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January 5, 2014

Dear Friends,

With this new year of 2014 comes a new moment in our religious education department -- a new director. You may recall that TerryAnn Bowen, who held this position for two years, stepped down last fall in order to pursue doctoral studies. Since then, Patty Bowman and Corinna Laughlin have ably directed the program and I am extremely grateful to them for a job well done. Now, following a national search, we are ready to welcome our new director, Kathleen McCabe. However, as those of you who have been parishioners here for some time will know, ‘new’ doesn’t quite fit Kathleen because she served as our director of religious education from 1997-1999! I know you will join me in welcoming her back to St. James.

For me, Kathleen’s return is a gift from God. She and her husband, Jerome, and their three children left here fourteen years ago so Jerome could pursue doctoral studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Since then, she has ministered at parishes in Northern Virginia and in the Boston area. Kathleen brings with her a strong faith, excellent credentials for teaching and administration, a buoyant spirit, infectious enthusiasm, many years of valuable experience, and a love for St. James that never dimmed over the years she was away from us. The RCIA, adult faith formation, and Welcome Back programs will, I am confident, thrive under her capable leadership. Welcome home, Kathleen McCabe!

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.

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.

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.

MASS IN THANKSGIVING FOR THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. You are invited to participate in a special Mass in thanksgiving for the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and in celebration of the presence of African American Catholics in the Archdiocese of Seattle. The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Sartain on Saturday, January 18 at 11:00am. All are welcome!

SANTO NIÑO – HOLY CHILD. On Sunday, January 19, at the Noon Mass, we will have our annual celebration of the Santo Niño, the Holy Child Jesus. The image of Jesus as vulnerable child and mighty King is beloved throughout the world, and in a special way in the Philippines. All are invited to bring their own images of the Child Jesus from home for the blessing. The annual celebration will be followed by a fiesta in Cathedral Place Hall, with dancing, a raffle, and, of course, a marvelous feast of Filipino food prepared by a group of our own parishioners. All are welcome.

NEW! FREE CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP. Gallagher Center, every other Saturday, beginning January 25, from 10 am – 12 noon. Gilda will guide you in creating artwork and crafts including water colors, pencil drawing, collage, beading, sculpting, seasonal decorations and more! Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

GOOD NEWS FROM YOUTH MINISTRY. Following an extremely successful toy and clothes drive, organized by Youth Leadership Team members, our youth traveled to the Skagit Valley on December 21. They unloaded and arranged an impressive array of toys and clothes for migrant children. Our youth then took each migrant child by the hand and helped them select some toys. Then, they they outfitted child after child with new jackets, scarves, and gloves. Almost every child went home with a hand-knit hat, courtesy of our cathedral knitting community. All in all, over 250 migrant children visited the food bank, each of them receiving multiple gifts. There was such an abundance, the children were often able to take extra items home to their parents. Many thanks to all the youth members who gave up a Saturday during their Christmas break to reach out to the poor. This is what the Gospel looks like!

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. All are welcome!

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

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.

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.

ST. JAMES YOUTH MUSIC PROGRAM IS ACCEPTING NEW SINGERS into our renowned youth choirs. In the two training choirs (grades 1-4) young people learn to participate fully and actively in the Mass through exciting and innovative musical teaching. Some of the Northwest’s most highly recognized music educators will inspire your student with both vocal and instrumental training. No audition is necessary for the training choirs. We are also holding auditions for the Schola Cantorum (treble voices, grades 5-8). Scholarships are available. Help us Make A Joyful Noise! Information, Stacey Sunde, 206-382-4874.

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.

CATHEDRAL ESPRESSO. Please come by after the 10:00 and Noon Masses. All proceeds for the month of January benefit St. James Immigrant Assistance.

Sacrificial Sunday Giving 2014


Results through December 30, 2013

Total pledges received 843
% participation (out of 2,173 households) 39%
Participation goal 100%
Total goal $2,100,000
% of goal reached 91%

Thank you to ALL who have turned in a pledge card.
We are now just $193,628 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. Mary in Anacortes and Marysville, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Bothell.


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