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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 Face of the Blessed Virgin, Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

FIRST FRIDAY EXPOSITION AND HOLY HOUR. On Friday, January 6, we observe the traditional First Friday devotion, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following the 8:15am Mass, and a Holy Hour including Midday Prayer and Rosary at 12 Noon.

SANTO NIÑO CELEBRATION. On Sunday, January 15 at the Noon Mass, we will celebrate the Santo Niño—the Holy Child Jesus. All are invited to bring their own images of the child Jesus from home for the blessing. A wonderful fiesta follows in Cathedral Place Hall.

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 information.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS all who donated so generously in 2016 to help low (and no) income residents of St James parish pay their rent to avoid eviction, pay utility bills to avoid shutoff, receive beds so they do not have to sleep on the floor, obtain food and clothes for themselves and their children and cope with other financial challenges. Thank you also for your prayers for our neighbors in need and our volunteers, who are truly blessed to see the face of Jesus in everyone we visit as we deliver the material help you provide. Would you like to join us? Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

SEEKING REFUGE: FORCED TO FLEE. Join us on Saturday, January 21 for a unique, eye-opening experience on what it is like to enter a refugee camp. While no simulation can give you the full sense of the refugee experience, this simulation will help you to better understand the situation faced by refugees around the world. Space is limited, and registration is required. For further information and to register, email Christopher Koehler.

SOCK DRIVE. Thanks to all who donated socks for our annual drive last month. We made our goal of 2017 pairs and then some thanks to donations large and small! Thank you.

HELP SYRIAN REFUGEES. Stop by the coffee cart during coffee hour after mass on January 8 and January 15. The coffee cart will be collecting donations that will be distributed to local Syrian refugees. Needed items include clothing and blankets, hygiene products, and school supplies. Cash donations are used for rent assistance. Information, Chris Koehler, 206-382-4511.

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.

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.

VOW OF NONVIOLENCE. As a local JustFaith partner, Pax Christi in Seattle invites us to be part of the Vigil Mass at St. Joseph Parish, Seattle, on Saturday evening of the Martin Luther King Jr weekend. Bishop Eusebio Elizondo and Fr. John Whitney are presiding. During the Mass, willing participants will be invited to profess the Pax Christi Vow of Nonviolence, https://paxchristiusa.org/resources/vow-of-nonviolence. Saturday, January 14, 2017, 5:00 pm, at St. Joseph Church, 732 18th East, Seattle, WA 98112. For more information, or if you wish to be a part of this effort but cannot attend the event, please contact: Deacon Denny Duffell, c/o Pax Christi Seattle, 958 16th Ave East, Seattle 98112.

THE SEARCH FOR ENOUGH: A MEN'S DAY OF REFLECTION Saturday, January 28, 9am – 3pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. As the new year begins, give yourself the gift of time to sift through what's most important in life. Presenter Mike Schut will help you explore the themes of scarcity and abundance in your life commitments and relationships, and in a modern economy. Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center. COST: $45 includes breakfast, snacks and lunch. Scholarships available. Information/registration, www.ignatiancenter.org.

“We, though many, are one body in Christ.”

Our giving makes possible so many of the good things that go on here at the Cathedral parish, week in and week out. Our giving allows us, in a very real way, to reach out to one another and to the poorest in our midst with love and compassion. Our giving is one way we build up the Body of Christ.

Please drop your pledge in the basket TODAY. Your generous support makes it possible for St. James Cathedral...

  • To celebrate the Church’s liturgy with beauty and dignity;
  • To reach out with love to the poor, the needy, and the elderly;
  • To offer educational programs to children, teens, and adults;
  • To pay our staff a just and living wage;
  • To sustain our highly acclaimed musical and cultural programs;
  • To maintain our magnificent cathedral and other parish buildings.

If you prefer, you can make your pledge online.


The last Wednesday of each month is devoted to a refresher course in the basics of Catholic life and teaching

On Wednesday, January 25, at 7:30pm (note start time!) in the Holy Names Room, join us for LITURGY OF THE HOURS 101. ANDREW CASAD, Director of Liturgy for the Archdiocese of Seattle, gives an overview of the “Prayer of the Church”—and an opportunity to pray together.

NO YOUTH GROUP TONIGHT. Our 2017 Youth Nights will resume next Sunday, January 8. Happy New Year!

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.

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.

THANK YOU FROM THE CATHEDRAL KITCHEN. Thank you, Pagliacci Pizza, for providing your delicious pizza to our Cathedral Kitchen on Thursday, December 15. With your help we served more than 180 dinner guests. The Cathedral Kitchen also thanks Central Co-op Market for the generous donation of meat. It has been a helpful addition to our daily meals. We were able to serve roast beef for our Friday, December 23 Christmas Dinner and it was enjoyed by all. We are grateful for your generosity and help in feeding anyone in need.

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.

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

BOOK GROUP. If you’re in church on a Sunday, odds are you’re going to hear something from the writings of St. Paul of Tarsus. We know more about Paul from his beautiful—at times, biting—letters than any other early Christian. So why not resolve to learn a bit more about this complex, dynamic and ever-controversial missionary and saint over the next weeks? Together we’ll read and discuss Professor Thomas H. Tobin’s The Spirituality of Paul. Our first discussion will be on Monday Jan. 30 at 7pm. Books may be purchased from Curtis on sliding scale of $10-$20. Get you copy today!

TAIZE PRAYER AND SIMPLE SUPPER this Friday, January 6. At the end of this contemplative, communal prayer, we’ll cross Columbia Street to share a simple meal in the Pastoral Outreach Center.

Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082


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.

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. Mary in Castle Rock and Centralia; and St. Mary Mission in Coupeville.


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