Cathedral Bulletin | August 8, 2020
Livestream Masses this Sunday
The 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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


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


Streamed on the Cathedral Vimeo/Facebook pages
We pray for the people of Lebanon
God of every nation,
we pray for the people of Lebanon
in the wake of the deadly explosions in Beirut.
Receive the dead into your embrace.
Heal the wounded and the traumatized.
Console the grieving.
Strengthen rescue workers
and medical personnel.
Let all the people of Lebanon feel your presence
and the support of the global community
as they begin to recover and rebuild.
Through Christ our Lord.
Our Lady of Lebanon, pray for them.
St. Sharbel Makhluf, pray for them.
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On August 6 and August 9, 1945, the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed. In commemoration of this anniversary, the Cathedral is hosting a display of photographs of the devastation, thanks to Deacon Denny Duffell of Pax Christi International. Stop by and explore the exhibit any time the Cathedral is open, 7:30am – 3:00pm Monday-Saturday, 12:00pm – 2:00pm Sunday. The exhibit will continue through August 14.

The photos are a stark reminder of the destruction wrought by nuclear weapons, and should remind us that nuclear disarmament is still far away. There are at this moment 14,500 nuclear weapons in existence, the vast majority of them in the United States and Russia. Yoshiro Yamawaki, one of the hibakusha (survivors of the nuclear attacks in Japan), has said: “Undoubtedly, nuclear weapons lead to disaster. Please lend us your strength to eliminate nuclear weapons from the face of the earth and make sure that Nagasaki is the last place on Earth to suffer an atomic bombing. Let us all work together to build a peaceful world, free of war.”

On his visit to Japan last year, Pope Francis said: “One of the deepest longings of the human heart is for security, peace and stability. The possession of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction is not the answer to this desire; indeed they seem always to thwart it. Our world is marked by a perverse dichotomy that tries to defend and ensure stability and peace through a false sense of security sustained by a mentality of fear and mistrust, one that ends up poisoning relationships between peoples and obstructing any form of dialogue…. Here in this city which witnessed the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences of a nuclear attack, our attempts to speak out against the arms race will never be enough. The arms race wastes precious resources that could be better used to benefit the integral development of peoples and to protect the natural environment. In a world where millions of children and families live in inhumane conditions, the money that is squandered and the fortunes made through the manufacture, upgrading, maintenance and sale of ever more destructive weapons, are an affront crying out to heaven.”
Summer issue of In Your Midst
Online opportunities
Book Group: Seattle in Black and White
Join the discussion on August 11
"Seattle needs this book. Part memoir, part history, it tells the remarkable story of the activists who pierced the veil of complacency in the early 1960s and forced the city to begin dismantling its systems of segregation."
- James N. Gregory, author of The Southern Diaspora: How the Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America

The July reading recommendation, Seattle in Black and White by Joan Singler and others, will be the focus of a virtual book discussion on Tuesday, August 11, 7pm-8:30pm via Zoom. Sr. Judy Ryan will host this in-depth examination of Seattle's own racialized history. This is a story that must be continually told.

Register by August 1 by emailing Sister Judy at or call (206) 218-8122.
Copies (ebook, paperback, or hardcover) can be ordered through Amazon. Or through your local independent bookseller.
Watch the documentary Immigration Nation,
then join the discussion on August 19 at 6:30pm
St. James Cathedral Immigrant Assistance invites you to watch the new Netflix documentary, Immigration Nation, and then join us for a discussion on Zoom on Wednesday August 19 from 6:30–8:00pm.
Register by emailing Chris Koehler at Once registered, you will receive a link to join the discussion via Zoom.
Time Magazine calls it “The Most Important TV Show You'll See in 2020": “…a complex, 360-degree view of the American immigration system, combining in-depth research, empathetic storytelling and bold investigative journalism into a uniquely urgent humanitarian appeal.” Read more here.
CNN says “The filmmakers behind Immigration Nation were granted extensive access to ICE agents, which raises the question what the government's communications people were thinking. Now, there are reports they've had second thoughts about this Netflix docuseries, a searing dissection of Trump administration policies that's even-handed but emotionally devastating in highlighting the pain associated with them. What sets "Immigration Nation" apart is fly-on-the-wall coverage of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel (presented using only their first names), providing an opportunity to tell their side of the story but seldom in a way that's flattering to the agency.”
Immigration Nation is available to stream on Netflix as of August 3. Watch the trailer here.
Poem of the Week
"My own heart let me more have pity on"
Scott Webster reads and Corinna Laughlin reflects on
the poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ
Sacred Steps
Last Sunday at the 10:30am livestream Mass, we celebrated the long-delayed Sacraments of Initiation for our Elect. It was wonderful to welcome these nine newest members of the family of faith. Congratulations to our neophytes--Alex, Christine, Brian, Allie, Marcos, Linda, Samuel, Brielle, and Joella!
Public Mass on Saturday, August 15
Join us for public Mass in the Cathedral, on Saturday, August 15, the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, at 5:30pm. We have put many precautions in place to make sure the celebration is 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:

  •  There will be no congregational singing because singing increases the risk of transmitting of the virus.
  •  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 and comfortable, 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.

Welcome back to Public Mass!
Hesitant about returning to public Mass? Father Ryan offers an overview of changes which have been made for your safety during the coronavirus pandemic. At the moment, we offer just one public Mass each week, on Saturday at 5:30pm.
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