Cathedral Bulletin | December 28, 2022


  • The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
  • Submit your prayer intentions for the Holy Land Pilgrimage
  • Contemplative Evening Prayer, January 6 at 6:30pm
  • From the Poem a Week Archives: The Darkling Thrush
  • Sacrificial Sunday Giving: make your pledge for 2023
  • Other News and Notices
  • The Chair: A Documentary about the history of the Archdiocese of Seattle
  • Last Sunday's bulletin

Mary, Mother of God

Christmas Livestream links

Saturday, December 31, 2022


5:30pm MASS

On New Year’s Eve at 5:30pm, Father Ryan will celebrate a special Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, with hundreds of candles and music from the community of Taizé, France. What better way to mark the end of 2022, and pray for peace in the New Year 2023?


Sunday, January 1, 2023


8:00am MASS

live-streamed on VIMEO | FACEBOOK


10:00am MASS

live-streamed on VIMEO | FACEBOOK


12:00pm MASS


4:00pm Vespers with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament


5:30pm MASS


The south side of the East Nave has been set aside as a mask-only section at all weekend Masses. Face coverings are required in this seating area. For information, inquire of an usher. Thank you for your understanding.

Submit your prayer intentions for the Holy Land Pilgrimage January 22-31, 2023

The parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land departs, at long last, on Sunday, January 22, 2023. 117 parishioners will join Father Ryan on this journey, following in the footsteps of Jesus.

You are invited to join the pilgrims virtually by submitting your prayer intentions and praying along with the pilgrims each day of the pilgrimage. All intentions submitted will be included in a book that will be placed at the altar at each Mass celebrated. Please help make this a pilgrimage of prayer for the whole parish community by sharing your own intentions and by praying along with the pilgrims each day. Photos, videos, and reflections will be posted daily to Instagram and Facebook.

Click here to submit your intention online.

Contemplative Evening Prayer 1/6

From the Archives: The Darkling Thrush

Scott Webster reads Thomas Hardy's classic "The Darkling Thrush" and Corinna Laughlin offers commentary.

Sacrificial Sunday Giving Report

Your generous support makes it possible for St. James Cathedral...


  • To celebrate the Church’s liturgy with beauty and dignity;
  • To reach out with love to the poor, the needy, and the elderly;
  • To offer educational programs to children, teens, and adults;
  • To pay our staff a just and living wage;
  • To sustain our highly acclaimed musical and cultural programs;
  • To maintain our magnificent cathedral and other parish buildings.


You can make your pledge online here!


News and Notices

NO SUNDAY COFFEE HOUR ON JANUARY 1 There will be no Sunday coffee hour on December 25 or January 1. We look forward to seeing you on January 8!


VISIT THE MANGER SCENE All are invited to visit the Christmas manger scene in the Cathedral Chapel, through January 8. O, come let us adore him, Christ the Lord!


MASS BY CANDLELIGHT ON NEW YEAR’S EVE Saturday, December 31 at 5:30pm. We will mark the end of 2022 with a special Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, with beautiful music and hundreds of candles. What better way to end the old year, or start the new one?


EVENING PRAYER WITH MUSIC FROM TAIZÉ Friday, January 6 at 6:30pm. All are welcome to this celebration of evening prayer with candlelight and the haunting music of the ecumenical community of Taizé, France.


FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS, DECEMBER 28 On this day, we remember those who died as the Holy Family fled for their safety. May we pray for today’s refugees, who flee their lands out of concern for their safety, and for those who are left behind in danger. May we also pray for the unborn children lost to abortion, and pray for healing and reconciliation for post-abortive mothers and fathers. 


ADVENT GIVING TREE AND SOCK DRIVE A profound word of thanks to all of you who have supported the Giving Tree and the Sock Drive during this Advent season. Many men, women and children throughout Seattle, King County and Skagit County will be enjoying the Christmas season because of your generosity. As you have blessed them with your gifts, please also bless them in your prayers during this time of year. Thank you!


CATHOLIC ADVOCACY BULLETIN The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) represents the legislative priorities of our state's bishops in Olympia. With a long legislative session slated for 2023, the WSCC will be publishing weekly bulletins starting in January. There will be plenty of news and updates, as well as sign-in opportunities for bills and information to contact your legislators. Subscribe, Washington State Catholic Conference,

CATHEDRAL KITCHEN As the Cathedral Kitchen prepares to return to complete in-person dining each weeknight, consider joining the Kitchen team by committing to prepare and serve meals once a week. Information, Mick McHugh, 206-264-2091 or


SUNDAY BREAKFAST There are only two opportunities for homeless and low-income people to enjoy a free breakfast on Sunday mornings, and St. James is one of them. Volunteers come in either on Saturdays to cook, or Sundays to heat up and serve breakfast. Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515 or


WELCOME BACK Would you yourself–or someone you know–like to take another look at the Catholic Church? If, for one reason or another, you have been away and long for community, or feel hungry for something more, Welcome Back might be just the right place to safely express your concerns. A new in-person six-week series will begin in January. Information, John Simpson, 206-654-4658 or


INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC? Seeking a closer relationship with God? Feeling the need for spiritual community and support? Wanting to make the Catholic faith your own? Wondering how to go about joining the Catholic Church? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) might be for you. Information, John Marquez, 206-654-4640,


ADULT CONFIRMATION Are you or is someone you know 17 or older and in need of the sacrament of Confirmation? The sacrament will be celebrated on Thursday, May 11 at 7:00pm. Classes in preparation for Confirmation begin on Tuesday, February 28. Catholic Baptism and First Communion are required. The deadline for registration is February 21. Information and registration, John Marquez, 206-654-4640 or


ARE YOU A REGISTERED PARISHIONER AT ST. JAMES? Many who attend St. James regularly and consider the Cathedral their parish have never officially registered. We strongly encourage you to register. Registered parishioners receive important mailings from the Cathedral (including offering envelopes!). You can register online at


ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU When a woman’s adult daughter became ill, she invited her daughter and toddler grandchild to live with her and her own son. Wanting to live closer to the medical facility treating her daughter’s illness, the family of four moved from the south end to Seattle. Although the woman works full time, expenses incurred in moving and securing a new apartment, made her short of rental funds. The woman called the St Vincent de Paul Helpline requesting assistance (206-767-6449). Thanks to your support, we offered enough help so this family could settle into their new apartment with the hope of staying on top of their expenses. Information, Jo Ann Wiesner, 206-291-4012 or

FAITH FRIENDS INCLUSION MINISTRY Faith Friends is an inclusion ministry serving children and teens from across the Archdiocese of Seattle. We are a unique blend of our Faith Mentor and Children’s Faith Formation program, and provide Sacramental Preparation, as well as opportunities for friendship with other youth. Information, Jennifer Wong, 206-619-0816,, or


The Chair: A Documentary

The Archdiocese of Seattle was recently featured in a video series called “The Chair,” celebrating cathedrals, bishops and dioceses throughout the United States. Both Father Ryan and Corinna Laughlin are featured in this 24-minute film, which also includes stunning footage of the Cathedral. It's free to watch but does require creating a free account to access the Seattle episode. 

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