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April 30, 2017

Dear Friends,

You may recall that in a letter back in January, 2016, I shared with you that the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Cathedral parish had entered into a long-term lease arrangement with a developer who will build a 24-story senior housing facility on property along Terry Avenue between Cherry and James Streets, property that is jointly owned by the archdiocese and the parish. Construction is scheduled to begin late this spring and will necessitate relocating the Solanus Casey Center, currently located on the corner of Terry and James, to the Cathedral’s Gallagher Center on the lower level of the Rectory along Columbia Street.

There is a definite plus side to this: by moving to the Cathedral campus, the Solanus Casey Center will enjoy a greater visibility both for its clients as well as for you, our parishioners. The plan is for the Center to open in its new location on June 1.

I am happy to take advantage of this new and promising development to bring the important work of the Solanus Casey Center to your attention. Some of you, but not all, know that the Center is named for Venerable Solanus Casey, a Capuchin priest who, for many years, opened wide to the doors of his monastery in Detroit – providing a welcoming presence and listening ear to all comers, especially the poor and needy. Father Solanus happens to the great uncle of our own Sister Anne Herkenrath, and he is on the path to being canonized by the Church. A partnership between the Cathedral and Catholic Community Services, the Solanus Casey Center has been operating since 2005, and has provided a warm welcome along with basic necessities (ID’s, gas vouchers, social service referrals, etc.) for hundreds and hundreds of people in need.

The Center, under the able direction of Jonathan Prociv, is open from 1:00pm-4:00pm, Monday through Thursday. A wonderful group of committed volunteers are his staff. They give one afternoon a week to the ministry.

As we prepare for this move, I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Solanus Casey Center to your prayers and to ask you to consider getting involved in this important – and, as our volunteers will tell you, extremely rewarding - ministry. The move to the Gallagher Center will increase the need for additional volunteers so this is a great opportunity to get involved. If you are interested in learning more about this, please call Jonathan Prociv at 206-223-0907.

Thank you for considering this. And please join me in giving thanks to God for all the good that is being done by the Solanus Casey Center!

Father Michael G. Ryan
Pastor of St. James Cathedral

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 Supper at Emmaus. East Apse stained glass roundel, St. James Cathedral. Hans Gottfried von Stockhausen, artist.

PRAYERS TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES. Some members of the Order of Malta will be going on pilgrimage to the healing shrine of Lourdes in southern France this May. They will take with them intentions from local parishes, which will be remembered in prayer at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. Stop by the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary today or any time during the next week, write your petition on the form provided, and drop it in the box of intentions.

WE WELCOME SETON CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR from Vancouver, WA, as a guest choir at the Noon Mass today. Led by director Janet Reiter, they will present an extended prelude before Mass and sing Offertory and Communion anthems during the Mass.

DE-CLUTTER FOR ST VINCENT DE PAUL. This Sunday, April 30, a St Vincent de Paul truck will be in the O'Dea parking lot from 8am to 2:30pm to receive your gently used clothes, household goods and other items (no furniture, please). They will be resold through local SVdP thrift stores, with proceeds used to support SVdP activities throughout King County. Donations are tax deductible. Information, Ken Goddard, 206-981-7185.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD’S BLESSINGS to the children baptized in the Cathedral on Sunday, April 23: Kenzi May Carciller Abarientos, Delphine Sandra de la Fuente, Amelie Mireille Mangonon Flores, Ghazal Leonora Guzman, Anders Ibsen Henriksen, Maximus David Louie, Grady Kildare Moe, Josiah Thomas Glock Riggio, Torin Doyun Thatcher, and Sadie Somoza Yoshida. We welcome with joy these newest members of the family of faith!

OVERNIGHT SERVICE TRIP. As the weather gets warmer, many migrant families make their way to the fields and farms of the Skagit Valley. Join us in service and solidarity for an overnight trip to the Tri-Parish Food Bank in Burlington. We’ll leave at 7:00pm on Friday, May 5 and return Saturday in the afternoon. RSVP to Curtis.

NICARAGUA DONATIONS have topped more than $1,000. Thank you to all that have become stockholders and donors! If you haven’t bought stock for our parish Mission Trip to Nicaragua please do so after any of the morning Masses this Sunday and next. Ask one of the youth participants why they want to be a part of this trip! For other ways to donate, contact Curtis.

CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES. Join the Youth Ministry and Confirmation team as we pray for God’s Spirit to enflame the hearts of each of our 19 Confirmation candidates. All are welcome at the Confirmation liturgy with Archbishop Sartain on May 10 at 7:00pm.

QUESTIONS? Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

HUMAN TRAFFICKING PRESENTATION. What can Catholics do to stand in solidarity with human trafficking victims and work for systemic change? Join us on Monday, May 1 at 7:00pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center for an interactive workshop about modern day slavery, presented by the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center. Discover the who, how and where of human trafficking; explore teachings from Catholic tradition; examine the current situation and structural issues; receive practical tools and resources for action; and reflect and pray as a community. Information, Christopher Koehler, 206-382-4511.

MINISTRY OF PRESENCE IN THE CATHEDRAL. 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.

RETREAT FOR WOMEN CONSIDERING RELIGIOUS LIFE Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, St. Placid’s Priory in Lacey, WA. Time to explore religious life with five sisters from different communities who serve in the Seattle Archdiocese. Meet and share with other young women (age 20-40) considering God’s call to religious life. Enjoy prayer and quiet time in the beautiful setting and chapel of St. Placid’s Priory. Deadline to register: Monday, May 1. Information, Sister Lucy Wyncoop OSB.

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

CENA SIMPLE DESPUES DE TAIZÉ. All young adults, aged 20-39, are welcome to join us after the Friday Taizé prayer for a simple meal and the chance to connect and share with other young adults in the area at 7:15pm in the Outreach Center. Todos los adultos jóvenes, de edad 20 hasta 39 años, están bienvenidos a reunirse este viernes después de la oración Taizé, a las 7:15pm, en el Outreach Center para una cena simple y la oportunidad de compartir con sus compañeros. ¿Preguntas? Contact Curtis.

ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK. Cathedral young adults will help distribute food at St. Mary’s Food Bank in South Seattle next Saturday, May 6 from 8am to the early afternoon. Join us for the whole shift or just a part. See our Facebook page or email Curtis to RSVP.

Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

A NEW BEGINNING FOR YOUR MARRIAGE. Is your marriage everything it was meant to be? Do you desire a more loving relationship? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vī) helps distressed couples rediscover each other and take positive steps to begin a life of healing, commitment and love. It truly is a new beginning for your marriage. It’s not too late to register for our upcoming program beginning next weekend, May 5-7, 2017! Information, 206-706-2608 or www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

WINTER SHELTER WRAP-UP. On behalf of all the volunteers–central supply, overnighters, and breakfast providers–THANK YOU for your support of the Winter Shelter. This year, hundreds of men came to the Cathedral on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights to find shelter and solace. We are now on our summer break, but will resume in October. Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

RICE BOWL: THANK YOU! Did you know that 25% of the Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl funds raised by St. James stays in this Archdiocese? In 2016, over 260 Rice Bowl grants were awarded to efforts alleviating hunger here in western Washington: St. Vincent de Paul organizations, Catholic Community Services/Catholic Housing Services programs, parish meal programs, food banks, and our own Cathedral Garden! If you have not yet done so, you can turn in your Rice Bowl at Sunday Mass or at the Parish Office. Thank you!

RESURRECTION: CONTEMPLATIVE ECUMENICAL PRAYER. On Friday, May 5, at 6:30pm, you are invited to a contemplative prayer in the Cathedral with music from Taizé. With candlelight, chant, and silence, we celebrate the Easter season. The perfect way to conclude a busy week!

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 communities of St. Catherine in Seattle, St. Catherine Mission in Cathlamet and Concrete, St. Philip in Woodland, and St. Joseph the Mission in Yacolt.


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