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March 17, 2013

Dear Friends,

In my homily last Sunday, I invited you to join me in praying that we would be given a Pope who would “lead us to new places.” It would appear that our prayer has been answered!

“New” seems to be the word of the moment, doesn’t it! Our new Pope comes from “the new world” – from South America; he has chosen a brand new name, Francis; he belongs to a religious order, the Society of Jesus, that is entirely new when it comes to the chair of Peter. And, when he appeared on the great balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica after his election – new in appearance without all the formal papal trappings and with a simple, down-to-earth message for the people of his new diocese and for the world – he gave us reason to believe that his election would signal the “new Pentecost” that Pope John XXIII prayed for more than fifty years ago when he called the Second Vatican Council.

It is too early, of course, to try to predict what new things Pope Francis might do, or what new horizons he may be willing to explore in the days and years to come. But even now, I sense that the list of “new things” I mentioned above will grow in the days to come. And I take a good deal of encouragement from the strong commitment to the poor and marginalized that our new Pope has evidenced throughout his years as bishop – a commitment that has gone far beyond words and has come to life in a simple, humble lifestyle worthy of St. Francis of Assisi.

This weekend and in the days ahead, let us give thanks to God for giving us this new and promising moment in the unfolding history of our Church. And let us commit ourselves to praying daily for Pope Francis as he assumes his awesome responsibilities as bishop of Rome and universal pastor.

Father Michael G. Ryan
Cathedral Pastor

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.

TODAY!!! ST. PATRICK’S DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Today is our first annual pancake breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day, 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. The suggested donation is $5. We are also raffling off some fun St. Patrick’s Day gifts. Be sure to stop by for this fun parish event!

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.

PALM SUNDAY AND EASTER SUNDAY COFFEE HOURS. Please note that on Palm Sunday, March 24, there will be no Coffee Hour following the 10:00am mass. Also Easter Sunday, March 31 we will not be hosting Coffee Hour after any masses.

OPERATION RICE BOWL. Drinking Clean Water in Pakistan. This week we focus our prayers, fasting and almsgiving on Pakistan, where poor communities often do not have access to clean water. CRS helps communities build water pumps so they can have clean water nearby for use at home and on their farms. This week, consider fasting from all beverages except for water, and donate what you saved to your Rice Bowl. 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.

ONLY 14 DAYS LEFT TO DONATE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN DINNER & A SHOW. Make your donation to the St. James ESL Program by March 31 and you could be one of four winners to receive 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 gift helps low-income refugees and immigrants to learn English, become citizens and connect to community resources. Donate by mail or online. Find out more at the ESL website. Information, Mali Main, 206-382-4511.

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.

SPRING BLOOD DRIVE. Save the Date for our annual spring Blood Drive, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. This spring’s blood drive is in memory of Frank Robl, a founding member of the Cathedral’s Health and Healing Ministry, who died in January after a long battle with cancer. Sign ups will be at coffee hours on April 7 and April 14. Information, John Simpson, 206-274-3173.

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.

IS HOSPITALITY YOUR GIFT, SOMETHING YOU ENJOY? We are looking for a people to assist in setting up, greeting participants, and putting things away for our weekly RCIA gathering. The time commitment is once a month from 6:00-9:30pm. It is a great way to meet new people and support an important parish ministry. 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.

LOOKING FOR A DIVINE DESSERT? The latest ESL Cookbook has nearly 100 delicious dessert recipes from around the world! Recipes include Fr. Ryan’s favorite dessert, two types of baklava, Tarta de Santiago, and Irish Cream. Available for $20 each. Buy your copy at the bookstore or online. Proceeds go toward helping refugees and immigrants to learn English and become citizens. Information, Christopher J. Koehler, 206-382-4511.

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 CATHEDRAL KITCHEN has been blessed again with a special meal. Last Wednesday, 150 of our guests were spoiled by the Macrina Bakery. They provided us a delicious meal of spaghetti and meatballs, a beautiful green salad with cranberries and walnuts, garlic bread and chocolate cake and ice cream! How could it get any better? Thank you, Macrina!

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Ralph Bruno and Jose Bañez.

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. Patrick in Seattle and Tacoma, and St. Patrick Mission in Dockton.

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