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Friday, November 30, 2018

Notice of Unauthorized Ministry

The Archdiocese has received reports from some of our parishes that an archbishop and priest of the Missionaries of the Divine Mercy of the “Old Catholic Church” are in the greater Seattle area and plan to celebrate Masses and possibly confer sacraments.

Archbishop Fermin Rosas Garcia, from California, and Fr. Antonio (Tony) Mota, from Mexico, are clergy with the “Old Catholic Church,” which is not in communion with the Roman Catholic Church and not affiliated in any way with the Archdiocese of Seattle. Any Masses or sacraments they attempt to celebrate are not authorized or approved by the Archdiocese of Seattle.

It has been reported that Fr. Mota has already celebrated Mass in a private home in West Seattle. We understand that Archbishop Rosas Garcia and Fr. Mota intend to celebrate Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12 at the Mother of Mercy Chapel in Enumclaw, as well as possibly offer at that time Baptisms, Confirmations and First Communions. The Mother of Mercy Chapel is a private enterprise operated by one individual, Mr. Jim Meuchel, and is not authorized by the Archdiocese of Seattle, nor is it sponsored or approved by the Catholic Church. It has been the site of suspect activities, such as the display of “bleeding” hosts, which Mr. Meuchel claims to receive from an angel but which he has declined to authenticate. Any Masses or sacraments attempted at this site are neither authorized nor approved.

Archbishop Sartain urges all Roman Catholics not to participate in the activities of the Old Catholic Church or the Mother of Mercy Chapel but to seek spiritual nourishment from the celebration of the sacraments in their parishes.

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