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July, 2016

Dear Friends,

I am happy to be able to share with you some good news for the future of our parish. With the enthusiastic approval of our Parish Finance Council and of Archbishop Sartain, we have entered, along with the Archdiocese, into a long-term lease arrangement with a local developer for the half-block of property south of the Cathedral on Terry Avenue between Cherry and James Streets. The parish holds title to the major part of that property; the remainder of it belongs to the Archdiocese.

The parish’s portion of the property was acquired over the last twenty-five years. The purchase price of the parcel at the corner of Terry Avenue and James Street that houses the Solanus Casey Center was partly donated by a generous friend of the Cathedral in 2005; the purchase of the large duplex just north of that was made possible in part by a parishioner’s generous bequest some years ago.

But there has been a down side to owning these properties—the monthly mortgage payments! The long term lease we are now negotiating will not only eliminate the mortgage payments, but also provide an income stream well into the future—funds that will function something like a modest endowment, helping us bridge the budget deficit we have been carrying for many years, and providing for the preservation of the Cathedral and the support—and perhaps even expansion—of our many ministries.

One of our priorities in entering into the lease will be to find suitable alternate locations for both the Solanus Casey Center and the Cathedral Kitchen Garden, both of which are housed on that half-block. We have several possibilities we are actively exploring. Happily, we have ample time to plan for these moves.

There will be a definite advantage to the Cathedral and to the community at large in the use to which the property will be put. The developers are Columbia Pacific, LLC, a local firm and a highly respected one. Their plan is to build senior housing on the property. We are happy about this because this is a project that is highly compatible with the Cathedral’s mission and will be a real benefit to the neighborhood and to the parish. Construction is likely to begin in mid-2017.

There is one more advantage: because we are choosing to enter into a long-term lease arrangement with the developers, rather than selling the property outright, the Cathedral will retain ownership of the property. Decades from now, when the lease expires, the Cathedral will be blessed to still have this asset at its disposal. Given the shifting needs of the Church and the evolving nature of our city, I am sure you can see the wisdom of this arrangement.

At moments like this I can’t but be reminded that each time we walk through the doors of St. James Cathedral, we are the beneficiaries of the foresight and generosity of the generations of parishioners that have gone before us. As pastor, I am particularly aware of their legacy. It’s a legacy that is embodied in everything we do here—our worship, our witness, our outreach—and, of course, in the beautiful Cathedral itself and in the wonderful parish facilities that we enjoy today. We should feel very blessed, then, at this new and promising development in the life of our parish. Like those who have gone before us, we get to hand on our own legacy to generations yet to come!

Father Michael G. Ryan
Pastor of St. James Cathedral

WELCOME, SUMMER VISITORS! St. James Cathedral is proud to welcome visitors from near and far throughout the summer months. Each week a drawing for a special Cathedral gift will be made from among all the visitor envelopes used. Please write your address on the visitor envelope provided in the pew and drop it with your offering into the collection basket. Thank you for adding to the power of our prayer by your presence in our midst today.

COVER ART Icon of the Most Holy Trinity, depicted as the angelic visitors to Abraham. Joan Brand-Landkamer, Cathedral iconographer.

CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE OPEN AFTER MASS. Visitors and regulars alike are invited to stop by the Cathedral Bookstore, open following each weekend Mass thank to our volunteers. Books, rosaries, religious items, Cathedral souvenirs, and much more! The Bookstore is located in the Archbishop Murphy Courtyard just south of the Cathedral.

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.

CAMINO SEATTLE WALK AFTER 10AM MASS. Join us for a short history walk this morning. Starting from St. James shortly after the 10:00am Mass, this 2-mile walk will take us to the site of Seattle’s first Catholic parish, Our Lady of Good Help in Pioneer Square—and back again! We will take a break for a few stories along the way. Gather on the west steps in front of the bronze doors immediately following the 10 o’clock Mass.

CAMINO BETWEEN TWO CATHEDRALS. We will gather on the front steps of the Cathedral on Tuesday evening, July 19 at 5:00pm. We’ll take the two-mile “scenic route” to Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral on Capitol Hill, arriving just in time for a short tour of the Cathedral and the traditional service of Evening Prayer at 6:30pm. (Please note: This is a one-way journey—walk, bus, light rail, or streetcar back home from Saint Mark’s.) All are welcome to join us in this special ecumenical Camino Seattle event! Information, Corinna Laughlin, 206-264-2086.

CALLING ALL SENIORS! You are cordially invited to “An Afternoon of Fun and Games”! The gathering will take place on Tuesday, July 26, 1-3 pm on the patio of St James Pastoral Outreach Center, corner of 9th Ave and Columbia Street. Come to socialize, play some of your favorite games and enjoy ice cream sundaes! If weather is inclement, we will meet indoors.

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

THIRD SUNDAY SOCIAL. Stop on by the Rectory Parlors on Sunday, July 17 after the 5:30pm Mass for good company, wine, and cheese. In this month of St. James, patron of Spain, will be featuring a few treats from the land of Santiago!

SPIRITUALITY THROUGH FILM. On Thursday, July 28 at 6:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center, we’ll watch the 1954 classic On the Waterfront, a film that explores the dignity of labor on the docks of 1950s Hoboken, New Jersey.

Information, Tom Frasene, 206-382-4235

CELEBRATING THE APOSTLE TO THE APOSTLES. Each year on July 22, the Church honors St. Mary Magdalene—the first witness to the Resurrection of Christ. Pope Francis recently announced that the Memorial of this great saint will now be observed throughout the Church as a Feast, raising the observance of “the apostle to the Apostles” to the same rank as that of the male Apostles. Pope Francis’ intent is to heighten awareness of the key role of women in the handing on of the Christian mystery. Next Friday, July 22, will be the first observance of the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, and we will celebrate the Feast in a special way at the 5:30pm Mass with music. Father Ryan will preside.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2016-2017 CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION session is open. Register online through the Cathedral website. Click on the Kids’ Page tab and then click on the Register Now! button. Or, register in person during the Parish Picnic on July 24. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

JOB OPENING. The Cathedral has an opening for a part time (32-36 hours/week) Hospitality Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for Outreach and Youth/Young Adult Ministry. Do you have a heart for hospitality? This position involves coordinating the Sunday Coffee Hour, as well as clerical support. The position includes an excellent benefits package. To receive a job description, applicants should download the Archdiocesan Job Application at: http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/HR/Documents/EmploymentApplication1.pdf and send it with a resume, via e-mail, to Larry Brouse.

HUNTHAUSEN GOLF TOURNAMENT. Do you golf? And do you believe in the Cathedral’s many outreach ministries, especially the Cathedral Kitchen? Then this event is for you! On Monday, August 29, at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, we will hold our 20th annual Hunthausen Golf Tournament. Over the years, this tournament has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Cathedral outreach ministries. Please be a part of it this year, by golfing, attending the dinner, sponsoring a hole, or donating an item to our auction! Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284. Download registration materials at www.stjames-cathedral.org/golf.

BABYSITTING is available for children up to four years of age on Sundays during the 10:00am and Noon Masses. 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.

SHARE YOUR LOVE OF GOD AND THE CHURCH with the children of St James. The Children’s Faith Formation team has a few openings for catechists and doorkeepers. Those who attend Mass regularly and are able to donate up to two hours a week September through June are encouraged to contact Brenda Bellamy. Training, support and materials provided. A background check is required. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

HUNTHAUSEN AUCTION DONATIONS. A fun part of our August 29 Hunthausen Golf Tournament is a silent auction with a wide range of donated items. We are looking for dinner gift cards, bottles of wine, tickets to concerts and special events. We are especially in need of sports tickets. Information, Margaret Lynch, 206-382-4288.

GENTLE CHAIR YOGA. Increase flexibility, strength and balance in a comfortable atmosphere with gentle yoga practice on Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center, 907 Columbia Street. Information, Nancy Granger 206-382-4369.

CONFRONTING PORNOGRAPHY SUPPORT GROUP: *NEW DAY/PLACE* St. James holds an anonymous support group to overcome habits of porn use on Wednesdays, 8pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center (907 Columbia St.). All are welcome. Information, Tom Frasene.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. We visited an elderly woman who lived in the same Capitol Hill apartment over 20 years, loved it and wanted to stay there the rest of her life. Unfortunately, the building owner hired a new property manager who imposed large rent increases on most tenants. This poor woman’s monthly rent was increased 30%, making her apartment too expensive to keep. We could not remove the grief and anger she felt over losing her beloved home. But, with your help, we paid part of her rent so she could avoid eviction while she searched for an affordable apartment – thank you! Information, Christine Henderson.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD’S BLESSINGS to the following children, baptized in the Cathedral last Sunday during the Noon Mass: Paul Brian Pachucki, Evan Joseph Phillips, William Henry Rockwell Street, Zoey Sophiea Vargas, and Renée Kathleen Wideman. We welcome with joy these newest members of the family of faith!

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. Bridget in Seattle; St. Ann in Seattle, Tacoma, and Forks; and St. Olaf in Poulsbo.


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