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Dear Friends,

The death last Sunday of Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen marks the passing of an era. He was the last living American bishop to have participated in the Second Vatican Council, and was one of only eight living bishops in the entire world who had participated in all four sessions of the Council.

But the archbishop was more than a living legend: he was an extraordinary leader, a compassionate shepherd, and a courageous prophet. For 16 years, this archdiocese was blessed by his leadership and for most of those 16 years, I was privileged to serve as his chancellor and vicar general. It was one of the greatest graces and blessings of my life.

Any of you who knew the archbishop, don’t need any words from me to tell you what a truly remarkable person he was. He was a gentle giant: humble, unassuming, approachable, and keenly intelligent. He had the common touch and loved nothing more than being with the people he served. And he listened to the people he served—to their hopes and dreams, their heartaches and struggles. Archbishop Hunthausen truly believed that the Holy Spirit is alive in the Church and speaks in the Church—the whole Church—not just the ordained.

And even though dealing with the terrible scandal of clergy sexual abuse involved a learning curve for him as it did for all bishops, when it came to putting into place enlightened polices and protocols, he was a leader among the United States bishops. His initiatives made the Archdiocese of Seattle a recognized leader among the dioceses of this country.

But it was his courageous witness to peace that put him on the world stage, and rightly so. Even though the economy of this region was fueled in great measure by the arms race, he was fearless in speaking out against it. No other bishop put his life and reputation on the line for peace and nuclear disarmament like Archbishop Hunthausen. Ecumenism was another of the Archbishop’s passions. He energetically engaged in inter-faith dialogue and built bridges of love and understanding that inspired many outside the Church—clergy and lay—to regard him as “our bishop.”

Archbishop Hunthausen will be laid to rest in the Cathedral crypt this coming Wednesday, August 1, following the 11:00am funeral Mass. The Mass will be open to the public (as will all the funeral liturgies—see the complete schedule in today’s bulletin). I encourage as many of you as possible to attend. I can’t guarantee every one of you a seat but I can guarantee a beautiful and moving celebration – history in the making.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Michael G. 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, Loaves and fishes. Stained-glass window, St. James Cathedral Chapel. Charles Connick, artist.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are from the Saturday wedding of Savannah Donia and Rom Dave Inocencio.

MEMORIAL OF BLESSED SOLANUS CASEY. On Monday, July 30, we will observe the Memorial of Blessed Solanus Casey for the first time! All are welcome to a festive celebration of our newest Blessed at the 5:30pm Mass on July 30.

THE PARISH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED on Wednesday, August 1, because of Archbishop Hunthausen’s Funeral.


Can you help with an item for the auction?

Our annual Hunthausen Dinner and Auction benefiting the Cathedral Kitchen is coming up on Monday, August 27 (see information in this weekend’s bulletin). We are in need of many items for our raffle and silent auction. Please consider donating! Our wish list includes…

  • $25 to $50 gift cards of any kind—Amazon, Starbucks, Safeway, Subway, iTunes, etc.
  • Bottles of wine for our wine roulette
  • Gift certificates to a favorite restaurant

If you have other ideas of items to donate, we would love to hear about them!

Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284, or Margaret Lynch, 206-382-4288.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. During our home visits, we are often deeply moved by the people we meet, what they tell us about their lives, their struggles and joys and how they cope with whatever life hands them. Recently, one of our members recalled visiting a woman who had fled domestic violence with a small child suffering from chronic, life-threatening health issues. She had just gotten a full-time job and an apartment. All she asked of us was a little help to buy clothes for herself and her son and some food required by her son’s special diet that they cannot get free from food banks. During the visit, our member found himself thinking, “I’d better listen to what I’m being told here!” Your financial support makes visits like this possible and, equally important, fosters greater understanding, empathy and compassion for our neighbors – thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

WINTER SHELTER DONATIONS. If you are travelling this summer, consider bringing home the toiletries that are provided in your hotel rooms. Bring them to Coffee Hour or to the Parish Office so that they can be used by the men who stay at the Winter Shelter. Not only are you keeping a few more plastics out of the garbage, but you are sharing valuable hygiene products with our overnight guests. Thank you!

NEW LGBTQ MINISTRY AT ST. MARY'S PARISH. LGBTQ Catholics are welcomed to a new ministry based in spirituality, community-building, and service. We meet 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at St. Mary's Father Tony Haycock Parish Center, 2021 S. Weller St., 7-9 pm. Our next gathering will be August 10. Come celebrate our unique spiritual gifts (Eph 4:11) in an affirming community, with prayer, art, faith-sharing, lectio divina, education, and service. Information, lgbtq.welcoming.ministry@gmail.com.

Opportunities to Serve

WANT TO BRUSH UP ON THE BASICS OF THE FAITH? Children’s Faith Formation has select openings for catechists and catechists’ assistants. Materials and training provided. Classes meet most Sundays from September to mid-June between 11:00am and 11:45am. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

SANDWICH MAKERS NEEDED. The St. Martin de Porres Shelter Outreach Ministry needs a few extra volunteers to make sandwiches for the Second Monday of each month. This is a great opportunity for those with busy work schedules or families with children! Information, Dylan Hogan, 206-382-4235.

OUR CATHEDRAL GROUNDS GUILD is looking for a few volunteers to help with pruning and weeding on the Cathedral campus grounds. Schedule and time commitment flexible. Information, Larry Brouse, 206-382-4280.

Rest in Peace

Please pray for the repose of the soul of
Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen
August 21, 1921—July 22, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
VIEWING 2:00pm-5:00pm
VIGIL 7:30pm

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. Adjust your driving routine! By carpooling or combining multiple errands in one trip, you reduce the amount of fossil fuel you use.

DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A US CITIZEN? St. James Immigrant Assistance can help you prepare for the test. We can also help you complete your application for citizenship. Information, Glenda Caldwell, 206-382-4511.

50 DIFFERENT ZIP CODES. Families who participate in Children’s Faith Formation live all over the Puget Sound region. Come join them! There are classes from age 3 through High School, including a class for children with special needs, as well as sacramental preparation classes, and a class for parents. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

DO YOUR CHILDREN LOVE TO SING? It’s not too early to start thinking about Fall membership in the Youth Music program at St. James! Schola Cantorum is our choir for children grades 3–8 (girls and boys with unchanged voices), and Jubilate! Young Women’s Ensemble is our advanced-level group for girls of high school age. Each ensemble provides the music for one Sunday noon Mass per month, and participates in annual Readings & Carols, Christmas Eve Vigil Mass, and special liturgies throughout the year. Tuition is $80 for the semester beginning in September; full scholarships available for those with financial need. Information, contact Youth Music Director Stacey Sunde, 206-941-9450.

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. Alphonsus in Seattle and St. John Vianney in Kirkland, Vashon, and Darrington. We also pray for the community that worships at St. Ignatius Chapel, Seattle University.


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