NW Stories

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…

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…

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…

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…

People of Faith - Steve Olson

Steve Olson sings for ChristInterview 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.

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.

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…

Rediscovering a pearl of great price

By Jean Parietti The surprising sacrament of matrimony As a teenager, “Mary” was an energetic and faithful member of her parish, attending Sunday Mass, joining the youth group and being confirmed. So when Mary’s pastor, Father Tom Vandenberg, ran into her about a year after her high school graduation, he…