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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.

ON THE COVER John the Baptist. Detail of Virgin and Child with Six Saints. Neri Di Bicci, 1456. St. James Cathedral Chapel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CHRISTMAS GREETERS NEEDED. Each year, about two thousand parishioners and visitors join us for the 10:00pm Mass on Christmas Eve. We need your help to extend a warm welcome to every one of them! Please consider volunteering as a greeter to provide hospitality, answer basic questions, and hand out programs. Greeters must arrive by 7:45pm—and they get reserved seats for the Mass! Please contact Corinna Laughlin, 206-264-2086, by Monday, December 19 if interested.

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES. Are you looking for a way to get involved in the parish community? Please consider a liturgical ministry! We are especially in need of Ushers on Sunday Evenings and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion on Saturday evenings at this time. We always welcome new readers or altar servers (children and adults) as well. Information, Corinna Laughlin, 206-264-2086.

OPERATION NIGHTWATCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. We are in need of volunteers to help prepare sandwiches at Operation Nightwatch. Nightwatch is a shelter for older members of the homeless community that also serves free meals to people living on the streets. St. James Cathedral is responsible for making sandwiches at Nightwatch on the First and Third Tuesday of each month. Our sandwiches volunteers work from 5-7pm. Information, Hunt Hoffman, 206-382-4235.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. We visited a middle-aged grade school teacher who had to stop teaching because of medical issues. He applied for federal disability benefits two years ago, but his application is still pending. Meanwhile, his temporary state disability benefits ran out, and his repeated efforts to earn money have produced little more than “enough for an occasional hamburger.” We helped pay his rent, referred him to other possible sources of rent help, jobs and legal help to assist with the federal benefits application. Your generous support made all this possible – thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Peter Flohr and Mary Denney.

YOUTH NIGHT: ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS EDITION. We’ll gather at 6:30pm TONIGHT in the Outreach Center and then head over to the Cathedral together to support our choirs and join in this beautiful prayer. Keep in mind this sung prayer will probably run a little past 9 o’clock. Hope you can join us.

YMP GIFT DISTRIBUTION. On Saturday, December 17 we’ll pack up the vans and drive to Burlington to distribute the hundreds of gifts and warm clothes donated for kids at the Youth Migrant Project. This is a special opportunity for direct service and space is limited. This will be an all-day event, beginning at 7:30am and returning around 4:00pm.

MOVIE NIGHT. Enjoy your break from school with dinner and a movie downtown. We’ll meet at the Cathedral on Tuesday, December 20 at 5:30pm and then head downtown to see the movie Moana, an empowering ancient Polynesian story with music from Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda. RSVP to Curtis by December 15 if you’re interested.

QUESTIONS? Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

YOUNG ADULTS NEEDED to help THIRD SUNDAY SOCIAL Advent "O" Antiphons Edition! Sunday, December 18 after 5:30 Mass. It's not just one more Christmas party! Come for refreshments and fellowship; stay for a short meditation by Curtis Leighton on how the Advent "O" antiphons can help us prepare for the coming of the Light in these dark days of the year. All are welcome!

GREENING OF THE CATHEDRAL Wednesday, December 21 at 6:30pm. 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

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.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2017-2018 CATHOLIC SCHOOL YEAR. Thinking about a Catholic Schools education for your child? Now is the time to register for the school of your choice and to apply for financial assistance. Please check with your school for their deadline.

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.

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 Our Lady of Guadalupe in Seattle and St. Mary of Guadalupe in Ridgefield.


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