Cathedral Bulletin | November 23, 2022


  • Mass of Thanksgiving Day, November 24 at 9:30am
  • Join us for the First Sunday of Advent, November 27
  • Sacrificial Sunday Giving: Make your pledge for 2023
  • Collecting donations for Seafarers--now through 12/9!
  • Advent at St. James Cathedral--a complete guide
  • Care for Creation Advent Calendar
  • Contemplative Evening Prayer, December 2
  • Madre de las Americas Celebration, December 3
  • Medieval Women's Choir Concert, December 3
  • Simbang Gabi, December 10
  • Advent Communal Penance Service, December 12
  • The Chair: A Documentary about the history of the Archdiocese of Seattle
  • Other News and Notices
  • Last Sunday's bulletin

Thanksgiving Day Mass 11/24

On Thursday, November 24 at 9:30am, we will celebrate a special Mass of Thanksgiving Day. This annual Mass is a beloved tradition in the parish. During Mass, you’ll be invited to bring forward an offering of non-perishable food items to be shared with those in need. Father Ryan will preside.


The Thanksgiving Day Mass will be livestreamed on VIMEO and FACEBOOK.

The First Sunday of Advent

Saturday, November 26, 2022


5:30pm MASS

Sunday, November 27, 2022


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.

Sacrificial Sunday Giving Report

Make your Sacrificial Giving pledge for 2023!

In case you missed it! Watch John Engel-Kemnetz' witness talk

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.


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Ditty Bags for Seafarers--donations needed!

This year, the Cathedral community is invited to collect items to be given to seafarers who dock in the Port of Seattle. Our goal is to donate 100 ditty bags to be distributed during the holidays. The Seattle Seafarers’ Center provides about 1,000 of these to merchant seafarers. It is an important part of the pastoral welcome and care for seafarers who are berthed during the holidays. It is a wonderful way to give thanks for these often hidden essential workers, who come from all over the world and are far from their families.

We have the bags, all we need is the contents! Please consider donating:

  • an adult-sized knit hat
  • full size (please no travel size) bottle of shampoo and/or body wash
  • full size toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • deodorant
  • shaving cream
  • 1-2 razors

All donations can be left in the Cathedral Bookstore anytime between now and December 9. You can also have items shipped to the parish office (attention: Maria). Thank you! Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

Advent at St. James Cathedral

Click on the image to download the two-page flyer

Care for Creation Advent Calendar

Contemplative Evening Prayer 12/2

Madre de las Americas 12/3

Medieval Women's Choir Concert 12/3


Devotio: Seasonal Music of the Common Life

Saturday, December 3 at 8:00pm

Sisters of the Common Life, Brothers of the Common Life: These were terms used in the Middle Ages to refer to religious communities who lived apart from the world. They followed a movement called the Devotio Moderna, a new style of devotion that emphasized individual experience and spiritual fulfillment, and in which music played a crucial role in generating and supporting the piety and emotion needed for adequate faith. The movement led to some of the most inspiring musical creations of the time. Join us as we celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons by exploring the musical traditions of Devotio in all its aspects.

Tickets ($0-$30) are available online at or at the Marion/Terry entrance (doors open at 7:30pm).

Simbang Gabi 12/10

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. 

Go to

Poem of the Week is back!

Scott Webster reads Seamus Heaney's "Digging" and Corinna Laughlin offers commentary

News and Notices

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Every Friday morning, following the 8:00am Mass, we will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, continuing until 9:30am, with the Office of Morning Prayer at 9:00am. All are invited to join in this time of prayer in the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.


THANKSGIVING DAY FOOD COLLECTION If you are attending Thanksgiving Day Mass on November 24 at 9:30am, please consider bringing offerings of non-perishable food to benefit the Cathedral Kitchen and the Food Bank at St. Mary’s. Your support is greatly appreciated! Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515 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,


ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS YOU A young single mother worked at a daycare. Multiple cases of Covid at the daycare caused her concern. She made a change in employment to a different field to protect herself and her child from the constant Covid exposure. While she had been making ends meet, the change in jobs created a gap between paychecks that left her short of funds to pay her current month’s rent. The young mother called the St Vincent de Paul Helpline requesting assistance (206-767-6449). With your help, assistance to pay the current month’s rent was given to fill the gap. Information, Jo Ann Wiesner, 206-291-4012 or


VISIT THE CATHEDRAL COLUMBARIUM The Cathedral’s Columbarium was blessed by Archbishop Etienne last December. A columbarium is a cemetery for the reverent burial of cremated remains. The way we honor the mortal remains of our deceased family members and friends is a reflection of the faith we profess in the Nicene Creed: we believe in the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. The columbarium is open for prayer whenever the Cathedral is open. Niches are available to parishioners who have been registered at least two years. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284 or


ADVENT BAZAAR RETURNS! Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 4, 11am to 12pm in Cathedral Hall for the return of the Advent Bazaar! Join us at Coffee Hour for a wonderful opportunity to start your Christmas shopping while benefiting good causes. Highlights include: Fair Trade Goods from Catholic Relief Services, Christmas Wreaths benefiting the Association of Catholic Childhood, Han-Made Recycled Wax Candles created by members of the Seattle L’Arche Community, Craft Items from parishioners, and much more!


ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY FROM THE WASHINGTON STATE BISHOPS The five Catholic Bishops of Washington state call on policy makers to develop and implement a holistic plan to care for creation and the common good in the Lower Snake River region. The bishops acknowledge that the diminishing salmon population and the loss of their original habitat pose a threat to the spiritual lifeways of indigenous peoples. Echoing Pope Francis’ teachings in Laudato Si’, the bishops state that the indigenous people of the region should be “principal dialogue partners” in forming a comprehensive plan to serve the common good, care for creation, and take into account the treaties and rights of the Original Peoples of Washington state and those who live and work in the Lower Snake River region. The full statement may be accessed at


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


CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION Our Children’s Faith Formation program began Sunday, September 18. All children are welcome! Information and enrollment, Theresa Van de Ven, 206-219-5822 or


YOUTH ALTAR SERVERS Children who have received their First Holy Communion are eligible to participate in the Mass in a special way as altar servers. Altar servers add dignity to the liturgy and assist the priest during Mass. Altar serving is a great way for kids to get to know the Mass better, and participate actively in their faith along with other young people. The time commitment is flexible based on your family’s schedule, and there are openings at all Masses. Information, Corinna Laughlin, 206-264-2086 or


EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION The Cathedral needs more communion ministers! The need is particularly great on Saturday and Sunday evenings and Sunday morning at 8:00am, but there are openings at all Masses. In order to bring back communion under both kinds (both the host and the chalice), the fullest form of Eucharistic participation, we need many new ministers! Confirmed, practicing Catholics of all ages are welcome to participate in this important ministry. Training is provided. Information, Corinna Laughlin, 206-264-2086 or


SANDICH MAKING MINISTRY Healthy sandwiches can be made at home and then brought to the Cathedral to share with men staying at the St. Martin de Porres Shelter. This is a great activity for families with young children, people with busy lives, and anyone who is not able to go out and serve. Information, Maria Tally, 206-264-2091 or


TEEN, YOUNG ADULT AND ADULT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FAITH FRIENDS MINISTRY Faith Friends is a unique blend of our Faith Mentor, children’s faith formation program, and an inclusion ministry. The ministry's goal is to give children and teens ages 7- 18 with physical, cognitive and/or intellectual disabilities access to the parish community, social events, and faith formation. Perhaps the most unique aspect of the Faith Friends program is the Faith Peer program. Faith Peers are teens and young adults who have chosen to live out their discipleship and share some of their personal time in dedication and service to the goals of the program. Adult volunteers are needed for the Adult Leadership team. Information, Jennifer Wong, 206-619-0816,, or


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