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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 Our Lady of Seattle (detail). St. James Cathedral Chapel.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are the gift of Lisa and Michael Forbes in honor of Father David Brant on his birthday. If you would like to offer flowers, contact Jane Mueller, 206-654-4650.

SENIOR TEA. Each year, Father Ryan and the Cathedral staff host an afternoon tea for our senior parishioners. This year’s Senior Tea is Thursday, May 18 at 4:00pm. It’s an opportunity to visit, have some lovely goodies, and enjoy a short concert presented by our Youth Music Program. Invitations were sent last week to all our parishioners who are seventy-five or older. If you did not receive your invitation, you are still most welcome! RSVP to Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

SEATTLE PRO MUSICA CONCERT Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 at 8:00pm – Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem (Grant us peace). Written between WWI and WWII, Vaughan Williams’ masterful anti-war cantata is one of the composer’s best-known works. Scored for soloists, choir, and orchestra, it is an impassioned plea for peace, incorporating Biblical text with the emotionally charged anti-war poetry of Walt Whitman, creating a searing indictment of the tragedy of war. Information and passes, www.seattlepromusica.org.

NEW FIRST HILL SHELTER. The City of Seattle, Compass Housing Alliance, and First Presbyterian Church will be partnering to provide a new shelter for 100 people starting this summer. There will be a community meeting at First Presbyterian Church (1013 – 8th Ave), on Monday, May 22 at 6:30pm to discuss the shelter. Come to learn more, and to get involved.

“WELCOME BACK” REUNION. All those connected with the Cathedral “Welcome Back” program, including former participants or team members… you are invited to a reunion on Tuesday evening, May 23, from 7:00–9:00pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. It will be a time to share food and laughter, to reminisce, to connect with friends old and new. RSVP to Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD’S BLESSINGS to the following children, who received their first Holy Communion last Sunday at the Noon Mass: Alexandra, Juliet, Vivienne, Alexander, Theodore, Alia, Dymie, Kristina, Massimo, Mia, Catherine, Nina, Elena, Nora, Madeline, Theodore, Daniel, Stephanie, Giovanni, Victoria, Veronica, Seth, Ana Elizabeth, Marcelo, Jasmine, Archer, Wilhelm, and Nicholas.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. During Lent, we visited a teacher who has been off work for an extended time due to a serious medical condition. She then wrote us a lovely thank-you note, saying: “Your immediate response to my rental assistance emergency lifted a great burden off my shoulders & allowed me to focus on my chemotherapy treatments instead of where I was going to live.” Your support means so much to those we help - thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

MASS OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION. All are welcome to attend the Episcopal Ordination of our new auxiliary bishop, the Most Rev. Daniel H. Mueggenborg. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 2:00pm. Seating is limited; no tickets are required. A reception follows in Cathedral Hall.

BE A CHANNEL OF GOD’S PEACE. The Cathedral is developing a program focused on peace-making in our world that is so torn by violence. If you are interested in joining an inquiry group to explore how St. James can be a channel of God’s peace, please contact Hunt Hoffman, 206-382-4235 or come see him at Sunday Coffee Hour.

YOUTH MINISTRY IS LOOKING FOR DONATIONS. As we prepare for our trip to Nicaragua this July, we are asking for donations that we can bring with us for the children at NPH. Items can be dropped off in the parish office with a tag that says NPH. We’re especially looking for:

  • ESL beginner level workbooks
  • 5th/6th grade level reading books in Spanish
  • Board games (UNO, Connect Four, Trouble, Sorry, etc.)
  • Art supplies, especially markers, colored pencils, paint brushes, pastels, and colored paper
  • Sports equipment, a good long jump rope, soccer balls, and outdoor/field games

Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082.

THANK YOU FROM THE WINTER SHELTER. Our Winter Shelter is now closed for the summer. We were open from September until this past April for 116 nights, and invited about 14 men each evening. That means we welcomed about 1,624 men over the age of 50 into our midst. Thank you to all our volunteers who made this happen! During the summer months, you can still help out–while you are travelling, be sure to pick up hotel toiletries and then drop them off at Sunday Coffee Hour or at the Parish Office.

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.

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.

OPENING IN THE CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE. We are currently looking for volunteers after the Saturday evening Mass. The volunteer opens the bookstore immediately following Mass and closes up about 7:00pm or 7:15pm. If you love books, holy cards, and religious items, you’ll enjoy this ministry! All training provided; background check required. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

SHARE YOUR LOVE OF GOD AND THE CHURCH with the children of St James. Serve as a catechist, doorkeeper or “lunch lady” in the Children’s Faith Formation program. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

ARE YOU AN ARTIST? Might you have supplies you would be willing to donate to the Art of Faith camp? We are in need of drawing pencils, pens and ink, charcoal, art paper and framing supplies. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

ARE YOU A NOTARY PUBLIC? Join our Immigration Emergency Response Team. There is often a need for Notaries Public and family law practitioners to help immigrant families after an immigration raid or other enforcement action. We are also looking for people to help with hospitality, rides, interpretation, prayers, and in other ways. To find out more or to sign up, contact Chris Koehler, 206-382-4511.

BAPTISM OF INFANTS & YOUNG CHILDREN (under the age of 7) is celebrated at one of the weekend Masses. To prepare for this sacrament, parents and godparents participate in 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. Allow at least two months for preparation. Information, Julianna Castro, 206-619-0816.

ROSARY. All are welcome to join with a group of parishioners who pray the rosary together in the Chapel, Monday through Saturday at 7:40am.

NO YOUTH NIGHT TONIGHT for Mothers’ Day. We’ll be back next Sunday, May 21 with a very special guest! 6:30-8:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center

YOUTH OUTING THIS SATURDAY. Cathedral teens are welcome to join us at Lynnwood Skate & Bowl this Saturday, May 20 for a fun evening of—you guessed it—bowling and skating! Vans will leave from the Cathedral at 4:45pm or you can meet us there. RSVP to Curtis for permission form.

QUESTIONS? Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

THIRD SUNDAY SOCIAL. Our monthly young adult gathering will take place next Sunday, May 21 after the 5:30pm Mass. We’ll gather in the Rectory Parlors (across the Archbishop Murphy courtyard) for food, drink, and conversation. Please join us!

Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

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.

THINKING OF BEING MARRIED AT ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL? Parishioners are able to schedule a wedding at St. James Cathedral 14 months in advance; non- parishioners are able to schedule 12 months in advance. We do require at least six months preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony. Information, Margaret Lynch, 206-382-4288.

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.

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.

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!). Registration cards can be found in the vestibule and at the welcome table in Cathedral Hall. You can also register online.

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 parish of St. Brendan in Bothell.


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