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

FOR YOUR SAFETY. At each of the weekend Masses a Seattle police officer is present on the Cathedral campus.

ON THE COVER “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.” Angel with lantern, detail of the Cathedral’s Great Cross.

SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. Masses for the Holy Day are Thursday, December 7 at 5:30pm, and Friday, December 8 at 8:15am, 10:10am (with O’Dea High School) and 5:30pm.

CHILDREN’S PROCESSION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NOON MASS TODAY. All children are welcome to help us to celebrate the beginning of Advent. Meet in the West Vestibule at 11:53. Parents, please accompany very young children.

DO YOU KNIT? Do you have leftover yarn that you would be willing to donate to Children’s Faith Formation for an Epiphany project? Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

CATHEDRAL ESPRESSO IS OPEN after the 10:00am Mass in Cathedral Hall. All proceeds for the month of December go to our Prepares Pregnancy Support Ministry.

SPECIAL MASS SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY. With Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday this year, please note some changes to our schedule for Sunday, December 24. The 8:00am and 10:00am Masses will take place as usual. Note that these will be Masses for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, NOT Christmas Masses. In order to prepare for the Christmas liturgies, there will be no Noon Mass or Vespers on Christmas Eve. The Christmas liturgies will begin with the 5:30pm Vigil Mass of Christmas on December 24. The Mass of Christmas Night will follow at 10:00pm. On Christmas Day, Masses will be at 8:00am, 10:00am, Noon, and 5:30pm, with Vespers of Christmas Day at 4:00pm.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. Recently we called a senior citizen who asked for rent help, only to learn he no longer needed help. Good news for him but even better news for us was what he said: “Just hearing from someone means a lot to me.” He then spoke with great warmth about how important it is just to get "a phone call from someone who cares." When residents of our parish call the SVdP Helpline (206-767-6449), they talk to a real human being, not a recording. The request is then forwarded to our SVdP group at St James and, if we can help, two more “real, live human beings” do a home visit, taking along their commonsense brains and compassionate hearts. Real human beings who care. That is part of what makes SVdP special. Your financial support and prayers fuel our work, and we thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

MEDIEVAL WOMEN’S CHOIR CONCERT–NOWELL SING WE Saturday, December 9 at 8:00pm. With roots in antiquity and beyond, winter celebrations have a long history in European culture. The Medieval Women’s Choir provides a uniquely medieval musical celebration of one of the most significant Christian holidays. Information, www.medievalwomenschoir.org.

PAX CHRISTI AT ST JAMES. Visit our Pax Christi peace and justice group after the Noon Mass (1:15pm) on December 10 in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Pax Christi International is part of ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) which will be awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace prize for its work to abolish nuclear weapons. Come to our meeting to learn more! Information, Hunt Hoffman, 206-382-4235.

OPUS 7 CONCERT–AYE, SING WE NOW OF JOY! On Sunday, December 17 at 7:30pm, ring in the joyous seasons of Advent and Christmas with a program of European and American favorites conducted by Artistic Director Loren Pontén. This exciting holiday concert features Francis Poulenc’s dramatic Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, Hugo Distler’s variations of Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming, and the exultant O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf by Johannes Brahms. The program also includes works by Pacific Northwest composers as well as modern European composers. Information and passes, www.opus7.org.

SAVE THE DATE! BLOOD DRIVE, MONDAY, DECEMBER 18 in the Pastoral Outreach Center, 907 Columbia Street, 12:30pm-6:30pm (closed 2:30 – 3:15). Parking is available at the adjacent Frye Museum Parking Lot. There will be a sign-up sheet available at the Welcome Desk at Coffee Hours on 12/3, 12/10, & 12/17. You may also call BloodWorks Northwest 1-800- 398-7888 and ask to sign up for the St. James Blood Drive or go to www.bloodworks.org/drives. Reference Sponsor Code 2909. What better way is there to demonstrate love and compassion for others during this Advent Season, than to share the precious gift lifesaving blood?

ROSARY. All are welcome to join with a group of parishioners who pray the rosary together in the Chapel, Monday through Saturday at 7:40am.

YOUTH NIGHT TONIGHT. Come explore this season of waiting, expectation and hope with other high school teens Sunday from 6:30-8:30 in the Pastoral Outreach Center.

TOY DRIVE DELIVERY. Our annual distribution of holiday gifts and coats for migrant families in the Skagit Valley will take place Saturday, December 16. RSVP to Curtis if you plan on joining us.

Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE GREENING. The Greening of the Cathedral, a long-standing “labor of love” of Cathedral young adults, will kick off at 6:15pm on Wednesday, December 20 with pizza and light refreshments and then we’ll head to the Cathedral to decorate the space for the Christmas season. RSVP to Curtis if you plan to be there and whether you’ll be joining us for pizza.

Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082,

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. This Christmas, save wrapping paper for later use; reuse old wrapping paper for this year's gifts or use a fun alternative such as color newspaper comics. Instead of a material gift, consider donating on someone's behalf to a food bank, homeless shelter or other charity.

THE ADVENT GIVING TREE is located in the Cathedral (by the Marion and Terry doors) and at Coffee Hour. Consider taking a tag, buying the gift, then returning it to the Parish Office, the Bookstore or at Coffee Hour. One of the beneficiaries of your gifts is the Frederic Ozanam House, located across the street from the Cathedral. This Catholic Housing Services program offers housing and other services to senior men experiencing chronic homelessness. The facility offers 56 single-occupancy apartments as well as a meal service, on-site case managers, and a chemical dependency case manager. Another agency that will receive gifts is King County Juvenile Detention, which is responsible for the care and custody of youth in detention. While in detention, youth attend school and have access to a wide range of programs and services. The focus is on rehabilitation, not punishment, and ensuring community safety. King County is committed to helping youth involved in Juvenile Court develop into healthy, productive adults.

STAR LIGHT: THE EPIPHANY PARTY FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES will be on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 10am to 1pm in Cathedral Hall. Meet the Magi, make a star or two, take a swing at a piñata, and more! RSVP by January 2 to Theresa Van de Ven, 206-219-5822.

YOUR LIBERATION IS BOUND UP WITH MINE. Save the date for the Second Annual Immigration Summit on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Seattle University’s Campion Ballroom. This summit is for Catholics in Western Washington concerned with the current immigration crisis. Look for registration information and more at www.seattleu.edu/ictc in early 2018. Information, Christopher Koehler, 206-382-4511.

ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT 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.

OUTREACH & ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER. At the beginning of each month, a digital newsletter is sent out with news, information and stories about the Life, Peace and Justice ministries of the Cathedral. Recently, we’ve highlighted our work with immigrants, mental health services and encounters with our neighbors who are homeless. If you’d like to receive this newsletter, please send a message to outreach@stjames-cathedral.org and ask to subscribe to the newsletter.

CD OF SUNDAY MASS. Do you know someone who is unable to attend Sunday Mass but would appreciate staying connected by listening to the Mass on CD? Each Sunday, a faithful volunteer records and masters the 10:00am Mass, including the music, prayers, reading, and homilies. This CD is mailed at no charge to homebound parishioners and to “long-distance” parishioners around the country, along with a Sunday bulletin. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

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.

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.

MUFFIN MAKER NEEDED FOR SUNDAY COFFEE HOUR. We are in immediate need of a volunteer to help make muffins on the fourth Sunday of each month from about 7am-10am. Information, Hunt Hoffman, 206-382-4235.

CATHEDRAL GUILD. We are in need of people who are able to spend an hour a week helping with some simple tasks around the Cathedral—maintaining the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary, tidying pews, polishing candles, and more. Parking is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays! If you can’t help on a regular basis but would like to assist with some special projects in the busy weeks ahead, we’d still love to hear from you! Information, Corinna Laughlin, 206-264-2086.

CULTURAL COMPANIONS. In partnership with a local agency supporting refugees, we are seeking volunteers to be cultural companions to visit refugee families 3-4 times per month for six months in order to practice English, build friendship, explore the community together, answer questions about life in America, and offer support as families get settled into their new lives here. Information, Caroline Okello, 206-382-4511.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SEEKS VOLUNTEERS. Do you enjoy meeting people and listening as they tell you about their joys and burdens? Do you want to help the poor in our parish? Can you carve a few hours out of your busy life a few times each month to volunteer? Then please consider joining St Vincent de Paul at the Cathedral! To learn more, visit us at our Ministries Fair table at coffee hour or contact Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

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.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR THOSE WHO WRITE CHECKS. Our bank has asked that all checks for Cathedral ministries be made payable to St. James Cathedral, with the special ministry you wish to support indicated in the memo line. This applies to all donations to St. Vincent de Paul, Solanus Casey Center, Cathedral Kitchen, Hunthausen Fund, etc. Thanks for your understanding! Information, Sister Mary Slater, 206-382-4564.

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. Nicholas in Gig Harbor and Immaculate Conception in Seattle, Everett, Arlington, and Mount Vernon; and for the mission church of the Immaculate Conception in Steilacoom.


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