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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 ~~

(January 25 – February 1, 2015)

January 24
5:00 p.m.
St. Frances de Sales
For the People of our Parish
January 25

The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. † Charles & Clady Buntin Kincaid
11:00 a.m. † John Libbey by the Libbey Family
5:00 p.m. † Herbert F. Cheek
7:00 a.m.
12:10 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
January 26
Saints Timothy & Titus
Communion Service † Sarah E. Tidwell For the Intention of Marty Bauer Family
January 27
St. Angelo Merici
† Mark Beal † Mary Langhi For the intention of Tom & Jodi Pickney
January 28
St. Thomas Aquinas
† Alois William Nolte † Jean Marie McAuley Jenkins by Ed Jenkins and Family For the intention of Fr. John O'Neill
January 29
† Ruth Elaine Nosal † Louisa Murga For the intention of Lindsay Yaden Perkins
January 30
† Kathleen Wahl † Coleta E. Cockran  
January 31
5:00 p.m.
St. John Bosco
For the People of our Parish
February 1
The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:30 a.m. † Dr. William Stechschulte by Heather & Joe Rohan
11:00 a.m. Special Intention of Kathleen Forbush by Lindsey Stamps
5:00 p.m. † Sarah Burns Stamps by Lindsey Stamps
Want to schedule a Mass Intention?   Contact the church office: 615-327-2330 or

Bulletin Notices:

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

Week of Prayer for
Christian Unity

Our Father, We seek you in so many ways and places in our life. We seek you for guidance and for comfort. But you have told us that when there is hunger, it is up to us to feed the hungry. We ask you to help us see you in other Christians and humbly ask you for strength in the search for what we have in common. Bless our efforts to look at all the ways we are united in faith, and grant us courage to change our hearts and minds to realize your will. We ask all this through Christ our Lord and brother, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Christian Unity

Become an Extraordinary Minister
More Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are needed at our weekend Masses! If you are interested, please email Ken Leediker at Rising juniors in high school and up are eligible to serve in this important ministry!

Become a Reader
God's living Word continues to be proclaimed to His people through this ministry. This ministry provides many blessings to both the Reader and the people of the Cathedral. As with all ministries of the Church, one must have the appropriate skills and feel the call to serve the Church in this way. We have a need for those who are interested in reading at weekend and daily Masses. If you are flexible and able to serve at any weekend Mass or any of the 7 a.m. or 12:10 p.m. weekday Masses, please contact Stephen Penton at

This Sunday January 18, Father Steiner will be offering a bit of Liturgical History in our Sunday Adult On-Going Formation Program. It will be a series on the history of our Mass from the beginning to the present. The program is on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in Room #305 of St. Albert's Hall. All are welcome!

January 25 – The Breaking of the Bread: What the first Christians did. How did Sunday become Sunday?
February 1 – The Liturgy Moves into Churches: What happened? How did we get Bishops, Priests and Deacons?
                    How did the ritual develop?
February 8 – Taking Control: Who's in charge of the Liturgy? Some hard decisions about what stayed in, and
                    some blood is shed over the decisions!

**In case of snow or inclement weather, presentations will be delayed a week.


The Cathedral Knights invite parishioners and friends to their annual S*per Bowl Party/Chili Cook-Off on February 1, in the Fleming Center. The Knights' party is widely considered to be the best in town with the vote for the best chili at halftime (only for those who want to enter their chili in the cook off). There will trivia contests, games to participate in for adults and children's activities. All attendees are encouraged to bring either chili, a side dish, a tailgating item, or small donation as the price of admittance. The party will begin at 5:00 p.m.

The Respect Life Committee will be having a meeting on Sunday Jan 25th after the 8:30am Mass. We will be meeting in the Cathedral rectory. The meeting should get over in time for the 11am Mass.

Please plan on attending. Last year was really big for us, and we want to keep on with that momentum. Please bring your ideas, energy and time. Contact Roy at with questions.

Serving is important, and we need servers! All parish students from 5th grade up may taken on this important role during Mass. Parents, encourage your students to think about giving their talent and time to God. Email Fr. Neely with questions or to express an interest!

Now taking applications for the 2015-2016 school year. For a tour or more information, contact Kelly Doyle at We offer childcare for ages 6 months to 5 years in a religious based academic program preparing each child for kindergarten and beyond.

Cathedral Day School 80's Party/Fundraiser!
Mark your calendars for our awesome 80's Night! We will have food and drinks, as well as a DJ to dance the night away! Prizes for the best dressed 80's couple! Saturday, February 7th! 6:00 p.m.-?? In the Fleming Center. For tickets or more information, please call Kelly Doyle at 557-1307 or e-mail

Religious EducationAll classes resume today! Preschool meets during 8:30 and 11:00 Masses, grades kindergarten through 7th grade meet at 9:30, and Confirmation class meets at noon.

A big thanks to everyone who has signed up to provide dinner, breakfast, and lunch for Room in the Inn this Tuesday night (January 27).  We are still in need of a few items.  If you need the link for the Sign Up Genius, please email Robin at . Remember, we need volunteers that evening too.  Hope to see you all there. 

The Confirmation class will hold its mandatory retreat on February 14.  Please watch your inbox for starting time and more details.  The retreat will end after the 5 p.m. Mass.  Parents are welcomed to join us at Mass.

Congratulations to our sixth grade catechist, Ms. Nini Mullis, who was married at the Cathedral yesterday!  We wish her the best as the new Mrs. Michael O'Keefe!

Neri Nights

Neri Nights Ski Trip

The Neri Nights youth group had a very successful MLK weekend Ski Retreat.  The group enjoyed two full days of skiing at Perfect North in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and much, much, more!  Thanks to all the parents who trusted their teens with us for such a great event.  Special thanks to our adult chaperones: Chloe Stegeman, Lindsey Stamps, Sarah Kuechle, and Bill Staley. Also, thanks to our bus driver, Bobby Baskin, and to Father Jayd Neely for providing Mass and other sacraments.

(No Neri Nights on Feb. 1 because of the big game.)


Spring Fashion Show

Facebook for Cathedral Young Adults

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

Take Care of You

Body:   Enjoy the winter scenery hiking on nature trails or ice skating.
Mind:   Be specific in your goals
Spirit:  Find a convenient blood drive near you and donate blood.
Green: Avoid unnecessary engine idling—turn off your vehicle engine when parked for more than 30 seconds.

Relics in the new altarRELICS IN THE NEW ALTAR
The first-class relics (bones) in the sealed box inside the new Altar are of Saints Athanasius the Great, Benignus of Dijon, and Eulalia of Barcelona. St. Athanasius (c. 296–298 – 02 May 373) was bishop of Alexandria and a Doctor of the Church. He was exiled five times from Alexandria because of his faith. St. Benignus brought Christianity to Dijon in France. He was martyred at Epagny in Burgundy under the Emperor Aurelian sometime between 270 & 275 A.D. St. Eulalia (c. 290 – 12 Feb 303) was a 13-year-old Roman girl who suffered martyrdom in Barcelona during persecution in the reign of Emperor Diocletian.

These relics were in the original altar in the Pro-Cathedral, where Masses were said here from 1909—1914. In addition to these relics, a second class relic (part of a dress) of St. Katherine Drexel who founded St. Vincent de Paul parish, has been added.

Readings for the Week of January 25
Sunday: Jon 3:1-5, 10/1 Cor 7:29-31/Mk 1:14-2
Monday: 2 Tm 1:1-8 or Ti 1:1- 5/Mk 3:22-30
Tuesday: 2 Tm 1:1-8 or Ti 1:1- 5/Mk 3:22-30
Wednesday: Heb 10:11-18/Mk 4:1-20
Thursday: Heb 10:19-25/Mk 4:21-25
Heb 10:32-39/Mk 4:26-34
Saturday: Heb 11:1-2, 8-19/Mk 4:35-41
Next Sunday: Dt 18:15-20/1 Cor 7:32-35/Mk 1:21-28
  ©Liturgical Publications Inc

Help Room in the Inn

Inn needed items

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.


Save the Date for the 36th Annual Legacy Gala. Saturday, March 7 at the Omni Nashville Hotel, Honoring 90 Years of Father Ryan.


Father Ryan's Theology Speaker Series is featuring Tallu Quinn, Executive Director of the Nashville Food Project, on January 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts on Father Ryan's Campus. The Nashville Food Project is a nonprofit working to get to the root of hunger and poverty in Nashville. This event is free and open to the public

Join us January 26 at 11:15 a.m. and enjoy lunch in our dining hall with our headmaster, administrative staff, and departmental chairs. After lunch, visit a live classroom to get a glimpse into our dynamic educational environments. Send your RSVP to Sherree DiMenno at 615-590-6014 or

Our Coming Home basketball game is
Friday, January 30th at JPII. The girls take on Harpeth Hall at 6pm, followed by the varsity boys verses MBA at 7:30pm. Go Knights!

To celebrate this Year of Consecrated Life declared by Pope Francis, the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia will join religious communities around the country in hosting an Open House on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at their Motherhouse in Nashville, Tennessee (801 Dominican Drive). All are invited to visit the sisters at the Motherhouse and share something of the joy of their Dominican religious life.  

Please join Holy Name Church Community for the first presentation of the Jazz Mass for World Peace by composer Marlene Tachoir on Thursday February 12 at 7 p.m.  Find out more about this special event Mass by watching a video at  Enter site and click on Peace Mass, right corner. The Church is located at 521 Woodland Street in Nashville, parking entrance on Main Street in back of Church. Let's gather and pray for World Peace!

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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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