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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 30–September 6, 2014)

August 30
5:00 p.m.
Blessed Virgin Mary
For the People of the Parish
August 31
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:30 a.m. † Frances Dockins by the McQuesten Family
11:00 a.m. † Rose Marie Totaro by Jayson Grieco
5:00 p.m. † Marie Sanwald by Michelle Mahoney
September 1
St. Louis, St. LABOR DAY
9:00 a.m.† Dr. John Miesel by daughter, Marie Miesel Intention of Ruth Benson
7:00 a.m.
12:10 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
September 2
For the living and deceased members of the Joseph George & Bobbie Noonan Family † Daniel Mahoney by Kevin Jost † Daniel Mahoney by Kevin Jost`
September 3
St. Gregory the Great
† Kristine Noonan by Bobbie & Joe Noonan † Stephanie Poorbaugh by Fr. Jayd Neely
Intention of Kevin Duffy
September 4
† John Siegenthaler by Ann Peffen & Ramona Stejskal Special Intention of Bob & Kathy Riddell by Bobbie † Andrea Gorski Culver
September 5
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
† James Karstens by Bobbie & Joe Noonan

† Eleanor S. Metzger by Norma Clippard

September 6
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

Monday, September 1st LABOR DAY Masses: 9:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.

The Second Collection next Sunday is to help pay the monthly note
($35,000) on our parish loan.

Our Prayers Are Requested for the Repose of the Souls of
† Sr. Mary Melanie Boyd, RSM
† Robert Follett

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 the historic preservation of our beautiful church.

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.***

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 (borrow)
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 can help with our sponsorship wish list. You may make a donation anonymously or receive sponsorship credit on our list of founding donors!

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, 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 will be 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!

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

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!

Knights of ColumbusIf you're interested in helping those in need, serving your parish, growing in your faith or having exclusive access to top-rated insurance protection for your family, then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you. The Cathedral Council #544 has been active in the Nashville community since December 1900! We want you to be part of our long tradition of service. For more information visit or email

Fiat is a community designed for 6-12th grade girls to reveal the hidden beauty and dignity that has been given to every woman by God. Sr. Anne Catherine, O.P., the principal at St. Cecilia Academy, has graciously offered to host Fiat meetings at St. Cecilia this academic year. The September meetings will be in the St. Cecilia library on September 3 & 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Also, this will benefit families involved in the Fraternus program for boys, which meets at Overbrook on Wednesday evenings.)

For more information about Fiat follow us at Fiat-Cathedral Chapter Group on Facebook or email


Religious Education

Thank you to all the families who registered for
Religious Education this year!

Classes begin next Sunday, September 7 for Preschool through 7th grade.

  • Pre-School I: During 8:30 Mass, Room #105
  • Kindergarten through 7th Grade 9:30-10:45
  • Pre-School II: During 11:00 Mass, Room #105

If you have not registered your child, email Robin Baskin, Director of Religious Education at before classes begin. Please do not send your child to class without registering first. The form is available at the bulletin racks and on the Cathedral website. Thank you!

Thanks to Jenny & Alex Crews and Jean Marie, Margie, Evie & Ryan Clark for helping with "Root Beer, Raisinettes, and Registration!" The Religious Education program is so thankful for wonderful volunteers!

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: 7, 14, 21, and 28

Neri Nights Group

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.

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

Take Care of You

Body:   Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day.
Mind:   Write down your activities for a week to see how you're spending your time.
Spirit:  Take a prayer walk.

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

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 and spend time with the Lord.


Readings for the Week of August 31
Sunday: Jer 20:7-9/Rom 12:1-2/Mt 16:21-27
Monday: 1 Cor 2:1-5/Lk 4:16-30
Tuesday: 1 Cor 2:10b-16/Lk 4:31-37
Wednesday: 1 Cor 3:1-9/Lk 4:38-44
Thursday: 1 Cor 3:18-23/Lk 5:1-11
1 Cor 4:1-5/Lk 5:33-39
Saturday: 1 Cor 4:6b-15/Lk 6:1-5
Next Sunday: Ez 33:7-9/Rom 13:8-10/Mt 18:15-20
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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

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 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. 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.

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

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