Parish History

A brief history of  Our Lady of Sorrows Parish: 

Before the church was built in the summer of 1925, mass was celebrated in a hall in North Bend, as well as in parishioners’ homes. It has been reported that every piece of wood for the church was hand selected by employees of the Weyerhaeuser mill. At the time, the head sawyer at the mill was a member of the parish and, as he sawed he sorted out pieces of wood for various parts of the church. The present rectory was built in the Fall of 1929 under the direction of Fr. Michael Rosol, the first pastor. There have been over 10 pastors after Father Rosol who served at Our Lady of Sorrows, including our current pastor, Father Duc Nguyen, who has been here since the summer of 2017. The Pastoral Council, various commissions and worship space renovation has been completed over the years. The number of parishioners in our parish continues to grow as the Snoqualmie Valley becomes home to many new families. Currently we have over 600 registered families, with new members being added every week.

There is one church, and one mission in our Parish: the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, located in Snoqualmie; and the “mission” church, St. Anthony’s Church in Carnation. Our Lady of Sorrows serves residents in North Bend, Snoqualmie, and Fall City and Upper Preston.

The “Parish Structure” is a Hierarchical Consultative one. In our parish is led by the Archdiocese of Seattle, which is the Church of Western Washington. (This area includes 137 parishes and 30 missions, and 9 stations).


There’s an old saying: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” In spiritual terms, courage is simply grace under pressure. Christians honor Mary for the courage she showed in all the painful circumstances of her life. People honor her as Our Lady of Sorrows.

Into Mary’s life came sadness, sorrow, and pain. And through the centuries, Christians have found inspiration in “The Seven Sorrows of Mary.” They call us to spiritual courage. The seven sorrows are:

  1. Simeon’s Prophecy. When Mary and Joseph presented their newborn infant to the priest in the Temple, Simeon said to Mary: “A sword of sorrow will pierce your soul.”
  2. The Flight into Egypt. The Holy Family became refugees, fleeing the wrath of King Herod.
  3. The Loss in the Temple. Jesus as a boy got separated from his parents and spent three days in the Temple.
  4. The carrying of the Cross. Mary experienced the pain and anguish when Mother and Son met on the way to Calvary.
  5. The Crucifixion. At the moment of Our Lords’ death, faith was in the heart of Mary standing at the foot of the Cross.
  6. The Taking Down from the Cross: As the body of Jesus was taken down, Mary stayed with Him.
  7. The Burial of Jesus: In burying her Son, Mary buried something of herself. Life had to go on, but it would never be the same again.