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I want to call your attention to the pages in this weekend’s bulletin about a pilgrimage to Italy with the Cathedral Choir next Lent.
I look upon this pilgrimage as an invitation to beauty: beautiful places (Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi), beautiful music (who better to perform it than our wonderful Cathedral Choir?), and, of course, joining the pilgrimage will be some beautiful people from our parish.
How much beauty can you get? The combination should be unbeatable!
The opportunity to pray with fellow parishioners in some of the great churches and shrines of Italy will be a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Add to that, the opportunity to hear great music – some of it actually composed for those holy places -performed by the musicians of St. James Cathedral, and at the conclusion of the trip, the chance to share in a Wednesday Audience with Pope Francis, and you have the makings of a truly wonderful journey.
If you are in a position to make the pilgrimage, I encourage you to sign up.
And for those of you unable to do so, we plan to provide ways for you to be close to the pilgrims in prayer during those days of grace.
This will be a wonderful opportunity to grow in faith as a parish community. Please consider joining us! Andiamo!
P.S. The deadline to reserve a spot on the pilgrimage is June 30.
WELCOME! If you are a visitor to the Cathedral, we want you to know how welcome you are – whether you have come from another part of the country, from across the world, or simply from another parish here in the Archdiocese. For more information about the parish, to register, or to ask a question, visit our Sunday Help Desk at Coffee Hour. A Cathedral staff person will be on hand to assist you.
ON THE COVER Virgin & Child with Six Saints (detail). Neri di Bicci, ca. 1456. St. James Cathedral Chapel.
FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are a wonderful way to honor a special occasion or to remember a deceased loved one. We currently have openings throughout the summer, including Sundays, June 18, July 9, July 16, July 30, August 6, August 20, and August 27. If you would like to offer flowers, contact Jane Mueller, 206-654-4650.
“WELCOME BACK” REUNION. All those connected with the Cathedral “Welcome Back” program, including former participants or team members… you are invited to a reunion on Tuesday evening, May 23, from 7:00–9:00pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. RSVP to Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.
MASS OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION. All are welcome to attend the Episcopal Ordination of our new auxiliary bishop, the Most Rev. Daniel H. Mueggenborg. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 2:00pm. Seating is limited; no tickets are required. A reception follows in Cathedral Hall.
YOUTH MINISTRY IS LOOKING FOR DONATIONS. As we prepare for our trip to Nicaragua this July, we are asking for donations that we can bring with us for the children at NPH. Items can be dropped off in the parish office with a tag that says NPH. We’re especially looking for: ESL beginner level workbooks, 5th/6th grade level reading books in Spanish; board games, art supplies, sports equipment, a long jump rope, soccer balls, and outdoor/field games. Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082.
REPORT FROM ST VINCENT DE PAUL. Your SVdP donations made it possible for our Cathedral Vincentians to do 224 home visits during January-April and help 298 low (or no) income residents of St James parish who struggle to pay for life's necessities, such as rent, electricity, beds, food, clothes and basic hygiene products. Thank you for your generosity – every dollar helps! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.
NEW FIRST HILL SHELTER. The City of Seattle, Compass Housing Alliance and 1st Presbyterian Church will be partnering to provide a new enhanced shelter for 100 people starting this summer. There will be a community meeting at the shelter’s location, First Presbyterian Church (1013 – 8th Ave), on Monday, May 22 at 6:30pm to discuss the shelter. Come to learn more, and to get involved through service partnerships, meal service or preparation, basic needs drives, and more.
BE A CHANNEL OF GOD’S PEACE. The Cathedral is developing a program focused on promoting peace in our world that is so torn by violence. If you are interested in joining an inquiry group to explore how St. James can be a channel of peace, please come to Coffee Hour this Sunday, May 21, after the 10am Mass. Parishioner Paul Snow will be at the Welcome Desk to engage with you about promoting peace. If you are not able to come to Coffee Hour, please contact Hunt Hoffman, 206-382-4235.
SUMMER SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM SERIES. On the last Tuesday night of each month this summer, St. James Social Outreach and Advocacy invites you to a free movie, touching on issues relevant to us today. Be sure to mark your calendars: June 27: Racing Extinction (sponsored by the Care for Creation committee); July 25: Under the Bridge, sponsored by the Housing Advocacy Committee; August 29: The Namesake, sponsored by St. James Immigrant Assistance. All films will be at 7:00pm in the Holy Names Room, Pastoral Outreach Center.
DUO ORGAN STUDENT RECITAL. On Tuesday, May 30 at 7:30pm, join organists Samuel Libra and Wyatt Smith in their student recital at St. James Cathedral, performing works for four hands and four feet. This recital is free, and no passes are required.
ARE YOU AN ARTIST? Might you have supplies you would be willing to donate to the Art of Faith camp? We are in need of drawing pencils, pens and ink, charcoal, art paper and framing supplies. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.
PARISH REMEMBRANCE: Throughout the year, because we are the Cathedral Church, we remember in prayer at Mass and Vespers each of the parishes and missions of the Archdiocese of Seattle on a Sunday near their feast day. This week we pray for the parishes of Holy Trinity in Bremerton and St. Madeline Sophie in Bellevue.