Twenty-six years ago, Leo Abbott, the organist of Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross, gave a benefit recital to raise money for badly needed repairs to the cathedral’s legendary 1875 Hook organ. The organ was big — some claim it to have been the largest American-made organ in the country when it was built — and the maintenance needs were big as well. With few other sources of funding in sight, Abbott made his benefit recital an annual tradition.
Towering above the newly renovated Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End is one of the most historic pipe organs in a region dotted with notably historic instruments, and next month, the newly restored organ in the newly restored Cathedral will provide a sound as historic as it will be melodic.
The improved acoustics of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross were on display as the cathedral hosted its first concert since renovations were completed this spring with a performance by The Children’s Choir of Greater Paris (le Choeur d’Enfants d’Ile-de-France) July 25.
Joint project of Corpus Christi Watershed and the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter aims to teach people how to make sacred music at Mass and vespers come alive in parishes.
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley will ordain 13 men to be priests Saturday morning in Boston, the largest group for the archdiocese in nearly two decades, according to the archdiocese.
At the conclusion of the Chrism Mass on April 16, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley announced that Pope Francis named Father Kevin O’Leary a chaplain of His Holiness with the title of reverend monsignor.
Re-enactors acted out the Stations of the Cross at Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston portraying the passion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday.
Priests, deacons, seminarians, religious, and laypeople gathered at the newly renovated Cathedral of the Holy Cross on April 16 for the annual Chrism Mass. The Chrism Mass serves as a symbol of unity in dioceses throughout the Catholic world during Holy Week each year, as the local bishop blesses the sacred oils used to administer sacraments for the coming year — the oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm, and the sacred chrism.
In the aftermath of the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, local construction officials said Wednesday that the newly renovated Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston has a fire protection system that includes optical beam smoke detectors and sprinklers in the attic.
The head of the Catholic Church in Boston was devastated like so many others over the images of a fire destroying Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
The inferno destroyed the cathedral’s spire and its roof, but its twin bell towers survived. French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild the centuries-old landmark.
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said Tuesday he was thankful for the recent renovation of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End, noting the fixup could prevent a fire like the one that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday.
Walking into the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End this weekend and seeing the beauty and magnificence of this just-recently completely renovated institution brought back some incredible memories of Boston’s past greatness. I love to arrive at the cathedral early, to look around at the early arrivals, the stained glass windows, and gaze at various statues, but mostly say a prayer of thanks to Jesus for giving me this opportunity to reflect on the feeling of hope and love I always get while in church. I try to imagine what other people are thinking and talking to God about, but also hoping and wishing that other people would soon learn of this special feeling of comfort that you get inside the quiet security of a church.
As families entered the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday morning, some craned their necks to see the newly gleaming ivory columns, the delicate gold accents handpainted onto ornately carved ceiling trusses, the stained glass glowing in tones of emerald, ruby, and lapis lazuli.
“Good morning! Welcome to the cathedral!” greeters called out as the faithful climbed the steps into the historic South End house of worship, some in dresses and blazers, but many in jeans, runners’ leggings, or athletic shorts.
Boston’s main Catholic church is reopening for Holy Week following extensive renovations.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Palm Sunday Mass, Sunday, April 14, 2019 in Boston to commemorate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem according to Roman Catholic tradition. O’Malley blessed palms held by congregants at the newly-renovated Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End. At the end of the service, O’Malley invited several dozen Boston Marathon runners, including a priest, onto the steps of the altar for a blessing.
After two years of extensive renovations, Boston’s largest Catholic church, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, reopened just ahead of Holy Week and the Boston Marathon.
The sanctuary, which seats 2,000, was packed for Palm Sunday Mass. Hundreds of yellow-green palm fronds folded into crosses could be seen clenched in children’s fists and poking out of women’s purses to commemorate Jesus Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem.
Boston’s main Catholic church is reopening for Holy Week following extensive renovations.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley will preside over the first mass at the newly renovated Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday, which is known as Palm Sunday. He’ll also give his annual blessing to Boston Marathon runners, staff and volunteers ahead of Monday’s race.
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is re-opening this weekend following an extensive renovation spanning more than 2 years.
Some of the renovations include new stained-glass windows and a new marble altar.
The upgrades cost a total of $ 26 million.
Light filled the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Friday as workers with drills and paint brushes put the finishing touches on an extensive restoration of the historic building.
Warmly known among Catholics as the “mother church” of the Boston Archdiocese, the cathedral now looks as beautiful as it must have when it was first dedicated in 1875.
If there were ever an appropriate phrase for the massive renovation of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End, it would be, ‘Let there be light.’
That scripturally appropriate phrase is also very appropriate for the astonishing $26 million renovation performed – and now completed – at the Cathedral on Washington Street, the home church of the Archdiocese of Boston.
After nearly two years of anticipation, the transformed interior of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross will be once again open to the public on Palm Sunday, April 14.
“We’re really excited for our major project to come to completion,” Michael Kieloch, the Cathedral’s Director of Communications, told the Pilot in a March 29 interview.
It’s almost ready. After two years of work, renovations inside and outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston are almost complete, and the transformation is remarkable. The first Mass will be celebrated on Palm Sunday, and the centerpiece of the Catholic Church in Boston has never looked more welcoming.
“People can hear, people can see, people can feel welcomed,” Father Kevin O’Leary, the Rector of the Cathedral, told WBZ-TV. He’s been part of the $26 million fix up, the first major renovation in 150 years.
The final pieces of Italian marble are being cut and the new woodwork is getting sanded as Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross comes to the conclusion of a two year, $26-million renovation.
The plan is to reopen New England’s largest Roman Catholic church for Palm Sunday.
Interview with Father Kevin O’Leary and Michael Kieloch concerning Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross renovations. Richard Clark, our Music Director and Organist, appears later in the show discussing the Archdiocese’s new funeral policy. Bishop Robert Reed and Jay Fadden host from the CatholicTV living room.
After nearly two years of renovations, the main sanctuary at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End is expected to reopen next month — just in time for Holy Week.
The first Mass in the renovated space is scheduled to take place April 14, Palm Sunday, the commemoration of Jesus Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem. All Holy Week and Easter services will be held there, according to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is the cornerstone of the ever-changing South End for nearly 150 years. Now, the mother church of the Archdiocese of Boston is undergoing its own change, a much needed, long-awaited restoration.
In God’s eyes, each and every person counts. Love casts out fear, and allows us to do courageous things. In other words, “love changes the course of the world.”
That was Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley’s message on Christmas Day at Our Lady’s Chapel of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Tuesday morning. The 11:30 a.m. service saw churchgoers of all types looking for seats and neighbors at Christmas Day Mass.
The restoration of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross continues on schedule, according to Michael Kieloch, the cathedral’s director of communications.
The goal is to complete the project by Palm Sunday in 2019, so the building can be used during Holy Week.
Cathedral of the Holy Cross clergy, parishioners, and Cathedral High School students got together to organize a Thanksgiving Meal Bag giveaway to those who were in need last Saturday, Nov. 17, at the South End church. Each bag consisted of a 15-pound turkey, a 5-pound bag of potatoes, boxes of Stove Top stuffing, canned vegetables, a Table Top apple pie, and a pan to roast the turkey in. …
Though the title is a new one for Boston, most dioceses, particularly large ones, have a position relating to music, the new Director of Music for the Archdiocese of Boston and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Richard Clark, noted as he spoke with the Pilot Oct. 26. …
Our very own contributor has been appointed to one of America’s most prominent sacred music positions! Richard J. Clark has been named Director of Music of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. …
The organist sits down at his instrument. He’s still as he waits for his cue, but when he gets it, he comes alive. The keys press down, the pedals pump, and the pipes bellow and hum and sing as the organist plays his song. …
Considered by many to be the heart of the Archdiocese of Boston, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross is the largest Catholic church in New England, able to accommodate 2,000 people — that is, when it has pews for them to sit in. …
After 150 years the Cathedral of the Holy Cross is getting much needed repairs, and a shift into the 21st century. …
Sitting in his office in the lower hall of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross this week, Father Kevin O’Leary is a flurry of activity – opening mail, taking calls from Cardinal Sean O’Malley, confirming Holy Week arrangements and – on top of all that – managing a $25 million restoration project at the seat of the Archdiocese of Boston, the Cathedral in the South End. …
The roof leaks. The wiring is shot. The heating system is temperamental. And — I’m not afraid to tell you — there are bodies in the basement. …