The Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle will observe the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy throughout the month of November. The significance of this anniversary for the Cathedral lies not only in Kennedy’s distinction as the nation’s first Roman Catholic president, but also in that his Funeral Mass was celebrated at this site on November 25, 1963.
The Cathedral’s Schola Cantorum will present the annual Concert of Remembrance featuring the Requiem of Maurice Duruflé, as well as anthems and motets chosen as reflections on the life, aspirations and accomplishments of the Thirty-fifth President of the United States.The one–hour concert is free and open to the public. Free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted. Parking will be available in the garage adjacent to the Cathedral.
The Cathedral will mark the anniversary of the day of President Kennedy’s death with a Eucharistic celebration including choral music. Reverend Monsignor W. Ronald Jameson, Cathedral Rector, will be the presiding celebrant, and Reverend Bryan Hehir will be the homilist at this Eucharist. Father Hehir is the Professor of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Parking will be available in the garage adjacent to the Cathedral as well as in the commercial lot across Rhode Island Avenue.