste en mantener la visión y etapas del proceso vinculado a la realidad de la persona y de la comunidad parroquial, multicultural en muchos aspectos. Veamos la visión y etapas del RICA a través de experiencias y criterios para adaptar responsablemente.

Presentado el 8 de octubre 2019 o el 10 de octubre 2019.


Ver mas info.

Virtual Workshops on the RCIA

Do you need excellent and accessible formation resources for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults?  Are you charged with forming a  parish initiation team?  Do you want to experience additional formation on the RCIA, but want to do it in the comfort of your home or office?

Please take advantage of the wonderful series of virtual workshops regarding Christian Initiation which the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) and Liturgy Training Publications (LTP) produced last year.  They have all been archived and they are available to view for a very reasonable price.  

Topics include the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate, Rite of Acceptance/Welcome, RCIA as Adapted for Children, and more!

View the FDLC website for more information!

Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades
Federal Way, Washington


Reasons to make a private retreat:
- Time to rest and take a break from the busyness of modern life.

- Time to find silence and listen to the quiet voice of God.

- Time to discern a life decision or a particular situation.

- Time to spend with the Lord in prayer.

Liturgy Training Publications
New Order of Baptism of Children, second edition

Originally prepared by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, the updated translation was done in accord with the principles of Liturgiam authenticam but does not change the Baptismal ritual itself.
The new English translation of The Order of Baptism of Children was recently approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and confirmed by the Apostolic See for use in the dioceses of the United States of America beginning on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2, 2020) and mandated for use on Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020).
This second edition of the order of baptism will guide your community's celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism for children and infants and is necessary for bishops, priests, and deacons who are the ordinary ministers of baptism.

Publishers that are printing this new ritual text include Liturgy Training Publications, USCCB Publications, Liturgical Press, Magnificat, and Catholic Book Publishing

Click on the publishers' website above to learn more about each ritual text being published and to preorder your copy today!

Liturgy Training Publications is publishing a bi-lingual edition of the ritual text (pictured above) as well as Catholic Book Publishing and Liturgical Press.

Cornerstone Catholic Conference
October 18-19, 2019
Greater Tacoma Convention Center

One of the largest gatherings of Catholics in Washington state, the purpose of the Cornerstone Catholic Conference is to inspire and educate Catholics and others to continue working together to protect human life: the unborn, individuals who live in poverty or on the margins of society, and people at the end of life.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is usually a Holy Day of Obligation, is NOT in 2019.

Since December 8, 2019 is the Second Sunday of Advent, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is transferred to Monday, December 9, 2019, but the obligation to attend Mass does not transfer.

Thus, Monday, December 9th is NOT a holy day of obligation.

Pope Francis establishes Third Sunday in Ordinary Time as "Sunday of the Word of God"

Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter, Motu proprio "Aperuit illis", published on 30 September, the feast of St. Jerome, establishes that "the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God". 

Visit the Vatican News website for more information.


Liturgy Training Publications 
Virtual Workshops TM

LTP's Virtual Workshops ™ implement state-of-the-art technologies to bring convenient, expert training to pastoral ministers around the country. Informed by the adult education methods proven successful in live workshops, LTP's Virtual Workshops ™ offer liturgical ministers, catechists, and parish staffs access to engaging, professional presentations from the comfort of their home, office, or parish center.

Workshops include an Introduction to the RCIA, Children's Liturgy of the Word, and Baptisms and Funerals as Instruments to the New Evangelization, and much more.

Visit LTP's website for more information and to register.
Notre Dame - Theology Online

Join thousands of Catholics who have deepened their understanding of the faith by completing online courses created by Notre Dame theology professors and other theologians. 

STEP online courses are well-suited for catechists, school teachers, lay ministers, deacons and other adult Catholics who seek distance learning that is intellectually-rigorous and faithful to the Catholic tradition.

Visit the Notre Dame STEP website for more information and to register.

Team RCIA is a free online resource for Catholic 
parishes and dioceses that want to form
Christians for life.

They provide accessible and relevant resources t hrough articles and conversations initiated by four national leaders in the United States church, who have been serving in RCIA ministry.

They offer a variety of online and in-person training for church ministers and volunteers, through webinars, e-mail courses, downloads, discussion forums, and training events led by experts in the field of initiation ministry.

They make great printed resources available to RCIA ministers and pastoral leaders and publish original material that helps ministers serve the mission of the church.
National Association of Pastoral Musicians:  https://npm.org/

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) is an organization for anyone who recognizes and supports the value of musical liturgy. We are choir directors, organists, instrumentalists of all kinds, priests, cantors, and pastoral liturgists. 


  • Rite of Election Dates - Lent 2020
  • Chrism Mass - Thursday, April 2, 2020; 7pm at St. James Cathedral in Seattle

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