Cathedral of Mary Our Queen
Second Sunday
of Lent
March 1, 2015

Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a high mountain, and he was transfigured before them.
- Mark 9:2-10

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Fellowship Sunday Social
March 1,2015
The Service Commission will host Sunday's social
after the 8:30AM Mass in the Undercroft.
Confirmation Updates

Confirmation Classes Confirmation classes are Thursdays, March 12th & March 26th.

Confirmation Service Opportunities

Cathedral Middle School Event March 8, 2015
4:00PM – 7:00PM at
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Do you need service hours for Confirmation? Looking for an event to do with friends?
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  • Church Cleaners - For more information contact Shirley Davis,
  • Little People's Church - 8:30-9:30AM (1hr)
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Mass Advisory
Today - March 2, 2015

Due to the severe icy conditions on the Cathedral walks and driveways
we will not celebrate the 8:15am Mass.

However we plan to celebrate Mass
at 5:30pm as scheduled.

CMOQ Lent Events
Service Commission

FRIDAYS IN LENT…Be sure to put on your calendar the following Friday evening soup and bread suppers with prayers and almsgiving. To volunteer at any of these events, please con-tact the email following each event.

  • Friday, Mar. 6th 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Prayer, Film, and Supper [Carol Gould]
  • Friday, Mar. 13th 5:30-7:30 PM Preparing Toiletries Bags, Prayer & Supper [Lori Brooks]
  • Friday, Mar. 20th 5:30-7:30 PM Prayer, Film, and Supper [Carol Gould]
  • Friday, Mar. 27th 5:30-7:30 PM Prepare ODB Casseroles, Prayer & Supper [Carol Gould]
  • April Date and Time to be Determined Meal Packaging event with prayer [Paddy Morton]

These will be wonderful opportunities to bring our Parish together Fridays in Lent. Keep an eye out for details in bulletin inserts and the website over the coming weeks! Please feel free to call Carol Gould, at 443-956-9431 with any general questions.

"Music Notes"

While a certain level of skill and practice is required to be a music director, I find the most difficult part of my job to be choosing the music we sing each week. Once I've decided what the music will be, practicing it becomes the easy part.

Before Vatican II, most of the music was dictated by the church (at least the lyrics). With the celebration of Mass now in the vernacular, the music choices multiplied and continue to become more numerous as composers continue to create new works. Choice can be overwhelming and stressful. Just imagine going to the store to buy some jelly. If there are only two or three choices, it's easy to make a decision, but if you have to pick between forty or fifty varieties, you might just take a little more time. If you think of every song in the two hymnals that we have in the Cathedral as a flavor of jelly, you begin to get an idea of how many choices I have to make every week! Because “the role of music is to serve the needs of the Liturgy" (Sing to the Lord, #125), I can't simply choose my favorite songs for us to sing every week. That would only serve my needs. Likewise, while I am happy to hear requests for specific songs, I have to find a place and time during the year when a requested song will fulfill the needs of the liturgy. At the same time however, Sing to the Lord urges a pastoral evaluation of the music:

"Does a musical composition promote the sanctification of the members of the liturgical assembly by drawing them closer to the holy mysteries being celebrated? Does it strengthen their formation in faith by opening their hearts to the mystery being celebrated on this occasion or in this season? Is it capable of expressing the faith that God has planted in their hearts and summoned them to celebrate?" (#130)

So, in the end, the music must serve both the people and the liturgy. I know the music and the liturgy, but I am still getting acquainted with everyone here. So that I can make better choices and do the best job possible, help me get to know you better by saying hello and sharing any thoughts you might have about the music here. Stop me after Mass, email (, or call (410-464-4020) if you have any feedback to share.


Cathedral of Mary our Queen Parish
Inclement Weather Policy

The Parish office follows the
Baltimore City Public School system.

If the Baltimore City school system opening is delayed: The 7am weekday Mass is cancelled but 8:15am and 5:30pm Mass will be celebrated. The Parish office will be open with a flexible arrival time and the evening activities will go on as scheduled. Please call the office before visiting in the early morning.

If the Baltimore City School system is closed: All Masses will be cancelled and all activities scheduled in the Cathedral and Parish Center will be cancelled. The Parish office will operate on a liberal leave policy so please call before visiting.

If Baltimore City schools dismiss early: All evening activities scheduled in the Cathedral and Parish Center will be cancelled. The Office staff will operate on a liberal departure time so please call ahead before visiting in the afternoon.

On Weekends: Mass will be celebrated as scheduled unless the Archbishop of Baltimore grants a general dispensation from the Sunday obligation. Visit the Parish website or call the Parish office to confirm whether Masses are being celebrated.

Note. There is no obligation to attend Mass when weather causes dangerous road conditions.
Please exercise prudent judgment and do not take unnecessary risks given your individual situation.

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Going to the Cathedral &
Cathedral School

We have been notified that starting Monday November 10 the Baltimore City Department of Transportation will begin to replace sidewalks and resurface the road surface on Charles Street from Northern Pkwy South to the intersection of Homeland Ave. It is expected to take 90 days to complete the work so please plan for possible delays when traveling to the Cathedral and Cathedral School.