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I am in your midst as one who serves

These words from the Gospel of Luke, inscribed in the oculus high over the altar of St. James Cathedral, speak to our mission to carry out Christ’s teaching in our community. Every day, St. James volunteers reach out in love to the needy of First Hill and Downtown Seattle.

Twice monthly, an e-newsletter is distributed to your inbox with current Catholic events, highlights, ongoing volunteer opportunities, and educational resources regarding outreach ministry at St. James.

Most recently we have focused on the grievious injustices of racism and discrimination against immigrants that have been pummeling our nation - and the response demanded of us as laid out in Catholic social teaching.

If you’d like to receive this newsletter, simply send a message to outreach@stjames-cathedral.org and ask to subscribe!

Monday, September 28
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Laudato Si' At 5 Years - and Beyond

Join the St. James Cathedral Care for Creation team to celebrate the Season of Creation! Archbishop Paul D. Etienne will share reflections on five years of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment Laudato Si', and offer his vision for the future of the Pacific Northwest.

To register for the evening and receive a Zoom link, email Patrick Barredo, Director of Social Outreach & Advocacy.
JustFaith Ministries Racial Justice Series Part II
Mondays October 12 - December 14
6:30 pm — 9:00 pm


Faith and Racial Healing: Embracing Truth, Justice, and Restoration

Registration is now open for the second part of Just Faith Ministry's racial justice program. This eight-week program guides participants in telling the truth about the history of racism in the United States, that we might work towards true reconciliation with God, and restoration with one another.

Preview the program with this video.


Spaces limited! To sign up, email Patrick Barredo.

Faith, Hope, and Love in 2020:
A Social Outreach Ministers' Retreat
Saturday, October 10
9:00am - 1:00pm

Serving in outreach or advocacy in the archdiocese? This retreat is the perfect chance for you to (re)connect with God during this very difficult ongoing pandemic period. This day of prayer, rooted in Scripture and meditation, will offer insights into how holy men and women remained steadfast and focused in their work for peace and justice. Retreatants will move through the three movements of faith, hope, and love, and end with a promise of action.

Please register for this powerful day of prayer by emailing Joyce Mork-O'Brien of the Life, Peace, and Justice Committee.

For the latest volunteer opportunities, please send us an email. The list below describes volunteer roles that are always needed.

Catholic Community Services/Catholic Housing Services are inviting St. James Cathedral parishioners to help with meals for those in need. There is particular need for the women’s shelter in Burien, as well as a Federal Way drop-in center that welcomes 75 people each day. Both programs welcome hot casseroles, although sandwiches are also accepted. Contact a restaurant to deliver food or provide food yourself. Please coordinate with Patrick Barredo.
 
The St. Martin de Porres men’s shelter needs volunteers to prepare meals in their kitchen. If you’re interested, contact Jeff Cathey, the Operations Supervisor at St. Martin de Porres (206.323.6341).

As more meals are brought to CCS/CHS, they will need to be delivered. If you can help transport food, contact CCS Network Builder Erin Maguire .
 
These are difficult times we live in. Any meal support you can provide for those experiencing homelessness is greatly appreciated. However, please do observe our state’s directive to stay in your home, especially if you or anyone in your household is in a high-risk group.


Four kids and a stay-at-home order: What a few young creative minds can do for the Cathedral Kitchen during coronavirus
 

The Riggio family watched Jesus Christ Superstar around Easter. The four kids were excited about the music, and decided to reenact certain scenes. Before long, with a lot of time on their hands due to the lockdown, they thought "why not put on the whole show?" They did, recreating the entire movie right from their living room pandemic-style - and had many meaningful conversations about the Passion narratives as they did!

When they decided to share the finished product with others, they wanted to give any donations to an organization that helped people in need. The Cathedral Kitchen was their natural choice.

Although they have zero theater or film editing background, their parents could hardly be prouder of their kids for putting this whole musical together. Of course, they have been greatly encouraged by people's generosity in their giving to the Cathedral Kitchen.

As of today, they've received more donations than they ever thought they would get. Perhaps more gifts are yet to come!

Watch the Riggio rendition of the production Jesus Christ Superstar on YouTube here.



 

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Seattle, Washington  98104
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