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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.

ADVENT IN THE CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE. Stop by the Cathedral Bookstore for a wide array of resources for Advent, including Cathedral Christmas Cards, Advent candles, rosaries, medals, and more!

MEDIEVAL ART OF SUSAN BONDURANT. Susan Bondurant returns to the Cathedral Chapel this Advent with a new show of her recreated medieval book illuminations. Stop by the Cathedral Chapel to view these works from November 30 through December 20.

OPUS 7: A BOY WAS BORN. Saturday, December 14 at 8:00 pm, Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Loren Pontén, Artistic Director, presents Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece. Information, 206-782-2899 or www.opus7.org.

NO TAIZÉ THIS FRIDAY. Please note that there will be no Taizé Prayer on Friday, December 20, because the Cathedral will be closed to prepare for Christmas. We apologize for the inconvenience. The service will resume on Friday, December 27.

HOLIDAY GIFT MAKING PARTY! Join us in crafting homemade gifts as we listen to Christmas Music, enjoy hot cocoa and yummy snacks! All materials included. Just bring yourself, your creativity and a smile! Sunday, December 15 from 1:00pm-4:00pm, Gallagher Center. Sponsored by Circle of Friends for Mental Health. Information, or to RSVP, Nancy Granger, Parish Mental Health Nurse, 206-382-4269.

YOUNG ADULTS “THIRD SUNDAY” On the third Sunday of every month join young adults in the parish at the 5:30 Mass. This month we will be at Mass TODAY, December 15. After Mass join us for a reception in the Pastoral Outreach Center on the corner of 9th and Columbia. Hope to see you there!

CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER WORKSHOP SERIES. Learn sensible tactics for keeping well and reducing stress this holiday season as you busily care for others in your life. This 6-week program begins Monday, December 16, 11am–1:30pm in Mother Cabrini Room of Pastoral Outreach Center. Sponsored by Living Well with Chronic Conditions in Washington State. Information or to RSVP, Nancy Granger, RN, 206-382-4269.

CATHEDRAL FAMILIES CHRISTMAS PARTY is Saturday, December 21 starting at 11:30am in the Cathedral Hall. This party is open to all Cathedral Children and their families. RSVP required! Call or email Theresa Van de Ven at 206-219-5822 with the number of children and their accompanying adults by Wednesday, December 18. Come join us for food, fun, and fellowship.

GREENING OF THE CATHEDRAL. Friday, December 20 at 6:30pm Young Adults are invited to help decorate the Cathedral for Christmas. This is a fun evening for anyone in their 20’s or 30’s to come together to make the Cathedral beautiful for the Christmas season. Once we are finished decorating we will have a pizza party. This is a favorite event for the young adults. We hope you can join us! Information or to RSVP Caitlin Lanigan, 206-382-4235 by Monday, Dec. 16.

CHRISTMAS IN THE CLOISTER. Saturday, December 21 at 8:00pm, the Medieval Women’s Choir presents music from abbey churches in Germany, France and Spain. With Linda Strandberg, soprano. Margriet Tindemans, Artistic Director. Information 206-264-4822 or www.medievalwomenschoir.org. Parishioner pay-as-able passes available by calling 206-382-4874.

READINGS AND CAROLS. Sunday, December 22, 7:30 pm. The sublime voices of the Cathedral’s children’s choirs present the traditional candle-lit service of Readings and Carols, the perfect way to bring the celebration of Christmas. Free and open to all. Information, 206-382-4874.

WARM HEARTS AND SOLES SOCKS DRIVE. The St. James Young Adults are collecting new socks for the 11th Annual Warm Hearts and Soles Sock Drive. Please bring sock donations to Cathedral Hall after 8:00am, 10:00am, and Noon Masses December 8, 15, and 22 or to the parish office Monday–Friday, 9am-5pm. Help us reach our goal of 2,014 socks! Thank you for your generosity. Information, Caitlin Lanigan, 206-382-4235.

PARISIAN ROYAL HOLIDAYS. Tuesday, December 31, 11:00pm. Ring in the New Year with festive music from the reigns of Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette, and Napoleon III, sung by the professional vocal ensemble of St. James, the Cathedral Cantorei, Cathedral Soloists, and Chamber Orchestra, with Joseph Adam and Clint Kraus, organists; special guest pianist, Angelo Rondelo; all conducted by James Savage, Cathedral Director of Music. Suggested donation $30, pay-as-able passes available. For a listing of the pieces to be performed and for reserved passes visit the Cathedral music webpage or call 206-382-4874.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Shirley Lambert.


HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH NIGHTS. Every Sunday evening from 6:30–8:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Join us for interactive games and activities that will challenge you to apply your faith to everyday life.

MIGRANT FAMILY TOY/WINTER CLOTHES DRIVE. Given our ongoing commitment to the Migrant Project, the Youth Leadership Team is asking for donations of unwrapped toys for children ages 1-12 and winter clothing items (e.g. socks, gloves, hats, scarves, jackets, etc.) to help support the Skagit Valley migrant community during the holiday season. Items can be delivered to the parish office.

TRI-PARISH FOOD BANK TRIP – Saturday, December 21 from 7:30am–5:00pm. Join us as we return to Burlington to work at the food bank, helping to support migrant families and other neighbors in need. Contact Joe for a permission form.

JUNIOR HIGH SOJOURN. We are launching a biweekly gathering for middle school youth (Grades 7 & 8) that will help young people explore who they are, what they’re about, and what role God and faith will play in their lives. Please e-mail Joe to “vote” for a day of the week and time frame that would be ideal for you.

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082


Sacrificial Sunday Giving 2014


Results through December 9, 2013

Total pledges received 728
% participation (out of 2,173 households) 34%
Participation goal 100%
Total goal $2,100,000
% of goal reached 81%

Thank you to ALL who have turned in a pledge card.
As you can see, we have a long way to go
…! With your help, we can get there.
Please turn in your pledge card today, or make your pledge online.

THE ST VINCENT DE PAUL CONFERENCES of St. James thank cathedral parishioners for their generous donations last month. During November we made 46 home visits to our low income neighbors. Your contributions allowed us to help 29 individuals and families pay their rent and stay safely in their homes. In addition, we prevented 2 utility shut-offs, provided food for 38 families, beds and furniture for 16 households, clothes for 5 people, and transportation assistance for 2 individuals. Our priority is preventing homelessness. This makes your contributions go a long way. Helping our neighbors pay their rent is far cheaper than picking up the pieces after they lose their homes. Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society follow Jesus through service to those in need. Bearing witness to Christ’s compassionate and liberating love, we show our commitment through person-to-person contact, making our home visits in pairs. Please consider joining our ministry to the poor among us. Information, Rob Millar 206-954-8902 and Tammy Bendix 206-595-9158.

WINTER SHELTER. St. James Cathedral partners 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. We are currently in need overnight hosts to volunteer on Sunday or Monday evenings. Please consider joining our Winter Shelter Team. There is a commitment of volunteering once a month. Information, Caitlin Lanigan, 206-382-4235.

GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP. Wednesdays 10:30-12:00. Join pastoral counselor and psychotherapist, John Baumann, M.Div., LMHCA as he guides the group in journeying through the complexities of losing a loved one. Enter at the patio level of the Fireside Room in The Parish Outreach Center. A Free Will donation of $15 is suggested; however attendance is strongly encouraged regardless of ability to pay.

GALLAGHER CENTER OPEN EVERY SUNDAY. The Parish Mental Health Nurse and MHM volunteers welcome you to drop by on Sundays from 9am–2pm. Feel free to have a hot drink and snack while you browse through literature on mental health, talk with a volunteer, learn about the ministry, obtain resources, develop supportive relationships with others. Information, Nancy Granger, RN 206-382-4269.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS IN A PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL? We would like to support you during this difficult time. Would your loved one appreciate a visit or a card letting them know they are cared for? Would you like their name to be entered in our Prayer Partner Ministry? Let us know how we can help. Information, Nancy Granger, RN, 206-382-4269.

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, lip balm, razors, combs, individual tissue packets, large cans of spray deodorant or small individual deodorant sticks, and colored wash cloths. We cannot accepted used items. Please drop off donations at Coffee Hour after masses or at the parish office Monday through Friday 9:00am-5:00pm.

A reminder about Sunday parking at the Cathedral

We know that parking in this area is at a premium and we do our best to make it available to you.
In consideration of our neighbors, please note these important Do’s and Don’ts!


  • In the O’Dea High School lot.
  • In the Cabrini Tower Garage on Marion Street across from O’Dea High School for the Saturday 5:30 pm Mass and all Sunday Masses. The Cathedral pays for parking (and for official traffic officers from the Seattle Police Department) during these times, and you are encouraged to take advantage of it.
  • In the P-1 parking lot under the Chancery building at 9th and Marion.
  • In the Cherry and Terry Parking lot, in spaces 1-22.

Please DO NOT park:

  • In any parking spot marked with an orange cone.
  • In the lot adjacent to the Envoy Apartments on 9th Avenue, directly across from the Cathedral.
  • In the Blood Bank parking lot at the corner of Terry and Columbia.
  • In the Frye Museum parking lots on Terry Avenue.
  • In the parking places at the Pastoral Outreach Center.
  • In the spaces on Terry Avenue reserved for loading and unloading of the parish vans.

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 Our Lady of Guadalupe in Seattle and St. Mary of Guadalupe in Ridgefield.


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Seattle, Washington  98104
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