16. Our annual Mass for the Deceased Homeless of
Seattle concluded with the tolling of the Cathedral’s “Thomas” bell,
fifty-four times in memory of the fifty-four who died on the streets of
our city in the past year.
20. On the Solemnity of Christ the King, Father
Ryan asked in his homily: “Where
is the hungry Christ now? Where is the thirsty Christ now? Where is the
lonely and abandoned Christ now? ...He’s no longer in Gethsemane; he’s
no longer climbing the lonely road to Calvary. He’s here. In our midst.
And we must find him. Right here…!”
24. We gathered on Thanksgiving morning for a
beautiful Mass, during which all were invited forward at offertory time
to bring their gifts of food items for the poor.
27. On the First Sunday of Advent, in union with Catholics
throughout the English-speaking world, we prayed using the new
translation of the Roman Missal. Father Ryan
said: “Some of you, I know, are very happy with the new Missal, pleased
that its day of adoption has arrived. Others of you are undecided. You
haven’t seen or heard enough to make up your mind. Still others are not
happy at all and wonder why we are doing this, why we can’t keep on
praying the way we’ve been praying for the past 40 years. And then there
are those of you who came today without the slightest notion that
anything new was going to happen! So, we’re probably quite a mix. But
that’s OK. If you think of it for a moment, that’s pretty ‘Catholic!’ We
are the church, after all, that the great Irish poet and novelist, James
Joyce, once referred to as, ‘Here comes everybody!’”
3. People from across the Archdiocese of Seattle gathered for the
annual celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Madre de las Americas.
4. The Advent Bazaar offered Fair Trade gift
items in preparation for Christmas.
7. PEMCO spoiled the Cathedral Kitchen with a
special Christmas dinner for our guests. PEMCO employees not only
prepared the dinner, they also set the tables with poinsettias and
served our guests milk, coffee, and sparkling cider. The McDonald’s gift
cards packed into warm gloves were also very much appreciated by all.
10. We celebrated
the traditional Filipino Advent celebration.
18. Youth musicians, readers, and altar servers joined Father Ryan
for the beautiful candlelight service of
Readings and Carols.
25. From Father Ryan’s homily for Christmas Day:
“Christmas is not the end of our journey – it’s the beginning. Christmas
means that God is with us right in the midst of our often messy lives
and our troubled world, that God is accessible within whatever is
happening to us, not outside it. Christmas says that God holds us in our
weakness, even our sin, and gently embraces us in our pain and sorrow,
our confusion and our feelings of inadequacy.”
13. In conjunction with the concert on January 13-14, Parishioner
Elizabeth Winder curated a special art exhibit in the Cathedral Chapel,
of Prophecy. The exhibit featured works by five
contemporary artists known for addressing spiritual themes. The
works ranged from large-scale oils to intimate woodcuts and mixed media
13-14. We were privileged to host Pacific MusicWorks’ production
Carissimi Prophets, four short sacred dramas of the
17th century. They were beautifully staged with special lighting
15. Our generous parishioners contributed 2,735 pairs of socks to
our 2011 Advent Warm Hearts and Soles sock drive to
benefit the homeless in our city.
15. We celebrated the
(Holy Child Jesus) with a festive procession, blessing of images of the
Child Jesus, ad a huge fiesta in Cathedral Hall—all in spite of the
21. Archbishop Sartain presided at our annual Mass celebrating the
birthday of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, the Swahili community
made Archbishop Sartain an honorary chieftain in a colorful ceremony.
24. Father Ryan was invited to preach at the Countywide
Observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, held at
First A.M.E. Church in Seattle.
15. Many Cathedral parishioners made the trek down to Olympia for
Catholic Advocacy Day, an annual event in which
Catholics have the opportunity to meet their state representatives and
advocate on behalf of the poor.
23. At the Rite of Election, those preparing for
baptism at the great Easter Vigil were presented to the Archbishop and
recorded their names in the Book of the Elect.
Lent. Well over one hundred parishioners participated in this
year’s Lenten series, Keys to the Council, which
offered a whirlwind tour of the major documents of the Second Vatican
Council. One participant commented: “This series was a
wonderful gift, reminding us of just what a gift the council was—and
10. We were privileged to host a special exhibit of artworks by
15. Father Paul Janowiak, SJ, gave the inaugural
lecture in our Vatican II Lecture Series. He spoke about the
Council’s great document on the liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium.
More than 200 were in attendance.
25. In conjunction with a national convention of
St. James hosted an exhibit of works by three noted artists.
29. The Chrism Mass gathered hundreds for the blessing
of the oils to be used in sacramental celebrations throughout the coming
Palm Sunday marked the beginning of Holy Week, the greatest
week of the Church’s year.
Good Friday, Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA, preached the Seven
Last Words at the traditional Tre Ore Service.
7. Eleven adults were baptized at the great
8. A disturbing attack of vandals on the statue of the Blessed
Virgin Mary in the Cathedral Courtyard, as well as the Cathedral’s west
façade, could not dampen the joy and beauty of our celebration of the
18. Harry Hagopian, a world-renowned expert on
the Middle East and North Africa, gave a riveting presentation on the
30. Father James Eblen offered the second in our
series of lectures celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Second
Vatican Council. His subject was Dei Verbum, the Council’s
great document on divine revelation.