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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 Icon of the Baptism of the Lord. Joan Brand-Landkamer, Cathedral iconographer.

FLOWERS IN THE CATHEDRAL. Flowers at the North Transept Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary are offered in loving memory of Ann McIntyre on the third anniversary of her death.

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.

GREETERS FOR READINGS AND CAROLS. Next Friday, December 15 at 7:30pm, we have our annual service of Readings and Carols. Can you help out as a greeter from 6:30pm-7:30pm, handing out programs and candles? Greeters get great seats for this wonderful Advent prayer. Please contact Corinna Laughlin, 206-264-2086, if you are interested.

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.

SOCK DRIVE. Please bring sock donations to the Cathedral Hall after the morning Masses, the Chapel after the 5:30 Masses, or the Parish office during the week. The deadline is Sunday, December 31. To volunteer to collect socks contact Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082.

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?

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. Gifts for the Youth Migrant Project are due this Friday, and all others are due next Sunday. In addition to the Youth Migrant Project, the Giving Tree is supporting PREPARES, the Pregnancy & Parenting Support program of Catholic Community Services. It promotes the health and wellbeing of women, children and families through case management counseling, education and supportive services. To learn more or to get involved with the St. James PREPARES team, contact Suzanne Lee.

CHRISTMAS GREETERS NEEDED. Each year, nearly four thousand parishioners and visitors come to the Cathedral on Christmas Eve! We need your help to extend a warm welcome to every one of them! Please consider volunteering as a greeter to provide hospitality, answer basic questions, and hand out programs. Greeters get reserved seats for the Mass. We need greeters for both the 5:30pm Mass (greet from 4:00pm-5:15pm) and the 10:00pm Mass (greet from 7:45pm-9:00pm). Please contact Corinna Laughlin, 206-264-2086, if you are interested.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. We visited a middle-aged woman who broke her toe at about the same time she moved into her apartment. She made repeated visits to the hospital while her toe was healing and, on one of those visits, her purse was stolen. It contained cash she needed to pay her rent. Using your donations, we were able to pay most of her rent for the month, and her landlord was willing to wait until she could pay the rest – thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

SUNDAY MORNING YOUTH GATHERING. Teens in grades 9 through 12 are welcome to join in an our Sunday gatherings from 11:00am to 11:45am, in Room 211 of O’Dea High School.

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

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,

PAX CHRISTI AT ST JAMES. Visit our Pax Christi peace and justice group after the Noon Mass on December 10 at 1:15pm 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.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. Look for way to recycle protective materials from packages you receive. Some local package-shipping offices will accept materials such as plastic peanuts and bubble wrap. The Seattle Lighting Clearance Outlet in SoDo accepts clean Styrofoam (peanuts and blocks) for recycling. Bubble wrap also can be packaged in a plastic grocery bag and placed in your recycle cart.

THE ST. JAMES CARE FOR CREATION COMMITTEE has its next meeting Tuesday, December 12 at 5pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. If you would like to learn more or to get involved with respecting the life of the Earth on which we live, contact Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Nancy Van Pevenage.

COMMUNAL RECONCILIATION SERVICES will be held on Saturday, December 16 at 4:00pm and Monday, December 18 at 7:30pm. During these beautiful services of readings, reflection and song, we will open ourselves to experience the gift of God’s gracious and loving forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance. It has long been a tradition in the church to confess one’s sins before celebrating the great feast of Christmas. These will be ideal times to do so.

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.

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT. Please join us as we kick off the 2018 season of marriage enrichment on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 6:30pm in the Holy Names Room, Pastoral Outreach Center. Married couples are invited to join us for a Dinner Date Series: Food for the Souls of Married Couples. Babysitting is provided. The evening will be facilitated by Christina and Dave Buchholz and we’ll spend time exploring the themes that future evenings will explore. To register, contact Kathleen McCabe or Suzanne Lee.

ADVOCACY 101. On Saturday, January 27, 10am-2:30pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe church, the parishes of South Seattle and Catholic Community Services will offer a retreat to help form you in Catholic Social Teaching and Advocacy. This will be a precursor to Catholic Advocacy Day, Wednesday, February 21 in Olympia.

YOUR LIBERATION IS BOUND UP WITH MINE. We hear Isaiah call us to ready the way for the Lord so that “all people shall see it together.” To ensure that all are hearing together, join us for Your Liberation is Bound Up with Mine the second annual immigration Summit at Seattle University on March 10 to pray and talk through how we can be one community. Look for registration information and more at www.seattleu.edu/ictc in early 2018. Information, Christopher Koehler, 206-382-4511.

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. Learn more by visting 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.

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 MAKERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY COFFEE HOUR. We are in immediate need of volunteers to help make muffins on the First and Fourth Sundays of each month from about 7am-10am. Information, Hunt Hoffman, 206-382-4235.

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.

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.

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.

SAVE THE DATE. The Art of Faith, a week-long day camp for youth entering grades 7 through 12 will take place July 16-20, 2018. This year’s theme will be processional banners. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

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 Our Lady of Guadalupe in Seattle and St. Mary of Guadalupe in Ridgefield.


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