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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 ~~

(July 27–August 2, 2014)

July 26
Sts. Joachim and Anne
10:00 a.m.For the newly ordained Priest by the Parish
5:00 p.m. – For the People of the Parish
July 27
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:30 a.m. Intention of Rev. Dan Reehil by Becky Fragasse
11:00 a.m. Mass of Thanksgiving by the Dedoyco-Javier Family by Joji Javier
5:00 p.m. † Rev. Charles C. O'Donnell by the Parish
7:00 a.m.
12:10 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
July 28
Communion Service † Jean Marie McAuley Jenkins by Trish Stackhouse  
July 29
St. Martha
† Rev. H. Joseph Lattus by the Parish † Rev. William J. Fleming (anniv.) by the Parish  
July 30
St. Peter Chrysologus
† Rev. Edgar S. Ballentine by the Parish † Monsignor George W. Rohling by the Parish
For Medical Students & Physicians
July 31
St. Sharbel Makhluf
† Rev. Robert J. Ewing by the Parish Intention of Sarah B. Stamps (on her birthday) by her daughter, Lindsey  
August 1
St. Alphonsus Liguori
† Deacon Edgar (Ned) Turner by the Parish

† Rev. Eric Burdt, O.S.S.T. by the Parish

August 2
St. Eusebius of Cervelli, St. Peter Julian Eymard
For the People of the Parish
Want to schedule a Mass Intention?   Contact Darleen Reilly: 615-327-2330

Eucharistic Adoration
Eucharistic Adoration will take place this Sunday from Noon to 4:30 p.m. Please take a moment of your day to come spend time with the Lord.

Our Prayers Are Requested for the Repose of the Souls of

Bulletin Notices:

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

Two by TwoTickets are now available for Cathedral Players production of "Two By Two" being presented August 1st, 2nd, 3rd; August 8th, 9th, 10th; and August 15th, 16th, 17th! Friday/Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Fleming Center.

Join our all-star cast featuring Cathedral Choir member & cantor Kevin F. Raymond as Noah and Cathedral Choir Members Keith Hardy as Ham, Lauren Pratt as Goldie, and Cassie Langjahr as Rachel. Nashville theatre favorites include Pat Street as Esther, Adam Horn as Shem, Francine Berk-Graver as Leah and Josh Stutts as Japheth. We're certain you'll enjoy the timeless Richard Rogers & Martin Charnin story of Noah and his family on the ark in this classic musical! Admission is only $15 and we're selling fast! To make a reservation, visit our "Tickets" page at!

RCIAHave you thought about being a sponsor for someone that wishes to join the Catholic Church? Our RCIA Program at Cathedral is looking for sponsors for Candidates and Catechumens on their journey into the Catholic Faith. Contact Kevin Raymond at or 615-327-2330 for more information on how you can help or to answer questions you may have.

More Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are needed at our weekend Masses! If interested please email Ken Leediker at This is a great way to help give back to your parish! Rising juniors in high school and up are eligible to serve in this important ministry!



San Gennaro MusicFest
at the Cathedral of the Incarnation

September 20-21
Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sun Noon - 8 p.m.

The Cathedral is hosting a Midtown block party to help celebrate our 100th Anniversary and to kick-off an historic preservation fund for the Cathedral. This festival is a true block party! 20th Avenue and Terrace Place will be shut down to allow for music, food, and special guests.

"An Italian street festival with Music City flair"

Get your all day wristbands for $10 per day
Kids 6 & under free

Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. Contact Lindsay Thomeer at for more information.

SGMF Sponsorship opportunity available for Event Banners to be placed on West End Light Poles. Contact Judy Steele at or Frances Anne Varallo at

Music Fest T-shirt


If you're not sure yet how can support the Cathedral's San Gennaro MusicFest in September but you want to do something, buy a T-SHIRT! Each T-shirt is $15 and the funds will be used to help fund our MusicFest! They are a durable cotton T with the San Gennaro logo on the front. Sizes range from SMALL to XXLARGE. T-shirts can also be ordered at .




  • Religious EducationReligious Education registration has started for the 2014-2015 formation year. Pick up a registration form in the vestibule racks. You may return it to the office, drop it in the collection basket, or mail it to 2015 West End Avenue, 37203. Thank you!

  • Religious Education classes are for children ages 3 through the Sacrament of Confirmation, typically 8th grade in our diocese.

  • Religious Education classes begin September 7
  • Children must complete grade levels one and two to be eligible for First Holy Communion and levels seven and eight for Confirmation.
  • If your child will be enrolling in the First Communion or Confirmation Preparation classes, you must provide a baptism certificate. If your child was baptized at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, you must provide the date of baptism.

  • Not sure if your child should be enrolled in RE? Email for more information.
    The Religious Education Program needs volunteers for the 8:30 Preschool class. For more information, please contact Mrs. Robin Baskin, DRE, in the office or by email.

  • Thank you to everyone who donated used ink cartridges this Summer. Our collection continues! Drop used cartridges in the boxes by the elevator in St. Albert Hall.  

  • Cleaning out your closet this Summer? The Religious Education Program is happy to take First Holy Communion dresses or blue blazers to add to our Sacrament Closet.
Neri Nights

Find fun and fellowship at Cathedral's premier co-ed high school youth group, Neri Nights! 9th to 12th grade students are welcomed—remember, 8th Grade Confirmation doesn't end the faith journey! Our Kickoff Event for the 2014-15 school year will be on August 24th in room 305 from 6-7:30 p.m. following the Sunday evening Mass. Dinner will be provided. Come one, come all!

Volunteers Needed!
Neri Nights is also looking for Young Adult volunteers (males and females) to assist with the ministry. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact: 
Robin Baskin, Director of Religious Education:

Chloe Stegeman, Neri Night Coordinator:


Congratulations to Chris Lavell for being elected into the Order of the Arrow, BSA's honor society! He completed his service and ordeal weekend in May. He attended a week-long leadership training session in June at Latimer Scout Reservation in Spencer, TN.

Chris Lavell

Want more information about Scouting at the Cathedral?
Email our scoutmaster, Mr. Dave Lavell, at

Take Care of You

Body:   Don't forget sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays.
Mind:   Record your spending for a month to see where it really goes.
Spirit:  Grill hamburgers and invite your neighbors for a meal.

Facebook for Cathedral Young Adults

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


Love and Responsibility, the exciting event that started in Nashville last Summer, is back! We saw an average of 80 young Catholics in their 20s and 30s come together each week to study Church teaching on Theology of the Body. It was a great opportunity to be formed in our Catholic faith and build community with other vibrant young Catholics in Nashville. This year we're venturing into Jeff Cavins' Bible Study Timeline. We will dig into salvation history to better understand what God wants to reveal to us through Sacred Scripture. The whole program is 24 sessions, and we will start with eight Wednesday night sessions July 30th-Sep. 17th.  It will take place at the Cathedral, Room #304, from 7:30-9:00 p.m.

For more information, check out or email

Readings for the Week of July 27
Sunday: 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12/Rom 8:28-30/Mt 13:44-52 or 13:44-46
Monday: Jer 13:1-11/Mt 13:31-35
Tuesday: Jer 14:17-22/Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42
Wednesday: Jer 15:10, 16-21/Mt 13:44-46
Thursday: Jer 18:1-6/Mt 13:47-53
Friday: 2 Cor 4:7-15/Mt 20:20-28
Saturday: Jer 26:11-16, 24/Mt 14:1-12
Next Sunday: Is 55:1-3/Rom 8:35, 37-39/Mt 14:13-21
©Liturgical Publications Inc

100th Anniversary of the Cathedral

Saturday, July 26, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral of the Incarnation. A year long celebration kicked off on Saturday with the ordination of nine priests. This was only the third time in the history of the Diocese of Nashville that such a large group was ordained, but the first two events happened when the Diocese was the whole state. This is the first time such a large group has been ordained in the Diocese in its present size as Middle Tennessee.

Monti Interior Our sanctuary will be upgraded in August in celebration of our 100 years, which will bring to completion much of the original plans of Bishop Thomas Byrne for the Cathedral, plans which could not be realized because of a lack of available funding and World War I. There will be a very special Mass to re-consecrate the Cathedral and dedicate the new marble Altar after installation.

Monti ExteriorThe next major event to follow will be the San Gennaro Music Fest, our Midtown Block Party, on September 20 & 21. We have received permission to close Terrace Place and 20th Avenue in order to have two stages of music, food courts, play area for children, organized tours of Cathedral, an Italian restaurant, and other fun amenities.

Later in the year will be a day long symposium featuring the pastor/rectors of well-known cathedrals from across the country who will speak about the special roles of a cathedral in a diocese and in a city. They will also speak about the very special nature of a Cathedral parish. (Only about half of our cathedrals are officially designated as parishes.)

Plans are also underway for a Heritage Weekend during which all families who have roots in the Cathedral parish will be invited to return for a dinner, dance, Cathedral school reunion, and other fun events during the weekend.

During the year special historical projects will be undertaken to assure that the Cathedral's history is appropriately recorded and that as many artifacts from the Cathedral that have been dispersed are brought home.

The year will culminate on July 26, 2015, with a very special Mass and gala event.


Original Window The Cathedral is not an exact replica of Saint Martin on the Mountains on the Esquiline Hill in Rome, but it was the inspiration for Bishop Thomas Sebastian Byrne, the 5th Bishop of the Diocese, who built the Cathedral of the Incarnation, the Diocese's 3rd cathedral. (The Cathedral of the Holy Rosary was the 1st cathedral, which was located on what is now Capital Hill. There is an historic marker that indicates its location. St. Mary's of the Seven Sorrows downtown was our 2nd cathedral.)Bishop Byrne had wanted a marble altar, pulpit, floor and columns; however, such things were too expensive. The altar, pulpit and columns were completed in scagliola, a cement plaster which gives a marble-like surface appearance. The original altar railing was done in the same manner. The floor was made of wood. Originally the front doors opened directly into the cathedral itself. It lead to a lot of complaints as during the winter the wind raced in every time a door was opened. Propped open in the summer, however, the doors provided ventilation in an age in which air-conditioning did not exist.

The back walls of the two side chapels and the apse behind the old high altar had stained-glass windows. (The stained-glass windows from the two side chapels are now in the sacristy. The window behind the main altar now hangs in the chapel at St. Henry Church.)

By the 1930s, the wooden floor had rotted and the plaster was peeling. This led to the first major renovation, which was completed in 1937 by Bishop Adrian.

1917 Postcard
The exterior of the Cathedral from a postcard posted dated 1917

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

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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 Saint Cecilia Chapter of Lay Dominicans welcomes new inquirers each September. As Dominicans, we strive to live a holy life by following the elements of Dominican life: community, liturgy and prayer, study, and apostolate. Our meetings are held once a month at the Saint Cecilia Motherhouse. Visit our website: For more information, contact Mrs. Julie Prickett, OP at

Overbrook is hiring for the position of fifth-grade teacher. The job will begin in August 2014. Applicants should have at least a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a master's degree being preferred. Three years teaching experience is preferred with a strong foundation in teaching math and science as well as preparation for the academic rigor of junior high. Please submit resume, cover letter, and on-line application (visit 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.

Camp MaryMount AnniversaryReconnect, Remember, Rekindle and celebrate 75 years of camp with your family and friends! Join us for Reunion Camp Weekend, August 8 – 10.  Activities include swimming, fishing, archery, bonfire, arts and crafts, 5K Trail Run and Mass. Go to  to see a full list of activities and the Reunion Camp Weekend schedule. Camp out or rent a cabin. Day rates and overnight rates available. Don't miss your chance see old friends and share memories!

Purchase your tickets for a historic year of Irish athletics - the 90th season in the school's history - to ensure your seats for every exciting home game. There is a very limited number of parking passes for campus football game parking so order your season tickets today! To order and for more information, go to

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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.

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