Welcome to St. Theresa's Catholic Church


St. Theresa Parish invites you to explore our Catholic church community and ministries that serve Federal Way and Northeast Tacoma. view more    St. Theresa's includes a growing, active Hispanic community. view more   To learn more about St. Theresa's Parish, open the 2014-2015 Annual Report on Parish Ministries and Finances (PDF).




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Summer Faith Formation

For Adults

Pray Like a Mystic

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"Pilgrimage may be thought of as extroverted mysticism, just as mysticism is introverted pilgrimage. The pilgrim physically traverses a mystical way, the mystic sets forth on interior pilgrimage." - Victor Turner, anthropologist and Catholic convert

  Come and join us for two opportunities to "pray like a mystic."

Monday, July 18, 

6-7 p.m.

in the Church

Kataphatic prayer in the Christian spiritual tradition: prayer that engages the senses and imagination. We'll use forms of prayer from the Ignation tradition as well as creatively praying with art.

Monday, August 15, 

6-7 p.m.

in the Church

Apophatic prayer: prayer that is beyond sensory experience such as silent centering prayer. This form of prayer emerges from the apophatic tradition of mystics such as St. John of the Cross who penned the renowned spiritual classic, The Dark Night of the Soul.


Book Club

BookJesuitGuide Come and join us in reading Fr. James Martin, S.J.'s celebrated book, "A Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life." This book presents principals of the Catholic faith in an engaging, and often humorous, format. Fr. Martin also covers principles of Ignation spirituality and discernment for navigating life's waters.


Sundays, July 10 and 24 and August 7; 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the Overflow Room

Please purchase your own book and read the first four chapters on your own before the first session. Feel free to come even if you haven't done all of the reading.

 Questions? Contact Dawn Sample, Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation at (253)838-5925, ext. 304.


For Children

Passport Faith Adventure


"God has written a precious book, 'whose letters are the multitude of created things present in the universe.'" - St. John Paul II, quoted in Pope Francis' Laudato Si


This summer, join us for some special faith adventures! Jesus loved to use examples from the natural world in his teachings and parables. We're going to follow that example, and we'll go out and explore God's beautiful creation. We'll connect what we learn to our faith! Do one adventure or all four!


 View the complete Passport Schedule here.

Adventure #1: Small Blessings Farm Visit! - Saturday, July 9

We will tour Small Blessings Farm in Enumclaw, pick blueberries, learn about stewardship of creation, discover how sheep are raised and cared for, and enjoy a special blueberry snack. Meet at St. Theresa's at 11 a.m. and gather at the farm by noon.Pack a sack lunch to join us for a picnic at the farm. We should return to the parish by 3 p.m.


The Passport program is designed to build community and family participation, so parents please plan on transporting your child/children and participating in the events with them! There is no fee for participation, but families will need to cover their own transportation costs.


Questions? Contact Dawn Sample, Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation at (253)838-5925, ext. 304.



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