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 their own communities to meet their retirement needs. In addition, parishes have their own needs to address.
At the recommendation of the Archdiocesan Finance Council and in dialogue with the Presbyeral Council, the Priest Pension Board and other leadership, Archbishop Sartain has decided to explore the possibility of a major campaign to address the retirement needs we face today and are projected to face in the future, as well as local parish needs.
This planning study is an assessment to gauge support for a major campaign to address some or all of our identified priorities. The study is being administered by outside counsel, the Steier Group, a Catholic development firm. They will survey the entire archdiocese to determine which of our needs are deemed most urgent by parishioners, and identify potential support of a major campaign.
All parishioners are invited to visit the Archdiocese of Seattle's website to learn more about the study's proposed goals and participate in the study.
To participate in this important study, please click on the link to the right of this page, select Archdiocese of Seattle, under Archdiocesan Events and Activities select Planning Study Online Survey, use password: Catholic.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.
Fasting is to be observed by all eighteen years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their sixtieth birthday. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.
Abstinence is observed by all fourteen years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not apply. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.
Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has granted to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Seattle a dispensation from the Lenten obligation to abstain from meat on Friday, March 17, the feast of St. Patrick.