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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

Richard Clark: New Music Director and Organist
We are proud to announce and welcome Richard J. Clark as the new Director of Music of the Archdiocese of Boston and Director of Music and Organist of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

Richard J. Clark has served St. Cecilia Parish in Boston for 28 years where he has overseen a diverse and thriving parish music program. He has also served Boston College and the Jesuit Community as Organist and Cantor at Saint Mary’s Chapel since 2004. Furthermore, he has served the Archdiocese in numerous liturgical projects, conferences, and liturgies. As a composer, his liturgical, choral, and organ works have been performed worldwide and are published by numerous outlets. Clark earned degrees from the Berklee College of Music and at The Boston Conservatory where he studied with James David Christie, organist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

Richard Clark’s first Mass will be Sunday, September 16 for the observance of our Cathedral’s titular Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Please join us in warmly welcoming Richard Clark to the Cathedral community.

Retirement of Leo Abbott
Mr. Leo Abbott, FAGO, ChM., who has been the faithful Director of Music and Organist at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for 33 years will be retiring September 1st. We are incredibly grateful for his dedicated service to our Cathedral and the greater Church. To appropriately recognize his distinguished career, the Cathedral will honor Mr. Abbott with the title Director Emeritus.

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
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. 

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Join us for our RCIA classes covering the history of salvation, from creation to redemption with a special emphasis on the sacramental work of salvation. Classes are held Saturdays, 11 a.m. to Noon, starting September 15 through April 13, 2019. For more information, email Father Pablo Gomis.

Confirmation deepens our baptismal life with the strength of the Holy Spirit. Youth in the South End, ages 13 to 18, are invited to explore and prepare for this important step in their faith life with us at the Cathedral—for both English and Spanish speakers.

Confirmation preparation is already underway and now meets Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. in Deacon Rosa Hall on the lower level of the Cathedral. Email Father Pablo Gomis at pgomis17@rcab.org 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.

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.
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