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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. 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 St. Luke, the Evangelist. Detail of West Nave stained-glass window. Charles Connick, artist.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are offered in loving memory of Ryan Matthew Cueto who is forever present in our hearts, from Reza and Ryan Cueto. If you would like to make a floral offering to remember a loved one or give thanks on a special occasion, please contact Jane Mueller, 206-654-4650. Available dates in the coming months are September 25, October 9, October 16, October 30, and November 6.

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.

ARCHBISHOP SARTAIN HEALTH UPDATE. Archbishop Sartain has sent word that he is making excellent progress. The surgery went very well. He is out of state for several weeks in order to focus on rest and recuperation. He continues to be grateful for your prayers. “Words can’t describe how grateful I am for your prayers and concern. Without question, they are helping me by God’s grace to make the good progress I am making,” Archbishop says.

THE CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION YEAR IS UNDERWAY. Last Sunday, 60 families gathered in the O’Dea gym for an hour of prayer, song and learning about the Creed. Please join us this Sunday from 11:00 to 11:45. We have classes for children who are age 4 through grade 8, as well as sacramental preparation classes and a class for children with special needs. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108 or visit the Cathedral website.

SOLANUS CASEY CENTER COLLECTION. Next weekend, in lieu of our monthly collection for St. Vincent de Paul, we will take up a collection to support the work of the Solanus Casey Center, the Cathedral’s own referral center. The homeless and those in need come to Solanus Casey for assistance and referrals to other resources to assist them. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

COMING SOON: YOUTH NIGHTS! Our youth group will have their first weekly Youth Night on October 2 at 6:30 pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center for anyone in Grades 8 through 12. If you’ve been part of the group before or never attended a youth night, come help us kick off the new year in style!

CURIOUS ABOUT CONFIRMATION? Are you curious about completing your Christian Initiation as a confirmed Catholic? Teens and parents are welcome to come learn more about the Sacrament of Confirmation and our one-year preparation program at an info session Monday, October 3 in the Holy Names Room at 7pm. This will be a great time to ask questions and find out if now is the right time to take this step in living out your baptismal vocation. (In our Archdiocese, those to be confirmed must be at least 16 of age at the time the Sacrament is celebrated, usually in mid-May.)

QUESTIONS? Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

T. S. ELIOT’S FOUR QUARTETS. Eliot is one of the great poets of the 20th century. The poems that make up Four Quartets (1943) are the culminating expression of Eliot’s profoundly Christian spiritual vision. The series continues Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00pm in the Holy Names Room, Pastoral Outreach Center, with The Dry Salvages. This four-week series is led by Corinna Laughlin with Cathedral reader Scott Webster. All are welcome! It is recommended, but not required, that participants read the designated poem in advance of each session.

HEAR CATHEDRAL YOUTH SPEAK ABOUT WYD. World Youth Day stockholders and parishioners are welcome to hear Cathedral youth share their experiences from World Youth Day on Monday September 26 at 7pm in the Holy Names Room. For those who bought WYD stock this will be a great time to pick up your rosary blessed by Pope Francis. A light dinner will be served. RSVP requested. Information, Curtis Leighton,  206-264-2082.

ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE CURRENT REFUGEE CRISIS? Learn more about this and other immigration issues. Get involved. Build relationships by volunteering with St. James Immigrant Assistance, or consider a one-time opportunity on October 15, at a free, citizenship workshop sponsored by the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. Information, Cecilia Erin Walsh, 206-382-4511.

CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION BEGINS TODAY. This week, all classes meet in the O’Dea gym from 11:00 to 11:45. Whether you have registered your children or not, please come. More information on the Cathedral website or

THANK YOU TO THE MORE THAN 40 YOUTH AND ADULTS who have committed to sharing generously of their time and talent with the children of St James this year. Please keep them, and all the families involved in Children’s Faith Formation, in your prayers. Are you interested in volunteering as well? Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

BECOMING PEACEMAKERS: A GOSPEL RESPONSE TO VIOLENCE Saturday, September 24 at St. Francis of Assisi in Burien. Join Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi, to: Discern your call as a peacemaker, Consider the evolving Church teaching from Just War to Just Peace, Hear local stories of transformation from violence, and receive peacemaking and nonviolence resources. Cost: $10, $15 at the door (if room). Register at www.ipjc.org or 206-223-1138.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY helps residents of St James parish who need assistance paying for necessities like rent, electricity, beds, clothes, food and hygiene items. We also give referrals to other sources of help that SVdP cannot provide – like the Cathedral Kitchen for our neighbors who have little or no income and hunger for a good meal or the Solanus Casey Center for those who need an ID card to apply for jobs, training programs, governmental assistance, etc. We thank our friends in all the outreach ministries at St James for all they do to help fill the many needs in our parish! For SVdP help, call the SVdP Helpline, 206-767-6449, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 3 pm.

WELCOME BACK. St. James Cathedral offers a 10- week program for Catholics returning to the practice of their faith. It’s a safe place to ask questions, learn about changes in the Church, and begin to experience a small community of faith. If you desire, we’ll help you return to the sacraments, and to becoming an active part of this faith community. The fall session begins Monday, October 3, 2016. Sessions are held 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Cathedral Place, 803 Terry Avenue. Information, Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

THIRD SUNDAY SOCIAL after the Sunday evening Mass this weekend. We’ll meet in the Rectory Parlors on the south side of the Cathedral. Come for a nosh, meet other young adults, and learn what we are up to this fall.

FLAG FOOTBALL TEAM. If you’re interested in being part of a fun, casual, co-ed flag football team look no further! The season runs from October 8 through November 19. Players of all abilities and skill levels are welcome. Sign up today at the Sunday evening Social or email Curtis by tomorrow, Monday, if you’re interested.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY. On Saturday, September 17, we’ll partner with the YWCA Adopt-a-Unit program to clean and decorate an apartment for a family moving from transitional housing. Please bring items to donate, such as blankets, nonperishable food, household items, as well as cleaning supplies. Donations accepted at the parish office for those who can’t come on Saturday. Contact Curtis with questions or to RSVP.

Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

WEAVING OUR STRENGTHS. The Church Council of Greater Seattle invites you to attend this day-long conference of fellowship, inspiration, and skill-building to strengthen local churches’ efforts for the common good, on Saturday, October 22, 8am-4pm at Seattle First Baptist Church. Last year over 200 people from 16 faith traditions, and at least 60 congregations gathered. Workshop themes include interfaith dialogue and approach to scripture; storytelling for community action; immigrant and refugee accompaniment; “habits of the heart” for healthy conversations; mental illness and the church; racial justice – through Scripture and in congregations; conflict and resolution in Colombia; church in the neighborhood; dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery; and creative worship. To register, contact Patrick Barredo by October 7, 206-382-4515.

FEELING DISILLUSIONED WITH YOUR MARRIAGE? Think you have to settle for a lackluster, cold or distant relationship? Think again! You can gain new insight into your marriage and rekindle the warmth you once felt. Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vī) has helped tens of thousands of struggling couples worldwide. Your marriage could be next! To inquire about our program beginning September 23-25, 2016, call 360-671-6479 or visit www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

THE ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR will take place after 10 am and noon masses on Sunday, October 9. Please plan on dropping by the Hall to visit representatives from various social and health care organizations. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

Catholics Care.
Catholics Vote
The parishes of St. James, Christ Our Hope and St. Joseph are co-sponsoring a 5-week series to help form the consciences of the Catholic faithful in preparation of the November election. Each presentation will be on Thursday evenings, 6:30pm to 8pm in Cathedral Hall.
  • September 29: IMMMIGRATION with Michael Ramos of The Church Council of Greater Seattle
  • October 6: LIFE ISSUES with Camille Pauley of Healing the Culture
  • October 13: CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT with Jessie Dye of Earth Ministry

ENJOY GENTLE CHAIR YOGA on Thursdays, 6:30-7:45pm in the Holy Names Room in the Pastoral Outreach Center, 907 Columbia St. No yoga experience necessary; students of all abilities are welcomed. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

DROP-IN CREATIVE ARTS GROUP takes place the 2nd and 4th Thursdays. Next gathering is September 22, Noon – 2 pm in the Gallagher Center. No art experience necessary. Enjoy a sense of community in a relaxed atmosphere. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS, work can be an essential step on the path to wellbeing and recovery. Finding a job that matches an individual’s interests and talents with ongoing workplace support can be life changing. Learn about Individual Placement and Supported Employment at NAMI’s Speaker Series, Thursday, September 29, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Ballard Library, 5612 22nd Ave NW, Seattle 98107. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269 or RSVP to selena@namiseattle.org.

CAPELLA ROMANA IN CONCERT. Join us on Friday, September 23 at 7:30pm to celebrate the launch of Cappella Romana’s 25th Anniversary season. “Like a jeweled light flooding the space” (LA Times), Cappella Romana’s performances bring to life the rich musical traditions of the Christian East and West. This performance will feature a reprise of their 1991 debut including selections from Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, rarely heard Byzantine Chants and Greek-American choral works. Information and passes, http://www.cappellaromana.org

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. Matthew in Seattle, SS Cosmas & Damian in Orting, and Our Lady of the Lake in Seattle.


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