Parish Updates

Fr Jim celebrated his first Daily Mass at St Edward as the pastor of our parish family on Friday July 5 and his first Sunday Masses on July 7. He presided for all three of their Sunday Masses at 8 am, 10 am, and concelebrated with Fr Chad for the Spanish language Mass at 12 pm.

On Wednesday July 3, our facilities team ventured to St Edwards to visit with their maintenance staff member, Ramiro Rocha, get to know each other, and learn about his responsibilities on their campus. They also joined each other for lunch and had a wonderful time growing in fellowship as we enter the beginning stages of our relationship as a parish family.

July 1 marked the official start of our parish family with St Edward in Shelton. We will be getting to know each other better over the next year before beginning ministry collaboration in Phase 2. July 1 also marked Fr Chad’s first day with us as one of our two parochial vicars for the next three years. We are thrilled to have him join our family of families and bring his years of experience as a parish priest and former youth minister to our vibrant community!

Confirmation Update: As our ministries continue to grow, we are facing new challenges around space and a need to be creative. Next year, our confirmation program will take place at our Westside Chapel. This will provide a wonderful space for our children to grow in their understanding of the faith and prepare to receive the sacrament of confirmation. Fr. Jim will be meeting with our faith formation team next week to discuss ideas on how to best make this transition for next year.  Our Westside chapel will still be used for other events, retreats Weddings, and special Masses.

CGS Update: Our CGS ministry continues to offer an exceptional formation experience to many of our parish families. To ensure this ministry has the space it needs to continue this work, they will move into their new spaces in July and prepare the new atriums over the summer. In the Fall, CGS will be located in rooms 1 and 2 in the gathering space and in the large space next to pregnancy aid.

Admin Gathering & Lunch – On Wednesday, June 12, our admin team visited St. Edwards to visit their admin team, tour the campus, and enjoy lunch together. It was a wonderful visit that provided our teams the opportunity to get to know one another and talk shop. We look forward to welcoming their admin team to our campus in the near future.

The Staff of Saint Michael Parish and St. Edwards had their first joint staff gathering on Wednesday, May 22. The staff spent time getting to know one another, talking about the upcoming transition, attending Mass, and enjoying some fellowship over lunch. It was a wonderful first step in preparing for the transition of becoming a parish family. Please keep all of us in your prayers as we prepare for this new journey for our communities.

Partners in Gospel is the next stage of the strategic pastoral planning effort taking place across the Archdiocese of Seattle to re-invigorate and renew our local Catholic Church. Final parish families for the Archdiocese of Seattle were announced on February 3, 2024, after a year of careful planning and consultation. The parish families will go into effect on July 1st, when Saint Michael Parish and Saint Edward Parish in Shelton will become one parish family.