October 18, 2020
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday Masses

7am (English) | 10am (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.
(Catholic Standard photo / J. Lippelmann)
"Shine like lights in the world
as you hold on to the word of life."
(Phil 2:15d, 16a, Sunday's Gospel Acclamation)
Sunday Mass Livestreams
10am (English) 
Msgr. W. Ronald Jameson, celebrant

1pm (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, please use one of the online donation options above or mail your donation to the rectory office. Thank you for your critically needed support.
Prayer from 2020 Introductory Letter to "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship"

Merciful Father,
Thank you for inviting each of us to join in
your work of building the kingdom of love, justice, and peace.
Draw us close to you in prayer as we discern
your call in our families and communities.
Send us forth to encounter all whom you love:
those not yet born, those in poverty, those in need of welcome.
Inspire us to respond to the call to faithful citizenship,
during election season and beyond.
Help us to imitate your charity and compassion
and to serve as models of loving dialogue.
Teach us to treat others with respect,
even when we disagree,
and seek to share your love and mercy.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever. Amen.
The U. S. Bishops in February of this election year reissued their 2015 teaching document on political responsibility for Catholics, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." They write:

" ... we bishops do not intend to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote. Our purpose is to help Catholics form their consciences in accordance with God’s truth. We recognize that the responsibility to make choices in political life rests with each individual in light of a properly formed conscience, and that participation goes well beyond casting a vote in a particular election."

Included is a new Introductory Letter citing the serious challenges facing the nation and the Church today. The bishops identify the threat of abortion as "our preeminent priority," and acknowledge racism, the environmental crisis, poverty and the death penalty as serious threats to human life and dignity.

They urge: "At all levels of society, we are aware of a great need for leadership that models love for righteousness (Wisdom 1:1) as well as the virtues of justice, prudence, courage, and temperance. Our commitment as people of faith to imitate Christ’s love and compassion should challenge us to serve as models of civil dialogue, especially in a context where discourse is eroding at all levels of society."

Voting 2020

Msgr. Jameson shares a recent video reflection by Fr. Louis J. Cameli, Cardinal Blase Cupich's Delegate for Formation and Mission for the Archdiocese of Chicago, on how to approach the 2020 election as a Catholic.
Fratelli Tutti, a New Encyclical by Pope Francis

On Saturday, October 3, the eve of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis signed his third encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti” ("Brothers All" or "Brothers and Sisters All"). Archbishop Gregory writes that this encyclical "comes to us at precisely the right time."

Dr. Jem Sullivan Returns on Zoom

Join us online for A Conversation with Jem Sullivan, Ph.D. on Tuesday evening, October 20. Theresa Prymuszewski, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation, speaks with Dr. Sullivan on the New Directory for Catechesis. Read more and find out how to connect.
Parish Retreat with Rita Ferrone via Zoom

Rita Ferrone leads a virtual parish retreat on a fundamental aspect of our Christian identity - "What It Means to Be a Eucharistic Community" - at 9:30am on Saturday, October 24. All parishioners are welcome, particularly those serving in a liturgical ministry. Register with Tom Stehle by Tuesday, October 20. View the flier.
Two Groups Forming Now for Virtual Study of Gospel of Mark

St. Matthew's will host a new fall Bible Study by Little Rock Scripture Study on The Gospel According to Mark. Register now for either of two groups that will meet virtually - one on Sunday afternoons beginning October 25, and one on Monday evenings beginning October 26. Read more.
Serving our Homeless Neighbors
Want to help with our Monday morning ministry to the homeless (open even on rainy Mondays!)? Donate gently worn men’s clothing items: cargo shorts, casual pants, jeans, t-shirts, hoodies, sneakers, and work boots. Please contact Norma Canedo for more information or to schedule a drop-off. 
Respect Life Activities 

October Rosary for Life
Join the Respect Life Ministry on Saturday, October 24 for a Rosary for Life and litanies to Our Lady and Saint Joseph by phone. To join at 12:30pm, call in at: +1 469-965-2556 | Conference ID: 690 592 656#. Read about the Respect Life Ministry.
Pray and Fast for Life
You are invited to join in prayer and fasting for an end to abortion during the 40 Days for Life campaign that runs through Sunday, November 1. If you are able to safely join while maintaining social distancing, consider signing up for a vigil hour of prayer outside Planned Parenthood at 1225 4th Street NE (corner of Florida Avenue & 4th St NE) by clicking here.
Sunday Afternoon All-Liszt Concert for Organ and Piano
Organist Sandro Russo gives a recital on organ and piano at 3:30pm on Sunday, October 25. Come, bring a friend, and enjoy this 50-minute program in person, or watch on YouTube live or later. Social distancing and face masks are required in the Cathedral. Admission is free. Read more.
Always God's Children via Zoom

Always God's Childrenthe Cathedral's ministry to gay and lesbian persons and their families and friends, will host an online video chat using Zoom at 3:30pm on Sunday, October 25. Please email Eve Tushnet or Steve Yoder for details on how to connect. Read more about AGC.
Cathedral Book Club on Zoom

Join the Cathedral Book Club's virtual discussion on Tuesday, October 20 from 7 to 8pm of "The Overstory," the Pulitzer Prize winner by Richard Powers. To find out how to connect, contact the Zoom meeting host, Fr. Jack Hurley.
Daily Readings

Monday, October 19 (St. John de Brébeuf and St. Isaac Jogues)
Tuesday, October 20 (St. Paul of the Cross)
Wednesday, October 21
Thursday, October 22 (St. John Paul II)
Friday, October 23 (St. John of Capistrano)
Saturday, October 24 (St. Anthony Mary Claret)
Schedule Notes

Plan to join us for the Eucharist on these special days of November remembrance.

Mass for Sunday, November 1
Feast of All Saints
7am | *10am (Archbishop Gregory) | 1pm (Spanish) | 5:30pm

Masses for Monday, November 2
Commemoration of All Souls
*12:10pm (Archbishop Gregory)

*Both Masses with Archbishop Gregory, as well as the 1pm Spanish Mass on November 1, will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel.
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