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January 10, 2016

Dear Friends,

As we begin this new year, I want to tell you about some staff reorganization I have decided to do in order to carry out our pastoral ministry more effectively. The decision will eliminate one full-time staff position which, to say the least, is a painful and difficult thing to do but, after a good deal of prayer and consultation, I have come to the conclusion that we can better serve the parish by dividing certain of our pastoral ministries among three ministers instead of four.

The ministries involved are: family ministry (including pregnancy support, ministry to families with children, marriage enrichment ministry, ministry to divorced couples, and ministry to senior parishioners), funeral ministry, and grief ministry. In the past, these ministries have been led by two full-time staff members: Suzanne Lee and John Simpson. Beginning later this month, they will be headed up by Suzanne Lee, who will share responsibility for them with several staff members and volunteers. Difficult as this is to say—and I say it with deep regret—this means the elimination of the position that John Simpson has held for several years.

This will involve some other shifts as well. Rosanne Michaels, who heads up our Welcome Back and adult Confirmation programs, will now take over from Suzanne Lee the ministry to young families preparing to have their children baptized, while Kathleen McCabe will take on teaching our baptismal preparation classes. In addition, Rosanne will join Suzanne and Nancy Granger in leading the grief ministry group and, as needed, she will also assist with our ministry to seniors while continuing her parish retreat ministry.

There are a few other aspects of pastoral ministry that still other staff members have generously agreed to take over. Corinna Laughlin, director of liturgy, along with Peter Burns, assistant sacristan, will oversee the task of training and coordinating ministers of Holy Communion to visit our homebound parishioners.

One other aspect of this reorganization, and a happy one, will involve the use of key volunteers to assist in some of these ministries. As you know, our parish is blessed with a large number—an incredibly large number—of generous volunteers and I am convinced that with the help of volunteers, we will not only maintain, but even expand the ministries we offer.

Having said that, I want to acknowledge that changes are always difficult, and that personnel changes are especially difficult. With this in mind, let me take this opportunity to express in a public way my thanks to John Simpson for the ministry he has done so capably over these years. I know you will join me in wishing John well and in praying that God will open a door for him that will allow him to use his gifts for ministry. And I want also to take this opportunity to express my thanks to Suzanne Lee, Rosanne Michaels, Kathleen McCabe, and Peter Burns for their willingness to take on additional responsibilities.

Lastly, let me ask you to be patient with us as we make this transition. There may be some growing pains at first but I am confident that, with God’s help and your understanding and support, we will continue to provide the kind of ministry that you, the wonderful people of this parish, deserve.

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. 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 Icon of the Baptism of the Lord. Joan Brand-Landkamer, Cathedral Iconographer.

SANTO NIÑO – HOLY CHILD. On Sunday, January 17, at the Noon Mass, we will have our annual celebration of the Santo Niño, the Holy Child Jesus. The image of Jesus as vulnerable child and mighty King is beloved throughout the world, and in a special way in the Philippines. All are invited to bring their own images of the Child Jesus from home for the blessing. The annual celebration will be followed by a fiesta in Cathedral Place Hall, with a marvelous feast of Filipino food prepared by a group of our own parishioners. All are welcome.

WELCOME BACK! Have you drifted away from your Catholic faith? Are you disillusioned by what you hear about the church? Do you desire a life filled with faith? St. James Cathedral offers a 9-week program for Catholics out of touch with a Church that once may have been home. It’s a safe place to ask questions, and to experience a small community of faith. Winter session begins Monday, January 11, and continues Mondays through March. Sessions are 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Cathedral Place. Information: Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.

ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL, ALONG WITH OTHER PARISHES IN THE SEATTLE AREA, has been invited to participate in a national study of vibrant parishes conducted by the Catholic Leadership Institute. All parishioners will be invited to complete a 10-15 minute survey online. The survey will be available from the week of January 18 through Ash Wednesday, February 10, and will invite you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and enable you to provide feedback about the Cathedral parish. All responses will be strictly confidential. The hope is that every Cathedral parishioner will participate in the survey. This information gleaned will be invaluable not only to the Cathedral pastoral team, but also to the Archdiocese of Seattle as they undertake long-term planning for the pastoral needs of our parishes. We will receive the results this summer at which time we will share what we have learned. More information is coming soon. Stay tuned!

THANK YOU FROM THE CATHEDRAL KITCHEN. Thanks, Marci Jewelry for making our Christmas Eve Dinner at the Cathedral kitchen so special. Your generous donation allowed the Cathedral kitchen to serve pork roast, mashed potatoes and more to over 160 guests in need. You helped make it merry for many! Thank you Pagliacci Pizza: With your help, our Cathedral Kitchen served your wonderful pizza to more than 170 dinner guests on Thursday, December 17. And thank you Horizon House, for donating fresh green salads to our Cathedral Kitchen in December. They were enjoyed and appreciated by all.

REPORT FROM ST VINCENT DE PAUL. Your SVdP donations allowed our Cathedral Vincentians to make 143 home visits during October, November and December and help 222 low (or no) income residents of St James Parish who struggle to pay for life's necessities, such as rent, electricity, beds, food, clothes and basic hygiene products. That's an average of about 48 home visits and 74 people helped per month. Even more parish residents seek our assistance – please help, if you can! Information, Christine Henderson, 253-973-1441.

ST. JAMES KNITTERS GROUP meets Monday, January 11 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the Fireside Room, Pastoral Outreach Center. We make hats and scarves for the homeless. We chat, cast-on, fix dropped-stitches, knit in the round, crochet on looms, figure out patterns, and more. Thanks to generous donors, we have yarn and needles to share. As always, everybody is welcome. Please join the fun. Information, Connie Carlson, 206-518-1623.

COFFEE HOUR SEEKS MUFFIN MAKERS! Are you hospitable and an early riser? Coffee Hour currently needs two muffin makers who can commit one Sunday per month, 7am-10am. We are currently looking for one person each on the first Sunday of the month and on the fourth Sunday of the month. Information, Tom Frasene.

IDENTITY AND CRISIS: SYRIA AND BEYOND. The war in Syria has killed as many as 250,000 Syrians and has uprooted more than 11 million people. The European refugee crisis, international terrorism, and the role of the Christian church in the Middle East are all intertwined in the history, politics and culture of Syria. Fr. David Nazar, SJ, will speak on the situation in Syria that has given rise to the conflict and the refugee crisis, as well as the response of the church to the crisis. Fr. Nazar has been the Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in Canada and in Ukraine, and is currently the Rector of the Pontifical Orientale Institute in Rome. Monday, January 25, 7:00 pm, Pastoral Outreach Center. Information, Patty Bowman, 206-382-4515.

ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY SUPPORT GROUP. 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. We are meeting on Tuesdays from 8-10 pm in Cathedral Place (803 Terry Ave). All seeking help are welcome to attend. Information, Tom Frasene.

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. This week, we have a special presentation related to Restorative Justice. All are welcome!

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 are eligible to participate. Information meeting Thursday, January 21 at 6:30pm, Pastoral Outreach Center.

REDHAWK BASKETBALL GAME. Saturday, January 23 at 7:00pm. Join us as we watch Seattle University take on University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at Key Arena. Contact Joe to reserve a ticket.

POVERTY SIMULATION Sunday, January 31. In lieu of Youth Night, the youth ministry community will participate in a poverty simulation experience facilitated by Seattle University between 2:00- 5:00pm at Plymouth Church. Please contact Joe to sign up.

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC? If you are an adult who has never been baptized or an adult who has been baptized in another Christian tradition, you are invited to participate in the RCIA, a process of initiation into the Catholic Church. Information, Kathleen McCabe, 206-382-2018.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING will take place on Saturday, January 16, 8am–5pm, in Cathedral Place. This highly recognized training will teach you basics about mental health conditions and help you feel comfortable and equipped to assist strangers and loved ones alike. RSVP to Katie Mahoney, 206-783-9264.

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

3RD SUNDAY WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION. After the 5:30pm Mass on January 17, we’ll have share some wine and cheese in the Rectory Parlors, just south of the Cathedral through the Archbishop Murphy Courtyard.

SPIRITUALITY THROUGH FILM. Join us on Thursday, January 28 at 7pm to watch the 2011 Belgian film The Kid with a Bike. We’ll explore the spirituality of this powerful movie with a discussion afterwards. There will be food! Meet in the Pastoral Outreach Center (907 Columbia St.).

Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235

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. Mary in Castle Rock and Centralia, and St. Mary Mission in Coupeville.


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