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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.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are given in honor of Father Ryan’s Golden Jubilee of Ordination, from John & Christine Riley and from Eleanor Dowson & Ed Bossart.

ETERNAL CITY. This is the last Sunday to see an exhibit of wonderful pen-and-ink drawings of Rome by Seattle artist Thomas Allsopp in the Chapel.

RECEPTION FOLLOWING MASS. After the 10:00am and Noon Masses, the celebration of Father Ryan’s Golden Jubilee continues with a special reception in Cathedral Hall. All are welcome!

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.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER COLLECTION. Help make the Cathedral beautiful this Christmas! Use one of the blue envelopes in the pews and chairs to make an offering towards flowers for the altar and Chapel manger scene this Christmas. Thank you for your generosity.

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE DEDICATION will be Thursday, December 22 at the 5:30pm Mass. St. James Cathedral was dedicated on December 22, 1907. It was rededicated on December 22, 1994 following an extensive restoration and renovation. Each year, this anniversary is observed as a solemnity in the Cathedral. The Mass includes a procession with the lighting of the dedication candles. All are welcome!

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. We visited a single mom whose health is rapidly failing. She has very little income, so we gave her grocery store gift cards to buy food for her special dietary needs. Later, she called to say that she and her young son had decided to thank us by contributing to the current sock drive at St James, and they were excited to have found a way to help the homeless. Your support made all these gifts possible – thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

YOUTH NIGHT. Join us for the last Youth Night of 2016 tonight from 6:30-8:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. It’s bound to be a fun one! Our regular youth nights will resume January 8, 2017.

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 if you’re interested.

YMP TOY DRIVE. Thanks to all who donated toys, coats and cash to the Youth Migrant Project Giving Tree, and a special thank you to our youth leader and O’Dea senior, Jack Ipsen, for organizing the drive. The youth group and parent volunteers filled two Cathedral vans and distributed your gifts to families in Burlington on December 17. ¡Gracias!

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.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY. An older member of our parish is in need of help with an upcoming move on Saturday, Dec. 31. We could use volunteers for a few hours on Saturday morning to move her into a new apartment in Cabrini Towers. What better way to close out one year and enter a new one than with this simple act of service? RSVP to Curtis.

Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

ST JAMES IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE has an opening for a Community Activation Coordinator. Duties include 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.

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.

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.

INTRODUCING THE PREPARES PROGRAM. Over the next several months, the cathedral will roll out a new ministry called PREPARES, an acronym for Pregnancy and Parenting Support. Through the unified efforts of the Catholic community in Washington State, PREPARES offers pregnant women and their families unconditional, safe, and nurturing care from pregnancy through the child’s fifth birthday. PREPARES responds to our Catholic teachings on the preferential option for the poor and respect for human life by training parish volunteers to walk in compassion and solidarity with low-income families as they face the challenges of providing a nurturing home for their children. Prepares is a comprehensive initiative that includes all the works of our Catholic community: Catholic parishes, Catholic Charities, Catholic Health Care, Catholic schools, Catholic organizations, and every ministry committed to life and justice. Stay tuned! Information, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

CONFRONTING PORNOGRAPHY. St. James has an anonymous support group for those who want to overcome pornography use in their lives. Meetings are at each Tuesday from 7:30-8:30 pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. St.). Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082.

VIGIL TO HONOR THE DECEASED HOMELESS Wednesday, December 21 | 5-6pm | Westlake Park (4th & Pine) December 21 is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year but it is also National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day. WHEEL and Mary’s Place invite you to candlelight vigil to remember all the homeless men and women who have died this year outside or by violence in King County. Since our vigils began almost 16 years ago, more than 670 men, women and children have died outside or by violence. In 2016, at least 50 people have died already—at the average age of 49 years old.

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.

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.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING SILENT VIGIL Sunday, January 8, 2017 | 1:30-2pm | Westlake Park (4th & Pine) "Human Trafficking is modern day slavery, and it exists right here in the Northwest,” says Sister Susan Francois of the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center, one of the organizers of the silent vigil. “Our goal is to raise awareness about the reality of trafficking in our community and the services available to victims.” Please come to Westlake Park or meet other parishioners in front of the Cathedral at 1pm on January 8 to walk down for the silent vigil to raise awareness and pray for an end to human trafficking.

MEN’S RETREAT Saturday, January 28, 9am – 3pm in the St. James Pastoral Outreach Center When is enough? What's going to give you abundant life? What can you let go of? Men are expected to know, have and do more in order to succeed in today’s culture. The Ignatian Spirituality Center has invited presenter Mike Schut to help you examine the roots of your relationships with God, Creation, others, time, money & stuff. COST: $45 includes breakfast, snacks and lunch. Partial work scholarship available. Information/registration, www.ignatiancenter.org Questions, Andrea Fontana, 206-329-4824.

A guide to CHRISTMAS Parking at the Cathedral

We know that parking in this area is at a premium and we do our best to make it available to you.
In consideration of our neighbors, please note these important Do’s and Don’ts!


  • In the O’Dea High School lot.
  • In the Cabrini Tower Garage on Marion Street across from O’Dea High School for the Saturday 5:30 pm Mass and all Sunday Masses. The Cathedral pays for parking (and for official traffic officers from the Seattle Police Department) during these times, and you are encouraged to take advantage of it.
    Did you know that there is also parking underground at Cabrini Garage? Dozens of spots sit empty most weekends! Try it if you arrive late.
  • In the P-1 parking lot under the Chancery building at 9th and Marion.
  • In the Cherry and Terry Parking lot, only in spaces 1-22.
  • In the Frye Art Museum parking lots on Terry Avenue (thank you to the Frye!)

Please DO NOT park:

  • In any parking spot marked with an orange cone.
  • In the Cherry and Terry Parking lot, spaces 23-40 (the south side of the L shaped lot).
    These are clearly marked with signs; we do appreciate your not parking there
  • In the lot adjacent to the Envoy Apartments on 9th Avenue, directly across from the Cathedral.
  • In the Blood Bank parking lot at the corner of Terry and Columbia.
  • In the parking places at the Pastoral Outreach Center, 907 Columbia Street.
  • In the spaces on Terry Avenue reserved for loading and unloading of the parish vans.

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 St John in Vancouver and Seattle; St. John Mission in Montesano and Mukilteo; St. John of the Woods, Tacoma, and St. Stephen the Martyr, Renton.


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