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Dear Friends,

      “The place where you stand is holy ground.” Our beautiful Cathedral is holy ground because of you. We are part of a long procession stretching back well over one hundred years—a procession of people who have found comfort and challenge in this place. The sacraments we celebrate here—the joys and sorrows we offer to God—our loving service of one another in the name of Christ: these are what truly make this place “holy ground.”

         It is our giving makes possible so many of the good things that go on here in the Cathedral parish, week in and week out. Our giving allows us to reach out to one another and to the poorest in our midst with love and compassion. Through our giving, this holy ground becomes fruitful ground, as we build up the Body of Christ in our own place and time.

          The need around us is great, but as a family of faith, we are able to do so much more than we can as individuals. Together, we can celebrate in a powerful and fitting way the mysteries of our faith. We can reach out in the name of Christ to the homeless, the poor, the elderly, and the immigrant. And we can provide a refuge and a gathering place for the city in times of sorrow and rejoicing.

           I pray that this November, each one of us will experience the joy of Sacrificial Giving: of giving freely, giving back to God a small part of what he has given to us. Thank you for your prayerful and generous response and for all the ways you make this place holy ground!

Father Michael G. Ryan

 P.S.  This year, we are making an important change to online giving at St. James Cathedral. We are switching to a new provider, Our Sunday Visitor. Parishioners, look for an e-mail from Our Sunday Visitor inviting you to set up an account. If you do not receive the e-mail, you will still be able to set up an account by visiting https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/4303. Thank you!

Click here to visit Our Sunday Visitor and set up your account
Click here to read or listen to Michelle Maher's Sacrificial Giving Talk
Click here for the Annual Report to the Parish 2016-2017
Download the Direct Debit Authorization form

For more information on making a pledge for 2018, contact Maria Laughlin in the Stewardship and Development Office


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804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, Washington  98104
Phone 206.622.3559  Fax 206.622.5303