Cathedral Bulletin | July 15, 2020
From Father Ryan
Dear Friends,

The year 2020 has been a year of change in so many ways, hasn’t it? I’m writing to let you know of some changes here at St. James Cathedral. Two of our very key – and very valued – staff members have made the difficult decision to step aside from their ministries. They are Suzanne Lee who has served on our staff for the past ten years - most recently as Director of Family Ministry - and Teddi Callahan who has served as Director of the Cathedral Kitchen since 2013.

To say that both will be missed is an understatement. Suzanne has been wonderfully present to families of our parish, especially those experiencing difficult challenges, and she has also worked closely with families who have lost loved ones, ministering to them, planning funerals, often assisting with burials, and accompanying them later through the grief support group. Teddi has been right at the heart of the Cathedral Kitchen, caring for our many guests, coordinating a large and wonderful group of volunteers, interfacing with suppliers, and all the other tasks involved in this important and very demanding ministry that is right at the heart of our parish.

I want to take this opportunity to publicly express my thanks to both Suzanne and Teddi for their years of devoted service to our parish and to so many people in need. It would be impossible to calculate just how many lives they have touched during their years of service here but this much I know: each person they have touched is the better for it. I am grateful to them beyond words.

In thanking Suzanne and Teddi, I want to thank Nancy Granger, our parish mental health nurse, who has agreed to serve as interim director of the funeral ministry, and Mick McHugh who has agreed to serve as interim director of the Cathedral Kitchen. I have every confidence that, until we are able to make more permanent hires, these ministries will flourish under their capable leadership and I am deeply grateful to them for taking on these responsibilities.

Please join me in praying for Suzanne and Teddi as they step aside, and for Nancy and Mick as they step forward.

Father Ryan
Mass of Investiture with the Pallium
Mass of Investiture with the Pallium
Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 2:00pm
Join via Livestream on Thursday, July 16 at 2 pm as Archbishop Paul D. Etienne receives the sacred pallium from Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, representative of Pope Francis in the United States. Livestreamed on Archdiocese of Seattle Facebook and Vimeo. This is the first time this important rite has taken place in St. James Cathedral!
Sign up for public Mass on Saturday, July 18
Our next public Mass will be on Saturday, July 18, at 5:30pm in the Cathedral. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the gathering is limited to 200 persons and registration is required. 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 to attend the Mass, 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. 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 remain together.

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. 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.
Livestream Masses this Sunday
Sunday, July 19, 2020
MASS with Archbishop Etienne
Streamed on the Archdiocese of Seattle Vimeo/Facebook pages

MASS with Father Ryan

Outdoor Prayer Vigil for Racial Justice
On Sunday, July 19, 2020, from 1:30pm-3:30pm, you are invited to join Archbishop Paul Etienne and our sisters and brothers at Immaculate Conception Parish for an outdoor Vigil of Prayer, Lament, Reconciliation, and Remembrance for Racial Justice. Parishes from around the South Seattle Deanery will join together to pray for justice and healing. Download the flyer here.

Face masks required; social distancing will be maintained.

For those unable to attend in person, the event will be livestreamed to Immaculate Conception Parish's Facebook page.
Livestream Musical Prayer
Friday, July 17, 2020 at 6:30pm
Joseph Adam, organ
As part of a series of livestreamed concerts of musical prayer, St. James Cathedral Organist and Director of Music Joseph Adam offers a 30-minute organ reflection with music by Bach, Thalben-Ball, Widor, and Bolcom.

Friday, July 24, 2020 at 6:30pm
Sam Libra, organ
As part of a series of livestreamed concerts of musical praye r, Associate Cathedral Organist Samuel Libra offers a 30-minute organ reflection with music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Myron Roberts, and Charles-Marie Widor.
Online opportunities
Faith and Racial Equity: Exploring Power and Privilege
Mondays beginning August 3, 6:30pm-9:00pm, via ZOOM

The St. James Cathedral Life, Peace and Justice Commission invites you to participate in Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege , an 8-week module that awakens groups to the economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others. The series will introduce participants to a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities in power and privilege. You will also dive into specific issues, including affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminal justice system, and powerful biases in media representation.
Please note that Faith and Racial Equity is not for the faint of heart! This series is for those willing to wrestle with hard questions and take an honest look at their own attitudes, assumptions, and choices. However, through spiritual grounding and community-building, participants find support and belonging throughout their journey to personal transformation and social action.
This series consists of eight 2½-hour Zoom sessions which include prayer, dialogue, active listening, and relationship-building. There will also be a retreat to build community and Scriptural grounding. Reading materials cost approximately $40. Scholarships available.
To learn more about this series, visit .
Information or Registration : Patrick Barredo, Director of Social Outreach & Advocacy, or 206-619-2879.
Grief Support Group | begins August 4
Are you grieving the death of someone close to you? Grief and loss can have a significant impact on our lives long after the death of the person we love. The grieving process has no timeline and is unique to each individual, but meeting with others who are going through a similar experience can provide support and help us cope.
You are invited to join this 8-week grief support group facilitated by St. James Cathedral Staff Nancy Granger and Rosanne Michaels. The group will gather via Zoom on eight Tuesdays, August 4 through September 22, 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Take Another Look | begins July 27
Have you drifted away from the practice of your faith? This program is an invitation to "take another look" at the Catholic Church. The program begins Monday, July 27 and will run for five Monday evenings from 6:30pm--8:30pm, on Zoom.

Poem of the Week
"Lead, Kindly Light"
Jackie O'Ryan reads and Corinna Laughlin reflects on
the poem by St. John Henry Newman
Annual Catholic Appeal: Progress Report
A huge thank you to all who have made their gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal. We have now received 588 pledges totaling $474,055—which is quite amazing! At this point, every dollar that is donated will come directly to the parish to support our Cathedral ministries. This year we intend to use the rebate to help offset the losses we have experienced as a result of the suspension of public Masses. We have set our rebate goal at $200,000, and we still need to raise $97,233 to hit that number.

Please note that the online giving page does not always work with Microsoft Edge, so please try another browser if you have difficulties processing a gift.
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804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104