Our History

The Catholic community in Puyallup began as a fledgling mission, with the first Mass being recorded as early as 1890, celebrated by Fr. John P. Rohlinger among five individuals in a family's home. In 1899, Rev. P.C.A. Winter purchased the church pictured on the left, which was situated on the corner of what is now known as 5th Avenue and 2nd Street Southwest. 

The congregation continued to grow so that the need for a new church became evident. In 1911 the current church building was built and consecrated, becoming the first brick veneer church in the Puyallup Valley. This church was expanded and remodeled in 1962 to double its capacity, and remains to be the church where we worship today. Since then, many changes have been made in and around the parish, but its history remains rich and continues to be written through us and by us, its church community.

Our church altar

The altar inside All Saints Church has a fascinating history, and was dedicated by Archbishop Etienne (pictured left and below) during Mass on January 21, 2024.

Interesting facts about the altar include:

  • The altar was intentionally made from wood to coincide with Jesus the carpenter.
  • The platform is at the same location of the high altar in the original 1911 church.
  • Its central placement within the building centralizes the altar within the assembly.
  • The octagon shape refers to eternal life (Jesus’s Resurrection on the 8th day).
  • The limestone flooring laid in a circular shape connotes the Communion Host.
  • The altar stone from the original high altar recalls early Christians celebrating Mass in the catacombs.

Pictures from church loft courtesy of Chris Bryant

Our windows: A stained glass story

A combination of vandalism, time, and wear and tear had done a number on All Saints Church's works of art several years ago. Specifically, one panel had been smashed by a rock, and two medallions needed to be repainted.

The original medallions, depicting the heads of Christ and Mary, were not created in the traditional manner but rather using a new, experimental technique of the time. That’s where Associated Crafts & Willet Hauser® stepped up to provide the artistry needed to repair the windows to their former glory.

Historic restoration covers projects where the windows need an extensive restoration that includes dismantling the panels, replacement of the lead, and replacement of damaged glass when necessary. In the case of the All Saints Church's window, re-leading was required, but the original glass was able to be preserved.

Once the panel was removed from the window and a rubbing of the section taken, the panel was disassembled from the old, brittle lead and properly cleaned. The section was then reassembled with the original glass using all-new lead and solder. It was then cemented on the interior and exterior surface, and a proper support bracing system was applied.

Cracked and broken glass found throughout the windows required replacement due to

the severity of the breaks. Maintaining the originality of the window is traditionally the highest priority but in some cases, replacing the glass is the only choice. Thankfully, Associated Crafts® & Willet Hauser have an extensive inventory of glass to use. This is especially useful when matching historic glass, as much of the glass Associated Crafts has dates back to WWII. Painted glass pieces were carefully duplicated by the studio’s skilled glass painters.

That wasn't all! During the course of inspection and work, another section (the millwork, or wooden framework holding windows in place) needed attention. Associated Crafts            re-cemented the exterior surface, scraping and re-puttying the millwork, and installing a glazing to protect the glass on all windows.

Thank you, Associated Crafts® & Willet Hauser!