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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 St. John the Baptist. Virgin & Child with Six Saints (detail). Neri di Bicci, ca. 1456. St. James Cathedral Chapel.

FLOWERS IN THE CATHEDRAL. Flowers at the north transept shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary are the gift of Bridget Cooley in memory of her mother Ann McIntyre on the 4th anniversary of her death.

COMMUNAL RECONCILIATION SERVICES will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 4:00pm and Monday, December 17 at 7:30pm. During these beautiful services of readings, reflection and song, we will open ourselves to experience the gift of God’s gracious and loving forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance. It has long been a tradition in the church to confess one’s sins before celebrating the great feast of Christmas. These will be ideal times to do so.

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!

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Moments at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Roger Schmeeckle and Sterling Sessions.

CONGRATULATIONS to CJ & David Pina for making their Profession of Faith and receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion!

SIMBANG GABI CELEBRATION Saturday, December 15, 11:00am Mass. Join Archbishop Sartain and participants from some 80 parishes for the festive opening celebration of Simbang Gabi, a novena of Masses in which we prepare for Christmas in company with Mary. This colorful and prayerful Mass includes the blessing of parols (traditional star shaped lanterns from the Philippines) and helps us to focus our Christmas celebration on the coming of Jesus, Light of the World. All are welcome.

MEDIEVAL WOMEN’S CHOIR: HODIE! Saturday, December 15 at 8:00pm. The explosive joy of Christmas is summed up in this one exclamation. “Hodie”—or “Today”—is the word that begins many of the sacred texts sung on Christmas in the Middle Ages: Today Christ is born! Today the Savior appears! Today on earth the angels sing! The Medieval Women’s Choir unleashes its joy in sharing masterpieces of the season from cathedral, court, and countryside. Information and passes, www.medievalwomenschoir.org.

GREENING OF THE CATHEDRAL. On Friday, December 21 at 6:15pm, Cathedral Young Adults are invited to help decorate the Cathedral for Christmas. This is a fun evening for anyone in their 20’s or 30’s to come together to make the Cathedral even more beautiful for the Christmas season. We’ll start with pizza and cider and then head over to the Cathedral. This is a favorite event for young adults—we hope you can join us! RSVP required. Information or to RSVP, Curtis Leighton.

ADVENT GIVING TREE. This weekend is your last opportunity to take a tag from the St. James Giving Trees, located in the Cathedral and at Coffee Hour. This year, gifts will support Ozanam House, King County Juvenile Detention Center, Skagit Valley Youth Migrant Project, and PREPARES. All gifts must be turned in next Sunday, December 16, so that they can be distributed in time for Christmas. Thank you for your generosity.

EMAIL SCAM. In the past few months, there have been reports of parishioners and parish staff receiving emails claiming to be from their parish priest, and requesting that the recipient send gift cards or initiate wire transfers. Someone is setting up fake email addresses using the pastor’s name. This is happening across the Archdiocese of Seattle. Please be aware that this is a scam. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

Opportunities to Serve

HELP CREATE AND PREPARE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS. Do you have an hour or two to help prepare the giant ribbon oculus hanging for the Greening? Day and time flexible. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

WINTER SHELTER CHRISTMAS OPENINGS. Four nights a week, St. James welcomes 14 men over the age of 55 to spend the night in Cathedral Hall. Most evenings, we have plenty of volunteers. However, there is now a need for overnight hosts on the nights of December 24, 29, 30 and 31. What a wonderful way to celebrate the birth of our Lord by serving homeless men in our midst! Two overnight volunteers stay each night, and training is provided. To learn more about staying for one night or becoming a regular volunteer, contact Patrick Barredo, Director of Social Outreach and Advocacy, 206-382-4515.

ST. JAMES YOUNG ADULTS are sponsoring their annual Sock Drive for our neighbors in need and are looking for people to collect socks after each Mass at Coffee Hour. For the 5:30pm Mass, we are looking for someone to hold a bin to collect socks. Information, Jamerika Haynes, 206-382-4235.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THRIFT STORES. In this season of giving, please consider donating a bag of gently used clothes, a box of household items or a small piece of furniture to SVdP. The main drop-off location in Seattle is at 5950 Fourth Avenue South (a couple blocks north of Michigan Street), open 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Look for the big DONATIONS sign on the north side of the SVdP Food Bank building. Your donated items sell quickly through our thrift stores, with proceeds used to support local SVdP programs that help our neighbors in need. Items we cannot sell are typically given away at our Food Bank or recycled. You can also drop off items at SVdP thrift stores throughout King County (see www.svdpseattle.org for addresses and hours). While at the stores, enjoy exploring – you might find the perfect Christmas gift at the perfect price!

This Advent, do your Christmas shopping in the
Cathedral Bookstore
Open weekdays 11am-3pm and after each of the weekend Masses

Stop by the Cathedral Bookstore for gifts including medals and rosaries, children’s books, and hundreds of books on spirituality, history, theology, and much more! In addition, there are great Cathedral Christmas ornaments, snow globes, and Christmas cards.

Want to volunteer? 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 going to the RCIA website. Information, Kathleen McCabe, 206-382-2018.

NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA: MOZART ‘TIL MIDNIGHT Monday, December 31 at 11:00pm. Ring in the New Year with the St. James Cathedral Cantorei and Cathedral Chamber Orchestra as they present a festive program of the music of Mozart. His Vesperae solennes de confessore (Solemn Vespers), which includes the beloved Laudate Dominum for soprano soloist and choir, is the centerpiece of the concert. And, as always, there will be a Midnight Surprise! Information, 206-382-4874 or www.stjames-cathedral.org/music.

LGBT MINISTRY AT ST. MARY'S PARISH. LGBT Catholics are welcomed to an affirming 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 is Tuesday, December 11. This gathering will focus on the practice of centering prayer. Information, lgbtq.welcoming.ministry@gmail.com.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. Combine shopping trips to use less gas. And remember to bring your reusable shopping bags.


Second Week of Advent

Merciful God, human history has always been a history of life on the move. We are a people on a journey. We are grateful for the earth that sustains us, but we do not always take time to thank you. Too often lack compassion for our brothers and sisters who have been uprooted by violence, natural disasters and poverty.

God, no one is stranger to you. And no one is ever far from your loving care. In your kindness watch over migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, those separated from their loved ones. Bring them safely to the place where they long to be, and help us always to show your kindness to strangers and those in need. We ask this through Christ our Lord, who became a refugee and migrant. Amen.

CD OF SUNDAY MASS. Do you know someone who is unable to attend Sunday Mass but would appreciate staying connected by listening to the Mass on CD? Each Sunday, a faithful volunteer records and masters the 10:00am Mass, including the music, prayers, reading, and homilies. This CD is mailed at no charge to homebound parishioners and to “long-distance” parishioners around the country, along with a Sunday bulletin. If you or someone you know would like to be added to the list, contact Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

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 Immaculate Conception in Seattle and Everett; Our Lady of Guadalupe in Seattle; and St. Mary of Guadalupe in Ridgefield.


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