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This letter was in last Sunday’s bulletin, but I thought it was important to include it this week since so many of you were unable to be here last weekend.

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 “But now Christ has been raised from the dead.” The Resurrection of the Lord. South transept stained glass window, Charles Connick, artist, 1917.

NO YOUTH NIGHT. We will not have Youth Night tonight, February 17. Enjoy the long Presidents’ Day weekend.

PRESIDENTS’ DAY. The parish office will be closed on Monday, February 18, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

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.

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.

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.

DROP-IN ART GROUP takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from Noon–2:00pm. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

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.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU for your donations to the special collection taken for SVdP on the third Sunday of the month. Without your support, we could not provide material aid to residents of St James parish who call the SVdP Helpline (206-767-6449). Whether you drop a single dollar bill or many dollars into the SVdP collection basket, mail us a check or donate to SVdP online at the Cathedral website, we know it is important to you to help our neighbors in need. Each time we make a home visit to one of those neighbors, we have the privilege of accepting their deep gratitude for your help. Thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

BYRD ENSEMBLE CONCERT. A Polyphonic Feast: Renaissance Music for Special Occasions on Saturday, March 2 at 8:00pm. Featuring richly scored a cappella vocal music for six to eight parts by composers John Taverner and John Sheppard, the program showcases the musical styles that defined the height of the Renaissance in England. The centerpiece of this concert is Taverner’s large-scale mass Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas, written for Trinity Sunday. Information and passes, www.byrdensemble.com.

JOIN THE IMMIGRATION CHAMPIONS. In collaboration with a neighbor church, we are organizing a team to participate in the need for a strong public show of support for a family in sanctuary sometime soon. This will likely take the form of a vigil at the USCIS building in Tukwila. We won't know when—neither date nor time—until shortly before the event and it will be on a weekday. Information, Caroline Okello, 206-382-4511.

JOIN OUR IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE TEAM ON A MARYKNOLL IMMERSION TRIP TO EL PASO, TX, July 6-12, 2019, as we put a human face on complex border issues. We will explore the realities, challenges, and interconnectedness with our sisters and brothers on the border. Experience first-hand how economic and immigration policies affect people. Deepen your faith through encounter with their hopes, joys, and struggles. Information, Caroline Okello, 206-382-4511.


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

HOW TO SET ACHIEVABLE HEALTH, WELLNESS & SPIRITUAL GOALS FOR LENT AND BEYOND. Are you considering “giving up” something for Lent? Have your New Year’s resolutions become a distant memory? Do setting personal goals too often leave you with feelings of shame or self-doubt? Learn how to set achievable goals from a place of plenty rather than lack, and the distinction between value and behavior. Presenter, David Teachout is a licensed mental health counselor who has studied theology and psychology and is a mental group facilitator and coach. Sunday, March 10, Pastoral Outreach Center, 1:30-3:00 pm. A light lunch will be served. Information or to RSVP, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

TAI CHI CLASSES are held on Fridays in the Pastoral Outreach Center, 5-6 pm. All levels welcome!

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.

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. Peter in Seattle and the mission churches of St. Peter in Deming, Suquamish, and Tenino.


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