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April 14, 2013

Dear Friends,

“Don’t ask the questions if you’re unwilling to deal with the answers.” That’s good advice for just about everyone, and it’s especially good advice for a parish leader when it comes to conducting a survey. And, believe me, it was much on my mind when we decided to conduct a survey of one thousand parish households back in the fall of 2010. The survey was designed to gauge the strengths of our Cathedral parish as well as the areas where the needs of our parishioners were not being met. The results of the survey shaped our parish vision statement and have also guided our parish programs these last two years.

In the main, the survey told me and the Cathedral’s pastoral ministry team that people love this parish. They love the way we pray together, the way we welcome people, the way we teach about the faith, the way we reach out in loving service to the poor, and the way we advocate for justice. That was all very reassuring, to say the least.

But some of the questions we asked triggered responses that were quite challenging. I think, for instance, of the comments and complaints about the sound system in the Cathedral. We have been working hard to address those ever since, conducting a survey of your experience of the sound system last summer, which helped us to isolate problem areas. As you may have noticed, we have adjusted sound levels throughout the Cathedral, and replaced the ambo microphone. And we continue to explore ways to improve sound levels in all areas of the Cathedral.

I think also of the comments we received about community and community-building in the parish. We have undertaken some new efforts to address those concerns as well: launching a new Family Ministry in July, 2012, to provide greater support for our couples preparing for marriage as well as our families. In addition, programs like Camino Seattle and the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast have served as great community-building events.

Most challenging of all, however, were the comments regarding a perceived lack of outreach to our teenage parishioners or, to put it in a positive way, the hopes expressed by people that we would take significant steps to address the needs of our teenagers, a growing and dynamic part of our community. It’s not that we haven’t done things for our young people. In addition to the faith formation program, a good number of our teenagers are very engaged as altar servers, youth readers, Eucharistic Ministers, and as members of our two choirs for teenagers, Jubilate! and St. Edward’s Vocal Ensemble. And some have taken part in service opportunities like the summer Youth Migrant Program. But there are so many possibilities beyond those and, to be honest, we have not been able to address them.

Until now!

I can’t tell you how happy I am to announce that this June we are launching a new and exciting Youth Ministry Program. As director of the program, we are extremely blessed to be able hire our own parishioner, Joe Cotton, who for years has been something of an icon for youth ministry in this Archdiocese. Joe has been an outstanding leader in this area of ministry, serving ably and effectively as Youth Minister in parishes. He has also been heavily involved in juvenile detention ministry for the Archdiocese both as director and hands-on minister, and he has taught junior high students in one of our Catholic schools. But his long list of past involvements doesn’t tell the whole story. Joe is a wonderful young man with deep faith, excellent people-skills, and a strong commitment to serving the poor and advocating for justice. And he’s a Pied Piper when it comes to young people!

Speaking personally, this new moment in our life as a parish is a very fulfilling one. I feel that we are, in a sense, coming of age. Years ago, there was no need at St. James Cathedral for a youth minister because there were very few young people. No more. We have become a parish with large numbers of children and young people who come with their families to the Cathedral each week from all over the Puget Sound region. They are our future and it is only right that we should be looking for every way possible to involve them in the life of the parish and to let them know how important they are.

Let me return to where I began: I am glad we asked you the questions we did back in 2010, and I’m glad you were so honest in answering them. Now, thanks to your ongoing generous support, we are taking this step forward in faith, confident that God who has led us to this point will continue with us each step of the way into a very bright future!


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.

CREATION: ART IN THE CATHEDRAL CHAPEL. In conjunction with the series “Heaven and Earth Are Full of Your Glory,” we are honored to host a show in the Cathedral Chapel of works by local artists on the theme of God in creation, curated by our parishioner Elizabeth Winder. The show will continue through Friday, June 14. There will be a ten-minute guided tour of the works on display following the 10:00am and Sunday 5:30pm Masses TODAY. Just gather in the Chapel immediately after Mass.

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.

ARE YOU A CATHOLIC WHO HAS BEEN AWAY FROM THE CHURCH? It is not too late to join our Welcome Back program – 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 1st session was last Monday, but you can still join us Monday, April 15 from 7:00-9:00 pm and then each Monday through July 1 in Cathedral Place, 2nd floor. 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 in preparation for Pentecost. Come join us–our first gathering was wonderful! The format of our sessions is light and life-restoring, including both exploration and meditation. Open to all, come as you are, as often as you can. We will continue to meet on Tuesday mornings through May 14, 10:30-Noon, 2nd floor Cathedral Place. Information, TerryAnn Bowen, 206-382-2018.

EASTER BIBLE STUDY continues on Tuesday evenings through Tuesday, May 14. We will read and reflect on the Gospel stories of Jesus’ Resurrection appearances. Sessions will be held from 7:00 to 9:00pm, Holy Names Room, Pastoral Outreach Center. Information, John Marquez, 206-654-4646.

SPIRITUALITY ON TAP: JESUITS ON THE FRONTIER. The lives of Francis Xavier and Matteo Ricci give us some insights into the Jesuit missionaries and how they were able to maintain friendships across great distances. What were Francis Xavier’s successes and failures on his voyages and what inspired Matteo Ricci to write his book On Friendship? What does this tell us about their work as missionaries? Join other young adults for an evening of discussion on the lessons from those travels and a reflection on their applications to our own as we ourselves maintain friendships around the nation and world. Spirituality on Tap is hosted this month at St. Catherine of Siena Church (814 NE 85th St. Seattle) from 7:00pm-9:00pm on Thursday, April 18. Transportation from St. James to St. Catherine’s is available. Information, Caitlin Lanigan, 206-382-4235.

IN THE BEGINNING: THE SACREDNESS OF CREATION IN SCRIPTURE. Join us for an exploration of a Biblical view of creation in Genesis and the Gospel according to John. Presenters: Sr. Joyce Cox, Director of Ecumenical/Interreligious Dialogue for the Archdiocese of Seattle, and Catherine Punsalan, Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Seattle University. Monday, April 22, 7:00 pm, Pastoral Outreach Center. Information, Patty Bowman, 206-382-4515.

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, Lisa Dennison.

YOUNG ADULT SERVICE OPPORTUNITY. If you are a Young Adult (21-39) in the parish and are looking for a chance to meet other young adults while working for a great cause consider volunteering for “Stuff the Truck Sunday.” Following masses on April 27 and 28 our parish’s two St. Vincent de Paul Conferences are teaming up with the Young Adults of our parish to collect items such as bedding, clothing, kitchen items, books, and other household goods to be distributed to those in need in the greater community. Information, Caitlin Lanigan, 206-382-4235.

REACH OUT TO SOMEONE WITH HIV/AIDS. I was ill and you looked after me. (Mt 25:36) St. James partners with Rosehedge Multifaith Works to provide practical and emotional support to people living with HIV/AIDS or recovering from addiction. CareTeams consisting of 4-7 cathedral parishioners build supportive relationships with CarePartners, helping with simple tasks such as shopping, light cleaning and transportation to appointments. Orientation for new volunteers will be held Saturday, April 27 from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm at Rosehedge Multifaith Works, 1401 East Jefferson Street, Suite 401, Seattle. Information, Caitlin Lanigan, 206-382-4235.

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 (Saints George, Edward, Paul, Therese, and Joseph). Applications are now 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.

VATICAN II LECTURE. Mark your calendar for Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning, on Thursday, May 16 at 7:00pm in Cathedral Place Hall. Our speaker is Dr. Massimo Faggioli, one of the brightest young scholars working on the Council today. He will speak about the struggle to interpret the Council in past years, and what the election of Pope Francis might mean for the ongoing implementation of the Council’s teachings and decrees. Free and open to all!

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD’S BLESSINGS to the following children, baptized last Sunday at the 10:00am Mass: Nicholas Dean Zander, Calvin Easton Thomas, Isabella Marie Gutierrez, Natalia Alexis Blood, Alina Gabrielle Rice, Matthew Alejandro Lopez, Olivia Marie Rassilyer, Juliana Renee Mitchell, Julia Deanne Collier, Mackenzie Jane Walter, Simon Mathias Berger, Wellington Michael Wick, and Noelani Marie Meador-Levy. We welcome with great joy these newest members of the family of faith!

CONGRATULATIONS to Paul Erikson & Ivette DeRubens, married in the Cathedral on March 13; and to Christopher & Sonja Lavin, married in the Cathedral on April 3. Please pray for them as they mark this important step on their faith journey!

ADVOCATE FOR THE HOMELESS. The St. James Housing Advocacy Committee is looking for new members. We are a group of parishioners concerned about the large number of homeless people living on the streets of our city and the lack of affordable housing in our community. The group meets for monthly, attends advocacy opportunities at the city and state level, and maintains an action alert system to engage the larger St. James community in advocacy efforts. Information, Joseph Roberts, 206-940-9102.

CATHEDRAL KITCHEN THANK YOU. Our annual Spring Gala Dinner was prepared and served by our friends at PEMCO last Wednesday. With their generosity, we served pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, carrots, green salad and applesauce, as well as donated Macrina bread and rolls. To top off the beautiful meal we had a choice of chocolate or white cake. Thank you, PEMCO and Macrina!

SHELTER DONATIONS. We are in need of colored wash cloths and hand towels for our shelter guests. As always we are also in need of toiletries. We especially need razors, deodorant, and shaving cream. Drop donations off at Coffee Hour after masses or at the parish office Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

HELP FEED THE HUNGRY. Operation Nightwatch is an ecumenical Christian ministry providing hot meals and shelter referrals to 150-200 homeless people every night. St. James parishioners cook and serve dinner at the Nightwatch Center three times a month. Parishoners can get involved by volunteering to prepare and serve meals or by donating food items. We are especially in need of food donors right now. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Mary Nichols, 206-420-8788. Visit the Operation Nightwatch website to learn more.

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. We have just started a new inquiry session so it is the perfect time to join us on Wednesday at 7:00 pm in Cathedral Place, second floor. Information, TerryAnn Bowen, 206-382-2018.

IS HOSPITALITY YOUR GIFT, SOMETHING YOU ENJOY? We are looking for a “few good 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 6:00-9:30 PM. It is a great way to meet new people and support an important parish ministry. Information, TerryAnn Bowen, 206-382-2018.

PRAYERS TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES. The Order of Malta, a group dedicated to care for the sick, is making a pilgrimage to Lourdes this spring and would like to take the prayers of the Cathedral community along with them. Please stop by the Mary shrine today to write your intention on a prayer card and drop it in the box provided. Our intentions will be bundled and carried with them to France. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us, and for all the sick!

NEW IN THE CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE. Bishop Gordon Bennett’s Tre Ore homilies on the Seven Last Words are now available on CD. There are wonderful gifts for a child celebrating First Communion, including prayer books, rosaries, medals, and crosses. And we’ve just received a shipment of wonderful St. Francis statues for your garden.

A reminder about parking on Sundays for the Cathedral

We know that parking in this area is at a premium and we do our best to make it available to you.
In consideration of our neighbors, please note these important Do’s and Don’ts!

PLEASE DO park:

  • In the O’Dea High School lot.
  • In the Cabrini Tower Garage on Marion Street across from O’Dea High School for the Saturday 5:30 pm Mass and all Sunday Masses. The Cathedral pays for parking (and for official traffic officers from the Seattle Police Department) during these times, and you are encouraged to take advantage of it.
  • In the P-1 parking lot under the Chancery building at 9th and Marion.
  • In the Cherry and Terry Parking lot, in spaces 1-22.

Please DO NOT park:

  • In any parking spot marked with an orange cone.
  • In the lot adjacent to the Envoy Apartments on 9th Avenue, directly across from the Cathedral.
  • In the Blood Bank parking lot at the corner of Terry and Columbia.
  • In the Frye Museum parking lots on Terry Avenue.
  • In the parking places at the Pastoral Outreach Center.
  • In the spaces on Terry Avenue reserved for loading and unloading of the parish vans.

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. Mark in Shoreline and Our Lady of Good Counsel Mission in Eatonville.


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