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February 4, 2018

Dear Friends,

I am very happy to be able to announce to you that Joseph Adam has accepted the position of Director of Music and Cathedral Organist.

Joseph has served as Cathedral organist since 1993, as Interim Director of Music in 2015, and, for the past two years, as Associate Director of Music with Dr. Paul Thornock.

Because you get to witness his amazing musicianship every weekend, I hardly need to tell you what impressive credentials Joseph brings to his new position. His skills as an organist are widely acclaimed and rightly so. In 1991 he received First Prize at the St. Albans International Organ Competition, the most recent American to take top honors in this prestigious competition. In addition, he has performed widely in this country and beyond and, for the past nine seasons, has served as Resident Organist with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall.

But Joseph brings more than impressive credentials. He has been an important part of this Cathedral community for 25 years. He loves this place and he knows our community from the inside-out. He enjoys the respect of the members of the Cathedral choir and of the music community here in Seattle, as well as of the Cathedral staff. In every way, he will be able to hit the ground running as our new director of music.

I am more than grateful to Joseph for his willingness to assume this position that is such an important part of the prayer life and the artistic life of the Cathedral. I ask you to join me in praying for God’s blessings for him as he begins his new role, and for God’s blessings on our parish as we move into the future.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Ryan
Pastor of St. James Cathedral

WELCOME,VISITORS! 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 Christ teaching. Detail of the Ceremonial Bronze Doors, St. James Cathedral. Ulrich Henn, artist.

PARENT’S FAITH FORMATION CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4. Join other parents for a drop-in discussion around family in a high tech world. Meets from 11:05 – 11:40 in Room 206 of O’Dea High School. Information, Rosanne Michaels, 206-654-4659.

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.

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.

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.

YOUTH NIGHT TONIGHT. Join us in the Pastoral Outreach Center for a fun, post-Super Bowl Youth Night as we explore ways to integrate our faith into our daily lives. We meet from 6:30-8:30. Newcomers in grades 8-12 are always welcome!

CATHOLIC ADVOCACY DAY brings legislators, policy-makers and Catholics from all over our region together to advocate for Catholic Social Teaching at the State Capital. St. James Youth Ministry will send a delegation on Wednesday, February 21 for a day that will include issue briefings, Mass, stories from people living in poverty, and meetings with legislators. You can learn more at www.ipjc.org/cad. To reserve your spot for this day-long trip to Olympia, RSVP to Curtis by February 7.

YOUTH CONFIRMATION. The deadline to register for the Youth Confirmation program is February 7. Sophomore year is an ideal time for this sacramental celebration. Our first class will be February 14 after the 6pm Ash Wednesday Mass. To register, contact Curtis.

Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

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!

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.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. We visited a middle-aged Navy veteran struggling to pay rent despite help from a local veterans organization. He suffers from addictions, loneliness and depression. His post-Navy prison record makes it hard to find work other than occasional day-labor jobs. His only steady income? $197 in monthly foodstamps. It was a long visit. He was very emotional. We helped with rent, but mainly he thanked us for taking time to listen to him talk about things that he said he never talks to anyone about. We felt privileged to do that, and we thank you for your support – you make caring visits like this possible. Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

IMMIGRATION SUMMIT. The psalmist tells us God gathers the dispersed of Israel. As Catholics we are one family across the human family. Join the Your Liberation is Bound Up with Mine Second Annual Archdiocesan Immigration Summit at Seattle University March 10 to pray and talk through how we can better welcome migrants in our communities. Register at www.seattleu.edu/ictc. Information, Chris Koehler, 206-382-4511.

OPUS 7 VOCAL ENSEMBLE CONCERT: THE ROAD OF MERCY. On Saturday, February 17 at 8:00pm, Opus 7 presents a program of choral music for the Lenten season, which includes Benjamin Britten’s great masterpiece, Cantata Misericordium for choir, soloists, harp, percussion, piano, and string orchestra. A dramatic retelling of the parable of the Good Samaritan, it compels us to show mercy to our neighbor. Also featured are multiple settings of the “O vos omnes” text, alternating with inspiring works by Rheinberger, Parry, Barber, Casals, and Elgar. Loren Pontén conducts this annual concert for the penitential season. Information and passes, www.opus7.org.

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.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. "How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties?” (Laudato Sì, paragraph 120)

VAN DRIVER NEEDED. Our Sunday van ministry is an important outreach to senior parishioners who would not be able to get to 10:00am Mass on Sunday if it weren’t for our drivers. It’s a simple but important way to reach out to some of our senior parishioners! Right now we have a need for just one driver on the fourth Sunday of the month. All training provided; background check required. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

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. You can learn more by visting the RCIA website. Information, Kathleen McCabe, 206-382-2018.

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REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Lois Spellman, Jeanne Jacobsen, Henry Brown, and Josephine Ingram.

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. Mary in Aberdeen, Seattle, and Seaview; and Star of the Sea Mission in Bremerton.


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