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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 thanksgiving for answered prayers from Steve and Becky Masmela.

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!

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.

THE WAY OF COMPANIONSHIP. How can we reach out with love to those who are hurting? How can I see the face of Christ in the face of a person in need? There are many times when we are called up to listen to another person, to hear their story and to offer some kind of help or support. Kae Eaton from the Mental Health Chaplaincy will present a training in the practice of companionship, a way of being gently present to another and sharing a little of the journey together. This training is strongly recommended for everyone involved in ministry to those on the margins. Saturday, November 2, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Cathedral Hall. Information and to register, Patty Bowman, 206-382-4515.

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH NIGHTS (GRADES 9-12) – Please join us every Sunday evening from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center for an interactive gathering of high school youth. Youth Nights offer games, prayer experiences, and activities designed to help you apply your faith to everyday life. All are welcome! Information, Joe Cotton.

FUN BEYOND LIMITS CARNIVAL. Saturday, October 26, 1:00-4:00pm. This is a carnival for children with developmental disabilities and families with special needs, hosted by the archdiocese. St. James Youth Ministry will be sending a team of youth to help facilitate the event for these amazing members of our Church. Information, Joe Cotton.

CATHOLIC YOUTH CONVENTION – November 2 & 3 at Bellevue College. Mark your calendar for this extraordinary two-day gathering of nearly 2,000 Catholic youth from around the region. Youth Convention is packed with live music, engaging speakers, interactive workshops, moving prayer experiences, and a powerful Mass with Archbishop Sartain. Information, Joe Cotton.


TOILETRY DONATIONS. We are collecting donations of toiletries for our Winter Shelter and for the Solanus Casey Center. Please bring in donations of cough drops, razors, large spray deodorant. Drop them off at Coffee Hour after masses or at the parish office M-F 9am-5pm.

NEED CARE FOR AN AGING LOVED ONE? Then a panel discussion hosted by the Pastoral Care Department may be ideal for you. Panelists from leading agencies will discuss the maze of issues facing the family of an elderly loved one who may have increasing care requirements. Find the guidance you need Tuesday October 22 at 7:00 PM in Cathedral Place Room 1 E/W (entrance on Terry Ave.). Information: John Simpson, Pastoral Care Minister, at 206-274-3173.

MEMORIAL FOR FIREFIGHTERS. On Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00pm, St. James Cathedral is privileged to host a memorial for firefighters killed in the line of duty. The service is part of an international gathering of Fire Department Chaplains which will take place in Seattle later this month. The service will include the reading of names and the traditional honor ceremony for those who have given their lives to keep us safe. All are welcome.

OUR CATHEDRAL YOUTH MUSIC PROGRAM has two training choirs (St. Gregory and St. Cecilia), our advanced children’s choir, the Schola Cantorum, Jubilate!, our young women’s choir, and St. Edward’s Vocal Ensemble for young men. For information regarding schedule, auditions, tuition, scholarships and performances visit the Cathedral Music website or contact the program director, Stacey Sunde, 206-941-9450.

CATHEDRAL KITCHEN GARDEN. Come help build our garden! We are currently doing soil preparation work, creating layers of compostable material that will become fresh new soil in time for planting next spring. Stop by the corner of Cherry Street and Terry Avenue to check out our progress. Work Parties: this Sunday October 20, 1:30 to 3:30 pm, and next Saturday, October 26, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Bring your own gloves. We’re also looking for appropriate compostable material. Check out our wish list at: www.stjames-cathedral/outreach/kitchengarden. To volunteer: contact garden@stjames-cathedral.org.

GRIEF AND LOSS GROUP—WEDNESDAYS AT 10:30 AM. Join pastoral counselor and therapist John Baumann, M.Div., LMHCA, as he guides the group in understanding and journeying through the complexities of losing a loved one. Enter at the patio level of the Pastoral Outreach Center to the Fireside Room. A freewill donation of $15 is suggested; however, attendance is strongly encouraged regardless of ability to pay. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

BOOK PRESENTATION: SHAKING SHAME FROM MENTAL ILLNESS. Wednesday, October 23, 7:00pm, Pastoral Outreach Center, Holy Names Room. With self-disclosure and sensitivity, author Evonne Agnello presents her personal struggles of dealing with family members’ suicides. Her memoir sends a message of hope to anyone who has suffered from depression or trauma. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP October 27, Fireside Room, Parish Outreach Center, 1:30pm. Join therapist Peter Jabin, M.Div., LMHCA and Darcy Marlow, M. Ed., MHCA, for a free, co-facilitated workshop designed to encourage self-exploration. Through discussion, meditation and creative expression, Peter and Marcy will provide a safe and thought provoking forum for self-discovery, engaging the power of spirituality and creativity. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Brother John Austin Pettit, CFC.

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. Luke in Shoreline, St. Jude in Redmond, and North American Martyrs in Seattle.

October 20, 2013

Dear Friends,

With one more Sunday (this one) to go before returning to my familiar, and favored, haunts, I thought I’d try my hand at some long distance communicating. If it’s a little rough, it’s mostly because I’m using a friend’s laptop and it’s a good bit more hi-tech than I am!

I had some wonderful days in the Holy Land with my sister, Janet, and her husband, George. It was their first visit and I got to play tour guide (with some far more competent local assistance). We spent nearly a week in Jerusalem visiting the Old City and all its wonders, including the Temple Mount, the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Wailing Wall, Mount Zion, the Pool of Bethesda, and so many other wonderful places. Bethlehem was on the itinerary, too, of course, as well as Bethany, the Mount of Olives, Jericho, the Jordan River, the Dead Sea, Qumran (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered), and Masada. Two memories stand out from those days: it happened to be the Jewish feast of Succoth or Tabernacles and I found it so very fascinating to see thousands of Orthodox Jewish families dressed in the Sabbath best celebrating this joyous feast with its rich traditions. The other memory is of celebrating Mass at the Church of Dominus Flevit which overlooks Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives and remembers the place Jesus wept over the Holy City not long before his passion and death.

From Jerusalem, we went north to Galilee. To beautiful Tiberias along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. From Tiberias we visited Nazareth, Capernaum, Cana, the Mount of the Beatitudes, and Mount Tabor, traditional site of the Transfiguration. An outdoor Mass on the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee (reading “Blessed are the peacemakers” almost in sight of war-torn Syria), and Mass at the Church of the Transfiguration high atop Mount Tabor, are standout memories that will always remain with me. Needless to say, you were all very much in my thoughts and prayers.

After leaving Israel, I spent a wonderful week in Rome visiting friends and enjoying old haunts exactly 50 years after I arrived there as a student. I also had a wonderful opportunity to see Pope Francis (along with about 75,000 others – being pastor of St. James carries no privileges there, nor should it!). Happily, you don’t need to get very close to Pope Francis to ‘get’ who he is. He seems close even at a distance, and comes across as the vibrant, warm, approachable ‘people person’ that he is. It was such a joy to see him and to hear his simple, down-to-earth yet powerful message.

Another joy was celebrating Mass at the altar/tomb of Blessed, soon-to-be-Saint, John XXIII – something I have wanted to do for a long time. It happened to be October 12, just one day after his feast, so that was an added joy. My ‘congregation’ for the Mass was a lovely group of people from the Philippines. They made me feel right at home (!) and seemed happy for Mass in English rather than in Italian or Latin! And you will be amused to know that the Missal I was given for celebrating the Mass was the old one we had to stop using two years ago. You can probably imagine how happy I was about that. Only in Rome, I thought!

As we all know, there are no unmixed blessings in life. Along the way, I managed to pick up a really nasty upper respiratory virus that has laid me low for nearly a week (and if you know me at all, you know it takes quite a bit for that to happen!). I’m beginning to feel more like myself again and am more than ready to be home. This week. It will be great to see you!

Father Michael G. Ryan
Cathedral Pastor

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