October 4, 2020
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In this edition:
Sunday Mass livestreams, Red Mass reminders, Fall Faith Formation news, Creation Care work profiled, October Book Club, and memories of a 1979 apostolic visit.
Sunday Masses

7am (English) | 1pm (Spanish) | *5:30pm (English)
*5:30pm Mass interpreted for the deaf

The Cathedral opens 30 minutes before each Mass and closes immediately after each Mass. See the guide to participating at Mass.

No regular 10am Mass on October 4. See below regarding the 10am Red Mass.
I have chosen you from the world, says the Lord, to go and bear fruit that will remain.
(John 15:16, Gospel Acclamation)
Sunday Livestreams

10am Red Mass for the Archdiocese of Washington (English) 
Archbishop Wilton Gregory, celebrant
Bishop Michael Burbidge, homilist
This year's Red Mass is by invitation only and is not open to the public.
Masses on October 4 at 7am, 1pm (Spanish)
and 5:30pm are open to the public as usual.

1pm Mass (español)
Fr. John Benson, celebrant

Online Offertory options
We ask that parishioners please continue to make a regular offertory gift. At Sunday Mass, you may place your donation in one of the collection baskets at the exits. If you're not attending Mass in person, we invite you to use one of the online donation options above, or to mail your donation to the rectory office. Thank you for your continued support, which is critically needed.
What's New on St. Matthew's YouTube?
Enjoy this video of our September 30 organ recital by Colin MacKnight.*Our apologies to our YouTube viewers who tuned in on Wednesday - our internet service was down so we could not livestream this event. Check next week's eletter for a Fall Music Update!
Schedule Notes

Rectory Office Operations

Throughout the rectory office closure, voice mail messages have been monitored daily and calls returned. While the office remains closed to visitors, your calls to the rectory office are now being answered by a staff member from 10am to 3pm, Monday through Friday. If you call outside those hours and leave a voice mail message, your call will be returned.

Columbus Day

On Columbus Day, Monday, October 12, the current normal weekday schedule will be observed. Mass will be celebrated at 12:10pm. The Cathedral will open at 11:40am and close immediately after the 12:10pm Mass.
Daily Readings

Monday, October 5 (St. Francis Xavier Seelos)
Galatians 1:6-12; Luke 10:25-37 “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart . . . and your neighbor as yourself.”

Tuesday, October 6 (St. Bruno, Blessed Marie Rose Durocher)
Galatians 1:13-24; Luke 10:38-42 “A woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.”

Wednesday, October 7 (Our Lady of the Rosary)
Galatians 2:1-2, 7-14; Luke 11:1-4 “Jesus was praying in a certain place.”

Thursday, October 8
Galatians 3:1-5; Luke 11:5-13 “If you . . . give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

Friday, October 9
Galatians 3:7-14; Luke 11:15-26 “But if it is by the finger of God that [I] drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.”

Saturday, October 10
Galatians 3:22-29; Luke 11:27-28 “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.”
First Saturday Devotions

All are welcome to join St. Matthew's Reparation Society's Rosary and prayers this First Saturday, October 3 at 12:30pm, using this prayer pamphlet

Join by phone: 469-965-2556 (Conference ID:556 362 584# )   
Fall Faith Formation

Adult and children's Faith Formation programs are underway, with classes and other events conducted online at this point. Use these links to find out more.

Contact Theresa Prymuszewski, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation, for more information. 
Season of Creation Celebration
Creation Care Work Recognized
St. Matthew's Creation Care Team and Season of Creation series are profiled in an article by Season of Creation, "an ecumenical steering committee" formed to help Christians around the world fulfill the purpose of the Season of Creation.

The Season of Creation continues through Sunday, October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. St. Matthew's Creation Care Team invites you to join in the final event of our Season of Creation series, celebrating St. Francis and Laudato Si', from 3 to 4pm on October 4.

Join here. Meeting ID: 845 4372 9864. Join by phone: 301 715 8592. 
Serving our Homeless Neighbors
Our parish Monday morning ministry to the homeless has continued, with proper precautions, through these months of the pandemic. We serve our guests outdoors, in front of the Cathedral. Want to help? Donate gently worn men’s clothing items: cargo shorts, casual pants, jeans, t-shirts, hoodies, sneakers, and work boots. Please contact Norma Canedo, Coordinator for Social Justice, to schedule a drop-off. 
Cathedral Young Adult Coffeehouse is a peer ministry for those in their 20s and 30s that meets virtually on Sundays at 7:30pm. Want to join in, catch up with one another, and reflect on the Sunday Gospel? Click here to download and join the CYA Slack group where there's always a conversation. A link to join the Google Meet or Zoom session is sent out via Slack each Sunday.
The Overstory in October

The Cathedral Book Club resumes with a virtual discussion on Tuesday, October 20 from 7 to 8pm of "The Overstory," the popular Pulitzer Prize winner by Richard Powers. It's a fascinating look at how several strangers with their own stories are brought together by trees, in an effort to save the continent’s decreasing virgin forest. For further details, contact the Zoom meeting host, Fr. Jack Hurley.
Someone shared this photo of a young Fr. Jameson aside Pope John Paul II distributing Communion at the Mass on the National Mall!
Remembering a 1979 Apostolic Visit

On October 3, 1979, Pope St. John Paul II celebrated Mass at the Cathedral during his apostolic visit to the U. S., preaching to 1,500 diocesan priests. Read about this historic event. On October 7, he celebrated Mass for 175,00 people on the National Mall. Did you know? Msgr. Jameson planned both liturgies while directing the Archdiocesan Office of Worship.

Opposite the Baptistry is the Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi. The mural by Thomas LaFarge, above, depicts St. Francis and St. Clare with the crucified Christ. We celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday, October 4. On Saturday, October 3, Pope Francis will sign his third encyclical in Assisi, titled “Fratelli Tutti,” literally, "All Brothers."

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