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Cathedral of the Incarnation
Welcome to the
Cathedral of the Incarnation
The essence of the Cathedral of the Incarnation is not the brick and mortar out of which it is built; it is instead, the people who identify with it and who are bonded together by a common faith and a united sense of mission.

Our parish is a thriving community of more than 2,300 families representing more than 4,800 individuals in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The average age of our members is 35 although there is a good representation of individuals in their forties and older!  In this website you will find the breath of ministries active in this dynamic parish. The diversity of our ministries and parishioners is a reflection of God’s gift of Life.

The people of Cathedral rely on one another to build our parish, but their support extends much further than our corner on West End Ave.  Cathedral parishioners are active in outreach throughout our community and beyond our borders as we strive to reflect the Gospel message that “God so loved the world.”

We welcome you to our website. We hope it allows you to gain insight into the Cathedral of the Incarnation Parish Community.

May God bless you and strengthen you in mission and service.

Mass Schedule

Saturday: 5:00 PM Vigil Mass
Sunday: 8:30 AM, 11:00 AM,
5:00 PM
Weekday Masses
Monday: 7:00 AM &12:10 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM &12:10 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM &12:10 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM &12:10 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM &12:10 PM
Mon-Thurs. 5:30 PM when Vanderbilt is in session
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
TO REQUEST THIS WEEK'S HOMILY or a previous Homily
Please specify the date of the Homily with your request.
Request a Homily from
Rector - Reverend Ed Steiner
Rev. Jayd Neely, Associate Pastor
Request a Homily from
Rev. Mr. Jim McKenzie, Deacon
Request a Homily from
Rev. Mr. Mark Faulkner, Deacon
Request a Homily from
Rev. Mr. Thales Finchum, Deacon
Bishop David Choby, Diocesan Bishop

~~ Notices as of ~~

(August 17–August 23, 2014)

August 16
5:00 p.m.
St. Stephen of Hungary
For the People of the Parish
August 17
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:30 a.m. Intention of Jason Robinson by Adeline Brown
11:00 a.m. † Rose Awn by Marie
5:00 p.m. Intention of Adele Gilbert by Adeline Brown
7:00 a.m.
12:10 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
August 18
Communion Service † Linda Sullins Ballew by the Parish Intention of Fr. John Ames
August 19
St. John Eudes
† Mary McGee Chaffin by the Parish † Coleta Corkran by the Parish Intention of Joseph Plemmons
August 20
St. Bernard
† Richard Lewis Parriott by the Parish † John Siegenthaler by Angela Henrick
† Andrea Gorski Culver
August 21
St. Pius X
† James Michael Kain, Sr. by the Parish † Richard Leyden Bevington by the Parish Benefactors of University Catholic
August 22
The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
† Margaret Beehan Kain by the Parish

† Rick A. Staley by the Parish

August 23
5:00 p.m.
St. Rose of Lima
For the People of the Parish
Want to schedule a Mass Intention?   Contact the church office: 615-327-2330 or

Welcome back College Students!

Now that school is back in session, you are invited to the weekday Monday-Thursday 5:30 p.m. Mass. Although especially for college students, this Mass is open to all! Keep up to date on the Mass schedule by checking the weekly bulletin.

Our Prayers Are Requested for the Repose of the Soul of
† Coleta Elizabeth "Betty" Corkran

Bulletin Notices:

The Bulletin is now available to download in PDF Format.
CLICK HERE for the complete bulletin for this week.

The Cathedral of the Incarnation
presents the


September 20 & 21, 2014
Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 8 p.m.

An Italian Street Fair with a kick of Music City Flair

The Cathedral is hosting a block party to celebrate our church's 100th Anniversary with our Catholic family of the Diocese of Nashville and our Midtown community – all of whom have been very good to us! All proceeds from the SGMF will assist us with our debt, but more importantly it will enable us to establish an endowment fund for historic preservation of the church.

20th Avenue & Terrace Place will be blocked off to convert the vibrant area around the Cathedral into a feast for the senses……streets strung with lights, live music on two stages. Italian food and beverages will provide a backdrop for a delightful stroll reminiscent of the streets of Naples or Rome. The MusicFest will also include guided tours of the Cathedral, nationally recognized speakers, champion BBQ, a dunking machine, and the Pompeii Playground (children's activity area). San Gennaro MusicFest promises fun for the entire family!

Musical performers include the Annie Moses Band, Roux Du Bayou, Lou Galterio, Lisa Dotolo, Josh Carswell, The Jason Adamo Band, O'Shea, Patti Franklin and Father Kevin McGoldrick. Special guest speakers include author and co-host on EWTN Mike Aquilina on Saturday the 20th at 1:30 p.m., and Joan Watson on Sunday the 21st at 2:00 p.m.

Purchase wristbands for $10 per day; kids 6 & under free.

MusicFest Wish List for the Pompeii Playground

Please contact Dave Lavell at or Sue Lavell at for more information.

2 tanks helium
10' x 10' tarp
15' x 40' tarp
Karaoke machine
Red/ White/ Green balloons
Garden Hose
Misting Hose

If you would like to sign up to volunteer at the SGMF, go to:
Or contact Lindsay Thomeer at

Writer's RoundJoin us for our next "Writers Round at the Rectory" at the Cathedral of the Incarnation on August 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Rectory. Our host for this round is Colm Kiran, a parishioner, who is the opening act and tours with Don Williams as well as performs on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at McNamara's Irish Pub! Our songwriters will perform their acoustic sets in our beautiful 105 year old Rectory. This warm and intimate setting is the perfect place for seeing some of your favorite, well-known writers along with up-and-coming talent in Music City, USA!

Our intimate venue sells out fast, so get your tickets to see some of Nashville's hit songwriter's at the Cathedral Rectory! Seating is limited to 80 and tickets are on sale now! Tickets are $10 for general admission. Concessions include snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks for sale!

For more information Contact Jackie Stammen at 557-1309 or at We look forward to seeing you!

Become a Minister of the Eucharist...
More Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are needed at our weekend Masses! If you are interested, please email Ken Leediker at  This is a great way to help give back to your parish! Rising juniors in high school and up are eligible to serve in this important ministry!

Become a Reader…
The Ministry of a Reader is wonderful work and provides many blessings to both the Reader and the people of the Cathedral. One must have the appropriate skills and feel the call to serve the Church in this way. We have a need for both weekend and daily Masses. If you able to serve at any weekend or daily Masses contact Stephen Penton at or 615-693-1446.

Become an Altar Server…
We desperately need Altar Servers at each of the weekend Masses. If you have a child at least 10 years old who is interested in becoming an altar server, and your family is registered in the Cathedral parish, please email Fr. Neely: Training will be provided.  In your email, please indicate which Mass your family normally attends, as well as your child's name and age.  If you have not yet registered at Cathedral, you can do so through our website by CLICKING HERE.



Religious EducationRoot Beer, Raisinettes & Registration!
This is your chance to register your children for the Religious Education program for the 2014-2015 formation year. Look for us in the Fleming Center! Registration forms are available in the vestibule racks if you want to be super prepared! Registration fees can be paid by cash or check, with checks made out to the Cathedral of the Incarnation, or COTI for short!
  • The Religious Education program is making a change to our schedule this year. The kindergarten class previously met at 11:00; however, beginning September 7, the kindergarten class will meet from 9:30 until 10:45, along with grades 1-7. The class will meet in Room #104.

  • Preschool classes for children ages 3 (by August 30) and 4 are available during the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses. Registration is limited to 20 children per class, and registration is exclusive to one of the class sessions. Questions?

  • Confirmation Formation for eligible 8th graders begins with a meeting on September 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fleming Center. Class sessions begin October 5 and will conclude with Confirmation on April 29.

  • The Cathedral offers a children's Rite of Christian Initiation for Children for children who have not previously enrolled in Religious Education or have missed a sacrament. Please contact Robin Baskin, Director of Religious Education if you would like more information.
Neri Nights

Find fun and fellowship at Cathedral's co-ed high school youth group, Neri Nights! 9th to 12th grade students are invited. Remember: 8th Grade Confirmation doesn't end the faith journey! Our Kickoff Event for the 2014-15 school year is August 24 in Room #305 from 6-7:30 p.m. following the Sunday evening Mass. Dinner will be provided. Come one, come all! 

Take Care of You

Body:   If you need to lose weight, exercise an hour a day
Mind:   Rearrange the furniture
Spirit:  Reach out to someone who is grieving


Scouts First AidBoy Scouts from Troop 1914 completed their First Aid Merit Badge at the Nashville Fire Academy last week. Paramedics from NFD certified the boys in CPR as well as taught them first aid for all sorts of injuries and illnesses.

Want more information about Scouting at the Cathedral?
Contact our scoutmaster, Mr. Dave Lavell, at



Learn about the Faith and meet other young adults from across the metro area for an ongoing bible study this Fall at the Cathedral on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m., Room #304. You don't need to have attended a previous session in order to participate. For more info visit Facebook group "Love and Responsibility of Nashville." See entry below.
Facebook for Cathedral Young Adults

For more up-to-date information about monthly events, join us on the Cathedral Young Adults Facebook Group.


Love and Responsibility, the exciting event that started in Nashville last Summer, is back! We saw an average of 80 young Catholics in their 20s and 30s come together each week to study Church teaching on Theology of the Body. It was a great opportunity to be formed in our Catholic faith and build community with other vibrant young Catholics in Nashville. This year we're venturing into Jeff Cavins' Bible Study Timeline. We will dig into salvation history to better understand what God wants to reveal to us through Sacred Scripture. The whole program is 24 sessions, and we will start with eight Wednesday night sessions July 30th-Sep. 17th.  It will take place at the Cathedral, Room #304, from 7:30-9:00 p.m.

For more information, check out or email

Planning is underway for Cathedral's participation in a "Catholic Build" with three of our sister parishes to build a house for Habitat for Humanity in October. We need to raise $15,000 and 50 volunteers. Please consider donating and volunteering (no expertise required!) with fellow Catholics to build a home for a refugee family from the Middle East. If you are interested in serving in any capacity, please email Justin Southwick:

If the Lord does not build a house, in vain do the builders labor

Readings for the Week of August 17
Sunday: Is 56:1, 6-7/Rom 11:13-15, 29-32/Mt 15:21-28
Monday: Ez 24:15-23/Mt 19:16-22
Tuesday: Ez 28:1-10/Mt 19:23-30
Wednesday: Ez 34:1-11/Mt 20:1-16
Thursday: Ez 36:23-28/Mt 22:1-14
Ez 37:1-14/Mt 22:34-40
Saturday: Ez 43:1-7ab/Mt 23:1-12
Next Sunday: Is 22:19-23/Rom 11:33-36/Mt 16:13-20
©Liturgical Publications Inc

University Catholic

Welcome college students! University Catholic has much to offer you, and it is a great way to meet other Catholic college students from throughout the city. We host Sunday Suppers at Frassati House every Sunday at 6:00 p.m. for college students. Please join us next Sunday, August 24 for our first supper of the semester.

University Catholic ScheduleCollege freshman and transfer students are invited to attend UCat's Twilight Retreat on Friday, September 5 from 7-11:00 p.m. Register at

University Catholic CenterFor a full listing of activities and current events, check us out at on the same website!

UCat's Frassati House is the beautiful red brick house located behind Cathedral of Incarnation at 2004 Terrace Place.

To receive University Catholic's weekly email, which will keep you up-to-date on events, text ucat to 84576

Each Fall the parish publishes an updated parish directory of our parish ministries, contacts for our ministries, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of all our registered parishioners. Basically, the Parish Directory is the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of our congregation. The Directory is published and mailed to all registered families at NO COST to the parish thanks to those who advertise in our directory and provide sponsorships.


  • Are you officially registered in the parish?
  • Does the church office have your membership record correct?
  • Has anyone moved into your home with you?
  • Has anyone moved out of your home?
  • Has your phone number changed?
  • Do you receive email from the parish? If not, we do not have an email address for you, or your email address has changed. (We DO NOT publish email addresses!)
  • Do you prefer your phone number not be published?

If you have questions about your information, or if you wish to update your information, call Marcie in the Parish Office at 327-2330 or email Marcie at


Recent survey results show that 91% of church members of all denominations would rather patronize a church advertiser over a non-advertiser. This must be true as many of our parishioners call the office to tell us what a good experience they had with one of our advertisers. Even Father Ed's mother recently hired a handyman from one of the ads, and she was very pleased!

If you own or manage a business and would like to find out about advertising in our directory (about 1,400 are direct mailed to parish households), call or email Marcie in the Church Office.

We encourage parishioners to look to see who advertises in our directory and our bulletin. These wonderful advertisers cover all of the cost of publishing these essential documents!

CATHEDRAL is set-up to offer EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) for your parish offerings. Please CLICK HERE for more information about this program and to download the application form. You may also contact Lori Reddick in the parish office 327-2330 or by email at

Sign up for our e-mail list. This is the list Father
Steiner uses to send out updates, reminders and thoughts he wants to pass on.  You can subscribe from any page on the website and unsubscribe at any time you wish. Father Steiner is the only one with access to this list. 

To register in the parish or to let us know of a change of address, kindly pick up a census card at one of the vestibule racks, complete it and drop it in the Sunday collection basket. Or you may CLICK HERE to register or send updated information.


The Saint Cecilia Chapter of Lay Dominicans welcomes new inquirers each September. As Dominicans, we strive to live a holy life by following the elements of Dominican life: community, liturgy and prayer, study, and apostolate. Our meetings are held once a month at the Saint Cecilia Motherhouse. Visit our website: For more information, contact Mrs. Julie Prickett, OP at

All About Women will offer mobile mammography and a variety of free services and health screenings for women on Saturday, August 23rd, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Easley Center at Rose Park, 1000 Edgehill Avenue, Nashville. Available resources will include reflexology treatments, child fingerprinting, consultations on the health insurance exchange and much more. All screenings will be provided at no cost to participants.

The mission of All About Women is to connect women with resources to balance and renew their lives and improve their overall health through community events and the interactive website

This weekend, August 17, representatives from Ladies of Charity will be in the back of Church following the Sunday Masses to sign up new members! For more information about this wonderful organizations and how to get involved please stop by!

12th Annual Circle of Friends Children's
Consignment Sale
Friday, August 22nd & Saturday, August 23rd
at St. Henry's Church

Get ready to shop until you drop at the Circle of Friend's Consignment Sale, sponsored by St. Henry's Holy Family Circle, on Friday, August 22nd 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. & Saturday., August 23rd 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and then 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Sale will be at St. Henry Catholic Church's Fellowship Hall, 6401 Harding Road, Nashville. The sale offers a variety of gently used baby and children's items including clothing, furniture, strollers, toys and books.

Please look at the Catholic Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Is the church or parish in your will?

Many people struggle with concerns like depression, anxiety, relationship problems, stress, etc. In response, CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES offers individual, couple, and family counseling. If you or anyone you know is interested in these services, call Catholic Social Service at 352-3087 X 226 for more information.

We Believe - every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. on WNQM (1300 on your AM dial). The TV version of We Believe airs at 7:00 p.m. each Wednesday on Nashville Cable Channel 19.

Announcements must be in the Church Office no later than Noon on Friday, one week before publication

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