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February 10, 2019

Dear Friends,

You will no doubt notice that the crucifix hanging near the altar of the Cathedral is not the one you are used to. It saddens me to have to tell you that that crucifix was severely damaged some days ago when a deranged person managed to get behind it and send it crashing to the floor. We have been told by a skilled art conservator that she will be able to restore it but that it will most likely take many months to do so. I find this reassuring because the crucifix is beloved of many and has been in the Cathedral for 70 years. Since the renovation of 1994 it has not only stood near the altar but has led many a procession into the Cathedral on great feasts and solemnities.

The beautiful icon cross that now hangs in its place is the work of our Cathedral iconographer, Joan Brand-Landkamer, whose icons regularly grace our liturgical celebrations. Over the years, Joan has written upwards of 40 icons for the Cathedral.

A mindless act of destruction is heart-breaking and difficult to understand. I am hoping in this case that it will prompt you to pray for the person responsible and to pray for all people who live with the awful scourge of mental illness.

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 “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” James hears the call of the Lord. Doorstop of the Ceremonial Bronze Doors, St. James Cathedral. Ulrich Henn, artist.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. After living on the streets over two years while battling addiction issues, a middle-aged man – now proudly sober – moved into a subsidized apartment and asked for our help. His Social Security Disability Income pays his rent and gives him enough cash each month to buy food and other necessities. But he could not afford a bed. With your financial support, we gave him a new bed to get him off the floor, better rested and better able to cope with sleep apnea. A bright man, he now plans to take college courses to become a paraprofessional. Your help changes lives. Thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

BABYSITTERS NEEDED. St. James Cathedral offers babysitting for children ages 1-4 during the 10 am and 12:00pm Sunday Masses, during baptism preparation classes, and for special events. Two paid babysitters, who are over the age of 18 and have gone through Safe Environment Training, are on duty at all times. We currently have openings for additional staff. If you like working with children and want to provide a valuable service to the young families of our parish, please apply. Information, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

NEW! TAI CHI CLASSES at St. James Cathedral, Fridays from 5–6pm (note time change), Pastoral Outreach Center. Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health. Classes are for all ages and all levels of fitness. Seniors are welcome! Information, Nancy Granger.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. Travel lightly! Avoiding trips by car and airplane reduces greenhouse gas emissions and makes a big difference for our planet. Walk, use a bicycle, or take public transportation. This tip comes from World Youth Day 2019.

CAPPELLA ROMANA CONCERT Friday, February 22 at 8:00pm, Cappella Romana, conducted by Blake Applegate of Oregon’s Cantores in Ecclesia and the Byrd Festival, presents a program of Renaissance music in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, featuring Heinrich Isaac’s transcendent Virgo Prudentissima and the Missa de Beata Virgine by Josquin des Prez. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:00pm on the second floor of Cathedral Place (803 Terry Avenue). Information and passes, www.cappellaromana.org.

ST. JAMES WINTER SHELTER. Are you looking for a way to be a part of the solution to our area’s homelessness crisis? There are currently openings for volunteers to stay overnight on the 1st or 2nd Sundays of the month. Overnighters welcome up to 14 men, aged 50 and older. Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

THE ST. JAMES HOUSING ADVOCACY COMMITTEE (SJHAC) invites you to join them at a public meeting on the Fort Lawton Redevelopment Plan for affordable housing, on Monday, February 11, 5:15pm-8:15pm at Catharine Blaine School (2550–34th Ave W). The meeting will include an open house to ask city staff and community partners questions as well as participate in public comment. SJHAC also invites you to the upcoming Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day, sponsored by the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, on Thursday, February 28. Let your lawmakers know that you care about finding solutions to the affordable housing and homelessness crisis in Washington. Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

VAN DRIVER NEEDED. Our Sunday van ministry is an important outreach to senior parishioners who would not be able to get to 10am Mass on Sunday if it weren’t for our drivers. Right now we have a need for just one driver on the third Sunday of the month. All training provided; background check required. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

LGBTQ CATHOLICS are welcomed to a 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, February 12. Come celebrate our unique spiritual gifts (Eph 4:11) in an affirming community. Information, lgbtq.welcoming.ministry@gmail.com.


7:00pm, Holy Names Room
SISTER ALEXANDRA KOVATS, CSJP, draws upon the timeless wisdom of nature, the insights of scientists, native people, scripture, theologians and mystics, emphasizing the Christian responsibility to listen to and live in harmony with Earth and to be co-creators with God in shaping the future.

7:00pm, Holy Names Room
CORINNA LAUGHLIN offers a whirlwind tour (and show and tell!) of the men and women who built up the Church in Western Washington.

7:00pm, Holy Names Room
FATHER TOM LUCAS, SJ, rector of the Jesuit community at Seattle University, explores Rembrandt’s depiction of the face of Christ.

7:00pm, Holy Names Room
LT. GOV. CYRUS HABIB, a parishioner at St. James Cathedral, shares about how he brings his Catholic faith to bear in the political arena.

Information, Maria Laughlin

SPECIAL YOUTH NIGHT TONIGHT. Join us this Sunday as we prepare for the coming Lenten season by making the ashes that will be used at the beginning of Lent. Corinna Laughlin, Director of Liturgy, will be our guest as we reflect on what this symbolic transformation can mean for us. Be sure to wear clothes that you can get dirty, and feel free to bring old blessed palms for burning. We meet from 6:30-8:30 in the Pastoral Outreach Center.

NO YOUTH NIGHT NEXT WEEKEND. We will not have Youth Night next weekend, February 17. Enjoy the long Presidents’ Day weekend. SAVE THE DATE Our annual Youth Ministry Oscar Party will be Sunday, February 24 at 5:30pm. Black tie not required (but encouraged)! Come for a chance to win prizes and guess this year’s best films.

Information, Curtis Leighton, 206-264-2082

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 souvenirs, including rosaries, notecards, postcards, snow globes, keyrings, as well as books exploring Cathedral art and history.

Information, 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 St. Bernadette in Seattle, Our Lady of Lourdes in Seattle and Vancouver, and Our Lady of Lourdes Mission in Wilkeson.


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