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September 29, 2013

Dear Friends,

Summer is officially over. Happily, I can say that Mass attendance was surprisingly good through the summer months, although honesty compels me to acknowledge that visitors filled in a good number of the empty seats! Now, with visitor season over, it’s going to be up to our regulars to do that. And if you’re a ‘regular’ who has been a little less than regular through the summer months, it’s good to have you back at St. James.

I suppose I shouldn’t say too much about such things because I left for vacation this past week. Summer vacations don’t work so well for me because of weddings (and, this year, an exceptionally large number of funerals), so fall is my time. Among other things, I’m planning to spend more than a week on pilgrimage in the Holy Land with my sister and brother-in-law. You can be sure I will be remembering you in prayer in those holy places.

If you’ve been following the bulletin the last couple of weekends, you are aware that things are ‘full steam ahead’ at St. James, with a number of our wonderful ministries cranking up as well as some exciting new educational events and programs. Please keep an eye on the bulletin and on our great website. And, speaking of the bulletin, I encourage you to take your bulletin home when you leave Mass each weekend. There are more than enough bulletins to go around and the reason we have so many printed is because we hope that you will keep up on what’s happening at the Cathedral by referring to the bulletin during the week.

I hope you will take advantage of some of the wonderful offerings we have in store in the months ahead. See you in a couple of weeks!

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.

CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION (CFF) starts this Sunday, September 29! We look forward to seeing your dear families again, and to welcoming families new to St. James Children’s Faith Formation program! Classes are from 11:00 to 11:50am. Come to the second floor of Cathedral Place before 11:00 to help your child get settled in her/his classroom by 11:00. Information, Lita McBride, 206-654-4658, or Theresa Van De Ven, 206-219-5822.

CATHEDRAL ESPRESSO. 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.

BECOMING CATHOLIC. Are you, a family member, or a friend interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? A new inquiry session—a chance to ask questions about the Church with no strings attached—begins this coming Wednesday, October 2, at 7:00pm on the second floor of Cathedral Place. For more information, please contact Patty Bowman, 206-382-4515, or Corinna Laughlin, 206-622-3559 x3996, or email RCIA@stjames-cathedral.org. Please feel free to take one of the cards in the pews and chairs in front of you and share it with a friend or family member!

FIRST FRIDAY EXPOSITION AND HOLY HOUR. On Friday, October 4, we mark the Feast of St. Francis with traditional First Friday devotions. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament begins immediately following the 8:15am Mass and continues until 1:00pm, with Holy Hour, including hymns, the Liturgy of the Hours, and the rosary, starting at 12 Noon. All are welcome.

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.

THIS YEAR’S LAST SENIOR TRIP will be Wednesday, October 9. Join us as we visit the Museum of Flight, one of the largest air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant airplanes – including Air Force One and the Concorde – as well as spacecraft, and the Red Barn® — the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Co. 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.

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.

“COME, FOLLOW ME…” EXPLORING A VOCATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD OR RELIGIOUS LIFE. Are you a young man or woman who has considered the possibility of a vocation to priesthood or the religious life? This event is for you. Presenter: Father Bryan Dolejsi, Director of Vocations, Archdiocese of Seattle. The event begins with Mass in the Cathedral at 10:00am followed a talk in Isaac Orr Center, 910 Marion Street. Simply curious? Eager and interested? Either way, you’re invited and most welcome! Free event; lunch provided. Information, Glenn Ruiz: 253-852-4795, or Lita Foster: 206-931- 3352.

MUSICAL TEENAGE 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 teenage 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.

CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE. Visitors and regulars alike are invited to stop by and see what’s new in the Bookstore! Open after each of our weekend Masses and weekdays 11:00am-3:00pm.

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. Don’t miss it! 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.

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.


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REST IN PEACE. Father William Gallagher, Cathedral Pastor from 1973-1988, died peacefully at Mount St. Vincent on Thursday, September 26. His funeral Mass will be held at the Cathedral on Wednesday, October 2, at 11:00am. We give thanks for this remarkable priest and pastor. May he rest in the peace of the God he served so well!

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. Michael in Olympia and Snohomish, St. Gabriel in Port Orchard, St. Jerome in Ocean Shores, St. Therese in Seattle and St. Theresa in Federal Way.

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