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A Seasonal Liturgical Resource
from the Liturgy Office | Archdiocese of Seattle
In this Issue
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
As the patronal feast day of the United States, Friday December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Holy Day of Obligation.


Mary, Mother of God
As the feast day falls on a Monday this year, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, January 1, 2018 is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation in the United States.


Lecturas del día
The USCCB website has the daily readings,  las lecturas del día en español.
Rite of Election and Chrism Mass 2018
Mark your calendars and save the dates:    
Rite of Election - Lent 2018

Chrism Mass - Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7pm at St. James Cathedral


National Migration Week

For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking.

Visit the National Migration Week website for homily help, prayer of the faithful, and other great resources.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins January 18th until January 25th. Specific intentions may be inserted in the general intercessions at Mass and the Hours.

From the Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, the Mass for the Unity of Christians (#17), For the Evangelization of Peoples (#18), and For Persecuted Christians (#19) would be appropriate except on the Saturday Vigil or Sunday liturgies. Prayer services with other groups of Christians would also be fitting.

Consider Eco-Palms for the Sunday of the Passion of the Lord celebration as we remember the important role we play in protecting forests, local jobs, and sustainable livelihoods in harvesting communities.
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Share the Journey

Share the Journey is a Catholic campaign of compassion and support for migrants and refugees.

In a letter to all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Seattle, Archbishop Sartain, Bishop Elizondo, and Bishop Mueggenborg write:

"On September 27, 2017, Pope Francis launched Share the Journey, a global campaign to support migrants and refugees around the world. We, the bishops of the Archdiocese of Seattle, ask all Catholics to join Pope Francis, open your hearts and share the journey with those who have left their home countries in search of a better life.

Following the Holy Father's announcement, we are making additional materials available to help you participate fully in this initiative. Our hope is that through prayer and action, we will answer the Gospel call to love our neighbors."

Visit the Archdiocesan Share the Journey website for Prayer of the Faithful to use at Mass, the Share the Journey prayer, workshops, and other great resources.

Liturgical Calendar Notes
This year, December 24th falls on a Sund ay, which creates an interesting situation for the liturgical calendar!
  • The morning Masses on Sunday, December 24 are Masses for the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
  • The Vigil Mass of Christmas may be celebrated at any point after Evening Prayer on the afternoon of Sunday, December 24.
  • Please note the abundance of liturgical texts for Christmas. There are four distinct Christmas Masses, each with their own prayers and readings. The Vigil Mass of Christmas is celebrated in the early evening of December 24. The Mass during the Night is celebrated late on Christmas Eve or at Midnight on Christmas Day. The Mass at Dawn may be celebrated as the first Mass of Christmas morning, and the Mass during the Day for any remaining Masses on Christmas Day.

Misal Romano: Tercera edición
The   Misal Romano, tercera edición, will become mandatory in the United States on the First Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2018. The first use date is Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 2018.
The publishers offering it are Liturgical Press, Catholic Book Publishing Co., and Magnificat.

The Liturgy Office can purchase the Liturgical Press edition and offer parishes a 20% discount. The Misal Romano will be shipped to you directly and once the order is received, the office will send you the invoice.

If you would like to purchase the Liturgical Press edition with the office discount, please email Jennifer Day by January 3rd with the information below:

     - Full Name?
     - Parish and city?
     - How many copies of the Misal Romano would you like to order?
     - Shipping Address?
The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) has a website with additional resources on implementing the Misal Romano: tercera edición at your parishes.

Según las normas establecidas por la Santa Sede, esta edición del Misal Romano se declara como la traducción española
definitivamente aprobada del Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia emendata (2008) y se publica con la autoridad de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos.

Las diversas secciones del Misal Romano -incluyendo las traducciones españolas del calendario propio, los textos propios y las adaptaciones para las diócesis de los Estados Unidos de América- fueron canónicamente aprobadas por la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos el 18 de junio de 2009, el 16 de junio de 2011 y el 12 de noviembre de 2013, y confirmadas después por la Sede Apostólica por decreto de la Congregación para el Culto Divino y la Disciplina de los Sacramentos del 1º de julio de 2016 (Prot. n. 170/14).

La tercera edición del Misal Romano podrá ser utilizada en la liturgia a partir del domingo de Pentecostés, el 20 de mayo de 2018. Desde el primer domingo de Adviento, el 2 de diciembre de 2018, su uso es obligatorio. A partir de esta fecha no podrá usarse otra edición en español del Misal Romano en las diócesis de los Estados
Unidos de América.

Dado en el Secretariado General de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos, Washington,
DC, el 14 de septiembre de 2017, fiesta de la Exaltación de la Santa Cruz.

Daniel N. Cardenal DiNardo Rev. Mons. J. Brian Bransfield
Arzobispo de Galveston-Houston Secretario General
Presidente, Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos.

Advent Liturgical Notes


On Thanksgiving Day, as families and friends gather to give thanks to God for the many graces received, a Thanksgiving Table Blessing, from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers may be used.


The use of the Advent Wreath is a traditional practice which has found its place in the Church as well as in the home. The blessing of an Advent Wreath takes place on the First Sunday of Advent or on the evening before the First Sunday of Advent.

When the Blessing of the Advent Wreath is celebrated in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another member of the family.



As we honor the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary within the womb of St. Anne, it is fitting to remember this Blessing of a Child in the Womb. This blessing supports parents awaiting the birth of a child and encourages the parish community's prayers for - and recognition of - the gift of human life in the form of the child in the womb. It may be offered within Mass as well as outside of Mass.

View the ritual text from the USCCB Website



The blessing of the Christmas manger or nativity scene may take place on the Vigil of Christmas or at another suitable time.

When the manger is set up in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another family member.

View the ritual text from the USCCB website.


The use of the Christmas tree is relatively modern. Its origins are found in the medieval mystery plays that depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas light or candle that symbolized Christ, the Light of the world.


According to custom, the Christmas tree is set up just before Christmas and may remain in place until the Solemnity of Epiphany. The lights of the tree are illuminated after the prayer of blessing.

In the home the Christmas tree may be blessed by a parent or another family member, in connection with the evening meal on the Vigil of Christmas or at another suitable time on Christmas Day.

View the ritual text from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers.


Although the traditional date of Epiphany is January 6, this year in the United States it is celebrated on Sunday, January 7.


View the ritual text from the USCCB website.


Upcoming Events
Saturday, December 2              2 de diciembre
9:30am St. Mary, Seattle         Rosario/Rosary
10:30am St. Mary                   Procesión/Procession
12:10pm St. James Cathedral, Seattle           Misa/Mass
1:30pm - St. James Cathedral            Recepción/Reception
Saturday, December 9 at 11:00am  
St. James Cathedral
Saturday, January 27, 2018
9:00am - 3:00pm
Pastoral Outreach Center at
St. James Cathedral, Seattle
Visit the Liturgy Office website for more information and to register.

Monday, January 22, 2018
Marcus Pavilion at St. Martin's University in Lacey

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