Saving Grace

Parish nurse Gwenn Baer’s faith and service to others helped her find peace, and a miracle

By Jean Parietti

Cover Story - Student Essay contest Winners

Last August, NORTHWEST CATHOLIC announced a student essay contest, open to students enrolled in any of Western Washington’s 74 Catholic schools. Students were asked to reflect on the theme of Catholic Schools Week 2014, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” and to share how faith, knowledge and service are related in their schools and in the rest of their lives.

People of Faith - Lenny Wilkens

Lenny Wilkens 
credits hoops 
success to God

Interview by Dan Lee

Lenny Wilkens, a Hall of Fame basketball player and coach, currently ranks second in all-time wins as an NBA coach and first in all-time games coached.

Hospitality, housing and hope

Tacoma’s new Nativity House aims to create a pathway out of homelessness

By Jean Parietti

Ray Fair expertly chops carrots for the homemade soup that will feed more than 100 homeless men and women at Nativity House. Giving up part of his Saturday every month to volunteer in the kitchen is a way of giving back for all that Nativity House has done for him.

Meeting Christ at 'The Mount'

The Eucharist gives nurse Nick Schoen the strength to face suffering and death with peace

By Kevin Birnbaum

Nick Schoen deals with a lot of loss each day. As a “neighborhood coordinator," or nurse manager, at Providence Mount St. Vincent, an assisted living community in West Seattle, he oversees 42 residents with an average age of 89 or 90. They've lost a lot: their family members and friends, their homes, their mental and physical capabilities. And about once a week, on average, one of the residents loses his or her life.

The glory of the Eucharist

Christ’s gift of himself in every Mass is the ultimate thanksgiving feast

By Kevin Birnbaum

Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie — for many Americans, these are the images called to mind by the word "thanksgiving." Come the fourth Thursday in November, we lay out Grandma's china, the good crystal and the silver, and guests arrive bearing specially prepared side dishes and desserts. We set aside a day to spend with family, to give thanks for the good things in life and to enjoy a sumptuous banquet. It's the great American feast.

Celebrating the seeds of faith

Small faith community's history dates to its first Mass 175 years ago

By Jean Parietti

Faith and history are intertwined on the Cowlitz prairie. For nearly 175 years, Catholics have been celebrating Mass and receiving the sacraments on the same peaceful plot of land in present-day Toledo where the first permanent mission in Western Washington was established.