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WELCOME, SUMMER VISITORS! St. James Cathedral is proud to welcome visitors from near and far throughout the summer months. Each week a drawing for a special Cathedral gift will be made from among all the visitor envelopes used. Please write your address on the visitor envelope provided in the pew and drop it with your offering into the collection basket. Thank you for adding to the power of our prayer by your presence in our midst today. Be sure to stop by the Cathedral Bookstore after Mass for a wide selection of Cathedral souvenirs as well as books and gifts.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are offered in loving memory of Susan Snow on the fifth anniversary of her death.

AN INVITATION FROM OUR NEIGHBORS AT TEMPLE DE HIRSCH. Last April, the sacred space of Temple de Hirsch Sinai was defaced by anti-Semitic graffiti. Rabbi Daniel Weiner and the Temple de Hirsch community will have a special service of rededication on Friday, August 11 at 5:00pm. The short rededication service will be followed by the Shabbat prayer and light refreshments. All are welcome. The Temple is located at 1511 E. Pike Street.

HUNTHAUSEN AUCTION ON AUGUST 28. The Cathedral’s annual event benefiting the Cathedral Kitchen is coming up on August 28. Would you consider donating an item for the auction? We are especially looking for bottles of wine and restaurant gift cards. Other welcome items: hotel gift certificates, Seahawks, Mariners, or Sounders tickets, sports collectibles, theater/event tickets. You are also most welcome to join us for golf or dinner! Information, Margaret Lynch, 206-382-4288.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU for your donations, which fuel our home visits and enable us to help so many in need. Sometimes the person we are visiting gets something more from our visit that is just as important as financial help. Recently, we visited a woman who has been an in-home caregiver for over 30 years. Her kindness and skill were obvious, but she seemed physically and emotionally drained. We listened and then gave rent help, along with a few simple ideas on talking with her landlord and employers about the biggest problems she was facing. As we left, she finally smiled and then thanked us in the most heartfelt way for giving her “motivation and encouragement.” Thank you for helping us give the gift of hope! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

SHARE THE COMPASSION OF CHRIST. Are you being called by God to bring a compassionate presence to those in need? Are you interested in learning the communication, and prayer skills that can increase your effectiveness as a lay minister? Then Cabrini Ministry Training is for you! Register now for our 6-month formation program that begins in October, or for our 1-day “Accompaniment” Workshop scheduled for Saturday, September 16. Information, www.cabriniministry.org or 206-760-0583 x3.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL HELPLINE. Facing eviction because you cannot pay rent? Electricity being shut off because you cannot pay your bill? Sleeping on the floor because you cannot afford a bed? SVdP helps residents in need with these and some of life’s other necessities (like food, clothes, hygiene items). Request help by calling the SVdP Helpline, 206-767-6449, Monday through Friday, 8am to 3pm; or by completing an online application at svdpseattle.org (click on the blue box that says “Request Help Here!”). The financial aid our Cathedral Vincentians give is made possible by the special collection at the end of Mass on the third weekend of the month – thank you to all who donate!

CATHEDRAL CHOIR PILGRIMAGE RUMMAGE SALE. One person’s clutter is another person’s treasure! The Cathedral Choir will be holding a rummage sale on August 19 (10:00am-5:00pm) and August 20 (9:00am-3:00pm) to help raise funds for the March pilgrimage to Rome. If you have items that you wish to donate, please contact Marjorie at musicoffice@stjames-cathedral.org or 206-382-4874 to arrange for a drop-off prior to the sale.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. “How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties?” (Laudato Si’, paragraph 120)

MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP FOR ADULTS. Pope Francis continually reminds us that we are called to be missionary disciples in the world. On Thursday, August 31, join other Cathedral parishioners in learning more about the call to missionary discipleship, through Scripture reflection, studying Catholic Social Teaching, and serving the most vulnerable in our community who come to the Cathedral Kitchen. To learn more or to register for this all-day offering, contact Patrick Barredo (206-382-4515) or Curtis Leighton (206-264-2082).

SIGN UP FOR THE OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER AND FACEBOOK PAGE. Towards the beginning of each month, the St. James Outreach and Advocacy newsletter is published. The stories and articles in this monthly offering highlight ministries within the Cathedral that either serve the needs of the most vulnerable or offer suggestions on how to advocate for them. To subscribe, email outreach@stjames-cathedral.org. You can also follow St. James Cathedral Outreach and Advocacy on Facebook!

Dear Friends,

The outpouring of love and the assurance of prayers I received from so many of you at the time of my sister Janet’s death brought me a great deal of comfort. Thank you with all my heart.

Along with my own thanks, I want to add the thanks of her children, all of whom have felt the support of your prayers and love during these many months.

Once again, I am reminded how blessed I am to be able to serve as your pastor and how blessed we are to have each other in this community of faith!

Father Ryan

CREATING PEACE IN OUR WORLD. St. James is in the process of forming a ministry to foster peace in ourselves, in our community and in our world. Our next gathering will be on Tuesday, August 15 at 6pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. To learn more, contact Hunt Hoffman, 206-382-4235.

REFLECTION ON HOMELESSNESS. One of our parishioners who is a member of the St. James Housing Advocacy Committee regularly visits a homeless encampment near her home. She drops off sandwiches and warm clothes, after which, she says, “I get in my warm car and drive away in the cold rain,” grateful for the many blessings she enjoys in her own life. Recently, she decided to stay and get acquainted with some of the people in the camp. Contrary to the disdainful remarks she often hears about people experiencing homelessness – “lazy”, “alcoholics”, “losers” – she meets families, like the one from New Mexico who moved to Seattle searching for work, only to find there were no jobs. Faced with a prohibitive cost of living, they became homeless. The St. James parishioner also met a Seattle woman with two young children who lost her job, and then her apartment. Many of the people in the encampment had never experienced homelessness before, and never even contemplated the possibility that they would find themselves living in a tent. Most are determined to do whatever it takes to find work and settle into a real home. The parishioner left that day with a new sense of urgency, and a determination to advocate with compassion for those in our community who experience homelessness.

NPH NICARAGUA STOCKHOLDERS DINNER. Thanks to all who made the Youth Ministry trip to NPH Nicaragua such a great success. We’d like to share our gratitude by inviting you to a dinner, slide show and youth reflections on our trip. This will take place next Sunday, August 6 at 6:30pm. Please RSVP to Curtis if you plan to be there. Welcome to stockholders and interested parishioners alike!

CALLING ALL SENIORS! You are cordially invited to an afternoon of socializing, games, and ‘Create Your Own’ Ice Cream Sundaes! Wednesday, August 2, 1:00-3:00pm. Join us on the Outdoor Patio of the Pastoral Outreach Center, corner of 9th Ave and Columbia Street. (In case of rain the event will take place in the Holy Names Room.) Enjoy the company of others as you play games and have a delicious summer treat! RSVP Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

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 parishioners in their 20s and 30s

TAIZE PRAYER AND SIMPLE SUPPER this Friday, August 4. At the end of this contemplative, communal prayer, we’ll cross Columbia Street to share a simple meal in the Pastoral Outreach Center with other young adults.

Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

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.

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 masses and coffee hours. 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, contact Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

SUNDAY COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. St. James hosts a Coffee Hour in the Cathedral Hall on Sundays after the 8am, 10am, and 12pm Masses. It is a welcoming space in which persons experiencing homelessness and parishioners can come together to drink coffee, eat pastries, relax, and socialize. It is also a great place to learn about the array of ministries and volunteer opportunities at St. James. We are in need of volunteers to serve coffee and pastries and help clean up after each Mass. Information, Hunt Hoffman, 206-382-4235.

INTENTIONAL SERVICE AND WELCOMING SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY. 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 parttime volunteer service, participants meet regularly in community to deepen their spirituality and explore the values of community, simple living and social & ecological justice. Join us at Coffee Hour on August 6 after the 8:00 and 10:00 Masses to learn more about JV EnCorps. Priority application deadline: August 15. Information, JVESeattle@jvcnorthwest.org or www.jvencorps.org.

LESSON PLANNING VOLUNTEER. We are seeking an ESL Lesson Planning Volunteer to develop lesson plans on selected topics and at a variety of ESL levels, to be used by tutors. This also includes providing advice to tutors when requested. Flexible time commitment. Must have experience teaching ESL to adults, and either a masters or certification in TESOL. Information, Caroline Okello, 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 month in the Cathedral, we’d love to have you be a part of this ministry. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

VAN DRIVER NEEDED. Our Sunday van ministry is an important outreach to senior parishioners who would not be able to get to 10:00am Mass on Sunday if it weren’t for our drivers. Right now we have a need for a driver on the second and third Sundays of the month. All training provided; background check required. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

MUFFIN MAKER NEEDED FOR SUNDAY HOSPITALITY. We are in need of a volunteer to help make muffins on the first Sunday of each month from about 7am-10am. 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 St. Alphonsus in Seattle and St. John Vianney in Kirkland, Vashon, and Darrington. We also pray of the community of St. Ignatius Chapel at Seattle University.


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