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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.

CHRISTMAS IN THE CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE. Stop by the Cathedral Bookstore for a wide array of gifts, including books, rosaries, medals, and more!

PARISH OFFICE CLOSED. The Cathedral Parish Office will be closed on Wednesday, December 25 and Thursday, December 26, in observance of Christmas. Please note that the usual daily Mass schedule will be followed on Thursday, December 26.

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.

DEDICATION OF ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL. December 22 marks the anniversary of dedication of St. James Cathedral, dedicated by Bishop Edward O’Dea on December 22, 1907, and rededicated by Archbishop Thomas Murphy on December 22, 1994. To mark this occasion, the twelve dedication candles near the entrances of the Cathedral will be lit throughout the day. Read more about this important day in the Cathedral’s history in the separate page in this week’s bulletin.

MHM RESOURCE CENTER OPEN EVERY SUNDAY. The Parish Mental Health Nurse and MHM volunteers welcome you to drop by the Gallagher Center on Sundays from 9am–2pm. Feel free to drop by for hot chocolate, coffee or tea and a yummy snack while you browse through literature on mental health, chat with a volunteer, learn about the ministry, obtain resources, and develop supportive relationships with others. Candy Canes for all on December 22!

READINGS AND CAROLS. Sunday, December 22, 7:30 pm. Readings from sacred scripture alternate with the sublime voices of the Cathedral’s children’s choirs in the traditional candle-lit service. Readings and Carols is the perfect way to get ready for 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.

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 freewill donation of $15 is suggested; however, attendance is strongly encouraged regardless of ability to pay. Information, Nancy Granger, RN 206-382-4269.

YOUNG ADULTS “FIRST FRIDAYS” On the first Friday of every month join St. James Young Adults at Taizé. Following Taizé we go out for dinner on 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, January 3. Information, Caitlin Lanigan.

YOUNG ADULT INTERFAITH CONFERENCE. Many Faiths, One Humanity: Unity in Diversity: If you are in your 20’s or 30’s and have a dream for our world, you do not want to miss this conference! Come together with people of diverse faiths to build an interfaith community; experience and share faiths and traditions; network for the common good; and create interfaith action for a better world. Internationally acclaimed interreligious scholar Rabbi Susannah Heschel, Ph.D. will open the conference. Breakout sessions will include: How Interfaith Collaboration is Changing the World, Understanding and Challenging Our Biases, and Hate Crimes: How They Affect Our Communities and What We Can Do. The conference will take place January 12, 2014 1:30-6pm at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle (1245 Tenth Avenue East Seattle, WA 98102). There is a $12 pre-registration fee and a fee of $15 at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Information, Caitlin Lanigan, 206-382-4235.

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH NIGHTS. The youth ministry community will be attending Readings and Carols TONIGHT, Sunday, December 22 at 7:30pm, a chance to pray together and support our fellow youth who are singing with the choir. We will have a reserved section. E-mail Joe Cotton to join us. Note that there will be no youth night on Sunday, December 29.

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

CATHEDRAL KITCHEN GARDEN. You are invited to a volunteer organizational meeting on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. We will be making final plans so that we can begin planting in February. Come share in this opportunity to produce a joyous harvest for the Cathedral Kitchen. Information, garden@stjames-cathedral.org or www.stjames-cathedral/outreach/kitchengarden.

CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER. There is still room in the free six-week Care for the Caregiver workshop which began on Monday, December 16. Learn what you can do to take care of yourself as you help others in so many ways. The group gathers on Mondays, 11:00am-1:00pm, in the Mother Cabrini Room on the lower level of the Pastoral Outreach Center. Information, Nancy Granger, RN, 206-382-4269.

Sacrificial Sunday Giving 2014


Results through December 15, 2013

Total pledges received 782
% participation (out of 2,173 households) 36%
Participation goal 100%
Total goal $2,100,000
% of goal reached 87%

Thank you to ALL who have turned in a pledge card.
We are now just $279,110 short of our goal.
With your help, we can get there
Please turn in your pledge today, or make your pledge online.

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. John in Vancouver and Seattle, St. John Mission in Montesano and Mukilteo, St. Stephen the Martyr in Renton, and St. John of the Woods in Tacoma.


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