Twenty-eight beautiful children celebrated their
First Holy Communion
at the Noon Mass.
12. Archbishop Sartain celebrated the
Sacrament of Confirmation
with twenty-one of our young people and adults.
14. A unique moment in the life of the parish:
our parishioner Jerry Cronkhite professed his vows as a
hermit. Jerry will live a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience in
24. We celebrated the Holy Names Academy
Baccalaureate with 159 bright, motivated, faith-filled members
of the class of 2012.
27. The great feast of Pentecost.
In his homily for today,
Father Ryan said: “Pentecost is often called the Birthday of the Church.
Exactly fifty years ago when the great and Blessed Pope John XXIII
started a fire by opening the Second Vatican Council, he very aptly
referred to his Council as a New Pentecost. Here was a Pope who was not
afraid of fire, who believed that God would be in the fire speaking in
new ways; here was a Pope who trusted deeply in the Spirit, who believed
that truth was not a monopoly of the few but God’s gift to the many:
God’s gift to the entire Church - to all the baptized - a gift to be
discovered in prayerful listening and painstaking dialogue.”
30. We celebrated the 87th annual Baccalaureate Mass
with the Class of 2012 of O’Dea High School.
1. Our weekly Taizé ecumenical prayer was
dedicated to prayer for the healing of our city in the
wake of terrible violence.
3. Nearly two hundred people joined in a
walk for peace and nonviolence. They walked from St. Mark’s
Episcopal Cathedral to St. James.
9. The Cathedral was filled as
Jose Alvarez was
ordained to the priesthood for service in the Archdiocese of
10. We observed the traditional feast of
Corpus Christi with
a procession around the block complete with trumpets, bagpipes, and
17. Our annual “All-Parish Choir”
of over a hundred parishioners provided music at the 10:00am Mass.
was a lively celebration of the wonderful volunteers who make St. James
Cathedral what it is. As for the past several years, the feast was
provided by parishioners Armandino and Marilyn Batali as a gift in
gratitude to the Cathedral’s volunteers.
Camino Seattle, a
five-week walking/hiking and prayer, kicked off today. Parishioners set
a goal and walked on their own or joined “hosted” walks around Seattle
and even further afield. Each participant set a prayer goal as well, and
collected stamps throughout the journey to mark their progress.
Well over two hundred parishioners participated.
28. We were privileged to have Father
William Treacy, the senior priest of the Archdiocese of
Seattle, share his story as part of our Vatican II Lecture series.
Father Treacy was (and is) a pioneer in ecumenical and interfaith
17. As part of a series of events relating to
Camino Seattle, we welcomed Rev. Dr. Sandy Brown,
pastor of First United Methodist in downtown Seattle, who with our own
parishioner Martha Crites shared a personal story of the Camino de
29. We celebrated the
Feast of St. James
with a festive picnic on Terry Avenue. Camino Seattle concluded today
with a special blessing of our pilgrims after the 10:00am and Noon
under the direction of Stacey Sunde, was an exuberant week of prayer,
music, and fun for more than 50 young people. The week concluded with a
stages presentation of the Play of Daniel.
19. Archbishop Sartain celebrated the Noon Mass,
praying in a special way for Catholics teaching in public
1. We were privileged to welcome hundreds
of members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul from
around the country to the 5:30pm Mass. They were in Seattle for
their annual national gathering.
10. Our Vatican II Lecture series continued with a talk by
Bishop Robert McElroy, auxiliary of San Francisco, on Gaudium
et Spes and religious liberty.
17. Our 16th Annual
Hunthausen Golf Tournament
was held at Inglewood Golf and Country Club in Kenmore. Thanks to
the support of our chairs, parishioners Matt and Mike Galvin, and many
corporate and individual sponsors, the tournament raised $74,000 to
support the Cathedral’s outreach ministries.
23. A new portable organ found a home in our
Cathedral Chapel. The “Esther” Organ is the gift
of several generous parishioners.
29. At Liturgy Day, our ushers,
readers, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion come together to
be renewed in their ministry.
Father Ryan blessed our new shrine honoring
Blessed Pope John
XXIII. We were privileged to have our beloved retired Archbishop
Raymond G. Hunthausen with us for the celebration. At the end of Mass,
he said: “My dear friends, so good to be with you. You touch my heart.
It’s wonderful to pray with you in this glorious liturgy. A few words to
express my special privilege to be part of this day. I congratulate you
for choosing to bless this new statue of Blessed John XXIII, my hero. He
has touched all our lives in ways that we perhaps are unaware of. It’s
my hope that you continue, as a faith community, as God’s holy People,
to live in the spirit of good Pope John, to live in the spirit of
Vatican II. You have certainly done a wonderful job so far, but there’s
so much more to bring to our troubled world. So may you be gospel people
and live the life of the disciple, asking John to be with you and to
direct us all to our Savior, Jesus Christ. I shall pray for you.
Please remember me.”
2. Our own parishioner Patty Repikoff
offered another in our Vatican II Lecture Series, speaking on the great
document on the Church, Lumen Gentium.
7. On Respect Life Sunday, our young
people prayed a special rosary for life following the Noon Mass.
27. Archbishop Sartain ordained twenty-two men to
the permanent diaconate.
29. Cathedral Hall was packed for world-renowned
historian John O’Malley, SJ’s lecture on the Second
Vatican Council, What Happened at Vatican II.