In Your Midst

Cathedral Almanac

Dec. 2010

Snapshots of life at St. James Cathedral, July - December, 2010

10.  Two sisters Lovers of the Holy Cross of Go Vap made their solemn profession during a special Mass in the Cathedral.  Click here for the album.
18-22.  A dozen of our Cathedral teens participated in the Youth Migrant Project, spending a week learning about the challenges faced by migrant workers and their families in our own state.
25.  We celebrated the Jubilee year of our patron, St. James the Greater, with festive Masses and our annual Parish Picnic on Terry Avenue. In his homily for today, Father Ryan noted:  “The fact that this is a jubilee year doesn’t make the feast any greater (any more than calling James ‘the greater’ makes him any greater), but perhaps it can make us stand a little taller, pray our prayers a little stronger, and sing our hymns and acclamations a little louder.  And most of all, perhaps it can challenge us to roll up our sleeves a little higher as we do what James did: let go the dreams of glory and make the long pilgrimage from selfishness to the selfless service of others.”  Click here to read Father Ryan's homily.
7.  Twelve Sisters of Providence celebrated their jubilees of religious profession during a special Mass in the Cathedral.
9-13.  Our annual Choir Camp gathered thirty young people for a week of music, fun, and learning.  At the end of the week, they were invited to sum up their experience in one or two words.  They described camp as: Fun, welcoming, challenging, interesting, tiring, awesome, joyful, different, amazing, inspiring, cool, entertaining, helpful, singaful, rejoiceful, friendship, adventure, grace.
14.  The Cathedral’s Eco-Justice group co-sponsored a tour of the Duwamish River, one of the most contaminated sites in the U.S.  The day included prayers and reflections on our call to practice environmental justice.
15.  We celebrated the great feast of Mary’s Assumption and the conclusion of Choir Camp.
11.  The Cathedral Choir of St. James returned in all its glory after its summer hiatus.
16.  A red-letter day in the history of the Archdiocese of Seattle:  we received word that Pope Benedict XVI had named the Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain the next Archbishop of Seattle.  Archbishop Sartain spent the day meeting with the press and the Chancery staff, and celebrating a simple Mass of Thanksgiving in the Cathedral.  In a statement to the press, he said, “I love being pastor, and I look forward to my ministry as shepherd of the Church in the Archdiocese of Seattle.  I especially welcome the opportunity to get to know the priests,  deacons, religious women and men, and the dedicated laity of the archdiocese, because I know you will teach me about the countless accomplishments of the Church and the opportunities now before us.  This archdiocese traces its roots back to 1850, and I have much to learn about its history, its faith, its growth, and its heroes and heroines.”
20.  The 14th Annual Hunthausen Charity Golf Tournament raised $68,000 to support the Cathedral’s outreach ministries, especially the Cathedral Kitchen.  Special thanks to Jeff Meder, who chaired the tournament for the 14th straight year!
25.  Archbishop Brunett presided at a special Mass remembering the deceased women religious of the Archdiocese of Seattle.
3.  Children, parents, and catechists received a special blessing at our First Sunday Youth Celebration.
31.  Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of Cathedral parishioners, the Cathedral’s worn-out kneelers were replaced this week with comfortable new ones.
2.  We observed the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed with the Solemn Mass of All Souls with the sublime music of Mozart’s Requiem.  Father Ryan noted in his homily for tonight: “In an age often called secular or ‘post Christian,’ Mozart’s Requiem is nearly always performed as a concert piece – a magnificent work of art but a slightly quaint relic: a leftover from another time and place, a glorious form lacking substance.  But tonight we dare to say something different.  We dare not only to perform a Requiem but to celebrate a Requiem.  In doing so we are making a statement, an act of faith.  We are allowing a magnificent musical composition of Mozart to help us plumb the depths of the great Christian mysteries of life, death, and resurrection, to help us transcend the limits of time and space, to put us at table in an Upper Room.”  Click here to read Father Ryan's homily.
6-7.  In his homily for this Sacrificial Giving weekend, Father Ryan challenged parishioners to increase their giving if possible, as the parish faces a deficit of $375,000 in the coming year.  Our annual Ministries Fair in Cathedral Hall highlighted a few of the many ministries made possible by the generosity of our parishioners. 
11.  A special Mass honored and remembered the fifty-four homeless men and women who died on the streets of our city in the past year.
12.  The Chancery Staff gathered in the Cathedral for a special Mass honoring Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett.
19.  Priests and people from across the Archdiocese of Seattle gathered to honor and thank Archbishop Brunett as he prepares to retire.  In an interview, Archbishop Brunett said, “When you’re a bishop, you don’t think of yourself as doing anything other than what you’re called to do:  to minister to people and to serve them.  When you say ‘somebody’s legacy,’ that’s for other people to decide.  They have to look and see:  Does this mean anything? Has it made any impact on the life of the church here? Are there more people who are committed to their faith? Are the re more people that are reaching out to help the others? Are the poor being better served? Are Catholic schools stronger?”
20.  At our annual Liturgy Day, more than 150 readers, ushers, altar servers, and “E.M.s” (Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion) gathered for a day of workshops and renewal in ministry.
25.  We celebrated a beautiful (snowy) Mass on the morning of Thanksgiving Day.
30.  The Cathedral was packed for Evening Prayer with our new Archbishop, J. Peter Sartain
1.  In a joyous celebration, Archbishop Sartain was installed as the ninth bishop, fifth Archbishop of Seattle.


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