Parish News

7th Annual Blessing of the Backpacks Mass, Sunday, September 22, at 10:30am     Bring your backpack to Mass to be blessed by Father for the new school year and food donations for our friends at Broadview-Thomson. This is a very special collection to support those in need right here in our community.

The Youth Migrant Project, directed by Jose Ortiz, has been active since 1981 and started as a way to help care for the children of migrant workers. It has since morphed into a program that gives students from mostly Catholic parishes in cities outside Skagit County a chance to spend a week volunteering with the Tri-Parish Food Bank and understand the life of migrants in the Skagit Valley. (

The goals for youth are:

  • Discovering and living Jesus’ call to a life of loving service
  • Understanding the importance of respecting the rights and responsibilities of all people
  • Learning the one does not have to travel to a third-world country to work for justice and against poverty
  • Experiencing the richness of the Hispanic culture
  • Gaining valuable experience in a controlled setting to prepare youth for future mission experiences
  • Making new friends, developing and deepening an awareness of their faith, and experiencing the universality of the Catholic Church

Students participating in this summer’s Youth Mission in northern Washington not only had fun, but learned about service and how God touches us. In answer to the question, “When you feel God, what does it look like?” students responded, “It looks like…Read more

You Can Change a Life, Together, We Can Change a Hundred Lives     St. John School and Parish are very excited to announce a partnership with Unbound, a charity that allows us to directly help children and seniors in need. Unbound is dear to Father Crispin’s heart. He worked with Unbound, and was supported by a similar program as a child. Unbound partners with families living in poverty, empowering them to become self-sufficient and fulfill their desired potential. When you sponsor a child, young adult or elder through Unbound, you invest in personalized benefits that support goals chosen by the sponsored individual and their family. And with 93.1 percent of Unbound’s expenses going toward program support, you can rest assured your contributions are working hard to meet the needs of your sponsored friend.  Sponsorship weekend is September 28 and 29.  Click here for more information.