New Mass Schedule for a New Cathedral
Five years ago, on Pentecost Sunday the name of St. Callistus Parish was officially changed to Christ Cathedral Parish. It was fitting that on the day recognized as the “birthday of the Church”, our parish community’s identity as a cathedral parish was given birth. Our journey continues as we prepare for the dedication of Christ Cathedral on July 17, 2019. As we have often said, when the cathedral opens, there will be a new Mass schedule on the weekends. This is because of the increased seating capacity, the potential for increased attendance and the use of the cathedral for Masses and events beyond the parish.
Over these months, a variety of possible schedules have been considered. There has been consultation with the Parish Pastoral Council, the leadership of various groups within the parish, the parish staff, individuals, and the diocese. Goals of the new schedule are to have Mass times that serve the needs of our diverse community, provide adequate time between Masses for setup of the next Mass, facilitate the flow of traffic in the parking lots, and availability of the cathedral on Sundays for special events of the diocese and the parish.
Given these objectives, the new Mass schedule will be as follows:
Saturday anticipatory Masses:
4:30 p.m. (English) and 6:15 p.m. (Vietnamese)
Vietnamese: 6:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Spanish: 8:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 7:00 p.m.
English: 9:45 a.m., 5:15 p.m.
Chinese: 10:30 a.m. (Large Gallery)
Special occasions and events: 3:00 p.m. On these Sundays, the 3:30 p.m. Mass will be celebrated in the Arboretum.
The cathedral will not be open during the week until completion of the installation of the pipe organ. Daily Masses will continue to be celebrated in the Arboretum according to the present schedule.
Knowing the schedule now will hopefully help in your planning for the future. On this Pentecost Sunday, may the Holy Spirit continue to guide us as we prepare to open the doors of Christ Cathedral to the parish, the diocese and the world.
Together in faith,
Very Rev. Christopher Smith, rector