26900 78th Ave NW, PO Box 1002, Stanwood WA 98292  |  360-629-3737

Papal Prayer for March  Universal:                                    Support for Persecuted Christians - That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 3:30pm

Fridays - Closed

Weekend Masses

Saturday Vigil Mass ~ 5pm
Sunday Masses ~ 9am & 11am

Daily Mass

Tuesday - Saturday ~ 9am
Every Friday

Eucharistic Adoration begins after the daily 9am Mass.
Benediction will be at 6pm with prayers starting at 5:45pm.


By appointment or
Friday ~     9:30am - 10:00am
Saturday ~ 9:30am - 10:00am
             or 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Sunday ~   8:15am - 8:45am

As Catholics we are called to take concrete measures to overcome the misunderstanding, ignorance, competition, and fear that stand in the way of genuinely welcoming the stranger in our midst and enjoying the communion that is our destiny as Children of God. Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity, A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops

Please see the updates we have posted on our website. Below is where you can find them.

Ministry Schedules


Our Parish ~       Who Is My Neighbor?
The Face of Poverty in Washington State


Upcoming Events


Upcoming Events



 Lent & Holy Week

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We are an active faith-filled parish located in Stanwood, Washington, in the Archdiocese of Seattle under Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. St. Cecilia is the only Washington parish staffed by the Order of the Discalced Carmelite Friars. The Carmelite charism of prayer and community provide an example and inspiration as our members strive to live the Gospel and move toward a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.

Through the Word, the Sacraments and love for one another, St. Cecilia Parish nourishes over 600 families and sustains over 40 different ministries that are centered on prayer and service to others - including the poor, the elderly, the homebound, Faith Formation for preschool through adult, and family programs.

Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you. God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whosoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices. ~ St. Teresa of Avila


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St. Cecilia's Parish Mission Statement

St. Cecilia Parish, a community of followers of Jesus, nourished by the Word of God and the Sacraments, is called to proclaim the Good News to the community, and to serve those in need. We strive to do this by listening, prayer and sharing.



If you have moved or changed any of your contact information, please let the Parish Office know about it; so we have the most current information.


Church Beautification Project Update:

Thank you to all who have supported our project with donations.  The response has been overwhelming.  As of this week, we have collected $150,283.00 toward our goal of $200,000.00, leaving a shortfall of $49,717.00. 

If you would like to contribute, please use the envelopes provided in the pews for this purpose.  If you make out a check to St. Cecilia Church, be sure to mark the memo “Church Beautification.”  If you wish to make a stock donation or transfer funds from an investment please ask your broker to call the office for the appropriate Tax I.D. number.


Fr. James D. Zakowicz, OCD, Pastor

Church Beautification Presentation

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Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross to be led by Brother James in the Meditation Gardens every Friday until Easter, at 2:30pm; come rain, shine...or snow. You are invited to check out the Lenten prayer books and meditation books for purchase at the Institute Book Store. 


Men and Women's Retreat's in March 


March 31 - April 2

“Salesian Women's Lenten Retreat”

Salesian Spirituality Retreat

Note: This retreat is centered around Salesian Spirituality. Please consider joining us during this retreat weekend if you are currently in a lay or religious Salesian order, or if you are interested in joining or learning more about the Salesians.

Led by: Fr. John Fisher, OSFS, Ed.D.

During this Lenten retreat, Fr. John Fisher will study the feminine voices in Salesian Spirituality. He will look at the writings of St. Jane de Chantal, St. Margaret Mary, St. Leonie Aviat, and also the Good Mother, Mary. Father will mention those who are currently writing about Salesian Spirituality.

After teaching more than 15 years in schools for boys and concentrating on St. Francis de Sales himself, Fr. John Fisher will now aim to study the female voices and discover another and different perspective to the Salesian spirit, with hopes of applying these studies to women in all vocations of life.

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April 4 - 6

“Annual PAA Gathering”

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle

*This event is now full! To have your name placed on the waiting list, contact us at: (206) 274-3123 or palisades@seattlearch.org

Led by: Archdiocese of Seattle, Parish Financial Services

This 2-day workshop is for Pastoral Assistants for Administration in the Archdiocese of Seattle. The workshop officially begins on Wednesday, April 5th at 9:00 am and concludes on Thursday, April 6th at 3:00 pm. Attendees are welcome to arrive the evening of Tuesday, April 4th to spend the night before the workshop begins (dinner will not be provided). All attendees will check in at the front office.


April 7 - 9

“Becoming a Joyful Disciple of Jesus Christ”

Young Adult Retreat, Ages 18-30

Led by: Fr. Burke Masters

Young adults, ages 18-30, please join us on Palm Sunday Weekend for an insightful retreat led by Fr. Burke Masters. Father will also be hearing confessions and celebrating Mass.

The goal for the retreat is to help young adults realize that they are loved by God beyond a shadow of a doubt.  In light of that love, we will look at our sinfulness and the roots of sin.  This is not to condemn us, but to let God heal our wounds.  Once we experience the healing balm of God in prayer and reconciliation, we will look at our call to holiness and evangelization.  We cannot outdo God in generosity, but I will dare the young adults to try to do so.

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April 10 - 12

“Holy Week Silent Retreat”

Men's & Women's Retreat

Special Notes: This is a weekday retreat, held Monday-Wednesday. Please note that this retreat will offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass only.

Led by: Fr. Caleb Insco, FSSP

Christ said, “Unless you do penance, you shall likewise perish.” Because we are fallen and weak creatures, we need to repent and show sorrow for our sins by alms-giving, fasting and prayer, which are the principle ways the Church teaches us how we do penance. By alms-giving, we detach ourselves from external and material things for the benefit of our neighbor in need. By fasting, we detach ourselves from both internal and bodily delights in order to put in check disordered feelings or passions. Since we are human, when we detach ourselves from something, or someone, we need to cling onto something, or someone else. When we detach ourselves from material things by alms-giving, we ought to then cling to God and rely upon Him. When we fast and leave the table a little hungry, we ought to go to God and express our love for Him and consider His insatiable desire for us to return our love for His.

The best expression of our love for God is indeed time spent in prayer. For who would say that so-and-so is our friend if we didn’t spend time together? And so you are invited to express your love for God in prayer for a few days with me at the Palisades. Since it is Holy Week, we will focus on the Holy Eucharist, Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. There will be Mass, time for personal reflection between conferences, Sacramental Confession, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The conferences will be heavily based upon the writings of the Fathers of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Francis De Sales. I hope you all have a fruitful Lenten season and, in your charity, please keep me in your prayers.   

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April 28 - 30

“Onward: The Surprising Ways of Grace”

Men's & Women's Silent Retreat

Led by: Jennifer Kelly, Fr. Mike Bayard, S.J.

Grace is readily apparent and welcome when it comes through the blessings of our lives: falling in love, a newborn child, beautiful sunsets, a healing. It can be harder to recognize the grace of God in a health trauma, loss or trial of some kind. Some experiences feel like they're pulling us downward, backward or under water when possibly, through the mysterious grace of God, we are in fact being pulled onward and forward into our deepest self and more abundant life.

From the horrific three days of Jesus’ passion and death followed by his quiet resurrection, his dear friends move onward into the surprising ways of grace. Join Fr. Mike Bayard and Jennifer Kelly in exploring this mysterious, often wonderful and sometimes awful grace of God that is always drawing us onward into the fullness of life.

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