In Your Midst


March 2007

November 2006Thanksgiving Day at St. James

12.  Sacrificial Giving/Time and Talent Festival. Today was our annual Sacrificial Giving Sunday, when parishioners are invited to consider what portion of their financial resources they will pledge to the parish in the coming year.  Parishioners Alma and Jim Kern gave the witness talk this year, reminding us: “When we pledge we are demonstrating our faith in the Lord, and we are thanking Him for all the wonders of this life, for the blessings he has bestowed on us.”  Read their entire presentation here.  After the morning Masses, parishioners explored the many opportunities to serve at St. James Cathedral.
23.  Thanksgiving Day.  Each year we gather as a parish family on the morning of Thanksgiving Day, to offer thanks and praise.
25.  Christ the King.  This year on the Solemnity of Christ the King we marked the end of our Year of Prayer and Renewal.
December 2006

2.  Madre de las Americas.  Hispanic Catholics from throughout the Archdiocese gathered for a procession, drama, and Mass celebrating the gift of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the people of the Americas.  Archbishop Brunett presided at the Mass.  View the album.
3.  Resident Ensemble Opus 7—with the Cathedral’s own youth choirs—presented Benjamin Britten’s enchanting cantata St. Nicolas.  “God be glorified!”
9.  Simbang Gabi.  This Saturday we celebrated with Archbishop Brunett a special Mass which gathers Filipino Catholics from around the region for the blessing of the parols.  View the album.
15.  Today, Archbishop Brunett offered a Mass at Noon in celebration of the tenth anniversary of his installation as Archbishop of Seattle.
17.  Father Ryan marked the 40th anniversary of his priestly ordination.  Read Father Ryan's homily for today here.  In the evening, the Cathedral’s youth choirs, readers, and servers presented Advent Readings and Carols.  View the album.
24-25.  Christmas.  This year the Midnight Mass of Christmas marked the solemn beginning of our Cathedral’s Centennial year.  Archbishop Brunett noted:  “During the coming year, 2007, we will celebrate the Centennial of this great Cathedral.  For a century St. James Cathedral has stood atop First Hill, inviting people to encounter God in prayer, challenging them to works of charity and justice.  As we give thanks for this ‘house of God, this gate of heaven,’ let us rejoice in the God who still comes to dwell among his people:  not only in buildings of stone, but, even more importantly, in human hearts.”  Read Father Ryan's Christmas homily hereView the Christmas album.
31.  New Year’s Eve.  The Cathedral Cantorei marked the conclusion of the Mozart Year and the beginning of the Cathedral’s Centennial year, with a wonderful concert. 

First Reconciliation

Saturday, January 27: Children gather around the font with Father Ryan as they prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.

January 2007

1.  World Day of Peace.  Father Ryan said:  “At the beginning of a new year, even though we know how dismally we failed in achieving even a modest measure of peace in the past year, we allow ourselves to believe that this year could be different… I know all of this might sound hopelessly naïve, but it is the Christian gospel and it needs to influence our thinking even if it remains far from the realpolitik that informs the thinking of those who govern nations.”  Read his entire homily here.
21.  We celebrated the Santo Niño—Holy Child, with a Mass at Noon, followed by a magnificent fiesta in Cathedral Hall.  View the album.
24.  As part of our Centennial celebration, St. James Cathedral hosted the Church Council of Greater Seattle’s annual Prayer for Christian Unity.  Bishop Vinton R. Anderson, Bishop (Retired) of the AME Church and past President of the World Council of Churches, preached at the service.  View the album.
February 2007

11.  Health Fair.  St. James Health and Healing put on their second annual Spring Into Health Fair in Cathedral Hall.
16-17.  Great Music for Great Cathedrals was more spectacular than ever before.  See photo essay.
21.  Ash Wednesday marked the solemn beginning of the season of Lent.


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