Welcome to the Catholic Church in Western Washington

Archbishop Etienne outside St. James Cathedral. February 22, 1999. Stephen Brashear Photography

From Archbishop Paul D. Etienne

Welcome!  We hope this website inspires you to learn about the Catholic faith or go deeper in your own relationship with Jesus. Learn about the Archdiocese of Seattle, our ministries, upcoming events and more.

This Advent, as we draw near to Christ, we take hope in God’s never-ending love and the renewing grace of redemption that is ours in Christ.  Go to our Advent page for weekly reflections, prayers and more.

Three ways to grow your faith this year

Be Fed

Join Archbishop Etienne as he shares insights and speaks with local young adults about real issues we face today and how Christ, present in the Eucharist, can truly nourish us.

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Year of St. Joseph

Pray with us in this Year of St. Joseph, established by Pope Francis, to follow St. Joseph's example and fully embrace God's will and strengthen our faith life.

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Year of the Family

Celebrate the Year of the Family, established by Pope Francis on the Feast of St. Joseph, to live the joy, beauty and love of family life through Christ.

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Faith in action

Explore what it means to be Catholic and how to start your faith journey.

Archdiocese in the news

Archdiocese Shares Real Estate Initiative

November 17, 2021 – The Archdiocese of Seattle shares its Catholic real estate vision, which aims to better serve communities and the mission of the Church by redeveloping underutilized properties for mission-critical uses such as community outreach, housing and ministry services.

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Archbishop reinstates Mass obligation

November 10, 2021 – Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have celebrated tens of thousands of Masses with only a handful of cases of coronavirus spread... As such, the general obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation (including the Saturday/vigil Mass) is to be reinstated (CIC, can. 1247) during Advent on December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

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Signing of the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition.

September 23, 2021 – The Archdiocese of Seattle signed the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition, which calls political leaders to set meaningful targets to protect creation and affirm the Paris Agreement at the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) and UNClimate Change Conference (COP26).

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Upcoming events

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Americas
Date: December 4
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: St. James Cathedral

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe honors the Virgin Mary who appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico City. 

Celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary
Date: December 8
Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Location: St. James Cathedral

Join Archbishop Etienne in celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, one of the most important Marian feasts of the liturgical calendar and a holy day of obligation.

Join Bishop Elizondo for the 24 Annual Commissioning Mass - Simbang Gabi
Date: December 11
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: St. James Cathedral

Join Bishop Elizondo for this festive, colorful and prayerful Filipino Advent tradition.

Ways to give to and serve others to carry out the mission of the Church in Western Washington.

The Archdiocese of Seattle is committed to transparency regarding clergy abuse.