Local Briefs - Sept 1, 2013

Photos from (1) Burmese priest visits St. Thomas, Tukwilla and (2) Youth Migrant celebrations in St. Charles, Burlington


Visiting Burmese priest Father Paul Tinreh baptized a baby Aug. 25 as he completed three weeks of special ministry to Burmese Catholics at St. Thomas Parish in Tukwila. Father Tinreh is fluent in Karenni, a tribal dialect that is less common than other Burmese dialects. That made his visit especially meaningful for those St. Thomas parishioners who speak Karenni, explained parishioner Paul Hardin. Hardin and others at St. Thomas established the parish’s Burmese Catholic community in 2009 with the assistance of the archdiocese’s Office of Multicultural Communities. “The biggest challenge of helping the Burmese community was the language barrier, not only between Burmese and English, but also between various tribal dialects,” said Philip Tran, director for multicultural communities. Photo: Savio Pham




Youth from Sacred Heart Parish in Lacey presented Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo with colorful handmade blankets for migrant families during a Spanish Mass at St. Charles Church in Burlington Aug. 18. The Mass and the Fiesta Campesina afterward were the culmination of the parish’s Youth Migrant Project. Each summer, youth groups from around the archdiocese bring donations of food, clothing and household essentials to St. Charles, then spend a week in service to migrant families. During the Mass, Bishop Elizondo spoke about the importance of “justice, solidarity and peace,” alluding to the summer’s walkouts by Skagit Valley migrant farmworkers over wages and living conditions. He also asked people in the pews, and the altar server, to consider religious vocations. Photo: Armando Machado




Members of the St. James Cathedral youth ministry are all smiles as they prepare to serve a Mexican-style meal during the annual Fiesta Campesina at St. Charles Parish in Burlington Aug. 18. About 250 people attended the event, which also featured Mexican-style music and horse and pony rides for children. The fiesta celebrates the end of the annual Youth Migrant Project.  This summer, a dozen parish youth groups from around the archdiocese – totaling some 300 young people and several dozen adult volunteers – participated in the service project, said coordinator Jose Ortiz. Photo: Armando Machado


September 1, 2013