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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 ~~

(September 14–September 20, 2014)

September 13
5:00 p.m.
St. John Chrysostom
For the People of the Parish
September 14
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
8:30 a.m. Special Intention of the Hailey Family by Roberta Williams Blankenship
11:00 a.m. † Rev. John M. Higgins, M.M. (47th ann.) by Judge & Mrs. Thomas Higgins and Family
5:00 p.m. † Michael McKenzie by mother, Mamie McKenzie
7:00 a.m.
12:10 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
September 15
Our Lady of Sorrows
Communion Service † Thomas Giglio by Mary Giglio † Chul Soo Kim
September 16
St. Cornelius & St. Cyprian
† Dugan Davis (5th Birthday Ann.) by father, Joe Davis Judge & Mrs. Thomas A. Higgins (celebration of wedding anniversary) by Ann & John Connolly † John Brewster Hill
September 17
St. Robert Bellarmine
† Denis Igeo by Eilis Crean † Eric Thoni by Albert J. Thoni
† Michael Pacheco
September 18
Special Intention by Eilis Crean For the living and deceased members of the Joseph Patrick & Kitty Noonan Family by Bobbie & Joe Noonan † John Sinclair
September 19
St. Januarius
Special Intention of Beth Riddell by Bobbie & Joe Noonan

† Marlon Welker by Father Neely

September 20
5:00 p.m.
St.'s Andrew Kim Tae-Gon and Paul Chong Ha-Sang and Companions
For the People of the 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
† Dr. David Joseph Gleason

Bulletin Notices:

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

PurseFall Fashion Shop & Show
Featuring: The French Shoppe

Wednesday, October 1
at 5:30 p.m. in the Fleming Center

 Dinner, Wine, Fashion Show & Shopping!!!
 $40 per person includes 1 wine ticket
 Proceeds benefit Cathedral Charities

Volunteers needed for: Door Prizes, setup, registration & cleanup! Contact Bobbie O'Neill. Call or text:
(615) 948-7448

Become a Minister of the Eucharist
We still need more Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist for our weekend Masses! Training class is coming up soon. Rising juniors in high school and up are eligible to serve. Email Ken Leediker at

Become a Reader
The Ministry of a Reader is wonderful ministry and provides many blessings. One must have the appropriate skills. We have a need for both weekend and daily Masses. If you are able to serve at a weekend or daily Masses contact Stephen Penton, 693-1446, or

It has been a centuries long tradition to have a Mass said for loved ones and friends when they pass away or on the anniversary of their death, or to request a Mass for the special intention of someone or a couple on a special day (anniversary/birthday), or if they are in special need of prayer. A typical donation for a Mass intention $10. We try to honor the date you wish the Mass to be said. The Intention is published in the Bulletin (see page 1), and a special card is mailed to the family of the deceased or to the person for whom the Mass is being said with the Mass's date and time and with the name of the person requesting the Mass. Consider making a Mass request. Your request may be up to a year in advance. For more information call Lindsey in the Parish Office (327-2330) or email

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 parish is hosting a block party to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cathedral church 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 establish a fund for the historic preservation of the church.

20th Avenue and Terrace Place will be blocked off to convert the vibrant area around the Cathedral into a feast for the senses……streets strung with lights, live music on two stages. Italian food and beverages will provide a backdrop for a delightful stroll reminiscent of the streets of Naples or Rome. The MusicFest will also include guided tours of the Cathedral, nationally recognized speakers, championship BBQ, a dunking machine (Did we hear correctly that Fr. Steiner has agreed to be dunked??) and the Pompeii Playground where Elsa and Spiderman will be appearing (children's activity area). San Gennaro MusicFest promises fun for the entire family!

Musical performers include Saturday Headliner: Jesse Keith Whitley, and Annie Moses Band, Lou Galterio, Roux du Bayou, Lisa Dotolo, Joshua Carswell, Bobby Hamrick, Andy T – Nick Nixon Band, Declan McGarry, Jason Adamo Band, and Colm Kirwan. Sunday Headliner: O'Shea, and Amanda June, Patti Franklin, Yes Dear, Fr. Kevin McGoldrick, Josh Roberts and Jocelyn & Roger DeMange. Guest speakers include author and co-host on EWTN, Mike Aquilina - Saturday, September 20th at 1:30 p.m. – and teacher and speaker extraordinaire, Joan Watson on Sunday, September 21st at 2:00 pm

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

The MusicFest 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 and 12-2 & 4-7 on Sunday. 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!

San Gennaro MusicFest Announcements:

MusicFest parking (free) is located at the St. Thomas Midtown Plaza Garage on Hayes Street. Please look for the event entrance signs on Hayes Street. (see map)

Please note that the Cathedral parking lots will be CLOSED beginning Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 a.m. through Monday, September 22 at 7:00 a.m. (Free parking at St. Thomas Midtown Plaza Garage on Hayes Street is only available on Saturday and Sunday)

San Gennaro Parking Map


Religious Education

Classes are in full swing! If your child has not registered for classes, there is still time. for details. Spots are limited in the preschool classes.

The Religious Education program could not operate without its fabulous volunteers! Thank you to the following for answering the call to teach our children:

8:30 Preschool Jean Marie and Ryan Clark 
11:00 Preschool Olivia Snell and Haley Short
Kindergarten  Sue Lavell and Elizabeth Gonzalez
First Grade  Jenny Crews and Tara Lang
Second Grade  Jean Marie Clark and Van Lynn Blackie
Third Grade KP Frazier and Davis Cavallo
Fourth Grade  Mary Catherine and Grant Glassford
Fifth Grade  Meredith Libbey and Isabella Ryan
Sixth Grade  Nini Mullis and Michael Beal
Seventh Grade Dave Lavell and Chris Lavell
Eighth Grade   Patricia & Chris Beal, Jan Price, Brent & Tina Wiebe, and Peter & Alice Kapolas

The Confirmation Class will meet September 24 in the Fleming Center at 6:15 p.m. Parents and confirmands are asked to attend.

Remember to recycle your used ink cartridges in the box by the elevator!

Neri Nights

Neri Nights had a wonderful turnout for our 2014-15 Kickoff! Students in 9-12th grades, stop in and check out Cathedral's co-ed high school youth ministry for plenty of fun, faith, and fellowship!

September Meeting Dates: 14, 21, and 28

Take Care of You

Body:   The more chopping needed to prepare a meal, the healthier.
Mind:   Go back to school.
Spirit:   Do service for Christ that you've been putting off.

Facebook for Cathedral Young Adults

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

Readings for the Week of September 14
Sunday: Nm 21:4b-9/Phil 2:6-11/Jn 3:13-17
Monday: 1 Cor 11:17-26, 33/Jn 19:25-27 or Lk2:33-35
Tuesday: 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a/Lk 7:11-17
Wednesday: 1 Cor 12:31--13:13/Lk 7:31-35
Thursday: 1 Cor 15:1-11/Lk 7:36-50
1 Cor 15:12-20/Lk 8:1-3
Saturday: 1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49/Lk 8:4-15
Next Sunday: Is 55:6-9/Phil 1:20c-24, 27a/Mt 20:1-16a
©Liturgical Publications Inc


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.


Father RyanRelay for Life - register now!​ Father Ryan will host its annual Relay for Life on Saturday, October 4, from Noon until Midnight to salute cancer survivors and to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. This has been the nation's largest student-led Relay for Life each of the last 4 years. For more information, or to register, go to

Father Ryan's Annual Homecoming will feature the Annual "Pride in the Pit" BBQ contest and tasting, Junior Irish Night with all grade school children admitted free, and alumni gatherings. The celebration begins at 5:00 p.m. on September 26 with the game against Stratford kicking off at 7:00. For tickets, information, or to register, go to ​www.​

The Caritas Ministry of St. Matthew Church in will present "To Honor Life," offering a short film and a panel discussion on Sunday evening, September 28 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Conference Center. Panelists are Ndume Olatushani, who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent nearly 20 years on Tennessee's death row; Charles Strobel, whose mother was murdered in 1986 and is founder of the Campus for Human Development and Room in the Inn; and Stacy Rector, Presbyterian minister and prison chaplain. Pat Nolan, local political analyst and senior vice-president at DVL Public Relations, will serve as moderator. All are invited to attend. For more information contact  St. Matthews is located at 535 Sneed Road West, Franklin, TN

St. Bernard Academy 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. 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. Cecilia AcademySt. Cecilia Academy Admissions Open House (September 28) 2-4:00 p.m., 4210 Harding Rd. Student-led tours and administration introductions. Info: Betty Bader, (615) 298-4525 ext. 377 or

St. Cecilia Academy Presents: Beauty & The New Evangelization Piano Concert featuring Jimmy Mitchell Thursday., September 18, at 7:00 p.m. Join St. Cecilia Academy in an evening of stories, scripture, and song. The event is free and open to the public. Information:

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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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