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This letter was e-mailed to parishioners a week ago. We are reprinting it here for the benefit of those who do not receive e-mail. Copies of the interview with Pope Francis are available in the Bookstore.

October 6, 2013

Dear Friends,

Pope Francis continues to capture the world’s attention as he goes about his ministry with humility, courage, simple brilliance, and the down-to-earth approachability of a country pastor.

His most recent interview with the editors of Jesuit publications has made the front pages of newspapers around the world and set the blogosphere buzzing. With good reason. For me it represents the freshest breeze to flow through the Church since the days of Blessed Pope John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council.

In case you have not had a chance to read the entire interview, visit http://www.americamagazine.org/pope-interview. It’s not a quick read, but it’s definitely a worthwhile one. (You don’t need the commentators to interpret if for you—read it for yourself!)

I find the interview quite extraordinary and utterly unique in the annals of papal discourse. It is candid, direct, and beautifully pastoral in tone. It is full of fresh air and fresh thinking and it definitely takes one ‘outside the box.’ After reading it, I found myself thinking of the line from an African-American Spiritual, “I never heard a man speak like this man before!”

One of the gratifying things about the interview (and all the things that prepared the way for it since Francis was elected back in March) is that wherever I go, people are talking about Pope Francis! And I’m not just talking about Catholics. Far from it. The world is talking about Pope Francis.

I suspect this is your experience, too. One person put it very succinctly for me. “I feel proud to be Catholic,” she said.

I am hoping that Cathedral parishioners who have been ‘on the fence’ for some time when it comes to actively engaging with the parish, as well as people who have felt that there was no place for them in the Church, or who have been turned off by what they have experienced as harsh or insensitive treatment, might be encouraged by Pope Francis to take another look.

St. James Cathedral has long been a welcoming community, and in the spirit of Pope Francis, our wonderful pastoral team joins me in recommitting ourselves to being just that. May the Holy Spirit, so visibly at work in our Church today, inspire each one of us to live our Christian faith with the joy and enthusiasm that radiates from Pope Francis.

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 from the Saturday wedding of Noelle Corbin and Stephen Carver.

CATHEDRAL ESPRESSO. Please come by after the 10:00 and Noon Masses. All proceeds for the month of October benefit the Winter Shelter.

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—gets underway this month. For more information, please contact Patty Bowman, 206-382-4515, or e-mail 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!

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.

THANK YOU PAGLIACCI PIZZA for preparing, serving and cleaning up at the Cathedral Kitchen Thursday September 19. We served 163 guests and everyone enjoyed your pizza, salad, fruit and Macrina Bakery cookies.

ORGANIST JEAN-BAPTISTE ROBIN, organist at the Royal Chapel of Versailles Palace, and Professor of Organ at Versailles National Conservatory, will present a recital on St. James’ two pipe organs, Friday, October 11, 8:00 pm. Robin is one of France’s up and coming organ virtuosos, and you will not want to miss his spectacular all-French program performed in our splendid acoustics. Suggested donation $15, students and seniors pay as able. Information, 206-382-4874.

2ND ANNUAL L’ARCHE CHARITY AUCTION on October 19, 6:30pm-9:30pm at Seattle University. L’Arche Noah Sealth is a dynamic community in which people with developmental disabilities (Core Members), and Assistants (volunteers and employees) choose to live and work together. We have three homes and an activity center. Proceeds of the auction go towards the many demands to maintaining a thriving community. For more information about L’Arche Noah Sealth and the International L’Arche organization, please go to our website. Tickets for the auction are $40 which includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, beverages and parking and may be purchased on the website or by calling 206-325-9434.

THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES IN EVERYDAY LIFE is pleased to offer an evening with Father Greg Boyle, SJ: “Barking to the Choir: Now Entering the Kinship of God” on Friday, October 25, at 7:30pm, St. Joseph Church, 732 18th Ave. E. Seattle. Father Greg is an internationally acclaimed speaker and founder of Homeboy Industries, which helps former gang members redirect their lives and become contributing members of their families and the community. Tickets are $25; proceeds support the continuing ministry of SEEL. Information, www.seelpugetsound.org or 206-721-3518.

THE ARCHDIOCESAN COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN is holding its annual convention on October 11-12 at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Lakewood. The two-day event includes workshops and prayer, as well as a keynote address from our own parishioner Jennifer Sokol on the grace of caregiving, “Mary’s Call to our Final Home in Heaven.” Information or to register, www.seattleaccw.org.

OPUS 7 CHORALE ENSEMBLE “BEAUTIFUL MINDS” CONCERT, Saturday, October 12, 8:00pm at St. James Cathedral. This concert will feature works by wellknown composers and poets who created works of magnificent beauty in the midst of their own personal struggles with mental illness. Tickets may be purchased for $18 in advance at Music Office for reserved seating or $20 at the door. Students and Seniors, pay as able. For more information on Parishioner Pay as Able Passes, Music Office, 206-382-4874.

SOLEMN MASS OF ALL SOULS WITH MOZART’S REQUIEM. On Friday, November 1, at 7:30 pm, St. James celebrates the Solemn Feast of All Souls’ with chant and Mozart’s sublime Requiem. Father Ryan, presider and homilist. All are welcome to join our Cathedral Choir, Soloists, and Chamber Orchestra in this extraordinary tradition of St. James. If you would like to remember someone in the printed program, please put your donation in an envelope marked “All Souls’ Patron” and drop it in the offering basket today. Be sure to include the name of the person you wish to remember as well as your name and address. Information, Music Office, 206-382-4874.

YOUTH MINISTRY KICK-OFF BBQ BLAST–TONIGHT, 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.


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 quarterly 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.


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.

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. Francis of Assisi in Friday Harbor and Seahurst and Holy Rosary in Seattle, Tacoma, and Edmonds; we also pray for the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

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