Becoming a Member Make a Donation

Search our Site:

Join our mailing list:
to see the latest updates to the site!


to add the Nashville Cathedral web site to your favorites!

CD Club Banner

for the CD of the Month Club from Lighthouse Media
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 ~~

(November 23 – November 29, 2014)

November 22
5:00 p.m.
St. Cecilia
For the people of our parish
November 23
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
8:30 a.m. † Harry Hickman by Fr. Ed Steiner
11:00 a.m. † Lucia Huffman by Caitlin Fischer
5:00 p.m. Intention of Frank Brigance
7:00 a.m.
12:10 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
November 24
Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions
Communion Service † Tommy Bateman  
November 25
St. Catherine of Alexandria
† Harry Hickman by Fr. Ed Steiner † Parishioners who died in November in all years  
November 26
† Margaret T. Moran (anniv.) by the Moran Family † Mildred Sharp Coode by Jack & Mamie McKenzie
November 27
Thanksgiving Day Mass
9:00 a.m.
For the good of our Country
November 28
† William Joseph Carter by William J. Carter, Jr.

† Jean Marie McAuley Jenkins (1st anniv.) by Trish Stackhouse

November 29
5:00 p.m.
Blessed Virgin Mary
For the people of our parish
Want to schedule a Mass Intention?   Contact the church office: 615-327-2330 or

Our Prayers Are Requested for the Repose of the Soul of
† HARRY HICKMAN, cousin of Mary Steiner

Write the names of your deceased loved ones in our Book of Remembrance in the back of the church.

No 5:30 p.m. Masses this week
due to Vanderbilt's Thanksgiving Break

Bulletin Notices:

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

Christmas at the Cathedral

for Complete Concert Program Details in PDF Form


Thanksgiving Day
Mass at 9:00 a.m.

Thanksgiving Day Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Choby, our priests, and our deacons, at 9:00 Thanksgiving morning. Come to give thanks to the Lord!

Father Steiner, Father Neely, and the parish staff wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

Thanksgiving Day Blessing

O God of all things in heaven and on earth, you give all your
people in the world the gift of life, the gift of family,
the gift of work, and the gift of rest.
On this, our national day of Thanksgiving,
we turn all our thoughts to you, from whom all blessings flow.
Bless all our work, our friends, and our families both near and far.
We humbly ask for the ability to continue
our work for your kingdom and the ability to gather freely to worship you without fear. We ask you to give our years ahead your blessing and protection. We ask all this through Christ the Lord, your Son and our brother.

The annual Christmas Wishes Trees will be set up beginning next Sunday, November 22, in the Narthex and Fleming Center. The Christmas Wishes Program is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Tennessee. Cathedral Parishioners are invited to adopt a Star(s), purchase items "wished" for, wrap and return the gifts by December14. Please plan to stop by one of the Christmas Trees to adopt a Star this Sunday, November 21!


sees candiesThe Cathedral of the Incarnation Knights of Columbus #544 are holding their annual See's Candy fundraiser again this year. See's has been making its great old fashioned candy since 1921. Buy it from the Knights and save on the sales tax you would pay at the malls. Plus you will be helping to support our Cathedral charities for those in need at our church and in our community.

Candy is available for immediate delivery in the Fleming Center after the Sunday morning Masses November 23 & 30; or you can place a customized order which can be picked up at the Fleming Center Sunday morning December 14 or 21.

Enjoy some delicious candy or buy some for your sweetheart, family, friends, or co-workers, and help us in this charitable fundraiser.


Religious Education classes meet today, November 23! Kindergarten through 7th grades meet at 9:30-10:45. See you there! Preschool meets during both morning Masses.

There are no Religious Education classes for any age group on Sunday, November 30, it being the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!


OPERATION SNOWFLAKE: Once again this Advent season we will be collecting toilet paper and laundry detergent for Catholic Charities' North Nashville Outreach. These basic items cannot be purchased with food stamps, so our donations help those who may not be able to afford to buy these necessary staples. There will be boxes on the 1st & 2nd floors of St. Albert Hall on December 7 & 14. Thank you in advance for helping others at this special time of year!

  • At the Christmas Eve 4:00 p.m. Family Mass the first through sixth grade children of the parish will present our annual living Christmas story during Mass. If you would like your child(ren) to participate, please fill out the flyer found in the bulletin racks. Your child must be able to attend rehearsal on Saturday, December 20. For more information, please email Director of Religious Education, Robin Baskin at

Every family should utilize the tradition Advent Wreath. Why not make your own? Come next Sunday, November 30 at Noon to make a wreath and enjoy pizza and crafts with the kids. (Kids not necessary! Come with spouse or friends or just yourself.) You must register this weekend! $15 per family for one wreath. Call Shawn Curley at (615) 386-9521 or email

Neri Nights

Last Sunday our Neri Nights teens learned more about prayer and how to pray using their own experiences of God and their lifestyles.

Neri Nights Church

Here's what is coming up on the Neri Nights schedule: 
November 23rd: Service Night
December 7th: Christmas Party

For those interested in participating in the annual Neri Nights Ski Retreat, please contact Robin Baskin

Take Care of You

Body:   When dining at a buffet, use a small plate and fill up on fruits and vegetables first.
Mind:   Offer your help to an organization in your area that helps the poor.
Spirit:  Create new lines on your face – smile

Facebook for Cathedral Young Adults

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

Cathedral's Boy Scout Troop 1914 will be selling Christmas trees at Villa Maria Manor (32 White Bridge Road) starting this Friday, November 28.  Wreaths, tree stands, and delivery are also available.  Bring your tree stand, and we'll stand your tree free-of-charge! For more information call Scoutmaster Dave Lavell at 615-587-3342. Bring in this bulletin for a 10% discount!

Our parish Boy Scout Troop meets Monday evenings at 7:00 in St. Albert Hall in Room #202. All boys and their friends are invited and encourage to join Scouting and to be part of our Catholic troop! (Boys do not have to be Catholic to join.)

Last year we were balancing our operating expenses, but we have gone backward. We are again in deficit as our collections have slipped. Please support your parish! There is no reason a parish of our size cannot support itself! We must have $30,000 each week to meet our budget. If giving does not begin approaching $30,000 per week, we are headed toward a $250,000 fiscal year-end deficit for our operating budget. (Add to this our annual debt payment of $360,000.)

In addition to our regular operating budget, we have some extraordinary and unbudgeted expenses that cannot be put off. We must replace the doors on the Fleming Center ($108,000). If you look around our beloved Cathedral; you will spot a lot of places that need plaster repair, especially in the ceiling. The estimate is $17,000, which is unbudgeted, but we must make repairs. We have cut every position possible (and now we are understaffed for a parish our size). Our employees have not received a meaningful raise after we cut their salaries 20% four years ago. We've trimmed expenses as far as we can without ending any of our ministries. For the large part, our priests are having to buy their own food! Love your parish enough to take care of it.

Readings for the Week of November 23rd
Sunday: Ez 34:11-12, 15-17/1 Cor 15:20-26, 28/Mt 25:31-46
Monday: Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5/Lk 21:1-4
Tuesday: Rv 14:14-19/Lk 21:5-11
Wednesday: Rv 15:1-4/Lk 21:12-19
Thursday: Rv 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a/Lk 21:20-28
Rv 20:1-4, 11--21:2/Lk 21:29-33
Saturday: Rv 22:1-7/Lk 21:34-36
Next Sunday: Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7/1 Cor 1:3-9/Mk 13:33-37
©Liturgical Publications Inc

Room in the Inn

Room in the Inn has started. We are now hosting 30 to 40 guests each Tuesday night through March 31. We will also be hosting Christmas night (a Wednesday) as well as opening our doors when the weather gets dangerously cold.

You can volunteer by contacting 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


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!

Santa ClausCounting this Sunday, Thanksgiving is only 5 days away. Christmas is 33 days away. Sit down with a calendar and strategize your pre-Christmas preparations and pick which events you will attend. Load up on doing some different and fun things with children and grandchildren. Sending Christmas cards? Try to send them by the 2nd Sunday of Advent (December 7). Set the deadline to have finished your Christmas shopping. Remember to keep everything as enjoyable as possible. If stress starts to enter the season, ask why and then make some changes.

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.


Aquinas College Corpus Christi Perpetual Adoration Chapel is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is located on the Aquinas Campus, 4210 Harding Pike. When on campus, the chapel is immediately behind the White House. Volunteer to keep vigil at dedicated time each week. Join other adorers to pray for individual needs and those of the world. Create a family or a friend team! For information and sign-ups:

Raymond Christmas CDAs a parish we must be supportive of those who support us, for example, by using businesses that pay to advertize in our bulletin. In this case we would like to support one of our talented cantors and Director of RCIA who goes beyond the usual efforts expected of volunteers. Kevin Raymond has produced a Christmas CD! You can listen to 16 of your favorite holiday songs and truly celebrate "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year." You may order at: or you may also contact Kevin directly at or (615) 428-8794.

Father Ryan Placement testing date will be Saturday, December 6. All students applying for admission to Father Ryan must take a placement test to determine the student's placement in the school's academic program. Required pre-registration is available at Or contact Admissions Office at (615) 383-4200.

Father Ryan's Spirit Store Annual Christmas Sale is Saturday, December 6, from 8:00–11:00 a.m. at the Stadium Spirit Store. Everything will be 10% off. Select items will have deeper discounts. There will be special Irish-themed Christmas gift items, so it's a great place to shop while your student is taking the placement test.

Hope Clinic Women's Cider Carols is December 4 at The Factory at Franklin. The Downtown Band is leading carols with a surprise musical guest. Enjoy treats from Nashville's favorite bakeries, complimentary cider and wine, and an auction with goodies for everyone on your Christmas list!

Please look at the Catholic Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Is the church or parish in your will?

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.

Announcements must be in the Church Office no later than Noon on Friday, one week before publication

The Bible:
University Catholic:
Vocations within the Diocese:
United States Bishops:
Vatican & Pope:
Vatican Information Service:
Catholic News Service:
Catholic News & Encyclopedia:
Young Adult online magazine:
Catholic Charities of Tennessee:
Catholic Business League:


Home | About Cathedral | Map | Sacramental Life | Worship | Education
Service | Activities & Events | Links | Questions | Membership | Make a Donation

Cathedral of the Incarnation
2015 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 327-2330
Fax (615) 320-5650

Site Maintained by