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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 Saint John the Baptist. Virgin and Child with Six Saints, Neri di Bicci, ca. 1456. Cathedral Chapel.

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.

2017 NATIONAL VIGIL FOR GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS. This weekend, St. James Cathedral joins with faith communities across the country to pray for an end to gun violence and for changes in our country’s gun control policies. In the Cathedral, you are invited to pray next to the altar of Pope John XXIII, where there is an image of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem.

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.

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.

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! SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2017 AT 7:30PM. Celebrate the joyous seasons of Advent and Christmas with a program of European and American favorites conducted by Loren Pontén. This concert features Francis Poulenc’s dramatic Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, Hugo Distler’s variations on 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 Wyers, Brozovich, Muehleisen, and Herbolsheimer, as well as modern European composers Pärt, Villette, and Busto. Information and passes, www.opus7.org.

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. What better way is there to demonstrate love and compassion for others during this Advent Season, than to share the precious gift of lifesaving blood? Most everyone from 16 years old and up can donate blood; there is no age limit. 16-17 year old donors may come alone, with a picture ID and a Bloodworks permission form (download at www.bloodworksnw.org).

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 discussing the themes that future evenings will explore. To register, contact Kathleen McCabe or Suzanne Lee.

SAVE THE DATE: The annual Mass for Life and March for Life will be held January 22, 2018, the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion throughout the United States. The Mass for Life will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Marcus Pavilion of St. Martin’s University in Lacey and will be concelebrated by Archbishop Sartain and Abbot Roth of St. Martin’s Abbey. The March for Life, sponsored by Washington State March for Life, will take place on the steps of the State Capitol Building in Olympia at noon. Transportation to both events from St. James will be available. Information, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Wayne Melonson.

SUNDAY MORNING GATHERING. Teens in grades 9 through 12 are welcome to join our Sunday gatherings from 11:00am to 11:45am, in Room 211 of O’Dea High School. Come and reflect on this Sunday’s gospel over donuts and hot cocoa!

YOUTH NIGHT TONIGHT. Come join other high school teens tonight for our Advent fiesta, and don’t forget to bring your best Christmas sweater game! From 6:30-8:30 in the Pastoral Outreach Center.

Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

For parishioners in their 20s and 30s

ST JAMES LIT. Our monthly literature group will be meeting on Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00pm at Optimism Brewing. We’ll be reading two short stories by Truman Capote and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Information, Hunt Hoffmann.

THE GREENING IS THIS WEDNESDAY. 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.

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. Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

COUNT US IN – FRIDAY, JANUARY 26. All Home, a Seattle/King County agency that focuses on homelessness, is now accepting volunteers for Count Us In 2018, the annual count of people experiencing homelessness. Volunteers will be asked to conduct a visual count of individuals experiencing homelessness across King County. Teams are comprised of community volunteers and expert guides (individuals currently/previously experiencing homelessness). Volunteers are expected to have a cell phone, and to walk approximately 2-3 miles if necessary. To volunteer, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KingCountyPIT2018. Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

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.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. Designate certain rooms in your home, or certain hours of the day (or both!), as tech-free zones. This allows more time for contemplation, reading books or newspapers, or praying. It also allows more time for meaningful interaction with family members and friends, all of which leads to a greater appreciation of our world.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. Sometimes we leave a home visit with big smiles on our faces – like the time we visited a bright, determined young woman who needed rent help after incurring unexpected medical bills. We had just handed her a SVdP rent voucher when she asked if we could advise her on finding a husband! She said her goal was to get married in a year, but she had no one in mind. We had a jolly chat, with each of us sharing a bit of our own life experience and “wisdom” on the subject. As we left, the young woman asked us to pray for her and to pray that her “fiancee will come soon.” Thank you for your prayers for our SVdP mission to help our neighbors in need! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

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.

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.

PREPARES MINISTRY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS. The cathedral’s new Pregnancy and Parenting Support Ministry, PREPARES, offers unconditional, nurturing care to families from pregnancy through a child’s fifth birthday. PREPARES recognizes that parents need love and ongoing community support in order to choose life in difficult circumstances. We are forming teams of volunteers to work with a parent or family over the long haul. We already have a waiting list of pregnant mothers, single parents, and young families who have asked for help. Please consider stepping forward. Information, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

A guide to Christmas Parking at the Cathedral

We know that parking in this area is at a premium and we do our best to make it available to you.
In consideration of our neighbors, please note these important Do’s and Don’ts!
Special thanks to the Frye Art Museum for making parking available to us on December 24-25!


  • In the O’Dea High School lot.
  • In the Cabrini Tower Garage on Marion Street across from O’Dea High School for all weekend and all. Christmas Masses. The Cathedral pays for parking (and for official traffic officers from the Seattle Police Department) during these times, and you are encouraged to take advantage of it.
  • In the P-1 parking lot under the Chancery building at 9th and Marion.
  • In the Frye Museum parking lots on Terry Avenue (Christmas Eve night and Christmas day only)

Please DO NOT park:

  • In any of the parking places at the Pastoral Outreach Center, 907 Columbia Street
  • In the spaces on Terry Avenue reserved for loading and unloading of the parish vans
  • In any parking spot blocked with an orange cone
  • In the lot adjacent to the Envoy Apartments on 9th Avenue, directly across from the Cathedral
  • In the Blood Bank parking lot at the corner of Terry and Columbia

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 in Vancouver and Seattle, and St. John Mission in Montesano and Mukilteo.


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