Dean's Greeting
The Very Rev. Dominic Barrington
The sorry state of politics across much of the western world leads to a kind of name-calling that underscores the divisiveness of societies and communities. But even at their worst, it would be a challenge for contemporary politicians to rival John the Baptizer.

When he was on a roll, he was blunt and extreme in his language. “You brood of vipers,” he shouts at the vast crowd that has been attracted to his extraordinary preaching...a welcome message that seems anything but inviting!

But the news is Good. Very good! The readings this Sunday command us to rejoice. Rejoice, for God is sorting things out, making things new, and offering a fresh start to anyone and everyone. As you read this, if you don’t think that you (like me) are in need of such a fresh start, go and look harder in your spiritual mirror. 
God offers a fresh start
to anyone and everyone.
Instead of turning people away by his powerful rhetoric, John had his audience asking how they could make fresh starts in their own lives. His reply was practical, attainable, and easy to understand. It was reflecting the incredible and life-changing Good News that God’s loving relationship to the world was about to hit a remarkable new level in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, whom we call the Christ.

Join us this Sunday to celebrate this ultimate Good News -- news which can change any and every life for the better.
Nine Lessons & Carols
Friday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m. (prelude at 6 p.m.)
God's love for you is made manifest on Christmas! Plan to celebrate the great gifts of music, community, and Christmas cheer at this Chicago holiday tradition. Familiar carols, lesser-known melodies, and new holiday classics are the musical highlight of this imaginative approach to worship. Facebook event.
Special Dean's Forum
This Sunday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m.
In anticipation of the priestly ordination of Curate Anna Broadbent a week later, the St. James clergy lead an informative session of what the call to priesthood is, does, and should be. Support Anna as the clergy consider what their role is at the Cathedral and in the world.
Christmas Flower Offering
Collected through this Sunday, Dec. 16
This Christmas, share the beauty of your love for someone special with honorary or memorial flowers. You can donate online and add their names to the memo line. There are also specific envelopes in the pew racks in the cathedral.
Ordination of the Rev. Anna Broadbent
Sunday, Dec. 23 at 10 a.m.
Bishop Jeffrey Lee ordains Curate Anna Broadbent to the priesthood at this important milestone in the communal life of St. James Cathedral. A festive reception will follow in Kyle's Place Gallery. There are only services at 8 and 10 a.m. this day.
Art Exhibit
Through Sunday, Jan. 6 in Kyle's Place Gallery
Plan to visit an upcoming exhibit of contemporary South African art presented by the boyoyoboy gallery in Kyle's Place Gallery. The art is eclectic and multi-disciplined, representing South African culture, but not exclusively defined by it.
Upcoming Parish Retreat
Friday, Mar. 15 through Sunday, Mar. 17, 2019 at the DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin
Members of St. James are invited to join renowned spiritual director, the Very Rev. Lister Tonge, for a journey through Lent in preparation for Easter. $250 for the weekend with limited space. Scholarships are available. Learn more and register online.
Christmas at the Cathedral
After you've lit the tree and neatly wrapped presents, plan time away from the holiday hustle for these comforting, festive, and holy celebrations. Full schedule .

  • Nine Lessons & Carols on Friday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Ordination of Curate Anna Broadbent on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 10 a.m.
  • Christmas Eve Children's Pageant on Monday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve Midnight Mass on Monday, Dec. 24 at 10 p.m.
  • Christmas Day on Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 10 a.m.
Sunday morning service times vary during the holidays. Please note the following changes to our regular worship schedule.

  • Sunday, Dec. 16 at 8, 9, and 11 a.m.
  • Sundays, Dec. 23 and 30 at 8 and 10 a.m.
We Pray For
Those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit, especially Lanise, Leonard Niedziela, Susie Battles, Bill Cosper, John Bross, Theresa and Elaya Flemming, Roger Jordan Jr. Jordan Hamilton, Karen Parks, Jack Matlock, Kelle Zarrella, Bob, Jeff, Cynthia Hillman, Elsie Banks, Virginia Barry, James Draheim, Klara Panontin, John Panontin, Yvonne Jackson, Carole Brawner, Pamela Johnson, Carole Harris, Lorraine Thomas, Melodyne Shaffer, John Antonio, Mique Armato, Jane Marineau, Elsa Vainzettel,  for those whose hurts, burdens and fears go unspoken.

Those who have died   that were known and loved in the cathedral community ; and last week’s victims of gun violence in Chicago, including Jamal, Rigoberto, Burton, Christopher, Christian, Rodney, and Lynnell .

In thanks for  the upcoming priestly ordination of Curate Anna Broadbent.

Cathedral Prayer Cycle : Those who generously gave through the ReVive Christmas Basket program and those who will receive the gifts.

Diocesan Prayer Cycle : For the ecumenical relationships between the churches in full Communion with the Episcopal Church: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Church of North India, Church of South India, Church of Pakistan, Church of Bangladesh, the Old Catholic Churches, the Philippine Independent Church, the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, and the Moravian Church in America, Northern and Southern Provinces.