November 15, 2020
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
In this edition:
A post-election message shared by Msgr. Jameson, an invitation to Light a Candle for November intentions, an often-overlooked Cathedral anniversary, Thanksgiving news, a new "Follow Me" blog post, November formation and music events, and an Advent book club selection reveal!
"His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.’" (Mt 25:21)

Sunday Masses
7am (English) | 10am (English) 
1pm (Spanish) | *5:30pm (English)
*5:30pm Mass interpreted for the deaf
All Masses are open to the public. The Cathedral opens 30 minutes before each Mass and closes immediately after each Mass. See the guide to participating at Mass.

Livestreamed Masses
10am (English)
Msgr. W. Ronald Jameson, celebrant
1pm (Spanish)
Fr. John Benson, celebrant
Online Offertory options:
Please pray for the sick of our parish, including Gloria Harrington, Mary Latka, and Suzanne Charlick, and all who are ill with COVID-19 or caring for them.
We ask that parishioners please continue to make a regular offertory gift. You may place your donation in one of the collection baskets at the exits on Sundays, use one of the online donation options above, or mail your donation to the rectory office. Thank you for your critically needed support.
A Message from the Rector
(with a nod of thanks to Fr. Mike)
My friends, as I settle in here at my desk on Veterans' Day, I feel I must write to you about the events of the past week. There is much to say and to share. But I wonder how to put it all in words. Well, the Lord provides, or rather, my good friend, Fr. Mike Ryan, the Rector of St. James Cathedral in Seattle, provides. For his Cathedral bulletin of November 10th, he wrote the following letter to his parishioners. I could not say it better. He speaks from the heart and I share his thoughts and echo his message, below.
"We have been through a long and bruising election season, an election unlike any of us can remember. Some are elated about the outcome and others are disappointed and even angered by it. One thing is certain: no one is without feelings about what happened on Tuesday and about the results that came in yesterday. And we bring those feelings along with us to Mass this morning. There is no way we cannot.

And so, for some, our prayer this morning is one of gratitude and hope; for others, our prayer will come from a place of sadness and distress. But, for all our differences – our different points of view, different political affiliations, and different convictions about our country and its direction – for all our differences, there is so much that unites us. We wouldn’t be here if that were not the case. No matter what our differences may be, we are sisters and brothers - part of the same Church, part of the Body of Christ, part of this wonderful community of faith called St. James Cathedral parish. And that, more than anything, needs to be in our minds this morning as we gather for prayer - that, and an awareness that we all care deeply about our country and want only the best for it—no matter how we voted.

And, my friends, we have something more in common, too: we all believe in the power of prayer and, to quote the poet, “more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” Not everyone believes that, but we do.

And so, we pray. We pray earnestly and honestly. We pray from our joy, we pray from our pain. We pray with confidence to the God who loves each of us beyond measure, we pray to the God for whom the differences that to us seem great and even insurmountable are really quite inconsequential when viewed against the great backdrop of God’s plan for the human family. God’s plan is for us to love one another; God’s plan is for us to build communities of love; God’s plan for us is to embrace the voiceless and the vulnerable - those on the margins and in the shadows who have no one to embrace them. God’s plan is for us not only to embrace them but also to work for a better world where they are valued, accepted, loved. In doing so, we will be building God’s kingdom - making God’s kingdom come - which is what we pray for every time we recite the Lord’s Prayer. And, my friends, those are things we can all agree on, no matter what our politics may be, things we can all work together to bring about. It’s what we have been doing for a long time at St. James Cathedral, and I am confident that we will continue that great work!

May our prayer this morning be a step in that direction. May it begin to bring about healing, forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace.

And may it bring to our President-elect and to all those who were elected to public office this past week, wisdom, courage, compassion, and a deep commitment to the values that make this nation great.

Lastly, may our prayer help bring our nation, so deeply divided and wounded, to a reawakening, to a belief and a conviction that the great gifts given us so long ago by our Founders are not spent or forgotten: that the great American Dream is still alive and that we are the ones who can make that dream come true.

Let me conclude with the immortal words of Abraham Lincoln spoken so long ago at his first inaugural:

We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory…will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched…by the better angels of our nature.”

Father Michael G. Ryan
Daily Readings

Monday, November 16 (St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Gertrude)
Tuesday, November 17 (St. Elizabeth of Hungary)
Wednesday, November 18 (St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Dedication of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul)
Revelation 4:1-11; Luke 19:11-28, or for the Dedication, Acts 28:11-16, 30-31; Matthew 14:22-33
Thursday, November 19
Friday, November 20
Saturday, November 21 (Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Cathedral Notes
November Remembrance
Did you know? You can choose a location in the Cathedral for the lighting of a votive candle in remembrance of a deceased loved one, or for intentions for the living. Click here to send us your intentions and make a donation, if you are able.

Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral
Join us in the Cathedral on Saturday, November 14, the 44th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral Church of St. Matthew the Apostle. We celebrate this date as a solemnity at the 8am Mass with Fr. Hurley presiding. Read more. Enter the spirit of the occasion by taking our 360° Cathedral virtual tour!

Adopt-a-Family Thanksgiving Drive
Answer the call to be present to neighbors in need with a monetary donation to our Thanksgiving Gift Card Drive. Click here to donate (specify Adopt-a-Family Thanksgiving Drive in the notes section), mail a check to the rectory, or schedule a time to drop off gift cards. Read more.
Organ Recital by Suzanne Béchamps
Cathedral Associate Organist, Suzanne Béchamps, presents a Sunday afternoon recital on November 22 at 3:30pm (in-person and livestreamed). Come and enjoy the works of Vincent Lübeck, J. S. Bach, César Franck, and Jean Langlais. Read more. Read about another recital in early Advent.
Creating a Culture of Encounter, Solidarity, and Collaboration 
Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP joins us on Tuesday, November 24 for a Zoom session on “Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis' encyclical that conveys a vision for our post-pandemic world in which we recognize our need for one another. Read more. Read "Fratelli Tutti."

Study of St. Mark's Gospel
You may still participate in our study of St. Mark's Gospel by Little Rock Scripture Study, which runs through November. Register now for either of two groups that meet virtually. Read more.

Thanksgiving Day Eucharist
Msgr. Jameson is the celebrant and Fr. Benson, the homilist, at our bilingual Mass for Thanksgiving Day (Spanish and English), celebrated on Thursday, November 26 at 10am. Be with us at Mass or join the livestream on our YouTube channel. Read more.

"Gilead" Book Club Selection for December
Let's get reading! Fr. Jack Hurley leads an Advent discussion of the Pulitzer Prize winning work of fiction, "Gilead," by Marilynne Robinson, on Thursday, December 17 from 7 to 8pm. Email Fr. Hurley to request that the Zoom link be sent to you when it becomes available.
What's New Online?
New Social Justice Blog
Dr. Simone Seym, St. Matthew’s Creation Care Team Co-Coordinator, answers the question, "Why Are You Passionate about Creation Care?" in our new Social Justice blog, "Follow Me." In 2020 Simone became a certified Laudato Si' Animator with the Global Catholic Climate Movement and successfully completed the Laudato Si' and Integral Ecology online course with the Franciscan General Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation in Rome. 
Are You With Us?
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Advent & Christmas

Msgr. Jameson's November eletter to parishioners (coming out next week) and next Friday's edition of this Parish Update eletter will include a listing of Advent and Christmas liturgies and events and links to more information on the Cathedral website.
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, whose memorial we celebrate next Wednesday, November 18, is pictured in the mural (5th figure in from the right) above the Cathedral main entrance, "Saintly and Eminent Personages of the Americas." St. Rose Philippine Duchesne was the founder of the first convent of the Sacred Heart in America.
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