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In his homily last Sunday, Father Ryan shared this prayer by Teilhard de Chardin.
We are printing it here because many of you have asked for it

Prayer for the Grace to Age Well

When the signs of age
begin to mark my body
(and still more when they touch my mind);
when the illness that is to diminish me
or carry me off
strikes from without or is born within me;
when the painful moment comes
in which I suddenly awaken to the fact
that I am growing ill or growing old;
and above all at that last moment
when I feel I am losing hold of myself
and am absolutely passive within the hands
of the great unknown forces
that have formed me;
in all these dark moments, O God,
grant that I may understand that it is you
(provided only my faith is strong enough)
who are painfully parting the fibers of my being
in order to penetrate
to the very marrow of my substance
and bear me away within yourself.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ


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. The Sacred Heart Pleading. South transept, St. James Cathedral.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are offered in memory of Elipidio Quiban.

GUEST CHOIR FOR SATURDAY 5:30 MASS. We welcome Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco—Monaco Boys Choir—as the guest choir for the Saturday Vigil Mass this weekend. Directed by Pierre Debat, the choir serves as “little singing ambassadors” of the Principality of Monaco. The boys range in age from 10-16 years old, and participate in a rigorous choir training program throughout the school year. They will sing the Kyrie and Agnus Dei from R.R. Terry’s “Short Mass in C” as well as Offertory and Communion anthems.

CAMINO SEATTLE WALK AFTER 10AM MASS. Join us for a Catholic History walk through First Hill and Central District today, Sunday, July 9 at 11:15am. Starting from St. James Cathedral's front steps, our walk will take us past some of the Catholic institutions that have made their mark on our city, including schools, parishes, hospitals, and one important parish that no longer exists. We will take a few short breaks for history tidbits along the way. The walk will be just under three miles and will last an hour. We will depart promptly at 11:15am.

TREASURES OF THE CAMINO. As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of St. James on July 23, a special exhibit in the Reconciliation Chapel celebrates the Camino to Santiago de Compostela—the great shrine of St. James in Spain. Parishioners who have walked the Camino have shared some photos and treasures from along the way. The Reconciliation Chapel is located off the west vestibule of the Cathedral and will be open before and after Mass so you can view the exhibit.

CHAPEL CLOSED. As Father Ryan mentioned in his letter last week, the Cathedral Chapel is closed this month for plaster work and painting. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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, www.jvencorps.org or JVESeattle@jvcnorthwest.org.

ATTENTION, GARDENERS AND GARDEN-LOVERS! We are hoping to form a small Cathedral grounds and garden guild to assist our groundskeeper with the upkeep of the Cathedral campus, including plantings around the Cathedral and rectory. (This is not part of the Cathedral Kitchen Garden.) If you enjoy working outside and helping to make things beautiful, this may be just what you’re looking for! We will kick off this new ministry with a work party on Saturday, July 15, from 9:00am-11:00am. RSVP to Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

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.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. Encourage prayer before and after meals to express gratitude for God’s generosity in meeting our daily needs. May your prayers also be a reminder of your duty to be good stewards of God’s Creation so that it may continue to serve the needs of all creatures.

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.

REPORT FROM ST VINCENT DE PAUL. Your SVdP donations made it possible for our Cathedral Vincentians to do 105 home visits during May & June and help 140 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. Your generosity is tremendous, but more people are asking us for help than we can handle, especially as rents in our parish continue to rise. That means we and those we serve are intensely grateful for every dollar you can spare for SVdP – thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

SEEL RETREAT INVITES YOU TO ENCOUNTER GOD ENCOUNTERING YOU! The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) is a 9-month retreat format of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The SEEL retreat goes from September through May and is a powerful, life-changing program of prayer and spiritual direction that can be done by busy people in the midst of their daily lives. SEEL is accepting applications now for the retreat starting in September of 2017. Learn more at www.seelpugetsound.org or call Lisa Dennison, 206-721-3518.

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.

CAMINO SEATTLE WALKS THIS WEEK. Cathedral pilgrims can collect their prayer and walking stamps each week at coffee hour or at the Cathedral Bookstore. In addition, you can get a bonus stamp by participating in a hosted walk or other group event. Walks this coming week include:

  • Sunday, July 9 following 10am Mass—Catholic History walk.
  • Monday, July 10, 6:45pm—Sunset Hill Park, meet at corner of NW 75th & 34th Ave. A gorgeous walk talking in Shilshole Bay Marina.
  • Thursday, July 13, 8:45am—Seward Park Loop. Meet at picnic area near the swings.

No RSVP required for any of these walks. It’s never too late to start walking!

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD’S BLESSINGS to the children baptized last Sunday at the 10:00am Mass: Candelario Julian Delos Reyes, Mia Maureen Hansen, Quian Valdez Madarang, Emmanuel de Mesa Mathias, Gia Annalise Panahon, Isol Corazon Rivas, Santiago Antonio Rivas, Gabriel Scot Velez Harsono, and Victoria Isobel Velez Harsono. We welcome with joy these newest members of the family of faith!

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. Benedict in Seattle and St. Mary Magdalene in Everett. We also remember the Carmelite nuns of St. Joseph Carmelite Monastery in Shoreline.


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