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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. For more information about the parish, to register, or to ask a question, visit our Sunday Help Desk at Coffee Hour. A Cathedral staff person will be on hand to assist you.

COVER ART Saint John the Baptist. Virgin and Child with Six Saints (detail). Neri Di Bicci, 1456. Cathedral Chapel.

FLOWERS AT THE NORTH TRANSEPT SHRINE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY are offered in memory of Ann McIntyre on the first anniversary of her death.

GUEST CHOIR SATURDAY DECEMBER 5, 5:30PM MASS. We welcome the Middle School Choir and the Chamber Choir from the Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue, directed by Alison Seaton.

CARE FOR CREATION COMMITTEE will meet Monday, December 7, at 6:30 in the Pastoral Outreach Center. In his encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis reminds us that “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” Please join the Care for Creation Committee to discuss ways in which we at can put into action our call to be good stewards of God’s creation. Information, Patty Bowman, 206-382-4515.

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY will be observed on Monday, December 7 at 5:30pm Mass and Tuesday, December 8 at the 8:15 am and 5:30 pm Masses.

THE YEAR OF MERCY BEGINS. On Tuesday, December 8, at the 5:30pm Mass of the Immaculate Conception, we will mark the beginning of the Year of Mercy. This special Mass will be followed by a reception in the Pastoral Outreach Center; the Cathedral’s new exterior lights will be illuminated for the first time this evening.

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

COOK MEALS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH AIDS. We’ll go to Lifelong AIDS Alliance in Georgetown and cook dinner to be delivered by the Chicken Soup Brigade on Saturday, December 12, 3pm-5:30pm. Lifelong holds that food is medicine, and people can live their fullest lives when they consume nutritious foods! RSVP to Tom.

ADVENT THROUGH FILM: BICYCLE THIEVES **CHANGE OF DATE** Wednesday, December 16, we will explore the themes of Advent by watching and discussing the 1948 classic Bicycle Thieves, widely hailed as one of the best films of all time and on the Vatican’s Best Film List. Meet at the Pastoral Outreach Center (907 Columbia St.) at 7pm. There will be food!

GREENING OF THE CATHEDRAL. Save the date for December 20! This is the fun evening for young adults to come together to make the Cathedral even more beautiful for the Christmas season. If you like, you’ll be able to explore some of the nooks and crannies of the Cathedral that are normally closed off! Once we are finished decorating we will have a pizza party. RSVP to Tom.

Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235

LITURGICAL MINISTERS. Getting involved in a liturgical ministry—altar server, usher, reader, or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion—is a great way to get to know your fellow parishioners and learn more about the Mass in the process! New volunteers are always welcome. Information, Corinna Laughlin, 206-264-2086.

A SERVICE OF READINGS AND CAROLS. Sunday, December 13 at 7:30 pm, Stacey Sunde directs the Cathedral's youth choirs in the traditional candlelit service of readings and carols. Readings are juxtaposed with choral works and congregational singing to tell the story of the Christ Child from the foretelling by the prophets to the nativity. Father Ryan will preside.

VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY THANKS YOU. A young woman who came to the United States as a child spent years saving enough money to pay naturalization fees required to become a citizen. She had a parttime job, supplemented with income from helping friends and neighbors with pet care. She was about to submit her naturalization application when her income dropped. Suddenly she could not afford rent without using up the money saved toward citizenship. With your support, we provided just enough rent help so she could keep her apartment and become an American citizen shortly before Thanksgiving–thank you! Information, Christine Henderson, 253-973-1441.

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!

MIGRANT TOY & WINTER COAT DRIVE. We are once again collecting toys and winter coats for migrant children in the Skagit Valley. We have included gift tags on this year’s parish Giving Tree, available NOW in Cathedral Hall. Please consider taking a tag and contributing to the effort! Unwrapped items must be submitted to the cathedral by Friday, December 18.

MIGRANT TOY DISTRIBUTION EVENT. Saturday, December 19. Please join us as we personally deliver and distribute donated toys and coats to the children of migrant families in the Skagit Valley. Contact Joe to sign up. Service hours available.

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082

CATHEDRAL KIDS CHRISTMAS PARTY. Saturday, December 19, 11:30am—2:00pm, Cathedral Hall. It's really for the whole family—don’t miss it! There will be activities, games, lunch, caroling, piñatas and more. If you have a small family crèche, bring it with you for a blessing. RSVP required. Please contact Theresa Van De Ven by Sunday, December 13 with the number of children and adults attending, 206-219-5822.

NIGHTWATCH SEEKS VOLUNTEER. The St. James Cathedral team at Operation Nightwatch needs a volunteer to help serve a late dinner to people experiencing homelessness on the third Tuesday of the month, 8:30pm-10:30pm, at 302 14th Ave S. The volunteer must be willing to commit for at least 6 months. Information, Tom Frasene.

Mental Health & Wellness Ministry

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The next Mental Health First Aid Training will take place on Saturday. January 16, 8:00 am–5:00 pm in the Cathedral Place Building. This evidence based training will teach you basics about mental health conditions and help you feel comfortable and equipped to assist strangers and loved ones alike.

DO YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT YOUR GENERAL WELL-BEING OR THAT OF A FRIEND OR LOVED ONE? The doors of the St. James Cathedral Mental Health and Wellness Ministry are open to you. We are here to listen compassionately, and support you on your journey to wellness.

Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

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. Nicholas in Gig Harbor, Immaculate Conception in Seattle, Everett, Arlington, Mount Vernon, and Immaculate Conception Mission in Steilacoom.


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