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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.

TWENTY YEARS LATER. This month marks twenty years since the rededication of St. James Cathedral following its restoration and renovation in 1994. In honor of this special anniversary, look for five history panels near the font, ambo, cathedra, presider chair, and Blessed Sacrament Chapel which include architect’s drawings and photos of the construction process which brought new life to our historic Cathedral.

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.

OUR ADVENT COMMUNAL RECONCILIATION SERVICE will be held Monday, December 15 at 7:30pm. During this beautiful service 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. This will be the ideal time to do so.

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!

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!

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

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.

A LIFELINE FOR MARRIAGES. Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vī) can help struggling couples rediscover each other and take new, positive steps to save their marriages. No matter the source of conflict in your marriage, Retrouvaille can help you. The next weekend program in the Seattle area will be held January 23-25, 2015. Confidential information or registration, www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

PRAYING FOR OUR ADULT SONS AND DAUGHTERS. Do you have an adult son or daughter who has wandered from the Catholic Church? Do you have a grown child who is struggling emotionally or spiritually, or is trapped in negative life style choices or addictions? If so, consider joining a small group of parents to discuss Praying for Our Adult Sons and Daughters by John and Theresa Botham. The book gives parents powerful tools for prayer and discernment as they reach out to their adult children. This 8-week study will begin Tuesday, January 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Fireside Room and is limited to 8 people. Information and registration, Ginnie Huntsman, 206-860-5893.

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.

IMMIGRATION REFORM. President Obama recently took action to provide relief to immigrant families who fear being separated by deportation. Along with his previous deferred action program, this new action will help about half of the undocumented immigrants in the country. Find out more at our website or follow us on Facebook. Information, Chris Koehler, 206-382-4511.

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

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD’S BLESSINGS to Zyon Elisha Gaye, Olivia Makiko Swihart-Lee, and Eleanor Cosette Ulstein, baptized in the Cathedral on Sunday, November 23. We welcome with joy these newest members of the family of faith.

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Ulrich Henn, the sculptor who created our Ceremonial Bronze Doors (1999) and Tabernacle (2003).


"THE COUNSELOR IS IN" Licensed Mental Health Counselors and MHM Volunteers, Dwayne Stone and Emily Fell, are available to chat with parishioners after 10 am and noon masses. For appointment contact Nancy Granger 206-382-4269.

CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP – 2nd and 4th Thursdays. Gallagher Center, 12– 2 pm. Let your creative juices flow in this supportive atmosphere. No artistic experience necessary! No group on Christmas Day. Next workshop: January 8.

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

GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP – Wednesdays 10:30am– 12:00pm, 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.

HOME VISITS. Contact Nancy Granger, RN if you would like a nurse or volunteer to visit you or a loved one at home.

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

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.

GREENING OF THE CATHEDRAL. On Monday, December 22, there will be a rare opportunity to get a look “behind the scenes” at the Cathedral while preparing our sacred space for Christmas! Volunteers are needed to decorate starting at 6:30pm, and pizza will be provided for your efforts! Space is limited—RSVP early!

Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235

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.

A guide to 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.
    Did you know that there is also parking underground at Cabrini Garage? Dozens of spots sit empty most weekends!
  • In the P-1 parking lot under the Chancery building at 9th and Marion.
  • In the Cherry and Terry Parking lot, only in spaces 1-22.

Please DO NOT park:

  • In any parking spot marked with an orange cone.
  • In the Cherry and Terry Parking lot, spaces 23-40.
  • 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 communities of Immaculate Conception in Seattle, Everett, Arlington, and Mount Vernon, and Immaculate Conception Mission in Steilacoom.


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804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, Washington  98104
Phone 206.622.3559  Fax 206.622.5303