Serve

When Jesus knelt down and washed the feet of his disciples, he said, "You are my friends. What I have done for you, you are to do for one another. " (Jn 13:12-15) Again in Matthew's Gospel, Jesus calls us to really reach out and care for our neighbor. (Matt 25:31-46)


How to Get Involved:

Liturgical Ministries

For liturgical schedules please click on the respective photo.

ALTAR SERVING
If you are interested in being an altar server, please contact Pat Gleason.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTRY
If you are interested in being a Eucharistic minister at Mass, please contact Pat Gleason.
For ministry to the sick and homebound, Jessica Quan.

GREETING
If you are interested in being a part of the greeter team, please contact Jessica Quan.

LECTORING
If you are interested in lectoring, please contact Pat Gleason.

MUSIC
If you are interested in music ministry, please contact Pat Gleason.

USHERING
If you are interested in serving as an usher, please contact Pat Gleason.

Parish Ministries

Parish-focused Service


There are a multitude of events that take place each year at St. Charles Borromeo Parish. Opportunities to help come up at nearly every one. You can look for featured events or other calendared events for opportunities. Below are a couple recurring events for which we are always looking for help.

Funeral Reception Committee

Those who are baptized into Christ and nourished at the same table of the Lord are responsible for one another.

When a member of St. Charles parish dies, our Funeral Reception Committee is called to a ministry of consolation for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. They provide a brunch or luncheon reception following the funeral service held at St. Charles for the bereaved family. Funeral reception cooks prepare salads or breakfast breads and deserts for the reception while reception team members prepare a hot dish, set up, serve and clean up after the reception. Volunteers and donations sustain this ministry.

For more information, contact:

Renee Bogue
Pastoral Assistant for RCIA, Grief Ministry, Baptism and Marriages
rbogue@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3037

Knights of Columbus

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
St. Charles Borromeo Council #13238
When: 7 p.m. every first Tuesday of the month
Where: Convent Meeting Room

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, family, fraternal society 1.7 million strong founded on the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. We are the oldest and largest Catholic lay organization with over 12,000 local councils. We support our pope, bishops, pastors, clergy and religious.

Our St. Charles Borromeo Council received its charter in November 2003 and has been asked by Fr. Mike to assist the parish in three specific areas: welcoming new members of the parish, organizing right to life activities and organizing legislative liaisons.

The Knights of our parish have supported the church, council, community, family and youth through family picnics, Habitat for Humanity, pro-life demonstrations at the Washington State Capitol, pro-life essay and poster contests, high school senior class graduation and appreciation breakfasts, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, greeting at Mass and serving coffee and doughnuts after Mass.

There are many good reasons to join the Knights of Columbus. Friendship, fraternity, opportunities to be of service to others and an excellent insurance program are just a few. A Knight can be anyone. He builds airplanes, grows apples and wheat, designs nuclear plants or runs a bank. He may be a corporation president or a member of a union. He is a truck driver, a doctor, a laborer or a dentist. We only ask that he be a "Practicing Catholic."

Activities and programs include:

  • Donations: St. Charles Borromeo Council #13238 provides assistance to archdiocesan seminarians.
  • Family life: through programs of family prayer, family participation in the liturgy, concern for Christian values in the home, "family of the month" and "family of the year" programs, days of family recreation and the like, the Knights of Columbus work to defend family life which is under fierce attack from modern secularism.
  • Community service: last year, Knights of Columbus officers, program directors, committeemen and members volunteered over 42 million hours in community service to youth, hospitals, orphanages and churches.
  • Vocations: aware of the critical need for priests and religious lay persons in today's church, the Knights have vocations committees actively engaged in fostering church vocations through prayer and various promotional activities, which include Pennies for Heaven and Columbus Charities.
  • Charitable distributions: donations to charities for the needy, victims of disaster, homes for the aged, community projects, educational purposes, gifts of clothing and food totaling over $94 million last year. Our council assisted with a special fund raiser for Katrina relief during 2006.
  • Pro-life: participate in March for Life demonstration at Washington State Capitol during January and some members of the council participate in reciting the rosary at a local abortion clinic each week.
  • Insurance protection: over $22 billion of insurance in force. Wide variety of low-cost, top quality life insurance and annuity programs are available to members and their families.
  • Catholic Information Service: since 1948 when the program began, the Catholic Information Service has provided free religious pamphlets to millions of inquirers and has enrolled more than 850,000 persons in the Catholic correspondence course. And the mailbox is always open to those who need advice and can't bring themselves to ring a rectory doorbell.
  • Student loans: over 52,000 low interest student loans, representing over $75 million disbursed to Knights of Columbus members and their families since 1971. Without reference to the order, student loans are available to priests, brothers, sisters, seminarians and postulants at the college, seminary and postgraduate levels.
  • Scholarships: educational benefits available to members and their families.
  • Educational trust: million dollar educational trust provides a four year college education at a Catholic college or university for children of members who are killed or permanently and totally disabled from a cause directly connected with a military conflict or as a result of criminal violence in the performance of their duties as full-time law-enforcement officers or firefighters.


For more information or to ask questions, contact:

Pat Feist
Grand Knight
pjfeist13@comcast.net

Legion of Mary

When: 7:30 a.m. every Thursday

Where: Parish Center

The Legion of Mary is an association of Catholic laity who serve the Church on a voluntary basis. It was founded in Dublin, Ireland. Today there are over 3 million members worldwide.

The members undertake the spiritual works of mercy: They make visits to those who are homebound, in assisted living facilities, in nursing homes or who are in a hospital. They seek to comfort those in poverty, sickness and loneliness by providing a listening presence and also being Eucharistic ministers. The members perform two hours of defined work every week. Active and auxiliary members undertake to say the rosary and the Legion prayers daily.

For more information or to join, contact:

Jessica Quan
Pastoral Assistant for Outreach, Parish Life & Ministry to the Sick
jquan@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3013

Prayer Line

The Prayer Line is a group of people who are connected by email and have committed to praying for the special needs and intentions that are received through prayer requests received from others. Prayer requests are kept confidential and each request is for a period from two weeks to as long as the individual needs the prayers. If you feel called to pray for others or have someone you would like to add to the Prayer Line, please call 253-564-5587.

Respect Life

St. Charles Borromeo has a comprehensive Respect Life ministry supporting the Culture of Life. The committee generally meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Convent.

The Respect Life Committee networks with many other Respect Life organizations and ministries in our area. So, there are more opportunities for involvement than you see here.

For more information on the ministries below or on ones not listed here, contact:

Aileen Carrell
Respect Life Committee Chair
acarrell@comcast.net
253-507-8812

PRAY

Prayer is powerful.

​Spiritual Adoption

This is an intercessory prayer ministry for babies in danger of abortion and their families. It runs from January through October. Check the parish bulletin and homepage for dates every January.

For information on how to establish a Spiritual Adoption ministry, click here.

WITNESS

Makes a stand for life.

​40 Days for Life

A twice per year, national prayer vigil outside local abortion clinics. Check the parish bulleting and homepage for dates closer to the event. Note the spring campaign always begins on Ash Wednesday.

For more information, contact:

Aileen Carrell
Respect Life Committee Chair
acarrell@comcast.net
253-507-8812

www.40daysforlife.com/tacoma

ADVOCATE

Speak for those who have no voice.

​Washington State March for Life

This event occurs every January. The Knights of Columbus generously provide a bus to take parishioners to the march.

For more information, contact:

Aileen Carrell
Respect Life Committee Chair
acarrell@comcast.net
253-507-8812

ASSIST

Help mothers & families support life.

​Gabriel Project

This parish based ministry — part of a national movement — provides emotional, spiritual and material support to women and families in crisis pregnancies. The Gabriel Project committee generally meets on the last Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Convent.

For more information, contact:

Karol Mauss
Gabriel Project Committee Chair
st.charles.adoration@gmail.com
253–851–3151

​Our Lady of Guadalupe Maternity Center

Located in Lakewood next to St. Frances Cabrini Church, this outreach provides families and infants with car seats, diapers and clothing. Open Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m.–noon.

For more information, contact:

Our Lady of Guadalupe Maternity Center
253-582-3384

HEAL

Bring Christ's Peace to those suffering the effects of abortion.

​Project Rachel

This ministry out of Catholic Community Services offers women and men hope and healing after abortion through the Rachel's Vineyard Healing Retreats and one-on-one counseling.

For more information, contact:

Project Rachel Hotline
800-822-HOPE (4673)
En Español: 206-450-7814

All inquiries are strictly confidential

Outreach Ministries

Community-based Service
 

"Feed the hungry, visit the sick, free those unjustly bound." These are the words of Jesus in Matthew's Gospel. Inspired by these words, Christ's disciples have formulated the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in order to express our love for neighbor in concrete and specific ways. 

Be an Advocate

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
Those interested in legislative advocacy coordinate and inform the parish about legislative issues in light of Catholic social teaching, build relationships with elected representatives in order to represent those who are unable to represent themselves and encourage others to become engaged in the political process. This group participates in Catholic Advocacy Day in Olympia, letter writing campaigns and other events that promote justice issues.

For more information or to join, contact:

Jessica Quan
Pastoral Assistant for Outreach, Parish Life & Ministry to the Sick
jquan@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3013

Be a Voice for Justice

SOCIAL JUSTICE LIAISONS
A small group works with other churches in the Tacoma area to provide information to the parish on community social justice issues. Those interested and willing to participate are invited to do so.

For more information or to join, contact:

Jessica Quan
Pastoral Assistant for Outreach, Parish Life & Ministry to the Sick
jquan@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3013

Faith in Action

St. Charles Borromeo Parish is a very service-oriented parish. That's because we believe that this is how the good news of Jesus Christ and the social teachings of the Catholic Church gets lived out in practice. The mission of the Faith in Action Committee is to provide our fellow parishioners with the means to participate in social action and social justice activities.

Meetings are held throughout the year and are open to the parish and extended community. Those interested in finding out more are encouraged to attend. Joining the Faith in Action Committee is a wonderful way to get involved and meet other parishioners of all age groups. There are all types of ministries and all levels of commitment.

For more information, contact:

Jessica Quan
Pastoral Assistant for Outreach, Parish Life & Ministry to the Sick
jquan@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3013

Food Bank

When: 10 - 11 a.m. (pick ups), 9:30 - 11 a.m. (to make an appointment), Tuesdays and Thursdays
Where: Food Bank, located to the right of the St. Charles statue

St. Charles Borromeo Parish operates and funds it own food bank. The food bank provides a three day supply of food and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays (except Holidays). Those requesting assistance are asked to call ahead and make an appointment, 253-565-7655,  so food can be properly packaged and prepared for them.

Our volunteers answer the phone, help those visiting the Food Bank, pack bags and stock shelves.

For more information or to volunteer, contact:

Jessica Quan
Pastoral Assistant for Outreach, Parish Life & Ministry to the Sick
jquan@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3013

Holiday Baskets

As part of our parish's Faith in Action programs, St. Charles Borromeo Parish coordinates two holiday giving drives. We are blessed to have hundreds of volunteers, as well as outside organizations, supporting this ministry.

THANKSGIVING BASKETS

Every year St. Charles Borromeo Parish provides about 120 families with Thanksgiving dinner and food for a week. Food is obtained through a parish food drive. Volunteers help pack the food boxes as well as deliver the food to families in need.

CHRISTMAS BASKETS & GIVING TREE

Between two programs, the parish is able to provide over 130 families each Christmas with Christmas dinner, food for a week, toys, shoes, socks, gloves and hats for the children, blankets, towels and a family toiletries gift pack.

The families who receive assistance are identified through an application process that is partnered with outside social and health resources.

For more information on how to volunteer, contact:

Jessica Quan
Pastoral Assistant for Outreach, Parish Life & Ministry to the Sick
jquan@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3013

Mercy Works (253) - Homeless Ministry

Ministry to the Most Marginalized Poor and Homeless

Founded in April, 2016, Mercy Works (253) has served over 10,000 meals to the poor and homeless on the streets of the (253) area.

Mercy 253 collaborates ecumenically with NGO’s and GO’s to serve the most marginalized poor and homeless sisters and brothers of our community by meeting them where they are with nutrition, hydration and other necessities such as clothing and hygiene items, projecting care and compassion with each encounter and respecting their profound human dignity as beloved children of God.

Mercy 253 is on the streets of the area rain or shine every week and at special events for the poor and homeless.  On a typical weekday evening we deliver a 2,400 calorie meal with a balance of protein, portable protein sources, carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables, drinking water, clothing items, tents and sleeping bags.  Our fourth grade students, while they do not go out on the streets, learn service by preparing sandwiches and written notes for half the meals while the other half are generously donated by Chik-fil-A on South Steele Street in Tacoma.

From one of our guests: “Thank you. When you keep coming out here, you make us feel like someone really cares about us.  It means so much that someone cares.”

We have generous benefactors who contribute money and in-kind items.  The needs of our guests are constantly changing during the month and from season to season.

For more information, to contribute or serve with the crew to prepare and distribute the meals, please contact:

Jessica Quan
Pastoral Assistant for Outreach, Parish Life & Ministry to the Sick
jquan@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3013

Honduran Mission

The Honduras Mission Team is open to anyone who wants to join; made up of lay people, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, lab techs, dentists and engineers. The engineer section predominately works on potable water solutions while the medical portion provides basic medical/dental care and medications to the nearly 2,000 people we see at the same five villages in five days each year, usually the end of January. We also provide school supplies, dental hygiene supplies and maternity bags. When possible we take shoes, clothes and horse tack (equipment) to the people we serve.

For more information, contact:

Jessica Quan
Pastoral Assistant for Outreach, Parish Life & Ministry to the Sick
jquan@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3013

Prayer Shawl

When: Every second Saturday of the month at 1 p.m.
Where: Convent Meeting Room

What is a Prayer Shawl? Prayer Shawls are hand knitted or crocheted shawls made by parishioners and distributed by priests, deacons, and pastoral ministers of care. Every shawl is prayed over as it is being created, then prayed over by the group and blessed by a priest before it is gifted on behalf of the St. Charles Catholic community. A shawl is given as a symbol of love and comfort to those who are suffering grief, undergoing medical challenges, or contending with major life-changes.

You are invited to join us once a month to gather together in prayer and to create the shawls. You do not need to know how to knit or crochet, we can teach you! Men and women of all ages are welcome. The group will meet every second Saturday of the month in the convent at 1 p.m.


For more information, contact:

Denise Hirota
253-503-3998

Jessica Quan
Pastoral Assistant for Outreach, Parish Life & Ministry to the Sick
jquan@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3013

Quilting Club

QUILTING CLUB
St. Charles Quilt Club for Bundles of Joy sews baby quilts for families in need. No previous quilting experience necessary to join this group. Generous quilters will teach you. All baby quilts are donated to local places like Our Lady of Guadalupe Maternity Center, that serve families. Over 100 quilts have been delivered each year since the beginning of this program in June 2005. The club meets every other Saturday in the Convent from 10 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and members rotate lunches.

For more information or to join, contact:

Jacque Helland
St. Charles Quilt Club for Bundles of Joy Leader
253-241-2722

Jessica Quan
Pastoral Assistant for Outreach, Parish Life & Ministry to the Sick
jquan@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3013

Partner Ministries

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization that builds — in just a week — decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in need of housing. The "Blitz Build" is held August–September, but workers are needed throughout the summer on other Habitat for Humanity projects.

For more information or to volunteer with a group from St. Charles Borromeo Parish, contact:

Jessica Quan
Pastoral Assistant for Outreach, Parish Life & Ministry to the Sick
jquan@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3013

Habitat for Humanity
www.tpc-habitat.org
253-627-5626

Nativity House

Nativity House is a facility in downtown Tacoma serving low-income and homeless adult men and women, providing housing, hospitality, and hope. St. Charles Borromeo Parish supports Nativity House by providing a hot meal on the fourth Friday of the month to about 250 in addition to providing other food, clothing and personal care items. Food is donated by parishioners and cooked in our parish kitchen. Volunteers transport the food to the downtown shelter. Those willing to help in this way are invited to participate.

For more information or to volunteer, contact:

Jessica Quan
Pastoral Assistant for Outreach, Parish Life & Ministry to the Sick
jquan@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3013

Our Lady of Guadalupe Maternity Center

Our Lady of Guadalupe Maternity Center's purpose is to provide spiritual and material help to mothers, pregnant women, and their young children (infant to age eight). St. Charles Borromeo Parish provides weekly donations, a parish wide baby shower in the fall and volunteers to help run the center.

For more information or to volunteer, contact:

Jessica Quan
Pastoral Assistant for Outreach, Parish Life & Ministry to the Sick
jquan@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3013

Work of Human Hands

Work of Human Hands is a Catholic Relief Services program, in partnership with SERRV International, to aid artisans in developing worlds and in the United States. St. Charles hosts one sale each year of beautiful and unique handcrafted items at our Advent Workshop in late November. Catalogs can also be picked up for private orders.

We consider our purchases from the Work of Human Hands sales to be twice blessed — once in their loveliness as Christmas gifts and again in providing dignity and income to low-income artists around the world. These purchases support fair wages, concern for people rather than profit, preservation of the environment and local cultures.

For more information or to assist with sales, contact:

Jodie Clark
Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation
jclark@stcharlesb.org
253-564-5185 ext. 3036