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of the
Holy Cross
Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Boston


Seán Cardinal O’MalleyReverend Kevin J. O'Leary

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Boston, the seat of Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, and a parish to the historic and vibrant South End of Boston.

Led by our Rector, Very Rev. Kevin J. O’Leary, and the pastoral staff, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross serves a large and diverse population with regular Masses and sacraments offered in English, Spanish, the Extraordinary Form in Latin, and the Ethiopian-Eritrean Rite in Ge’ez.

Dedicated in 1875, the Cathedral endures as spiritual home and community resource for thousands of Bostonians. 

Seán Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap. | Very Reverend Kevin J. O’Leary, Rector

Important Announcements

Christmas Mass Schedule

Celebrate the holyday of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord with us at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. See the entire Christmas Mass schedule on our Mass Times page

2018 Christmas Masses

Please note that the main space of the Cathedral is currently closed for renovation and restoration. All Masses, adoration, confessions, and other events, unless otherwise noted, will take place downstairs in Our Lady’s Chapel. One exception: all Masses in the Extraordinary Form (Latin) take place in the ground-floor Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Both chapels have separate entrances along Union Park Street; please follow the signs to the appropriate chapel entrance.

Community Notes
Cathedral Christmas Concert: Friday, December 28

Ring in the Christmas Octave with carols and Christmas songs from around the world, sung by seminarians from Redemptoris Mater in Our Lady’s Chapel on Friday, December 28 at 7 p.m. A fun celebration for the whole family. After the concert, enjoy hot chocolate and sweets in Deacon Rosa Hall.

Sing With Us for Christmas

Consider making a short-term commitment to sing in the Cathedral Choir for one or more of the Christmas Masses (4:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass, or 11:30 a.m. Christmas Day). Rehearsals will be Thursdays December 13 and December 20 at 7 p.m.

Stop by and see Richard Clark, Director of Music and Organist, after Mass or email him for more information.

Marriage Preparation Registrations Open

Engaged couples, register for our marriage preparation classes at the Cathedral! Classes will be held Thursdays 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., starting November 29 in Deacon Rosa Hall at the Cathedral. For more information, email Father Pablo Gomis.

Parking at the Cathedral

Parking for Cathedral parishioners and volunteers is available on-street and in the paid parking lots (parking information is available here). Additionally, the Cathedral is on the MBTA SL4 and SL5 Silver Line busses at the Union Park Street stop and is a short walk from Back Bay Station on the Commuter Rail and Orange Line.

The rectory parking lot directly behind the Cathedral can only be used by residents of the rectory going forward. Cars not belonging to rectory residents may have to be removed and towed. Please make appropriate parking arrangements or use the available public transportation options to visit the Cathedral of the Holy Cross going forward. We thank everyone in advance for your cooperation and understanding. 

The Cathedral Food Pantry is open to all in need every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm. Located on Msgr. Reynolds Way on the lower level. Please call +1 617.506.6600 for more information. Please bring photo ID.
World Youth Day Panama Gala Dinner Fundraiser: January 13

Help young Catholics from the Cathedral parish make the pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2019 in Panama. Come to our gala dinner fundraiser which will include a concert by seminarians from Redemptoris Mater and a raffle on Sunday, January 13 at Cathedral High School. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling the parish office at 617.542.2325 or emailing Fr. Pablo Gomis.

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