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, stop by the rectory and speak to our receptionist. The rectory address is 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, Northwest, Washington, DC and the entrance is located three doors to the right of the Cathedral. There is no fee but an offering of $5 – $10 is customary for each intention. You will receive a Mass card for each intention in which you can write the date and time of the Mass.
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. 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?
The first step is to call the Baptismal Coordinator at 202-347-3215 x522, who can speak to you about scheduling the baptism and parent and godparent preparation. Parents are encouraged to contact the rectory early in the pregnancy before any family plans are made; that is at least six months before any date is formalized. This early contact enables parents to be scheduled for the necessary sacramental formation session before the child’s baptism. It also allows time for sponsors to obtain letters from their parish pastor. Once the formation date is set and proper permissions are received, then a baptism date can be scheduled.