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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 “John went through the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” Detail of central East Apse stained glass window, St. James Cathedral. Hans Gottfried von Stockhausen, artist, 1994.

ETERNAL CITY. During Advent, visit the Cathedral Chapel to see an exhibit of wonderful pen-and-ink drawings of Rome by Seattle artist Thomas Allsopp. Today after the 10:00am Mass, Thomas will be in the Chapel to offer a brief talk about his art and inspiration. All are welcome.

WELCOMING THE STRANGER IN YOUR MIDST. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 13, 6:30-8:00pm, in the Fireside Room. Learn how you can share your time and talents in welcoming immigrants and refugees. Information, Cecilia Erin Walsh, 206-382-4511.

REPORT FROM ST VINCENT DE PAUL. Your SVdP donations made it possible for our Cathedral Vincentians to do 141 home visits during the August through October period and help 202 low (or no) income residents of the parish who struggle to pay for life's necessities, such as rent, electricity, beds, food, clothes and basic hygiene products. That averages 47 home visits and 67 people assisted each month. Thank you for your generosity – every dollar helps! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

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.

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

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.

MINISTRY OF PRESENCE IN THE CATHEDRAL. The Year of Mercy has concluded, but the mercy continues! Each weekday in the Cathedral, a volunteer sits at a desk in the northeast corner of the Cathedral near the Mary Shrine, available to answer questions, accept prayer requests, and greet visitors who stop in between 1:00pm-4:00pm. It’s a quiet time to pray, read, and be present to those who come to the Cathedral, often people in need. If you’d like to spend one afternoon a week in the Cathedral, we’d love to have you be a part of this ministry. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

DO YOU SPEAK SPANISH OR VIETNAMESE? St. James Cathedral is a place of inclusion. We want to know that everyone has access to accurate information and has opportunity to share his or her voice. By volunteering to provide occasional interpreting to other parishioners, you can help to build the wholeness and the holiness of our community. Information, Cecilia Erin Walsh,  206-382-4511.

OPUS 7 CONCERT—“MY SPIRIT REJOICES” Saturday, December 17 at 8:00 pm. Don’t miss this joyous holiday concert by resident ensemble Opus 7 as they celebrate their 25th-anniversary season with some of their favorite choral music for Advent and Christmas. The concert will feature Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s a cappella choral masterpiece Magnificat; music by Northwest composers John Muehleisen, Bern Herbolsheimer, and Robert Scandrett; and music by Howells, Finzi, Britten and others. Information and passes at www.opus7.org.

ST JAMES IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE has an opening for a Community Activation Coordinator. Duties include promoting active engagement on immigration issues, recruiting volunteers, and overseeing office volunteers. 20 hours per week, starting in March 2017. Applications due by 1/20/17. Contact Christopher Koehler for an application packet.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

SACRAMENTAL CELEBRATIONS AT ST. JAMES CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD’S BLESSINGS to the following children, baptized in the Cathedral on Sunday, November 20: Kasey Rose Flath, Vincent Jesse Flath, Brendan James Gately, Jaxon Richard Gutierrez, Autumn Retuta Hempfling, Callahan Francis McCrillis Mateo Rasheid Oworu, Henry Robert Rassilyer, and Orlando Gerard Ulstein. We welcome with joy these newest members of the family of faith.

YOUTH NIGHT TONIGHT. Welcome to youth in grades 8-12 this Sunday from 6:30-8:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center for Youth Night. This will be a great way to get into the Advent season with fun, faith-filled activities.

DISTRIBUTING TOYS TO MIGRANT FAMILIES. On Saturday, December 17 we’ll head up to the Skagit Valley to distribute to the toys, winter coats and other items that have been donated by our parish community. RSVP to Curtis if you can join us.

QUESTIONS? Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

YOUNG ADULTS NEEDED to help with Giving Tree donations at the 5:30pm Masses on Saturday and Sunday next weekend. If you are available to receive donated gifts after the evening Masses on either Saturday or Sunday, please email Curtis.

GREENING OF THE CATHEDRAL. Save the date of December 21! This is a fun evening for young adults to come together to make the Cathedral even more beautiful for the Christmas season. If you like, you’ll be able to explore some of the nooks and crannies of the Cathedral that are normally closed off! Once we are finished decorating we will have a pizza party. RSVP to Curtis.

Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, this year marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, that hastened the United States' entry into World War II. 2,403 Americans lost their lives on "a date which will live in infamy," as President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared on the following day. Let us remember in prayer the victims of all wars, our veterans and those currently serving in the military.

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY, DECEMBER 10, commemorates the adoption of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Pope Francis reminds us that “human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that create huge inequalities.” May we have the courage to stand in solidarity with those who are denied their basic human rights. May we always remember that to deny others their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.

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.

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. Andrew in Sumner, St. Barbara in Black Diamond, and St. Francis Xavier in Toledo.


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