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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 Icon of the Descent of the Holy Spirit. Joan Brand-Landkamer, Cathedral iconographer.

CHILDREN’S PENTECOST PROCESSION at the beginning of the Noon Mass. Meet in the West Vestibule at 11:50am. Parents, please accompany very young children.

JOB OPENING: ASSISTANT SACRISTAN. St. James Cathedral has an opening for a part time (30-35 hours/week) Assistant Sacristan. To receive a job description and details, interested applicants should download the Seattle Archdiocesan Job Application at: http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/Archdiocese/HR/Documents/EmploymentApplication.pdf and send it with a resume, via e-mail, to Corinna Laughlin .

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.

CATHEDRAL MOTHERS GROUP. Becoming a parent brings big changes to every facet of a woman’s life. Marriage, work, sleep, emotional and physical well -being are all affected. This is a time when women need the support of the whole community, yet many young mothers live far away from their extended families and wise elders. Our new Cathedral Mothers Group, facilitated by child and family counselor, Ansebe Bicof-Smit, MA, LMHCA, meets every Monday from 10:30 to Noon in the Mother Cabrini Room of the Pastoral Outreach Center. Bring your young children and check it out. Information, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

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.

NEW! A VISUAL ARTS DAY CAMP FOR YOUTH ENTERING GRADES 7 THROUGH 12. As a participant in the Art of Faith camp you will: learn about the history, science and making of stained glass; study the stained glass of the Cathedral; visit several stained glass installations; and make your own small stained glass piece. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

YOUTH MUSIC CHOIR CAMP. August 8-14, St. James Cathedral presents its annual youth music choir camp where children have opportunities to sing, laugh, and play in a beautiful and welcoming environment. Each day, choristers will learn music both ancient and modern, pray together in Morning Prayer, serve the community alongside other campers, and have fun. Information, www.stjames-cathedral.org/music.

SENIOR TEA. On Thursday, June 2, at 4:00pm, Father Ryan and the Cathedral staff will host a tea for our senior parishioners. Invitations have gone out to all our parishioners who are in their eighties and nineties. If you would like to come, but did not receive an invitation, you are still most welcome! RSVP to Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

IMMIGRATION ADVOCATES GATHERING. Join us on Wednesday evening, May 25 to discuss examples of what to say when you encounter anti-immigrant rhetoric. Open to anyone interested in supporting justice for immigrants and refugees at home and abroad. No need to RSVP. Bring a friend or two. We will be meeting in the Pastoral Outreach Center from 6:30–7:30pm (note time change!). Information, Chris Koehler, 206-382-4511.

REPORT FROM ST VINCENT DE PAUL. Your SVdP donations allowed our Cathedral Vincentians to make 225 home visits during the first four months of 2016 and help 306 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 56 home visits and 77 people helped per month. Even more parish residents seek our assistance, but we need more volunteers and more money to help them. Please help us, if you can—thank you! Information, Christine Henderson, 253-973-1441.

HOST A STUDENT FROM NPH THIS FALL! Bring NPH to your home – and welcome one of our youth leaders into your family! The NPH International Seattle Institute, which works to prepare our Pequeños for lives of service leadership, is seeking host families for the 2016-17 academic year (September 2016 –June 2017). Each fall we welcome 6 young leaders from NPH to Seattle for a year of English study and leadership development. Students enroll in a full time immersion program at Seattle Central Community College and participate in other activities including seminars, retreats, mentoring relationships, and service opportunities. If you live in or around Seattle and are interested in hosting one of our students (ages 21-28) or would like to learn more, please contact Kara King.

Opportunities to Serve
Do you long to get more involved in the Cathedral parish and find ways to meet fellow parishioners and form community here? The best way to do that is by getting involved in one of our many ministries! Here are some current opportunities.

BUILD COMMUNITY AT ST. JAMES AT COFFEE HOUR! Do you have a passion for hospitality? If so, St. James is looking for more Coffee Hour volunteers! We need helping hands to help serve muffins and coffee 9am-10am and 1pm-2:30pm. Information, Tom Frasene.

VAN DRIVERS URGENTLY 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 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. Right now we are short a driver on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month. All training provided; background check required. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

SHARE YOUR LOVE OF GOD AND THE CHURCH WITH THE CHILDREN OF ST JAMES. Children’s Faith Formation (Preschool – Grade 8) is in need of catechists (age 21 and older) and catechist assistants (age 14 and older) for the 2016-2017 school year. Training, materials and ongoing support provided. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

CONTEMPLATIVE ECUMENICAL PRAYER WITH MUSIC FROM TAIZÉ. Our next ecumenical prayer with music from Taizé will be Friday, June 3 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.

POPE FRANCIS’ AMORIS LAETITIA NOW AVAILABLE. Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Exhortation on the family is available in the Cathedral Bookstore. Stop by to purchase a copy in order to read and study this important document. “No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love.”

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Peter Chirico, SS. All are welcome to the Memorial Mass for Father Peter in the Cathedral, Wednesday, May 25 at 5:30pm.

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. This week, we will welcome junior high visitors from a neighboring parish. Please join us as we model comprehensive youth ministry for a developing program.

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. Our goal is to sell 500 shares. Currently, 271 shares have been purchased, leaving a balance of 229. Checks can be made payable to “St. James Cathedral” and mailed, Attn. Joe Cotton, to 804 9th Ave Seattle, WA 98104. Credit donations can be made on the cathedral website. Please write “World Youth Day” in the Special Note field.

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. Please contact Joe for a registration packet.

QUESTIONS? Joe Cotton, 206-264-2082

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

TONIGHT! 3RD SUNDAY SOCIAL AND MARY CELEBRATION. Join your fellow young adults for some wine and cheese after the 5:30pm Mass in the Rectory Parlors, just across the courtyard from southern entrance. Because May is the Mary’s month, we’ll celebrate Our Lady in a special way!

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.

DISCERNMENT RETREAT. Save the date for Friday, June 3! We’ll have our usual first Friday Taizé prayer service followed by a simple supper. After that, Theresa Lukasik from the Ignatian Spirituality Center will lead us in an evening of reflection on discernment in everyday life. We’ll conclude late into the evening, around 11:30pm. To register, email Tom.

Information, Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235

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 Holy Spirit in Kent and St. Brendan in Bothell.


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