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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.

FOR YOUR SAFETY. It is important for you to know that at each of the weekend Masses a Seattle police officer or a private security guard is present on the Cathedral campus.

ON THE COVER. The logo for the Year of Mercy summarizes what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father (Luke 6:36) invites all to follow the merciful example of the Father who does not judge or condemn but forgives and loves. The logo is the work of Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik. It represents an image important to the early Church: the Son of God carries the lost soul upon his shoulders. The Good Shepherd touches humanity with transforming love. While the Good Shepherd, in his great mercy, takes humanity upon himself, his eyes are merged with those of the human being: Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ. We discover our own humanity in Christ, and learn to contemplate, in his gaze, the merciful love of the Father.

PARENTS’ FAITH FORMATION, ALSO KNOWN AS PFF, takes place during the time your children are in their CFF classes. Join us for coffee, doughnuts, and conversation with other parents. This week, we’ll talk about your own prayer life, ways to find God in the midst of your busy lives. Sunday, November 13 from 11:05–11:40 in Room 211, O’Dea High School. Information, Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.

RCIA REUNION. Calling all former RCIA participants! Are you someone who has come through the RCIA process at St. James or who has served as a sponsor? Please join us for a social time to check in and catch up, Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00pm in the Holy Names Room in the Pastoral Outreach Center. If you can attend RSVP to Kathleen McCabe, 206-382-2018.

CATHEDRAL BRASS & ORGAN CONCERT: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 AT 7:30PM. Combining the sonorous splendor of St. James’ two pipe organs with majestic brass, Dr. Paul Thornock and Cathedral Organist Joseph Adam are joined by members of the Cathedral Brass to present this festive concert. The program will include a number of French masterworks and feature Louis Vierne’s Marche Triomphal and Gaston Litaize’s Cortege for Organ and Brass. Information and passes, www.stjames-cathedral.org/music.

NO YOUTH NIGHT THIS WEEKEND. After a full weekend at Catholic Youth Convention, we will not have youth night this Sunday evening. Join us next week, November 20, for our usual youth night from 6:30-8:30 in the Pastoral Outreach Center.

SAFETY & DE-ESCALATION TRAINING Tuesday, November 15, 5:30–7:30pm Cathedral Hall. Join Marty Reinsel, MA, LMHC, Clinical Educator and Therapist at Navos Psychiatric Hospital to learn basic intervention and de-escalation approaches including verbal and non-verbal communication, environmental and safety considerations and basic non-violent physical defense. Essential for all staff and volunteers who provide outreach to our brothers and sisters who experience serious mental illness and/or addiction. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR MOTHERS OF YOUNG CHILDREN offers moms an opportunity to connect with and support each other through the journey of motherhood. Facilitated by Ansebe Bicoff-Smit, a child, couple, and family psychotherapist, the group explores topics such as child development, emotional attachment, positive parenting, transitioning into the role of being a mother, and reconnecting with one’s partner. Mothers enjoy weekly conversations with one another and experience a sense of community. Mondays 10 am – Noon Information, Ansebe Bicoff-Smit, 240-516-676.

THANKSGIVING CANNED FOOD DRIVE. Once again, parishioners are encouraged to bring canned food and other non-perishable food items to this year’s Thanksgiving Day Mass, Thursday, November 24 at 9:30am. All donated goods will be shared with St. Mary’s Food Bank.

CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE OPEN AFTER MASS. Visitors and regulars alike are invited to stop by the Cathedral Bookstore, open following each weekend Mass thanks to our volunteers. Books, rosaries, religious items, Cathedral souvenirs, and much more.

SUNDAY HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Coffee Hour is a welcoming space in which persons experiencing homelessness and parishioners can come together to drink coffee, eat muffins, relax, and socialize. It is also a great place to learn about the array of ministries and volunteer opportunities at St. James Cathedral. We are especially in need of volunteers to serve coffee and muffins and clean up after the Noon Mass. Information, Hunt Hoffman, 206-382-4235.

WINTER SHELTER OUR SILVER ANNIVERSARY OF WELCOMING THE HOMELESS INTO OUR MIDST. Volunteer Opportunities: Breakfast Host (2nd Sunday of each month, 5:45-7am) to cook and serve a warm meal to start the day. Overnighter (4th Saturdays, and on-call subs needed, 8:15pm-7am) to stay with 16 men in Cathedral Hall. Supply Needs: cough drops, razors, shaving cream, and deodorant, new or gently-used dark-colored hand towels. Please bring to the Sunday Help Desk at Coffee Hour or to the Parish Office. Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

YOUNG ADULT THIRD SUNDAY SOCIAL: FRIENDS-GIVING EDITION. Join us the Sunday before Thanksgiving for our Third Sunday Social, Friends-Giving Edition. St. James Cathedral will provide the food, drink, and friends! Come by and relax with us on Sunday, November 20 after 5:30 Mass.

TURKEY BOWL NEXT WEEKEND! We need fans and players alike to come out and represent the Cathedral Young Adults—all ability levels welcome. If you're interested in playing in the tournament on Saturday, November 19, contact Curtis.

Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

CONFRONTING PORNOGRAPHY. Our weekly anonymous support group for men struggling with pornography meets every Tuesday at 7:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center (907 Columbia St.). Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082.

TINY: STREETWISE REVISITED. The Cathedral has been selected by the Seattle Public Library to be one of very few groups in the City to offer a free viewing of this documentary, which follows the life of a teenage girl through homelessness, prostitution and drug abuse. There will be two viewings in the Pastoral Outreach Center: Monday, November 14, 12noon to 2pm, and Thursday, November 17, 1.30pm-3.30pm. After the 90 minute film, there will be a 30 minute discussion. Because we are limited to only 15 people per screening, you must RSVP to Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT CONCERNS GATHERING. Join us on Tuesday, November 29 from 6–8 pm to discuss the future of immigration reform and what we can do to support justice for immigrants and refugees. We will be meeting in the Holy Names Room on the second floor of the Pastoral Outreach Center. Information, Christopher Koehler, 206-382-4511.

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, 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, Julianna Castro, 206-619-0816.

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. Hubert in Langley, St. Frances Cabrini in Tacoma, and St. Margaret in Seattle.

This is a letter I sent this past week to some parishioners I haven’t seen in a long time. It strikes me that you might be aware of people like that, too. Maybe they are in your family, or maybe they are friends, neighbors, or acquaintances. If so, I’d invite you to share the letter below with them. What better way to end this Year of Mercy?

Father Ryan

November 13, 2016

Dear Friends,

On November 20, the Jubilee Year of Mercy comes to an end. It has been a wonderful gift to the Church from Pope Francis, who never tires of speaking about the mercy of God. He reminds us that Mercy is God’s name. And he reminds us, too, that God’s arms are always open and that the embrace of God is wide beyond our imagining.

If you have drifted away from participating in Sunday Mass, I hope you will consider returning. I encourage you to seek out a parish home that nourishes you spiritually, whether here at St. James Cathedral or in your local neighborhood.

If there is something that the Church has done to hurt or scandalize you, I want to beg forgiveness in the name of the Church. And if there is anything that we as the parish community of St. James Cathedral can do to help you at this moment along your journey of life and faith, we very much want to do it.

You are part of the great family of the Church, you are important, and God always welcomes you with open arms. So does your Church!

May the amazingly good news of God’s boundless mercy touch your heart and bring you joy and hope.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Ryan


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