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from the Office of the Archbishop, Archdiocese of Seattle:


September 5, 2017

Dear Father, Pastoral Coordinator:

With deep alarm we learned this morning of the cancellation of the DACA program and a schedule to phase-out the program in the next six months, unless Congress acts to pass a legislative solution. We want to express clearly at this time our concern for all the young people – Americans – who are affected by this troubling decision. We know many “Dreamers” in western Washington and admire the extraordinary contributions they are making to our communities and the vibrancy of our parishes. To penalize them because they entered the United States without documents as minors with their parents is unjust and does not reflect the proud tradition of our country.

As Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said today, “These youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their only home. The Catholic Church has long watched with pride and admiration as DACA youth live out their daily lives with hope and determination to flourish and contribute to society: continuing to work and provide for their families, continuing to serve in the military, and continuing to receive an education. Now, after months of anxiety and fear about their futures, these brave young people face deportation.”

With Cardinal DiNardo and the excellent staff of the USCCB, we intend to strongly urge Congress to pass a legislative solution that is humane and fair. Not to do so would be to turn away from our very own sisters and brothers. We encourage all Catholics in western Washington to let their voices be heard as well. Please refer to the Washington State Catholic Conference’s (WSCC) action alert and add your voice to ours.

To our young friends who are fearful of deportation as a result of this decision by the Trump Administration, we want you to know that we are with you, that we pray for you, and that in the name of the Lord Jesus, we will do all we can to make the United States your permanent home.

Sincerely in Christ,
 

Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain
Archbishop of Seattle
Most Rev. Eusebio Elizondo, MSpS
Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle
Most Rev. Daniel H. Mueggenbord
Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle

WELCOME, VISITORS! 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. Be sure to stop by the Cathedral Bookstore after Mass for a wide selection of Cathedral souvenirs as well as Catholic books and gifts.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are offered in memory of John and Dorothy Theiler, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of their marriage, from their daughter Mary Alice Theiler.

CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION CLASSES START TODAY. It’s not too late to register! Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

CATHEDRAL ESPRESSO IS UP AND RUNNING after the 10:00am Mass in Cathedral Hall. All proceeds benefit the ministries of St. James. Proceeds for September will go to the Faith Formation Ministry.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT DACA? What does the President’s announcement mean? How will it affect immigrant youth? Why is it important? What does the church say about DACA? Stop by coffee hour between 11:00 and Noon to get the answers. Information, Chris Koehler.

SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY. Thanks to all of those who contributed $16,817 to last Sunday’s collection to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to make a donation, visit catholiccharitiesusa.org. In addition, a place of prayer has been established in the south aisle.

SEPTEMBER 10 IS WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY. The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Please take a moment to pray for those who see no hope and all those impacted by suicide. Check in with anyone you are concerned about – it could change their life. If you would like to discuss any concerns, please feel free to contact Nancy Granger, Parish Mental Health Nurse.

TALK ABOUT THE GOSPEL! This year, the children of our Faith Formation programs are focused on the Bible—learning about it and learning to love it and pray with it. Each week, watch this space in the bulletin for a few questions you might wish to talk about on the way home. This week’s gospel reading is Matthew 18:15-20. What was today’s Gospel reading about? How does Jesus want us to talk to someone who does something wrong? What does Jesus say about the power of prayer? Who and what do you want to pray for as a family?

COMPANIONSHIP TRAINING with Kae Eaton, Chaplain, Spiritual Director, and Executive Director of Seattle’s Mental Health Chaplaincy will take place on Saturday September 30, 9am–12pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Learn how to demonstrate a compassionate presence. This free morning workshop provides a basic foundation for simple skills that can guide us in our response to others. The teachings are based on the work of Rev. Craig Rennebohm, author of Souls in the Hands of a Tender God and founder of the Mental Health Chaplaincy. Refreshments included.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. We visited a couple who recently moved into a tiny apartment after being homeless. They were new to the area and needed our help with rent, which we gave. Very high grocery bills was one reason they could not pay their rent. They said they wanted to use free food banks but had not yet found any in their new neighborhood. We gave them a copy of the “green sheet” listing free food banks, free meal programs (including the Cathedral Kitchen) and other resources in our parish. They were delighted to get this money-saving information. If you know of someone who could use the “green sheet,” pick up a copy from the wall pockets in the Cathedral vestibules or in the Cathedral Bookstore. Your support helps SVdP “spread the word” about so many local resources that can help people in need – thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

UNDERSTANDING HOARDING DISORDER. Please join us for a presentation on hoarding disorder by psychologist Travis L. Osborne, PhD, ABPP. Dr. Osborne is the Co-Director of The Anxiety Center and the Director of Training at the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle (EBTCS) and specializes in the treatment of anxiety and related problems, including hoarding. Dr. Osborne will provide an overview of hoarding, as well as the treatment for hoarding. There will also be a discussion of what family members can do to help their loved ones get help. Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7-9 PM, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Music Room, Victoria Hall, 814 NE 85th Street, Seattle, RSVP to Trez Buckland, 206-930-2739.

PAX CHRISTI MEETING. Pax Christi is an international Catholic movement working to establish peace, respect for human rights, justice and reconciliation. The St. James chapter of Pax Christi will be meeting on Sunday, September 10 at 1:15pm (after the Noon Mass) in the Mother Mary Rose Room in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Anyone interested in peace and justice work is encouraged to attend. Information, Hunt Hoffman, 206-382-4235.

THE JUVENILE JUSTICE COMMISSION is holding an information session on juvenile court practice, restorative justice, and peacemaking circles for anyone interested in participating in St. James' efforts to provide alternative resolutions for juveniles involved in the court system. Please join us from 9:00 am to Noon in the Holy Name Room in the Pastoral Outreach Center on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

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.

COMPUTER INSTRUCTOR FOR REFUGEE WOMEN: In partnership with a local agency helping refugees in Tukwila, we are seeking a computer instructor for refugee women, to cover basic keyboarding and computer functions, creating lesson plans etc. Qualifications: Certificate in Computer Science or equivalent, as well as enthusiasm and patience for those who do not immediately understand the concepts being presented. Professionalism and good communication skills are also important. Information, Caroline Okello.

WORK WITH REFUGEES ON FINDING AND USING COUPONS. In partnership with a local agency helping refugees in Tukwila, we are seeking a person to teach refugees the right way to become strategic shoppers and couponers, helping them save on their grocery bills; including and not limited to; how to find coupons on internet and in store, how to use them, etc. Qualifications: Enthusiasm and coupon experience. Information: Caroline Okello, 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. 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.

CHURCH OF SECOND CHANCES: A FAITHFUL EXPLORATION OF INCARCERATION. Starting Monday, October 2, the Cathedral will be offering this 8-week series developed by JustFaith Ministries. Together, we will explore the Christian principle of restorative justice, the critical need for comprehensive prison reform, and a faith-based critique of the U.S. prison system. By sharing the stories of incarcerated people through interviews, documentaries, presentations by experts, dialogue, and reflection, Church of Second Chances widens the circle of connection. Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Ned Flohr.

FEELING DISILLUSIONED WITH YOUR MARRIAGE? Think you have to settle for a lackluster, cold or distant relationship? Think again! You can gain new insight into your marriage and rekindle the warmth you once felt. Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vī) has helped tens of thousands of struggling couples worldwide. Your marriage could be the next! For confidential information about, or to register for our upcoming program beginning September 22-24, 2017 call 206-706-2608 or visit our website at www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

A NEW SOLIDARITY WITH CREATION. St. James Cathedral is partnering with many local parishes as well as organizations including the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, Earth Ministry and Seattle University to educate and act on how we as Catholics can better care for God’s Creation. The time from September 1 (the World Day of Prayer for Creation) to October 4 (the Feast of St. Francis) is being recognized as the Season of Creation. One way to mark this Season is to visit http://ipjc.org/solidaritywithcreation/ to see the many offerings in our local Catholic community to help you honor this world that God has created.

FRENCH CONCERT ORGANIST CHRISTOPHE MANTOUX. On Saturday, September 16 at 8:00pm., we welcome Christophe Mantoux to begin the 2017-2018 concert season at St. James Cathedral. Mantoux is Professor of Organ at the Écôle Supérieur and the Conservatoire Régional de Paris. He also holds the post of Titular Organist at the famous Church of Saint-Séverin in Paris, where he has served since 1995. The program includes works by Franck, Widor, Dupont, Vierne, and Duruflé. Passes can be purchased online at www.stjames-cathedral.org/music or at the door.

CLIMATE SCIENCE, LAUDATO SI’ & THE NORTHWEST: A RESPONSE OF FAITH FOR THE FUTURE Thursday, September 14, 7:00-8:30 pm Wyckoff Auditorium, Seattle University. Jeff Renner, meteorologist at KING TV and member of Mary, Queen of Peace Parish in Sammamish, will discuss the changes he has seen in our climate, the latest science and the compelling call of Pope Francis in Laudato Si’.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. Familiarize yourself with life-affirming legislation and with church teaching on the sanctity of life, including Pope St. John Paul's Evangelium Vitae, available online.

ACCOMPANIMENT WORKSHOP Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9am-2pm, Isaac Orr Center, 910 Marion St. In troubled times, nothing can take the place of a companion who listens, understands, and offers their patient presence. We will explore core emotional needs and address the communication, listening, and prayer skills needed to effectively share the compassion of Christ with those facing life’s challenges. Anyone interested in learning and applying these skills to their particular ministry is encouraged to attend. Cost is $75/person; $40 for graduates of Cabrini Ministry Training. Lunch provided. For information and to register, visit https://cabriniministry.ejoinme.org/. Scholarship funds available! Information, 206-760-0583 x3

St. James Cathedral
BLOOD DRIVE
Monday, September 18, 2017
12:30pm-6:30pm

(closed 2:30pm-3:15pm)
Holy Names Room, Pastoral Outreach Center

Sign up at coffee hours on September 10 and 17, or to schedule an appointment, visit www.BloodworksNW.org/drives (Reference Sponsor Code 2909) or call 1-800-398-7888.

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.

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.

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.

IS YOUR CHILD 5 YEARS-OLD? Now is the customary time to begin preparation for First Communion. Is your child older? It’s not too late! Classes begin September 10. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

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. John Chrysostom (Byzantine) in Seattle; Holy Cross in Tacoma and Granite Falls; and Our Lady of Sorrows in Snoqualmie.

 

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