Cathedral Bulletin | August 19, 2020
Registration is open for public Mass
Beginning this weekend, we are expanding our public Masses! Join us for public Mass in the Cathedral, on Saturday, August 22, at 5:30pm OR Sunday, August 23 at 8:00am. We have put many precautions in place to make sure these celebrations are 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:

  • 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, 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.
Join in Mass via livestream this Sunday
The 21st 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
Musical Prayer
Friday, August 21, 2020 at 6:30pm
We invite you to join us via livestream for a half hour program
with John Lenti, lute.


Friday, August 28, 2020 at 6:30pm
Cathedral Cantorei baritone Darrell J. Jordan and Associate Cathedral Organist Samuel Libra offer a program featuring Antonin Dvorak’s Biblical Songs.

Poem of the Week
"Variation on a theme by Rilke"
Jackie O'Ryan reads and Corinna Laughlin reflects on
the poem by Denise Levertov
In case you missed it!
Livestream Musical Prayer in the Cathedral
J. S. Bach: Cantata BWV 82 – Ich habe genug
David P. Hoffman, baritone; Emily Ostrom, oboe; Joseph Adam, organ

St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104