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, https://www.wacatholics.org/be-an-advocate/join-our-network.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.stjames-cathedral.org.
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 email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.faithfriendsstjames.org.