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Tax Identity Fraud Response from the Archdiocese

March 18, 2014-to be updated

This information is provided for employees and volunteers responding to inquiries about tax identity fraud.

The archdiocese is deeply concerned about reports that employees and volunteers have become victims of a national tax identity fraud and recognize how difficult this situation can be for everyone.

Actions taken to date

After learning of the problem, the archdiocese:

Ministry to the Forgotten

By Jim Haley

For nearly a decade and a half, Chuck Olson trekked once a month to the Monroe prison complex to visit inmates who were nearing the ends of their sentences.

That was the genesis of a more recent program that would start Chuck and several of his grown children on a mission to give released prisoners a fighting chance to become productive citizens with gainful employment.

Pastor's Weekly Letter 4-20-2014: The Pastor Returns With Thanks

Easter Sunday

Dear Parishioners:

As we celebrate the great feast of Christianity, our belief that Christ rose from the dead, the day provides all of us with renewed hope. The people of Israel had endured a great deal in their lives. Christ’s message offered them hope for the future. However, when they witnessed his death, that hope was shattered. When he rose from the dead and appeared to the disciples and the others, they found hope once again.

ID Theft: The IRS Collects Evidence

By John Russell

In the wake of the tax fraud resulting from the theft of social security numbers of employees and volunteers in the Archdiocese, the IRS had seven agents at the gathering on April 2 in the Church, interviewing victims and collecting Identity Theft Victim Interview forms. They were also interested in other evidence, such as refund checks or prepaid debit cards not due to the taxpayers who received them or IRS letters or bank inquiries to individuals who do not reside at the address where they were received.

Pastor's Weekly Letter 4-13-2014: Meditations on the Passion

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners:

This Holy week we hear the passion account of Matthew on Sunday and the passion account of John on Friday. They are wonderful accounts with crowd scenes, villains and heroes, graphic details, terrible betrayals, and first rate drama. Most of all I wouldn’t want to miss a bit of it. I trust that you will be likewise drawn into the reading of the events both to wonder and pray as I am.

Pastor's Weekly Letter 4-6-2014: The Power of God to Raise Us Up

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners:

Evidently, some faith struggles don’t change much, whether in our day or the time of Jesus.

Raising a dead person back to life seemed impossible to those around Jesus. His apostles were puzzled that he delayed his arrival at Lazarus’ home, and then expressed concern about walking into danger outside Jerusalem if Lazarus were truly dead. Later, at Bethany, people in the crowd said, “Could the one who opened the eyes of the blind not have done something?”

Oso Relief

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington is accepting donations to assist with the Oso mudslide relief effort. Those who would like to donate should visit Oso Relief.

Donations will be forwarded by CCS to Father Tim Sauer, Pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, Darrington and Immaculate Conception Parish, Arlington. These parishes will be providing direct assistance to people in Oso and the surrounding communities.

Those who would prefer to donate by check can mail them to:

Catholic Community Services
Attn: Oso Mudslide
100 23rd Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98144-2312

Please make checks payable to “Catholic Community Services” and write “Oso Mudslide” in the memo line.

Pastor's Weekly Letter 3-30-2014: The Blind See But the Seeing Do Not

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners:

In today’s Gospel Jesus declares, “I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.” This saying is in line with the Lord’s pointing out to Samuel in today’s first reading that he was choosing David and not Jesse’s other sons because, “Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart.”

Meeting on Tax Fraud

The Archdiocese of Seattle and the Internal Revenue Service will hold a meeting at Holy Rosary in the Church on Thursdy, April 3rd at 7:00 PM to discuss the tax scam and take questions on what can be done. I urge you to attend.

Those of you who are victims of tax fraud, please to go to www.seattlearchdiocese.org and complete the Identity Theft Victim Form, print it and bring it to the meeting.  The agents will be collecting them there.  Forms will also be available at the meeting.   This form DOES NOT replace the steps that should be taken if you suspect you have been a victim.   If you have received any suspicious mail, unsolicited debit or credit cards, or have any questionable documents, please bring them as well so the IRS can determine if your documents are relevant to their investigation.  

Finally, if you are a victim of tax fraud, please send an e-mail with your name, address, parish, a description of your situation, and whether you are or have been an employee or volunteer to taxinformation@seattlearch.org.  

Fr. Haydock

Pastor's Weekly Letter 3-23-2014

Third Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners:

The three readings this weekend speak of thirst, both physical and spiritual as well as what we “drink” to satisfy that thirst. In Exodus the issue is physical thirst. The people grumbled and complained to Moses who did as directed by God and found water for the people. Paul in Romans declared that “hope does not disappoint,” hope in God, that is. In fact, when we hope in God, “...the love of God is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.” We come to realize first hand that God has proven his love for us.