In Your Midst


March 2006


1. Seattle Magazine included our own Father Ryan among its annual “Power 25.” “In a time when mention of the Catholic Church frequently spurs thoughts of scandal, Ryan is a positive prophet for the entire region,” the editors wrote.

2. At the solemn Mass of All Souls, the Cathedral Choir presented Fauré’s sublime Requiem. In his homily, Father Ryan spoke about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: “Alongside the problem of evil, there is the mystery of love.  And there surely was an immense outpouring of love and pure human goodness in the wake of all the recent disasters.  The very best in human nature showed itself...  And so while the believer is faced with trying to explain the problem of evil, the unbeliever is faced with trying to explain the mystery of love.”  Read more of Father Ryan's homily here.

13. On a rainy Sunday morning, Archbishop Brunett blessed the new Pastoral Outreach Center. The former Cathedral Convent has been beautifully renovated and now houses the St. James ESL Program, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the Cathedral’s many pastoral care programs. The building also provides the parish with beautiful new meeting and reception spaces. (See the November issue!)

20. On the great feast of Christ the King, we began our second Centennial year, dedicated to Prayer and Renewal. At each Mass, we renewed our baptismal promises and committed ourselves as a parish to prayer and service in the name of Christ:

    “We commit ourselves to full, conscious, and active participation in the Sunday Eucharist each week, because we know that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life.
    “We commit ourselves to educate our children in the Catholic faith, to welcome new and returning Catholics into the community, and above all, to live lives of continuing conversion, deepening our knowledge of our faith and tradition.
    “We commit ourselves to serve one another in love, to reach out to the poor in the name of Christ, and to be a voice in the community against poverty, violence and injustice.”


1. The cathedral staff gathered at the Palisades Retreat Center for a day-long retreat with Father Pat Howell at the beginning of the Year of Prayer and Renewal.

8. On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, we were privileged to welcome Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen, who shared with us his own experiences of the Council (read excerpts in this issue).

10. At Simbang Gabi, nearly 1,000 gathered for the beautiful Advent “blessing Mass,” celebrated by Bishop Tyson.

25. Nearly 7,000 people celebrated the Nativity of the Lord at St. James Cathedral. “Our lives are shimmering with divinity and so is our world,” Father Ryan said. “But we have to burrow deeply in order to see it. And the best way to see is to go to the manger because the child of Bethlehem is proof positive that, for all our stumbling humanity, we are loved by God, and so is our world. There really is no limit to what we can be or become, for we and our world are shimmering with divinity!”  Read more of Father Ryan's homily here.

31. The Cathedral Choir presented A Gala New Year’s Eve: Mozart at 250, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.


16-19. St. James Cathedral hosted nearly 200 cathedral pastors and staff from around the country at the fifth biennial Cathedral Ministry Conference (see article in this issue).

22. Celebration of the Santo Niño—Holy Child. At this annual celebration, we gave special honor to the image of the Child Jesus, so dear to the people of the Philippines.


3. A Prayer for the City on the Eve of the Super Bowl. Seattle got Super Bowl fever. At St. James Cathedral, we seized the opportunity to offer a prayer for our beloved city. “We have gathered here in the Cathedral at difficult times, tragic times,” Father Ryan said. “Now we get to gather at a very happy time, a proud time and, let’s be honest, kind of a crazy time…. Our Seahawks can get us to thinking about – and praying about – all the ways in which our city needs to be great. Seattle needs to be great in promoting justice for all – social justice, economic justice; great in fighting poverty and caring for our most vulnerable citizens; great in providing quality education; great in fostering the arts and culture.”  Read more of Father Ryan's homily here.

5. Super Bowl Sunday, otherwise known as the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. “Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.” Read Father Ryan's homily here.  A “Souper Bowl” collection was taken up at each Mass to support the Catholic Worker Family Kitchen. We raised over $2,100! Also today, the St. James Health and Healing Ministry sponsored their first annual Health Fair in Cathedral Hall.


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