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November 10, 2019

Dear Friends,

We began the month of November with beautiful celebrations of the liturgy on both All Saints and All Souls Days. Particularly memorable was the Mass a week ago Friday, the Vigil of All Souls, when the Cathedral Choir and Orchestra performed the Mozart Requiem. The Cathedral was full of people from near and far. The Mass was riveting in its prayerfulness and the music was, of course, magnificent. It was a fitting way to remember and to commend to a merciful and loving God all the people—many of them family members and friends—who have died, some of them recently, others long years ago. Happily, the Church each year gives us the whole month of November to remember the souls of the faithful departed in our prayers. It’s both our duty and our privilege to do this and it should draw all of us more closely together in the great Communion of Saints.

Speaking of the Communion of Saints: you are no doubt aware that every November, on the front of the weekly bulletin, we print the names of a growing list of people I have come to think of as among the “saints” of St. James Cathedral. They are generous people who, over the years, have made a bequest to the Cathedral in their will. I hope you will look over that list of names. Some of them you may recognize but whether you do or not, please do take a moment to offer a prayer for them and to give thanks to God for their generosity. The largest of the bequests represented among those names were as much as one million dollars; the smallest were in the hundreds. In each case, whether large or small, their generosity has helped us to carry on our mission as a parish. We would never be able to do what we do were it not for their help. May God grant each one of them eternal light, rest, and peace!

At the end of the 10:00 Mass today we will take a moment to thank Sister Anne Herkenrath for her decades of service to our parish. In the near future, she will be moving to Marylhurst, Oregon (near Portland), where she will join other Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in a retirement community. It will be coming full circle for her because that’s exactly where she began her religious life as a postulant and novice some seventy years ago!

Bidding farewell to Sister Anne is a painful thing for me and for everyone who knows and loves her. In so many ways, she has been right at the heart of this parish for all the many years she has served here. When I arrived here as pastor in 1988, Sister Anne is the one I depended upon more than anyone else to show me “the ropes,” and to help me find my way. I could never have done it without her. Over the years, we became dear friends as she guided me with her down-to-earth wisdom, put up with my idiosyncrasies, inspired me by her love for Jesus and for the Church, and got me to slow down and smile when the challenges were great. So many of us have our Sr. Anne stories and we will tell them as long as we live!

I hope you will find an opportunity today or in the near future to express your gratitude to her and to wish her well on this newest stage of her pilgrimage of life and faith. And please join me in praying for her – that her transition to Marylhurst will be a smooth one, that she will know deep peace, and that she will continue to enjoy the love and company of family and friends who love her beyond measure!

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 During the month of November we pray for all our beloved dead, and in a special way those who remembered the Cathedral in their will over these past thirty years.

FLOWERS AT THE ALTAR are offered by John and Sue Ferguson in loving memory of John B. Ferguson on the 20th anniversary of his death.

CATHEDRAL ESPRESSO. This month, all espresso sales benefit the Cathedral Kitchen. The Espresso Cart is open at coffee hour after the 10:00am Mass.

WHITE POPPIES FOR PEACE. The Veterans for Peace of Seattle have once again shared white poppies for peace with Cathedral parishioners. You are invited to pick one up in Cathedral Hall this morning, to remember the victims of war, and to honor them by working to prevent future wars. The White Poppy Movement started over eighty years ago in Britain by the Peace Pledge Union, and is intended to honor all victims of war, both military and civilian.

POSITION OPEN: CUSTODIAN. St. James Cathedral has an opening for a custodian to perform basic janitorial and floor care responsibilities. This person will also work with the Cathedral Facilities staff in setting up for special events and basic maintenance tasks. This is a full time position with an Archdiocesan Benefits package. To receive a job description and details, interested applicants should download the Seattle Archdiocesan Job Application at: http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/Assets/HR/6652_EmploymentApp2016Parish.pdf and send it with a resume, via e-mail, to Tang Nguyen.

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.

FREE TAI CHI CLASSES AT ST. JAMES. Tai Chi classes have resumed after a summer hiatus. Instructor Mark Krimmel has recently been trained in Tai Chi for Rehabilitation by Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi Institute for Health, and enjoys sharing this practice with his patients and community. Tai Chi practice improves balance, wellness and mindfulness. We are grateful to Mark for sharing his time and expertise with the Cathedral community. Join us Thursdays from 6-7pm in the Holy Names Room, Pastoral Outreach Center. Information, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES. If you have trouble hearing the spoken word during Mass, the Cathedral offers assisted listening devices which provide crystal clear sound. Listening devices are always available to borrow—just ask an usher. In addition, if you are a regular who would like to purchase your own listening device to use whenever you come to Mass, please contact Corinna Laughlin at 206-264-2086.

THANKSGIVING FOOD COLLECTION. At the Thanksgiving Day Mass on November 28 at 9:30am, please bring your offerings of non-perishable food for the Cathedral Kitchen and the Food Bank at St. Mary’s. Your support is greatly appreciated! Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

SAVE THE DATE. The annual St. James Advent Bazaar will be on Sunday, December 8 after all three morning Masses. This is a time to shop for crafts, music and Ethical/Fair Trade goods. If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

SAVE THE DATE: CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY—TO BETHLEHEM AND BEYOND! Mark your calendar for our annual gathering of fun, food and faith. Saturday, December 21 from 10am to 1pm in Cathedral Hall. All families with at least one child and at least one adult welcome! RSVP required. Information Theresa Van de Ven (206) 219-5822.

CARE FOR CREATION TIP. Cooler temperatures can lower tire pressure and under-inflated tires reduce your car’s fuel efficiency. Check that your tires are inflated to the proper pressure. And while you’re at it, check your car service records; is it time to rotate your tires yet? By regularly rotating your tires, you make sure your tires wear evenly. Regular rotation can extend your tire life and improve your gas mileage.

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT DINNER: NOVEMBER 16. Many couples do not have the support of extended family because they are transplants to the Seattle area. All the more reason for our parish to offer opportunities for married couples to connect with others who are in the same boat and to build community in the process! Please join us for our next dinner on Saturday, November 16, at 6:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Babysitting provided in the Mother Cabrini Room. RSVP is required. Information and registration, Suzanne Lee, 206-654-4640.

Opportunities to Serve

MINISTRY OF PRESENCE IN THE CATHEDRAL. Each weekday in the Cathedral, a volunteer sits at a desk in the northeast corner of the Cathedral near the Mary Shrine, available to answer questions, accept prayer requests, and greet visitors who stop in between 1:00pm-4:00pm. It’s a quiet time to pray, read, and be present to those who come to the Cathedral, often people in need. We are currently looking for volunteers who might cover one afternoon each month, beginning in December. If you’d enjoy some quiet time in the Cathedral, we’d love to have you be a part of this ministry. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SEEKS NEW MEMBERS. Do you seek spiritual growth? Do you want to help the poor in our parish? Do you enjoy meeting people and listening as they tell you about their joys and burdens? Can you carve a few hours out of your busy life a few times each month to volunteer? Then please consider volunteering with St Vincent de Paul at the Cathedral! To learn more, visit us at our Ministries Fair table at coffee hour or contact Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158 or bobclifford53@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEERS ARE THE BACKBONE OF OUR MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS MINISTRY! If you have experience in supporting those who live with mental health challenges and are interested in volunteering, contact Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

SUPPORT THE WINTER SHELTER. Thank you to all who support the St. James Winter Shelter, in your prayers, your service, and your support. At this time, we are in need of Spray deodorant, Large tubes of toothpaste, Cough drops, Hand Warmers, Travel-size Tissues and Lip Balm. Items can be brought to Coffee Hour, or dropped off or mailed to the Parish Office. Thank you! Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

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CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD’S BLESSINGS to Kenny Salvador Lewis, Maylee Lourdes Lewis, Sophie Torrella Mark, Charlotte Blake Noonan, Madelyn Patricia Peck, Emery Grace Hi'ilani Totten, & Jeremiah John Ka'ulupali Totten, baptized in the Cathedral on Sunday, October 27. We welcome with joy these newest members of the family of faith.

REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Albert Acena.

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. Hubert in Langley, St. Frances Cabrini in Tacoma, and St. Martin of Tours in Fife.


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