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August 16, 2015

Dear Friends,

You will notice this weekend that both the outer and inner doors at the Terry and Marion and the Archbishop Murphy Courtyard entrances to the Cathedral have now been fitted with electrified door openers for the benefit of the physically challenged. This happy and long-awaited improvement is only the first of several phases of our Place of Light, Place of Welcome project to which many of you have made generous contributions during the past year.

You probably remember from an article in In Your Midst, that the major focus of the Place of Light, Place of Welcome project will be the dramatic lighting of the exterior of the Cathedral which will allow the Cathedral to reclaim its prominence and beauty on the city skyline and also make the Cathedral grounds much safer at night. Other aspects of the project involve the retrofitting of many of the electrical fixtures inside the Cathedral, allowing the use of LED bulbs that, over time, will be both energy efficient and much more cost effective than the present ones. Lastly, new signage, more friendly for both parishioners and visitors alike, will soon be installed around the campus.

The actual construction involved with the exterior lighting of the Cathedral will, as you might expect, be quite extensive and time-consuming. The height of the towers alone would make it so, but when you add to that the mysteries of a building that is nearly 110 years old now, you can begin to see the ramifications--and unexpected surprises—of a major project of this sort.

When we launched the fundraising for the project this time last year, we did our best, with the help of the best experts available, to estimate the costs involved which seemed quite manageable ($1 million). For that reason we took a very low-key approach to the fundraising. Now it is clear that our estimate of $1 million was quite conservative, to say the least. And so, in light of considerable cost-overruns, we are now seeking to raise an additional $175,000. If you would like to make a contribution to Place of Light, Place of Welcome, it will be most welcome. A one-time gift would be appreciated or, if you prefer, the gift can be made over a three-year period. You’ll find more information in today’s bulletin.

The good news about all this is that the newly-lit Cathedral will glow in a way that it never has. And I like the thought that as we, in communion with Pope Francis and the Church throughout the world, launch the Holy Year of Mercy on this coming December 8, St. James Cathedral will shine out as a beacon not only of light but of mercy for our city and our region!

Father Ryan

WELCOME SUMMER VISITORS! St. James Cathedral is proud to welcome visitors from near and far throughout the summer months. Each week a drawing for a Cathedral gift will be made from among all the visitor envelopes used. Please write your address on the visitor envelope provided in the pew and drop it with your offering into the collection basket. Thank you for adding to the power of our prayer by your presence in our midst today. Last Sunday, we had visitors from Floyds Knobs, Indiana; Surprise, Arizona; and Brisbane, Australia. The winner of our drawing was from Fort Worth, TX.

ON THE COVER ART. Icon of the Mystical Banquet (detail). Joan Brand-Landkamer, Cathedral Iconographer.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are from the Saturday wedding of Amy Kilian and David Hoffman.

WHAT SUSTAINS US? Come by the Cathedral Chapel this month to view a traveling art exhibit from the Grunewald Guild, as artists explore the theme of sustenance. Where do we find nourishment for our bodies, our spirits, our communities, and our land? The show will hang in the chapel August 1-28.

IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION. Learn how you can serve in this ministry at our upcoming Volunteer Information Session on Friday, August 21, from 2:00pm-3:30pm (Pastoral Outreach Center, Mother Cabrini Room; courtyard entrance on the SE corner of 9th & Columbia). Learn more about our services and the variety of roles that volunteers play, and ask questions of staff. Our current volunteer openings include Citizenship Instructor, ESL Tutor, and Test Administrator. Information, Cecilia Erin Walsh, 206-382-4511.

CATHEDRAL CHOIR AUDITIONS. Do you love to sing? Do you possess music reading skills? The Cathedral Choir of St. James welcomes singers to audition for the 2015-2016 season. Join a group of dedicated musicians in singing a body of sacred music that spans more than 1000 years. Auditions are held by appointment with the director of music. Please contact the music office, 206-382-4874, to set up your audition.

BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION FOR OLDER CHILDREN. If your child is between the ages of 7 and 17 and would like to prepare for any of these sacraments of initiation, please contact Brenda Bellamy, (206) 913-7654. Classes begin on September 13, 2015.

HUNTHAUSEN AUCTION SEPTEMBER 14. We are looking for donations for our “Theater Basket.” Do you have tickets to a performance at the 5th Avenue Theater, Intiman Theater, Paramount Theater, Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony or other venue that you know you won’t be able to use? Consider donating them to our Archbishop Hunthausen Auction which benefits our Cathedral Kitchen. Information, Margaret Lynch, 206-382-4288.

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.

IS YOUR MARRIAGE ALL IT WAS MEANT TO BE? Are you struggling in your marriage? Do you feel a sense of disillusionment or sadness? Do you wish you could rekindle the spark you once had, but just don’t know how? You are not alone. Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vī) can help. Confidential information or registration for our upcoming program beginning September 18-20, 2015: 360-671-6479 or www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. When you have little money yourself, it takes courage to drop a dollar bill in the Third Sunday of the Month Collection for SVdP. But every month, we know that many of you do that because you want to help others in our parish who are in need. Thank you – your dollars make a huge difference! Information, Barb Schmidt, 206-938-8696.


YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM. ASIST is a two day skills based training program that teaches assessment and intervention skills to practitioners who are working with people at risk for suicide. Program takes place Tuesday & Wednesday, August 18 and 19 at Phinney Center in Seattle. Training is open to the public. 12 CEU’s are offered for this training. For information and registration, contact Youth Suicide Prevention Program at 206-297-5922 ext. 4.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP - 4th Tuesday 1:00 – 2:30pm Pastoral Outreach Center (Mother Cabrini Room). Next meeting August 25.

GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays 1:30 – 2:45pm, Pastoral Outreach Center. Freewill donation up to $15 gratefully accepted.

“THE COUNSELOR IS IN” Licensed Mental Health Counselors are available for a free consultation and problem solving session.

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

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

WINE, AND CHEESE AND THE ASSUMPTION. On Sunday, August 16, young adults are invited to the Rector Parlors at 6:30pm for wine, cheese, and other light refreshments. We will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption by having a very short guest presentation about this teaching!

HARVEST PARTY AT KITCHEN GARDEN. Help harvest fresh vegetables at the Cathedral Kitchen Garden to feed 150+ of our neighbors at the Cathedral Kitchen! We need helping hands on Sunday, August 23 to help pick tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, and cucumbers. We’ll begin at 3:15pm and end around 5pm. No experience necessary! RSVP to Tom.

Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235

CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION classes for Preschool through Grade 8, as well as Confirmation Preparation for youth, begin September 13. In person registration will be after the 10:00am and Noon Masses on August 30 in the Cathedral Hall. You can also register by visiting the Kid’s Page on the Cathedral website. Preparation for First Communion: Registration is open for 6 and 7 year-olds who wish to prepare for First Reconciliation and First Communion. Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion for Older Children: for children between the ages of 7 and 17. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

JUSTFAITH SERIES TO BEGIN THIS FALL. Be a part of a dynamic weekly small group that explores God’s vision of discipleship, social justice, and reconciliation! Ten to fifteen participants will meet for 24 weekly sessions on Tuesdays at 6:30pm at the Parish Outreach Center and will draw upon prayer, books, dialogue, and other materials to broaden their perspective and deepen their faith. Information, Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235.

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.

PRAYER WITH MUSIC FROM TAIZÉ. Each Friday at 6:30pm in the Cathedral, all are invited to join in an ecumenical service of readings, silence, candlelight, and the music of the ecumenical community of Taizé in France. This simple, reflective prayer is the perfect way to end a busy week.

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 Assumption in Seattle and Bellingham, and Mary Queen of Peace in Sammamish.


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