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‘Blessing of wombs’ celebrates life

Rite includes blessing for parents, family BELLINGHAMBy John Wolcott Blessing expectant parents during Mass around significant feasts honoring Mary — the Assumption, the Immaculate Conception and the Annunciation — is becoming a new tradition at Sacred Heart Parish.

Feeding and sheltering the homeless

St. Vincent de Paul, St. Theresa parishes join forces to host CCS men’s shelter FEDERAL WAYBy Janet Cleaveland Cindy Mortimer knows a blessing when she sees one.

Giving generously to the Philippines

Western Washington donates nearly $775,000 to Typhoon Haiyan relief effort SEATTLE Western Washington Catholics are giving generously to Catholic Relief Services’ Typhoon Haiyan emergency efforts.

That’s some tree!

Providence O’Christmas Trees events raise more than $1 million for charity SEATTLE Christmas trees festooned with puppets, a Nativity scene, musical instruments and a winter garden weren’t just a pretty sight at the 29th annual Providence O’Christmas Trees gala and auction Dec. 4. They helped raise more than $1 million…

A voice for Catholic women

ACCW convention highlights support for seminarians, advocacy efforts LAKEWOOD A $10,000 check to support seminarians in the archdiocese was presented to Archbishop J. Peter Sartain during the annual convention of the Seattle Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.

Jack Harvey, 1923-2013

Longtime funeral director supported Catholic schools and community SEATTLE Jack Harvey, the longtime owner of Harvey Funeral Home and a lifelong member of Assumption Parish, died Nov. 21. He was 90.

Warming the feet of the homeless

Holyrood Cemetery’s annual clothing drive helps neighbors in need SHORELINEBy Kim Haub Six years ago, Holyrood Cemetery staff members decided to help the needy at Christmastime by giving them something very basic — socks.