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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. Thanks, in part, to the generosity of visitors like you, we are able to celebrate the Church’s liturgy here in a fitting and beautiful way. We are also able to offer a wide range of services to needy people living in the central district of our city.

OUR ELECT DURING LENT. At our 10:00am Mass you are seeing our newly Elect wear brown robes while attending Mass and other liturgies during Lent. This helps them to know, in a concrete way, that they have entered a new and significant stage in their final preparations for Easter. It also anticipates another change that will take place when they emerge from the baptismal waters at the Easter Vigil and change to white robes. Seek them out in our midst and, if possible, introduce yourself to them after Mass. Let them know you are praying for them and looking forward to Easter when they will join us at the Eucharistic table.

NEW!!! ST. PATRICK’S DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Save the date for our first annual pancake breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17, after the 10:00am and Noon Masses. The breakfast will benefit our own Solanus Casey Center, which provides essential services to homeless and low-income people in the downtown area. Breakfast will be $5. Be sure to wear your green!

LENTEN HOLY HOUR. Each Friday during Lent, we will have a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 12 Noon. Holy Hour, which includes the Liturgy of the Hours, meditations, and rosary, is the perfect midday retreat!

OPERATION RICE BOWL. Fostering Community Banking in the Dominican Republic. CRS Rice Bowl invites us to learn about the Dominican Republic this week, where CRS helps women form savings and lending communities that help them save money and access small loans for new businesses. Pray for these women who have the courage to start their own businesses, and make a contribution to your Rice Bowl to support people working to provide a better livelihood for their families. Learn more at www.crsricebowl.org.

DO YOU LOVE TO SING? You are invited to join a small festival choir which will sing at a Mass for those with Special Needs, Saturday, March 23, at 11:00am; Archbishop Sartain, presider. Rehearsal will be Monday, March 18, 6:00-7:30pm. Information, Music Office, 206-382-4874.

THE GOSPEL OF LUKE: GOOD NEWS FOR THE POOR. It’s not too late to join our parish Lenten series on the Gospel of Luke and its message of care for the poor. Presenters: Fr. James Eblen and Patty Bowman, Mondays during Lent, February 25 through March 25, 7:00 pm, Pastoral Outreach Center. Information, Patty Bowman, 382-4515.

LENTEN SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY continues on the Tuesdays of Lent up to and including March 19. We will read through and reflect on passages from the Book of Job. Meetings will take place in the Holy Names Room at the Pastoral Outreach Center, Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30. All are welcome. Information, John Marquez, 206-654-4646.

DONATE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN DINNER AND A SHOW. Donate to the St. James ESL Program by March 31 for your chance to win a dining gift card to FX McRory’s and a ticket for 2 to any show at the Unexpected Productions Theater in Pike Place Market. Suggested donation is $35. Four winners will be notified on April 5. Your donation will help St. James ESL continue to help low-income refugees and immigrants to learn English, become citizens and connect to community resources. Find out more at the ESL website. Information, Mali Main, 206-382-4511.

CATHEDRAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR RAINBOW SCHOOLS STUDENTS. Our parish has a scholarship fund to assist families in meeting the financial obligation involved in sending their elementary school age children to any one of the Rainbow Schools (Sts. George, Edward, Paul, Theresa, and Joseph). Applications are available for the 2013-2014 school year. Families are required to be registered in our parish, have Sacrificial Giving and Annual Catholic Appeal pledge cards on file (whether able to make a monetary pledge or not), and be active in the parish in some capacity. Applications are due by April 30. Information, TerryAnn Bowen, 206-382-2018.

LENTEN PRAYER PARTNERS FOR THE ELECT. Now is the time to “adopt” one of our Elect as they prepare to celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. You are asked to pray every day for him/her asking for God’s blessings and guidance. Also, notes and cards will be collected during Holy Week to be given to the Elect before Easter. Prayer Partner cards are available at the place of prayer located at the Baptismal Font where you can also learn more about each of them in our Book of the Elect. Prayer Partner cards are also located in the bookstore and in Cathedral Hall during Sunday morning hospitality. You can also meet our Elect on our parish website. Your prayers make a difference!!! Information, TerryAnn Bowen, 206-382-2018.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND/OR BECOMING CATHOLIC? You are invited to participate in the RCIA, a process of initiation into the Catholic community of faith. It is a process which encompasses the study of Scripture, Catholic teaching, and Christian values—the development and deepening of a life of prayer and action—all with the support and involvement of the parish community. You can learn more by going to the RCIA website. A new inquiry session will begin Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm in Cathedral Place, second floor. Information, TerryAnn Bowen, 206-382-2018.

ARE YOU A CATHOLIC WHO HAS BEEN AWAY FROM THE CHURCH? Our Welcome Back program provides a safe place, in the company of others who are also examining their faith, to ask questions about returning to regular church attendance, returning to the sacraments, and to learn about changes in the church. The sessions are offered on Mondays, April 8 through July 1, 7:00-9:00pm on 2nd floor Cathedral Place. Classes are offered without any obligation. Information, TerryAnn Bowen, 206-382-2018.

THE FIRE OF CHRIST’S LOVE. Rekindle your spirit by engaging in prayer with six lively saints as we prepare for Pentecost. The format of our sessions will be light and life-restoring, including both exploration and meditation. Open to all, come as you are, as often as you can. We will meet on six Tuesday mornings from April 9 through May 14, 10:30-Noon, 2nd floor Cathedral Place. Information, TerryAnn Bowen, 206-382-2018.

THE ST VINCENT DE PAUL conferences of St. James thank cathedral parishioners for their generous donations last month. During December we made 68 home visits to our low income neighbors. Your contributions allowed us to help 58 individuals and families pay their rent and stay safely in their homes. In addition, we prevented 5 utility shut-offs, provided food for 39 families, beds and furniture for 15 households, clothes for 14 people, state identification cards for 2 people, and transportation assistance for 3 individuals. Our priority is preventing homelessness. This makes your contributions go a long way. Helping our neighbors pay their rent is far cheaper than picking up the pieces after they lose their homes. Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society follow Jesus through service to those in need. Please consider joining our ministry to the poor among us. Information, Rob Millar 206-954-8902 or Tammy Bendix 206-595-9158.

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REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Connie Peterman.

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 remember in prayer the parishes of St. Joseph in Chehalis, Vancouver, Pe Ell, Ferndale, Issaquah, Elma, and Sequim; and the St. Joseph Mission in Kalama.

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