In Your Midst


Fall 2001

In This Issue:
My Dear Friends,

It is that time of year when, in accord with Archdiocesan Guidelines, we issue an annual report to our parishioners on the financial condition of the parish. We have again decided to include it in In Your Midst to increase the number of you who might see the report, and to present it in the larger context of the many and varied activities and ministries which are the fruit of our financial condition. It is also our custom to report not merely the dollars and cents through the books, but more informatively, I believe, the activities and ministries made possible by your financial support of the parish. As well as a chronicle of the life of St. James Cathedral over the past year, this report also is a testament to the wonderful commitment and generosity of you the parishioners and friends of St. James — the people who continue to make this such a special and blessed place.

Among the highlights of an exciting year was the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela by over 200 Cathedral Choir members and parishioners, and the celebration of their 50th jubilee year as Sisters of the Holy Names by our own Sr. Anne Herkenrath and Sr. Claudette Conrad.

We continue to be a growing parish with 2,424 households registered, up from 2,335 last year.

Our fiscal year runs from July through June 30. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, total parish income was $2,497,309. This was comprised of $1,661,805 in Sunday and other collections; $688,583 in gifts, bequests, and fundraisers; and $146,920 in business income (rentals, bookstore, etc.).

Total expenses for the year were $2,513,841, which includes $114,046 in planned withdrawals from savings for capital and other special projects.

Salaries, benefits, and other personnel-related expenses accounted for $1,139,251 or approximately 46 percent of income. I am very happy to report that, through your generosity, we were able again this year to continue our pledge of raising staff compensation to a more just level comparable with the rest of the Seattle area. We currently are at 95 percent parity with the surrounding community.

Each year a percentage of our ordinary income is assessed by the Archdiocese to assist the Archbishop in running the many and various offices, ministries and programs of the greater Church family in Western Washington. Our assessments this year totaled $150,624.

St. James Cathedral Parish is a member of the Rainbow Schools, an association of several parishes which contribute to the support of the five Catholic Elementary Schools in the central area of the city. Our participation not only allows Catholic education to continue in this area, it also allows children from our parish to attend one of the schools at “parishioner” tuition rates. Our contribution to the Rainbow Schools program this year was $159,206. Fifteen of our parish children were able to attend Catholic Schools as a result of our parish scholarship program. The program continues to grow dramatically and we anticipate that number will be much larger next year.

How did all this money translate into services for you the parishioners of St. James and to the Archdiocese and the larger community? During the fiscal year, almost 1,300 Sunday and regular daily liturgies were celebrated, not counting special liturgies for Holy Days, the Sacred Triduum, and the Tre Ore. Thirty-two special Children’s Music liturgies were also celebrated.

One hundred thirty-six people were baptized and 28 catechumens were welcomed into the Church. One hundred eighteen confirmations were also celebrated. Twenty-eight children under the age of 18 received their First Eucharist. During the year, 61 weddings were performed and 31 funerals were conducted.

Additionally, numerous Archdiocesan and other liturgies such as the Chrism Mass, Ordination to the Priesthood, and Baccalaureate Masses for Forest Ridge, Holy Names Academy, O’Dea High School, and Seattle University were celebrated in the Cathedral.

Over the course of the year, there were more than 20 special concerts, recitals, and other musical events held in the Cathedral as well as a bewildering array of liturgies and musical events connected with the Pilgrimage.

The English as a Second Language program (ESL) provided over 8,000 hours of tutoring to 177 refugees and immigrants. The Catholic Worker Family Kitchen provided more than 39,000 free meals to our needy neighbors, and the Winter Shelter provided emergency overnight shelter to 10 to 15 men for 120 nights. Over 15,000 sandwiches were prepared by our parishioners and distributed through St. Martin de Porres Shelter and Operation Nightwatch.

Our outreach programs to the elderly transported approximately 40 parishioners to Mass every Sunday and conducted monthly field trips for about 33 parishioners. An average of 15 of our shut-in parishioners received an audiotape of the 10:00 Mass every week. About 25 of our homebound received communion every week to make them feel connected to the liturgical life of St. James. This is in addition to the regular Communion Services conducted by our ministers at Hilltop House, Heritage House, and the First Hill Care Center which reach more than 100 of our elderly. Finally, about 35 of our seniors were regularly assisted in their homes by the volunteer chore program. Cabrini Ministers visited many others in nursing homes and retirement centers.

And the list goes on, as you well know. More than anything, I want to make sure you know that none of these efforts could have been undertaken without the generous financial support you provide. I also want you to know that there has been careful and competent stewardship of the financial resources of the parish. In thanking you, I also look forward to accomplishing even more with you and with the help of God’s grace.


Father Michael G. Ryan

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