Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 4, 2024

“Everyone is looking for you." (Mk 1:37)

In this edition:

Blessing of Throats

Annual Catholic Services Appeal

Memorial Mass for Bishop Dorsonville, reception following

Pancake Party with the Youth Group

Ash Wednesday Masses & Call for Volunteers

The Emmitt Till Story for Black History Month

& more


Saturday, February 3 at 5:30pm Vigil

Sunday, February 4 at 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm (en español) & 5:30pm

Online Offertory options | PayPal & FaithDirect



Mystical Word

"So many forces keep us trapped, unfree. An obsession with social status and what others think about us is one of these forces." READ THE REFLECTION

Let us pray:

for the sick, especially Maria da Silva, Margaret Judy, Sofía Valero, Dorianne Alvarado, Donald Klawiter, Simona, Halina Mielnik, Camilia Juber Carmona, Ramón De Pool, John Guerriero, Elsa Henderson, Yvette Romero, Enmanuel Del Valle, Patricia Castro, Michael Harrill, Eileen Elvin, Geralda Masi, Katie Roland, Peter Tan, Mary & Carl Milewski, Therese Fergo, Maria Gianino, Yolanda Mendez Acevedo, Anne Rader, Robyn Nishimi, Paul Gruber, and Blanca Rose Juarez; and

for the recently deceased, especially Wayne Mullings, Bishop Mario Dorsonville and Jean Fuller

This Sunday's Meet-ups

Rest in Peace, Bishop Mario / Descanse en paz, Mons. Mario


Memorial Mass & Reception at St. Matthew's

 Parking Garage Open Late

All are welcome to a Memorial Mass for Bishop Dorsonville (bilingual in English and Spanish), Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, formerly Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, on Tuesday, February 6 at 7pm in the Cathedral, celebrated by Fr. Benson with Msgr. Jameson concelebrating (livestreamed). A reception follows in the North Conference Room. Penn Parking Garage is open until 9pm that night.


Misa Conmemorativa y Recepción en San Mateo

Estacionamiento abierto hasta tarde

Todos son bienvenidos a una Misa Conmemorativa (bilingüe en inglés y español) para Mons. Mario E. Dorsonville, Obispo de Houma-Thibodaux, anteriormente Obispo Auxiliar de Washington, el martes 6 de febrero a las 7pm en la catedral, celebrada por el Padre Benson con la concelebración de Mons. Jameson, y transmitida en vivo. Después de la misa, se ofrecerá una recepción en el salón de conferencias del norte. Penn Parking Garage está abierto hasta las 9pm esa noche.

United in Purpose: The 2024 Annual Catholic Services Appeal | This weekend we have been asked to prayerfully consider making a gift to the 2024 Annual Catholic Services Appeal. Please complete or take a commitment form at Mass this weekend, or make your gift at Visit to learn more about how the Annual Appeal benefits our parish and serves people in need throughout the archdiocese. It is our goal that every parish family will participate this year. All gifts will be credited towards our parish goal. Thank you in advance for your generous response to the 2024 Annual Catholic Services Appeal!

Liturgy & Music

***Ash Wednesday Hospitality Ministers Needed***

Join us for Mass and the distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday, February 14! If you can assist as a Hospitality Minister at one of the Masses, please email Cathedral staff member Ana Triaureau. Volunteers greet and welcome visitors, hand out programs, and assist with the offertory collection. No experience is needed.

Watch for the Rector's Lenten letter to parishioners next week, to include the Cathedral Lenten brochure.

Blessing of Throats, First Saturday Devotions

On Saturday, February 3, the Memorial of St. Blaise, come for a blessing of throats at the 7:30am or 12:10pm Masses. First Saturday Devotions are celebrated following the 12:0pm Mass.

Celebration of the Word

Join us Wednesday evenings (next meeting, February 7) at 7:30pm in the East Conference Room for a simple liturgy: readings, a homily, and prayers.

Auditions Available

There are limited openings for experienced singers in all voice parts of the Schola Cantorum. Please contact Tom Stehle for an audition.


March Organ Recital

We welcome JJ Mitchell, Director of Music for St. John Neumann, Reston, VA, for a recital on the Cathedral's Lively-Fulcher Organ at 12:40pm on Wednesday, March 6. Join us in the Cathedral or via the livestream.

Adult Formation & Spirituality


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) meets Wednesdays in the North Conference Room, 7 to 8:30pm. READ MORE

Lenten Preview - Bliss of God

Beginning February 20, L.J. Milone leads a series of five mini-retreat sessions on how to realize the bliss of God simply and directly through Jesus’ way of mystical nothingness. Find dates and topics.

"Absolution" in February

The Cathedral Book Club meets on Thursday, February 8 in the West Conference Room, 7 - 8pm, to discuss "Absolution" by local author Alice McDermott, led by Fr. Jack Hurley.

Christian Meditation

Meditation Group meetings led by L.J. Milone are offered each week: 

In-person in St. Francis Chapel – Monday & Wednesday at 12:45pm 

On Zoom – Sunday at 1:30pm, and Wednesday at 8pm (find link)

National Eucharistic Revival

This year, the U.S. bishops are sponsoring a National Eucharistic Revival. The aim is to kindle love for the Risen Jesus in the Eucharist and revitalize the Catholic people’s participation in Sunday Mass. To this end, we present brief weekly meditations on the Eucharist until the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, June 2, 2024.

From the writings of Thomas Keating

One of the things that prayer, as it deepens, will affect is our intuition of the oneness of the human race, and, indeed, the oneness of all creation. As one moves into his own inmost being, he comes into contact with what is the inmost being of everyone else. Although each of us retains his own unique personhood, we are necessarily associated with the God-man, who has taken the whole human family to himself in such a way as to be the inmost reality of each individual member of it. And so, when one is praying in the spirit, in his inmost being, one is praying, so to speak, in everybody else’s spirit.

In the Eucharist, we are not only joined to Christ, whom we believe is present with his whole being under the symbols of bread and wine, but we believe that we are joined with all other Christians, with every member of the human race, and with the whole of creation. Christ is in the hearts of all men and women and in the heart of all creation, sustaining everything in being. This mystery of oneness enables us to emerge from the Eucharist with a refined inward eye, and invites us to perceive the mystery of Christ everywhere and in everything. He who is hidden from our senses and intellect becomes more and more transparent to the eyes of faith — to the consciousness that is being transformed. The Spirit in us perceives the Spirit in others. The Eucharist is the celebration of life, the dance of the divine in human form. We are part of that dance. Each of us is a continuation of Christ’s incarnation, insofar as we are living Christ’s life in our own lives — or rather, instead of our own lives. The Eucharist is the summary of all creation coming together in a single hymn of praise, surrender, and thanksgiving. In the Eucharist all creation is transformed into the body of Christ, transformed again into his divine person, and thrust into the depths of the Father forever and ever. Even material creation has become divine in him. “For the creation,” says Paul, “waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God” (Rom. 8:19).

Prayer and interior silence deepen our appreciation of and receptivity to the Eucharist. The Eucharist also helps to develop and nourish prayer and interior silence. They are mutually reinforcing. Through deep prayer, one appreciates the meaning of the sacraments and increases their effectiveness. 

Social Justice & Community Service

ESL Registration

Students may register for the Spring Semester of St. Matthew's English as a Second Language program on class nights - Tuesdays and Wednesdays - between 6 and 7:30pm.


ADW Mass for Black History Month

All are invited to an Archdiocese of Washington Mass commemorating Black History Month celebrated by Bishop Roy Campbell on Saturday, February 3 at St. Camillus Catholic Church at 4pm.


The Emmitt Till Story

Join the Social Justice Committee on Sunday, February 18, from 2 to 4pm, for a talk on the life of Emmitt Till, given by Msgr. Eddie Tolentino, Pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. We meet in the North Conference Room.


Ministerio Hispano

Misa del Domingo V del Tiempo Ordinario en español

Misa a la 1pm, el domingo 4 de febrero

Vea nuestra página web de transmisiones en

vivo para obtener enlaces a YouTube y al Programa.

Campaña Anual de Servicios Católicos 2024: Unidos en un propósito | Este fin de semana se nos ha pedido que consideremos a la luz de la oración hacer una donación a la Campaña Anual de Servicios Católicos 2024. Por favor completen o llévense un formulario de compromiso en la Misa este fin de semana, o bien, hagan su donación desde la página web Visiten la página web para saber más sobre cómo la Campaña Anual beneficia a nuestra parroquia y asiste a las personas necesitadas de toda la Arquidiócesis. Nuestro objetivo es que todas las familias de la parroquia participen este año. Todas las donaciones contribuirán a lograr nuestro objetivo parroquial. Les agradecemos de antemano por su generosa respuesta a la Campaña Anual de Servicios Católicos 2024.


Registro ESL

Los estudiantes aún pueden registrarse para el programa de inglés como segundo idioma del semestre de primavera de St. Matthew's en las noches de clase, los martes y miércoles, de 6 a 7:30pm, en St. Matthew's Education Center, 1726 N Street, NW. Para más información envíe un email a Ricardo Tobar.

Eventos Próximos

Inscripción a las clases de inglés

6 - 7:30pm todos los días de clase (los martes y miércoles) St. Matthew's Education Center, 1726 N Street, NW

Misa Conmemorativa para Obispo Dorsonville (bilingüe)

Martes 6 de febrero a las 7pm, con recepción en el salón de conferencias del norte después de la Misa

Penn Parking Garage abierto hasta las 9pm LEER MAS

Misa con Unción de los Enfermos en español

Domingo 11 de febrero a la 1pm LEER MAS

Clase de Bautizo en español

Domingo 11 de febrero a las 9am en el salón de conferencias del este

Grupo de Oración en español

Martes 13 de febrero, Rosario a las 7pm, conferencia con P. John Benson, "Cuaresma, tiempo de conversión," en el salón de conferencias del oeste


Santo Rosario por teléfono en español

todos los días a las 3pm (347-378-0694, PIN 283 201 937#)

Save the Date

Plan to stop by the North Conference Room after Mass on the weekend of February 10 - 11 and enjoy a pancake breakfast served up by the youth of St. Matthew's! Donations welcome. 

See you 'round the Cathedral!




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