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.

Cover Story - The Road to Recovery

Steve Rhoades passed through addiction, whorehouses and near-death experiences on his way to the Catholic Church

By Kevin Birnbaum

Steve Rhoades cuts a striking figure striding through downtown Seattle. The 6-foot, 180-pound former Marine wears a long graying ponytail and a chunky metal cross around his neck, and he's pushing a stroller. Inside are wool hats, candy bars and two folding chairs. His easy smile belies the often distressing nature of his work.

People of Faith - Steve Olson

Steve Olson sings for Christ
Interview by Dan Lee

Steve Olson has spent more than 30 years in public service and safety with the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Fire Department. As an arson investigator, he uncovers and reports the causes of fires and assists displaced families.

The power of the rosary

October is the month of the rosary, the string of beads and prayers that popes have called a “compendium of the entire Gospel.” For centuries, the rosary has been one of the most prevalent forms of popular piety in the Catholic Church. By meditating on its mysteries and reciting its Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glory Bes, countless Catholics have used the rosary to draw closer to Jesus Christ and his mother Mary. Meet four local people whose lives have been touched by the rosary.

Cover Story - The journey home

By Jean Parietti

The doors to St. Rose de Viterbo Church swung open and Karla Garcia stepped with her family into the sanctuary. The 12-year-old’s eyes were immediately drawn to the large crucifix hanging above the altar.

Finding the face of Christ in the poor


The door swings open and a young girl stands inside. Blood is pouring down her face. Her mother, cupping a hand under the girl’s nose, looks up at the pair of visitors who knocked.

“We’re from St. Vincent de Paul,” says Ned Delmore, standing with his wife, Janet.