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27. More than 600 attended the beautiful Mass of Thanksgiving Day at 9:30am. At this unique celebration a collection of nonperishable food items was taken up for the poor of the neighborhood.
6. The Hispanic community of the Archdiocese of Seattle gathered at the Cathedral for the colorful celebration of Madre de las Americas. The Mass was preceded by a drama which told the story of Our Lady’s appearance to Juan Diego in Tepeyac.
13. At Simbang Gabi, the Archbishop blessed the “parols” or traditional Filipino lanterns. Members of the Filipino Catholic community from throughout Western Washington gathered for the celebration.
19. Archbishop Brunett celebrated Mass on the occasion of the 6th anniversary of his installation as Archbishop of Seattle.
21. The children of the Youth Music Program presented Advent Readings and Carols, a delightful musical prayer in preparation for Christmas.
22. The Solemnity of the Dedication of the Cathedral was celebrated at 8:15am. This was the Cathedral’s 96th birthday!
24-25. Several thousand people gathered to celebrate Christmas at St. James Cathedral. About 2,000 were present at the Midnight Mass, and many more were able to join in the prayer by watching this Mass televised live on KING-TV.
31. The Cathedral Cantorei and Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. James Savage, presented A New Year’s Eve Gala.
1. 2004 began with prayer for peace on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Father Ryan said in his homily on this occasion: “In view of the wars currently being waged, and of all the other conflicts going on in our world, including in the land of our Savior’s birth, it is well for us to come together today to pray for peace. And it is well for us to invoke the intercession of Mary, the Mother of God and the Queen of Peace as we do so. She who brought into this world the Prince of Peace, and who saw the forces of hatred at work in his cruel death — she has a unique role in inspiring us to be peacemakers.”
6. The biggest snowfall in years slowed the region to a standstill.
22. On the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, St. James observed a Day of Prayer for Life with special Masses offered and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day.
23. At the beginning of the week of Prayer for Christian Unity, ministers from many downtown churches gathered in the Cathedral for an ecumenical prayer with music from Taizé.
2. Anglican and Roman Catholic members of ARCIC (Anglican and Roman Catholic International Commission) gathered in the Cathedral for Vespers on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
15. At the 10 o’clock Mass fourteen men and women were received into the full communion of the Catholic church.
20-21. Great Music for Great Cathedrals returned with splendor (see photos on pages 8-9).
26. Five hundred people gathered at O’Dea Gym for a lively and fascinating talk on the bestselling novel The DaVinci Code. Father Mike Raschko was the presenter.
1. Our Catechumens celebrated the Rite of Election with Archbishop Brunett. Twenty-seven children and adults will be baptized this year at the Easter Vigil on April 10.
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