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August 4, 2013

Dear Friends,

Last week’s wonderful celebration of the feast of St. James is already disappearing in the rearview mirror. Before it entirely fades, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard to make the liturgies so beautiful and the picnic so enjoyable. As you might imagine, it takes a whole lot of planning and a huge number of generous volunteers to make a celebration like that happen. To each of you who contributed in any way to that wonderful event, a heartfelt word of thanks.

Thanks, too, to all of you who took time to fill out those little anniversary cards for me last Sunday. Reading them was both rewarding and challenging (‘how can I ever live up to such generous accolades?’ I found myself thinking, and the answer is, ‘I can’t!’). More than anything, however, your thoughtful messages made me even more aware than usual of how blessed I am to serve as your pastor. And, don’t worry, it’s not going to be another 25 years (!), although, God willing, we still have some more miles to travel together.

I am happy to be able to announce that we have not only met our Annual Catholic Appeal goal, we have exceeded it! If you were following the bulletin, you know that it seemed touch-and-go for a while, but thanks to the generosity of 869 of you, and to the extraordinary generosity of several of you who made a second pledge, we more than cleared the goalpost. God is good. So are you!

It has been quite an exceptional summer, hasn’t it! I hope that with the beautiful weather have come some opportunities for relaxation and renewal. And, thankfully, there’s still a month to go. Enjoy!

Father Michael G. Ryan
Cathedral Pastor

WELCOME, SUMMER VISITORS! St. James Cathedral is proud to welcome visitors from near and far throughout the summer months. Each week a drawing for a special Cathedral gift will be made from among all the visitor envelopes used. Please write your address on the visitor envelope provided in the pew and drop it with your offering into the collection basket. Thank you for adding to the power of our prayer by your presence in our midst today. Last week, we had visitors from Placerville, CA; Teaneck, NJ; Commerce Township, MI, and many other places. The winner of our drawing was from Coon Rapids, MN.

CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE. Stop by the Cathedral Bookstore after Mass for a wide selection of Cathedral souvenirs, books, rosaries, medals, and much more! A new supply of McVan rosaries and medals is in, as well as Bibles, books on the Camino, and much more.

SUMMER CHOIR: SUNDAYS OF AUGUST AT 12:00 NOON MASS. Come one, come all, everyone is welcome to sing! Trained or untrained; young or very young; old or very old, or somewhere in the middle. You are needed and wanted if you sing like an angel or if you ‘think’ you don’t sing at all, if you sing in tune or in some other tune, if you sing high or low or sort of in one-place—join us starting August 4! Rehearsals in the Choir Room, Sundays of August at 11:15 am. Information, 206-382-4874.

EVER WONDER ABOUT THE PICTURE IS THAT IS CARRIED IN AT THE BEGINNING OF MASS? Learn all about it during the “Summer Icon Series” which begins today. Meet in the Chapel for after the 10:00am or Noon Masses. This week we will explore the Icon of the Transfiguration, next week the Icon of the Assumption. Each talk will be 10 minutes long. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

ARE YOU A TEACHER? Archbishop J. Peter Sartain will honor, recognize and bless Catholics who teach at local public and non-Catholic private schools, colleges and universities as witnesses of the faith. Teachers, staff and their families are invited to attend the Vigil Mass at 5:30 pm on Saturday, August 24, 2013. Information, Corinna Laughlin.

ARE YOU A YOUNG ADULT IN YOUR 20s OR 30s? We are a community of Cathedral Young Adults who gather for spirituality, social, and service events. We’d love to have you join us! Information, Caitlin Lanigan, 206-382-4235.

HUNTHAUSEN GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITING THE CATHEDRAL KITCHEN. Save the date for this year’s tournament, Monday, September 16, 2013 at Newcastle Golf and Country Club. We are currently collecting items for our silent auction and raffle! Event tickets (opera, symphony, football and baseball games), dinner gift certificates, and bottles of wine are especially welcome. If you have something you’d like to share, contact Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284. To register for golf or dinner, visit Hunthausen Golf Tournament website.

MENTAL HEALTH MINISTRY. Do you know someone who is socially isolated, losing contact with friends and family, or who is hospitalized in a psychiatric facility and would appreciate a visit or a supportive note from St. James MHM? Interested in learning more about the Mental Health Ministry or becoming a MHM volunteer? Information, Nancy Granger, RN, MSN 206-382-4269.

THE NEXT SENIOR TRIP. Wednesday, August 14, will take us to an elevation of 6,400 feet, where Sunrise National Park is the highest point that can be reached by vehicle! View mountain meadows abounding with wildflowers and breathtaking views of Mount Rainier, Emmons glacier, and a nearly 360-degree view of the surrounding valleys and other volcanoes in the Cascade Range. Space is limited and priority will be given to registered parishioners! Information, or to reserve your place, John Simpson, Pastoral Care Minister, at 206-274-3173.

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE! As Catholics, we are called to be good stewards of God’s creation. Tend the earth by reducing, reusing, and recycling! The Cathedral now has three options for waste: composting (green bins), recycling (blue bins), and trash/landfill (brown, beige, black, or gray bins). Be mindful when tossing any item, and use the appropriate receptacles. Thank you!

CATHEDRAL CHOIR AUDITIONS for next year are happening this summer. Information, Stacey Sunde, 206-382-4874.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY. Interested in serving your neighbor? Please join us on Thursday, August 8 from 2-7pm at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market. We will staff a booth for the Queen Anne Food Bank, helping to garner support for the food bank and also glean leftover food from other market vendors. Are you in?

Information, Joe Cotton, Cathedral Youth Minister, 206-264-2082.


MUSICAL TEEN-AGE GUYS NEEDED to share their musical talent in the liturgy at St. James. We are looking for 1) Keyboardists to play electronic keyboard with several other teen-age young men in great new music for the Mass; 2) singers to participate in our St. Edward’s Vocal Ensemble for young men. Opportunities for vocal coaching, musical training, musical leadership in the Mass. as well as to sing with Jubilate! young women’s ensemble or the men of the Cathedral Choir. Information, Music Office, 206-382-4874.

REMEMBER THE CATHEDRAL IN YOUR WILL. The generous bequests of parishioners and friends is critical to fulfilling the mission of St James Cathedral. Each year, we rely on bequests to help us carry out our mission of prayer and outreach here on First Hill. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

ARE YOU A REGISTERED PARISHIONER AT ST. JAMES? Many who attend St. James regularly and consider the Cathedral their parish have never officially registered. We strongly encourage you to register. Registered parishioners receive important mailings from the Cathedral (including offering envelopes!), are regular recipients of the Cathedral’s journal In Your Midst, are able to celebrate their wedding at the Cathedral, and their children may attend any of the five Catholic Rainbow Schools at parishioner rates. Registration cards can be found in the vestibule. If you are not sure whether or not you’re registered, call the Parish Office, 206-622-3559.

PRAYER WITH MUSIC FROM TAIZÉ. Each Friday at 6:30pm in the Cathedral, all are invited to join in an ecumenical service of readings, silence, candlelight, and the music of the ecumenical community of Taizé in France. This simple, reflective prayer is the perfect way to end a busy week.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Nancy Vanairsdale.


Ministry to Immigrants

YOU KNOW THE CATHEDRAL OFFERS ASSISTANCE TO IMMIGRANTS, BUT DID YOU KNOW THIS CAN LEAD TO HIGHER EARNINGS AND LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT? Citizenship and at least 45 college credits and a credential can make an enormous difference in income for an adult ESL student. Find out more on page 6 of the report “Why Immigrant Integration is Good for Everyone,” at the Cathedral’s ESL website.

WHY IS IMMIGRATION REFORM GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY? Watch the 3-minute video that explains exactly how it would work – from job creation and deficit reduction to the fostering of innovation. You can find the video at the Cathedral’s ESL website. Information, Christopher Koehler, 206-382-4511.

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 parish of St. Alphonsus in Seattle, St. John Vianney in Kirkland, Vashon, and Darrington, and St. Mary of the Valley in Monroe.

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