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September 1, 2019

Dear Friends,

As Archbishop Sartain prepares to take his leave of us, I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to him for his years of faithful service as Archbishop of Seattle.

From the day we first met back in 2010, it was clear to me that God had sent a humble, holy shepherd to lead this archdiocese. Everything that happened over the next nine years has only served to reinforce that initial impression. Not only did he shepherd this church with personal holiness and deep humility, he also brought to this ministry a warmth, a wisdom, and a quiet hoy that was evident whenever he was with us.

And he loved this Cathedral! Every time he spoke to me about it, he referred to it as “our Cathedral.” He loved leading us in prayer, preaching the Word, celebrating the sacraments, meeting parishioners, and taking time to visit with people living on the margins.

I was privileged to spend a fair amount of time with Archbishop Sartain over his years here, and in all my dealings with him I found him to be unfailingly kind, wonderfully affirming, a good listener, and every inch a Christian gentleman. To say that I will miss him is an understatement.

I know that all of you join me in praying God's richest blessings on Archbishop Sartain. And please pray in a special way for his strength and good health. Although he will be returning to the South were he will be close to his family, he will remain a priest of this archdiocese and, just as importantly, he will continue to have an important place in our hearts and in our prayers.

Ad multos annos, Archbishop Sartain!

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 “Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord, and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.” (Verse before the Gospel.) The cover image is Archbishop Sartain’s crosier.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are offered in memory of John Carmack on the first anniversary of his death, from John Gooding. Flowers are also given in thanksgiving for Archbishop Sartain's nine years in our midst, from the Cathedral Parish.

MONDAY IS LABOR DAY. On Monday, September 2, Labor Day, the Parish Office will be closed. There will be one Mass in the Cathedral at 9:00am. The Cathedral will remain open for prayer until 4:00pm.

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 fine out more on Wednesday, September 4, at 7:00pm in the Fireside Room (lower level of the Pastoral Outreach Center at 907 Columbia Street). Please use the courtyard entrance to access the Fireside Room. All are welcome, no RSVP needed.

HUNTHAUSEN GOLF TOURNAMENT THANK YOU. A huge thank you to all who participated in the Hunthausen Golf Tournament on Monday, August 26, whether you were a sponsor, player, dinner guest, or auction donor. Your participation made a big difference and helped us raise over $150,000 to support our Cathedral outreach ministries, especially the Cathedral Kitchen. Special thanks to Pagliacci Pizza, Macrina Bakery, the Archdiocese of Seattle, Proliance Surgeons, Jim Sinegal, and an anonymous donor for your incredible support. Thanks also to our hosts, Glendale Country Club!

Sacred Steps
Sacramental Moments at St. James

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Mai Pham and Larry Beetham.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION customarily begins when a child is five years old and/or in the 1st grade. St James also offers First Communion preparation for older children as well as for children with special needs. Preparation begins the 2nd Sunday of September. A brief family meeting is required before beginning preparation. Information, Brenda Bellamy, Director of Children’s Faith Formation, 206-274-3108.

REGISTER FOR YOUTH CONFIRMATION NOW. Preparation classes for the Sacrament of Confirmation will begin Sunday, September 15 for high school age candidates (grades 9-12). Keep an eye out for a mailing with more information on youth confirmation or contact Curtis Leighton, Youth Minister. To download the registration form, visit www.stjames-cathedral.org/kids and click the link that says “CFF Registration”; be sure to mark the box that says “My child is ready to prepare for Confirmation.” (Please note that the adult Confirmation program begins in February 2020.)

SAFETALK TRAINING Sunday, September 15, 1:15-5:15pm, Pastoral Outreach Center. This is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to become alert to people with thoughts of suicide. Most people don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. SafeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and is tailored for diverse audiences. SafeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, using their knowledge and compassion to identify and avert suicide risks. $25 registration fee. SafeTALK will donate all proceeds to our Mental Health Ministry. Refreshments provided. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. We visited an elderly woman who used to work in hospice care. Despite health problems and faltering memory, she continues to serve others by helping her neighbors in need. She lives on food stamps and federal disability payments but forgot to submit paperwork necessary to continue to qualify for those benefits. For three months she received no food stamps, and her disability payments stopped. We offered help with food and rent, but she chose to put all our money toward rent because she was so afraid of eviction. Your donations make this help possible–thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

THE ESOTERICS CONCERT–KVANDAL & BÄCK: A DOUBLE CENTENNIAL, Saturday, September 14 at 8:00pm. The Esoterics celebrate the life and work of two Scandinavians born eight days apart in September, 1919: the Norwegian composer Johan Kvandal, and the Swedish composer Sven-Erik Bäck. Featuring all twelve of Bäck’s Motets for the church year in Swedish, as well as all of Johan Kvandal’s sacred works for unaccompanied choir. Information, www.TheEsoterics.org. Pay-what-you-can parishioner passes, musicoffice@stjames-cathedral.org.

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.

Opportunities to Serve

CATHEDRAL CHOIR & WOMEN’S SCHOLA AUDITIONS. Auditions are still being held for membership in the Cathedral Choir and the Women of St. James Schola – choirs return on September 15. 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. Information, 206-382-4874 or musicoffice@stjames-cathedral.org.

OPENINGS IN THE CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE. We currently have several openings for volunteers in the Cathedral Bookstore, on Saturday evenings and Sundays after the 8:00am, Noon, and 5:30pm Masses. If you love books and religious items, and can handle basic computer tasks, this might be the ministry for you! Must be a registered parishioner; background check required. All training will be provided! Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

SHARE YOUR LOVE OF GOD AND THE CHURCH WITH THE CHILDREN OF ST JAMES. Join the team of catechists in the Children’s Faith Formation program as a lead, assistant or substitute. Classes meet most Sundays, September through June from 11:00am to 11:45am. Training, support and materials provided. Required 2019-2020 kick-off meeting on Saturday, September 7. Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

SUBSTITUTE GLEANERS NEEDED. The Cathedral Kitchen can use a few more substitute gleaners who can volunteer on short notice and help with our gleaning while our regularly scheduled gleaners are away. Gleaners drive the Cathedral Kitchen van and go out in the morning to local supermarkets and collect food (fruits, vegetables, milk, deli items, etc.) These items are used in our daily meals. It’s fun and rewarding! Information, Teddi Callahan, 206-264-2091.

JOIN THE ST. JAMES WINTER SHELTER TEAM! Are you looking for a concrete way to respond to homelessness in our city? St. James Cathedral offers emergency shelter on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights from October through April. One of the Corporal Works of Mercy is to shelter the homeless. If you are available one night a month, please consider joining the Winter Shelter team. All training is provided. Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

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. Teresa of Calcutta in Woodinville, St. Rose of Viterbo in Longview, and Our Lady of Mt. Virgin in Seattle.


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