Cathedral Bulletin | December 1, 2021
  • Welcome back to Mass!
  • Contemplative Candlelight Prayer returns 12/3
  • Advent Giving Tree online
  • Special event for teens this Saturday 12/4
  • Communal Reconciliation Service 12/13
  • And much more...!
Masses for the Second Sunday of Advent
Saturday, December 4, 2021

5:30pm MASS
in person only

Sunday, December 5, 2021

8:00am MASS
in-person and live-streamed on VIMEO | FACEBOOK

10:00am MASS
in-person and live-streamed on VIMEO | FACEBOOK

12:00pm MASS
in person only

4:00pm Vespers with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
in person only

5:30pm MASS
in person only
Special message from Father Ryan
Contemplative Candlelight Prayer Friday 12/3
On Friday, December 3 at 6:30pm, this beloved monthly prayer service returns, with music, candlelight, and silence. Start your weekend with the meditative, peaceful spirit of Taizé.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 12/8
Wednesday, December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Masses for the Holy Day will be at 8:00am, 12:10pm, and 5:30pm. The 8:00am Mass will be livestreamed.

We fly to your protection,
O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions
in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

Sub Tuum Praesidium, a 4th-c prayer to Mary
Advent 2021 at St. James Cathedral
Advent Giving Tree
Pick up a Giving Tree tag in the Cathedral, or visit our online Giving Tree to purchase a gift for someone in need!

Gifts can be shipped directly to the parish office: St. James Cathedral attn: Patrick Barredo, 804 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.
Special event for teens!
Madre de las Americas 12/4
Simbang Gabi 12/11
SIMBANG GABI BLESSING On Saturday, December 11 at 11:00am, members of the Filipino community across the Archdiocese will gather in the Cathedral for the annual Simbang Gabi blessing. The Mass begins with a procession of parols, star-shaped lanterns which are a traditional part of the Simbang Gabi novena of prayer and preparation for Christmas. The Mass will also be livestreamed at
Faith Friends Open House 12/12
Advent Communal Reconciliation 12/13
Christmas Mass Schedule
Care for Creation Advent Calendar
Poem of the Week
Lisa Matchette reads Emily Dickinson's "Safe in their Alabaster Chambers" and Corinna Laughlin offers commentary
Sacrificial Giving 2022
News and Notices
FAITH FRIENDS OPEN HOUSE Do you know a child or teenager, age 7-18, with physical, cognitive and/or intellectual disabilities? Faith Friends begins in January 2022 and will be a unique blend of our Faith Mentor, children’s faith formation program, and an inclusion ministry. Join us to learn more at our Open House on December 12 from 10am-12 Noon in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Information, or
CATHEDRAL DEDICATION ANNIVERSARY Wednesday, December 22 marks 114 years since St. James Cathedral was dedicated in 1907, and 27 years since it was rededicated in 1994. We will celebrate this anniversary with a special Mass on Tuesday, December 21 at 5:30pm, with the procession and lighting of the dedication candles. On Wednesday, December 22, Archbishop Etienne will join us for the 12:10pm Mass during which we will formally bless and dedicate the Cathedral Columbarium.
ADVENT GIVING TREE AND SOCK DRIVE  Consider sharing a gift with someone who may not receive anything during this upcoming Christmas season. Stop by the Mary Shrine to pick a tag off our annual Giving Tree, or visit the Cathedral’s virtual Giving Tree. Each tag contains a gift wish from someone in need in our community. Our Annual “Warm Hearts and Soles” Advent Sock Drive is also underway! Our Goal: 2,022 pairs of socks for homeless men. Both giving programs are easy and fun to participate: simply shop for the item and return it after Sunday Mass in the Cathedral Chapel or Bookstore or have it shipped to the Parish Office by Sunday, December 12. Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515 or Thank you!
ST VINCENT DE PAUL MAKES A DIFFERENCE A middle aged woman has worked for the past four years as a bus driver for special ed students. This rewarding work with parents and students has brought her out of homelessness and enabled her to get affordable housing. Early in the pandemic, the schools closed and driving students ceased for the next one and a half years. She was paid for the first four months off work. Later she received unemployment income. In early 2021, the woman needed to renew her application for unemployment. A 12 week delay in the unemployment renewal process, resulted in the woman falling behind in rent. She called the SVdP Helpline (206-767-6449), and we helped pay a portion of rent which gave her relief until other resources became available to her. Your continuing donations to SVdP at St James Cathedral are a great blessing and make our help possible – thank you! Information, Jo Ann Wiesner, 206-291-4012 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 program's goal is to give children and teens ages 7- 18 with physical, cognitive and 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. Join us to learn more at our Open House on December 12 from 10-12 in the Pastoral Outreach Center. Training for Faith Mentors, Faith Peers and Adult Leadership is ongoing. Information, or
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES SANDWICH MINISTRY St. James has resumed its Sandwich Ministry for the St. Martin de Porres men’s shelter! You can provide sandwiches and other food items for homeless men, bringing them to the Cathedral on Sunday, December 12 or Monday, December 13. Information, Maria Tally, or 206-264-2091.
SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS OF ADULT CHILDREN WITH MENTAL ILLNESS Caring for a loved one with mental illness can be a draining experience. Oftentimes, connecting with others who are experiencing a similar situation can be very helpful. Mindful Alternative Family Support Group has been meeting at St. James Cathedral under the leadership of Terry Proctor for over 7 years. Terry and his wife are parents of an adult son who lives with a serious mental health condition. The group meets monthly, on the last Saturday at 2:30 pm. Please contact Terry at to see if this free monthly virtual support group might be right for you.
AS WE APPROACH THE HOLIDAY SEASON, it is a good time to remember all those for whom depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges make this season difficult. If you or a loved one would like to access mental health and spiritual support, please consider attending NAMI’s Spiritual Support Group for those who use spirituality in their journey to mental health recovery.  The group is open to both individuals living with a mental illness and their family members. This group is facilitated by husband-wife team, Joe and Janie Stevens, who have personal experience with mental illness. This group has been ongoing at St. Brendan’s parish in Bothell for many years and is now accessible online. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm. Information, Joe Stevens,
CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE Open weekdays 11am-3pm and after each of the weekend Masses Stop by the Cathedral Bookstore for gifts including medals and rosaries, children’s books, and hundreds of books on spirituality, history, theology, and much more! In addition, there are great Cathedral souvenirs, including rosaries, notecards, postcards, snow globes, keyrings, as well as books exploring Cathedral art and history. We have many openings for bookstore volunteers! Information, Caroline Okello,

Mental Health First Aid this December

Youth Mental Health First Aid (online via Zoom)
Saturday, December 11, 2021, 9:00am-3:30Pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
Adult Mental Health First Aid (online via Zoom)
Saturday, December 18, 2021, 9:00am-4:00pm

Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.
Space in both of these workshops is limited to allow for personalized instruction, so we encourage you to sign up early!

Information, Nancy Granger,
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