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Cathedral of the Incarnation
Welcome to the
Cathedral of the Incarnation
The essence of the Cathedral of the Incarnation is not the brick and mortar out of which it is built; it is instead, the people who identify with it and who are bonded together by a common faith and a united sense of mission.

Our parish is a thriving community of more than 2,300 families representing more than 4,800 individuals in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The average age of our members is 35 although there is a good representation of individuals in their forties and older!  In this website you will find the breath of ministries active in this dynamic parish. The diversity of our ministries and parishioners is a reflection of God’s gift of Life.

The people of Cathedral rely on one another to build our parish, but their support extends much further than our corner on West End Ave.  Cathedral parishioners are active in outreach throughout our community and beyond our borders as we strive to reflect the Gospel message that “God so loved the world.”

We welcome you to our website. We hope it allows you to gain insight into the Cathedral of the Incarnation Parish Community.

May God bless you and strengthen you in mission and service.

Mass Schedule

Saturday: 5:00 PM Vigil Mass
Sunday: 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM,
5:00 PM
Weekday Masses
Monday: 7:00 AM &12:10 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM &12:10 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM &12:10 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM &12:10 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM &12:10 PM
Mon-Thurs. 5:30 PM when Vanderbilt is in session
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
TO REQUEST THIS WEEK'S HOMILY or a previous Homily
Please specify the date of the Homily with your request.
Request a Homily from
Rector - Reverend Ed Steiner
Rev. Jayd Neely, Associate Pastor
Request a Homily from
Rev. Mr. Jim McKenzie, Deacon
Request a Homily from
Rev. Mr. Mark Faulkner, Deacon
Request a Homily from
Rev. Mr. Thales Finchum, Deacon
Bishop David Choby, Diocesan Bishop

~~ Notices as of ~~

(October 26 – November 1, 2014)

October 25
5:00 p.m.
Blessed Virgin Mary
For the People of the Parish
October 26
The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:30 a.m. St. Bernard Academy Class of 1964
11:00 a.m. † Vernon Pewitt Herb (1st ann.) by Ann & John Connolly
5:00 p.m. Intention of Hilda Rincon de Cadena by Raquel Rincon
7:00 a.m.
12:10 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
October 27
Communion Service † Shawn O'Rourke by Kevin Levesque Special Intention of Nick Lee
October 28
Saints Simon & Jude
† Leonard Sommer by Barbara Huljak † Jean Marie McAuley Jenkins by Trish Stackhouse Special Intention of the Cooley Family
October 29
For our seminarians † Gini Saal by Carmen & Jimmy Morsey
Special Intention of Stephen Schumacher
October 30
For the Intentions of Cathedral's Passionist Partner For the success of the Room in the Inn program Special Intention of the Greaves Family
October 31
† June Finchum by the Parish

For the safety of our children on Halloween

November 1
5:00 p.m.
All Saints Day
† Carol Myers by Husband, Family, and Friends
Want to schedule a Mass Intention?   Contact the church office: 615-327-2330 or

Our Prayers Are Requested for the Repose of the Souls of
† JUNE FINCHUM, aunt of Deacon Thales Finchum
† GUILLERMO MUNOZ, grandfather of Anthony Pastrana

Bulletin Notices:

The Bulletin is now available to download in PDF Format.
CLICK HERE for the complete bulletin for this week.

Take Care of You

Body:   Walk the sidelines while your kids play soccer or football.
Mind:   Spend time with those who help you see the bright side.
Spirit:  Write a note to encourage someone who is ill.

Nurses Needed for Blood Pressure Screening
After 11:00 Mass Screening takes place once a month the 2nd Sunday of the month. Please join us in  being a healing caring person for our community contact Sheila Jensen or Esther Cooke to volunteer.  

This Saturday, November 1, is All Saints Day.
It is a Holy Day.
However, because it falls on a Saturday,
it is NOT a holy day of obligation this year.

Our RCIA needs new Catholic Catechisms for our candidates and catechumens currently preparing to join the Church. Catechisms cost $25. Donating would be a great way for you to assist in the formation of our future members. Simply place a donation marked "RCIA Catechism" in the collection basket, and your donation will purchase a new book for each member in RCIA. Each book will be inscribed with "A Gift From …." unless you wish to be anonymous. Questions? Contact Kevin F. Raymond at or 327-2330 x1306 for more information.

Facebook for Cathedral Young Adults

For more up-to-date information about monthly events, join us on the Cathedral Young Adults Facebook Group.


Religious Education

CLASSES RESUME TODAY, October 26! Hopefully everyone had a great fall break and is recharged for the rest of the semester.

CONFIRMATION CLASS meets today, Sunday, October 26, at Noon with our guest speaker Deacon Tom Samoray from the Diocese of Nashville.  

SAVE THE DATE!  The Religious Education Program will provide dinner, breakfast, and lunch for our Room in the Inn program Tuesday, January 27, 2015. We will need volunteers to bring food and to set up and make lunch. This is a perfect opportunity to meet new friends and help the Cathedral in the process.  

Neri Nights

October and November are exciting months for the Neri Nights youth group! Here is a snapshot of the events and sessions to come: 
This Sunday: Night of Service 
November 2: Annual Fall Festival  
November 9: Martha and Mary 

Remember: ALL high-schoolers at the Cathedral of the Incarnation and your friends are invited to participate in Neri Nights! We meet from 6-7:30 p.m. on Sunday evenings in the 3rd floor Youth Room.

Neri Nights in front of barn
Join us for Neri Nights!

Boy Scout Troop 1914 will be taking orders for Christmas wreaths in the Church narthex after the 8:30 & 11:00 Masses this weekend, October 26. Wreaths will be available for pickup on November 23. 

Please also visit the Troop's Christmas tree lot at 32 White Bridge Road (Mary Queen of Angels) starting on November  28


Readings for the Week of October 26
Sunday: Ex 22:20-26/1 Thes 1:5c-10/Mt 22:34-40
Monday: Eph 4:32--5:8/Lk 13:10-17
Tuesday: Eph 2:19-22/Lk 6:12-16
Wednesday: Eph 6:1-9/Lk 13:22-30
Thursday: Eph 6:10-20/Lk 13:31-35
Phil 1:1-11/Lk 14:1-6
Saturday: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14/1 Jn 3:1-3/Mt 5:1-12a
Next Sunday: Wis 3:1-9/Rom 5:5-11 or Rom 6:3-9/Jn 6:37-40
©Liturgical Publications Inc

Room in the Inn

Fall has snuck up on us! We will be starting Room in the Inn in just two weeks (Tuesday, November 4 is our first night). We will be hosting 30 – 40 guests each Tuesday night from November 4 through March 31. We will also be hosting Christmas night (a Wednesday) as well as opening our doors when the weather gets dangerously cold.

There will be someone in the Narthex after Masses who can answer questions and will have sign-up sheets. You can also contact any of the people listed below.


  • Innkeeper: Spends the night with the guests. Wakes them up in the morning, helps to set out breakfast, and helps clean the Fleming Center. Interested in being an innkeeper? Contact Dave Bevis at 483-3001 or
  • Transportation: Drivers are needed on Tuesday evening to pick up our 30 to 40 guests from the Campus for Human Development. We leave the Fleming Center at 6:30 p.m. Drivers are also needed on Wednesday morning to return our guests to the Campus by 6 a.m. This is a great opportunity for friends to get together to take our guests back then have breakfast together.
  • Laundry: Picks up the linens from the Fleming Center on Wednesday morning, launders and folds the sheets and towels, and returns them to the Fleming Center by 5 p.m. the following evening. If you are interested in laundry please contact Jim Coode at 476-9164 or or Joe Bednar at 495-2965 or
  • Hospitality: Sets up the Fleming Center (inflates air mattresses and makes them up), serves dinner, and interacts with our guests. If you are interested in hospitality contact Jim Coode or Joe Bednar (above)
  • Food: Provides and prepares dinner for 40 hungry men. The meal should consist of a meat, vegetables, a starch, bread, deserts, and drinks. Breakfast consists of cereal, milk, juice, fruit, and sweet rolls. Sack lunches consist of 2 sandwiches, a bag of chips, a piece of fruit, something sweet, and a drink. This is a great opportunity for families or friends to get together. It is also a great opportunity for groups to volunteer and work together. If you are interested in helping to provide food (dinner, breakfast, or lunch), please contact Joji Javier at (916) 580-7181 or

If you want to volunteer or need further information, contact either Jim Coode at or 476-9164, or Joe Bednar at You can also visit the Cathedral's web site at room.htm

We need clothing and toiletry items for our guests. Clothing includes underwear (boxers or boxer briefs preferred), t-shirts, socks, long underwear, hats, gloves, coats, shirts and pants. Men's Large, Extra Large, 2X, and even 3X are the most sizes in demand. No one has ever asked for small sizes. Toiletry items include tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand/body lotion, shampoo, ear plugs, shaving cream, razors, cough drops, Nyquil, ibuprofen/acetaminophen, etc. Personal/travel sized versions of these are the best.

You can also just show up at the Fleming Center on Tuesday nights to help setup, drive or provide hospitality. We usually get started around 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch any of the contacts listed above if you have questions, items you want to donate but need someone to pick up, or anything else about Room in the Inn.

This is a great program that the Cathedral participates in. Working with the homeless is a very rewarding experience, and is a great way to spend a Tuesday evening. Our guests are screened by the downtown Room In the Inn staff; are all nice, interesting, and enjoy good conversation. The homeless love coming to the Cathedral and request it every Tuesday. When asked why they love to come to the Cathedral, the answer is because of the people, that we are friendly, and that they are treated with respect. This is a great tribute to our parishioners!


Except at the Cathedral!

Halloween is Friday. Thanksgiving is 33 days away. Christmas is 60 days away. Plan ahead. Set a deadline to have all your food purchased. Set a deadline to have finished your Christmas shopping. Plan so that you can savor the holidays and Christmas and not be stressed!

CATHEDRAL is set-up to offer EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) for your parish offerings. Please CLICK HERE for more information about this program and to download the application form. You may also contact Lori Reddick in the parish office 327-2330 or by email at

Sign up for our e-mail list. This is the list Father
Steiner uses to send out updates, reminders and thoughts he wants to pass on.  You can subscribe from any page on the website and unsubscribe at any time you wish. Father Steiner is the only one with access to this list. 

To register in the parish or to let us know of a change of address, kindly pick up a census card at one of the vestibule racks, complete it and drop it in the Sunday collection basket. Or you may CLICK HERE to register or send updated information.


The Diocese of Nashville is seeking candidates for Assistant Director of Youth Ministry and someone for Documentary Case Instructor at the Tribunal. For information: and click on "Employment Opportunities."

Overbrook is hiring for the position of receptionist. Applicants should have at least a high school diploma or general education degree (GED) or one to three months experience and/or training. Applicants must have knowledge of: Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer and have a friendly, welcoming manner. Submit resume, cover letter, and on-line application (under the "About Us"  tab) to: Sister Mary Gertrude, Overbrook School, 4210 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205 or Overbrook is a private co-educational Catholic elementary school, owned and administered by the Dominican Sisters of Nashville, TN.

Visitation Hospital Foundation, a small non-profit working in Haiti, is looking for a part-time bookkeeper with knowledge of QuickBooks to do monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial reports.  If interested, please call Theresa Patterson at 298-3002.

JPII is seeking a Spanish teacher to begin in January. To apply send your resume and cover letter to Mrs. Jackie Beals, Chair of JPII's Foreign Language Department, and Mrs. Karen Phillips, Dean of Academics at JPII, to For more information, go to

Veterans Day Breakfast
Father Ryan Alumni Association invites all alumni and parent veterans from the Father Ryan Family to the 10th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast on November 7. Breakfast buffet begins at 7:00 a.m. and the program starts at 7:30. RSVP to the Alumni Office at 269-RYAN (7926). For more information:

Veterans Pride 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
Father Ryan High School's annual Veterans Pride 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run is Saturday, November 8 at 8:00 a.m. Festivities will begin with the 1 Mile Fun Run in the Giacosa Stadium followed by the 5K at 8:30. The race will honor our veterans. To provide support, pre-register online and for more information visit Veterans run FREE! Proceeds benefit the FRHS Alumni Association's Tuition Assistance Fund. ​To be a sponsor, please contact Angela Mills at Father Ryan: 269-7926.

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Many people struggle with concerns like depression, anxiety, relationship problems, stress, etc. In response, CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES offers individual, couple, and family counseling. If you or anyone you know is interested in these services, call Catholic Social Service at 352-3087 X 226 for more information.

We Believe - every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. on WNQM (1300 on your AM dial). The TV version of We Believe airs at 7:00 p.m. each Wednesday on Nashville Cable Channel 19.

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