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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.

A CHRISTMAS GIFT. This weekend, in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Cathedral’s rededication on December 22, 1994, we are making a gift to you of a limited number of the Cathedral’s beautiful coffee table book, House of God, Gate of Heaven. The books are available in the Cathedral Chapel and at the Marion and Terry entrance to the Cathedral. Please take one to enjoy yourself or to share with a family member!

SOLEMNITY OF THE DEDICATION OF ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL. Monday evening, December 22, at 5:30pm, join Father Ryan for this annual celebration of the 20th anniversary of the dedication of our beloved Cathedral. The Mass includes beautiful chant by Peregrine Vocal Ensemble and the lighting of the Cathedral's dedication candles.

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!

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.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Elizabeth Winder Noyes.

YOUTH NIGHTS will resume in January. Youth Nights are open to 7th-12th grade youth and include prayer, catechesis, and fun activities designed to integrate faith into everyday life. Look for them on Sunday evenings from 6:30–8:30 pm.

LASER QUEST TRIP – Monday, December 29 at 12:00pm. Join your peers for three consecutive games of laser tag inside a multi-tiered playing arena in Federal Way. Please e-mail Joe to sign-up.

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, 6:30pm, 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 at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center.

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082

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.

ADVENT SOCK DRIVE: 195 PAIRS TO MEET GOAL! Thank you to all parishioners who have generously donated socks during the Advent Sock Drive. We are currently at 1,820 pairs of socks, just 195 pairs shy of the 2,015 pairs goal! All donations go to local organizations working to empower people experiencing homelessness. You may drop off socks today at Coffee Hour, or you may bring them to the main office, 9am-5pm, until December 24. Thank you!

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.

SOLANUS CASEY CENTER. The Solanus Casey Center, our parish’s drop-in outreach center serving the homeless and our neighbors in need, will be expanding its hours and is seeking additional volunteers. We are looking for three or four volunteers who can commit to a weekly position from 12:45 to 4:15 pm on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. This is direct work with the homeless and the working poor, providing hospitality, answering phones, helping to navigate social service resources, problem solving, and collecting documentation to obtain ID cards. Training and mentoring is provided; the most important qualities you can bring to this work are patience, compassion and a genuine desire to help others. Information, Jonathan Prociv.

SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL thanks all who donated so generously in 2014 to help low income residents of St James parish pay their rent to avoid eviction, pay utility bills to avoid shutoff, receive beds so they do not have to sleep on the floor, obtain food and clothes for themselves and their children and cope with other financial challenges. Thank you also for your prayers for our neighbors in need and for our Vincentians, who are truly blessed to see the face of Jesus in each and every person we visit as we deliver the material help you provide. Would you like to join us? Contact Barb Schmidt, 206-938-8696.

THE CATHEDRAL KITCHEN needs a few more volunteer dishwashers on Friday and substitutes for other days from 4:00-5:30pm. If you would like to join us and help out please contact Teddi Callahan, 206-264-2091.

MASS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE - Saturday, January 17, at 11:00am. As our nation remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Archbishop Sartain will celebrate a special Mass for peace and justice in the Cathedral. All are welcome to this celebration, which gathers people from across the Archdiocese who share a common commitment to racial equality in our nation and our world. “I may not get there with you, but I want you to know that we as a people will get to the promised land.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

TONIGHT: THIRD SUNDAY RECEPTION AND ADVENT REFLECTION. At 6:30pm, young adults are invited to the Rector Parlors for wine, cheese, and other light refreshments. At 7:30pm, we will transition to the final evening of Advent Reflection. 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.

FIRST FRIDAY TAIZÉ AND DINNER. On Friday, January 2, join other young adults for Taizé prayer at 6:30 in the Cathedral. Afterwards, we will meet in the north end of the Cathedral to decide on a place for dinner.

SERVICE EVENT AT RECOVERY CAFÉ. Join us on Saturday, January 17 from 5pm to 8pm as we make and serve dinner for members of Recovery Café! This will take place at the Café’s monthly Open Mic Night, where members are encouraged to share their talents with the community. Recovery Café provides supportive community, meals, and hospitality to people working to overcome addictions of any kind.

Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235

WINTER SHELTER NEEDS WASHCLOTHS. Thank you for your generous support of the overflow Winter Shelter! We are currently in need of new or gently used washcloths as well as large spray deodorant, cough drops, and other hygiene supplies. Please drop off any donations in the Rubbermaid container after the 8am, 10am, and noon Masses at Coffee Hour or at the Cathedral office Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Thank you!

VETERANS OF MILITARY SERVICE. Save the date: A Salute to Service, Tuesday, January 20 at 7:00pm. Details coming soon. Information, John Simpson, Pastoral Care Minister, 206-274-3173.

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.


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. Note that there will be no classes held December 24, 25, 29, and 30.

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. Note that the group will not meet December 31.

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

MARRIAGE PREPARATION IS REQUIRED for all couples being married in the Catholic Church Our “Evenings for the Engaged” starts on Monday, April 13 from 7-9pm and runs through Monday, May 11. Information, Margaret Lynch, 206-382-4288.

THANK YOU FROM THE CATHEDRAL KITCHEN. Thank you, Horizon House for supplying our Cathedral Kitchen with great salads during the month of December. We also thank Pagliacci Pizza, for serving your amazing pizza to over 160 meal guests on December 18. The pizza was great and enjoyed by all!

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.

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 St. John in Vancouver and Seattle, St. John of the Woods in Tacoma, and St. Stephen the Martyr in Renton, and St. John Mission in Montesano and Mukilteo.


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