In Your Midst

Cathedral Almanac

November 2012

Snapshots of life at St. James Cathedral, May, 2012-November, 2012

12.  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 the world.
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. Congratulations, gentlemen!
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 Seattle.
10.  We observed the traditional feast of Corpus Christi with a procession around the block complete with trumpets, bagpipes, and banners.
17.  Our annual “All-Parish Choir” of over a hundred parishioners provided music at the 10:00am Mass.
21.  The Ministries Dinner 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.
24Camino 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 relations.
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 Santiago.
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 Masses.
13-19Choir Camp, 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 schools.
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.
30.  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.


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