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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. During the month of November, when we remember all our beloved dead, we acknowledge in a special way the debt of gratitude we owe to those who over the past decades have remembered the Cathedral in their will.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are offered in loving memory of Benjamin Agustin from his family.

YOUNG ADULT THIRD SUNDAY SOCIAL Sunday, November 18 after 5:30 Mass. Join us for our monthly social in the Rectory Parlors. Get to know other young adults while enjoying cheese, crackers, and refreshments. Access the Rectory Parlors near the entrance to the bookstore. Information, Curtis Leighton.

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF THOMAS MERTON. You are invited to a day of commemoration on Saturday, December 1, 10:00am-3:00pm at Our Lady of the Lake Parish. Thomas Merton Memorial: A Promise of Love, will feature guest speakers, a hosted lunch, and a Memorial Mass at 2:00 pm, celebrated by Father Tim Clark. Our Lady of the Lake Parish Hall, 8900 - 35th Ave NE in Seattle. RSVP requested. A donation of $5.00 is requested. Information or to RSVP, e-mail seattlemerton@yahoo.com.

THE ST. JAMES ADVENT BAZAAR will be on Sunday, December 2 in Cathedral Hall after all the morning Masses. Favorite St. James items will be featured as well as the work of Cathedral artists and friends. Join us for a wonderful opportunity to do some Christmas shopping while benefiting a good cause!

JOB OPENING: IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE has an opening for a Tutoring Coordinator. Major duties include training and supporting tutors, client outreach and intake, assessment, ongoing support, and tutor training. Must have experience managing volunteers, and degree, certificate, or significant ESL teaching experience. Flexible hours. Full-time. To apply, contact Christopher Koehler for an application packet.

Opportunities to Serve

IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Help promote our English tutoring and tutoring for citizenship preparation by delivering fliers to partner agencies throughout King County. Information, Caroline Okello, 206-382-4511.

VOLUNTEER IN THE BOOKSTORE. We currently have openings for several shifts in the Cathedral Bookstore. We are especially seeking volunteers after Sunday Noon and Sunday evening Masses. The typical commitment is one shift each month. All training provided; background check required. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN THE CATHEDRAL KITCHEN. The Cathedral Kitchen needs a Thursday NW Harvest Gleaner. This volunteer position includes driving your own vehicle and picking up items every Thursday morning from the Kent NW Harvest location for our Cathedral kitchen meals. The Kitchen also needs a Tuesday Gleaner. Gleaners drive the Cathedral kitchen van in the morning to local supermarkets and collect food (fruits, vegetables, milk, deli items, etc.) These items are used in our daily meals. It’s a fun and rewarding outreach! Information, Teddi Callahan, 206-264-2091.

THE ST. JAMES WINTER SHELTER asks your help for the following needs: men’s razors; large cans of men’s spray deodorant; toothbrushes. Donations can be dropped off at Coffee Hour, they can be ordered and delivered to the Parish Office.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. Sometimes when we help people, they say they want to pay us back some day. We typically suggest they “pay it forward” instead, helping someone else with money or a simple act of kindness. One afternoon we helped an elderly woman in a large apartment building. On our way out, she rode the elevator down with us. On the elevator, another elderly woman who had visibly painful leg and hip problems admired her chair walker on wheels, saying she could really use something like that. The woman we were visiting immediately offered to give this stranger an older chair walker on wheels that she still had. By the time we left the building, both women were smiling and heading back upstairs to complete the gift. Your support makes precious moments like this possible – thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718 -4158.

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SEATTLE urges anyone who suspects abuse by any Church personnel to contact local law enforcement. In addition, anyone who has knowledge of sexual abuse or misconduct by a member of the clergy, an employee or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Seattle is urged to call the archdiocesan hotline at 1-800-446-7762.

Dear Friends,

In light of the front-page story in the Seattle Times this past Wednesday, many have asked about how settlement payments are made for clergy sexual abuse cases in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

According to information furnished by the Archdiocese, since the late 1980’s, some $100 million has been paid out in settlements for approximately 440 claims of sexual abuse of minors. Shocking as this is, it is important to note that all of these settlements involve incidents dating from 30 to 60 years ago. Settlements that were made directly with survivors, as well as those resulting from litigation, are included in this number.

The question arises as to where the money came for the settlements. These payments have come from insurance carriers, the archdiocese’s self -insurance plan, and the sale of archdiocesan-held property. The only sense in which parish assets are involved is that we, along with other parishes and Catholic institutions, pay an annual Archdiocesan assessment out of which the insurance premiums are paid.

I know it must seem that this scandal and the fallout from it will never end. I know I feel that way. But I am also prayerfully hopeful that we are moving toward the light of day and that these settlements will bring a modicum of peace and closure to the victims and their families.

Father Ryan

SENIOR CHRISTMAS SOCIAL. Mark your calendar for the Senior Christmas Social on Thursday, December 20, 1:00–3:00 pm, Pastoral Outreach Center. Ms. Selina Chu, St. James parishioner and accomplished pianist, is back by popular demand and will spread her unique Christmas warmth and cheer with joyful Christmas Carols to be sung by all. Don’t miss this opportunity to eat, drink and be merry!

HOW TO SUPPORT A FRIEND THROUGH SUICIDE LOSS. Marny Lombard of Forefront Suicide Prevention at the UW will share her experience in learning how to live with the grief of a suicide loss and ways you can support a friend who has suffered a suicide loss. She will also discuss warning signs and how to help. Thursday, November 29, St. Catherine of Siena Parish Music Room, 814 NE 85th St. Information, Nancy Granger.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. Eat less meat: Meat isn’t cheap, and it’s not great for the environment, either. 70% of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed to raise cows, and meat production results in more carbon emissions than any other protein. Learning to cook a few choice vegetarian meals will save money, add variety to your palate, and give the planet a helping hand.

Sacred Steps

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Mary Ann Gray & Rita Myers.

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. Margaret in Seattle, St. Cecilia in Stanwood and Bainbridge Island, St. Columban in Yelm, and Vietnamese Martyrs in Tukwila.

 

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