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. St. Theresa's 

...invites all to follow Jesus Christ... and ...know the love of Jesus Christ...

...invita a todos a seguir a Jesucristo... y ...invita a todos a conocer el amor de Jesucristo...

Open the complete Vision/Visión and Mission/Misión statements.

Fraud Alert

Parishioners have received fraudulent text and email messages stating they are from Fr. Gilberto or Fr. Jay (and previously, Fr. Jean Pierre) asking for gift cards, to meet in stores, and a host of other things. If you receive such a message, disregard and do not under any circumstances comply. The Archdiocese has been notified. If you have any questions, please contact Linda at the parish office, or by email at linda.demarce@sttheresafw.org. (July 28, 2019)

Fr. Joe Kramis


Father Joseph "Joe" Kramis

Fr. Joseph "Joe" Kramis went home to the Lord peacefully on Thursday, November 14. Both the Vigil and the Mass will be at:

All Saints Church
503 3rd Street.
Puyallup, WA. 98371

The Vigil Service will be on Friday, December 6 at 5 PM with Fr. James Eblen presiding.


The Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, December 7 at 10:00 AM with Bishop Mueggenborg presiding and Fr. Kevin Moran preaching. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall and the Committal will take place shortly after at Calvary Cemetery in Seattle.     More information

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First Sunday of Advent: December 1

Contemplative Prayer   December 2, 9, and 16, 7-8 PM, Parish Chapel


"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10. Quiet meditation and prayer. Lead by Bob Toohey.

Reconciliation Service December 8, 3 PM, Church


Three priests will be present to hear confessions.

Simbang Gabi, a Filipino tradition

December 15, 4 PM, Church

Mass followed by a reception. This is the first of nine Novena Masses to spiritually prepare for Christmas. Please see the Advent Calendar for times of the additional daily Masses.

Giving Tree

December 15, Noon, Church

December 19, Noon, Parish Office

Deadline to drop off your wrapped gifts with tags attached. Gifts will be delivered to families by members of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and volunteers.

Las Posadas, a Hispanic tradition

December 21, 8 PM, Church

Reenactment of Joseph and Mary's journey to Bethlehem and their search for shelter prior to the birth of Christ.

Food Baskets

December 20 (Friday)

Help assemble food baskets in the Parish Hall.

Open flyer for times and tasks and for contact info to volunteer.

Gift and Food Basket Delivery

December 21 (Saturday)

Deliver food baskets and gifts to families.

Open flyer for times and tasks and for contact info to volunteer.

 Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Celebrated this year on Monday, December 9 with Mass at 9 AM (English) and 7 PM (Spanish).

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

You are invited to celebrate the 488th anniversary of the Apparition of Our Virgin Mary to Saint Juan Diego. This is a very special day when millions of people all over the world gather to venerate our beloved mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe. 


Wednesday, December 11, 10 PM-Midnight

Thursday, December 12, 6 PM-10 PM


Program Spanish (PDF)          Program English (PDF)

Our Lady of Guadalupe 2019 

 Christmas Masses



Christmas Eve, December 24

5 PM (English, Children's Mass)

7 PM (English)

9:30 PM (Spanish)


Christmas Day, December 25

10 AM (English)

11:30 AM (Spanish)

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Have you wondered what Stewardship as a Way of Life means? See how it is being lived out in parishes of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Videos:  English   Spanish             Learn about stewardship at St. Theresa's.


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Many hands mean light work. Ready to learn more about a ministry? Contact the lead listed on the front of the bulletin or contact the parish office.
Treasure Prayerfully discern your commitment and make your pledge:

Reach Out operates shelters for men and women suffering homelessness October 1st through March 31st. Would you provide one or more of the following items to help your neighbors in need?

  • Prepare and serve a home cooked meal. Bring a cooked meal and serve for about 45 minutes.
  • Host an evening. Serve one hour a week to open and setup the shelter space and support meal providers.
  • Purchase and deliver breakfast items such as cereal, milk, and juice.
  • Donate funds to purchase personal items for shelter clients.

Please contact Angela Watson at her number on the bulletin cover.

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FORMED Link to PDF on how to subscribe 


FORMED Link to PDF on how to subscribe SPANISH

 Annual Catholic Appeal 2019 / Petición Católica Anual    

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Through your generous giving, the Archdiocese of Seattle helps to provide A Future Full of Hope for thousands of people throughout Western Washington. Learn more from the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Con su ayuda, La Archidiócesis de Seattle está ayudando a producir Un Futuro Lleno de Esperanza para los miles de personas del oeste de Washington. Aprende más sobre la petición católica anual de la Archidiócesis de Seattle.


Learn more about the Annual Catholic Appeal and Parish Stewardship at St. Theresa's.

Aprende más de la Petición Católica Anual y la parroquia administración de Santa Teresa.

Protect and Heal

The Archdiocese of Seattle has launched the new website “Protect and Heal” (protectandheal.seattlearchdiocese.org) to communicate sincerely and openly about the sexual abuse crisis. Key features:

  • Archdiocese of Seattle’s disclosure list of clergy and religious brothers and sisters who have been credibly accused of abusing minors (originally published in January of 2016)
  • Timeline showing when reported abuse occurred
  • Information about actions the Archdiocese has taken over the past three decades to respond to the crisis, such as implementing a Safe Environment program of background checks and abuse-prevention trainings for employees

The site also provides information about the U.S. bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, adopted in 2002; and the Archdiocesan Review Board, a group of mostly lay subject-matter experts that advises the archbishop on matters pertaining to clergy sexual abuse.

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Proteger y Sanar

Como parte de un esfuerzo por mejorar la forma en que la Arquidiócesis se comunica sobre la crisis de abuso sexual, lanzaremos un sitio web especial el lunes para abordar el tema. Como dice el Arzobispo Sartain en un mensaje de video que se encuentra en él, el nuevo sitio "Proteger y Sanar" (protectandheal.seattlearchdiocese.org) es un vehículo para "comunicarse sincera y abiertamente" sobre la crisis.


El sitio ofrece información sobre la crisis de abuso y la respuesta de la Arquidiócesis de Seattle, incluidos los recursos para las víctimas. Reúne en un sitio web información de fácil acceso que se encontraba anteriormente en varios lugares.


Las características clave incluyen la lista de divulgación de la Arquidiócesis de Seattle de clérigos y hermanos y hermanas religiosos que han sido acusados ​​creíblemente de abusar de menores (publicado originalmente en enero de 2016); una línea de tiempo que muestra cuándo ocurrió el abuso denunciado; e información sobre las acciones que la Arquidiócesis ha tomado en las últimas tres décadas para responder a la crisis, como la implementación de un programa de Ambiente Seguro de verificación de antecedentes y capacitación de empleados para la prevención del abuso. El sitio también proporciona información sobre la Carta de Obispos de Estados Unidos para la Protección de Niños y Jóvenes, adoptada en 2002; y la Junta de Revisión de la Arquidiócesis, un grupo de expertos en su mayoría principalmente laicos que asesora al arzobispo sobre asuntos relacionados con el abuso sexual del clero.

Called to Serve  

The Archdiocese of Seattle is currently conducting the Called To Serve as Christ capital campaign. This $100 million campaign is to address the pension and medical needs for our retired priests and women religious.  Learn more about the campaign.


Each parish is asked to do its part in leading the campaign to success by asking parishioners to prayerfully consider a three-year pledge. Our parish goal is $775,515. We know our parish, through prayer, hard work, and generosity, will do our part to help accomplish this goal. Read the support letter from Linda DeMarce and Fr. Jean Pierre Kasonga.

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Watch the 2018 Year-End Campaign Update video.

Note: The Annual Catholic Appeal funds the archdiocese's ongoing mission and administration. The Called To Serve as Christ funds are separate. You can be confident that all funds the archdiocese receives, whether through parish billings, the ACA, this campaign, or other avenues, will be used prudently and effectively. The archdiocesan chancery, Priest Pension Plan, and Priest Health Plan are independently audited annually.

"Share the Journey" - "Compartiendo el Viaje"

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For more information on upcoming events, please click here

Para mas informacion sobre eventos futuros por favor haga click Aqui.





New to the Parish?

Registration form and information

Forma de Registración

Download myParish app from the App Store or Google play.


Safe Environment
Commitment and Volunteer instructions


Giving time, talent, and treasure

Archdiocesan Planning Study Report


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


Office of the Archbishop

Updated Statement on the Sanctity of Life (August 28, 2019)

Statement about recent tragic shootings (August 5, 2019)

DACA- Bishops' Response Letter

DACA- Carta De Respuesta De Los Obispos



Archdiocese of Seattle

Faith Formation / Education / Enrichment

Community Ministries