Fatted Calf Café
In the early Church, the Eucharist was in the context of a shared meal, and what was left over was shared with those who could not be present. This formed the idea for sharing a festive meal with the greater community and the birth of the Fatted Calf Café at St. Paul’s. The Fatted Calf Café opens on the last Tuesday of every month. The meals are a function of the imagination, time, talent and treasure.
Our guests, anyone from the community who wishes to come, are treated to a sit-down dinner where we share quality food and conversation. Each meal also features home-baked bread, baked by St. Paul’s parishioners. All are invited to help with prep, set-up, serving, clean-up or any of a number of areas for our monthly community meal).
The Art Heals Project
In partnership with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Karen Korn Project, and the John Leonard Adams Foundation, the Mental Health Chaplaincy (MHC) has introduced the newly named Art Heals open creativity space; a weekly program whose aim is to provide a place and time for creative activity alongside companioning relationships and respectful engagement with Seattle residents living in circumstances of mental illness, homelessness, and other forms of isolation. Join us on Tuesdays from 3pm-5:30 pm. On the last Tuesday of the month, we join with Fatted Calf Cafe for our monthly community meal.
St. Paul’s hosts an overnight women’s shelter in the parish hall seven days a week through SHARE/WHEEL. Click here to learn how to be a participant or contact SHARE/WHEEL at 206-448 7889.
We collect food each month to be taken to a local food bank. In addition to this, we routinely take excess food from events at the Church to local shelters who use the food for the meals they offer their residents. A donation basket can be found in the Parish Hall.
St. Paul’s has a commitment to the region’s HIV and AIDS community that goes back to the early days of the pandemic. Under Father Peter Moore in the 1980s, St. Paul’s was known throughout the city as the only faith community to first extend an olive branch of acknowledgment, compassion and welcome to people suffering from AIDS, their friends and family. Father Moore was known for his publicly declared invitation stating any friends or families who had lost a loved one to AIDS could hold their memorial service or funeral at St. Paul’s.
St. Paul’s parish was itself devastated by the loss of its own members to AIDS, and the parish continues to stand vigil in remembrance of those who died. A significant part of this honoring of our past, present and future is our active participation in the annual AIDS Walk.
We also are engaged in a host of other service activities: our coupon program for our homeless neighbors in which out parish office distributes coupons for food for those in need, the Seattle Metro discounted bus ticket program, volunteers in the city’s AIDS teams, and an emerging “yes” fund made up of contributions collected for compassionate projects out of the proceeds of our annual auction.