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

The Pope's Monthly Intentions for June 2020:                              The Way of the Heart
We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.


Please Note:                                    Church hours for prayer will be    8:30am -  12:30pm                  Monday thru Sunday

Please stay healthy and safe and  practice the Safe Distancing Guidelines put in place by the Archdiocese. You can read the Archbishop and the Bishop's letters from the links placed on this page.

Winter & Spring              Office Hours ~             

Winter Hours ~                              Begin September 3rd

Summer Hours ~                        Begin June 1st

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

Fridays - Closed

Weekend Mass Hours ~

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

Daily Mass Hours ~               

Tuesday - Saturday ~ 9am

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

Reconciliation ~

By appointment or

Tuesday ~ 9:30am - 10:00am                Friday     ~ 9:30am - 10:00am              Saturday ~ 3:30pm - 4:45pm              Sunday   ~ 8:00am - 8:45am

No Confessions ~                            TBD                     

No Mass ~                                        Until Further Notice                                                            

No Adoration/Benediction  ~            Until Further Notice    




Carmelite Institute of Spirituality

                  27004 78th Ave NW                   Stanwood, WA 98292


Br. Mark Moran, OCD ~ Director

mtcarmel.nw1@gmail.com www.carmeliteinstituteofspirituality.com

Carmelite Book Store & Gift Shop

Hours ~

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 

10am - 12:30pm

Please call for Saturday hours

To watch the Archdiocese Witness Talk Videos CLICK HERE




Parish Office is temporarily closed to the public. If you need to contact the parish office please call our main phone number: 


or email:


Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

28 May 2020


Dear Parishioners,

I am writing to update the parish on the possible reopening for celebration of public Masses and for other sacraments. As I mentioned in my last letter, the Archdiocese of Seattle in conjunction with the other two dioceses in Washington State issued a set of extensive guidelines that parishes must follow for reopening churches for public celebration of sacraments. We still do not have a date or timeline when public celebration of the sacraments will begin in the Archdiocese of Seattle. It is clear that once reopening becomes a possibility, not all parishes will be reopening at the same rate. Reopening is dependent on the phase in which each county is in when a timeline is made public. As of now, Snohomish County is in phase one which does not allow for public gatherings of people. This remains true for the Catholic Church despite the Governor’s announcement on May 27, 2020, which allows for outdoor worship services of up to 100 people. The Archdiocese regulation as explained in the letter dated May 27, 2020 is this: “Although Governor Inslee included “drive-in spiritual services” in his Phase 1 reopening plans for Washington, the Archdiocese of Seattle will not be celebrating any drive-in Mass at this time. This guidance does not allow people to get out of their cars or to receive Communion.” This means that in the Archdiocese of Seattle, public outdoor celebration of the Mass is prohibited at this time.

Now I want to explain some of the new regulations that will be in place once reopening of parishes is possible. Here are some of regulations we will be implementing once we have a timeline to reopen:

  • Those parishioners who attend Mass must sit in the Church building inside the glass doors. No one will be permitted to sit in the gathering space (cry room).
  • Masks are encouraged, but not mandated
  • Parishioners will have to register for Mass and will be assigned to a Mass
  • Names and contact information will be collected and kept for a 30-day period in case a parishioner attending Mass shows signs of Covid-19
  • Sanitation stations will be at the entrance and exit of the Church building, and throughout the parish campus
  • During the celebration of Mass there will be no singing by the congregation
  • Holy Communion will be distributed after the conclusion of the Mass by the Priest one pew at a time so a 6 ft distance can be maintained in the communion line
  • Parishioners must sit 6 ft apart in the pew; the exception is immediate family who can sit together.
  • The Church building, bathrooms, hall, gathering area, family seating area (cry room) will all be sanitized after each celebration of the Mass.

These are only a few of the regulations that will be implementing once we are able to begin the process to reopen the parish for the public celebration of the Mass. The parish staff and I are working on a plan that will be implemented here at St. Cecilia’s once we are able to open. This plan will be submitted to the dean for his approval and then to the Archdiocese for its approval. We will keep you updated as we continue down the road to reopening the parish for the public celebration of the Mass.

One of the integral parts of our local reopening plan is obtaining a raw number of parishioners who want to begin attending Mass once we are able to reopen. To obtain this raw number please find attached survey which I ask each parishioner to fill-out and return to the parish office, so we can begin the planning for our possible reopening. I would like to have a plan approved sooner rather than later, so we are ready to reopen once we are given the green light to do so.

Please, if you have any questions contact the parish office at 360-629-3737. Also, please be assured of my continue prayers during this time.

God Bless,

Fr. Raymond Bueno, OCD

COVID - 19 Survey

Thank you for participating in this confidential survey. This survey includes several questions about your current feelings about returning to regular church activities when local government and the Archdiocese of Seattle lifts its ban on public gatherings. Please click here

Updates from the Archdiocese

Video from Archbishop Etienne

"Welcome Back to Mass"

As COVID-19 restrictions begin easing in the state, Catholics in Western Washington should remain patient, stay vigilant and keep their focus on Jesus while awaiting the return of public Masses, Archbishop Paul D. Etienne said in a May 29th video message.

“Please keep the Lord a priority,” the archbishop said. “Please consciously be aware of his presence and how he is sustaining us during these days."

Mass livestream with Archbishop Etienne

Archbishop Paul D. Etienne will be livestreaming Mass, Sundays at 10 a.m. on the   Archdiocese of Seattle Facebook page

Mass: Pope Francis’ morning Mass will be broadcast live. You can view it in real time and find English narrations at 7:00am Central Eastern Time on www.vaticannews.va.

   If you would like to watch a Mass on television please refer to EWTN Global                                                Catholic Television Network                           please check with your local provider for channel information

                                                 For daily readings and updates please visit                                                                 http://nwcatholic.org/ or http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/Default.aspx                                                                 For St. James Cathedral for spiritual information and                                                                               activity ideas to do with children on their "Kids Page"                                         http://www.stjames-cathedral.org/narthex.aspx

We are an active faith-filled parish located in Stanwood, Washington, in the Archdiocese of Seattle under Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, D.D., S.T.L. 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.

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











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