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July 2, 2017

Dear Friends,

The last couple of months have been among the busiest I can remember. In addition to the usual round of Confirmations, Baccalaureates, and graduations we have every spring, we had two major archdiocesan celebrations: the ordination of our new auxiliary bishop, Daniel Mueggenborg, followed by the ordination of four new priests for the archdiocese. And, of course, there were, as always, a good number of baptisms, weddings, and funerals. It’s seldom, if ever, quiet at St. James Cathedral!

Even so, we are going to take advantage of what we hope will be a summer lull to do some necessary maintenance work on the cathedral chapel. You may have noticed that the chapel’s south wall has some serious plaster problems which must be attended to and doing that will necessitate repainting the entire chapel. It’s been twenty-five years since the chapel was last painted, so it’s time!

During the several weeks involved in this project, the chapel will be closed.

Future maintenance projects (that will begin in the fall) will involve major work on the beautiful decorative terra cotta at the upper levels of both Cathedral towers. As you might expect, the ravages of time and weather on an historic building like ours demands the periodic expenditure of significant amounts of money.

Stay tuned. It’s unlikely that we will run out of projects like these very soon. Happy summer!

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 COVERElisha promised, This time next year you will be fondling a baby son.” (2 Kings 4:16). Detail of the Ceremonial Bronze Doors, Ulrich Henn, sculptor.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are from Dan and Carol DeMatteis in loving memory of their son Danny on the 5th anniversary of his death.

CAMINO SEATTLE WALK AFTER 10:00AM MASS TODAY: HISTORIC FIRST HILL. This short (about 2 mile) walk in our First Hill neighborhood will highlight some of the city’s oldest civic buildings, hospitals, homes, and schools. Find out why First Hill has been called “Profanity Hill” and “Pill Hill”! Gather on the front steps of the Cathedral, in front of the bronze doors, immediately following the 10:00am Mass today.

INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY. On Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4, the Parish Office will be closed in observance of the national holiday. Masses will follow the usual schedule on July 3. On July 4, there will be just one Mass in the Cathedral, at 9:00am, and the Cathedral will be closed following the Mass.

CINCINNATI BOYCHOIR LUNCHTIME CONCERT Thursday, July 6 at 12:15pm in the Cathedral. The renowned Cincinnati Boychoir Ambassadors will perform throughout the Pacific Northwest, bringing with them repertoire from Bach and Mozart to African-American Spirituals, historical gospel songs, and more. The Ambassadors is an elite group. This is a free concert.

FIRST FRIDAY EXPOSITION AND HOLY HOUR. Friday, July 7 is First Friday. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin immediately following the 8:15am Mass, and continue until 1:00pm. Holy Hour will be prayed at 12 Noon, with hymns, readings, and rosary.

JOURNEY: CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER WITH MUSIC FROM TAIZE. This Friday, July 7, at 6:30pm in the Cathedral, join us for a contemplative candlelight prayer with music from the ecumenical community of Taizé in France.

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.

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS MINISTRY is in need of well-suited volunteers to offer ministry of presence during weekday meals at Cathedral Kitchen and during all liturgies. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity to provide a sense of welcoming, safety, and comfort to our fellow brothers and sisters who experience homelessness and mental health challenges, please contact Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

INTENTIONAL SERVICE! Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (JV EnCorps) is now accepting applications for 2017-18! JV EnCorps, a program of JVC Northwest, facilitates transformative opportunities for service, community and spiritual formation for adults 50 and older who are committed to social and ecological justice. During their ten months of part-time volunteer service, participants meet regularly in community to deepen their spirituality and explore the values of community, simple living and social & ecological justice. Priority application deadline: August 15th. Information, JVESeattle@jvcnorthwest.org or www.jvencorps.org.

NOTE FOR THOSE PARKING IN THE CABRINI GARAGE: Please note that parking at Cabrini is by “head in” only. No “back in” parking is allowed. There are utility lines and other equipment in the garage which have been damaged by people backing into a parking place. Thank you for your cooperation.

SUMMER ORGAN RECITAL SERIES. On Friday, July 14 at 7:00pm, Robert Huw Morgan, University Organist at Stanford University will present a program of Bach, Wynslate, Preston, Tomkins, Rachmaninoff, Schumann. Passes are available at www.stjames-cathedral.org/music or at the door for a suggested $15 donation. Join us after each concert in the 2017 Summer Organ Recital Series for a gelato reception in the Cathedral courtyard!

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. We visited a delightful grandpa with no income who had to move out of his longtime apartment several months before, leaving behind a large waterbed filled with memories of his “grand babies” making the water slosh back and forth with laughter before they would settle down to sleep. At his new apartment, his adult children give him what financial support they can. But they could not afford a bed, and he was having great difficulty sleeping on a borrowed and very lumpy old futon. We could not provide a new water bed but did give him a new, “standard” bed that made him very happy. Thank you for giving grandpa the gift of sleep! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

TAIZÉ + PIZZA. Join other young adults this Friday, July 7 at 6:30pm for ecumenical prayer with music from Taizé. After the prayer you’re invited to meet in the Archbishop Murphy Coutryard and head out for a slice of pizza and fellowship with other young adults.

Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

IS YOUR CHILD 5 YEARS OLD? Now is a good time to begin the two-year preparation process for First Communion. First Communion typically occurs when a child is 7 years old. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

THE SUNDAY RESOURCE ROOM IN GALLAGHER CENTER now shares space with Solanus Casey Center, which is in operation Monday-Thursday 1–4pm. Gallagher Center Resource Room is open on Sundays from 9:30am – 1:30pm. The Parish Mental Health Nurse and MHWM volunteers welcome you to stop by to enjoy hospitality, respectful listening, and inquire about resources pertaining to mental health and wellness.

THE MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS MINISTRY’S DROP-IN ART GROUP has changed location. This activity will now take place in the Mother Cabrini Room of the Pastoral Outreach Center. Entrance is through patio on SE corner of 9th Ave and Columbia Street. Join us on the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 12:00pm - 2:00pm to enjoy socialization and various types of creative arts and crafts. All are welcomed. No artistic experience necessary! Due to vacation, there will be no class on July 13—next session is July 27.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. When eating at a buffet restaurant, or even at Sunday Coffee Hour, you can help conserve natural resources and reduce waste by taking just one plate, one napkin and only the utensils you need. Encourage others to do the same. And remember that all plates, utensils and cups used at the Cathedral are compostable.

GATES FOUNDATION TOUR. On Wednesday, July 26 at 11am, St. James Social Outreach and Advocacy is sponsoring a tour of the Gates Foundation campus in South Lake Union to learn about their work locally and globally. If you are interested, please RSVP at outreach@stjames-cathedral.org or 206-382-4515. Limited transportation will be available from the Cathedral.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Charles Pellor.

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. Thomas in Tukwila, and the mission churches of St. Anne in Blaine and Tulalip, and St. Thomas in Clallam Bay.


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