In Your Midst

Cathedral Almanac

November 2011

Snapshots of life at St. James, April-October

14.  At the Chrism Mass, we were privileged to welcome Peter Cardinal Turkson, a native of Ghana, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
22.  Father Paul Murray, OP preached powerfully on the Seven Last Words of Christ at our annual Tre Ore Service on Good Friday.
23.  At the great Easter Vigil, twenty children and adults were baptized, confirmed, and received Holy Communion.
24.  Thousands gathered to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord at St. James.
1.  At the Noon Mass today, Archbishop Sartain joined us to celebrate the Beatification of Pope John Paul II.  Then, at 5:30pm Mass, we celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with 24 young people and adults.
16.  Members of our new Mental Health Ministry, joined by members of the Order of Malta, received a special blessing at Mass.
21.  Dr. James Savage celebrated his thirtieth anniversary as Director of Music at St. James Cathedral.
22.  Twenty-five Cathedral children made their first Holy Communion today.
27.  Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Tyson celebrated a farewell Mass in the Cathedral.  Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Yakima on April 12.
11.  We celebrated the Ordination to the Priesthood of five men:  Dwight Lewis, Bradley Hagelin, Michael Wagner, Paul Brunet, and Bryan Ochs.
24.  We celebrated the Feast of St. James, our beloved pilgrim patron, with Masses and a picnic.

1. We hosted an ecumenical hymn festival, featuring conductor Anton Armstrong, organist John Ferguson, and a nearly 200-voice Festival Chorus which filled the Cathedral with music from many parts of the Christian family.
15-21.  Our annual Choir Camp gathered more than forty youngsters for a week of music, prayer, and fun.  Reflecting on the experience, one camper wrote:  “Choir Camp is an amazing educational and fun place. I look forward to it all year and I’m always blown away. At Choir Camp I feel safe, I can be me and go for solos and not have to hide or be someone else. I love Choir Camp and I’m so sad that this was my last year.”
11.  We observed the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11 with solemn Masses for peace.  Father Ryan said:  “The gospel of Jesus Christ is not foreign policy or domestic security policy, I know, but it is the touchstone by which we are to form our consciences and develop our convictions. The standard for us is exceedingly high. It was set for us by Jesus himself. On the cross.”
25.  At the Noon Mass, hundreds gathered for a colorful celebration of the centennial of Maryknoll (see article on page 22 of this issue!).
16.  Our new parish Mental Health Ministry sponsored its first annual Mental Health Fair.
30.  After Masses this morning, we bid farewell to Helen Oesterle, for twelve years our Director of Religious Education.


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