Welcome to St. Theresa's Catholic Church


St. Theresa Catholic Church invites all to follow Jesus Christ by celebrating the sacraments and building a community of compassion.


La Iglesia Católica de Santa Teresa invita a todos a seguir a Jesucristo celebrando los sacramentos y construyendo una comunidad devota.



Guided by our beloved St. Theresa, our community invites all to know the love of Jesus Christ. May we be nourished by the sacraments, live lives with extraordinary love, and proclaim the Gospel to all those we encounter.


Guiados por nuestra venerada Santa Teresa, nuestra comunidad invita a todos a conocer el amor de Jesucristo. Que seamos nutridos por los sacramentos, vivamos nuestras vidas con amor extraordinario y proclamemos el Evangelio a todos aquellos con quienes nos encontremos.


Welcome. St. Theresa Parish invites you to explore our Catholic church community and ministries that serve Federal Way and Northeast Tacoma. To learn more about St. Theresa's Parish, open the 2016-2017 Annual Report on Parish Ministries and Finances.


Fraud Alert: A parishioner called to inform the office that they were scammed out of gift cards. Someone was pretending to be Fr. Jean Pierre and using the email address frjpkasonga@sttheresafw@gmail.com. We don't know how the scammer got the email address of this parishioner; the email did not come from the parish.

Fr. Jean Pierre would never email any parishioner asking for money, money transfers, or the purchase of EBay gift cards. If you receive any email similar to this, please call Linda DeMarce at the parish office IMMEDIATELY.  We have alerted the Archdiocese of Seattle.


Faith Formation: Please see the bulletin for the schedule of activities for children and youth.

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Contemplative Prayer


Advent is a time to slow down and prepare ourselves for a fresh reliving of the Incarnation. We invite you to "Come Away" for an evening of scripture reflection and prayer.

Mondays in Advent 2018: December 3, 10, and 17. 7:00-8:00 PM. Parish Chapel at St. Theresa Catholic Church. Learn more about contemplative prayer.

Simbang Gabi


Simbang Gabi is a Christmas tradition in the Philippines of celebrating a novena of Advent masses to prepare for the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ, and in honor of the Blessed Mother. Join the Filipino community for this celebration.

Sunday, December 16. 4:00 PM. Mass at St. Theresa Church followed by reception in the Parish Hall.

Saturday, December 22, 5:00 PM Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church



Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

Tuesday, December 11 at St. Theresa Church

Festivities begin at 6:00 PM

Programa Español (PDF),   Program in English (PDF)

About the tradition (PDF)

Giving Tree

If you missed the Sunday deadline, you can deliver your gift to the parish office before Friday, December 14.

Feed your hungry neighbors

Would you like to help feed those in need? You can by participating in programs coordinated through St. Theresa's.

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Sandwich Program

Once a month make 20 sandwiches and deliver them to the church. The sandwiches are handed out to those in need in Tacoma. For more information, please contact Laurie by email at Ljfiorito@comcast.net or by phone/text: 206-817-6327.

Food Bank - St. Vincent de Paul Society

Use the holiday donation envelope available in the Narthex to contribute to holiday meals provided to 80 families. Any time of year, you can donate to the food bank; leave nonperishable items in the box in the hallway near the chapel door.

Learn more about the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Theresa's.

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.

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.

Recent Settlements of Clergy Abuse Lawsuits

From the Archdiocese: The Archdiocese of Seattle has reached settlements over the past two months in 7 individual cases involving allegations of clergy sexual abuse.  In each of these cases, the alleged abuse occurred between 30 and 60 years ago.  The Archdiocese has attempted to arrive at fair and just settlements to assist victims with healing and to achieve some measure of closure.  The members of the clergy involved in all of these cases are either deceased or have been permanently removed from ministry.  All of their names appear among those on the archdiocesan public disclosure list published in 2016.


The Archdiocese of Seattle urges anyone who suspects abuse by any Church personnel to contact local law enforcement.  In addition, anyone who has knowledge of sexual abuse or misconduct by a member of the clergy, an employee or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Seattle is urged to call the archdiocesan hotline at 1-800-446-7762.


Update on Recent Settlements of Clergy Abuse Cases - November 15, 2018 (PDF)

Annual Catholic Appeal 2018 / Petición Católica Anual

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.

Migration Caravans

The Humanitarian Response of CRS and the Church (English and Spanish) (PDF)

Washington State Catholic Conference: Catholics Sharing the Journey

"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.
Learn more (PDF)


Office of the Archbishop

DACA- Bishops' Response Letter

DACA- Carta De Respuesta De Los Obispos

September 9, 2018 Letter:  English    Spanish



Archdiocese of Seattle

2018 Catholic Cemeteries Mass Schedule

Faith Formation/Education

Community Ministries