News & Announcements

A Special Connection to Recall on this Independence Day Weekend

A treasure chest full of St. Matthew's memories was collected during our 175th Anniversary Year, in 2015. We share during this Independence Day weekend of 2019 a memory from a parishioner who descended from Msgr. Thomas Sim Lee, the builder and first pastor of St. Matthew's Church on Rhode Island Avenue. Note also  the special relationship, through Msgr. Lee, between St. Matthew's and the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence!

Memories Wanted! - Help Celebrate the 175th Anniversary of St. Matthew’s Parish!

Your help is needed to mark the 175th Anniversary of the Parish of St. Matthew the Apostle, now the Cathedral Parish, and since 1939, the seat of the Archdiocese. You are invited now and into the 2015 anniversary year to share stories and memories of how your Catholic faith has shaped your life, your faith and your family.  

Mary, Mother of the Church

On Monday, June 10, we celebrate the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. Join us for Masses (regular weekday schedule). Mary received the title “Mother of the Church” from Pope St. Paul VI, and Pope Francis in 2018 added this memorial to the liturgical calendar. Read the Vatican decree that established this new memorial to Mary, whose arms are outstretched to all of humankind.

Archbishop Gregory Celebrates Mass of Thanksgiving / El Arzobispo Gregory, celebra una Misa de Acción de Gracias

Sunday, May 26, 10am / El Domingo 26 de Mayo a las 10:00 de la mañana 

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, seventh Archbishop of Washington, will offer a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on Sunday, May 26 at 10am, with readings and intercessions in English and Spanish. All are most welcome.

El Arzobispo Wilton D. Gregory, séptimo Arzobispo de Washington, ofrecerá una Misa de acción de gracias en la Catedral de San Mateo Apóstol el domingo, 26 de mayo a las 10:00 de la mañana, con lecturas y peticiones en inglés y español. Todos son bienvenidos.

(Photo of Archbishop Gregory, then Archbishop of Atlanta, delivering the homily at the 2015 Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Catholic Standard,Jaclyn Lippelmann)

Easter "Exultet" On Display

Are you wondering what that book is that is displayed in front of the ambo (pulpit)? This book is the illuminated chant of the great hymn of the resurrection, the Exultet that is chanted at the beginning of the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday evening. This ancient hymn is sung, normally by the deacon, immediately after the incensing of the Paschal Candle. Scholarly research traces its origin to the 5th century. The first transcribed text was found in various liturgical manuscripts of the 7th century.

Installation of Archbishop Gregory

Schedule Changes at the Cathedral Today, Tuesday, May 21
Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, May 26 at the Cathedral 

The Mass of Installation of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory as the 7th Archbishop of Washington will be offered at 2pm on Tuesday, May 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The liturgical procession will begin at 1:30pm. Sections of the Basilica will be open to the public; these are expected to fill up quickly. Pope Francis named Archbishop Gregory as seventh Archbishop of Washington on April 4, 2019. Archbishop Gregory will offer a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral on Sunday, May 26 at 10am. All are most welcome. 

Please note that in recognition of today's Mass of Installation, the Cathedral will close today at 1pm and reopen at 5pm, before its regular closing time of 6:30pm. There is no change to the Cathedral Mass schedule. The rectory office will close at Noon and will reopen at 9am tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22.


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