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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 Moses leads the people of Israel through the Red Sea. East Apse Stained Glass Window, St. James Cathedral. Hans Gottfried von Stockhausen, artist.

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.

PARENT’S FAITH FORMATION CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY. Join other parents for a discussion around family life in a high tech world. Meets from 11:05 to 11:40 in Room 206 of O’Dea High School. Information, Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4659.

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.

FIRST FRIDAY EXPOSITION AND HOLY HOUR. On Friday, February 2, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin following the 8:15am Mass, and continue until 1:00pm. Holy Hour, with songs, readings, prayers, and rosary, will begin at 12 Noon. All are welcome to join in all or part of this beautiful prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION AND BLESSING OF CANDLES. On Friday, February 2, the feast of the Presentation, the Church blesses candles for use in the liturgy during the coming year. You are invited to bring your own candles from home for the blessing, which takes place during the Masses at 8:15am and 5:30pm. The solemn celebration with music will be at 5:30pm on Friday, February 2.

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.

UNITY: CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER WITH MUSIC FROM TAIZÉ. Friday, February 2 at 6:30pm. On Friday, February 2 at 6:30 pm, at the conclusion of the international Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Christians of many denominations gather at St. James Cathedral in downtown Seattle for an hour of prayer, song, and silence in the tradition of Taizé. Local leaders from many denominations will attend the service. All are welcome!

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.

BLESSING OF THROATS ON THE FEAST OF ST. BLAISE. St. Blaise is credited with saving the life of a boy who was choking to death on a fishbone. Each year on his feast day, February 3, the Church observes the traditional blessing of throats. The blessing will take place in the context of the regularly scheduled Mass at 8:15am.

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.

MASS WITH ANOINTING OF THE SICK. There will be a communal celebration of this sacrament on Saturday, February 10 at a special 11:00am Mass in the Cathedral. Father Ryan will preside. All are welcome to attend the Mass. Those who are sick, facing surgery, dealing with chronic mental or physical illness, or experiencing the weakness that comes with old age are encouraged to receive the sacrament of healing.

WINTER SHELTER NEEDS. We are close to depleting our supply of spray deodorant, toothbrushes and razors. Donations would be most appreciated and can be brought to Sunday Coffee Hour or the Parish Office. Thank you!

SKYLINE OPEN HOUSE. 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.

APPLICATIONS FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS. St. James has SIX Catholic Elementary Schools in Seattle: St. Therese, St. Paul, St. Edward, St. George, St. Joseph and Holy Family Bilingual. These schools provide in-parish tuition rates for registered St. James parishioners. We also support FOUR Catholic High Schools (O’Dea, Holy Names, Bishop Blanchet, and Kennedy Catholic) through the Simperman Scholar program. Contact Theresa Van de Ven at 206-219-5822 for requirements and an application packet for the 2018-2019 school year. Completed applications must be submitted by April 30, 2018.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. “... in some places, where the facades of buildings are derelict, people show great care for the interior of their homes, or find contentment in the kindness and friendliness of others. A wholesome social life can light up a seemingly undesirable environment.” Pope Francis, Laudato Sì, paragraph 148.

OUR THREE-PART SERIES ON ISLAM concludes this Tuesday, January 30, 6:30pm in Cathedral Hall. Join us as we conclude our series with Laila Almounaier of MAPS-AMEN (http://www.mapsredmond.org/) speaking on Muslims as part of the American Fabric, and the History of Islam. Information, Christopher Koehler, 206-382-4511.

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.

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Celebrations at St. James

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD’S BLESSINGS to Michelle Bos, Erik Ryznar, & Mandy Upton who celebrated the Rite of Welcome and to Jacob Flores, who celebrated the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens last Sunday.

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. Thomas Aquinas in Camas and St. John Bosco in Tacoma.


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