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.

We are taking time now in our archdiocese to renew our relationship with Jesus as part of our new Pastoral Plan:  "Knowing Jesus Christ, Embracing His Mission."  Please join me in praying that the Lord will open the hearts of our people to receive Him, his Gospel, and His gift of salvation."

Welcome back to Mass

Archbishop Etienne is reinstating the general obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation starting December 8, 2021, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. 

Watch this video of Archbishop Etienne and read the article from Northwest Catholic. Click here to learn more about why the Mass is the source and summit of our Catholic faith.

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.

Read more | En Espanol

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

Date: November 29
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Who were the saints? Explore this question with panelists Diana Jorda, Kelsey Harrington, Deacon Joseph Connor and Fr. Val Park during this second session of Theology on Tap on Monday, November 29th, 7PM at Kells Irish Restaurant & Bar. 

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.

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.