May 19, 2024

"When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,

they were all in one place together." (Acts 2:1)

In this edition:

Happy 56th Ordination Anniversary to Msgr. Jameson

Farewell for Fr. Benson

Opening for Communications Director

Organ Recital & Guest Choir

Ordination News

Online Catholic Home Solar Workshop

July Weekend Retreat along the Potomac

& more


Saturday, May 18 at 5:30pm (see below)

Sunday, May 19 at 7am, 9am, 11am,

1pm (en español) & 5:30pm

Online Offertory: PayPal | Faith Direct

See Livestreams webpage for links.

Saturday 5:30pm Mass for Ecclesial Movements and New Communities

Cardinal Gregory

Sunday 3:15pm Mass with Confirmation of Adults

Cardinal Wilton Gregory

The Pilgrim People of God

"To be a member of the church means we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. ... The gift of the Spirit enables us to take up the greatest adventure in all the universe: the spiritual journey, which is about seeking the Absolute. To be in the church, to be a follower of Jesus, is to be seeking the Absolute." Read L.J. Milone's reflection for this Sunday, and check out the Mystical Word archive.

This Sunday's Meetups

*Always God's Children holds its final meeting before summer break in the West Conference Room on Sunday, May 19 at 3:30pm. READ MORE ABOUT AGC

Pentecost Confirmations

On Pentecost Sunday, May 19, Cardinal Gregory celebrates a Mass with Confirmation of Adults at 3:15pm in the Cathedral (livestreamed) for this year's Confirmation candidates of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Let us pray:

—for our Confirmandi: “Almighty God, who brought your servants to new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, freeing them from sin; send upon them, O Lord, the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete; give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your Presence. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.” (Based upon the Rite of Confirmation); and 

—for the sick, especially Catherine Parello, Luis Miguel Silva, Etelvina Martinez, Dan Evans, Maria da Silva, Paul Fry, Francisca Granados Flores, Soila Manchame, Margaret Judy, Sofía Valero, Dorianne Alvarado, Donald Klawiter, Simona, Halina Mielnik, Camilia Juber Carmona, 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, Sick of Mufide Rende Family, and Blanca Rose Juarez; and

—for the recently deceased, especially Rev. Thomas G. Mullen.

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

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Pope Francis gave us a great gift in his 2014 series of catecheses on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Click on the gifts named below to read the short teachings.


Mary, Mother of the Church

Pope Francis in 2018 added a universal feast to the liturgical calendar for Mary, Mother of the Church on the Monday after Pentecost - this year, May 20. The decree notes "how greatly the promotion of this devotion might encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety."

Check out the Young Adults event below in celebration of this relatively new Marian memorial!

Young Adults

Sunday Night with C†YA

Join us Sunday nights at 6:30pm, following the 5:30pm Mass, in the North Conference Room. Meet other Catholics, talk about the faith, and build friendships!

Upon this Rock - Celebrating Mary, Mother of God

Check out the special event featured on the Young Adults webpageUpon this Rock, Celebrating Mary, Mother of the Church, with priests of the Archdiocese of Washington including our Parochial Vicar, Fr. John Benson, headlining at Pearl Street Warehouse in SW DC on Monday, May 20 at 7pm. See the Facebook event and buy tickets online.

Let's Stay Connected

C†YA uses a WhatsApp Community to plan future events, post updates, and stay in touch! Join using this link. You can also follow C†YA on Instagram and Facebook for events and news from our community.

Parish News

Ordination Anniversaries

Msgr. Jameson, Cathedral Rector, celebrates the 12:10pm Mass on Saturday, May 18 - his 56th anniversary of ordination! Let's pray for all our rectory priests as they celebrate their priestly ordination anniversaries:

Msgr. Jameson - May 18, 1968 (56th)

Fr. Hurley - May 29, 1982 (42nd)

Fr. Benson - June 18, 2019 (5th)

Memorial Day Holiday

Masses are celebrated at 7:30am and 12:10pm, with no Confessions or Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Monday, May 27, Memorial Day. The Cathedral opens at 7am and closes after the 12:10pm Mass, and the rectory office is closed.

Outdoor Masses will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 at 10am at Gate of Heaven Cemetery (3801 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD) and at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (1300 Bladensburg Rd., NE., Washington, DC).

Lector Training in June

Are you interested in serving as a lector at St. Matthew’s? Sign up for an orientation and training session in the West Conference Room on Saturday, June 8, 9am - Noon. Come and learn about this important ministry that enriches our life as a community of faith! To reserve a spot, leave your name and contact information at the rectory office (202-347-3215, or click here to send an email).

People on the Move

Opening for Communications Director

Changes in our pastoral and administrative staff are coming in late June! Fr. John Benson, Parochial Vicar, who helped to lead us all, body and soul, through the pandemic and beyond, will move to a new assignment within the Archdiocese of Washington. Save the date for Fr. John's farewell celebration on June 23 after the 1pm Mass - his last Sunday Mass as Parochial Vicar. Maureen Hurley, who has led our parish communications and otherwise served as Assistant to the Rector for many years, also leaves the staff to enjoy her family full-time. Let's pray for them as they make their transitions.

See the position opening for a Communications Director.

Ordination and First Mass

Deacon Isaac Sagastume will be ordained a priest by Cardinal Gregory, along with 15 other deacons of the Archdiocese of Washington, on Saturday, June 15 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. On Sunday, June 16, all are welcome as Fr. Isaac celebrates his First Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Matthew's - a bilingual Mass at 11am followed by a reception. Let's pray in thanksgiving for Deacon Isaac and his intentions as he prepares for ordination.

Ministerio Hispano

Misa de la Solemnidad de Pentecostés en español

12 de mayo a la 1pm

Vea nuestra página web de transmisiones en vivo para obtener enlaces.


  • Clase de Bautismo en español - domingo 19 de mayo a las 9am, salón de conferencias del este; para inscribirse, envíe un email a Fatima Aybar
  • Grupo de oración en español – los martes 21 y 28 de mayo a las 7pm en el salón de conferencias del oeste 
  • Misa de Corpus Christi en español con Primera Comunión y Procesión de Corpus Christi después de la Misa - domingo 2 de junio a la 1pm
  • Santo Rosario por teléfono en español - todos los días a las 3pm (347-378-0694, PIN 283 201 937#)

Personas en movimiento

Vacante para un Director de Comunicaciones

¡Los cambios en nuestro personal pastoral y administrativo llegarán a finales de junio! El P. John Benson, nuestro Vicario Parroquial, quien ayudó a guiarnos a todos, en cuerpo y alma, a través de la pandemia y más allá, pasará a una nueva asignación dentro de la Arquidiócesis de Washington. Reserve la fecha para la celebración de despedida del P. John el 23 de junio después de la Misa de la 1pm, su última Misa dominical como Vicario Parroquial. Maureen Hurley, quien ha dirigido las comunicaciones de nuestra parroquia y ha servido como Asistente del Rector durante muchos años, también deja el personal para disfrutar de su familia a tiempo completo. Oremos por ellos mientras hacen sus transiciones.

Véase la vacante para un Director de Comunicaciones.

Ordenación y Primera Misa

El diácono Isaac Sagastume será ordenado sacerdote por el cardenal Gregory, junto con otros 15 diáconos de la Arquidiócesis de Washington, el sábado 15 de junio en el Santuario Nacional de la Inmaculada Concepción. El domingo 16 de junio, todos son bienvenidos mientras el P. Isaac celebra su Primera Misa de Acción de Gracias en San Mateo, una Misa bilingüe a las 11am seguida de una recepción. Oremos en acción de gracias por el diácono Isaac y por sus intenciones, mientras se prepara para la ordenación.

Peregrinación Eucarística Nacional

Le invitamos a registrarse en línea antes del 1 de junio para participar en la próxima Peregrinación Eucarística Nacional, que viajará a través de la Arquidiócesis de Washington durante el período del 7 al 9 de junio, con una Misa pública y Procesión en DC el sábado 8 de junio. 

Para más información envíe un email a Fátima AybarPadre John Benson o llame a la oficina de la rectoría al 202-347-3215.

Liturgy and Music

Easter Mission

This year's Easter Mission with Fr. John moves indoors, to Thursday evenings (through June 6) at 7pm in the North Conference Room. Drop by on May 16 or 23!

Eucharistic Holy Hour

Join us for a Eucharistic Holy Hour with Confessions, 6 - 7pm on Monday, May 20

Celebration of the Word

Join us Wednesday evenings (next gatherings, May 15 and 22) at 7:30pm in the East Conference Room for a simple liturgy: readings, a homily, and prayers.

Guest Choir

We welcome the Chamber Singers of Marywood University at the 5:30pm Vigil on Saturday, May 25. In addition to singing throughout the liturgy, they will have a short concert before Mass as well as a choral postlude.

May Recital by French Organist

St. Matthew's welcomes David Hirst, Organist of Notre-Dame Collegiate Church, Mantes-la-Jolie (Paris), France for a 40-minute recital on Wednesday, May 29. Join us in the cool of the Cathedral at 12:40pm for his performance of Symphony No. 5 in F minor for organ, Op. 42 No. 1 by Charles-Marie Widor.

June Holy Hour for ADW Ordinandi

Save the date for a Eucharistic Holy in the Cathedral on Monday, June 10 (6 - 7pm) to pray for the 16 men to be ordained this year as priests for the Archdiocese of Washington.

Faith Formation

May Book Club Selection

Join the Cathedral Book Club led by Fr. Jack Hurley on Thursday, May 23 in the West Conference Room, 7 - 8pm, to discuss "Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America," by Heather Cox Richardson. Filmmaker Ken Burns commends the "cogent, challenging, thoughtful, riveting, and beautiful narrative.”

Weekend Retreat at Loyola Retreat House

Register now

Join us July 26 – July 28 for "Light of Christ," a weekend retreat for St. Matthew's parishioners and friends at Loyola Retreat House in Faulkner, MD.


Christian Meditation

Drop in for a meditation session 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).

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 Ilia Delio

Ilia Delio, Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness, 3


Theologian John Dourley speaks of recovering a wider sense of the holy by which humanity births a new myth of the co-redemption of the divine and human in one single and historically prolonged process. Divinity and humanity have, from the birth of consciousness, been opposites united in an ongoing process of mutual redemption. Both divinity and humanity are related to each other from the outset and attain the completion of their respective consciousness in the reciprocity of their relationship. For both, a new moral imperative is implicit in this dialectic. Morality is no longer an arbitrary imposition by a God foreign to the fabric of humanity. For both, the basis of morality lies in the human task of making God real and conscious in historical processes through ushering into human consciousness that divinity which appears to become more fully real and responsible to it. Because divine and human are always opposites in tension, the Spirit reconciles the coincidence of opposites constitutive of divine and human life.

The symbolic relation of the Father to the Son corresponds to the relation of unconscious to consciousness. The incarnation is the consciousness of God entering into unconscious matter and raising it to consciousness. In the Spirit the opposites of God and world are beyond the threat of dissolution; hence, divine life, intensely alive in the interplay of its polarities, rests always in Spirit-filled resolution beyond disintegration. German mystic Jacob Boehme (d. 1624) said that the opposites in the divine life are not united in eternity, as traditional trinitarian theology would have it. Divinity necessarily creates to unite in finite consciousness the opposites it could neither perceive nor unite in itself. Hence, the life of Jesus is the revelation of God, and we are called into this mystery, through the life of Spirit, to share in the consciousness of Jesus by sharing in his oneness of cosmotheandric love. However, at the same time, it is to realize the transcendent nature of this love.

God’s revelation continues to transcend itself in and through us until the warring absolutes of divinity and humanity are resolved in higher forms of consciousness and compassion. This is the work of the Spirit, by which the opposites of God are beyond the threat of dissolution. The Spirit raises the unconscious christic life to the consciousness of being part of a whole, orienting one’s life to the whole, so that “holiness” is consciousness of belonging to God-Omega. To be entangled with Jesus Christ is to live in the fields of love and compassion, contributing to the mutual completion of God and humanity in the future pleroma. We are drawn to surrender our separate selves and to be part of a greater whole in the evolution of love.

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

You are invited to register online by June 1 to participate in the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage, which will travel through the Archdiocese of Washington June 7 – 9, with a public Mass and Procession in DC on Saturday, June 8. 

Social Justice

Green Team Meeting

The Creation Care Green Team, fresh off of Earth Day celebrations, meets again on Zoom on Thursday, May 16 at 6pm.

Online Catholic Home Solar Workshop

St. Matthew's Creation Care Green Team co-hosts with Interfaith Power & Light an online Catholic Home Solar Workshop on Thursday, May 30 at 7pm. Round up some like-minded friends or neighbors and join in!

Monday Morning Ministry

Interested in supporting our outreach to the homeless and those in need? Sign up to—

  • donate breakfast food or bagged lunches
  • donate clothing
  • volunteer to serve, set up, or clean up

To volunteer, contact Ricardo Tobar. Thank you for your support!

Events & Reminders

Liturgies & Events Calendar

Check out upcoming events on our website calendar or view the event listing.

See you 'round the Cathedral!





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