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December 28, 2014

Dear Friends,

As we prepare for a New Year, we naturally look to the future, but who of us ends a year without looking to the past, as well? It’s the combination of both - reflection and resolution - that makes the marking of a New Year so very important.

This year, I invite you to reflect with me, not just on the past year but on the past three decades and more here at St. James Cathedral. It was that long ago (1981, to be exact) that Dr. James Savage took in hand the reins (and tattered reins they were!) of the Cathedral’s director of music. In the intervening years he has created a music program that is the envy of cathedrals across this country and beyond. From the one rather shaky, if spirited, choir that Jim inherited in 1981, the Cathedral now has five adult choirs and four youth choirs. And this does not count the Cathedral’s four highly respected “resident ensembles” (Jim’s brainchild), or the wonderful Cathedral Orchestra and Cathedral Brass.

In addition, there has been, over many years, the highly popular and incredibly imaginative Great Music for Great Cathedrals, not to mention a yearly offering of concerts that have attracted the attention of the community at large as well as the acclaim of the professional critics. Beyond those, has been the highly important role as aesthetic advisor that Jim played in the major renovation and restoration of the Cathedral (1991-1994) and in every major building project since then (including the bronze doors, the east apse organ, the tabernacle, the courtyard, the Pastoral Outreach Center, the shrine of St. John XXIII).

But, speaking for myself, all these accomplishments pale next to the role Jim has played in making the worshipping community of St. James a community that loves to sing and sings incredibly well. Any pastor would think he had won the lottery if he inherited a congregation that makes such beautiful music together week after week!

So, you see why it’s important for us to look back some distance this New Year’s Eve. And to that I would add that it is also important that we look back with deep gratitude for Jim’s incalculable contribution toward making St. James Cathedral the “Great Cathedral” it is. In expressing my own deep gratitude to him, I invite you to do the same and I know you will take time to pray for him as he begins a new chapter in his life.

And now, a little look to the future. Joseph Adam, who has served as Cathedral organist for over 20 years, has agreed to serve as interim director of music until a national search is able to identify a permanent director. I am extremely grateful to Joseph for taking this on and have every confidence that his superior musical skills as well as his long and deep commitment to the Cathedral – its life and its music – will serve us well in the days and months ahead. Joseph has always been a wonderful team-player and has earned the respect, not only of the Cathedral’s musicians, volunteers and professionals, but also of our pastoral staff and parishioners. His list of accomplishments in the world of music are impressive, to say the least, and I have every reason to believe that he will add significantly to that list while he directs the Cathedral’s music program.

On Wednesday night, New Year’s Eve, Jim will conduct his last concert in the Cathedral. I encourage you to be a part of it, if you are able, in order to celebrate this milestone moment and bid Jim a fond farewell. Above all, grateful for the past and hopeful for the future, I pray that the year ahead will be full of good things and blessings without number for both Jim and Joseph, and for St. James Cathedral!

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.

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD. On January 1, the Church observes a solemnity in honor of Mary, the Mother of God. Masses will be on December 31 at 5:30pm and on January 1 at 8, 10, and 12.

FIRST FRIDAY EXPOSITION AND HOLY HOUR. On Friday, January 2, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin following the 8:15am Mass and continue until 1:00pm. Holy Hour, with hymns, Scripture readings, and rosary, will begin at 12 Noon. All are welcome to join in all or part of this prayer in the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

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!

THANK YOU TO ALL ADVENT SOCK DRIVE DONORS! With your help, we were able to meet our goal of 2,015 pairs of socks! All socks will be distributed to local organizations working to empower people experiencing homelessness.

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.

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

VETERANS OF MILITARY SERVICE. The Cathedral parish would like to invite you and your loved ones to a Salute to Service gathering on Tuesday, January 20 at 7:00pm. Food and beverages will be provided. Information, John Simpson, 206-274-3173.

SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL thanks all who donated so generously in 2014 to help low income residents of St James parish. Vincentians 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? Information, Barb Schmidt, 206-938-8696 or barbaralschmidt@comcast.net.

TRANSITIONING TO TECH. Are you interested in a career in technology? Parishioner Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack is returning in January with her popular four-part workshop Transitioning to Tech. Topics covered will include exploring tech as a career, getting notice and building a resume, interview skills, and building professional relationships. The workshop will be held on four consecutive evenings, Monday January 26 through Thursday January 29, 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Attendance is free but registration is required. To register, contact Patty Bowman, 206-382-4515.


THE COUNSELOR IS IN. Licensed Mental Health Counselors and MHM Volunteers, Dwayne Stone and Emily Fell, are available to chat with parishioners after 10am and Noon Masses. For appointment contact Nancy Granger.

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! 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 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.

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

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.

SAVE THE DATE FOR TAIZÉ BROTHER VISIT! On Sunday, February 8, Br. Emile will be in Seattle from the Taizé Monastery in France. Join us 7pm-8:30pm for a discussion with Br. Emile.

Tom Frasene, 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 Holy Innocents in Duvall and Holy Family in Auburn, Kirkland, and Seattle; and the mission churches of Holy Family in Frances and Prince of Peace in Belfair.


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