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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 The Cathedral in snowfall. Photo by M. Laughlin.

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. The parish office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 25 and 26.

MASSES OF NEW YEAR’S DAY. January 1 is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, the most ancient feast honoring Mary on the Church’s calendar! Masses for this holy day will be at 8:00am, 10:00am, and 12 Noon on Monday, January 1. After the Noon Mass, the Cathedral will close for the remainder of the day. The parish office will be closed on Monday, January 1.

INCARNATION: CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER. On Friday, January 5 at 6:30pm, you are invited to join in this beautiful prayer of music, candlelight, and silence.

CAPPELLA ROMANA CONCERT–THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN THE EAST Friday, January 5 at 8:00pm, Music Director Alexander Lingas leads Cappella Romana in a program of early and contemporary music from the Greek Orthodox tradition for the 12 Days of Christmas. The program includes Medieval Byzantine Chant, choral works by Greek-Americans Frank Desby, Tikey Zes, and Peter Michaelides, and by Michael Adamis and John Tavener. There is a pre-concert talk at 7:00pm in Room 1E-W of Cathedral Place. Information and passes, www.cappellaromana.org.

WYATT SMITH D.M.A. GRADUATE ORGAN RECITAL. On Friday, January 12 at 7:00pm, organist Wyatt Smith will present his fourth graduate recital in fulfillment of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington. The program will feature Healey Willan’s “Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue,” Jean Langlais’s “Arabesque for the Flutes,” and the complete Sixth Organ Symphony, Op. 59 by Louis Vierne. This performance is free and open to the public.

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. Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082.

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. Information, 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 from St. James will be available. Information, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

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.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A U.S. CITIZEN? Our Immigrant Assistance staff can help you complete and file your citizenship application, or help you find a lawyer if needed. We also have tutors who will work with you one-to-one to help you prepare for the citizenship test. Tutoring pairs study at a location and time convenient for both. Information, Glenda Caldwell, 206-382-4511.

SURVIVING SUICIDE Sunday, January 28, 1:30pm, Pastoral Outreach Center. If you have lost a loved one to suicide – you are a survivor of suicide. A survivor can be a spouse or partner, child, sibling, friend. Common feelings include shock, anger, guilt, depression, confusion and shame. Laura Takacs MPH, LICSW, clinical director of Virginia Mason’s Separation and Loss Services, will be addressing the grief cycle associated with traumatic loss. She will also talk about a therapeutic model known as Restorative Retelling groups – with a healing focus on restoring resilience by honoring the memory of your loved one and sharing common experiences in a supportive environment. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

OUR FAITH IN ACTION ORIENTATION & RETREAT. 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. The day will be offered in both English and Spanish. Register at outreach@stjames-cathedral.org. And be sure to register at www.ipjc.org for 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.

WINTER SHELTER NEEDS. The Winer Shelter is in need of some supplies. Please drop off your donations at either the Parish Office or at Coffee Hour. We are running low on cough drops and men’s deodorant.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. Sometimes God makes it easy to see Jesus in the face of those we visit. Earlier during this Advent season, we got a call for help from a young Jewish carpenter. He has seen much misfortune and sadness in his own life and in the lives of his friends, some of which he shared with us. The sheriff was going to evict him the next day because he was behind in paying rent. With your support, we were able to provide just enough rent help to keep a roof over his head during this holy season - thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

BABYSITTERS NEEDED. St. James Cathedral offers babysitting for children ages 1-4 during the 10 am and 12:00pm Sunday Masses, during baptism preparation classes, and for special events. Two paid babysitters, who are over the age of 18 and have gone through Safe Environment Training, are on duty at all times. We currently have openings for additional staff. If you like working with children and want to provide a valuable service to the young families of our parish, please apply. Information, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

ADULT CONFIRMATION. Are you a baptized Catholic who has not yet been confirmed? Adult preparation classes for this important sacrament begin Wednesday, February 21, and continue through early May. Information, Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4658.

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. St. James Cathedral is the first parish to launch PREPARES in central Seattle. We are forming teams of volunteers to work with a parent or family over the long haul. The model is similar to our existing AIDS Care Teams. Although the PREPARES is brand new, we already have a waiting list of pregnant mothers, single parents, and young families who have asked for help. PREPARES is the ideal ministry for people who want to live out their commitment to social and economic justice and their belief in the dignity of every human life. Please consider stepping forward. Information, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

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.

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.

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.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. Encourage prayer before and after meals to express gratitude to God for His generosity in meeting our daily needs, but also as a reminder of our duty to be good stewards of His creation so that it may continue to serve the needs of all His creatures.

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 of the Woods in Tacoma and St. Stephen the Martyr in Renton.


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Seattle, Washington  98104
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