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

Papal Prayer for August   Universal:                                  Artists:                                      That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of cremation.

Summer Office Hours ~ 


Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 12:30pm

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
and            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

Vacation Bible School ~ Faith Formation



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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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Thank You Letter from       Bishop Sabino Odoki  ~                Diocese of Arua


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.



Cardinal Ratzinger On Liturgical Music

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Is it weird that Catholics venerate relics?

Here's why we do

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A program to Help Couples Heal and Renew their Marriages.

  • Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage?
  • Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse?
  • Are you constantly fighting? Or, do you simply shut down?
  • Have you thought about separation or divorce?
  • Does talking about it only make it worse?

 ... Retrouvaille provides marriage help!

 For Program Dates & Locations click here



Any parishioner wishing to serve on committees or Faith Formation, Vacation Bible School, be a "counter" with parish collections, or almost anything with the church, please register for our upcoming Safe Environment Program (SEP) that will be held August 9th (Wednesday) from 6-9pm in the Parish Hall. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Parish Office for answers at 360-629-3737.

Fr. James Information

Rev. James D. Zakowicz, OCD

Carmelite House of Prayer​

P.O. Box 347

20 Mount Carmel Drive

Oakville, Ca 94562



A Farewell Letter from Father James


In his book Vintage of Grace: The Discalced Carmelite Friars in California 1923 to 1982, Fr. Edward Leahy, O.C.D. chronicles the building up of the California-Arizona Province of St. Joseph from its humble beginnings as a far-flung group of friars from Spain and Ireland.  In speaking of the building boom of the 1950’s he opines, “…it seems a modest claim to affirm the cause of the Church has been faithfully served and that the Carmelites of Alhambra have not been unprofitable servants.”  He calls our work a “pilgrimage of devoted achievement.”

“But like any authentic pilgrimage the journey ahead is punctuated successively by delays and advances, the calm of fair weather alternating with turbulence and clouded skies, the touch of greatness in the pilgrims themselves mingled with moments of mediocrity and letdown, the record of joyous exuberance on the part of grateful parishioners contrasting with the anonymous, fault-finding letters of a disgruntled and pusillanimous few – all of these blending somehow into the larger tapestry called the human condition.”

The more things change the more they stay the same!  As I move on to the Carmelite House of Prayer in Oakville to literally build up the house I experience, once again, feelings common to religious of all eras.  Being uprooted from this place and the people who have become like family is not easy but it is part of the life of a mendicant friar.  Being your pastor has, on the whole, been a pleasure.  I echo Msgr. James O’Reilly of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles:

“The Priest is one to whom his people come at those junctions of life when they come face to face with the unsolvable, those moments when they meet with the limits of creaturely power, when they experience the darkness or have intimations of mortality.  At such moments people have need to draw near to one who, while able like other men to swim in the waters of life and stay afloat in them, is not averse to drowning graciously in them, able to be overcome.  People need one who has entered deeply into the Paschal Mystery of Jesus, rejoicing in life but at ease with death.”

I am deeply grateful to those of you who have opened your hearts and homes to me.  You have shown me inspiring glimpses of holiness.  May the friars who come in the future find that same love and support in their “pilgrimage of devoted achievement.”  As my pilgrimage continues, Fr. Edward’s words bring a sense of peace:

“What will the future be like?  This only we know – that it is safe in God’s hands.  May we be allowed to hope that a new generation of Carmelites, drawn by St. Thérèse from her own Parish, will be inspired to join the pilgrimage and lead it on to new horizons of achievement, shaping the features of Carmel-to-come in California [and Washington].”

Please pray for vocations to our order as I pray for you in your respective vocations.  I leave you with the words of St. Paul to the Christian community in Ephesus: 

Make every effort to preserve the unity which has the Spirit as its origin and peace as its binding force. There is but one body and one Spirit, just as there is but one hope given all of you by your call. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all, and works through all, and is in all (Eph. 4:3-6).

Fr. James Zakowicz, O.C.D.















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