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September 22, 2013

Dear Friends,

The recent change in weather has left us in no doubt that fall has arrived. But what a summer it was! I hope you had an opportunity to enjoy the incredible weather and to ‘kick back’ a little.

Speaking of change, I need to let you know of a change in our pastoral team. TerryAnn Bowen, our Director of Faith Formation and RCIA, will be leaving us at the end of this month.

I know you will want to join me in wishing Godspeed to TerryAnn. She has decided to leave her position here in order to pursue her doctoral degree as well as other ministerial opportunities. TerryAnn joined our staff in 2006 as director of our Welcome Back and adult Confirmation programs, and since 2011, she has ministered faithfully and lovingly as director of the RCIA and other adult educational programs. Those of you who have had the privilege of getting to know TerryAnn are aware of what a beautifully caring person she is. She has touched many lives by her ability to listen, to affirm, to teach, and to inspire. As she takes her leave from our staff (not our parish!), I know you will want to join me in wishing her well and keeping her in your prayers.

During the period between now and when a new RCIA director has been identified, I am grateful to Patty Bowman, our director of social outreach, for stepping into RCIA as interim director. She will be assisted by Corinna Laughlin, director of liturgy, and by our very gifted RCIA team.

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.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are offered in loving memory of Ryan Matthew Cueto, from his mother and father on the first anniversary of his death.

REGISTRATION FOR CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION (CFF) will be TODAY September 22 in the Cathedral Hall after the 10:00am and 12 Noon Masses. CFF sessions will start on September 29. We look forward to seeing your dear families again, and to welcoming new families to our Children's Faith Formation programs! Information, Lita McBride, 206-654-4658, or Theresa Van De Ven, 206-219-5822.

THE CATHEDRAL ESPRESSO CART is back from its summer hiatus! Please come by after the 10:00 and Noon Masses. All proceeds for the month of September benefit Children's Faith Formation. The Espresso Ministry is also looking for volunteers willing to run the cart after the Noon Mass. Information, Katherine Berry, 425-772-0897.

WINTER SHELTER TRAINING. St. James Cathedral will soon begin our 22nd season partnering with St. Martin de Porres Shelter to provide overflow sleeping space for our neighbors without homes. Four nights a week, from October through April, we provide a warm refuge in Cathedral Hall for 10-15 men. Nearly 100 cathedral parishioners serve as overnight hosts and breakfast cooks. Please consider joining our Winter Shelter Team. Training for returning volunteers will be held TODAY, Sunday, September 22 from 3:30 to 4:30pm in Cathedral Hall and training for new volunteers will be held TODAY, Sunday September 22 from 6:30-8:00 in Cathedral Hall. Information, Caitlin Lanigan, 206-382-4235.

GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF THE CATHEDRAL KITCHEN TEAM! The Cathedral Kitchen needs a few more volunteer dishwashers. The dishwasher shift is weekdays, 4:30-5:45pm. You can volunteer one evening a week or one evening a month. Information, Teddi Callahan, 206-264-2091.

ARE YOU OR A FRIEND INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 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, October 2, at 7:00pm in Cathedral Place, second floor. Information, TerryAnn Bowen, 206-382-2018.

WOULD YOU CONSIDER ASSISTING A PERSON WHO WANTS TO BECOME CATHOLIC? We continue to have new inquirers coming to participate in our Christian Initiation process to learn more about the Catholic Church (RCIA). We need St. James parishioners to be companions with our new inquirers to help welcome them to our community. The time commitment is reasonable — two Wednesday evening sessions a month. Training and support are provided. Information, TerryAnn Bowen, 206-382-2018.

THEOLOGY UNCORKED: FOR THE ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL ADULT COMMUNITY OVER 40. Are you interested in a social gathering where we can have a glass of wine, hear a brief talk, and ask questions in order to gain a deeper understanding of our faith? We are in the early stages of developing a program for adults over 40. If this is something you are interested in being a part of, let us know! Information, Margaret Lynch, Family Ministry Office.

FLAG FOOTBALL, FRISBEE, AND MORE. If you are a young adult (20’s and 30’s) join us on September 25th at 6:45 at Volunteer Park. We will be in the open grass area just southeast of the Conservatory and northwest of the Asian Art Museum. We will have a game of flag football, frisbee, cornhole, bocce, and any other games you may want to add to the mix. Can't find the group? Call Tom, 503-989-3463. Information, Caitlin Lanigan.

HUNTHAUSEN GOLF TOURNAMENT THANK YOU! A huge thank you to all who supported the Hunthausen Golf Tournament, especially our co-sponsor, Pagliacci Pizza, and our major sponsors, including the Archdiocese of Seattle, the Gene Colin and Susan Janus Charitable Fund, as well as Cedar Grove Composting, HD Supply Waterworks, Merlino Foods, Kibble & Prentice, Order of Malta, Jim Sinegal, and Lakeside Industries. The event raised $95,000 to support of our Cathedral Outreach ministries, especially the Cathedral Kitchen—by far our biggest year ever! A very special thank you to our tournament chairs, Matt Galvin and Mike Galvin. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

YOUNG ADULTS “FIRST FRIDAYS” On the first Friday of every month join St. James Young Adults at Taize. Following Taize we go out for dinner in Capitol Hill. It is a great way to unwind from the work week and to meet other Catholics in their 20’s and 30’s. Join us on Friday, October 4. Information, Caitlin Lanigan.

COFFEE HOUR HOSPITALITY NEEDS YOU! Our Coffee Hour hospitality ministry is in need of extra hands. We are looking for several outgoing people to help serve and clean up during and after coffee hour. Please consider joining this is a very important ministry of welcome and hospitality. It is a fun ministry with a small time commitment. Information, Caitlin Lanigan, 206-382-4235.

YOUTH MINISTRY KICK-OFF BBQ BLAST–OCTOBER 6. All high school youth (Grades 9-12) are invited to an epic kick-off BBQ event hosted by the Youth Leadership Team on Sunday, October 6, at 6:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. This event will officially jumpstart our program year! Come meet fellow young people and explore what youth ministry is all about. The event will be packed with food, friends, and interactive games and activities. You don’t want to miss this! Information, Joe Cotton.

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH NIGHTS (GRADES 9-12) Beginning in October, St. James Youth Ministry will offer gatherings every Sunday evening from 6:30-8:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Youth Nights offer games, prayer opportunities, and activities designed to help you apply your faith to everyday life. Please join us! Information, Joe Cotton.

BABYSITTERS NEEDED. The Family Ministry department is working to improve the facilities in our Children’s Corner and provide babysitting during additional parish events. To do that, we need to expand our roster of paid babysitters. If you love working with children and are age 18 or older, this is the part time job for you! Information, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Dennis O’Neil.

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD’S BLESSINGS to the following children, baptized in the Cathedral on Saturday, September 14: Henry Benjamin Schmitt, Piper Rose Wright, Gianni Aston McGrath, and Arianna Jillian Pattugalan Orilla. We welcome with joy these newest members of the family of faith!

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. Matthew in Seattle, SS Cosmas and Damian in Orting, and St. Vincent de Paul in Federal Way.

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