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May 31, 2015

Dear Friends,

In January, when Dr. James Savage retired from his position as Cathedral Music Director, we began the search for a new director. Five months later, and after a great deal of effort that involved long hours of work by a search committee as well as by the members of the Cathedral Choir and the Women of St. James Schola, I am happy to announce to you that Dr. Paul Thornock, Director of Music at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio, for the past sixteen years, is our new Director of Music. Paul will take over his responsibilities on July 20.

The decision was not an easy one. There were fifty applicants for the position and they came, not only from across the country but from across the world. As you might expect, the decision came only after a great deal of prayer, soul-searching, and intense conversation.

Even though Paul has served in Columbus, Ohio, for quite a few years, his roots are here in the Pacific Northwest. He was born and raised in the Shelton area and graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Following that, he pursued graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame and later completed his doctoral work at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Over the years, he has gained an excellent and enviable reputation as organist, choral conductor, and church musician.

In announcing Paul’s appointment, I want to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to Joseph Adam, senior Cathedral organist since 1992, who has served these past five months as interim Director of Music. But “served” doesn’t begin to say it. Joseph has done an absolutely superb job during this time of transition. He has overseen the music department very capably, given excellent musical leadership to the Cathedral Choir and Women’s Schola, and been warmly and pastorally present to each member of those ensembles — all the while continuing his outstanding work as Cathedral Organist. Not least of all, he helped to make this year’s celebrations of Holy Week and the Triduum both beautiful and prayerful. No words of mine can adequately express my appreciation to Joseph for all that he has done. He is the ultimate team-player and these past few months are just one more impressive chapter in his long service to St. James Cathedral. I am happy to share with you that Joseph will continue as Cathedral Organist and that I have asked him to assume additional responsibilities as Associate Director of Music.

I want to thank each of you for your prayers during these past months and I would ask for your continued prayers as Joseph completes his work as interim director and Paul prepares to move his family across country in mid- July. Transitions can be challenging; only prayer, planning, and a positive spirit can make them smooth. I am excited about the future and convinced that, under Paul Thornock’s musical leadership, the future of the music program at St. James Cathedral will be every bit as bright as its past!

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.

COVER ART. Icon of the Most Holy Trinity, representing the three heavenly visitors entertained by Abraham. Joan Brand-Landkamer, Cathedral Iconographer.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are from O’Dea High School and Seattle Preparatory School in honor of the graduates of the Class of 2015. If you would like to offer flowers, contact Jane Mueller, 206-654-4650.

GUEST CHOIR SATURDAY MAY 30, 5:30PM MASS. We welcome the Choir from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Mercer Island; Chrade Younkin, director.

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION NEXT SUNDAY. The traditional procession for Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, will take place immediately following the 10:00am Mass next Sunday, June 7, with prayer and song. Walking with the Lord, we express our faith in the real presence of Christ in the sacrament of his Body and Blood, and we bring that faith to the streets of our city in joyful witness. The procession concludes on Terry Avenue with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

TUESDAY 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 first Tuesday of the month, 8:30pm-10:30pm, to serve a meal to 100+ guests. Information, Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235.

VOLUNTEER CHORE SERVICES. Do you want to make a difference in the life of a low-income senior or adult living with a disability? Volunteer Chore Services of Catholic Community Services needs you!! Become a long-term one-on-one volunteer, organize a group to clean up a yard or adopt a low-income senior housing facility! Opportunities in your neighborhood available! Information, Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235.

YOUTH NIGHTS. Sunday evenings from 6:30–8:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Open to 8th-12th grade students. Please join us for prayer, catechesis, and lively activities designed to integrate faith into everyday life. All are welcome!

SUPPORT OUR NICARAGUAN MISSION TRIP. Our goal is to sell 350 shares of stock to support our youth mission team. Currently, we have sold 203 shares. 147 shares remain! Please help us reach our goal. Stock sells for $15 per share. Stock is for sale at Coffee Hour.

ASCEND LEADERSHIP RETREAT. July 12–15 at Camp Hamilton. Join with youth from all over the archdiocese for a week of Catholic leadership development. To register, please e-mail Joe.

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082

ON THE NEXT SENIOR TRIP Wednesday, June 10, you might be peering out of the tram at bellowing bison less than 10 feet away or standing nose-to-nose with an otter: both common wildlife encounters at Northwest Trek. Space is limited and priority will be given to registered parishioners over the age of 65. Information, or to reserve your place, John Simpson, Pastoral Care Minister, 206-274-3173.

10TH ANNUAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT FAIR. On Sunday, June 14, after the 10am and Noon Masses, you’re invited to Cathedral Hall, where more than twenty local health, environmental, and government organizations will be on hand to demonstrate and speak to you about our health and the health of our environment. Sponsored by the Cathedral’s Health and Healing Ministry and Care for Creation Committee.

THANK YOU FROM ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY. We visited a middle-aged man in despair because he could not pay his rent. We helped pay his rent and gave much-needed food assistance, and we left the man in far better spirits than we found him. Every dollar you give SVdP at the Cathedral helps someone nearby who is in need. Thank you! Information, Barb Schmidt, 206-938-8696.

THE ESPRESSO MINISTRY IS UP AND RUNNING after the 10:00 Masses. This month, all espresso sales will benefit the Youth Ministry trip to Nicaragua.

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.

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

THEOLOGY ON TAP. Join us at The Chieftain (908 12th Ave) at 7pm on Wednesday, June 3 as we kick -off the latest edition of Theology on Tap! Seattle Prep Theology Teacher Brian Mack will continue our discussion of Ordinary Time and finding God in our everyday lives.

FIRST FRIDAY TAIZÉ AND SIMPLE SUPPER. On Friday, June 5, join other young adults for Taizé prayer at 6:30 in the Cathedral. Afterwards, we will meet in the north entrance of the Cathedral for a simple supper.

VOLUNTEER AT THE CATHOLIC WORKER. Join us on Saturday, June 6 as we head the Seattle Catholic Worker drop-in center for people experiencing homelessness. The time is 9am-12pm. If you are interested, RSVP to Tom.

RETREAT: EXTRAORDINARY TIMES IN ORDINARY TIME. On Friday, June 26, we will offer an evening of reflection for young adults to explore their Catholic faith in everyday life. The evening will begin with Taizé prayer in the Cathedral at 6:30pm, we’ll have a simple supper, and then Michaela Kearns from the Ignatian Spirituality Center will lead us in prayer, reflection, and dialogue. If you are interested, RSVP to Tom.

Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235



GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP. Tuesdays, 1:30–2:45pm, Pastoral Outreach Center.

CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP. 2nd and 4th Thursday, Gallagher Center, 12 Noon–2 pm. Let your creative juices flow in this supportive atmosphere. No art experience necessary! Meet Angela, classroom art docent and new workshop volunteer. Next workshop: June 11.

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


Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD’S BLESSINGS to the following children, baptized in the Cathedral on Sunday, May 24: Evelyn Isadora Hines-da Silva, Wesley Randall Parris, and Jacqueline Maxine Marie Jensen. We welcome with great joy these newest members of the family of faith.

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 Trinity in Bremerton, Star of the Sea in Bremerton and Port Townsend, and Star of the Sea Mission in Stevenson.


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