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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 Virgin and Child with Six Saints (detail of the face of St. John the Baptist). Neri di Bicci, ca. 1456. St. James Cathedral Chapel.

FLOWERS IN THE NORTH TRANSEPT are the gift of Bridget Cooley on the fifth anniversary of the death of her mother Ann McIntyre.

MEDIEVAL WOMEN’S CHOIR ADVENT CONCERT is on Saturday, December 7 at 8:00pm, NOT on December 14 as mistakenly printed in last week’s bulletin.

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

NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT PASSES & JUBILATE! ADVENT WREATHS will be sold at the Advent Bazaar today, Sunday, December 8.

YOUTH NIGHT THIS SUNDAY. Teens, join us this Sunday evening for our fun, faith-filled weekly Youth Night from 6:30-8:30pm in the Pastoral Outreach Center.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. Because December 8 falls on a Sunday this year, the Solemnity of Mary’s Immaculate Conception will be observed on Monday, December 9. Masses will be at 8:15am and 5:30pm.

CHRISTMAS GREETERS NEEDED. Each year, thousands of parishioners and visitors come to the Cathedral on Christmas Eve! We need your help to extend a warm welcome to every one of them. Please consider volunteering as a greeter to provide hospitality, answer basic questions, and hand out programs. Greeters get reserved seats for the Mass. We need greeters for both the 5:30pm Mass (greet from 4:00pm-5:15pm) and the 10:00pm Mass (greet from 7:45pm-9:00pm). Information, Corinna Laughlin.

HELP GET THE CATHEDRAL READY FOR CHRISTMAS. In preparation for Christmas, the Cathedral Guild will be having a cleaning party on Saturday, December 21. We will be working from 9 am until noon. Pizza will be provided at the end of the event. All skill levels are welcome! Information or to RSVP, Julie Sharples.

TOY DRIVE FOR MIGRANT FAMILIES is underway! We have a special need this year for warm coats and toys as well as tax-deductible donations. If you are a youth and want to help distribute toys with the Youth Ministry on Saturday, December 21, you will need to email Curtis for a permission form. Thanks for all you do for families in need this Christmas! Information, Curtis Leighton.

WARM HEARTS & SOLES SOCK DRIVE 2019. This year we hope to collect 2,020 pairs of new socks to distribute to homeless men and women. Please consider buying an extra pair of socks during your holiday shopping, and then dropping them off at the Help Desk in the parish hall during the Sunday coffee hour this month. Volunteers will also be in the chapel after the weekend evening Masses to collect your donations. Thank you!

YOUNG ADULTS, HELP DECORATE THE CATHEDRAL FOR CHRISTMAS. The Greening, our time-honored tradition of decorating the Cathedral for Christmas, will take place Sunday, December 22 at 7pm. We will have a pizza after the Sunday evening Mass and then get to work. RSVP requested. Information, Curtis Leighton.

SOCK DRIVE VOLUNTEERS. We need young adults to help collect socks after the Saturday and Sunday Masses this month in the Cathedral Chapel. Please contact Curtis to help out. Information, Curtis Leighton.

CENTERING IMMIGRANTS’ STORIES. Join us during National Migration Week as we celebrate immigrants. This 90-minute workshop is focused on holding space, being present, and centering the stories of immigrants. A short presentation will be followed by the opportunity to listen to immigrant’s stories in small groups. Tuesday, January 7, 6:30pm, Pastoral Outreach Center. Registration is limited to 25 participants. Information or to RSVP, Chris Koehler, 206-382-4511.

SUPPORT THE WINTER SHELTER. Show mercy to the homeless by becoming an overnight volunteer on Saturday and Sunday nights, or by being a breakfast host on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday mornings. If you cannot be an overnight host or provide breakfast, you can support the Winter Shelter by donating: spray deodorant, large tubes of toothpaste, toothbrushes and men’s razors. Items can be brought to Coffee Hour, or dropped off or mailed to the Parish Office. Thank you! Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515

ARE YOU CRAFTY? Do you have an hour or two to help prepare crafts for the Children’s Christmas Party and/or the Christmas oculus hanging? Information, Brenda Bellamy, 206-274-3108.

ADVENT GIVING TREE. Many thanks to all who are supporting this year’s Giving Tree. Please do bear in mind that gifts need to be turned in to the Parish Office or Coffee Hour by next Sunday, December 15. Your gifts are greatly appreciated by all who will receive them!

CATHEDRAL BLOOD DRIVE Monday, December 9, 12:30pm-6:30pm (closed 2:30–3:30pm). What better gift than the gift of life! Please thoughtfully consider donating blood during the holy season of Advent. Blood donors have a profound life-giving impact on our entire community, including those with acute needs due to injury and accident, those who require transfusions to combat the effects of chemotherapy, those who live with chronic illnesses and need blood transfusions to survive, those undergoing organ transplants. Each blood donation can help up to 3 lives. How many lives will you save? Sign up at Coffee Hours today or schedule an appointment online at www.bloodworks.org/drives.

CHRISTMAS MUSIC SOCIAL FOR SENIORS Monday, December 16, 11am–2pm St. James Cathedral Pastoral Outreach Center Holy Names Room. St. James parishioner and lifelong musician Selina Chu has been involved with the arts community in the Pacific Northwest for many years. Enjoy her sampling of traditional Christmas ‘Sing-A -Longs’ followed by a light lunch. Information or to RSVP, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU. We visited a middle-aged man whose back was broken in a jobrelated accident. While recovering, he was diagnosed with a respiratory problem that requires regular use of an oxygen supply. Making matters worse, he was having sleep problems because he did not have a bed. A friend offered an air mattress, but the injured man could not get up off the floor. Instead, he spent nights painfully trying to sleep upright in a chair. Your donations to SVdP at the Cathedral paid for a new bed, helping this man get the rest he badly needs - thank you! Information, Bob Clifford, 206-718-4158.

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. If you aren’t getting our weekly e-newsletters, be sure to check your spam folder and add St. James to your “safe senders” list!

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REST IN PEACE. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Patrick Howell, SJ, TerryAnn Bowen, Robert Ruppin, and Gerald Patrick.

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 Immaculate Conception in Seattle and Everett, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Seattle, and St. Mary of Guadalupe in Ridgefield.


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