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When are Masses Celebrated? When is the Cathedral Open?

Upon reopening on Sunday, June 28, 2020, the Cathedral will be open for Mass at the times listed below, and for private prayer for 30 minutes before each Mass.

Sunday

Hours

TheCathedral opens 30 minutes before each Mass, and closes immediately after each Mass for sanitizing.  

Masses

  • 7am (English)
  • 10am (English) 
  • 1pm (Spanish) 
  • 5:30pm (English)

Note: All Masse are open to the public. The 10am and 1pm Masses are also livestreamed on the Cathedral YouTube channel.

Weekdays

Hours

TheCathedral opens 30 minutes before Mass, and closes for the day immediately after Mass.  

Masses 

12:10pm

Saturday  

Hours

TheCathedral opens 30 minutes before Mass, and closes for the day immediately after Mass.  

Masses 

8am

When is the Rectory Office Open?

The rectory office closed in mid-March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. You may still call the rectory office at 202-347-3215. Voice mail messages are monitored daily. Beginning Monday, September 28, 2020, the rectory office phone will be answered between the hours of 10am and 3pm, Monday through Friday. If you call outside those hours and leave a voice mail message, your call will be returned.

Is the Cathedral Wheelchair Accessible?

Yes. For access, enter the Penn Parking garage located directly to the right of the Cathedral. As you enter the driveway, look straight ahead for the door to the Conference Center, located at the bottom of the driveway. Use the buzzer at the Conference Center door to alert the sacristan that you are there, and the door will be unlocked. Immediately to your right as you enter the door is an elevator that will take you one floor up to the Cathedral level. Straight ahead as you exit the elevator is a door leading to the Cathedral.

Does the Cathedral Make Provisions for the Hearing Impaired?

Yes. First, we employ sign language interpreters at many liturgies, including at every 11:30am Sunday liturgy. Second, an induction loop is provided for the benefit of hearing aid users. Those desiring to take advantage of the induction loop should sit in pews B1, B3, A1 or A3 and switch their hearing aids to "T."

Where Are the Conference Rooms? 

North and East Conference Rooms – From inside the Cathedral, get to the North and East Conference Rooms by going through the door to the right of the organ and taking the stairs down. At the bottom, walk straight ahead to the North Conference Room (on your left), or make a U-turn and walk down the hall to the East Conference Room (on your left). You also may reach both conference rooms from Rhode Island Avenue by using the Conference Center door at the bottom of the driveway to the parking garage (ring the buzzer). Upon entering, turn right to get to the North Conference Room and left to get to the East

West Conference Room – From inside the Cathedral, get to the West Conference Room by entering the Baptistry (to the left as you enter through the main doors) and taking the stairs down. At the bottom, the West Conference Room is on your left. You also may access it using the stairwell and door in the alley along the Cathedral’s west side.

How Do I Arrange a Mass Intention at St. Matthew’s?

To arrange a Mass intention, call the rectory office at 202-347-3215. Voice mail messages are monitored daily. Beginning Monday, September 28, 2020, the rectory office phone will be answered between the hours of 10am and 3pm, Monday through Friday. If you call outside those hours and leave a voice mail message, your call will be returned.

There is no fee but an offering of $5 – $10 is customary for each intention. You may receive a Mass card for each intention in which you can write the date and time of the Mass. During this period of rectory office closure, please provide your name and mailing address so that the card can be sent to you.

At St. Matthew’s, it is not our policy to announce at Mass the name of the person who is being remembered with a particular Mass intention. Occasionally we receive requests to have the name mentioned if, for example, members of the family will be in attendance at the Mass. We will do our best to arrange for the fulfillment of such requests, if possible. 

How and When Do I Contact St. Matthew’s About Scheduling My Wedding?

The first step is to call the rectory at 202-347-3215 and ask for the priest of your choice or the priest on duty, who can speak to you about marriage preparation and the possibility of scheduling your wedding ceremony at the Cathedral. Voice mail messages are monitored daily. Beginning Monday, September 28, 2020, the rectory office phone will be answered between the hours of 10am and 3pm, Monday through Friday. If you call outside those hours and leave a voice mail message, your call will be returned.

Couples are expected to contact us at least nine (9) months in advance of the date on which they hope to celebrate their wedding. The purpose of this period is to actively involve the couple in the process through which they can judge not only their own readiness to marry, but also their ability to communicate on vital issues. Only the clergy of St. Matthew’s may book the date for the celebration of a wedding. Dates will be booked only after there has been a sufficient opportunity to meet with the couple, to take care of the necessary paperwork and to arrange for their participation in a marriage preparation program. It is the responsibility of the engaged couple to secure the date with the Cathedral before making commitments with caterers, reception halls, etc.

How and When Do I Contact St. Matthew’s About Getting My Child Baptized?

Parents who wish to have their child baptized at the Cathedral should email the Baptism Coordinator or call the rectory office at 202-347-3215. Voice mail messages are monitored daily. Beginning Monday, September 28, 2020, the rectory office phone will be answered between the hours of 10am and 3pm, Monday through Friday. If you call outside those hours and leave a voice mail message, your call will be returned.

Parents are encouraged to contact the rectory office at least six months in advance of a desired baptismal date, and may ask for the priest or deacon of their choice to perform the Baptism. This early contact enables parents to be scheduled for the necessary baptism preparation. It also allows time for godparents to obtain letters from their parish pastor.