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October 12, 2014

Dear Friends,

This past week, Jim Savage, Cathedral Music Director for the past thirty-three years, announced his decision to retire from his position early in the New Year.

The decision could not have been an easy one for Jim to make, and it certainly wasn’t an easy one for me to receive. I’m sure this will be true for you as well, considering the truly magnificent job Jim has done over these many years, making incredibly beautiful music in this place, teaching and inspiring more than a generation of choristers, and helping us as a community of believers to raise our voices in joyful praise of God.

And Jim’s gifts have not been confined to St. James Cathedral. Far from it! In one way or another, every parish in this Archdiocese has gained from his extraordinary leadership and so have parishes and cathedrals across this country. It is not overstating things to say that Jim has become a legend in his own time.

Finding a way to thank Jim will be as difficult as finding his successor. I know I can count on your prayers as we take the all-important steps regarding the future leadership of the Cathedral music program. I will keep you informed as things develop in the coming weeks and months.

There is so much more to say, and so much to celebrate, too, but for now, let me simply say that Jim Savage’s accomplishments as Director of Music have been nothing short of phenomenal. His legacy will be an enduring one. Please join me in praying for Jim as he prepares for the next lap on his remarkable journey of life and faith.

Father Ryan

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 LAST SENIOR TRIP OF THE YEAR will be Wednesday, October 15. We will visit both the Washington State History Museum and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. We'll explore an exhibit of World War I posters and watch artists transform molten glass into art. In between we’ll lunch at the Museum Café. Please join us! Space is limited and priority will be given to registered parishioners. Information, or to reserve your place, John Simpson, Pastoral Care Minister, at 206-274-3173.

THE ESPRESSO MINISTRY welcomes you at coffee hour after the 10:00am Mass! This month, all sales will benefit the Winter Shelter.

SOLEMN MASS OF ALL SOULS will include Fauré’s sublime setting of the Requiem with the Cathedral Choir and orchestra. If you would like to make a donation to Cathedral Music in memory of deceased family or friends and have the names included in the Order of Celebration, please write “All Souls’ Patron” on the check and enclose the names of the deceased. Information, Music Office or 206-382-4874.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION. Classes for children ages Pre-School through Grade 8 are Sunday mornings from 11:00 – 11:45. Detailed calendars are available online on the Cathedral website “Kids Page.” Information, Theresa Van de Ven, 206-219-5822.

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH. Sunday, October 19 is the last day to register children age 7-9 for First Communion preparation classes. Registration for children and youth wanting to become Catholic, is ongoing. Detailed information for both programs is available online at the Cathedral website “Kids Page.” Information, Theresa Van de Ven, 206-219-5822, or Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

YOUTH NIGHTS – Sunday evenings from 6:30–8:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Open to 7th – 12th grade students. Please join us for prayer, catechesis, and fun activities designed to integrate faith into everyday life. All are welcome!

SPECIAL NEEDS RETREAT. Saturday, October 18 from 9:00am– 2:00pm. Please help us provide welcome, hospitality, and child care for special needs families from all over the archdiocese as they gather for a retreat at Eastside Catholic High School.

JUNIOR HIGH BOAT CRUISE DANCE. Saturday, October 25 from 6-10pm. Join hundreds of middle school students from around the region as you dance the night away on the “The Royal Argosy.”

YOUTH CONVENTION. November 1-2. Join with hundreds of Catholic youth as we gather for live music, powerful speakers, and interactive workshops.

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC? If you are an adult who has never been baptized, an adult who has been baptized in another Christian tradition or a Catholic who has been baptized, but not received First Eucharist or Confirmation then you are invited to participate in the RCIA, a process of initiation into the Catholic Church. You can learn more by going to the RCIA website. Information, Kathleen McCabe, 206-382-2018.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD’S BLESSINGS to the families of the following children, baptized in the Cathedral on Saturday, September 27: Javier Nicholas Erum Ancheta, Lucy Anne Cashin Delgado, Christina Vikki Flath, Sophia Bella Talavera, Camilla Vandenbroucke, Emma Lyandra Vicente, Gabriel Joseph Kane-Yi, and Inez Alexandra Zen. We welcome with joy these newest members of the family of faith.

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Philip Sheridan, Sr. and Sister Marguerite Maguire SNJM.



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19 from 9:15 to 10:15am, St. James parishioners will pray for the unborn and their parents in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic at 20th and E Madison. Please join us.

THE PREGNANCY SUPPORT MINISTRY of St. James Cathedral needs new volunteers. Information, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

BUILDING A CULTURE OF LIFE. The Cornerstone Catholic Conference, sponsored by the bishops of Washington State, will be held at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center on October 24-25, 2014. Keynote speaker, Immaculee Ilibagiza, a Rwandan genocide survivor, will present her story on “hope, forgiveness, and the value of life.” Come be inspired and educated in the Gospel call to care for our brothers and sisters who are unborn, poor, marginalized, or at the end of life. Scholarships are available. Information and registration, www.cornerstonecatholic.com.

RCIA REUNION. Calling all former RCIA participants! Are you someone who has come through the RCIA process at St. James? Please join us for a social time to check in and catch up. We will gather on Tuesday evening, October 21 in the Rectory Parlors at 7pm. If you can attend, RSVP to Kathleen McCabe, 206-382-2018.

VOLUNTEER TO HELP AN IMMIGRANT OR REFUGEE. The Immigrant Assistance program helps to immigrants and refugees to learn English, apply for citizenship and prepare for their US Citizenship exam, apply for Deferred Action, get more active in the broader community, and find resources to address other challenges in their lives. Learn more at our upcoming Volunteer Information Session on Monday, October 20, from 6:00-7:30pm. At this gathering you will learn more about our ministry including the many ways in which you can serve. Bring your questions to the Pastoral Outreach Center at 907 Columbia Street. Enter through the courtyard and come to the last room on the left. We’ll be waiting for you there. Information, Cecilia Walsh , 206-382-4511.

FESTIVAL OF CATHEDRAL CHOIRS. Saturday, November 8, 7:30 pm, an evening of ancient and modern choral works including three commissioned world premieres in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Image, Seattle’s quarterly journal of writing, art and faith. Three of the Cathedral’s resident ensembles will be joined by our own Women of St. James Schola. Information, Cathedral Music Concerts page or 206-382-4874.


MENTAL HEALTH MINISTRY FAIR TODAY, Sunday, October 12 in Cathedral Hall following the morning Masses!

GRIEF GROUP MEETS EACH WEDNESDAY MORNING from 10:30 to 12:00 in the Pastoral Outreach Center. The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 8. Please note that the group will not meet on October 15 or October 22 but will resume on October 29.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (MHFA) - Saturday, November 8, 8:30am–4:30pm, Pastoral Outreach Center. Learn a simple 5-Step Action Plan on how to respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training benefits people from all walks of life, professionals, family members, volunteers and general public. Cost $100. NAMI Scholarship available for eligible King County residents. This class fills quickly.

BOOK PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION. In a new book, My Fluorescent God, local personality and therapist Joe Guppy describes his time as a young man in a psychiatric hospital and the treatment that saved him. He will discuss his concerns about the present state of the mental health system in our community. Saturday, November 22, 7:00pm, Pastoral Outreach Center.

ASIST (APPLIED SUICIDE INTERVENTION SKILLS TRAINING) During this 2-day interactional workshop, learn skills to communicate with and support a loved one suffering from debilitating depression. Saturday and Sunday, Oct 25 and 26, 9am-5pm at the Palisades Retreat Center in Federal Way. Information, Margaret Shelton 206-274-3123.

FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM. This 12 week NAMI program for family members of loved ones with mental illness will meet Thursdays 6:30 – 9 pm, starting October 16. Information, Mary Gibson at 206-650-4341

Information and Registration,
Nancy Granger, Parish Mental Health Nurse, 206-382-4269

CALLED TO PROTECT FOR MINISTRIES. Are you a volunteer in ministry working with children or vulnerable adults? Have you been asked to take this program? Join us on Sunday afternoon on October 19 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at Cathedral Place, 2nd Floor, to become certified in ministries working with children and with vulnerable adults. Register online at http://seattle.setanet.org/, click on “Register for Classes”, scroll down to October 19 and look for St. James Cathedral. Information, Theresa Van de Ven, 206-219-5822.


For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

THIRD SUNDAY WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION. After the 5:30pm Mass on Sunday, October 19, the young adults will meet for wine, cheese, and other light refreshments in the Rectory Parlors.

THEOLOGY ON TAP RETURNS. Save the date for the autumn edition of Theology on Tap! Make sure you are free on November 5, 12, and 19 from 7:30 to 9:30. Come have a drink, hear about the saints and saintliness, and meet your fellow young adults!

FILM, FOOD, AND TALK. Join us for a fun, informative, and spiritual evening on Wednesday, October 22, 7:00pm-8:30pm! We’ll watch an Academy Award-winning 30-minute film, eat delicious snacks, and discuss our role as Catholics in relating to each other and the environment.

Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235

A POVERTY SIMULATION. Could you survive a month in poverty? What choices would you make if you had little time and money to spare? The Missions Office and the JustFaith Leadership Team, and the Faith and Family Homelessness Project of Seattle University present a Poverty Simulation, Saturday, October 11, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Center, 7000 35th Ave West. During the simulation, participants will role-play a month in the lives of low-income individuals and families, explore the impact of poverty on our community, meet others in the community who care about the issue, reflect on Catholic Social Teaching and learn about advocacy opportunities. $15 suggested donation to cover the cost of lunch. Preregistration is required, and will be limited to the first 80 registrants. To register online, visit their website. To register by phone, contact Lisa Gustaveson, 206-296-2657. Information, Patty Bowman, 206-382-4515.

AT THE BORDER, CATHOLICS STEPPED UP WHILE POLITICIANS DITHERED. In the face of an imploding immigration system, an exploding political debate, and a deadlock on reform in Washington, it was religious leaders who rallied to form a humanitarian response to the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border to the United States this summer.” Read more at St. James Immigrant Assistance page.

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 communities of Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of the Lake, and Our Lady of Mt. Virgin in Seattle; and St. Edward in Seattle and Shelton.


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