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September 8, 2019

Dear Friends,

Archbishops have been much in the news these days! Last Sunday at noon Mass we had a wonderful opportunity to bid farewell to Archbishop Sartain and to thank him for his years of loving ministry among us. Then, on Tuesday, we got word that Pope Francis had accepted Archbishop Sartain’s resignation and Archbishop Paul Etienne officially took the reins as our new archbishop.

Because we already celebrated Archbishop Etienne’s appointment as coadjutor at a Mass of Welcome when he first arrived here in June, there was no formal ‘passing of the torch’ on the day he took over as archbishop – only a simple celebration of the 5:30 evening Mass at which he presided and preached.

That same day, Archbishop Etienne released a letter to the people of the archdiocese which was immediately made available on the Northwest Catholic website (www.nwcatholic.org). I encourage you to read it because he sets forth in the letter a broad vision of the direction in which he intends to lead us Among other things, he makes clear that enabling all the people to come to know Christ and to live and preach his gospel in a compelling way is at the top of his agenda. He also intends to consult widely among the members of the Church, the priestly people of God, as he leads us.

In the days ahead, we will have the opportunity to come to know our new archbishop, Based upon the time I’ve been privileged to spend with him, I am confident that he is a leader who is committed to the great vision of Pope Francis and that you will like what you see!

I know Archbishop Etienne will count on the prayers of all of us in the coming days and years and I’m confident that we will be very much in his.

Welcome, Archbishop Etienne!

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 “Whoever does not carry their own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14) View from the Cathedral roof of the cross surmounting the Cathedral's west façade.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are offered in loving memory of David Pettigrew from his family.

CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. In the United States, one in six people live in poverty. Through the special collection we are taking up today, you are supporting programs that address the causes of poverty and provide a sustainable future for struggling people across the country. In addition, 25% of the funds collected will remain in our diocese to fund local antipoverty projects.

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.

SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH HOW CAN YOU RESPOND? SAFETALK TRAINING will be offered Sunday, September 15, 1:15- 5:15 pm, Pastoral Outreach Center. This half-day alertness training prepares anyone over the age of 15 to become alert to people with thoughts of suicide. Most people do not truly want to die, but are struggling with deep pain in their lives. SafeTALK-trained helpers can recognize signs of those seeking help and connect them with life-saving resources. $25 registration fee for materials; scholarships available. Proceeds will be donated to St. James MHWM Ministry. Refreshments provided. Information and registration, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

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.)

THE SEATTLE CHAPTER OF THE INTERNATIONAL THOMAS MERTON SOCIETY meets once a month (usually on the fourth Thursday of each month) to discuss Merton's writings and promote his works on prayer, peace, and building a deeper relationship with Christ. We invite you to join us! We meet at Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle's University District, at 5050 8th Ave NE, in the Aquinas Library, (adjacent to the Parish Hall) from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Information, Nina Butorac.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. We visited a middle-aged woman who had been living in a tent while coping with a stalker who was finally jailed shortly before our visit. When we visited, she had just moved into a government-subsidized apartment but had no income other than $192 in monthly foodstamps. We helped with rent and gave her a bed as she had no furniture. Your donations helped make her new life possible – thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

A GLIMPSE INTO THE MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS MINISTRY. Volunteer Patti P. is a retired registered nurse who has been volunteering for four years. Her particular interest is connecting with elderly individuals who are experiencing isolation and loneliness. She has been visiting and offering ministry of presence to several seniors in their homes. These elders might otherwise lack meaningful connections with others. Patti’s calm demeanor, gentle spirit and offering of support has truly enriched their lives. Patti feels her own life has been greatly enriched by this experience. Thank you, Patti, for serving our community in this very special way.

A WEEKLY TIP ON CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME. From Pope Francis’ 2019 message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation: “Each Christian man and woman, every member of the human family, can act as a thin yet unique and indispensable thread in weaving a network of life that embraces everyone. May we feel challenged to assume, with prayer and commitment, our responsibility for the care of creation.”

Opportunities to Serve

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.

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.

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.

STRIVING FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE. The St. James Care for Creation committee is co-sponsoring its Fall Ecology Film Series, October 7, 14 and 21, 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Holy Names Room of the Pastoral Outreach Center. Offerings include: Paris to Pittsburgh, Cowspiracy, and The Reluctant Radical. All are welcome. Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

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.

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 Holy Cross in Tacoma and Granite Falls, and St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Church in Seattle.


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