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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.

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

CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE. Easter cards are in stock! Stop by for a wide variety of cards for friends, family, or for our Elect! Please note that the Cathedral Bookstore will be closed March 30-31, Easter weekend.

PLACE OF PRAYER FOR OUR NEW HOLY FATHER. Stop by the shrine of Blessed John XXIII to pick up a prayer card and offer a prayer for our Holy Father Pope Francis.

NEW ON THE WEBSITE. Visit the parish website for Father Ryan’s homilies, photo albums of recent events, and up-to-date information on coming events at St. James Cathedral. Also: join the 1,415 people who follow us on Facebook!

PANCAKE BREAKFAST THANK YOU! A huge thank you to all who joined in the fun of last Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day Pancake Breakfast. Thanks to your incredibly generous support, we greatly surpassed our goal of 50 IDs. We raised $3,583, which will allow our Solanus Casey Center to provide 79 IDs to our neighbors in need. A special thanks to the many volunteers—chef, cooks, servers, decorators, dancers, hosts—who made this event possible. And save the date for the 2nd Annual breakfast: Sunday, March 16, 2014!

OPERATION RICE BOWL. 25% of contributions to CRS Rice Bowl remain in our own diocese, helping to support local poverty and hunger alleviation programs. This week, we pray for people in our own community who struggle with poverty and hunger. Give to your Rice Bowl to support programs that help the poor in our own community, as well as in communities around the world. Learn more at www.crsricebowl.org.

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.

ONLY 7 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 two 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.

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTION. Sunday, April 7, the Second Sunday of Easter, is Divine Mercy Sunday. Immediately following the 12 Noon Mass, a group of parishioners will lead a recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet for all who are able to stay. A reception will follow in Cathedral Hall. (Bring your rosary!)

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, 7-9pm on 2nd floor Cathedral Place. Information, TerryAnn Bowen, 206-382-2018.

THE FIRE OF CHRIST’S LOVE. Rekindle your spirit by engaging in prayer as we prepare to celebrate Pentecost. The format of our sessions will be light and liferestoring, 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.

SENIOR TRIP FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL. The first senior trip of 2013 will be Wednesday, April 10. We will visit the remarkable Museum of History and Industry at its beautiful new location on South Lake Union. Explore the history of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest with lively displays and interactive exhibits. Information, or to reserve a place, contact John Simpson, 206-274-3173.

CALLING ALL KNITTERS. Are you a knitter? Would you love to contribute your talents to help the homeless? We are organizing a group to partner with Warm for Winter, a program that collects hand-knitted hats and scarves to distribute to people living on the streets. Whether you’re an expert or a novice, join us! We will be offering lessons for those who’d like to learn to knit. Organizational meeting Monday, April 15, 6:30 pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Information, Patty Bowman, 206-382-4515.

SPRING BLOOD DRIVE. Save the Date for our annual spring Blood Drive, Tuesday, April 16. 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.

YOU KNOW THE CATHEDRAL OFFERS ESL, BUT DID YOU KNOW ESL & ADULT BASIC SKILLS CAN BENEFIT EVERYONE? Limited English proficiency is often the biggest obstacle keeping immigrants from securing better jobs and becoming more active community members. Providing ESL offers immigrants and refugees access to job training and higher education which leads to increased employment and home ownership rates and reduced healthcare and public assistance costs. Find out more about the need for ESL on page 3 of the report, “Why Immigrant Integration is Good for Everyone” at the Cathedral’s ESL website. Look for the link to the video where an El Salvadoran mother and a Tibetan yak herder talk about how learning English has changed their lives. Information, Christopher Koehler, 206-382-4511.

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.

THE LISTENING HEART. Cabrini Ministry Training is offering a 7 class session this spring called The Listening Heart that focuses completely on the skills of communication, deep listening and how to companion others who are facing life challenges. The Listening Heart is also perfect for anyone that wants to become an excellent listener in any situation and to be a more pastoral, compassionate presence. Classes are held at Cathedral Place on Tuesdays evenings, April 23-May 28 with one all day class on May 11. Tuition for the 21 hours of instruction is $400. Information and to apply, Lisa Dennison, Training Coordinator.

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REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Jess Hernandez, Elizabeth Bakken, and Isabelle Hupf.

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