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Dear Friends,

The Super Bowl was great for Seattle but maybe not quite so great for St. James. Put it this way: as far as attendance is concerned (we were down about one-half), it was not such a Super Sunday for St. James! And the unexpected snow storm last weekend was a repeat performance. It’s all very understandable, of course but, as you know, parish expenses continue, Super Bowls or snowstorms notwithstanding! So, please take this as a gentle reminder to catch up with your contributions if you happened to miss either of those weekends. Thank you!

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.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are from Slater Marshall, in loving memory of his wife Kathleen Marshall.

GREAT MUSIC FOR GREAT CATHEDRALS returns on February 28 and March 1, 8:00 pm. Nine Cathedral choirs, and 16-member Cathedral brass, 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.

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.

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT DINNER SERIES continues this coming Saturday, February 22rd from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Marriage and Family Therapist, Tita Subercaseaux, M.S., will facilitate our discussion of Intimacy: How Do We Cultivate It? Babysitting will be provided. Married couples of any age are welcome but RSVP is required for dinner and for babysitting.

BABYSITTING is available for children up to four years of age on Sundays during the 10:00am and Noon Masses, during baptism preparation classes, and during special events for parents and families. The program is located in the Mother Cabrini Room on the first floor of the Pastoral Outreach Center; enter through the courtyard at Ninth and Columbia.

DO YOU LIKE TO SEW? The Family Ministry Office is looking for a few volunteers who like to sew, have a sewing machine and a few hours to sew. We are looking for volunteers to sew simple baptism robes for small children. All materials will be provided for this volunteer opportunity. Information, Margaret Lynch, 206-382-4288.

THINKING OF BEING MARRIED AT ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL? Parishioners are able to schedule a wedding at St. James Cathedral 14 months in advance; non- parishioners are able to schedule 12 months in advance. We do require at least six months preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony.

RSVP and Information, Margaret Lynch, 206-382-4288

ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR. Do you have a will? This workshop, presented by parishioner Celeste McDonell, will demystify the process of getting your will made and will be a valuable opportunity to ask questions. The workshop is offered Wednesday, February 19, at 3:00pm in the Holy Names Room, Pastoral Outreach Center. Please note that the 7:00pm session has been canceled. Information or to RSVP, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

GARDEN UPDATE. Spring is coming and plans are underway for planting in our new Cathedral Kitchen Garden! Join us on Sunday, March 2, at the 12:00 Mass for a blessing of the seeds and plant starts we will use in the garden. Also, we are still seeking volunteers to help with planting, weeding, watering, etc. To learn more, or to volunteer, e-mail garden@stjames-cathedral.org.

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH NIGHTS. Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center.

JUNIOR HIGH SOJOURN. Sunday, February 16 from 6:30 -8:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center, basement floor. Our first Sunday Sojourn will involve games and prizes designed to get to know each other better. High school youth will help facilitate.

SU BASKETBALL GAME. Thursday, February 20 at 6:00pm. It’s “Catholic Community at the Key” in support of the SU Redhawks! Grades 7-12 are invited! We’ll meet directly at the Armory (the old Center House at Seattle Center). Please purchase your own tickets using a special online link that will seat us together. To receive the link, simply e-mail Joe.

JUNIOR HIGH RALLY. Saturday, March 1, all day. This is a gathering of hundreds of Catholic youth from around the region. Join us for live music, engaging speakers, moving prayer experiences and MORE! Permission forms are available in the parish office or by e-mailing Joe.

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082

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.

THE ST VINCENT DE PAUL CONFERENCES of St. James thank Cathedral parishioners for their generous donations last month. During January we made 64 home visits to our low income neighbors. Your contributions allowed us to help 44 individuals and families pay their rent and stay safely in their homes. In addition, we prevented 3 utility shut-offs, provided food for 28 families, beds and furniture for 16 households, clothes for 3 people, and transportation assistance for 7 individuals. 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.

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.

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.

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.

ARCHBISHOP HUNTHAUSEN LIBRARY. Visit your friendly and accessible Archbishop Hunthausen Library in Cathedral Hall during the Sunday coffee hours. We have a good selection of old favorites and recent releases.

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 St. Peter in Seattle, and the St. Peter Mission Churches in Deming, Suquamish, and Tenino.


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804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, Washington  98104
Phone 206.622.3559  Fax 206.622.5303