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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.

NEW ON THE CATHEDRAL WEBSITE. Visit the web site to relive the liturgies of Holy Week: view photo albums of Palm Sunday, the Triduum, and Easter Sunday, read Father Ryan’s homilies, and more! Also: the Cathedral is on social media! Join the 3,940 people who follow St. James on Facebook (stjamesseattle) and Instagram (stjamescathedral).

ECUMENICAL ICON OF THE RESURRECTION. This weekend, St. James Cathedral is privileged once again to host a beautiful icon of Christ’s Resurrection. The icon, written by Yakov Prokofiev of St. Petersburg, was commissioned by the St. Petersburg Seattle Sister Churches Board to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their program, which encourages friendly relations between churches in Seattle and St. Petersburg. The icon was blessed by Metropolitan Vladimir and brought to Seattle in the summer of 2011. During this Easter Season, it is traveling around the Pacific Northwest to churches of many Christian denominations.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN OUR WELCOME BACK for Returning Catholics sessions, now in progress. This is a parish program designed to update you on the Catholic Church, and to learn more about your faith. It’s a warm, welcoming place where you can bring questions about faith and church. This small group meets Monday evening, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, and will continue each Monday evening into June. Location is Cathedral Place, 803 Terry Ave. Information, Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.

BREATHING THE WATER. On Monday, April 27, at 7:00pm, Pastoral Outreach Center, you are invited to learn more about the life and work of Denise Levertov. Levertov was a great 20th-century American poet who lived in Seattle from 1989 until the time of her death in 1997. A convert to Catholicism, she wrote about faith, nature, the environment, politics, and social justice. Our speakers will be Seattle writer and teacher Rebecca Brown and Patty Bowman, Director of Outreach at St. James Cathedral. The event kicks off a city-wide series of events celebrating Levertov. Information, Patty Bowman, 206-382-4515.

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

TONIGHT: EASTER PARTY WITH PIZZA AND LECTIO DIVINA! Join your fellow young adults tonight after the 5:30pm Mass for a celebration! We will meet in the Rectory Parlors for some food, drink, and fellowship before reading and reflecting on the Easter Gospel reading.

HOST A LUNCH FOR HOMELESS WOMEN. On Saturday, April 25, 9:30am-12:30pm, we will be hosting a lunch for women experiencing homelessness at Gethsemane Lutheran Church (9th & Stewart). All hands on deck are needed to carry out their baptismal call to serve! Please email Tom if you are interested.

SOFTBALL SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! The season will start in June with games either on Mondays or Thursdays. The season is 8 games long plus a tournament, and fees are $30 per person. Please email Tom if you are interested.

Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

CONGRATULATIONS to the nine children baptized at the Cathedral last Sunday: Lylah Janell Pastores Gines, Sophia Rose Rael Johnson, Tristan John Weiss, Darius Julius Ganal, Isaiah John Mercer, Abigail Marie Mercer, Josiah Thaddeus Mercer, Opal Mary Steitz, and Giuliano Valentino Vairo. We welcome with joy these newest members of the family of faith.

SACRAMENT OF THE SICK. There will be a communal celebration of this sacrament on Saturday, May 2 at a special 10:30 Mass. Father Ryan will preside. All are welcome to attend the Mass. If you would like to receive the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, or have questions, please contact John Simpson, Pastoral Care Minister, 206-274-3173.

THIS SPRING: A NEW BEGINNING FOR YOUR MARRIAGE. Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vī) helps distressed couples rediscover each other and take positive steps to begin a new life of healing, commitment and love. For confidential information about, or to register for our upcoming program beginning April 24-26, call 206-706-2608 or visit www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

SUNDAY 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!

SUPPORT OUR NICARAGUA MISSION TRIP – This summer, 26 youth and adult leaders are traveling to the NPH orphanage in Jinotepe, Nicaragua to learn from the poor. We need your help to get us there! Throughout May, our youth will be fundraising to make this mission a reality. Please consider supporting us in one (or both) of the following ways:

  • Buy organic Nicaraguan Coffee! Our youth will be pre-selling Nicaraguan French Roast, Medium, and Decaf blends following the 10 and 12 Masses throughout May. All profits will benefit our mission trip. Turn a household staple into a missionary endeavor!
  • Buy Shares of Stock! Please consider becoming a stockholder in our mission trip. Stockholders will receive e-mail contact from youth in the field. They will be prayed for by name during the trip. And they will be invited to a special stockholders dinner to hear stories about the mission they funded. Our youth will be selling shares of stock after the 10 and 12 Masses throughout May.

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082

SEEKING NEW BOOKSTORE VOLUNTEERS. We have two openings for volunteers in the Cathedral Bookstore, following the Saturday Vigil Mass and the Sunday Noon Mass, both on the fourth Sunday of the month. Volunteering in the Bookstore is a fun way to welcome and greet visitors and to help raise funds for the Cathedral. Training provided! Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANK YOU! Your donations to the Third Sunday of the Month Collection for SVdP at St James Cathedral allowed our Vincentians to make 173 home visits in the first 3 months of 2015, helping 206 people. That's an average of nearly 58 visits and 69 people per month. Every dollar helps the huge and growing population of low (or no) income people living Downtown, in the International District, Pioneer Square area, on First Hill and Capitol Hill who are struggling to pay rent and avoid electricity shutoffs and who cannot afford some of life's necessities, such as food, clothing, beds and basic hygiene products. Want to get more involved? Information, Barb Schmidt, 206-938-8696.

ST MARTIN DE PORRES SHELTER OPEN HOUSE. You are invited to an Open House at St. Martin de Porres Shelter, Sunday, May 3, from 11:30am-1:30pm. Enjoy light refreshments, tour the shelter, learn about the Cathedral’s long partnership with St. Martin’s, meet staff and residents, and learn about the shelter’s plans for the future. RSVP required by Thursday, April 30. Information, Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235.

“LA CAUSA” PRESENTED BY LIVING VOICES. The Immigrant Assistance program invites you to join us for a unique combination of theatre, video, and live interaction. “La Causa” tells the story of the 1960's farm workers movement from the perspective of a young woman balancing the demands of her family and culture as she fights for better working conditions. Thursday, May 7 at 7:00 pm, in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Information Chris Koehler, 206-382-4511.

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, 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.

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.

RAINBOW SCHOOLS SCHOLARSHIP. St. James Cathedral has a scholarship fund to assist need-based families to have their children attend one of the Rainbow Schools (Saints Joseph, George, Therese, Paul or Edward). We are accepting applications for the 2015 -2016 school year. Please contact Theresa Van de Ven, 206-219-5822, for the application form and the list of requirements. Open to registered parishioners of St. James Cathedral. The deadline for completed application packets is April 30.

SUNDAY EVENING NIGHTWATCH VOLUNTEER. St. James Cathedral has a long history of sending volunteers to Operation Nightwatch (14th Ave & Main St) to help feed people experiencing homelessness. There is currently a volunteer needed on the second Sunday of the month, 8:30pm-10:30pm, to serve a meal to 100+ guests. Information, Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235.


ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP. 4th Tuesday, 1:00–2:30pm Pastoral Outreach Center (Mother Cabrini Room). Begins April 28.

GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 1:30– 2:45pm, Pastoral Outreach Center (Mother Mary Rose Room).

“THE COUNSELOR IS IN” Licensed Mental Health Counselors are available for consultation with parishioners after 10 am and noon masses for brief problem solving sessions. For appointment, contact Nancy.

HOLY YOGA. Chair class Wednesdays 4:00 pm, Mat class Tuesdays 6:30 pm, Pastoral Outreach Center. $5 freewill donation gratefully accepted.

CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP – 2nd and 4th Thursday, Gallagher Center, 12 noon – 2 pm. Let your creative juices flow in this supportive atmosphere. No artistic experience necessary! Next workshop April 23.

MINDFUL ALTERNATIVES FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP. Next meeting, April 25. Information, Terry Proctor, mindfulalternative@gmail.com.

GALLAGHER CENTER RESOURCE ROOM OPEN HOUSE. Sundays 9:30–1:30 Meet Mental Health Nurse and Mental Health Ministry volunteers who will listen to your concerns and provide information and resources.

HOME AND HOSPITAL VISITS – Mental Health Ministry nurse and volunteers would like to reach out to parishioners who are grieving, lonely, ill, or experiencing stress in their lives.


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

WINTER SHELTER HYGIENE ITEM NEEDS. The St. James overflow winter shelter still has over a month left! We are currently in need of the following items: cough drops, deodorant cans, razors, and lip balm. You can drop-off donations at Coffee Hour following the 8am, 10am, and noon Masses on Sundays, or you can dropoff donations at the parish office, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Information, Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235.

BABYSITTERS NEEDED. We are working to provide babysitting for additional parish events. To do so, we need to expand our roster of paid babysitters. If you are age 18 or older and love working with children, this is the part time job for you! Information, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

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 St. George and St. Bernadette in Seattle, and St. George Byzantine Catholic Church in Olympia.


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