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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 Water and Fire. Detail of the central East Apse stained glass window, St. James Cathedral. Hans Gottfried von Stockhausen, artist.

RESPONDING TO THE THREAT OF THE CORONAVIRUS. In response to the outbreak of Coronavirus in King County, Archbishop Etienne has asked all Catholics in the Archdiocese to observe the following:

  • If you are sick or feel you are getting sick, stay at home and do NOT attend Mass. Missing Mass due to illness is not sinful; it is prudent and shows care for your brothers and sisters.
  • Please note that the CDC encourages older adults (60+) and those with chronic illnesses to stay at home as much as possible.
  • During Mass, at the Sign of Peace, simply say, “Peace be with you,” instead of offering your hand.
  • During Communion, the Eucharist will only be offered in the hand, not on the tongue. Additionally, we will refrain from offering the Precious Blood from the chalice at this time.
  • You will notice that we have drained the holy water in the church, until further notice. Please simply bless yourself with the sign of the cross as you enter and exit the church.

EVENT CANCELLATIONS/POSTPONEMENTS. The following events have been canceled in observance of recommendations about limiting non-essential gatherings:

  • Youth Confirmation Retreat 3/14-15
  • Youth Music Program through 3/23
  • Youth Ministry activities through 3/23
  • New Heart, New Spirit Lenten Series, 3/16, 3/23
  • Matt Talbot St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, 3/15
  • Ecology Fair, 3/29
  • Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge, 3/29

Please check the Cathedral website for up-to-date information about events at the Cathedral, as the situation is changing from day to day!

CATHEDRAL BLOOD DRIVE WEDNESDAY MARCH 18. Sign up at Coffee Hours after Masses or call Bloodworks NW, 800-398-7888, ext. 1 (mention St. James). The Pacific Northwest’s blood supply is at risk of collapse in coming days. The accelerating number of blood drive cancellations due to the closure of schools, businesses, and events over coronavirus concerns has put nearly 60% of the community’s blood supply in jeopardy. Without available blood, doctors will have to make life or death decisions about who receives blood and who doesn’t. Donors are needed to prevent a threat to our area’s blood supply. Donating blood is a safe activity. Individuals are not at risk of contracting coronavirus through the blood donation process. Bloodworks policies comply with FDA, CDC, local health departments, and other recommendations related to COVID-19. Bloodworks routinely sanitizes donation areas, chairs, surfaces and common objects like door knobs and light switches, and uses hand sanitizer. Staff, donors, and volunteers are encouraged to stay home if they feel unwell. It takes 1,000 blood donors every day to keep our community’s blood supply at stable levels. Bloodworks has posted information addressing questions and concerns for blood donors at www.bloodworksnw.org/coronavirus.

JOURNEY OF THE ELECT. Lent is a time of intensive prayer and preparation for our Elect. Please pray for those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil: Alex Bratt ▪ Lisa Finch ▪ Christine Flogel ▪ Brian Igleheart ▪ Marcos Olazabal ▪ Linda Ta ▪ Obed Torres ▪ Allie Vincent ▪ And for our youth elect: Samuel Sproule ▪ Brielle Oh ▪ Joella Oh. Visit the Cathedral website to watch a short video introducing our Elect to you. Please pray for our Elect each day during this season of Lent. As Easter draws near, you will be invited to write a note telling our Elect of your prayerful support.

WAY OF THE CROSS FOR REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS. The Stations of the Cross are a useful reminder to remember not only the passion of Jesus, but also how the Way of the Cross continues today in those who are oppressed and crucified, including refugees and immigrants. Join St. James Immigrant Assistance on Wednesday, March 25, for the Way of the Cross in support of refugees and immigrants, at St. James Cathedral. Stations will begin about 6:00pm, immediately following the 5:30 Mass. Information, Caroline Okello, 206-382-4511.

REMEMBERING ST. OSCAR ROMERO. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Oscar Romero, the heroic Archbishop of El Salvador who was canonized by Pope Francis in 2018. All are invited to honor him at a special Archdiocesan celebration on Saturday, March 21 at 10:00am. After Mass, there will be an opportunity to attend a short presentation on the life and witness of the new saint. Saint Oscar Romero, pray for us!

CRS RICE BOWL: MEET YVONE. Yvone is from Kenya. She learned proper nutrition and hygiene practices to help keep her healthy and in school. Yvone now has a chance to dream and the strength to follow those dreams. How can you ensure that young people in your community receive proper nutrition? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.

Out of an abundance of caution, all Youth Ministry activities have been suspended through March 23. Keep an eye on the bulletin for updates!

WINTER SHELTER NEEDS. Please consider donating the following items in support of the St. James Winter Shelter serving men over 50 years old. Donations can be brought to Sunday Coffee Hour or delivered to the Parish Office. Thank you! Items needed: men’s spray deodorant, men’s shaving cream, travel tissues, and cough drops.

NEW DATE: DE-ESCALATION & PERSONAL SAFETY THROUGH A TRAUMA-INFORMED LENS Tuesday, April 21, 6:30pm—8:30pm, Pastoral Outreach Center. Martin Reinsel, MA, LMHC shares his vast clinical experience to help you learn de-escalation skills, and how to engage with challenging behaviors, exceptional situations and unusual circumstances. Information and registration, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515.

THE SPIRITUALITY OF RELATIONSHIPS: CARE FOR YOURSELF WHILE YOU CARE FOR OTHERS May 9, Pastoral Outreach Center, 9am–4. Discover how our relationship with God impacts our relationship with others. Reflect in a peaceful, quiet setting and explore how to transform and heal relationships with others. Presented by Joe Stevens, long time facilitator of NAMI’s Spirituality Support Group for Those Living with Mental Illness and member of NAMI National Hall of Fame. Limited capacity. Registration, Nancy Granger, 206-382-4269.

CARE FOR CREATION TIP. Are you experiencing anxiety, stress, or feelings of hopelessness about our changing environment and planet? Take action in a meaningful way and join a team that is making positive change, not climate change. St. James’ Care for Creation Committee is working on the Earth Day 2020 Covenant, a promise to move our community towards sustainability for ourselves and the planet. We base our work on the principles of Laudato Si', Pope Francis' environmental encyclical which calls all of us to conversion and action. Come join us on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm, in the Pastoral Outreach Center.

CENSUS 2020–BE COUNTED! Every 10 years the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. They also redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts to account for population shifts. A full, accurate count lays the foundation for a healthy democracy and communities where families thrive and flourish. Be counted and make sure you are well represented. Look for your invitation to respond to the census on or between March 12 and 20. New this year is an online form. Your invitation postcard will have the code you need to fill out the form.

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. Joseph in Chehalis, Vancouver, Pe Ell, Ferndale, Issaquah, Elma, and Sequim.



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