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All Catholics are encouraged to make a pilgrimage during the Year of Faith—to Rome, to the church where you were baptized, or to your local Cathedral—as one of the ways of obtaining the plenary indulgence* which is offered during the holy year.
 
St. James Cathedral welcomes pilgrimage groups large and small from the parishes and missions of the Archdiocese of Seattle.  Groups may arrange for a guided tour of the Cathedral in conjunction with their visit, or they may simply spend time in prayer.  Pilgrims are especially encouraged to join in the celebration of Vespers with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday afternoons at 4:00pm.
 
Special Year of Faith prayer cards are available near the Cathedral’s baptismal font.  Because the Year of Faith coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, pilgrims may also wish to pray at the new shrine to Blessed John XXIII in the Cathedral’s north aisle.
 
Many parish programs will find a prayerful visit to St. James an enriching and memorable experience, especially children, young adults, or seniors, or participants in the RCIA or Confirmation programs.  To arrange your visit, please contact Corinna Laughlin at 206-622-3559, or claughlin@stjames-cathedral.org.


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* “During the Year of Faith, which will last from 11 October 2012 to 24 November 2013, Plenary Indulgence for the temporal punishment of sins, imparted by the mercy of God and applicable also to the souls of deceased faithful, may be obtained by all faithful who, truly penitent, take Sacramental Confession and the Eucharist and pray in accordance with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff…. Each time they visit, in the course of a pilgrimage… a cathedral church … and there participate in a sacred celebration, or at least remain for a congruous period of time in prayer and pious meditation, concluding with the recitation of the Our Father, the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form, and invocations to the Blessed Virgin Mary and, depending on the circumstances, to the Holy Apostles and patron saints.”   www.annusfidei.va


 

 

 

 

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Seattle, Washington  98104
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