Cathedral Bulletin | September 25, 2020
Scroll down for: multiple Faith Formation opportunities in the coming weeks; livestream Musical Prayer on Fridays; Poem of the Week; and more
Register for Public Masses
There are four options for public Mass in the Cathedral this weekend (click on a date/time to register):

*The 1:00pm Mass will mark in a special way the Centennial of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Seattle/King County. All are welcome.

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.
Livestream Masses this weekend
The 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, September 27, 2020

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


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


Centennial Celebration of St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle | King County
Streamed on the Cathedral Vimeo/Facebook pages


Vespers is now open to the public; advance registration not necessary.
Good news from Father Ryan
Dear Friends,

I’m happy to share with you a couple of “good news” items.

First, the Archbishop is assigning a part-time Parochial Vicar to the Cathedral parish. He is Father Alex Pablo, who has been serving the past few years at the four-parish cluster on Beacon Hill and in the Rainier Valley. Father Alex is a priest of the Diocese of San Fernando of La Union, Philippines. He will be joining us on October 1, and will be living in the Rectory. Father Alex’s duties will be mainly on weekdays, when he will be assisting with Masses, confessions, pastoral counseling, and the occasional funeral. He will also make himself available when people come to the office requesting a priest. Most weekends, he will be helping out in parishes around the Archdiocese. I know you will welcome Father Alex and I’m sure he will be a happy addition to the Cathedral community.

Some of you have asked how Father Brant is doing during all this. He is weathering the lockdown quite well, but I’m sure he’d be the first to say he is slowing down a bit, and is grateful for your prayers.

The second bit of good news: in response to my recent appeal for the Cathedral Kitchen, you donated an extraordinary $140,890—and counting. This is one more testimonial to your extraordinary generosity during these difficult times. If you haven’t made a gift yet, but would like to, you can do so on the Cathedral website, One more way to support the Cathedral Kitchen: a parishioner recently donated five $100 gift cards to a wonderful Issaquah restaurant, Ristorante Nicolino Italiano. These are available at cost, and proceeds will support not only the Cathedral Kitchen, but a small business! Contact Maria Laughlin for information, or 206-382-4284.

Father Michael G. Ryan

Sunday bulletin
Daily Mass and Adoration opportunity
The 8:00am Mass on Tuesdays is now open to the public. After Mass with Archbishop Etienne, we will have quiet Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral, with rosary at 12 Noon. No advance registration is required to come to this Mass or to participate in Adoration. All our usual COVID-19 guidelines will be observed, including face masks and social distancing. Please note that we will continue to livestream daily Mass at 8:00am for the duration of the pandemic.
Livestream Musical Prayer
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 6:30pm
Joseph Adam, organ
Sunday, September 27:
World Day of Migrants and Refugees
The Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) since 1914. It is always an occasion to express concern for different vulnerable people on the move; to pray for them as they face many challenges; and to increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers. As the title for his annual message, the Holy Father has chosen “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee” to focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced people (IDPs).
Download the Pope’s Message for the 2020 WDMR in the language of your choice at
Laudato Si' at Five Years, and Beyond
Children's Faith Formation begins October 4
Fall Bible Study begins October 6
In from the margins:
Women of Courage, Women of Faith
Fall Scripture Study
Patty Bowman & Patty Repikoff, presenters
Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, and 27
7:00pm-8:30pm, via Zoom
“Acclaim her for the work of her hands, and let her deeds praise her at the city gates.” (Proverbs 31:31)
The women who followed Jesus are among his most courageous and faith-filled disciples, but their witness can be overlooked or misunderstood. Join us to explore some of their stories, and to consider how their stories might inform and challenge our own.
Registration required.

Take Another Look begins October 12
Take Another Look

This program is an invitation to those who may have fallen away from the practice of their faith to take another look at the Catholic Church. The program will begin October 12 on Zoom, and run for six Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm. Information, Rosanne Michaels,

Poem of the Week
"Binsey Poplars"
Scott Webster reads and Corinna Laughlin reflects on
the poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Email scam alert
EMAIL SCAM In the past few months, there have been reports of parishioners and parish staff receiving emails claiming to be from their parish priest, and requesting that the recipient send gift cards or initiate wire transfers. Someone is setting up fake email addresses using the pastor’s name. This is happening across the Archdiocese of Seattle. Please be aware that this is a scam. Information, Maria Laughlin, 206-382-4284.

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