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My name is Fr. James Northrop and I am a Roman Catholic priest serving within the Archdiocese of Seattle. I was ordained on June 7, 1997 by the late Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy.

I am currently the pastor of
St. Thomas parish in Tukwila and Our Lady of Lourdes in Seattle, WA. I arrived on July 1of 2017.
My past parish assignments were:
  • St. Michael Parish, Olympia WA (1997-2000)
  • Sacred Heart Parish, Enumclaw, WA (2000-2005)
  • St. Brendan Parish, Bothell, WA (2005-2017)
I am also the Spiritual Director for Western Washington Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Please take a few minutes to look around the website as I am constantly updating it. My hope is that it will give you a window into what a joy it is to serve the Lord as a Catholic priest.


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Recent Updates (Homily & Retreat Page Added - December 9, 2018)
Recent additions to the website.
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A videocast I produce to communicate, educate, and encourage members of my parish.
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Weekly podcast of my Sunday homilies.
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Random reflections, rantings, and ravings on the beauty of life in Christ.
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Retreats, Healing Masses, Education Events
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I send out a Daily Thought with the hopes of providing a word of encouragement for spiritual growth. You can subscribe by clicking here and can unsubscribe anytime.
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“Check out the Good Confession website to understand more the power and beauty of this Sacrament which gives us back again "the joy of salvation" (cf. Psalm 51:14). There are great resources to help you prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
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Submit a Prayer Request and I will include it in my daily prayers.

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

St. Catherine of Sienna

Background Music "The Sussex Carol" by Nightnoise from the Album A Winter's Solstice V

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2018 Palisades Silent Advent Retreat Resource Page Added
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