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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 ~~

(November 16 – November 22, 2014)

November 15
5:00 p.m.
St. Albert the Great
For the people of our parish
November 16
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:30 a.m. † Richard Bevington (6th Anniversary) by Carol Parriott & Family
11:00 a.m. In thanksgiving for the successful passage of Amendment One
5:00 p.m. Intention of Jack Smith by Shonnon & Mick Beisel
7:00 a.m.
12:10 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
November 17
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
Communion Service † John E. Campion Intention of Patricia Hunt
November 18
The Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul
Intention of Harry Hickman † Dr. Albert R. Lawson † Mary McCabe
November 19
† Jane Riordan by Rick Harris † Margaret Ellen Guttke by the Parish
Intention of Ruth Benson
November 20
† James D. Finneran † Sister Regina Martin by Kevin Jost Intention of UCat Benefactors
November 21
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
† Paul Phillip Breen, Sr.

† Anna Nenon Breen

November 22
5:00 p.m.
St. Cecilia
For the people of our 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

Write the names of your deceased loved ones in our Book of Remembrance in the back of the church.

Bulletin Notices:

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

Christmas at the Cathedral


Our RCIA still needs new Catholic Catechisms for our candidates and catechumens currently preparing to join the Church. Catechisms cost $25. Donating would be a great way for you to assist in the formation of our future members. Simply place a donation marked "RCIA Catechism" in the collection basket, and your donation will purchase a new book for a member in RCIA. Each book will be inscribed with "A Gift From …." unless you wish to be anonymous. Questions? Contact Kevin F. Raymond at or 327-2330 x1306.

The annual Christmas Wishes Trees will be set up beginning next Sunday, November 22, in the Narthex and Fleming Center. The Christmas Wishes Program is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Tennessee. Cathedral Parishioners are invited to adopt a Star(s), purchase items "wished" for, wrap and return the gifts by December14. Please plan to stop by one of the Christmas Trees to adopt a Star next Sunday, November 21!


sees candiesThe Cathedral of the Incarnation Knights of Columbus #544 are holding their annual See's Candy fundraiser again this year. See's has been making its great old fashioned candy since 1921. Buy it from the Knights and save on the sales tax you would pay at the malls. Plus you will be helping to support our Cathedral charities for those in need at our church and in our community.

Candy will be available for immediate delivery in the Fleming Center after the Sunday morning Masses November 23 & 30; or you can place a customized order which can be picked up at the Fleming Center Sunday morning December 14 or 21.

Enjoy some delicious candy or buy some for your sweetheart, family, friends, or co-workers, and help us in this charitable fundraiser.

St. Mary's Bookstore is hosting their annual Christmas Open House on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22 from 9:30-5:00. Meet Stefano Fontanini from Bagni di Lucca, Italy on Friday, November 21 from 12:30-3:00. Stefano will be signing Nativity pieces from the House of Fontanini. There will be daily specials, refreshments, and door prizes. St. Mary's Bookstore & Church Supply is an easy walk from the Cathedral at the corner of West End and 19th.


There are no Religious Education classes for any age group on Sunday, November 30, it being the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!


OPERATION SNOWFLAKE: Once again this Advent season we will be collecting toilet paper and laundry detergent for Catholic Charities' North Nashville Outreach. These basic items cannot be purchased with food stamps, so our donations help those who may not be able to afford to buy these necessary staples. There will be boxes on the 1st & 2nd floors of St. Albert Hall on December 7 & 14. Thank you in advance for helping others at this special time of year!

  • On December 24 at 4:00 p.m. the first through sixth grade children of the Cathedral parish will present our annual Christmas story during Mass. If you would like your child(ren) to participate, please fill out the flyer found in the bulletin racks. Your child must be able to attend practice on Saturday, December 20. For more information, please email Director of Religious Education, Robin Baskin at

Thanksgiving Day Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Choby, our priests, and our deacons, at 9:00 Thanksgiving morning. Come to give thanks to the Lord!

Neri Nights

Last Sunday, our Neri Nights teens learned more about Martha and Mary and related prioritizing God to their own experiences as high school students! (Luke 10: 38-42)

Neri Nights Church

Here's what is coming up on the Neri Nights schedule: 
November 16th: How to Pray
November 23rd: Service Night
December 7th: Christmas Party

For those interested in participating in the annual Neri Nights Ski Retreat please contact Robin Baskin

Take Care of You

Body:   Quit smoking to save your heart, lungs, teeth, and years of life.
Mind:   Be mindful of just "lightening up."
Spirit:  Think about ways God has acted in your life and be ready to talk about them.

Facebook for Cathedral Young Adults

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

Our parish Boy Scout Troop, Troop 1914, meets Monday evening at 7:00 in St. Albert Hall in Room 202. All boys and their friends are invited and encourage to join Scouting and to be part of our Catholic troop!

Last year we had been doing really well on collections and balancing our operating expenses, but we have gone backward. We are again in deficit as our collections have slipped. Please support your parish! There is no reason a parish of our size cannot support itself! We must have $30,000 each week to meet our budget.

We have some extraordinary and unbudgeted expenses that we cannot put off. We must replace the doors on the Fleming Center ($108,000). If you look around our beloved Cathedral you will spot a lot of places that need plaster repair, especially in the ceiling. The estimate we have received is $17,000, which is unbudgeted, but we must make repairs.

Look at the weekly collections. Love your parish enough to take care of it.

All Veterans are invited to attend the Cathedrals' Veteran Prayer Breakfast this Tuesday November 18, immediately following the 7:00 a.m. Mass. Continental Breakfast, Prayer, and a great Speaker (and great fellowship!).

Readings for the Week of November 16th
Sunday: Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31/1 Thes 5:1-6/Mt 25:14-30 or 25:14-15, 19-21
Monday: Rv 1:1-4; 2:1-5/Lk 18:35-43
Tuesday: Rv 3:1-6, 14-22/Lk 19:1-10
Wednesday: Rv 4:1-11/Lk 19:11-28
Thursday: Rv 5:1-10/Lk 19:41-44
Rv 10:8-11/Lk 19:45-48
Saturday: Rv 11:4-12/Lk 20:27-40
Next Sunday: Ez 34:11-12, 15-17/1 Cor 15:20-26, 28/Mt 25:31-46
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Room in the Inn

Room in the Inn has started. We are now hosting 30 to 40 guests each Tuesday night through March 31. We will also be hosting Christmas night (a Wednesday) as well as opening our doors when the weather gets dangerously cold.

You can volunteer by contacting contact any of the people listed below.


  • Innkeeper: Spends the night with the guests. Wakes them up in the morning, helps to set out breakfast, and helps clean the Fleming Center. Interested in being an innkeeper? Contact Dave Bevis at 483-3001 or
  • Transportation: Drivers are needed on Tuesday evening to pick up our 30 to 40 guests from the Campus for Human Development. We leave the Fleming Center at 6:30 p.m. Drivers are also needed on Wednesday morning to return our guests to the Campus by 6 a.m. This is a great opportunity for friends to get together to take our guests back then have breakfast together.
  • Laundry: Picks up the linens from the Fleming Center on Wednesday morning, launders and folds the sheets and towels, and returns them to the Fleming Center by 5 p.m. the following evening. If you are interested in laundry please contact Jim Coode at 476-9164 or or Joe Bednar at 495-2965 or
  • Hospitality: Sets up the Fleming Center (inflates air mattresses and makes them up), serves dinner, and interacts with our guests. If you are interested in hospitality contact Jim Coode or Joe Bednar (above)
  • Food: Provides and prepares dinner for 40 hungry men. The meal should consist of a meat, vegetables, a starch, bread, deserts, and drinks. Breakfast consists of cereal, milk, juice, fruit, and sweet rolls. Sack lunches consist of 2 sandwiches, a bag of chips, a piece of fruit, something sweet, and a drink. This is a great opportunity for families or friends to get together. It is also a great opportunity for groups to volunteer and work together. If you are interested in helping to provide food (dinner, breakfast, or lunch), please contact Joji Javier at (916) 580-7181 or


We need clothing and toiletry items for our guests. Clothing includes underwear (boxers or boxer briefs preferred), t-shirts, socks, long underwear, hats, gloves, coats, shirts and pants. Men's Large, Extra Large, 2X, and even 3X are the most sizes in demand. No one has ever asked for small sizes. Toiletry items include tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand/body lotion, shampoo, ear plugs, shaving cream, razors, cough drops, Nyquil, ibuprofen/acetaminophen, etc. Personal/travel sized versions of these are the best.

You can also just show up at the Fleming Center on Tuesday nights to help setup, drive or provide hospitality. We usually get started around 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any of the contacts listed above if you have questions, items you want to donate but need someone to pick up, or anything else about Room in the Inn.

This is a great program that the Cathedral participates in. Working with the homeless is a very rewarding experience, and is a great way to spend a Tuesday evening. Our guests are screened by the downtown Room In the Inn staff; are all nice, interesting, and enjoy good conversation. The homeless love coming to the Cathedral and request it every Tuesday. When asked why they love to come to the Cathedral, the answer is because of the people, that we are friendly, and that they are treated with respect. This is a great tribute to our parishioners!


Except at the Cathedral!

Santa ClausCounting this Sunday, Thanksgiving is only 12 days away. Christmas is 40 days away. Plan ahead. Set a deadline to have all your Thanksgiving food purchased. Sending Christmas cards? Make a fun time of looking for your cards this weekend or next. Try to send them by the 2nd Sunday of Advent (December 7). Make a Christmas list one night this week of those to whom you wish to give a gift. Set a budget. Make a deadline to have finished your Christmas shopping. Do what you can now so that you can savor the Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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.


Aquinas College Corpus Christi Perpetual Adoration Chapel is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is located on the Aquinas Campus, 4210 Harding Pike. When on campus, the chapel is immediately behind the White House. Volunteer to keep vigil at dedicated time each week. Join other adorers to pray for individual needs and those of the world. Create a family or a friend team! For information and sign-ups:

The new marble altar, pulpit, and cathedra (bishop's chair) have arrived from Italy! What was originally planned for the whole sanctuary has been scaled back somewhat due to financing, so there has been a delay. There also has been some tweaking to the original plan. Hopefully installation of the altar will take place after Christmas. Remember, the Bishop is raising funds for this project so it is not a cost to our parish (although the Bishop would happily accept donations!).

Vanderbilt University is proud to sponsor the 7th annual Alternative Gift Fair on Tuesday, November 18 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Vanderbilt's Student Life Center. Free parking in the 25th Avenue parking garage. The Fair, which features student, local, and global organizations, offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase a gift or fair trade item in honor of a loved one: these gifts will keep on giving long after Christmas morning. We hope the Fair will give the Nashville community the opportunity to be agents of change both locally and globally through the purchase of an "alternative gift" such as …

Help a sick child's family by funding a night's stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Provide assistance to a child by extra reading instruction through Preston Taylor Ministries. Sponsor a child in a healthy cooking class through Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Donate a farm animal to a family in need through Heifer Project International.

Hope Clinic Women's Cider Carols is December 4 at The Factory at Franklin. The Downtown Band is leading carols with a surprise musical guest. Enjoy treats from Nashville's favorite bakeries, complimentary cider and wine, and an auction with goodies for everyone on your Christmas list!

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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