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 2015-2016 Annual Report on Parish Ministries and Finances (PDF).


Lent 2017


St. Theresa's offers several opportunities for prayer, reflection and time to grow closer to Christ during Lent.

Download our full Lenten calendar and join us.

Santa Teresa ofrece varias oportunidades para la oración, la reflexión y el tiempo para acercarse a Cristo durante la Cuaresma. Descargue nuestro calendario cuaresmal completo y únase a nosotros.


Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving

Before beginning his ministry, Jesus went into the desert and prayed. He didn't eat or drink; he fasted, and used this time to focus on his relationship with God. Today, we too are called to focus on our relationship with God during the 40 days before Easter, a time known as Lent. Catholics do three things to grow closer to God during Lent: Pray, Fast, and Give Alms to those in need. These are the three pillars of Lenten Spirituality.

  • The first pillar of Lent is Prayer - We pray to grow in our relationship with God, and ask God for our guidance on how to live our lives. In our prayer, we also thank God for the gifts we have been given, and we pray for those who have less than we do. During Lent we can make an effort to pray each day to become the person God calls us to be.

Lenten Contemplative Prayer

Join us this Lent in setting aside some special time to disconnect from the world and reconnect with God through contemplative prayer. In this ancient form of prayer, one can rest in God and begin to feel Him transform you from the inside out and deepen your relationship with Him. Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart - one's whole being - to God.


During Contemplative prayer we will engage in Lectio Deviina, Ignation imaginative prayer, and even pray with art. Click here for more information, or email Dawn.


Contemplative prayer evenings are held in the church from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays March 13 & 27 and April 10.


  • The second pillar of Lent is Fasting - Fasting means we give something up in order to create more space for what's truly important - our relationship with God and neighbor. We do this to help us recognize the difference between wants and needs. Choosing to live without something we like reminds us that everything we have is a gift from God. Another aspect of Lenten fasting is not eating meat on Fridays.
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Lenten Fish Fries

Members of the Knights of Columbus host Fish Fries on Fridays during Lent - March 10, 17 and 24, and April 7 . Meals come with fried fish, French Fries and cole slaw. Clam chowder is available as is an option for children. Prices vary depending on the size of the meal. See the Fish Fry flier for more information.

The Fish Fry is on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Hispanic Lenten Meals

Members of the St. Theresa Hispanic Community prepare Lenten Meals for all parishioners on March 3 and March 31. Entrees include items such as chili rellanos, shrimp tostadas, ceviche and more.

The Hispanic Meals are on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


  •  The third pillar of Lent is Almsgiving - When we give to those who have less than we do, we honor Jesus' call to serve our neighbors, and we share the gifts we have been given. During Lent, Catholics in the United States have two opportunities to support the Church's global mission to assist the poor.

CRS Rice Bowl

This Lent we will encounter people from other countries who we can help through our Lenten sacrifices to CRS Rice Bowl (available in the Parish office or in the back of church).


CRS Collection

The CRS Collection theme, 'Help Jesus in Disguise,' reminds us of the presence of Christ in every one of our brothers and sisters in need.


For more information on CRS Rice Bowl and the CRS Collection, open the handout.


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Who is My Neighbor?


The Face of Poverty in Washington State


You are invited to learn more and dig into the Washington State Bishop's Pastoral Letter on Poverty. There will be three sessions to engage with this issue that is such an important part of our faith.


Please join us from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Parish Hall on

Wednesday, April 5

Wednesday, May 3

Wednesday, June 7


Watch the "Who is My Neighbor?" Video: Short Version(4:50)    Long Version(16:56)

Read the "Who is My Neighbor?" Letter from the Washington Bishops


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Archdiocesan Planning Study


Over the last several years it has become apparent that the archdiocesan priest pension and post retirement medical plans are seriously underfunded. Similarly, our women religious must rely on dwindling resources within our own communities to meet their retirement needs. In addition, parishes have their own needs to address.


The Seattle Archdiocese is conducting a planning study as an assessment to gauge support for a major campaign to address some or all of the identified priorities. All parishioners throughout the archdiocese are invited to complete the survey and provide feedback on the proposed campaign and identify other potential goals.


To learn more about the potential campaign, read the Campaign Planning Study Fact Sheet.


To participate in the survey, click here. Use the password: Catholic.


Archbishop's Response to Vandalism at
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Safe Environment
Commitment to the protection of children, youth, and vulnerable adults


Giving time, talent, and treasure


Becoming Catholic
For more information about becoming
Catholic or reconnecting with the
Catholic Church, please contact the
Parish Office at 253-838-5924.
Learn more (PDF)


Living Patriotic Rosary
50+ Group


New to the Parish?
Registration form and information


Catholic organizations, current issues, references