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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.

SHORT TOUR AFTER 10:00AM MASS TODAY. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the renovation and restoration of the Cathedral in 1994. Immediately following the 10:00am Mass, gather at the font and we will explore a few of the beauties of our remarkably beautiful Cathedral. The tour will take about 15 minutes. Visitors and regulars are welcome!

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

NEW IN THE BOOKSTORE. Pray your way through Advent with reflections from G. K. Chesterton, St. Francis, Henri Nouwen, St. Pio, and more! Also, lots of new jewelry items from the Vatican Collection—these make wonderful Christmas gifts. Plus prayer books, missals, and missalettes for the coming year 2015.

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES FAIR TRADE SALE. Did you miss the Advent Bazaar last weekend? Still looking for alternative gift items? It’s not too late! Stop by the coffee hour this Sunday after the 8:00 and 10:00 Masses to shop for handmade fair trade items from around the world, benefitting the people served by Catholic Relief Services.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. On Monday, December 8 we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Masses in the Cathedral will be at 8:15am and 5:30pm. In addition, you are welcome to join the O’Dea High School community for their holy day Mass at 10:10am.

ADVENT RETREAT. Come away from the busyness of December, and join us for an evening of quiet prayer as we await the coming of the Christ Child. Using the Advent Marian scriptures, Rosanne Michaels of the Cathedral staff will offer reflections, interspersed with time for silent prayer and shared reflections. The retreat will be held in the Pastoral Outreach Center on Thursday evening, December 11, from 6:45 – 9:00pm. Information, or to RSVP, Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.

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!

TOY DRIVE FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN – We are collecting toys (new and gently used) for migrant children in the Skagit Valley. Even if you didn’t acquire a giving tree tag, you can still participate in the effort! We especially need toy cars, trucks, stuffed dolls, soccer balls, and other similar toys. Donations can be brought unwrapped to coffee hour or to the parish office during business hours. Please help us make Christmas special for children in need. We will deliver on December 20.

NICARAGUA MISSION TRIP August 6-14, 2015. Join us for a unique international experience devoted to kinship and mutuality with orphaned and abandoned children. We are joining forces with NPH USA, a national agency devoted to supporting several orphanages in Latin America and the Caribbean. NPH Nicaragua is home to 260 children who are eager to connect with St. James youth, including our two sponsored godchildren, Angel and Shirley. We desire to learn from the poor, serve alongside them, and return home transformed. Information Night: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center.

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2016 with Pope Francis in Krakow, Poland. Save the Dates – July 22 to August 2, 2016. Information Night, Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 7:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center.

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082
www.stjames-cathedral.org/youthministry

COMMUNAL RECONCILIATION SERVICES will be held on Saturday, December 13 at 4:00pm and Monday, December 15 at 7:30pm. During these beautiful services of readings, reflection and song, we will open ourselves to experience the gift of God’s gracious and loving forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance. It has long been a tradition in the church to confess one’s sins before celebrating the great feast of Christmas. These will be ideal times to do so.

CELEBRATING SANTO NIÑO. The Cathedral Friends of Santo Niño invite you to join them in planning the fiesta celebrating the Child Jesus which takes place each January after the Santo Niño Mass. You are invited to a planning session during Coffee Hour in Cathedral Place Hall on Sunday, December 14 following the Noon Mass. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm! No experience required!

GIVING TREE. Thanks to everyone who picked up tags at our Giving Tree! Please remember to return your gifts to Coffee Hour by the date specified on the tag. If you missed the Giving Tree last weekend, it’s not too late – stop by the Giving Tree today at Coffee Hour to pick up a tag!

ARCHDIOCESAN SIMBANG GABI COMMISSIONING, Saturday, December 13, 11:00am. Please join Archbishop Sartain and participants from some 80 parishes for the "start off" celebration of Simbang Gabi, a novena of Masses in honor of Mary, to prepare in her company for the celebration of Christmas. This colorful, festive and prayerful Eucharistic celebration, during which Simbang Gabi Parish Coordinators will be commissioned, helps us to focus our Christmas celebration on the coming of Jesus, Light of the World, symbolized by the parols (Christmas lanterns). All are invited and warmly welcome to be part of this joyful celebration.

CATHEDRAL KIDS CHRISTMAS PARTY. Saturday, December 20, 11:30am—2:00pm, Cathedral Hall. It's really for the whole family—don’t miss it!. There will be a piñata, Santa Claus, and of course, food and fun! We will also have a blessing of nativity sets. So if you have a small family crèche, bring it to the party to be blessed. RSVP to Theresa at 206-219-5822 by 4:00pm, Wednesday, December 17 with the number of children and adults attending, to help us with planning.

WINTER SHELTER IN NEED OF SUPPLIES. Thank you for your generous support of the overflow Winter Shelter! We currently are running low on the following items: cough drops, disposable razors, lip balm, dental floss, men’s deodorant sticks, large spray deodorant, travel size non-alcohol mouth wash, and nail clippers/emery boards. Please drop off any supplies in the Rubbermaid container at Coffee Hour after the 8am, 10am, and noon Masses, or at the Cathedral office Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Thank you!

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

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Elizabeth Hinz and Rosalia Gabat.

MENTAL HEALTH MINISTRY

"THE COUNSELOR IS IN" - Dwayne Stone, LMHCA will be available to chat with parishioners on Sundays, 11:00am–1:00pm.

GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP – Wednesdays 10:30 – 12, Pastoral Outreach Center. For those suffering from any type of significant loss; be it loss of a loved one, health, job, or sense of well-being.

HOLY YOGA. Chair Yoga: Mondays 1:30pm–2:45pm and Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:15pm. Mat Yoga: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45pm, Pastoral Outreach Center. Enhance your physical and spiritual wellbeing with gentle stretching, balance and strength building postures in a faith-filled atmosphere.

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

WELCOME BACK. This winter, St. James Cathedral will again offer Welcome Back, our parish program designed to help people return to the sacraments and to regular church attendance. If you are a Catholic who has been away from the Church, or if you know someone who has been away, please consider this wonderful opportunity. Sessions offer opportunity to ask questions about your faith and to learn about changes in the Church. We begin Monday, January 5, 7:00-9:00 pm in Cathedral Place, 803 Terry Avenue, and continue each Monday through March. Information, Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.

DO YOU HOMESCHOOL? We are exploring the possibility of a Catholic homeschooler’s group. This would be an opportunity to share lessons, experience and strategies. If you are interested, please contact Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

BAPTISM OF INFANTS & YOUNG CHILDREN (under the age of 7) is celebrated monthly at one of the weekend Masses. To prepare for this most important sacrament, parents and godparents participate in a series of classes to update their understanding of baptism, to reflect on their responsibility to guide their children in the practice of the faith, and to learn about the many ways our parish supports families. Please allow at least two months for preparation. Information, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION. Preparation classes for youth aged 16 or older, as well as for adults will begin Wednesday evening, April 8, and continue each Wednesday into June. Information, Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.

YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

SUNDAY EVENING ADVENT REFLECTIONS. Continuing TONIGHT, the young adults will meet in the Rectory Parlors at 7pm on each Sunday in Advent. Come for a quiet reflection on the meaning of this season that is too often overlooked amidst the busyness and consumerism of December. To commemorate and learn from a time when the Jewish people awaited the Messiah, we will explore what it means to invite Christ into our lives today. We will read scripture, listen to Franciscan priest Richard Rohr, and discuss the implications for everyday life. Light snacks will be provided.

HELP NEEDED FOR ADVENT SOCK DRIVE. The St. James Cathedral young adults have been tasked with the challenge of collecting 2,015 pairs of socks this Advent for people experiencing homelessness! We need enthusiastic young adults to staff a booth after the 8am, 10am, and noon Masses during Advent! Please RSVP to Tom (see below) if you are interested.

LIVE OUT THE GOSPEL MESSAGE OF SERVICE. The young adults will volunteer with Treehouse on Saturday, December 13, 1pm-4pm, to help this wonderful organization prepare its Christmas donations for children in foster care. Please RSVP to Tom Frasene (see below) if you are interested in this event.

GREENING OF THE CATHEDRAL. On Monday, December 22, there will be a rare opportunity to prepare our sacred space for Christmas! Volunteers are needed to decorate starting at 6:30pm, and pizza will be provided afterwards! RSVP to Tom (see below) if you are interested.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235
Facebook.com/StJamesYoungAdultMinistry

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

REMEMBER THE CATHEDRAL IN YOUR WILL. The generous bequests of parishioners and friends is critical to fulfilling the mission of St James Cathedral. Each year, we rely on bequests to help us carry out our mission of prayer and outreach here on First Hill. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

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 Immaculate Conception in Seattle, Everett, Arlington, and Mount Vernon, and Immaculate Conception Mission in Steilacoom.

 

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