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July 14, 2019

Dear Friends,

I regret to inform you that the beautiful statue of Mary and the Child Jesus that has graced our Mary shrine for the past twenty-two years was badly damaged this past week in a fit of rage by a very disturbed person. The statue will be able to be restored, but it will take time. Meanwhile, we will temporarily replace it with another statue of Our Lady, as soon as we can be assured that it will be secure.

The recent acts of vandalism in and around the Cathedral in recent weeks and months are a great concern. I’m sure you are all aware of the damage done not long ago to the Great Cross (currently undergoing restoration) and to the Seat of Wisdom statue in the courtyard (already repaired). Each of these artworks are an important part of the holiness of this place, ‘sacraments’ of God’s presence among us.

It is no secret that—despite all the efforts—our city has shown itself incapable of dealing with the severe problems brought about by chronic homelessness, mental illness, and drug use. It’s no secret, either, that the people who come here are more important than any of the beautiful things we cherish, no matter how sacred. But having said that, I ask you to pray that, in the days ahead, we will be able to find the balance we need in order to be not only a welcoming place but a safe place, and a haven of prayer and peace for all who come here.

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 The Resurrection of the Lord. Detail of the south transept stained glass window. Charles Connick, artist.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are offered in memory of Janet Ryan Pasha from Lisa and Michael Forbes.

CATHOLIC HISTORY PILGRIMAGE TODAY, Sunday, July 14 at 11:15am (following the 10:00am Mass), Melissa Connolley, M.Div. will lead a prayerful walk through Seattle’s historic “Catholic Hill,” including some of the many churches, convents, and Catholic institutions in our neighborhood. The pilgrimage will begin and end at St. James Cathedral and will take about two hours. Gather in the Cathedral Courtyard near the statue of Mary. Information, Corinna Laughlin, 206-264-2086.

MASTER GARDENER CLINIC. The Washington State University Master Gardeners have teamed up with the St. James Cathedral’s Kitchen Garden to host a plant clinic TODAY Sunday, July 14, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. These trained volunteers can provide guidance and resources on gardening, plant problems, plant identification, pest management, soil improvements, and more. You are welcome to bring plant or insect specimens. This event is free and open to the public. The Kitchen Garden is located at the SE corner of Madison Street and Terry Avenue.

THURSDAY EVENING ADORATION. Immediately following the 5:30pm Mass on Thursday evenings, all are invited to a time of quiet prayer and adoration with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

SOCIAL OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER. To receive this monthly newsletter, highlighting parishioners, events and information regarding the Cathedral’s work with the marginalized, email outreach@stjames-cathedral.org.

PILGRIMAGE WALK FROM WEST SEATTLE TO ST. JAMES. Consider joining Catholics from the West Seattle parishes on a pilgrimage walk to the Cathedral celebrating the Feast of St. James the Apostle. The walk, inspired by the ancient pilgrimage walk from France to the Cathedral of St. James in Compostela, Spain, is just over seven miles. We will leave from the Guadalupe parking lot on Sunday, July 21 at 6:30 a.m. and arrive at the cathedral in time for the 10 am Mass. Return to W. Seattle by a pre-arranged ride or city bus. Information or to register, Robert Fontana, 509-731-6012.

CATHEDRAL CHOIR & WOMEN’S SCHOLA AUDITIONS. Music Director Joseph Adam will be holding auditions over the summer for membership in the Cathedral Choir and the Women of St. James Schola. Cathedral Choir singers must have a good comfort level of reading music, attend Thursday night rehearsals, and sing at the Sunday 10:00am Mass and other liturgical events. The Women of St. James Schola come from many musical backgrounds and skill levels, and meet at 4:00pm on Sundays to sing for 5:30pm Mass. Schola repertoire includes unison chant and 2-3 part motets. For more information about the required commitment of these ensembles and to schedule an audition, contact Marjorie Bunday, 206-382-4874.

REPORT FROM ST VINCENT DE PAUL. Your SVdP donations made it possible for our Cathedral Vincentians to do 130 home visits during April, May & June and help 228 low (or no) income residents of St James parish who struggle to pay for life's necessities, such as rent, electricity, beds, food, clothes and basic hygiene products. Your generosity is great, but we continue to be asked for more help than we can provide, especially with the high rents in central Seattle. That means we and those we serve are deeply grateful for every dollar you share with SVdP – thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. One of the highest-ranked personal actions that can reduce our carbon foot print is reducing food waste. Food waste is a major source of greenhouse gases, mostly in the form of methane, a pollutant at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Easy ways to improve your food lifestyle:

  • Beef’s carbon footprint is twice that of pork and four times that of chicken.
  • Consider observing “meatless Monday”
  • Reduce food waste by planning ahead and storing food correctly
  • Use smaller plates - you will probably eat less and be healthier too

JOIN THE ST. JAMES WINTER SHELTER TEAM! From October through April, the St. James community welcomes 14 homeless men to sleep in Cathedral Hall on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights. Volunteers can serve as overnight hosts (8pm-7:30am) or breakfast providers (6am-7:30am). Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

ARE YOU A REGISTERED PARISHIONER AT ST. JAMES? Many who attend St. James regularly and consider the Cathedral their parish have never officially registered. We strongly encourage you to register. Registered parishioners receive important mailings from the Cathedral. You can register online.

ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Be sure to follow the Cathedral on social media for up-to-date information about ongoing events in the life of the Cathedral! On Instagram: @stjamescathedral. On Facebook and Twitter: @stjamesseattle.

Did you know the Cathedral has a podcast? Father Ryan’s homilies are available on iTunes. Just search “St. James Cathedral, Seattle” on Apple podcasts. And of course, you can always visit the Cathedral website for up to date information on Cathedral happenings.

BAPTISM OF INFANTS & YOUNG CHILDREN (under the age of 7) is celebrated monthly at one of the weekend Masses. To prepare for this most important sacrament, parents and godparents participate in a series of classes to update their understanding of baptism, to reflect on their responsibility to guide their children in the practice of the faith, and to learn about the many ways our parish supports families. Please allow at least two months for preparation. Information, Julianna Castro, 206-619-0816.

DID YOU KNOW THAT ST. JAMES OFFERS A MONTHLY FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP for family members of loved ones living with mental illness? The group typically meets on the last Saturday of the month 3:00–4:30 pm; however, for the month of July, we will meet on July 20. Contact Terry Proctor to learn if this group may be something you could benefit from.

VOLUNTEER SERVICE AND WELCOMING SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY FOR OLDER ADULTS! Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (JV EnCorps) is now accepting applications for 2019-20. JV EnCorps, a program of JVC Northwest, facilitates rewarding opportunities for service, community and spiritual formation for adults 50 and older who are committed to social and ecological justice. During their ten months of part-time volunteer service, participants meet monthly for fellowship, reflection and to explore the values of community, spirituality, simple living and social and ecological justice. Priority application deadline: August 31. Information, visit www.jvencorps.org or JVESeattle@jvcnorthwest.org.

WOLVES 101. Come join the St. James Care for Creation team on August 3 as we tour Wolfhaven Sanctuary and learn about wolves and their importance in our own home. We will have a guided walk through the preserve with the chance to see up to 12 grey and Mexican wolves, as well as an educational course on wolves in North America, including pack habits, present dangers, how wolves communicate, and more! Reserve a space by July 20, and indicate if you would like to carpool from St James, leaving at 9:00am, or meet at Wolfhaven at 10:00am. Information, Luke Henkel, 850-341-1116.

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. Bridget in Seattle, St. Ann in Seattle, Tacoma, and Forks, and St. Olaf in Poulsbo. We also pray for the nuns of the Carmelite Monastery of St. Joseph in Shoreline.


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