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April 24, 2016

Dear Friends,

I long ago became convinced that there are no blessings in life that are not mixed. Even the most wonderful blessings invariably involve a shadow or a sadness. The blessing I am speaking about here is a new staff member who is joining us this month. His name is Patrick Barredo and, come summer, he will be taking over Patty Bowman’s responsibilities in social outreach and advocacy. Patrick is definitely a blessing, but losing Patty creates, without doubt, a serious shadow and a sadness for all of us.

During her 16 years with us, Patty Bowman has put Catholic social teaching at the very heart of our mission here at St. James Cathedral. With more volunteers than I could ever count, she has tirelessly worked to build up our many outreach ministries to the poor and needy while at the same time building programs and committees to advocate on behalf of the poor and to work for a more just social order. Patty took what I can only call a fledgling effort in the areas of social outreach and advocacy and created something we can all be proud of and something that Seattle’s church and civic community are well aware of.

Patty has decided that it is time for her to take a break (a well-deserved one!) before deciding what’s next for her. I fully support her decision although it’s not easy to think of going on without her. I know that any of you who have been privileged to get to know her and to work with her over the years will feel the same. Happily, she will continue to be a member of the parish so there’s no need to say good-bye – only a very big and heartfelt ‘thank you.’ And we will find an appropriate way to do that before Patty steps down at the end of June.

As she prepares to leave, I feel very blessed indeed to welcome to the Cathedral pastoral team, Patrick Barredo, who has served in a similar position for nearly 15 years at Holy Rosary Parish in West Seattle. Patrick is excited about ministering at St. James and I’m quite sure you will share that excitement when you have the opportunity to meet him and work with him. Without relating his entire history, I would just mention that he is married to Christina and is the proud father of Joseph, Alex, and Ella. Patrick did both his undergraduate and graduate studies at Notre Dame University which, I’m sure you will agree, gives him an impeccable Catholic pedigree! He has deep, strong and proven commitments to serving the poor and to advocating on their behalf.

More to follow. For the present, I would simply ask you to join me in praying for Patty Bowman as she prepares to transition out of her position, and to join me in welcoming Patrick Barredo as he joins the St. James Cathedral team.

Father Michael G. Ryan
Pastor of St. James Cathedral

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 Angel in Eden. Detail of the Tympanum of the Ceremonial Bronze Doors, Ulrich Henn, 1999.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR. If you would like to offer flowers in memory of a loved one, in celebration of an anniversary, or in thanksgiving, please contact Corinna Laughlin, 206-264-2086.

PARENT CLASS CONTINUES. Parents are warmly invited to participate in a four-week, drop-in, come-as-you-can class. Explore your own faith while your children are in their classes. The theme for this series is “Everything you ever wanted to know about the Mass: learn the basics of what’s happening at Mass each Sunday … before your kids ask!” Meets in Room 425 of Cathedral Place from 11:05–11:45 today,April 24. Information, Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.

HAVE YOU DRIFTED FROM YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH? Have you been watching Pope Francis and been inspired to return to regular practice of our faith? St. James Cathedral offers Welcome Back, our own program designed to help you become an active part of our faith community once again. It’s a safe place to ask questions, and begin to experience a small community of faith. The Welcome Back program just began, and will run through mid- June; it is not too late to join us. Sessions are held Monday evenings, 7–9pm, in Cathedral Place, 803 Terry Avenue. Information, Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.

ECUMENICAL PRAYER WITH MUSIC FROM TAIZÉ. Our next ecumenical prayer with music from Taizé will be on Friday, May 6 at 6:30pm in the Cathedral. This prayer now takes place on the first Friday of each month, rather than weekly. Please mark your calendar and come share in this beautiful ecumenical evening prayer.

THE CATHEDRAL KITCHEN NEEDS A FEW MORE VOLUNTEERS to help with preparing and serving our meal. The shifts are from 2:00-4:00 and 4:00-6:00pm. If you would like to join us and help out please contact Teddi Callahan at 206-264-2091.

SCREENING OF CHASING HEROIN. On Monday, May 2, at 5:15pm, Recovery Cafe (2022 Boren Ave) invites you to a screening of Frontline’s recent documentary, Chasing Heroin, filmed right here in the Seattle area. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of experts in this area. The panel discussion begins at 7:00pm. Come be a part of a solutions-based conversation. Light snacks provided. RSVP to rsvp@recoverycafe.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. Information, Theresa Van de Ven at 206-219-5822. Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2016.

ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR—SAVE THE DATE. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 22, for our Environment and Health Fair, which will ! The St. James Care for Creation Committee is pleased to present this opportunity to explore ways to continue to live into the challenge of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si. Come and learn about gardening, composting, keeping our Puget Sound and Duwamish River clean, and much more. Information, Patty Bowman, 206-382-4515.

CONSOLE THOSE WHO MOURN. The Funeral Reception Committee needs additional volunteers to host gatherings of bereaved family and friends in the Pastoral Outreach Center after parish funerals. This is a beautiful ministry of hospitality and presence to fellow parishioners when they are most need of our loving care. Information, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

ELDER INTEGRATION COMPANIONS. St. James Immigrant Assistance provides elder immigrant and refugee clients with a range of services and social opportunities so that they can be more engaged in the broader community. As an Elder Integration Companion you will provide conversation and friendship on field trips to museums and parks, or share special interests and skills in informal presentations. Groups meet throughout King County at various locations during day time hours. Knowledge of the area is a plus. Information, Cecilia Erin Walsh at 206-382-4511.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Dorothy D’Orazio.

Mental Health & Wellness Ministry

MINDFUL ALTERNATIVES FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP. For those with adult children who live with mental illness. Meetings take place on the last Saturday of the month in Gallagher Center. Next meeting: April 30. Information, Terry Proctor 206-915-3555.

‘PIZZA & PROBLEM SOLVING’ COLLEGE STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP. First Sunday of the month, 3–4:30 pm . Next Meeting: May 1.

STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY. Developed in partnership with the Spiritual Care Department, UW Medicine’s Memory & Brain Wellness Center will offer Strength for the Journey, a six-week small group experience for persons living with early stage memory loss. Through discussion and creative reflection, participants explore their strengths, values and relationships that can empower them throughout their journey with memory loss. Fridays, 10–11:30am, May 6–June 10, Pastoral Outreach Center, 907 Columbia Street. Information, Mari Becker, Memory & Brain Wellness Center, 206-744-2017.

WHEN THE SUBSTANCE MISUSE EPIDEMIC HITS HOME—WHAT ALL FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW: A MOTHER’S STORY. Learn how current trends in prescribing drugs may lead to misuse and opioid/ opiate addiction, how this epidemic affects our youth, the facts about the disease of addiction, options for treatment and recovery, and how the community’s efforts at prevention are a vital component of the solution. Further details in future bulletins, but save the date now: Sunday, May 15, 1:30–3:30pm.

Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

CONFRONTING 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.

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.

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.

SUMMER MISSION TRIP: YOUTH MIGRANT PROJECT. Join with youth from St. Anne and St. Mary as we spend a full week serving migrant families in the Skagit Valley. The trip will occur July 3–8, 2016. There will be an information night in the Pastoral Outreach Center TONIGHT, Sunday, April 24 at 6:30pm.

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.

WORLD YOUTH DAY STOCK. St. James is sending 10 pilgrims to Poland this summer to worship with Pope Francis and two million Catholic young people. You can become part of this once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage by purchasing shares of stock in the trip, available for sale at coffee hour. Our goal is to sell 500 shares. Currently, 194 shares have been purchased, leaving a balance of 306. Checks can be made payable to “St. James Cathedral” and mailed, Attn. Joe Cotton, to 804 9th Ave Seattle, WA 98104.

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082

ARE YOU AN ARTIST? Practice your faith through making art. Learn about and make stained glass. The Art of Faith day camp will be from July 18 – July 22. Open to youth entering grades 7 through 12. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

FIRST FRIDAY TAIZÉ AND SIMPLE SUPPER. On Friday, May 6, join other young adults for Taizé prayer at 6:30 in the Cathedral. Afterwards, we will meet in the north entrance of the Cathedral for a simple supper.

SERVE DINNER AT RECOVERY CAFE. Our May service event will be at the amazing Recovery Café’s Open Mic Night! On Saturday, May 21st, we need helping hands to cook and serve dinner for this fun evening for Café members and volunteers alike. Serving is from 3:30pm to 7:30pm. RSVP to Tom.

SOFTBALL SEASON COMING UP! The young adults of St. James will field an all-skill-levels, coed softball league this spring! Registration will be $30 per person for an 8-game season plus a post-season tournament. To register, email Tom.

Information, Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235

PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR FIRST COMMUNION. Preparation for First Communion is customarily a two-year process beginning when your child is 6 years-old or in the 1st grade. There is also a special preparation process for older children. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

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 parish of St. Catherine in Seattle and the mission churches of St. Catherine in Cathlamet and Concrete.


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804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, Washington  98104
Phone 206.622.3559  Fax 206.622.5303