Saint Therese is the Madrona neighborhood’s Catholic church on 35th between Spring and Marion. There are several other Catholic churches in the area including St. Joe’s on Capitol Hill, Immaculate Conception up between 18th and 19th and St. Mary’s over by Washington Middle School. Because of the close proximity (among other reasons), St. Therese is now sharing their priest with Immaculate Conception; therefore, the Mass schedule is changing on Sundays so the priest can be present at both churches. Starting on Sunday, February 17th, mass at St. Therese will be at 8:30 AM, noon and 5 PM.
This past Sunday was the last for Father Stephen Okumu (pictured) as St. Therese Pastor. Father Stephen, as most parishioners call him, has been with St. Therese for the last five years. He is leaving to become the Pastor of St. Bridget’s in Laurelhurst.
Father Charles Kanai has come to Madrona to replaced Father Stephen and Father Kanai is assisted by Deacon Greg McNabb who has been with St. Therese for the last several years. Both Father Charles Kanai and Deacon Greg will also serve Immaculate Conception located in the Seattle Central District. While no changes in mass times are expected in the immediate future, changes may occur down the road since both Catholic Churches have the same mass schedule. In the interim, guest priests will assist to keep the current mass schedule.