Cathedral Bulletin | September 16, 2020
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Register for Public Masses!
There are three options for public Mass in the Cathedral this weekend:
  • Saturday, September 19, at 5:30pm
  • Sunday, September 20 at 8:00am
  • Sunday, September 20 at 10:30am
We have put many precautions in place to make sure these celebrations are safe and comfortable. This is not business as usual! The following are important important instructions for those who wish to take part in Mass:
  • Registration is required, and registered persons will be checked in as they arrive. The Archdiocese of Seattle has mandated registration both to limit the numbers in attendance and to provide for contact tracing should we learn that anyone present has been exposed to Covid-19. We are required to keep records of all in attendance for 30 days, after which they will be destroyed.
  • Masks/face coverings must be worn throughout the Mass except when receiving Holy Communion. You will need to bring your own as we cannot provide them at this time, and your mask needs to cover both your nose and your mouth at all times. For your safety and that of others, face masks are not optional.
  • On arriving at the Cathedral, you will be greeted by staff who will check you in and show you your place for the Mass. You will NOT be able to choose your own place to sit! However, household groups will be seated together. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
You will notice a number of changes to the Mass. All these changes are designed to ensure our safety as we gather together for Mass:
  • The Sign of Peace will not be shared, and Communion will not be offered from the cup.
  • Communion will be given only in the hand, not on the tongue.
  • Because we are not able to gather or socialize following Mass, we ask that you depart quietly after the celebration.
Please remember that there is no obligation to attend Sunday Mass at this time. While we do our utmost to make the Mass safe, anyone who attends does so at their own risk. Particularly vulnerable persons are strongly encouraged to continue to shelter in place. Anyone who is experiencing any symptoms whatsoever, such as fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, MUST remain at home out of consideration for the health and well being of others.
Livestream Masses this weekend
The 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, September 20, 2020

MASS with Archbishop Etienne
Streamed on the Archdiocese of Seattle Vimeo/Facebook pages


MASS with Father Ryan
Streamed on the Cathedral Vimeo/Facebook pages


Vespers is now open to the public rather than livestreamed.
No need to register in advance.
Daily Mass and Adoration opportunity
The 8:00am Mass on Tuesdays is now open to the public. After Mass with Archbishop Etienne, we will have quiet Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral, with rosary at 12 Noon. No advance registration is required to come to this Mass or to participate in Adoration. All our usual COVID-19 guidelines will be observed, including face masks and social distancing. Please note that we will continue to livestream daily Mass at 8:00am for the duration of the pandemic.
Livestream Musical Prayer
Friday, September 18, 2020 at 6:30pm
Darrell J. Jordan, baritone | Samuel Libra, piano
Antonin Dvořák: Biblical Songs

On September 18, Cathedral cantor and Cathedral Choir section leader Darrell J. Jordan teams up with Samuel Libra on piano in the Biblical Songs of Romantic-era Czech composer Antonin Dvořák, The ten songs in the cycle have texts from the Book of Psalms that the composer originally set in his native language from the Bible of Kralice, the first Czech translation of the Bible, published around 1600. The songs were first published in Czech, German, and English in 1895 and have gone on to be some of Dvořák's most beloved vocal works.
In case you missed it!
Musical Prayer on Friday, September 11, 2020
Samuel Libra, organ
French Classical Organ Music
Faith Formation Opportunity
The Catholic Worldview
Living with Eyes Wide Open

An Adult Faith Formation Evening with Ron Ryan
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
6:30-8:00pm on Zoom
Pandemic… social unrest… political divisions. For many of us, the world feels overwhelming. We might be tempted to merely shut our eyes to all the darkness and negativity.
But our Catholic faith invites us to see the world in a different light, to live with our eyes wide open and to view it with hope. This session will explore how a healthy Catholic worldview can help us recognize the presence and grace of God at work in the world around us, and empower us to be channels of hope for others.
All are welcome! To join the evening, email Maria Laughlin, for the Zoom access information.
Ron Ryan, D. Min., recently retired after serving as a full-time lay ecclesial minister in various parish and catechetical roles for over 40 years
Join the discussion of Born in Syria
Born in Syria is a “wrenching documentary, which traces the journeys of seven child refugees being moved across Europe in search of a new life.” St. James Cathedral Immigrant Assistance recommends watching Born in Syria to see what it means to be a refugee as a child.

Please join us for a discussion of this documentary, the state of migration around the world, and what you can do right now to help refugees.

Thursday, September 24 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Register by emailing Chris Koehler at 
Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link to join.

Born in Syria is available to stream on Netflix at

“If the privileged world owes a debt to the war-torn citizens of elsewhere, as many believe it does, then Born in Syria brings ample evidence to the table. Like his last effort, Born in Gaza, Spaniard Hernan Zin’s latest focuses on the children, this time refugees undertaking traumatic journeys across Europe in search of a new life, leaving behind them broken families and a broken nation. Multiple documentary perspectives on Syria’s civil war have built up over the last few years, perhaps most notably with Feras Fayyad’s recent Sundance award winner, Last Men in Aleppo. But the focus here is less on the war, more on the aftermath. Inevitably it’s a potently soul-stirring, guilt-inducing experience which deserves to be seen by as many people as possible — but particularly, perhaps, by those privileged children old enough now to reflect upon it, and later to act.” Read the rest of the review at:

Sunday, September 27:
World Day of Migrants and Refugees
The Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) since 1914. It is always an occasion to express concern for different vulnerable people on the move; to pray for them as they face many challenges; and to increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers. As the title for his annual message, the Holy Father has chosen “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee” to focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced people (IDPs).
Download the Pope’s Message for the 2020 WDMR in the language of your choice at
Laudato Si' at Five Years, and Beyond
Fall Bible Study
In from the margins:
Women of Courage, Women of Faith
Fall Scripture Study
Patty Bowman & Patty Repikoff, presenters
Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, and 27
7:00pm-8:30pm, via Zoom
“Acclaim her for the work of her hands, and let her deeds praise her at the city gates.” (Proverbs 31:31)
The women who followed Jesus are among his most courageous and faith-filled disciples, but their witness can be overlooked or misunderstood. Join us to explore some of their stories, and to consider how their stories might inform and challenge our own.
Registration required.

This weekend's bulletin
Poem of the Week
"These are the days when birds come back"
Jackie O'Ryan reads and Corinna Laughlin reflects on
the poem by Emily Dickinson
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