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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 Our Lady of Grace (detail). Artist unknown, 1907. North transept, St. James Cathedral.

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.

ADVENT GIVING TREE THANKS. 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!

RACIAL JUSTICE DIALOGUES. Today’s scriptures remind us that God brings peace, “for now his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth.” How do we join in the work to bring peace and healing? Join us for this five-week series for parishioners who desire to more deeply explore questions at the intersection of faith and racial justice. Mondays, January 21–February 25. Registration required by January 15 at http://www.stjames-cathedral.org/immigrant. Information, Christopher Koehler, 206-382-4511.

DETENTION LOTTERY. Join us for an immersive theatre experience set in a US immigration detention center. This is a dynamic and deeply moving play based on the direct experience of immigration attorneys from Seattle. Please note that this performance is not suitable for younger audiences. January 24 at 7:00 PM in Cathedral Hall. RSVP to Christopher Koehler, 206-382-4511.

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, 206-783-9264.

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.

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.

Opportunities to Serve

THE CATHEDRAL KITCHEN NEEDS a dishwasher on Fridays. The shift is from 4:00-6:00pm. 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.

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.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. One of our members recently answered a phone call at the SVdP Helpline (206-767-6449) from a dad living in a nearby parish with his two pre-school boys. He cried as he struggled to ask, “Is there any way you can help me buy Christmas gifts for my sons?” The good news is his request was then handled by the local SVdP group in his area. Meanwhile, another local parish (St Jude in Redmond) gave us QFC and Target gift cards to share with a few St James families in need of Christmas help. Among those we visited was a man who lives only a few blocks from the Cathedral with his wife and four children, ages 1 to 12. When we handed this man Christmas gift cards, he and his wife responded with tears of gratitude, hugs and many cries of “God bless!” Thank you for helping us dry the tears of some men and cause others to cry with joy – your donations to SVdP make a difference in many of our neighbors’ lives! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

Do your last-minute 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.

THANK YOU FROM THE COFFEE HOURR. Last Sunday, a team of high school volunteers from the Bellevue chapter of the National League of Young Men and their mothers came to serve the breakfast following the 8am Mass. The Coffee Hour staff would like to extend their thanks to everyone who helped out! We really appreciated your coming so early in the morning and taking such good care of our parish family.

THANK YOU FROM THE CATHEDRAL KITCHEN. Thank you, Pagliacci Pizza, for providing your amazing pizza to our Cathedral Kitchen on Thursday, December 20. With your help we served more than 180 dinner guests. Thank you Horizon House for donating freshly made lasagna to our Cathedral Kitchen during December. Thank you to the J.P. Morgan Seattle Office Group, for your donations of a variety of non-perishable food items to our Cathedral Kitchen and for volunteering in December. We appreciate all you help and support!

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BECOMING CATHOLIC. Are you, a family member, or a friend interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? Come and see! You’re invited to a no-strings-attached gathering to ask questions and find out more on Wednesday, January 9 at 7:00pm in the Fireside Room (lower level of the Pastoral Outreach Center at 907 Columbia Street). All are welcome; no RSVP needed.

ROSARY. All are welcome to join with a group of parishioners who pray the rosary together in the Chapel, Monday through Saturday at 7:40am.


Fourth Week of Advent

"Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you.”
(Matthew 2:13)

Good and gracious God,
as we reflect upon the difficult journey
that the Holy Family faced as refugees in Egypt,
help us to remember the suffering
of all migrant families.

Protect those who travel in danger,
and lead them to a place of safety and peace.
Comfort those who are alone and afraid
because their families have been torn apart
by violence and injustice.

Through the intercession of Mary our Mother,
and St. Joseph the Worker, her spouse,
may all migrants be reunited
with their loved ones
and find the meaningful work they seek.

Open our hearts so that we may provide
hospitality for all who come in search of refuge.
Give us the courage to welcome every stranger
as Christ in our midst.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. 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.Stephen the Martyr in Renton, Prince of Peace Mission in Belfair, and St. Mary in Anacortes and Marysville.


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Seattle, Washington  98104
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