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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. The official logo of the Year of Mercy shows Jesus carrying Adam on his shoulders. “The Good Shepherd, in his great mercy, takes humanity upon himself… Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ.”

NO COFFEE HOUR AFTER 10:00AM MASS TODAY. The Cathedral Hall will be the gathering place for the solemn procession at the beginning of the Noon Mass. Because of this, we are unable to offer coffee hour after 10:00am Mass. 10:00am Mass-goers are welcome to join the procession and witness the opening of the Doors of Mercy. Simply come to Cathedral Hall, where the special liturgy with Archbishop Sartain and Father Ryan will begin at Noon.

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.

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.

PRAETORIUS CHRISTMAS VESPERS. Friday, December 18, 2015 at 8:00pm, Early Music Guild presents Praetorius Christmas Vespers in a performance that recreates the joyful celebration of Christmas Vespers as it might have been heard under the direction of Michael Praetorius in a 17th-century German church. Advance passes, earlymusicguild.org or 206-325-7066.

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

ADVENT THROUGH FILM: BICYCLE THIEVES. 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. 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 required- please email Tom.

Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235

CHRISTMAS EVE GREETERS. Help extend the welcome of St. James Cathedral on Christmas Eve! Greeters are needed to assist our regular Cathedral ushers to welcome visitors and regulars at the doors of the Cathedral before the 5:30pm and 10:00pm Masses on December 24. Greeters will need to arrive by 4:15pm for the Vigil Mass, or by 7:45pm for the 10:00pm Night Mass of Christmas. You will be able to take your place in reserved seats as soon as the liturgy begins. Come on your own, as a couple, or as a family! Training will be provided. Information, Corinna Laughlin , 206-264-2086.

HOUSING ADVOCACY COMMITTEE. Seattle Mayor Murray and King County Executive Constantine have declared the homeless crisis to be a state of emergency in Seattle and King County. In response, Catholic Community Services is urging us to call on our federal legislators to increase the investment in housing to create 7 million units of affordable housing in the country. To bring attention to this urgent need, we will be joining CCS in a 24-hour vigil at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building from Noon, December 16 to Noon, December 17. Information, or to join the vigil, contact, www.faithadvocacy.org, or Patty Bowman, 206 -382-4515.

ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY SUPPORT GROUP FOR MEN. Has pornography had a negative impact in your life? Has porn ever come between you and your friends, loved ones, or God? You are not alone. St. James will be holding a free and anonymous support group to confront and overcome habits of porn use and addiction. Our first meeting will be Tuesday, January 5 from 8-10pm in Cathedral Place (803 Terry Ave). All men seeking help are welcome to attend. Information, Tom Frasene.

YOUTH NIGHTS. This week, in lieu of Youth Night, we will be attending Advent Readings and Carols. Please meet us in the cathedral at 7:00pm.

MIGRANT TOY & WINTER COAT DRIVE. We are once again collecting toys and winter coats for migrant children in the Skagit Valley. Please consider contributing! Unwrapped items must be submitted to the cathedral by Friday, December 18.

YOUTH CONFIRMATION. As a result of parish feedback, we have restored the Youth Confirmation program to a 10-week process beginning February 18, 2016. Sessions will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. Any youth who will turn 16 by May, 2016 is eligible to participate. Please join us in the Pastoral Outreach Center on Thursday, January 21 at 6:30pm for an information meeting.

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. Many people especially appreciate our visits as Christmas nears. Your financial support helps us pay for necessities like rent, electricity and food. By helping with those bills, we make it a bit easier for loving parents and grandparents who long to give their child or grandchild a small Christmas gift they could not otherwise afford. Thank you for helping us celebrate our savior’s birth by spreading Christmas cheer to our neighbors in need! Information, Christine Henderson, 253-973-1441.

REMEMBER THE CATHEDRAL IN YOUR WILL. The generous bequests of parishioners and friends is critical to fulfilling the mission of St James Cathedral. Each year, we rely on bequests to help us carry out our mission of prayer and outreach here on First Hill. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

Mental Health & Wellness Ministry

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

PIZZA & PROBLEM SOLVING: COLLEGE SUPPORT GROUP takes place on the first Sunday of the month, 3-4:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Interested in support with navigating the stressful complications of college life? College students of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to discuss academic, social and emotional challenges. Next meeting is Sunday, January 3. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

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 Our Lady of Guadalupe in Seattle and St. Mary of Guadalupe in Ridgefield.


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