Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
November 22, 2020
In this edition:
We end the liturgical year celebrating Christ our King with Masses and an organ concert, followed by our bilingual Thanksgiving Day Mass. Beginning the circle again, we honor Mary in December and anticipate with her the birth of the baby king, with opportunities for Advent giving, study, and prayer, weekday confessions in the Cathedral, and a Wednesday afternoon organ recital.
"And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’" (Mt 25:34)

Sunday Masses
7am (English) | 10am (English) 
1pm (Spanish) | *5:30pm (English)
*5:30pm Mass interpreted for the deaf
All Masses are open to the public. The Cathedral opens 30 minutes before each Mass and closes immediately after each Mass. See the guide to participating at Mass.

Livestreamed Masses
10am (English) 
Msgr. W. Ronald Jameson, celebrant
1pm (español)
Fr. Joaquin Ibarra, IVE, celebrant
Online Offertory options:
Please pray for the sick of our parish, including Gloria Harrington, Mary Latka, Suzanne Charlick, and Jim Walsh, and all who are ill with COVID-19 or caring for them.
We ask that parishioners please continue to make a regular offertory gift. You may place your donation in one of the collection baskets at the exits on Sundays, use one of the online donation options above, or mail your donation to the rectory office. Thank you for your critically needed support.
Daily Readings
Watch our media on Monday for Fr. Jack Hurley's YouTube reflection
on Pope St. Clement I.

Monday, November 23 (St. Clement I, St. Columban, Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro)
Tuesday, November 24 (St. Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions)
Wednesday, November 25 (St. Catherine of Alexandria)
Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day)
Friday, November 27
Saturday, November 28
Thanksgiving Day Mass and Holiday Schedule

Msgr. Jameson is the celebrant and Fr. Benson, the homilist, at our bilingual Mass for Thanksgiving Day (Spanish and English), celebrated on Thursday, November 26 at 10am. Be with us at Mass or join the livestream. The Cathedral opens 30 minutes before Mass and closes immediately after Mass. There is no Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

On Friday, November 27, Mass is celebrated at 12:10pm. The Cathedral opens at 11:30am and closes immediately after the 12:10pm Mass. There is no Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The rectory office is not staffed on November 26 or 27, so please be prepared to leave a voice mail message if you call on those days.
Great Organ Recitals
Free Admission, Open to the Public and Livestreamed
Masks are required to enter the Cathedral, and social distancing is observed.
This Sunday Afternoon with Suzanne Béchamps
Cathedral Associate Organist Suzanne Béchamps presents a Sunday afternoon recital on November 22 at 3:30pm (in-person and livestreamed). Featured works include Vincent Lübeck: Praeambulum in E Major, LübWV 7, J.S. Bach: Sonata IV in E Minor, BWV 528, César Franck: Prelude, Fugue, Variation, Op. 18 and Jean Langlais: "Acclamations" from Suite Médiévale.
Advent Recital by James D. Wetzel 
James D. Wetzel, Director of Music and Organist of the Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena on Manhattan’s Upper East Side presents a recital on Wednesday, December 2 at 12:40pm (in-person and livestreamed), following the 12:10pm Mass. Featured works include Alexandre Guilmant: Organ Sonata No. 4 in D minor, Op. 61; J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 546; and Sir Ernest MacMillan: Cortège Académique.
Cathedral Notes
Cathedral Coffeehouse
Cathedral Young Adult Coffeehouse meets virtually on Sundays at 7:30pm. Click here to download and join the CYA Slack group. Each Sunday, you will receive a link via Slack to join the Zoom Coffeehouse session. Coffeehouse will meet on November 22, and will take a break on November 29.

Creation Care Team Meeting
The Creation Care Team meets on Sunday, November 22 from 5 to 6pm via Zoom. All are welcome to join the discussion of present and future initiatives.
Creating a Culture of Encounter, Solidarity, and Collaboration 
Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP, well-known spiritual author and a frequent Cathedral speaker, joins us on Tuesday, November 24 for a Zoom session on “Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis' encyclical that conveys a vision for our post-pandemic world in which we recognize our need for one another.
"Gilead" Book Club Selection for December
Let's get reading! Fr. Jack Hurley leads an Advent discussion of the Pulitzer Prize winning work of fiction, "Gilead," by Marilynne Robinson, on Thursday, December 17 from 7 to 8pm. Email Fr. Hurley to request that the Zoom link be sent to you when it becomes available.
#iGiveCatholic During the Pandemic

St. Matthew's staff and clergy share their thoughts on managing life and ministry amid the pandemic for Giving Tuesday 2020 (December 1). On our #iGiveCatholic webpage, Msgr. Jameson writes, "As we prepare to make this appeal, we reflect on the past eight months of working and ministering in the heart of Washington, DC during a pandemic that has changed lives and thrust our parish into financial crisis." Will you give us a strong start to Giving Tuesday 2020 by making a donation on our #iGiveCatholic webpage today? Thank you for your support.
What's New Online?
New Social Justice Blog
Dr. Simone Seym, St. Matthew’s Creation Care Team Co-Coordinator, answers the question, "Why Are You Passionate about Creation Care?" in our new Social Justice blog, "Follow Me."
Quick Links for the Week

First Sunday of Advent
November 29, 2020

Sunday Masses with Blessing of the Advent Wreath
7am (English) | 10am (English) 
1pm (Spanish) | *5:30pm (English)
*5:30pm Mass interpreted for the deaf

Livestreamed Masses
10am (English) 
Msgr. W. Ronald Jameson, celebrant
1pm (español)
Fr. John Benson, celebrant
Advent Confessions & Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Beginning Monday, November 30 and each weekday through December 23 (except December 8), the Cathedral will open at 11am, and the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the main altar from 11am to Noon, before the 12:10pm Mass. Confessions in English and Spanish will be available in the Cathedral from 11am to Noon. Confessions by appointment also will continue to be available by calling the rectory at 202-347-3215. (Prior to November 30, the regular weekday schedule is observed, with the Cathedral opening at 11:30am and the Blessed Sacrament exposed on the main altar for adoration from 11:30am until Noon, before the 12:10pm Mass.)
Adopt-a-Family Christmas Drive

The pandemic, while difficult for all, has severely affected low-income families. Our parish tradition of helping parishioners and other local families in need at Christmas is more important than ever. This year we invite financial donations so we can provide Visa gift cards for families to purchase their own gifts or meet urgent needs. Please click here to donate, specifying that your gift is for the Adopt-a-Family Christmas Drive. You also may mail a check to the rectory or schedule a time to deliver gift cards (Visa, $25-$100 in value). For more information or to confirm receipt of your donation, please email Fr. John Benson and Norma Canedo.
Advent Liturgies, Study & Prayer
"The Advents of Christ: A Bible study on the presence of Christ," led by our Dominican seminarians, Br. Simon Teller, OP and Br. Philip Nolan, OP | Mondays of Advent, November 30, December 7, 14 & 21, 7 to 8pm (via Zoom). | Email Br. Simon (or just connect if you're free) to join this small group for adults who want to grow in their faith this Advent through study, fellowship, and discussions about how Christ is present in our lives and in the world.
Advent Retreat, "Preparing for the Prince of Peace with the Prayer of St. Francis," with Fr. Johnpaul Cafiero, OFM  | Saturday, December 5, 10am to Noon (via Zoom) | Fr. Johnpaul leads our reflection on the Prayer of St. Francis. Fr. Cafiero is a Franciscan Priest of the Sacred Heart Province of Chicago/St. Louis. He has lectured and led retreats throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Reflexión de Adviento, "La fe nace del mensaje, y el mensaje consiste en hablar de Cristo, y Aguardamos la manifestación de nuestro Señor Jesucristo," with Fr. John Benson | Saturday, December 5, 9:30am to Noon with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary and Confessions in the Cathedral (in-person) | Fr. Benson leads this morning of reflection and prayer in the Cathedral.

Masses during Advent include these special celebrations honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary, who teaches us all how to wait in anticipation of our Savior:

Happy Thanksgiving!
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