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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. The Baptism of the Lord (detail). Eustace Ziegler, 1950. St. James Cathedral Reconciliation Chapel.

ADVENT CELEBRATION AT TODAY’S COFFEE HOUR. We’re serving a hearty breakfast after the 8am Mass this morning, with bread pudding and fruit along with our usual coffee and orange juice. After the 10:00am and Noon Masses, join us for Christmas cookies and hot cocoa!

CHRISTMAS CROWDS. Parishioners, please note that the Christmas Eve Masses tend to be very crowded, with almost as many people standing as sitting at the 5:30pm Vigil and 10:00pm Masses. Let’s be as welcoming as possible to our guests and visitors during the coming holy days! If you prefer not to brave the crowds (and to keep your usual seat!), consider attending one of our Christmas Day Masses, especially the 8:00am, 10:00am or the 5:30pm on Tuesday, December 25.

CHRISTMAS EVE GREETERS NEEDED. Each year, nearly four thousand parishioners and visitors come to the Cathedral on Christmas Eve! We need your help to extend a warm welcome to every one of them. Please consider volunteering as a greeter to provide hospitality, answer basic questions, and hand out programs. Greeters get reserved seats for the Mass. We need greeters for both the 5:30pm Mass (arrive by 4:00pm) and the 10:00pm Mass (arrive by 7:45pm). Please contact Corinna Laughlin, 206-264-2086.

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE DEDICATION will be Friday, December 21 at the 5:30pm Mass. St. James Cathedral was dedicated on December 22, 1907. It was rededicated on December 22, 1994 following an extensive restoration and renovation. Each year, this anniversary is observed as a solemnity in the Cathedral. The Mass includes a procession with the lighting of the dedication candles. All are welcome!

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.

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!

SCAM ALERT! Cybercrime is hitting dioceses nationwide. If you receive a message from Father Ryan from a @gmail address asking for help or requesting you to purchase a gift card, please delete it. It is a scam! This email scam is happening across the country. When in doubt, contact the parish office to verify the legitimacy of any request you receive from the parish. Thank you! Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

COUNT US IN. St. James will participate in the annual count of people experiencing homelessness in the early hours of the morning of January 25, 2019. The purpose of the Count is to collect data on the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community. The count also provides an excellent opportunity to increase awareness of homelessness and to spark action. Register at https://kingcounty.pointintime.info/register.cfm and be sure to indicate that you want to join the St. James Cathedral team. It is also good to notify Patrick Barredo (206-382-4515) that you have registered.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. Instead of adding new ones this year, opt for edible or compostable ornaments like stringed popcorn or cranberries for garland. Making decorations can be a fun family activity.

Opportunities to Serve

AND THE RIBBONS WERE HUNG FROM THE OCULUS WITH CARE. But before that can happen all 84 very long ribbons must be repaired and rerolled in preparation. Care to help during the afternoon of December 19 or 20? Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED. 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. Information, Teddi Callahan, 206-264-2091.

ARE YOU GOOD WITH NAMES AND FACES? Children’s Faith Formation is in need of two more doorkeepers. Doorkeepers check children in and out of class and keep an eye on the hallways where classes occur. Most Sundays through June from 10:45am to 11:55am. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

HELP RAISE UP THE NEXT GENERATION OF CATHOLICS. Share your love of God and the Church with the youth of St James as a catechist or assistant catechist. Immediate openings in the upper grades. Most Sundays through June from 10:45am to 11:55am. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

JOIN WITH HUNDREDS OF CATHOLICS as we put our faith in action to advocate for our brothers and sisters in need on Catholic Advocacy Day in Olympia, Thursday, February 7, 2019. The day will include briefings on legislative issues, Mass and appointments with legislators. Register at www.ipjc.org by January 23. Sponsored by: Washington State Catholic Conference, Catholic Community/Housing Services, Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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


ADVENT GIVING TREE. Thank you to all who have supported this year’s Giving Tree. This is the final weekend to turn in your Giving Tree gifts, to Coffee Hour or the Bookstore. Our partners at the Frederick Ozanam House, the King County Juvenile Detention Center, the Skagit Valley Youth Migrant Project, and PREPARES thank you for your generous giving spirit!

THE ST. JAMES WINTER SHELTER can welcome up to 266 individuals in one month. Our hospitality provides toiletries, many of which are used one-time only. That means that many toothbrushes and razors are needed for our male guests. These donations are gratefully accepted, and can be brought to Coffee Hour or the Parish Office, or ordered for delivery to the Cathedral.

COMING IN JANUARY: NAMI PEER-TO-PEER SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, January 15 – March 5, 6:00 – 8:30pm, Pastoral Outreach Center, Mother Cabrini Room. NAMI peer-to-peer is a free 8-week educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Taught by a trained team of people who’ve been there, the program includes presentations, discussion, and interactive exercises. Everything is confidential and NAMI never recommends a specific medical therapy or treatment approach. “It made me feel I was not alone in coping with mental illness. It gave me hope that I could recover and that my life would not always be filled with chaos and it gave me positive role models to inspire me to strive for recuperation and success in life”. RSVP to Aislin Percival at 206-783-9264.


Third Week of Advent

Lord, when you came among us,
a star was seen in the heavens –
but only by those who looked.
A choir of angels was heard –
but only by those who listened.
No thunder, no storm,
no cataclysm announced you,
just the cry of a lowly refugee,
turning to everyone, saying,
“will you let me in?”

Today, every night is winter,
and every town is Bethlehem,
and every inn seems filled,
and on every ear those words are heard,
“will you let me in?”

May we have eyes to see the star,
may we have ears to hear the choir,
may we have hearts that finally speak.
Emmanuel, the Christmas promise,
light in each of us the courage
to walk along with the sojourner and stranger
as sister and brother,
welcoming as we too long to be welcomed,
truly family on a shared journey toward
Your loving embrace. Amen.

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. John in Vancouver and Seattle; St. John Mission in Montesano and Mukilteo; and St. John of the Woods in Tacoma.


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Seattle, Washington  98104
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