Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 26, 2023

I am the resurrection and the life ..." (Jn 11:25)

In this edition:

Simple Lenten Meal with Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ

Liturgical Ministers Needed

Live Zoom Q/A on Meister Eckhart

Adult Confirmation Class

Earth Day Cleanup Registration

Penance Services in English & Spanish

Holy Week & Easter Schedule


Saturday, March 25 at 5:30pm Vigil

Sunday, March 26 at 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm (en español)

(Third Scrutiny at 11am & 1pm Masses)

& 5:30pm (Interpreted for the Deaf) 

Online Offertory options | PayPal & FaithDirect

See Livestreams webpage for links.

Let us pray

—for the sick, especially Eileen Elvin, Geralda Masi, Katie Roland, Peter Tan, Wayne Mullings, Theodore Merkle, Jr., Jonnie Irwin, Debbie Fairchild Harding, Vic HardingDr. Robert Ryan, Mary & Carl Milewski, Therese Fergo, Maria Gianino, Yolanda Mendez Acevedo, Anne Rader, Robyn Nishimi, Paul Gruber, and Blanca Rose Juarez.

Lessons on our Eternal Identity

Inspired by Sunday's Gospel reading on Jesus' raising of Lazarus, L.J. Milone writes, "Whether we have a near-death experience or a nearing-death experience or neither, we can let go into God right now."



Celebration of the Second Scrutiny last Sunday, March 19 at the 11am Mass with Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ (above), and at the 1pm Mass with Fr. Benson (see Ministerio Hispano)

The Scrutinies

On Sunday, March 12 we celebrated the First Scrutiny at the 11am Mass that welcomed three RCIA Elect (those seeking Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist): Andre Gouyet, Aliye Garrett, and Lane Hudson. At the 1pm Spanish Mass, the First Scrutiny also welcomed three Elect: Shaylee Marie Gómez, Giovanni Alvarez Ceron, and Brian Mateo Alvarez Ceron. The Gospel reading was the story of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. In this reading, Jesus directs us to worship God in the Spirit

Last Sunday, March 19 at these two Masses, we celebrated the Second Scrutiny for our RCIA Elect (photos above). The Gospel reading was the story of the man born blind. In this reading, Jesus offers true sight, to see Reality. Jesus gives us eyes to realize where the Real lies.


This Sunday, March 26 at the 11am and 1pm Masses, we celebrate the Third Scrutiny. The Gospel reading is the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Through this story, we come to know that Jesus communicates the fullness of divine life. All that is required of us is simple faith.


Lord, we pray that all coming into the Church at the Easter Vigil will worship God in the Spirit as Jesus teaches, see with the true sight that he offers, and accept in simple faith the fullness of divine life that he communicates.

Cathedral & Ministry Notes

Liturgical Ministers Needed

We need your help to welcome and serve all who attend our Holy Week and Easter liturgies! To volunteer as a hospitality minister, greeting and assisting visitors and taking up the offertory collection, please email Ana Triaureau. If you can serve as an EMC, please email Fr. John Benson.


Adult Confirmation

Confirmations will be celebrated on Pentecost Sunday, May 28, at a 3pm Mass with Cardinal Gregory. Register now for classes that begin in late March.

Earth Day Clean-up

St. Matthew's Creation Care Green Team again joins the annual Earth Day (April 22) Clean-up sponsored by the Anacostia Watershed Society. Register by April 7 to join us at beautiful Kingman Island in NE DC.

Earth Day Lessons and Carols

Much to anticipate and enjoy as the Office of Music Ministries shares a list of events through early May 2023, including our first Earth Day Lessons and Carols on Sunday, April 23!

Coffee & Donuts after 9am Mass

The Knights of Columbus Potomac Council #433 will host coffee and donuts in front of the Cathedral on Sunday, April 23 after the 9am Mass. Stop by for a treat! 

Let's Get Reading

The Cathedral Book Club meets on Thursday, April 27 in the West Conference Room, 7 - 8pm, to discuss "The Quiet Light: A Novel about Saint Thomas Aquinas," by Louis de Wohl. 

Prayer List

To add a name to the prayer list of the sick or the recently deceased, email Msgr. Jameson. If asking for prayers for a person who is sick, please first get their permission.

Rectory Office Reception Hours

The rectory office reception hours are 9am - 4pm (closed 1 - 1:30pm), 7 days a week.

Way of the Cross and Confessions

Stations of the Cross

  • Fridays of Lent | 6pm (English)
  • Sundays of Lent | 2pm (en español)



  • Monday – Friday | 11am – Noon
  • Saturdays | 4 – 5pm
  • Sundays at 2pm (after Spanish Mass, except April 2)
  • Tuesday of Holy Week, April 4 | 12:10pm, Lenten Communal Penance Service
  • By appointment | call the rectory office at 202-347-3215

Eucharistic Adoration

  • Monday – Friday | 11am – Noon

Lenten Brochures

Our 2023 Lenten brochures list the schedule of Cathedral liturgies and events during Lent through Easter Sunday. Pick up copies in the Cathedral.



Lenten Prayer and Study

Meister Eckhart Live Zoom Q/A March 30

We hope you have had a chance to sample the pre-recorded Zoom sessions by L.J. Milone on German mystic Meister Eckhart and his teachings on gelassenheit or releasement (meaning letting go/letting be) as the key to unity with God. The live Zoom session on March 30 is your opportunity to ask questions & dialogue with L.J. about the "Pure Release" series.

LIVE Q/A ZOOM SESSION Thursday, March 30 at 7pm

Meeting ID: 857 4609 8490       Passcode: 281201

How to Prepare? Watch L.J.'s "Pure Release" Video Talks

Prepare yourself to listen in and join the conversation on March 30 - visit our Pure Release webpage or click on the links below.

Session 1 Zoom link

Passcode: j#Z6PaHz


Session 1 PowerPoint presentation

Session 2 Zoom link

Passcode: fs@TJ3yM


Session 2 PowerPoint presentation

Session 3 Zoom link

Passcode: #2X$uPS0


Session 3 PowerPoint presentation 

Session 4 Zoom link

Passcode: %=rASFx1


Session 4 PowerPoint presentation

Session 5 Zoom link

Passcode: RZgFJ.4n


Session 5 PowerPoint presentation

Live Session

Zoom link

Meeting ID:

857 4609 8490

Passcode: 281201

Small Group Reflection on Zoom

UCLA graduate and now Paulist Seminarian Zachary Turner offers a small group reflection on the Sunday readings and other Lenten topics, Mondays from 7 to 8pm, including March 27, on Zoom.


Mystical Lectures on Sirach

L.J. Milone offers a course on the Book of Sirach on Tuesdays of Lent from 7 to 8:30pm in the East Conference Room. On March 28 the focus is Sirach 31 - 40. Come as we read and meditate on the book’s proverbs (moshelim in Hebrew) to realize oneness with God.


Meditation Sessions

Drop in for a meditation session with instruction and practice, offered by L.J. Milone twice a week on Zoom (Sunday afternoons at 1:30pm and Wednesday evenings at 8pm), and in-person in the St. Francis Chapel (Mondays & Wednesdays at 12:45pm).

Fasting and Almsgiving

Simple Lenten Meal with Fr. Kesicki

On Friday, March 24, Jesuit Father Tim Kesicki joins us to speak about Jesuits' Slaveholding and what the Jesuits are doing to repair and reconcile towards those who are affected by racism. The Knights of Columbus Potomac Council #433 serve the meal.


Adopt-a-Family Easter Drive

Assist local families of low-income by donating grocery gift cards (Safeway or Giant, $25 or $50) to our Adopt-a-Family Easter drive, or make a financial donation to be used to purchase gift cards. This weekend, March 25/26, volunteers will gratefully collect your donations after Masses, or drop off your donation at the rectory office by Saturday, March 29


Lenten Abstinence

Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday must observe days of abstinence during Lent, during which no meat may be eaten. Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.

Ministerio Hispano

V Domingo de Cuaresma, 26 de marzo

1pm Misa en español con Tercio Escrutinio

Confesiones y Vía Crucis después de la Misa

Vea nuestra página web de transmisiones en vivo

para obtener enlaces a YouTube y al Programa.


Celebración del Segundo Escrutinio el pasado domingo 19 de marzo en la Misa a la 1pm con el Padre Benson.

Los Escrutinios 

El domingo, 12 de marzo celebramos el Primer Escrutinio en la Misa de las 11am que dio la bienvenida a tres Elegidos de RICA (aquellos que desean Bautismo, Confirmación, y Eucaristía): Andre Gouyet, Aliye Garrett, and Lane Hudson. En la Misa de la 1pm, el Primer Escrutinio dio la bienvenida a tres Elegidos: Shaylee Marie Gómez, Giovanni Alvarez Ceron, y Brian Mateo Alvarez Ceron. La lectura del Evangelio fue la historia del encuentro de Jesús con la mujer samaritana en el pozo. En esta lectura, Jesús nos dirige a adorar a Dios en el Espíritu


El pasado domingo, 19 de marzo en las Misas de las 11am y la 1pm, celebramos el Segundo Escrutinio con nuestros Elegidos. La lectura del Evangelio fue la historia del hombre que nació ciego. En esta lectura, Jesús nos ofrece la visión verdadera para ver la Realidad. Jesús nos da ojos reales para ver dónde está lo Real.


El 26 de marzo en las Misas de las 11am y la 1pm, celebraremos el Tercer Escrutinio para nuestros elegidos de RICA. La lectura del Evangelio será la historia de Jesús levantando a Lázaro de entre los muertos. Por medio de esta historia, nos damos cuenta que Jesús comunica la plenitud de la vida divina y que lo que se requiere de nosotros es la simple fe.


Señor, oramos para que todos los que entran en la Iglesia en la Vigilia de Pascua adoren a Dios en el Espíritu que Jesús enseña, vean la visión verdadera con la vista verdadera que él ofrece, y acepten en simple fe la plenitud de la vida divina que él comunica.


Para más información sobre el Ministerio Hispano, envíe un email a Fatima Aybar o Padre John Benson o llame la oficina de la rectoría al 202-347-3215.


  • El Santo Rosario en español - Todos los días a las 3pm por teléfono: (+1 347-378-0694, PIN 283 201 937#)
  • Grupo de Oración en español - el martes 28 de marzo a las 7pm en el salón de conferencias del oeste: 7pm Rosario y 7:30pm Charla, "Un llamado a la conversión,” con la Hna. Mónica García de las Hermanas Dominicas de la Presentación
  • Servicio Comunal de Penitencia Cuaresmal en español - el martes 28 de marzo de 7 a 9pm en el salón de conferencias del norte con Padre John Benson
  • Programa de Adopte-una-Familia: Colecta de tarjetas de regalo para Pascua necesitadas para el sábado 29 de marzo LEER MAS
  • Servicio Comunal de Penitencia Cuaresmal (en inglés) - el martes 4 de abril, 12:10pm en la Catedral con Padre John Benson, celebrante y homilista (Confesiones en español) VER EL VOLANTE
  • El Santo Rosario en español - Todos los días a las 3pm por teléfono: (+1 347-378-0694, PIN 283 201 937#)


Para más información sobre el Ministerio Hispano, envíe un email a Fatima Aybar o Padre John Benson o llame la oficina de la rectoría al 202-347-3215.

Make plans to join us in the Cathedral for Holy Week and Easter

View the schedule ⇒ (English) (en español).

See you 'round the Cathedral!





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