Tsunami prayer St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave. in Seattle, has scheduled two special Masses to pray for those devastated by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean. "We pray for those...

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St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave. in Seattle, has scheduled two special Masses to pray for those devastated by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

“We pray for those who have died, for those who have lost loved ones, for those who struggle to survive in the aftermath of the disaster, as well as for the relief workers on the scene,” said the Rev. Michael G. Ryan, St. James’ pastor. “The pain and sorrow felt at the heart of the tragedy will be shared by those praying for them here.”

The first Mass is tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. A second is 10 a.m. Saturday.

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During the liturgy, a bell will toll from the cathedral’s south tower to remember the dead. At the conclusion of each Mass, a collection will be taken to aid relief efforts.


New Year’s Eve fun


For a comprehensive list of New Year’s Eve festivities, including the traditional midnight fireworks at the Space Needle, consult today’s Northwest Weekend section and tomorrow’s Ticket section of The Seattle Times.


Open and shut


• Metro Transit buses will operate on a Sunday schedule tomorrow and New Year’s Day. Metro’s waterfront streetcar will run on a Sunday schedule tomorrow and not operate Saturday. The downtown bus tunnel is closed tomorrow and Saturday.

Sound Transit Regional Express will operate on a modified schedule tomorrow and a Sunday schedule New Year’s Day. No service tomorrow or Saturday for Sounder commuter rail. More information on the modified schedule: www.soundtransit.org/riding/alerts.

Community Transit will run on a Saturday schedule tomorrow and Saturday. Everett Transit will operate its regular schedule tomorrow and a Sunday schedule New Year’s Day.

• State ferries running on a holiday schedule tomorrow: Seattle-Bainbridge, Edmonds-Kingston and Mukilteo-Clinton and Point Defiance-Tahlequah. Other routes, including Seattle-Vashon passenger-only service, will be on their regular Friday schedule. On New Year’s Day, all routes will operate on a Saturday schedule.

• Post offices will have regular hours tomorrow, but no service New Year’s Day. Mail carriers will make home deliveries tomorrow, but not New Year’s Day.

• Most banks and credit unions will close early tomorrow for the remainder of the weekend.

• Major shopping malls are open tomorrow and Saturday.

• Garbage collection in Seattle will be on regular schedule tomorrow and Saturday. Transfer stations will be open tomorrow, but closed Saturday.

• Most government offices will be closed tomorrow and New Year’s Day.

• All Seattle, King County and Sno-Isle libraries will be open tomorrow and closed Saturday.

• State liquor stores will close at 7 p.m. tomorrow. All stores will be closed New Year’s Day.

Here & Now was compiled by Suesan Whitney Henderson, Seattle Times staff. To submit an item, e-mail herenow@seattletimes.com or call 206-464-2226.