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February 2, 2014

Dear Friends,

I am happy to be able to share with you the wonderful news that at the beginning of February, a new pipe organ will be installed along the east wall of the Cathedral chapel. The organ is a gift to the Cathedral from Carol Robl and the Robl family, and it was built by Frank Robl, Carol’s wonderful husband, a devoted parishioner of this Cathedral for many years, who died last year at this time.

Frank was an extraordinary man. He had amazing human gifts—the disciplined, analytical mind of a skilled engineer and the artistic tastes of a Renaissance man. His interests were endless and encyclopedic. There were few things Frank couldn’t do, few things he couldn’t figure out. He not only learned to play the organ, he figured out how to build one!

The organ we will be receiving was in Frank and Carol’s home for many years but I find it altogether fitting that it will now find a home in St. James Cathedral. It will be but one more of Frank’s ‘fingerprints’ in this place—along with the handsome wooden signboards at each of the entrances of the Cathedral, the beautiful replica of a medieval chant stand on which we place an icon each Sunday at the beginning of Mass, and the processional crucifix that we use every year during Advent and Lent.

I am grateful beyond words to Carol and each of the Robl children: Frank, Jr., Chris, and Andrea, for making it possible for yet one more of Frank’s works of art to find a home in St. James Cathedral. I know you will join me in praying for them and for their family.

Father Michael G. Ryan
Cathedral Pastor

P.S. There will be a dedicatory recital at some point in the future.

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 loving memory of Mary Marcelline Vo, on the first anniversary of her death.

CELEBRATING OUR CATHOLIC “RAINBOW” SCHOOLS. On Sunday, February 2, we will celebrate Catholic Schools, and in a particular way the Cathedral kids who attend one of the five Rainbow Schools. Our parish is a contributing member of the Rainbow Schools Coalition whereby children from our parish can attend at “parishioner” tuition rates. Approximately 50 cathedral children are enrolled in one of these terrific schools. On February 2, representatives of St. Edward, St. George, St. Paul, St. Joseph and St. Therese Catholics Schools will be available following the 10:00am and Noon Masses during hospitality. Please note: Children attending any Catholic school are encouraged to come to Mass in their uniforms! Information, Theresa Van de Ven, 206-219-5822.

FREE CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP. Gallagher Center, every other Saturday, from 10am–12 Noon. Our next session is February 8. 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.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES BEGIN SOON! If you are interested in pursuing Confirmation this year, please contact Brenda Bellamy now. Confirmation classes begin on Thursday, February 13. Confirmation is open to all persons who have been Baptized and received First Communion, and who are age 16 or older. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

WRITERS GROUP. If you are interested in “telling your story” and would like the guidance of a professional educator and published author to help develop your writing skills, we will be holding an informative meeting to learn more about this free group. Call or email for details! Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

THE CATHEDRAL ESPRESSO CART is open! Please come by after the 10:00 and Noon Masses. All proceeds for the month of February benefit the Cathedral Music Program.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Workshop, Saturday, February 22, 8:30am– 4:30pm. This is an informational program to help individuals understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. Learn a simple 5 Step Action Plan to help an individual in crisis. Comments from an attendee of recent MHFA training: “I found it very informative and helpful. I found the tools very specific, how to approach a disturbed person and when X happens, do Y. That is very helpful to persons who aren't trained in how to handle individuals with mental health problems.” Scholarships to cover $100 cost available for King County residents through NAMI. Information, Nancy Granger, 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 washcloths. 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.

FIRST FRIDAY EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT AND HOLY HOUR. On Friday, February 7, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin immediately following the 8:15am Mass and continue until 1:00pm. Holy Hour, including readings, reflections, hymns, and rosary, will begin at 12 Noon. You are invited to join in all or part of this prayer in the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

YOUNG ADULTS “FIRST FRIDAYS” On the first Friday of every month join St. James Young Adults at Taize. Following Taize 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, February 7. Information, Caitlin Lanigan.

GREAT MUSIC FOR GREAT CATHEDRALS returns on February 28 and March 1, 8:00 pm. Nine Cathedral choirs, and 16-member Cathedral brass are conducted by James Savage, Cathedral Director of Music; along with seven pipe organs, six synthesizers, and one grand piano! Movement, poetry, stunning artistic creations, and evocative lighting of St. James’ grand interior by lighting designer Linet Henry, combine to highlight and bring to life Cathedral music from the 12th to the 21st centuries. Suggested donation $30, students and seniors pay as able. Get your Reserved Passes now by calling 206-382-4874 or use your credit card at www.stjames-cathedral.org/music.

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH NIGHTS. There will be NO Youth Night this week, February 2, to allow for Super Bowl enjoyment. Go Hawks!!! Youth Nights will resume on Sunday, February 9 at 6:30pm with a continued grief process for our youth struggling with loss.

JUNIOR HIGH SOJOURN. Due to conflicting schedules, the Sojourn program is switching to a MONTHLY gathering on the THIRD SUNDAY of each month in the Pastoral Outreach Center from 6:30 – 8:30pm. The next Sojourn will occur on Sunday, February 16. The gatherings on February 5 and 19 have been canceled.

INNER TUBING AT SNOQUALMIE. Calling all high school students (Grades 9-12) who’d like to hit the slopes and inner tube the day away. (Weather permitting) Join us on Monday, February 17 (President’s Day). Permission forms are available in the Youth Ministry office.

SU BASKETBALL GAME. St. James will be participating in “Catholic Community at the Key” in support of Seattle University’s D1 basketball team, the Redhawks! Please join us on Thursday, February 20 at 6:00pm. All middle and high school students (Grades 7-12) are invited.

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082

STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING. The USCCB's antitrafficking program encourages Catholics to pray, learn more, and help combat modern day slavery. Participate in the upcoming February 8 Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Human Trafficking on the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery. "On that day, we will lift our voices loudly in prayer, hope, and love for trafficking victims and survivors" said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., chairman of the Committee. Catholics are invited to pray for the emotional, physical, and spiritual healing of those that have been trafficked, and make a personal commitment to work against human trafficking. Information, http://www.stjames-cathedral.org/immigration.

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; in the Fireside Room in the Pastoral 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.

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. Thomas Aquinas in Camas and St. John Bosco in Tacoma.


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