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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 Icon of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Joan Brand-Landkamer, Cathedral iconographer.

PARENTS OF CFF CHILDREN. It’s time again for PFF, Parents’ Faith Formation. This time, we’ll share ideas on living Lent as a family, and spend time reflecting on the Sunday Gospels. We will gather from 11:05–11:50 in Room 211 of O’Dea High School. Sessions are held while your children are in their classes. It’s a great way to meet other parents, enjoy coffee and donuts, and learn about your faith. Information, Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LITURGICAL CHOIR from the University of Notre Dame will be visiting St. James as a guest choir at the Sunday Noon Mass this weekend, March 12. Led by Interim Director Andrew McShane, they will present a prelude beginning at 11:50am and sing Offertory and Communion anthems during Mass. We welcome them to St. James during their spring tour to Seattle and Portland.

YOUTH NIGHT TONIGHT. Join us for an evening of fun activities, prayer and community-building to start your week off right. Sunday night from 6:30-8:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Information, Curtis Leighton.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY DISPENSATION. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has granted to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Seattle a dispensation from the Lenten obligation to abstain from meat on Friday for March 17, the feast of St. Patrick. The archbishop encourages anyone who wishes to take advantage of this dispensation to abstain from meat on another day of that week, or to substitute abstinence from meat with a personal penitential act offered for the success of the proclamation of the Gospel in western Washington, in honor of St. Patrick.

YOUNG ADULT THIRD SUNDAY SOCIAL. St. Patrick’s Day edition! Next Sunday, March 19 after 5:30pm Mass. Come for refreshments and fellowship. All young adults are welcome! Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082.

OPUS 7 CONCERT–“BLESSED” On Saturday, March 18 at 8:00pm, join resident ensemble Opus 7, directed by Loren Pontén, for a stunning concert of dramatic choral music for the Lenten season by Northwest composer Bern Herbolsheimer. This performance will feature Herbolsheimer’s Stabat Mater; his monumental Seven Last Words; the deeply moving David Mourns; as well as Blessed. This concert is featured in the Herbolsheimer Festival, a year-long celebration of the musical legacy of Bern Herbolsheimer. Information and passes, www.opus7.org.

IMMIGRATION UPDATE. Do you have questions or concerns about immigration? Are you confused or hearing contradictory information? Come get your questions answered at this informative event. Pastoral Outreach Center, Holy Names Room, 6:30 – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 14. Can’t make it? Join us via Facebook Live, where you can submit and have your questions answered during the event. Information, Christopher Koehler, 206-382-4511.

SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE FOR CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOLS. Did you know that St. James has SIX elementary schools? Our Rainbow Schools are St. Therese, St. Paul, St. Edward, St. George, St. Joseph and Holy Family in Seattle. These schools provide in-parish tuition rates for St. James parishioners. And we now support FOUR Catholic High Schools through our Simperman Scholar program: O’Dea, Holy Names, Bishop Blanchet, and Kennedy Catholic. For the requirements and an application packet, contact Theresa Van de Ven at 206-219-5822. Applications due by April 30.

"WE ARE IMMIGRANTS" Take part in Immigrant Assistance’s new photography project. We are taking portraits of immigrants to feature on Instagram and Facebook. No words, just faces. If you or someone you know would like to be photographed for this project, please contact Jesson Mata, 206-919-2637.

PRAYER PARTNERS MINISTRY. Prayer Partners is a parish ministry that allows participants to support our brothers and sisters in Christ others through prayer. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who may not have the ability to get involved in other parish activities due to health, work schedules, or other reasons. You can pray on your own time, in your own way. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. We recently visited a woman who had been hospitalized with a respiratory illness after inhaling cleaning chemicals used in her job. She asked for our help because she could not pay her rent after missing work, without pay, while she recovered. Your assistance helped keep a roof over her head while she pursued a worker’s compensation claim for lost wages and medical benefits. Your support made this possible—thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

MINDFUL ALTERNATIVE SUPPORT GROUP meets at St. James monthly on the last Saturday of the month. The next meeting is March 25 at 3pm. Join us as we grapple with how to help someone close to us, who lives with a profound mental illness, have the best quality of life and find the support services he or she needs. Information, Terry Proctor, or visit www.mindfulalternative.org.

MASS WITH THE SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SEATTLE. All are welcome and encouraged to join in this joyful celebration, led by Catholics with special needs from across the Archdiocese of Seattle. Saturday, April 1 at 11:00am. Archbishop Sartain will preside.

THE TALLIS SCHOLARS IN CONCERT Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30pm, in a presentation by Cappella Romana and St. James Cathedral, Peter Phillips conducts his Grammy-award winning Tallis Scholars in the program Metamorphosis, including Renaissance masterpieces and music by modern composers John Tavener, Arvo Pärt, Igor Stravinsky, and Gustav Holst. Information and passes, www.cappellaromana.org. Sure to sell out.

SUNDAY HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FROM 1PM-2PM. Coffee Hour is a welcoming space in which parishioners and neighbors can come together to drink coffee, eat pastries, relax, and socialize. It is also a great place to learn about the array of ministries and volunteer opportunities at St. James. We are especially in need of volunteers to serve coffee and pastries and help clean up from 1pm-2pm after the Noon Mass. Information, Hunt Hoffman, hhoffman@stjames-cathedral.org or 206-382-4235.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC? If you are an adult who has never been baptized, an adult who has been baptized in another Christian tradition or a Catholic who has been baptized, but not received First Eucharist or Confirmation, you are invited to participate in the RCIA, a process of initiation into the Catholic Church. You can learn more by going to the RCIA website. Information, Kathleen McCabe, 206-382-2018.

BABYSITTING is available for children up to four years of age on Sundays during the 10:00am and Noon Masses, during baptism preparation classes, and during special events for parents and families. The program is located in the Mother Cabrini Room on the first floor of the Pastoral Outreach Center; enter through the courtyard at Ninth and Columbia. Information, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 ART OF FAITH DAY CAMP for youth now open. Explore Cathedral art and make your own art using several different drawing techniques. Display your work in the Cathedral Chapel. July 17 – 21, 2107. For youth entering 7th through 12th grades. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-661-5094.

THE 40 DAYS FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN of prayerful vigil in front of the Planned Parenthood facility at 20th Ave. and Madison continues from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm daily except Sunday until April 9. Participants must sign a pledge that they will not harass anyone, block the passage of anyone, or be violent in any way. If you would like to participate, sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/seattle.

CD OF SUNDAY MASS. Do you know someone who is unable to attend Sunday Mass but would appreciate staying connected by listening to the Mass on CD? Each Sunday, a faithful volunteer records and masters the 10:00am Mass, including the music, prayers, reading, and homilies. This CD is mailed at no charge to homebound parishioners and to “long-distance” parishioners around the country, along with a Sunday bulletin. If you or someone you know would like to be added to the list, contact Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

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! The Bookstore is located in the Archbishop Murphy Courtyard just south of the Cathedral.

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.


It’s not too late to sign up for Catholic Advocacy Day, which is this Thursday, March 16. Join Catholic from throughout the state as we converse with our elected officials about issues including housing. Register at www.ipjc.org.

Attend a Town Hall this week! Directly with your legislators, you can raise your voice with and on behalf of poor and vulnerable people in our communities. Please consider attending the Town Hall meeting in your district:

  • 11th District: Sat., March 18, 10:30am - 12pm, Office of Emergency Management, Renton
  • 37th District: Sat., March 18, 10am – 12pm, Rainier Beach Community Center Gym

You can ask legislators to support:

  • preserving funding for the Housing and Essential Needs program;
  • restoring and increasing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families monthly grant;
  • and funding the Housing Trust Fund at the highest level possible.
  • House Bill 1570: Concerning access to homeless housing and assistance. This supports funding for homeless housing programs.
  • Senate Bill 5407 / House Bill 1633: Concerning preservation of housing options for tenants. This supports prohibiting landlords from discriminating based on source of income.
  • To read or check on a bill, go to http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/

Did you know? The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a proven anti-poverty program, returning tax dollars to poor families and individuals. It is underutilized, so please spread the word! There is a short video, at the Center on Budget and Policy’s website, to describe the EITC and the impact it has for working families as part of the Get It Back Campaign. Nationwide, in 2016, more than 27 million received more than $67 billion in EITCs. The average amount of EITC received nationwide was more than $2,455.

ARE YOU A REGISTERED PARISHIONER AT ST. JAMES? Many who attend St. James regularly and consider the Cathedral their parish have never officially registered. We strongly encourage you to register. Registered parishioners receive important mailings from the Cathedral (including offering envelopes!). You can now register online! If you are not sure whether or not you’re registered, call the Parish Office, 206-622-3559.

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 pray for the parishes of St. Joseph in Seattle, Tacoma, and Lynden, and St. Joseph Mission in Kalama.


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