FAITH FORMATION POSITION OPENING The parish has an immediate opening for an Administrative Assistant in the Faith Formation Department. This position will support and provide clerical and administrative assistance for the Faith Formation Staff for all Faith Formation ministries, including RCIA for adults and older children, Welcome Back, Adult Confirmation, Baptisms, Bible Studies, and special events. For information and an application form, contact John Simpson at email@example.com
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Every Friday morning, following the 8:00am Mass, we have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, continuing until 9:30am. All are invited to join in the Mass and in this time of prayer in the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
EVENING PRAYER WITH MUSIC FROM TAIZÉ Friday, October 7 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.
OCTOBER IS RESPECT LIFE MONTH: How to Build a Culture of Life Watching the news and reading the headlines, we may feel helpless seeing the heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. How do we respond? Changing the culture is a process of conversion that begins in our own hearts. When we encounter Christ, experience His love, and deepen our relationship with Him, we become more aware of our own immeasurable worth and that of others. His unchanging love is the source of our God-given dignity, which, therefore, cannot be taken away. When someone is facing great trials, we need to walk with them on their journey, intercede for them, and be open to sharing Christ’s love however He directs. We simply need to follow where He leads. Read the full version at www.respectlifeprogram.org/culture-of-life, courtesy of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION Our Children’s Faith Formation program began Sunday, September 18. Children are welcome to join at any time! Information and enrollment, Theresa Van de Ven at 206-219-5822 or email@example.com.
FIRST COMMUNION FOR CHILDREN The Archdiocese of Seattle requires a 2 year preparation period for the sacrament of First Communion and First Reconciliation. Usually children start preparation at age 6 or 7. Information and enrollment, Theresa Van de Ven at 206-219-5822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONFIRMATION FOR YOUTH The Archdiocese of Seattle has reduced the age for the sacrament of Confirmation to age 13. If your child will be 13 years of age by the end of April 2023, now is the time to enroll them in Confirmation sessions for preparation. Sessions began on September 18. Information and enrollment, Theresa Van de Ven at 206-219-5822 or email@example.com.
CAPPELLA ROMANA CONCERT: HEAVEN AND EARTH Friday, October 14 at 7:30pm. Inspired by the discovery of the Higgs Boson, Heaven and Earth is a musical meditation on Psalm 103 (“Bless the Lord, O my soul”) by six Orthodox composers, including a double-choir motet by the late Richard Toensing. Sung in English with the traditional Orthodox refrains. Members of 45th Parallel will join Cappella Romana for Tavener’s Ikon of Light. For tickets ($33-$53, with a $5 Arts for All option) and more information, visit cappellaromana.org/concert/heavenearth or call 503-236-8202. A limited number of pay-what-you-can parishioner passes are available through the Cathedral music office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-382-4874.
FROM ST VINCENT DE PAUL VOLUNTEER, BLAKE STELLER Volunteering for St. Vincent de Paul has given me the opportunity to connect with my community in ways I had never imagined. There’s nothing like the feeling of seeing someone’s gratitude for your help, and this ministry allows us Vincentians to go out in the Cathedral’s neighborhoods and see the difference we can make in other’s lives. As one of my fellow Vincentians said, it’s a real “boots-on-ground” type ministry. I am continuously learning from the neighbors we interact with. It is a true blessing to volunteer for this ministry! Information, Blake Steller, email@example.com.
MASS IN HONOR OF ST. KATERI TEKAKWITHA On Saturday, October 22 at 11:00am, you are invited to join Catholics from the Native American community as we celebrate and honor the witness of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized. This celebration marks the tenth anniversary of St. Kateri’s canonization. During this Mass and celebration, we will have the opportunity to hear from Jake Finkbonner, whose miraculous healing led to St. Kateri’s canonization, as well as from others involved in the canonization process. A reception follows. All are welcome!
WOMEN OF ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL Would you like to be part of a group that builds community among the women of St. James Cathedral? If so, please join us for an hour of getting acquainted, reflecting on the ministry of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and sharing refreshments. We will gather on four Tuesday afternoons beginning October 25, from 3:00-4:00pm. Registration, Theresa Van de Ven, 206-219-5822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE Seeing Clearly, Choosing Well and Acting Rightly: Daring to Dream as a Cathedral that Journeys Together. Saturday, October 15, 9am-5pm at the Cathedral. Join new and continuing parishioners who participate in outreach and advocacy ministries for this retreat sponsored by the St. James Life, Peace and Justice Commission. The retreat will guide us in exploring how our faith guides us to reach out to those on the margins through our Cathedral ministries, including our meal programs, Cathedral Garden and work to respect life at all stages. Registration, Patrick Barredo, email@example.com or 206-382-4515.
OUTREACH AT ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL There are many ways to proclaim the Gospel to our local community. St. James Cathedral supports the St. Martin de Porres shelter, which works with men over the age of 50. One way we do this is by encouraging St. James parishioners to make nutritious sandwiches in their homes, and then to bring them to the Cathedral so that they can be delivered to the shelter. This is a great way for families to care for the homeless! Information, Maria Tally, firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-264-2091.
SATURDAY CONFESSIONS are heard immediately following the 8:00am Mass on Saturday mornings, from 8:30am to 9:30am.
CARE FOR CREATION TIP As we conclude the Season of Creation, conduct a home energy audit. You will be able to identify where you can patch air leaks, switch out light bulbs, or improve insulation. You’ll conserve energy, reduce emissions that contribute to climate change, and save money! Consider using the City of Seattle’s DIY home energy audit: https://www.seattle.gov/documents/Departments/CityLight/DIYAudit.PDF.