In Your Midst
The Cathedral in Cyberspace
November 2004

The internet has been growing fast for more than ten years now—and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. As of August, 2004, there were 137 million active users of the internet in the United States, a number that is growing by nearly half a million per month. (see Today, many people go straight to the internet to look for a new apartment, to find a plumber—even to find Mass times. Far from replacing human interaction, as some soothsayers predicted, the internet has become a new way for people from every part of the world to connect, to “talk” to each other. Nor has the internet replaced libraries and classrooms: instead, it has become an extraordinary teaching tool, placing the resources of a university at the fingertips of everyone.

Slowly (of course!) but steadily, the Catholic Church has come to embrace the possibilities of the Internet. In his message for World Communications Day in 2001, Pope John Paul II exclaimed, “Consider... the positive capacities of the Internet to carry religious information and teaching beyond all barriers and frontiers. Such a wide audience would have been beyond the wildest imaginings of those who preached the Gospel before us...Catholics should not be afraid to throw open the doors of social communications to Christ, so that his Good News may be heard from the housetops of the world.”

The St. James Cathedral website was launched on September 26, 1997, thanks to volunteers Stuart Ling, Daniel Jinguji, and David Brazier, architects of the site. In seven years, it has received more than 140,000 “hits” or visits, and the resources available on our website have continued to grow. In addition to the basics—Mass times, opportunities to serve, staff contact information—you can now take a “Virtual Tour,” filled with splendid photos; you can delve deeper into almost every one of our ministries, from ESL to education to music and liturgy. There’s a special page for Young Adults, and a special page for kids with some online activities that are actually fun. And (new this fall!) you can explore the Cathedral’s rich history on the Centennial page, which features articles on the pastors, the sisters, the kids, the music, the liturgy, and much, much more! Cathedral history buffs will find something new on the Centennial page. There’s even an opportunity to become part of history by sharing your own memories. What a great way to celebrate the past—using the technology of the future!

Other articles in the November 2004

Celebrating the Human Part of this Great Place

One Hundred Years Ago

The Century at St. James

The Pew Next to You

Parish Annual Report 2003-2004

Image of the Divine

Cathedral Almanac

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