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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 Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt, c. 1667. This beautiful painting is the subject of Henri Nouwen’s classic Return of the Prodigal Son, which is the subject of our Lenten smallgroup study this Lent. Copies of the book and reflection questions are available in the Cathedral Bookstore.

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. The banner at the ministers’ pier, by fabric artist Juanita Yoder, was commissioned for the Year of Mercy. It suggests the overflowing streams of God’s mercy.

THE CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES COLLECTION funds six Catholic agencies that work to serve our suffering brothers and sisters around the world. Through humanitarian aid, resettling displaced individuals and families (especially now for Syrian refugees throughout the Middle East and in Europe), and providing legal and advocacy services for migrants, the CRS Collection allows us to see every encounter with a person who is suffering as an opportunity to help Jesus in disguise.

THERE WILL BE NO COFFEE HOUR AFTER THE NOON MASS TODAY. An important Sacramental Preparation event will take place in the Cathedral Hall from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

FEED THE HUNGRY. The St. James team at Operation Nightwatch is seeking an assistant cook for the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 5:30pm-7:30pm, at 302 14th Ave S. Also, sandwich makers are needed-positions are for either the 1st Tuesday of the month or the 3rd Tuesday. All of these volunteer positions requires a 6-month commitment. Information, Tom Frasene.

PARENT CLASS CONTINUES. Drop by this Sunday from 11:05 – 11:40 in Room 425 of Cathedral Place. Explore your relationship with God while your children are in Faith Formation classes. Information, Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.

WINTER SHELTER HYGIENE NEEDS. The overflow Winter Shelter is currently in need of spray deodorant cough drops, and disposable razors. 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.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. Sometimes we visit people who call our Helpline (206-767-6449; 8am -3pm Monday-Friday) asking for food or clothes or some other type of assistance, but when we arrive at their apartment, we see they have no bed to sleep on or a bed in such bad condition that no one should have to sleep on it. How happy it makes them when we say that SVdP can give them a new bed. Your donations make this possible – thank you!

PEACE - MUSIC OF THREE FAITHS. Saturday, March 12 & Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm Seattle Pro Musica ~ Peace explores the deep connections between three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Anchoring the program are Gloria (everywhere) by Turkish-American composer Kamran Ince with words by the 13th-century Sufi poet Rumi, and I sing of love by Bernard Hughes, who weaves together texts from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. The concert also features uplifting works by Renaissance Jewish composer Salomone Rossi and contemporary Latvian composer Ērik Ešenvalds, along with Islamic and Maronite chants. Information and passes, seattlepromusica.org.

CAN’T AFFORD TO SEND YOUR CHILD TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL? THERE’S HELP! Did you know that St. James Cathedral has SIX Catholic elementary schools? Our Rainbow Schools include: St. Therese, St. Paul, St. Edward, St. George, St. Joseph and Holy Family (in West Seattle). These schools provide in-parish tuition rates for St. James parishioners. In addition to financial aid from the schools and the Fulcrum Foundation, parishioners needing financial assistance may apply for a Parish scholarship if attending (or planning to attend) one of these schools. For the requirements and an application packet, contact Theresa Van de Ven, 206-219-5822. Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2016.

THE ART OF FAITH SUMMER CAMP will be from July 18 – July 22. This year’s theme will be mercy and this year’s medium will be glass. Open to youth entering grades 7 through 12. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

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.

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY. We’re providing opportunities to perform (almost!) all of the corporal works of mercy this Lent! Clothe the naked at DESC’s clothing sort in Columbia City on Thursday, March 10 at 5:30pm, bury the dead at Calvary Cemetery by U Village on Saturday, March 19, 9:30am, and feed the hungry at St. Mary’s Food bank on Saturday, March 26 at 9am. E-mail Tom for more details or to RSVP.

HOLY THURSDAY PILGRIMAGE MARCH 24. Save the date for this powerful evening with Archbishop Sartain and hundreds of young adults from the whole archdiocese! Join us for Mass at St. James Cathedral at 6pm, and we’ll depart from the west steps around 8pm. We’ll walk to St. Mary’s, Immaculate Conception, the Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle U, and back to St. James with time for prayer at each stop. Rides are available in lieu of walking. Don’t miss this faith-filled night of prayer!

Information, Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235

MAKE YOUR MARRIAGE A PRIORITY THIS LENTEN SEASON. It’s not too late to focus on something positive during Lent: making your marriage everything God intended it to be. Retrouvaille (pronounced retrovī) can help you rediscover your spouse and move forward in a more positive and loving way. The next program starts April 8, 2016. Confidential information and registration, 360-671-6479 or www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

YOUTH NIGHTS Sunday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 PM 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!

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 dance in the O’Dea gym. We are seeking youth volunteers to run the event. Please contact Joe to volunteer.

LENTEN YOUTH RETREAT March 19-20. Join us for an overnight retreat experience here on campus. The theme is: Preparation for the Passion, Death, and Resurrection. To register, contact Joe.

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082

CD OF SUNDAY MASS. Do you know someone who is unable to attend Sunday Mass but would appreciate staying connected by listening to the Mass on CD? Each Sunday, a faithful volunteer records and masters the 10:00am Mass, including the music, prayers, reading, and homilies. This CD is mailed at no charge to homebound parishioners and to “long-distance” parishioners around the country, along with a Sunday bulletin. If you or someone you know would like to be added to the list, contact Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

VAN DRIVERS NEEDED. Our Sunday van ministry is an important outreach to senior parishioners who would not be able to get to 10:00am Mass on Sunday if it weren’t for our faithful drivers. The commitment is for one Sunday a month and we have several openings. We’re also looking for people who might be willing to be trained in order to substitute when needed. All training provided; background check required. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

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.

BAPTISM OF INFANTS & YOUNG CHILDREN (under the age of 7) is celebrated monthly at one of the weekend Masses. To prepare for this most important 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. Please allow at least two months for preparation. Information, Theresa Van de Ven.

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.

BABYSITTING is available for children up to four years of age on Sundays during the 10:00am and Noon Masses, during baptism preparation classes, and during special events for parents and families. The program is located in the Mother Cabrini Room on the first floor of the Pastoral Outreach Center; enter through the courtyard at Ninth and Columbia. Information, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

VOLUNTEER IN THE BOOKSTORE. We currently have openings for several shifts in the Cathedral Bookstore. Bookstore volunteers have the opportunity to greet visitors and regulars to the Cathedral and also receive a special discount on bookstore items. Please consider this special ministry! All training provided; background check required. We are especially seeking volunteers for the Saturday and Sunday evening Masses. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

ARE YOU A REGISTERED PARISHIONER AT ST. JAMES? Many who attend St. James regularly and consider the Cathedral their parish have never officially registered. We strongly encourage you to register. Registered parishioners receive important mailings from the Cathedral (including offering envelopes!). Registration cards can be found in the vestibule and at the welcome table in Cathedral Hall. If you are not sure whether or not you’re registered, call the Parish Office, 206-622-3559.

A guide to Sunday parking at the Cathedral

We know that parking in this area is at a premium and we do our best to make it available to you.
In consideration of our neighbors, please note these important Do’s and Don’ts!


  • In the O’Dea High School lot.
  • In the Cabrini Tower Garage on Marion Street across from O’Dea High School for the Saturday 5:30 pm Mass and all Sunday Masses. The Cathedral pays for parking (and for official traffic officers from the Seattle Police Department) during these times, and you are encouraged to take advantage of it.
    Did you know that there is also parking underground at Cabrini Garage? Dozens of spots sit empty most weekends! Try it if you arrive late.
  • In the P-1 parking lot under the Chancery building at 9th and Marion.
  • In the Cherry and Terry Parking lot, only in spaces 1-22.

Please DO NOT park:

  • In any parking spot marked with an orange cone.
  • In the Cherry and Terry Parking lot, spaces 23-40 (the south side of the L shaped lot). These are clearly marked with signs; we do appreciate your not parking there.
  • In the lot adjacent to the Envoy Apartments on 9th Avenue, directly across from the Cathedral.
  • In the Blood Bank parking lot at the corner of Terry and Columbia.
  • In the Frye Museum parking lots on Terry Avenue.
  • In the parking places at the Pastoral Outreach Center, 907 Columbia Street.
  • In the spaces on Terry Avenue reserved for loading and unloading of the parish vans.

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. Louise in Bellevue and St. Patrick in Seattle and Tacoma.


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804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, Washington  98104
Phone 206.622.3559  Fax 206.622.5303