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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.

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.

ST. JAMES KNITTERS GROUP meets Monday, February 10 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the Fireside Room, Pastoral Outreach Center. This month, Sr. Claudette, an ace knitter, will be showing us how to make pom-poms for knitted hats. Bring yarn or use ours, and a pair of scissors. We’ll also be working on hats and scarves for the homeless. Want to join in on the fun? Any level of participation is welcome, from coming to meetings or knitting (and crocheting) on your own and donating the results. Never knitted before? We’ve taught other beginners to knit, and will help you, too. Information, Connie Carlson, 206-518-1623.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES BEGIN THIS WEEK! 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.

SACRAMENT OF THE SICK. There will be a communal celebration of this sacrament on Saturday, February 15 at a special 10:30am Mass. Father Ryan will preside. All are welcome to attend the Mass. If you would like to receive the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, or have questions, please contact John Simpson, Pastoral Care Minister. Information, John Simpson, 206-274-3173.

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.

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.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN NAVIGATING THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM. Julianne Kocer is an attorney serving clients in the greater Seattle area. Julianne practices in the legal areas of Life Care Planning, Wills, Trusts, Medicaid, disability programs, Veterans Benefits, Guardianships, Powers of Attorney, Special Needs Trusts and more. She has graciously agreed to visit our Resource Room Open House at Gallagher Center on February 23, 11am–12 Noon for a presentation and discussion. Gallagher Center is located in the basement of St. James rectory, one door west of the rectory/office entrance. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

FREE CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP. Every other Saturday, 10 am – 12 Noon, Gallagher Center Resource Room. Leader will guide you in creating artwork and crafts including water colors, pencil drawing, collage, beading, sculpting, seasonal decorations and more! No experience necessary. Come for fun and socializing. Next Class: February 22. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

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.

REGISTER NOW for our Family-to-Family Education Program This popular 12-week course developed by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for family members of those with mental health challenges includes accurate information about Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Panic and Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder, as well as up to date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence, and problem solving, listening and communication techniques. The series begins Thursday, March 6, 6:30–9:00pm. Register soon, space limited. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH NIGHTS. Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. This week, we will offer another processing opportunity for grief and 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 gathering on February 19 has 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

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.

PRAYER WITH MUSIC FROM TAIZÉ. Each Friday at 6:30pm in the Cathedral, all are invited to join in an ecumenical service of readings, silence, candlelight, and the music of the ecumenical community of Taizé in France. This simple, reflective prayer is the perfect way to end a busy week.

ARE YOU A YOUNG ADULT IN YOUR 20s OR 30s? We are a community of Cathedral Young Adults who gather for spirituality, social, and service events. We’d love to have you join us! Information, Caitlin Lanigan, 206-382-4235.

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 Lourdes in Seattle and Vancouver, and Our Lady of Lourdes Mission in Wilkeson.


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