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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 Moses leads the Israelites through the Red Sea. Detail of the Ceremonial Bronze Doors, Ulrich Henn, artist.

THE CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS APPEAL funds catechesis, seminarian education, lay ministry training, Hispanic ministry, and other pastoral programs for US dioceses in need. As a result of your generosity, Catholic Home Missions impacts the lives of nearly nine million Catholics in the United States. Please give generously to Catholic Home Missions. Your support will truly make a difference in helping to strengthen the Church here in the United States.

RECEPTION FOR JOHN SIMPSON. Today at coffee hour, following the 10 o’clock Mass you will have an opportunity to greet John Simpson and to thank him for his years of ministry here at St. James. We wish John all the best and are profoundly grateful for his years of ministry in our midst.

YEAR OF MERCY. We welcome all pilgrims to St. James Cathedral during this Year of Mercy. Whether you are a visitor or a regular at St. James, you can walk through the Holy Doors of Mercy, the four bronze doors at the Cathedral’s west entrance. The center doors are opened before and after each Mass. A self-guided pilgrimage of prayer, The Way of Mercy, is available as well—pick up a flyer just inside the Holy Doors. Find out more at the parish website. The banner at the ministers’ pier, by fabric artist Juanita Yoder, was commissioned for the Year of Mercy. It suggests the overflowing streams of mercy which God pours out on us, and which we are invited to experience more deeply in the Year of Mercy.

ARE YOU LISTENING, GOD? A four-week, drop-in class for parents beginning next Sunday. Explore your relationship with God while your children are in Faith Formation classes. February 21 & 28, March 6 & 13, 11:05 – 11:40 in Room 411 of Cathedral Place. Information, Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.

DIVINE MERCY: AN AFTERNOON OF REFLECTION. On Saturday, February 20, from 12:00pm – 1:30pm, you are invited to an afternoon of reflection on the Divine Mercy, given by the Sisters of Divine Mercy. The afternoon will include a presentation by the Sisters and an opportunity to venerate the relics of St. Faustina Kowalska and St. John Paul II. Confessions will be available from 11:00am until 1:30pm. The day will conclude with a reception in Cathedral Place Hall.

WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED AT ST. JAMES? Come visit the Sunday Help Desk at Coffee Hour! Here, you can register as a parishioner, find out how to volunteer for a ministry, arrange to have a Mass offered, and discover more about this community.

PARISH OFFICE CLOSED. The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents’ Day. The Cathedral will be open for prayer and Masses will follow the usual daily schedule.

ARCHDIOCESAN SURVEY—LAST CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE. St. James Cathedral has been invited to participate in a national survey on parish life and spiritual growth. The survey, the Disciple Maker Index, is conducted annually by the highly respected consulting firm, the Catholic Leadership Institute. If you have not yet done so, please take a few moments to visit the Cathedral website and follow the link to the survey, which will take about ten-fifteen minutes to complete. The survey closes on February 17, so this will be your last chance to participate! Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284. The survey is open through February 17.

THE CATHEDRAL KITCHEN needs a volunteer dishwasher on Fridays. The shift is from 4:00-5:30pm. We are also in need of a few more volunteers on Thursday and Friday to help with preparing the meal. The shifts are from 2:00-4:00 and 4:00-6:00 PM. If you would like to join us and help out please contact Teddi Callahan, 206-264-2091.

ART EXHIBIT: IMPRINT OF MERCY BY TRUNG PHAM, SJ. During this Lent of the Year of Mercy, we are pleased to welcome to the Chapel a series of paintings by Father Trung Pham, SJ, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at Seattle University. These paintings invite us to meditate on wounds—Christ’s wounds and ours. “Pope Francis affirms that the name of God is Mercy. The deepest way one can experience mercy fully is to keep in touch with one’s own wounds and the wounds of others. How do the wounds look visually? The Imprint of Mercy series will reveal the artworks of the wounds, help viewers to meditate upon the meaning of mercy and experience the power of vulnerability through the arts.” Father Pham will give a brief talk on the series on Sunday, February 28 immediately following the 10:00am Mass.

SANDWICH MAKER NEEDED FOR NIGHTWATCH. Our team at Operation Nightwatch, a service organization for people experiencing homelessness, needs a sandwich maker for the first Tuesday of the month. This volunteer would arrive at 302 14th Ave S (14th & Main) at 5:30pm and stay until 7:00pm. Information, Tom Frasene.

YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

LENTEN SMALL GROUP BEGINS TONIGHT! We’ll be reading Mercy in the City, a recent book by a fellow young adult Kerry Weber who tries to perform all the corporal works of mercy in New York City. We’ll meet in the Rectory Parlors after the 5:30pm Mass.

VOLUNTEER AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE. Young adults from St. James, Blessed Sacrament, the Newman Center, and Eastside Disciples are teaming up to perform all the corporal works of mercy this Lent! Our first effort is on February 20, 8am-11:30am, at Ronald McDonald House (5130 40th Ave NE) where we’ll visit (the families of) the sick and serve them breakfast! Limited spots are available, so email Tom to RSVP.

THIRD SUNDAY RECEPTION. On Sunday, February 21, we’ll have a wine and cheese reception following the 5:30pm Mass in the Rectory Parlors, just south of the southern entrance of the Cathedral. After we get some food and drink, we’ll begin the Lenten small group.

SAVE THE DATE! Theology on Tap returns on March 2, 9, and 16.

Information, Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235
Facebook.com/StJamesYoungAdultMinistry

SAVE THE DATE! THE POWER OF NUTRITION FOR BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT. Four classes on Tuesdays beginning March 1, 6:30pm at the Gallagher Center. Learn key elements of nutrition to help achieve our best emotional and physical health. Facilitator: Judith Ames, Nutritional Therapist, Wellness Coach, Mental Health Nutrition Coach. To register contact Nancy Granger, RN at 206-382-4269.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. Two grandmas take turns caring for several small grandchildren whose parents are incarcerated. One of the grandmas called our Helpline, saying she was tempted to steal from the grocery store to put food on the table. We visited and learned she had almost no cash, no food stamps and the family had been eating “nothing but beans this week.” We helped with food and other necessities and encouraged her to use free meal programs (including the Cathedral Kitchen) and food banks nearby. Your support of SVdP makes a positive difference in the lives of many poor residents of our parish. Would you like to join us? Information, Christine Henderson, 253-973-1441.

WINTER SHELTER HYGIENE NEEDS. The overflow Winter Shelter is currently in need of spray deodorant and cough drops. You can drop off donations at Coffee Hour on Sunday mornings or at the front desk, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Thanks in advance for your generosity! Information, Tom Frasene.

ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY SUPPORT GROUP. St. James holds an anonymous support group to overcome habits of porn use on Tuesdays, 8-10 pm in Cathedral Place (803 Terry Ave). All are welcome. Information, Tom Frasene.

THE CATHEDRAL KITCHEN GARDEN LEADERSHIP TEAM is excited to announce the start of our 3rd season growing vegetables for the Cathedral Kitchen! Our first work party will take place from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, March 5. This work party will include topping existing beds with compost and other soil amendments, planting seeds, and planting starts. We hope many of you consider this an opportunity to respond locally to Pope Francis call in Laudato Si’ to care for our common home. We are encouraging people who want to come help for this one event, or those who want to make the garden part of your 2016 volunteer commitments, to RSVP to Gary Scheider.

BAPTISM OF INFANTS & YOUNG CHILDREN (under the age of 7) is celebrated monthly at one of the weekend Masses. To prepare for this 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. Information, Theresa Van de Ven, 206-219-5822.

ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Are you among the more than 5,000 who follow St. James on Facebook? It’s a great way to stay abreast of current events at the Cathedral. Find us at www.facebook.com/stjamesseattle. You can also find us on Instagram at @stjamescathedral and on Twitter, @StJamesSeattle.

YOUTH NIGHTS. There will be NO Youth Night this week due to the Thunderbirds game.

YOUTH CONFIRMATION. We are launching a 10-week process beginning February 18, 2016. Sessions will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM. Any youth who will turn 16 by May, 2016 is eligible to participate. To register, please contact Joe.

HOMELESS OUTREACH Saturday, February 20 from 9:00am-12:00pm. Join us as we fill our cathedral vans with socks, blankets, coats, etc. and hit the streets of Seattle in search of souls needing love, support, and care. Please contact Joe to reserve your spot in the van.

SPECIAL NEEDS MASS & DANCE Saturday, March 12. Join us as we help to host the annual Mass for people with special needs followed immediately by a special dance in the O’Dea gym. We are seeking youth volunteers to run the event. Please contact Joe to volunteer.

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082

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 Aberdeen, Seattle, and Seaview, and Star of the Sea Mission in Stevenson.

 

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