Watch our Livestream Sunday Mass 10:30 AM on our YouTube channel

All Catholics in the Archdiocese of Seattle are currently dispensed from attending Holy Mass in-person, until further notice. This especially applies to vulnerable populations and those that are ill.

At this time, attendance for Holy Mass is by RSVP only, by calling 360-458-3031 x5. We will call you back to confirm your Mass time and family count. Public Mass is contingent on planning, approval of our parish plan, and availability of volunteers. The earliest we plan to open is June 14; reservations must be made no later than Thursday 2 PM prior to the Sunday. 


Walk-in at St. Columban: Fridays 4-5 pm. Fr will continue receiving appointments by calling 360-458-3031 x6 to schedule.

Anointing of the Sick

By appointment: call 360-458-3031 x6.

Parish Office Hours

St. Columban Yelm: 360-458-3031 x5 (Spanish x8) or over email Hours 9am-2pm M-Th, or by appointment.

St. Peter Tenino office: TBA

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

For assistance by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul please leave you name, phone number, and details of your need to 360-458-1904. Please be patient as our St. Vincent volunteers check voicemails and assist others. 

Celebrating Holy Mass

Although the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still dispensed, we have received permission to have 50 people in the church at a time. In the spirit of humility and charity, we are asking everyone to work with us on the requirements necessary to reopen. This will be a challenging time for all of us, but all things are possible with the grace of God. 

The Archdiocese is allowing us to reopen, under the following requirements:

  • The Archbishop asks that all who are age 10 and up wear masks. All are encouraged to bring their own masks; if you forgot to bring one, they will be available. Exceptions are made  for those with health conditions that would be aggravated by wearing a face covering.
  • Holy Communion will be distributed following the Final Blessing, as you exit the Church; instructions will be given before Mass begins.
  • Physical distancing is required both in the church and in the parking lot, which means 6 feet of separation. The exception is only with one’s direct household family members. There will be signs, tape, and markers to aid us.
  • For cleaning and sanitizing purposes, we ask people to not congregate or socialize on church property following Mass.
  • A log will be kept of those who come, and you are encouraged to sign in. You are not absolutely required to give your personal information. It is important that you specify the number of people to reserve a space for them.
  • Sign-up sheets will be kept for two weeks in order to allow us to contact parishioners if someone gets COVID-19.

In order to allow as many people as possible while observing new guidelines, we are asking that individuals sign up each week for the Mass at which they will attend. Anyone attending Mass does so at their own risk. Those who are vulnerable are still encouraged to stay home and watch on our YouTube channel. Please stay home if you or your children are sick.

You may make a reservation for your family by calling us at 360-458-3031 extension 5, no later than 2 PM the preceding Thursday. We will call you back to confirm your reservation. If you leave a voicemail but do not get a call back, then please be patient as we attempt to get back to you. 

How to view Mass online or on TV/radio

Live streamed Mass: Click here to watch live-streaming Mass from St. Columban 10:30 AM ever y Sunday.
Other live streamed Mass sources:
ONLINE - Archbishop Etienne will stream Mass daily from St. James Cathedral: (Click here to watch over Facebook) (Click here to watch on Weekdays & Sunday 8:30am.
TELEVISION - EWTN (Comcast Xfinity Channel 233) 9:00 AM PDT everyday (Click here to watch online)
RADIO - Sacred Heart Radio (AM 1240 / FM 104.7 / AM 1050 / FM 100.3) 5 AM and 9 AM Every day

Financial Stewardship

Weekly Offering 

Our community parish still needs your support to fund religious education programs, maintenance, and charitable works! A big thank you to those that dropped in your offerings and made your online giving. May God reward your generosity. 

OPTION 1 - Sign-up for Online Giving (preferred)

OPTION 2 - You may mail your Offering Envelope (for both St. Columban & St. Peter) to our address: 506 First St. S // Yelm, WA 98597 (Regular postage required)

OPTION 3 - If you are able or live in town, please drop off your envelope at the St. Columban Parish office (Monday - Thursday 9:00AM to 2:00PM). You may also use the mailbox in front of the church; please make sure your donation is dropped in the top slot and NOT in "Outgoing mail."

Annual Catholic Appeal

Please give to the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal, which funds various ministries within the Archdiocese of Seattle. All contributions received in excess of our goal will come directly back to St. Columban or St. Peter as a rebate. This year’s rebate will go towards the completion of our prayer gardens. It is our hope that ALL of our parish families will participate. You may do so in one of three ways:

OPTION 1 - Give by phone. Call your donation into the Annual Catholic Appeal Office at 800-809-4921.

OPTION 2 - Give online. Click here to pledge, make payment on a pledge or set up a one-time gift.

OPTION 3 - Give by mail. Send a check or money order payable to “Annual Catholic Appeal” to: Annual Catholic Appeal / 710 9th Avenue / Seattle, WA 98104

Regardless of which option you choose, please specify "St. Columban - Yelm" or "St. Peter - Tenino" as your parish.

Please contact us at or call 360-458-3031 x3 for more information on becoming Catholic, preparing for Marriage, or registering your child or youth for Faith Formation, First Holy Communion, or Confirmation.

In-person Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation classes for Children (K-5) and Youth (6-12) preparing for First Holy Communion and Confirmation are currently suspended. Please contact us for do-at-home materials and links to online sources.

Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian's life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life.
-Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1210

Faith Formation

To register your child for please complete this form to register and turn-in to the parish office.

Children's Ministry - Kindergarten - 5th Grade & Sacramental Prep. 

Youth Ministry - Faith Formation for 6th-12 Grade & Confirmation Prep  More info here 

Adult Bible Study - Thurs. 9:00 AM (St. Peter Tenino),
Thurs. 6:30 PM (St. Columban, resumes Sept. 5) 

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)  Tuesday 6:30 PM. Please contact the office to inquire joining the Catholic Faith. All adults are welcome to attend classes to enrich their faith. 

Sunday mornings during Children's Ministry classes, join us in the Parish hall for a video presentation has insightful videos, kid-friendly cartoons, movies, and talks from well-known Catholic speakers, all accessible from the comfort of your own home. Access to parishioners is free: Register for FORMED here.

Teaching Safety class information


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Service Ministries


Winter Clothes Closet Monday-Thursday 6-8 PM, closed Dec. 25-26

Altar Society - Meets third Saturdays

Holy Communion to the Home-bound 
Contact us to schedule.

Knights of Columbus - Meets third Wednesdays 6PM

Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Meets third Thursdays. For emergency assistance please leave you name, number, and details of your need to (360) 458-1904.

Women's Club - Meets second Tuesdays


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Register as a Parishioner

Register online or call us at
Please fill out a downloadable registration form and turn-in to the parish office. Forms may also be emailed, however we may need to contact you to verify information.

Young Adults (Age 18-30s) Sign up to receive a weekly newsletter for Catholic Young Adults in the Archdiocese of Seattle:
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We are a Catholic faith community that seeks to place God first, to know him, and to grow in holiness together. We strive to live the Gospel through the Eucharist, in our teaching, and way of life.

The Roman Catholic Church in our area gathers together at both St. Columban Parish in Yelm and St. Peter Mission in Tenino to minister to the communities of McKenna, Nisqually, Rainier, Roy, Tenino, and Yelm in southeast Thurston and southwest Pierce counties. We are a parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.

Our community has grown since its origins at the former St. Margaret Mary Church in McKenna. Our current church is named for the Irish-born 6th century missionary to Europe Saint Columbanus.

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