Holy Rosary West Seattle

Since 1909 Holy Rosary's mission is and has been to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ & help others, as we grow in love of our God and one another.

The history of Holy Rosary parish begins on a small plot of land is what we in the West Seattle community call "The Admiral District." It was in 1909 that the Most Reverend Edward J. O'Dea appointed Father Daniel A. Hanley to establish a parish in West Seattle. This new church was located at the northeast corner of Walnut Avenue and Hill Street and would be formed from St. James Cathedral. The new worship community would consist of 35 families and its boundaries would include what is now Our Lady of Guadalupe, Holy Family, St. Bernadette and St. Francis of Assisi parishes. So begins our experience of The House of God (Domus Dei) and The House of the People (Domus Ecclesiae). Big things have small beginnings.

Construction of the English Gothic style church, built entirely of Washington fir with a shake exterior finish, was begun June 6, 1909. Its supporting rafters were visible on the inside. We spent four years worshipping at this location.

Parish records indicate that Joseph Hector Wilfred Goulet was the first to be baptized at Holy Rosary on January 30, 1910. Other "firsts" were to follow. On June 22, 1910, Jacobus R. Kelly married Gladys Dickerson. Theirs are the first names to appear in the marriage register. The first entry in the Death Register on February 4, 1913 tells us that Marian Martin, a nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma, died of typhoid fever. Her gravesite can still be visited at Calvary Cemetery today.

In 1913, Hoy Rosary was on the move...literally! Logs were used to roll the church from its Walnut Avenue and Hill Street location to its new location at the northeast corner of California Avenue and Hanford Street. We worshipped here until 1937, when ground was broken for our present church. Our building and worship space on California Avenue eventually became St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church.

On June 6, 1937, the cornerstone for the new Holy Rosary Catholic Church, constructed in the Tuscan Romanesque style, was laid. Father James F. Lanigan, who was appointed pastor of Holy Rosary on December 5, 1924 (his 35th birthday), served as construction foreman of the project and it is rumored he was its prime architect as well.

Over these nearly 100 years, we've had our share of colorful priests. Our pastors have included Father Daniel A. Hanley (1909-1910), Michael J. O'Callaghan (1910-1924), James F. Lanigan (1924-1962), William J. Power (1962-1973), James van Gogh (1973-1981), James E. Mallahan (1981-1987), David Brant (1987-1992), Jeffrey L. Sarkies (1992-2006), John Madigan (2006-2015), and Matthew Oakland (2015-present). Almost fifty Assistants, or Pastoral Associates as we call them now, have served here. And, for a short period, we had a bishop in residence as well.

The House of God and The House of the People consist on many parts. All these priests needed a place to live and construction of the Rectory, now the Parish Office, was begun on June 1, 1927 and completed in 1928. In the days before the Rectory, the priests lived in two rooms in the school. Construction of our first school begun shortly after Holy Rosary Church was relocated to California Avenue. Thus began a 70-year legacy between Holy Rosary and the Tacoma Dominicans, beginning with Sister Mary Alberta as Superior of the school. Names we will always remember include Sister Mary Carmelita and Sisters Dolorosa, Laurentia, Virginia and Roberta. Overcrowded and inadequate housing led to the construction of the Convent (now the Parish Center) in 1947.

On May 16, 1986, ground was broken for Lanigan Center. At the time we thought it would be used primarily as a school gymnasium and parish multi-use center. On August 3, 1997, after fire extensively damaged the church, we learned the gym could also serve as our parish worship space. We spent eight months in exile there; but it wasn't the first time we were without a church building. It is good to remember that when our current school building opened in 1924, its auditorium served as the parish church.

After months of reconstruction, renovation and restoration following the fire, we were welcomed back to Holy Rosary Church on Passion Sunday, May 31, 1998. Most Reverend Alexander Brunett, Archbishop of Seattle, presided at the Rededication Mass. It was probably similar to the Mass of Dedication in 1938 or the Mass of Consecration in 1951, but it was a chance for us to see The House of God and The House of the People in the present day. It was a chance to see how the beauty of the space and the spirit of the people are a witness to the presence of Jesus in our midst. His presence will move us toward the future and will help each of us write our own chapter in the history of the parish. All together, all one in the Risen Jesus!

Holy Rosary School and parish 1st Communion Group picture 2017

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Opening: Pastoral Assistant for Adult Evangelization

Position: .875 FTE, Salaried exempt position with Benefits Eligibility

Holy Rosary Parish seeks a faithful Catholic to assist adults in growing as disciples of Jesus Christ and apostles to West Seattle.

On top of leading RCIA and Confirmation, this position will provide the successful candidate an opportunity to fulfill the Church’s primary mission of evangelization by designing and implementing opportunities to develop the faith of the adults of the parish and school. To be successful, candidates must be able to collaborate well with other staff as a part of the mission of the whole parish, and have a deep knowledge and love of Christ and His Church. A degree in theology, catechesis, ministry or a related field is preferred, as is experience in catechesis for adults.

For a full job description, visit www.holyrosaryseattle.org. Please submit applications and resumes to Gary Samaniego at paa@holyrosaryseattle.org.

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Job Opportunity at Holy Rosary

Holy Rosary Parish in West Seattle is looking for a new janitor for a 40-hour per week, benefited position. As part of Holy Rosary Parish you will assist us in carrying out the mission of Jesus Christ by the cleaning and maintenance of our buildings and grounds. The successful candidate must be able to work Sunday through Thursday, in the afternoon and evening. To see a full description, please visit the Resources section of the parish website at http://holyrosaryseattle.org/job-opportunity-at-holy-rosary.

Please submit questions or applications and resumes to Gary Samaniego at paa@holyrosaryseattle.org or 206-935-8353.

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[05/14/17]   🌷🌷Happy Mother's Day! 🌷🌷

Pope: Mary's 'yes' echoes the joy, suffering of every mother


In anticipation of Mother's Day this weekend, Pope Francis offered a beautiful teaching at his audience this week on motherhood and Mary's "Yes" - read a bit of this teaching at:

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-marys-yes-echoes-the-joy-suffering-of-every-mother-31425/?utm_source=CNA&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter Thank you for your YES!

catholicnewsagency.com Days before his trip to Fatima, Pope Francis said Mary’s ‘yes’ at the Annunciation was more than a yes to bearing the Son of God, but was also an acceptance of everything she would endure after – something every mother experiences with a new child.  

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GiveBIG for Holy Rosary School

givebigseattle.org The mission of Holy Rosary School is to help each child discover and fully develop their God-given talents. As a Catholic School community, we strive for excellence in our students' spiritual, academic, physical, mental, aesthetic, and social-emotional growth. It is our intention that those who atte...

We hope you will support us!
Holy Rosary School is participating in Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG on Wednesday May 10. Your donation to GiveBIG will go towards the school’s ANNUAL FUND. Holy Rosary tries to keep the in-parish tuition at an affordable rate so all those that wish will have access to a top-notch Catholic education. Please consider a scheduling a donation TODAY or donating on Wednesday May 10! https://www.givebigseattle.org/holyrosaryws

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