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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 ~~

(August 24–August 30, 2014)

August 23
5:00 p.m.
St. Rose of Lima
For the People of the Parish
August 24
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:30 a.m. † Rose Muzio by Beth and Billy Michney
11:00 a.m. † Valerie Carmon and Jose & Antonio Bergolio (the Pope's Niece & two Nephews)
5:00 p.m. † John Siegenthaler by Angela Henrick
7:00 a.m.
12:10 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
August 25
St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz
Communion Service † Coleta Elizabeth Corkran † Sue Walsh
August 26
† Marie Ruth Harmon † For the protection of Christians in Iraq Intention of Luke Agnew
August 27
St. Monica
† James Leo Burns, Sr. † Anne Tuohy Burns
† Shawn O'Rourke Sanders
August 28
St. Augustine
† Alice M. Burns † Harry Alvin Hosey † William Franklin Doran
August 29
The Passion of St. John the Baptist
† James Leo Burns, Jr

† Stephen Langston

August 30
5:00 p.m.
Blessed Virgin Mary
For the People of the Parish
Want to schedule a Mass Intention?   Contact the church office: 615-327-2330 or

Welcome back College Students!

Now that school is back in session, you are invited to the weekday Monday-Thursday 5:30 p.m. Mass. Although especially for college students, this Mass is open to all! Keep up to date on the Mass schedule by checking the weekly bulletin.

Our Prayers Are Requested for the Repose of the Souls of
† The Niece and Two nephews of Pope Francis

Bulletin Notices:

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

The Cathedral of the Incarnation
presents the


September 20 & 21, 2014
Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 8 p.m.

"An Italian Street Fair with a kick of Music City Flair"

The Cathedral is hosting a block party to celebrate our 100th anniversary with our Catholic family of the Diocese of Nashville and our Midtown community – all of whom have been very good to us! All proceeds from the SGMF will benefit Cathedral Charities and will establish a fund for historic preservation.

Musical performers include the Annie Moses Band, Roux Du Bayou, Lou Galterio, Lisa Dotolo, Josh Carswell, The Jason Adamo Band, Sun Headliner: O'Shea, Yes Dear, Josh Roberts, Patti Franklin and Father Kevin McGoldrick. Special guest speakers include author and co-host on EWTN, Mike Aquilina - Saturday, September 20th at 1:30 p.m. and Joan Watson on Sunday, September 21st at 2:00 p.m.

***To purchase event tickets or day admission wristbands – kids 6 & under free.***

MusicFest Wish List for the Pompeii Playground

Please contact Dave Lavell at or Sue Lavell at for more information.

2 tanks helium
10' x 10' tarp
15' x 40' tarp
Karaoke machine
Red/ White/ Green balloons
Garden Hose
Misting Hose

Sponsorship wish list for event:

  • Golf cart & Gator rental ($1500)
  • Promotional posters and handouts for the Vanderbilt campus before and during football games, and for the surrounding midtown area ($500)

Please e-mail if you are interested in helping with our sponsorship wish list. You may make a donation anonymously or receive sponsorship credit on our list of founding donors!

The SGMF needs your help! Volunteer opportunities exist for ages 10 and up, so please check out our sign up page at:

We are desperately seeking "Rock Star" kitchen or catering managers for the Cucina Napoli Restaurant in the Fleming center. Restaurant hours are 11-2 & 5-8 on Saturday, 9/21 and 12-2 & 4-7 on Sunday, 9/22. Please e-mail if you are interested in helping manage our Italian restaurant.

If you are an 8th grade confirmation candidate and are seeking service hours please go to: This is a really fun way to earn your service hours!

All volunteers serving their full shift will receive a free meal at Cucina Napoli Restaurant when you turn in your volunteer gear!

Become a Minister of the Eucharist...
More Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are needed at our weekend Masses! If you are 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!

Become a Reader…
The Ministry of a Reader is wonderful work and provides many blessings to both the Reader and the people of the Cathedral. One must have the appropriate skills and feel the call to serve the Church in this way. We have a need for both weekend and daily Masses. If you able to serve at any weekend or daily Masses contact Stephen Penton at or 615-693-1446.

Become an Altar Server…
We desperately need Altar Servers at each of the weekend Masses. If you have a child at least 10 years old who is interested in becoming an altar server, and your family is registered in the Cathedral parish, please email Fr. Neely: Training will be provided.  In your email, please indicate which Mass your family normally attends, as well as your child's name and age.  If you have not yet registered at Cathedral, you can do so through our website by CLICKING HERE.


Planning is underway for Cathedral's participation in a "Catholic Build" with three of our sister parishes to build a house for Habitat for Humanity in October. We need to raise $15,000 and 50 volunteers. Please consider donating and volunteering (no expertise required!) with fellow Catholics to build a home for a refugee family from the Middle East. If you are interested in serving in any capacity, please email Justin Southwick:

If the Lord does not build a house, in vain do the builders labor

The Knights of Columbus #544 are proud to invite members of the parish congregation to the 2nd Annual "PRAYER VIGIL for RELIGIOUS FREEDOM" on Monday, September 8th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Cathedral.

Questions/Comments regarding this event can be sent to - hope to see you there!


Religious EducationToday (August 24) is Root Beer, Raisinettes & Registration!
Do not miss this opportunity to register your children for Religious Education. Any registration done after August 25 will incur a late registration fee.
  • The Religious Education program is making a change to our schedule this year. The kindergarten class previously met at 11:00; however, beginning September 7, the kindergarten class will meet from 9:30 until 10:45, along with grades 1-7. The class will meet in Room #104.

  • Preschool classes for children ages 3 (by August 30) and 4 are available during the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses. Registration is limited to 20 children per class, and registration is exclusive to one of the class sessions. Questions?

  • Confirmation Formation for eligible 8th graders begins with a meeting on September 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fleming Center. Class sessions begin October 5 and will conclude with Confirmation on April 29.

  • The Cathedral offers a children's Rite of Christian Initiation for Children for children who have not previously enrolled in Religious Education or have missed a sacrament. Please contact Robin Baskin, Director of Religious Education if you would like more information.
Neri Nights

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

Take Care of You

Body:   Ask your doctor about taking low-dose aspirin daily.
Mind:   Look for ways to be more efficient.
Spirit:  Take time to listen in love to those around you.

Learn about the Faith and meet other young adults from across the metro area for an ongoing bible study this Fall at the Cathedral on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m., Room #304. You don't need to have attended a previous session in order to participate. For more info visit Facebook group "Love and Responsibility of Nashville." See entry below.
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

Although the November elections are still months away, I wish to commend the efforts of those who are endeavoring to educate the people of Tennessee on a ballot measure which is neither a Republican nor Democrat issue but a moral and life issue of the greatest magnitude that I hope everyone will support—Amendment One.
Although the Church will never identify itself with any political community or system, we can and we must speak up in support of moral issues such as those Amendment One represents.
Amendment One is a pro-life amendment that would neutralize the extreme interpretation taken by the Tennessee State Supreme Court in 2000 in which they declared that our State Constitution guarantees the right to an abortion. Passage of this Amendment would restore back to the voter the "life" decision that was taken from them by the Court decision.  

For these reasons I, and my brother Bishops in Nashville and Memphis, wholeheartedly support efforts to promote "Yes on 1" this November."

Most Reverend  Richard F. Stika
Bishop of Knoxville

For more information please contact: Tony K. Grubbs: Knights of Columbus #544 / 615-970-8113

Readings for the Week of August 24
Sunday: Is 22:19-23/Rom 11:33-36/Mt 16:13-20
Monday: 2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12/Mt 23:13-22
Tuesday: 2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17/Mt 23:23-26
Wednesday: 2 Thes 3:6-10, 16-18/Mt 23:27-32
Thursday: 1 Cor 1:1-9/Mt 24:42-51
1 Cor 1:17-25/Mk 6:17-29
Saturday: 1 Cor 1:26-31/Mt 25:14-30
Next Sunday: Jer 20:7-9/Rom 12:1-2/Mt 16:21-27
©Liturgical Publications Inc

University Catholic

Welcome college students! University Catholic has much to offer you, and it is a great way to meet other Catholic college students from throughout the city. We host Sunday Suppers at Frassati House every Sunday at 6:00 p.m. for college students. Please join us this Sunday, August 24 for our first supper of the semester.

University Catholic ScheduleCollege freshman and transfer students are invited to attend UCat's Twilight Retreat on Friday, September 5 from 7-11:00 p.m. Register at

University Catholic CenterFor a full listing of activities and current events, check us out on the same website!

UCat's Frassati House is the beautiful red brick house located behind Cathedral of Incarnation at 2004 Terrace Place.

To receive University Catholic's weekly email, which will keep you up-to-date on events, text ucat to 84576

Each Fall the parish publishes an updated parish directory of our parish ministries, contacts for our ministries, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of all our registered parishioners. Basically, the Parish Directory is the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of our congregation. The Directory is published and mailed to all registered families at NO COST to the parish thanks to those who advertise in our directory and provide sponsorships.


  • Are you officially registered in the parish?
  • Does the church office have your membership record correct?
  • Has anyone moved into your home with you?
  • Has anyone moved out of your home?
  • Has your phone number changed?
  • Do you receive email from the parish? If not, we do not have an email address for you, or your email address has changed. (We DO NOT publish email addresses!)
  • Do you prefer your phone number not be published?

If you have questions about your information, or if you wish to update your information, call Marcie in the Parish Office at 327-2330 or email Marcie at


Recent survey results show that 91% of church members of all denominations would rather patronize a church advertiser over a non-advertiser. This must be true as many of our parishioners call the office to tell us what a good experience they had with one of our advertisers. Even Father Ed's mother recently hired a handyman from one of the ads, and she was very pleased!

If you own or manage a business and would like to find out about advertising in our directory (about 1,400 are direct mailed to parish households), call or email Marcie in the Church Office.

We encourage parishioners to look to see who advertises in our directory and our bulletin. These wonderful advertisers cover all of the cost of publishing these essential documents!

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 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

With a Little Help from Our Friends: A Benefit for Visitation Hospital Foundation.  We invite you to join us for our first Gala Event at OZ Nashville on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at which time we will honor Ed Johnston, long time supporter of the Haiti mission and Visitation Hospital Foundation. We begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception with a silent auction followed by a buffet dinner with a brief presentation, live auction and entertainment by the WannaBeatles, a Nashville-based Beatle Tribute Band.  Tickets are $125 per person.  For more information or to register please contact Fran Rajotte at or call 615-673-3501.  You can also register online at

St. Bernard Academy (located near Hillsboro Village) has an open position in their after school program. Duties include setting up and taking down various play centers and diligently supervising children. Must be a responsible, energetic person who loves working with children. Experience helpful. Great school environment. Hours are 2-6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 1-6:00 p.m. Friday. Contact Suzanne Di Piazza with inquiries at or 298-1298. Must be at least 18 and pass a background check.
St. Bernard Academy also has an assistant to the chef/food prep position open. Duties include preparing, serving, and cleaning up daily lunches for the school population. Must be a responsible and dependable individual and must pass a background check. Needed 10-3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. For inquiries call 615-298-1298. If interested in full time work you may apply for both positions listed above. 

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.

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