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January 14, 2018

Dear Friends,

I want to share with you the news that, for personal and family reasons, our Director of Music, Dr. Paul Thornock, has made the decision to step aside from his important responsibilities here at the Cathedral. During the too-short time he has been with us, Paul has done an amazing job. I don’t need to tell you how beautifully the Cathedral Choir of St. James and the Women of St. James Schola have been singing under his gifted direction. Paul has also graced many a liturgy with his impressive skills as organist and accompanist. Our young people’s choirs under the direction of Stacey Sunde have also prospered with Paul’s unfailing support.

I know you will want to join me in expressing gratitude to Paul for a job well done and in wishing him and his family every blessing now and in the days ahead.

I am grateful to the staff of the music department, Joseph Adam, Stacey Sunde, and Marjorie Bunday, for the leadership they will be giving as we go forward. Your prayerful support will mean a lot to them—and to me.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Michael G. Ryan
Pastor of St. James Cathedral

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 James hears the call of the Lord. Doorstop of the Ceremonial Bronze Doors. Ulrich Henn, artist.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are offered by Lisa and Michael Forbes in grateful appreciation of the Seattle Police department for their daily sacrifices and protection of our Cathedral. If you would like to offer flowers, contact Jane Mueller, 206-654-4650.

CATHEDRAL ESPRESSO is up and running after the 10:00 Mass in Cathedral Hall. Proceeds for January will go to the Mental Health and Wellness Ministry.

JUBILATE YOUNG WOMEN'S ENSEMBLE WITH JOSEPH ADAM, CATHEDRAL ORGANIST. On Friday, January 26 at 8:00pm, Jubilate Young Women’s Ensemble, conducted by Stacey Sunde, is joined by cathedral organist Joseph Adam in a program of chant-based works, including Dupré’s Fifteen Pieces, Op. 18 and movements from Couperin’s Messe des Couvents. Information and passes, www.stjames-cathedral.org/music.

FIRST ANNUAL PEACEMAKING SUMMIT. Friday, January 26, 2018, 6:00pm-9:00pm at Seattle University Student Center, Room 160. A celebration and acknowledgment of the power of partnerships relating to the Peacemaking Circles Movement in King County. Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney, will be the keynote speaker. Register in advance at http://Peacemaking-Summit.eventbrite.com. Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. Talk with fellow parishioners about the possibility of sharing rides to Mass and other parish events as a way of reducing your carbon footprint. You can take this a step further by organizing occasional walk-to-church weekends.

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. When you register, indicate you are affiliated with Patrick Barredo. Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

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. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

CAPPELLA ROMANA CONCERT–MACHAUT: MESSE DE NOSTRE DAME. Friday, February 2 at 8:00pm. Following his Cappella Romana début at St. James Cathedral leading powerful chants from Santiago de Compostela, international early music star Marcel Pérès from Paris directs the earliest known Mass setting by a single composer, Guillaume de Machaut (1300–1377), with chants for Candlemas. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:00pm in Room 1E-W of Cathedral Place. Information and passes, www.cappellaromana.org.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. Father Ryan’s homily on Epiphany Sunday spoke of the “stars” we have to guide us, including “the poor, the overlooked” who light the way for us along Christ's path of “humility, meekness, patience, poverty of spirit, love.” Three days later, we visited a young man with all those qualities. He spoke softly of how he had learned to “survive” while homeless in the past and, now facing eviction that likely cannot be avoided, is willing to live without shelter himself if someone “who needs it more” can get a bed in a warm, dry place. As he graciously thanked us for the financial help we gave and for taking time to listen, he told us he is Muslim. We were not expecting that, but getting to see a shining star up close is, of course, always a surprise. Your support helps so many in our parish – thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of John Spellman.

SKYLINE OPEN HOUSE: SAVE THE DATE. Skyline, a 62+ retirement community across the street from St. James, will be hosting an exclusive Open House for Cathedral parishioners following Noon Mass on Sunday, February 11 from 1:30 – 3pm. One and two bedroom independent living apartment homes will be available to tour. Come enjoy a beverage and appetizer as you learn about the benefits and amenities of Skyline. RSVP to 206-405-4100 or email fjahan@skylineseattle.org.

HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS ADVOCACY DAY. The St. James Housing Advocacy Committee invites you to join us in Olympia on Thursday, February 1, 2018. HHAD is your chance to let your lawmakers know that you care about finding solutions to the affordable housing and homelessness crisis in Washington. To register, go to https://wliha.salsalabs.org/hhad2018registration/index.html. If you are interested in carpooling, contact Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

IMMIGRATION SUMMIT. We’ve just concluded National Migration Week. How can we live our Catholic faith by continue to share the journey with our migrant brothers and sisters? Start by joining the Your Liberation is Bound Up with Mine: Second Annual Immigration Summit at Seattle University March 10, a day of prayer, sharing, and planning. Registration and more information at www.seattleu.edu/ictc in early 2018. Information, Chris Koehler, 206-382-4511.

BYRD ENSEMBLE CONCERT–PARADISE: DEATH AND THE AFTERLIFE. Saturday, February 3 at 8:00pm. Through the abundance of choral music concerning death and the afterlife, one encounters many moving masterpieces. From the Spanish Renaissance of Juan Esquivel, to the early 20th century of English master Herbert Howells, to the contemporary era with local composer Peter Hallock, this program showcases hauntingly beautiful motets of the ages. Information and passes, www.byrdensemble.com.

PLEASE JOIN HUNDREDS GOING TO CATHOLIC ADVOCACY DAY, Wednesday, February 21, in Olympia. To register, go to: www.ipjc.org/cad and stand with your neighbors. Invite your friends along! The day will include briefings on legislative issues, Mass and appointments with legislators. Sponsored by: Washington State Catholic Conference, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Catholic Community/Housing Services and Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center.

WINTER SHELTER NEEDS. Your donations help the homeless men who stay in Cathedral Hall on the weekends. Items urgently needed include: spray deodorant; cough drops; small tissue packets; razors, toothbrushes. Items can be dropped off at Sunday Coffee Hour or in the Parish Office. Thank you!

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.

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. Paul in Seattle and on the Swinomish Reservation, and the Mission Church of St. Paul in Westport.


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