Family Ministry

We have many events throughout the year for the whole family! 

Weekly

Children's Liturgy of the Word: Children ages 4 and up are invited to join us for Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)! When we celebrate CLOW, the children are usually dismissed after the opening prayer, and they return before the procession with the Gifts. CLOW includes the elements that we normally experience in the Liturgy of the Word at Sunday Mass (readings, Gospel, etc) Not every element is included every Sunday, but the Gospel of the day is always included. Sometimes there may be a Gospel drama where appropriate. 

Parent and middle/high school volunteers are needed to help with the Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Lead children from the church to the Undercroft to listen to the Gospel, do a small activity, and pray. Please email Catherine Lobo for more information, or call 410-464-4113. All volunteers must be VIRTUS approved.

Annual Events

Kids' Night Out (KNO): Children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to a night of fun! We start with a movie (kids have a choice of two movies), in addition to a craft. Children who are parishioners and/or School of the Cathedral students are all invited. Dates vary, but typically three are held throughout the year - see our calendar to learn upcoming dates.

Middle School Mixer: Calling all parishioners and/or School of the Cathedral students - you're invited to a mixer! Held from 7pm to 9pm on select Friday nights throughout the year, Mixers are a fun way to build our Cathedral community of middle school students. Dates vary, but typically three are held throughout the year - see our calendar to learn upcoming dates.

Donut Sunday: The best Sunday of the month is DONUT SUNDAY! After the 9:30am Mass, all are invited downstairs for donuts and coffee. Don't delay - the donuts go quickly! See our calendar to learn upcoming dates.

Fall Events

Trunk or Treat & Halloween Bingo: Typically held on a Friday night near the end of October, Trunk or Treat is a fun event for the whole family! Parents park their cars in our parking lot and pass out candy from their trunk (and some even decorate their trunk - so fun!) to kids, who "trick or treat" throughout the parking lot. Afterwards, families are invited inside for Halloween Bingo. See the calendar to sign up today!

Homecoming: Homecoming is a parish-wide celebration! The whole family is invited to enjoy tasty donuts and waffles from local food trucks on Sunday after all Masses, in addition to other events for youth and adults. See the full schedule here!

Winter Events

Advent Wreath Kit Pick-up: At the start of Advent, we will offer Advent Wreath kits for purchase - these are fun and meaningful activities to do at home with your children, to help them understand the meaning of Advent. Visit the calendar to see when this year's wreath kits will be available!

Christmas Tree Lighting: This is a festive evening of joyful anticipation! Families are invited to come to the 5:00 PM Saturday Mass where CLOW will be offered as part of the Mass.  All are invited to stay after Mass and enjoy pizza in the undercroft of the Cathedral, followed by a carol sing inside the Cathedral.  After our sing-a-long we process outside for the tree lighting ceremony.  We conclude the evening with hot chocolate and cookies on the Cathedral plaza. The event concludes at approximately 7:30 PM. 

Christmas Pageant: Every year, kids are invited to participate in the Christmas Pageant at the 4pm Mass on Christmas Eve. See the calendar to sign up today!

Daddy Daughter Dance: A new tradition at Cathedral is our Daddy-Daughter Dance! Parishioners and/or school families are invited to this wonderful event, often in February. See the calendar to sign up today!

Spring Events

CRS Meal Packing: For many years, Cathedral has participated in an effort to package meals for people experiencing hunger in Burkina Faso. Join us for this spring event to pack 15,000 meals! See the calendar to learn more.

Easter Egg Hunt: Around Easter, we host an Easter Egg Hunt for children up to 9 years old and their families. It's a fun morning - but be prompt, as the eggs are found quickly! Learn more on our calendar.

Cardinal Cup: Kick off the warm weather with a 5k run / 1-mile walk to benefit Mother Seton Academy, usually held in April. This event is open to all ages and definitely a great morning for our community. See the calendar to sign up today!

Summer Events

Vacation Bible School: Annually, we hold two sessions of Vacation Bible School for children ages 4 to 9 years - one in June and one in August. Kids LOVE spending a week learning about Jesus through crafts, dancing, praying, science, crafts, and more. Volunteers (who are VIRTUS-approved) are always needed, including Junior Counselors, Counselors, and adult volunteers. Email Sherri Rachuba to learn more, or visit the calendar event to sign up!

Summer Splash: Save the date for the last Sunday in August! Water slides and inflatables will take over the front lawn at Cathedral, and food trucks arrive to provide sustenance for the day. See the calendar to learn more!