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March 9, 2014

Dear Friends,

I am sorry not to be here this weekend to personally welcome our guest homilist and presider, Fr. Bryan Dolejsi. Fr. Dolejsi is the director of vocations for the Archdiocese and a very effective one.

I feel a real kinship with him since I served as director of vocations for the archdiocese way back in ancient history (1970-1977)! It was an important ministry then; it’s even more important now -- one that involves raising awareness among parishioners of the great need for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life (brothers and sisters), helping potential candidates to discern their calling over a period of years, and working with the parishes to help them assume their responsibility with regard to priestly and religious vocations.

And that’s where we come in! Vocations to the priesthood and religious life don’t drop from the heavens! They come from families like yours and from parishes like ours. I am happy to say that during my years here at St. James, twelve men from our parish have entered seminaries or religious formation programs, and five of them are now serving as priests, four here in Seattle and one in Spokane. And three of those twelve are still in the formation programs of religious orders. Of course I wish the number were larger, but I am grateful that it’s as large as it is, and that those five priests are as good as they are!

Fr. Dolejsi’s presence here this weekend will, I know, energize you and serve as a strong reminder that God calls forth priests, brothers, and sisters from communities like ours – prayerful communities that are strong in faith and committed to serving the poor. Knowing this should encourage us to be the best parish we can possibly be. I also hope that his message will resonate with some of our young people who may be wondering if God is calling them to serve as priests or religious, and that it will encourage them to step forward and make themselves known. I know Fr. Dolejsi will be happy to make himself available to them and so will I! Lastly, I hope we will all be reminded this weekend how important it is to do as Jesus told us, “pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into the harvest.”

I am away this weekend on my annual retreat, something I always do at the beginning of Lent. I know I can count on your prayers and I trust you know how grateful I am for them.

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.

THE LENTEN ALTAR ARRANGEMENT is the gift of the Corrigan family, in loving memory of Mairead Brigid Corrigan on her nineteenth birthday.

NEW IN THE CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE. Hot off the press! Journey of Faith is a brand-new retelling of the history of the Church in Western Washington, from the days when native peoples called this place holy ground, right up to the present day. This short history (told in “comic book” or graphic novel format) includes key moments in the life of our Cathedral. You may even spot Father Ryan on a page or two! The book is great for all ages. Paperbound is $10, hardbound $15. Pick up a copy today. Also: we have plenty of Lenten reading in stock!

FATHER RYAN’S TALK ON POPE FRANCIS is available for a nominal fee in the Cathedral Bookstore. If you missed the talk, or if you want to share it with friends, stop by the bookstore today to pick up a copy!

THE CATHEDRAL ESPRESSO CART is open! Please come by after the 10:00 and Noon Masses. All proceeds for the month of March benefit our ministries to the homeless.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST TICKETS ON SALE TODAY! Please stop by coffee hour after the 10:00AM or Noon Masses today to buy tickets for next weekend’s Pancake Breakfast benefiting the Solanus Casey Center. You can buy tickets for $7 each ($3 for kids 12 and under). We also offer you the option to purchase a breakfast ticket for one of our low-income guests. Tickets will be available next weekend as well but we encourage you to buy today to avoid the lines next weekend! Join us for pancakes next Sunday after the 10:00AM and Noon Masses and help us raise money for Solanus Casey Center. If you have forgotten, Solanus Casey is a drop-in day center for our homeless and low-income neighbors. The Center is staffed by volunteers and a paid director who help those in need of assistance obtaining identification cards, prescription drugs, bus passes, a cup of coffee, a listening ear and so much more!

SPECIAL HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH NIGHT. Sunday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. This week, we will begin the season of Lent by making sandwiches for the St. Martin de Porres shelter. Please join us!

JUNIOR HIGH SOJOURN. Sunday, March 16 from 6:30-8:30pm in Cathedral Place. Join us in welcoming a special guest from Maryknoll who will introduce us to the exciting missionary Church that Pope Francis is inviting us to embrace. Plus, food, games, and activities! Bring a friend!

HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT. Save the Date: March 29 and 30, 2014. Join us for a weekend getaway filled with fun, faith, and friends, an opportunity to step away from distractions and get closer to God. (Grades 9-12)

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082

LENTEN HOLY HOUR is each Friday during Lent, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, with scripture reading, reflection, and rosary. All are welcome to this simple Lenten prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

OPERATION RICE BOWL calls us to walk in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in need. Rice Bowls will be available on Ash Wednesday. Please be sure to take home a Rice Bowl and use this fun and easy resource to deepen your Lenten experience and make a difference in the lives of the poor. New this year: the Rice Bowl mobile app! Search “CRS Rice Bowl” to download the free app with prayers, stories of hope, and ways to give.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR MINISTRY. Are you a volunteer in ministry here at St. James? Do you work with children or vulnerable adults? Have you been asked to take this program? Our next class is on Sunday, March 23 from 1:30pm—4:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Register online at http://seattle.setanet.org/, click on “Register for Classes,” scroll down to March 23 and look for St. James. InformationTheresa Van de Ven, 206-219-5822.

JOIN US AS WE EXPLORE THE IMPACT OF THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE through tragic accident, illness or suicide. Beverly Goldsmith, LICSW, coordinator of Child and Family Grief Support Program at Providence Hospice of Seattle, has provided grief support and education to children and families for over 25 years. Sunday, March 23, Gallagher Center, 11am – 12 Noon. Information, Nancy Granger, RN, 206-382-4269.

IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION. St. James ministry to immigrants and refugees provides clients with a range of services from learning English to passing the US citizenship exam; from adjusting immigration status to finding resources to address other needs. Learn how you can help by attending our upcoming Volunteer Information Session on Friday, March 7, from 5:30pm-7:00pm. We will meet in the Mother Cabrini Room, Pastoral Outreach Center. At this gathering you will learn about our services and the many roles that volunteers play, and meet staff, volunteers, and clients. Current volunteer openings include advisory board members, bi-lingual Cultural Navigators, ESL Tutors, and experienced ESL Teachers. Information, Cecilia Erin Walsh, 206-382-4511.

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. Information, Margaret Lynch, 206-382-4288.

CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP. Every other Saturday, 10am – 12 Noon in the Gallagher Center. Come to our next class on Saturday, March 8 to create Clothespin People!

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 encouraged regardless of ability to pay. Information, Nancy Granger, RN, 206-382-4269.

ST. JAMES KNITTERS GROUP meets Monday, March 10 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the Mother Cabrini Room, Pastoral Outreach Center. We get together the second Monday of the month to knit or crochet hats and scarfs for the homeless. Some of us are beginners. Some have been knitting for years. Never knitted before? We’ve taught others to knit, and will help you, too. Want to join in on the fun? Yarn, knitting needles, and other such things can be donated. Information, Connie Carlson, 206-518-1623.

DO YOU KNOW THE MUFFIN MAN? Sunday Coffee Hour is in need of two volunteers to bake muffins on the first Sunday of each month. Muffin makers come in at 7:00 and are usually finished by 10:00. This is a fun ministry and everyone in the parish is grateful for your service as they enjoy these fresh baked muffins all morning long! We make the baking process very easy, so no experience necessary! 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 St. Joseph in Chehalis, Vancouver, Pe Ell, Ferndale, Issaquah, Elma, and Sequim, and St. Joseph Mission in Kalama.


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