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May 21, 2017

Dear Friends,

I want to call your attention to the pages in this weekend’s bulletin about a pilgrimage to Italy with the Cathedral Choir next Lent.

I look upon this pilgrimage as an invitation to beauty: beautiful places (Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi), beautiful music (who better to perform it than our wonderful Cathedral Choir?), and, of course, joining the pilgrimage will be some beautiful people from our parish.

How much beauty can you get? The combination should be unbeatable!

The opportunity to pray with fellow parishioners in some of the great churches and shrines of Italy will be a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Add to that, the opportunity to hear great music – some of it actually composed for those holy places -performed by the musicians of St. James Cathedral, and at the conclusion of the trip, the chance to share in a Wednesday Audience with Pope Francis, and you have the makings of a truly wonderful journey.

If you are in a position to make the pilgrimage, I encourage you to sign up.

And for those of you unable to do so, we plan to provide ways for you to be close to the pilgrims in prayer during those days of grace.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to grow in faith as a parish community. Please consider joining us! Andiamo!

Father Michael G. Ryan
Pastor of St. James Cathedral

P.S. The deadline to reserve a spot on the pilgrimage is June 30.

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 Virgin & Child with Six Saints (detail). Neri di Bicci, ca. 1456. St. James Cathedral Chapel.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are a wonderful way to honor a special occasion or to remember a deceased loved one. We currently have openings throughout the summer, including Sundays, June 18, July 9, July 16, July 30, August 6, August 20, and August 27. If you would like to offer flowers, contact Jane Mueller, 206-654-4650.

“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. RSVP to Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.

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.

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, art supplies, sports equipment, a long jump rope, soccer balls, and outdoor/field games. Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082.

REPORT FROM ST VINCENT DE PAUL. Your SVdP donations made it possible for our Cathedral Vincentians to do 224 home visits during January-April and help 298 low (or no) income residents of St James parish who struggle to pay for life's necessities, such as rent, electricity, beds, food, clothes and basic hygiene products. Thank you for your generosity – every dollar helps! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

THIRD SUNDAY SOCIAL. Our monthly young adult gathering will take place TONIGHT 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

NEW FIRST HILL SHELTER. The City of Seattle, Compass Housing Alliance and 1st Presbyterian Church will be partnering to provide a new enhanced shelter for 100 people starting this summer. There will be a community meeting at the shelter’s location, 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 through service partnerships, meal service or preparation, basic needs drives, and more.

BE A CHANNEL OF GOD’S PEACE. The Cathedral is developing a program focused on promoting peace 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 peace, please come to Coffee Hour this Sunday, May 21, after the 10am Mass. Parishioner Paul Snow will be at the Welcome Desk to engage with you about promoting peace. If you are not able to come to Coffee Hour, please contact Hunt Hoffman, 206-382-4235.

SUMMER SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM SERIES. On the last Tuesday night of each month this summer, St. James Social Outreach and Advocacy invites you to a free movie, touching on issues relevant to us today. Be sure to mark your calendars: June 27: Racing Extinction (sponsored by the Care for Creation committee); July 25: Under the Bridge, sponsored by the Housing Advocacy Committee; August 29: The Namesake, sponsored by St. James Immigrant Assistance. All films will be at 7:00pm in the Holy Names Room, Pastoral Outreach Center.

DUO ORGAN STUDENT RECITAL. On Tuesday, May 30 at 7:30pm, join organists Samuel Libra and Wyatt Smith in their student recital at St. James Cathedral, performing works for four hands and four feet. This recital is free, and no passes are required.

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.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Jeanne Murray.

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.

OPENING IN THE CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE. We are currently looking for volunteers after the Saturday evening Mass one weekend per month. 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.

GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF THE CATHEDRAL KITCHEN TEAM! The Cathedral Kitchen needs a few more volunteers to help with preparing, serving, dishwashing and clean-up on Fridays. Information, Teddi Callahan, 206-264-2091.

SOLANUS CASEY CENTER IS IN NEED OF NEW VOLUNTEERS! The Solanus Casey Center is a hospitality and referral center for the homeless. We dedicate ourselves to recognizing the dignity of every person that comes through our door. We are looking for individuals who are calm, compassionate listeners, patient, problem solvers, team players, and a have love for all of God’s people. Volunteers should be willing to commit to one afternoon perweek (12:45-4:15). Prior experience with the homeless and mentally ill population is encouraged but not required. Information, Jonathan Prociv.

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 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.

SUNDAY COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. St. James hosts a Coffee Hour in the Cathedral Hall on Sundays after the 8am, 10am, and 12pm Masses. We are in need of volunteers to serve coffee and pastries and help clean up after each Mass. Information, Hunt Hoffman, 206-382-4235.

OPERATION NIGHTWATCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. We are in need of a volunteer to help serve meals at Operation Nightwatch, 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 serving hot dinners at Nightwatch on the Second Sunday of each month, 7:45pm-10pm. Information, Hunt Hoffman, 206-382-4235.

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 Holy Trinity in Bremerton and St. Madeline Sophie in Bellevue.


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