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All Done - Houston's s new Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
WITL ^ | March 29, 2008 | Rocco Palmo

Posted on 03/29/2008 3:11:10 PM PDT by NYer

Already hailed as "a Houston landmark," yesterday saw the first official preview of the city's new Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, which'll be dedicated on Wednesday before 60 hierarchs and a very lucky crowd of close to 2,000.

To mark the occasion -- which the regional media has treated as an earth-altering event and then some -- today's hometown Chronicle contains a full package on the festivities.

As Cardinal Daniel DiNardo consecrates the $65 million de facto hub of his 1.5 million-member archdiocese, Texas' oldest and the largest in the South, fellow neo-porporato Cardinal John Foley will be present... in the friendly confines of the commentator's booth.

Yet even for all the red in evidence -- and the local hopes that Purple Rain will fall during the celebrations -- Dedication Day will rightfully belong to the project's "mastermind": founding Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza, a native son and once a curate at the heretofore co-cathedral, who said in an interview that the "tremendous [i.e quadruple] growth of the archdiocese in the last two decades" necessitated "a new cathedral that would be sufficiently large for us to gather a large number of our people for the important moments in the life of the church." But even so, despite all the pizazz of the new building, the paper reminds that the official seat of the booming local church remains 50 miles south, in "the cradle" of Texas Catholicism: Galveston's St Mary's Basilica.

The first US mother-church to be dedicated since LA's Our Lady of the Angels in 2002, the Houston cathedral is one of two opening its doors this year; the other, Oakland's Christ the Light, will be inaugurated in late September.

Never to be outdone, the Chron's coverage is capped by an extensive photo gallery from über-photog Smiley Pool, who memorably gave the Vatican shutterbugs quite a run for their money during DiNardo's Thanksgiving Weekend elevation to the "papal senate."

Sia lodato Smiley... and congrats to everyone in H-Town.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Prayer; Worship
KEYWORDS: cathedral; houston; tx
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1 posted on 03/29/2008 3:11:12 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...

Any freepers fortunate to be in attendance on Wednesday?


2 posted on 03/29/2008 3:12:36 PM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...

Any freepers fortunate to be in attendance on Wednesday?


3 posted on 03/29/2008 3:13:40 PM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: NYer

I can ID a cathedral, but I’ve never seen Siamese-twin cathedrals, so I don’t know what a co-cathedral is.


4 posted on 03/29/2008 3:14:41 PM PDT by Xenalyte ("A cat can give birth to kittens in the oven. That don't make 'em biscuits." - Quanell X)
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To: NYer

It’s beautiful; and a beautiful photo.


5 posted on 03/29/2008 3:18:55 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (How much worse would things be if Eve had been "empowered?")
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To: the invisib1e hand; NYer
Interested in seeing the inside of the (10 years ago) renovated San Jose Basilica? I shot a VR panorama inside there a few months ago. Check out this link here to look inside. (Requires QuickTime, which you have if you have iTunes installed.)

If you know of a church that would like to have this kind of photo-documentation done of it, send them my way....

6 posted on 03/29/2008 3:24:17 PM PDT by Yossarian (Everyday, somewhere on the globe, somebody is pushing the frontier of stupidity...)
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To: Xenalyte

A co-cathedral exists usually when two smaller dioceses have been merged; one of the former cathedrals becomes the co-cathedral. I don’t know the history of the Houston diocese, but I would imagine this is what happened to result in the “co-cathedral.”

That said, I’m not a great fan of these giant “Risen Christ” images. Looks to me like we’re avoiding the Cross.


7 posted on 03/29/2008 3:42:02 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius
If you click on the link and go to the co-cathedral site, you can find an explanation and pictures of the interior. There will be a huge crucifix behind the altar, and the emphasis on the altar is on Christ's sacrifice and the Eucharist.

It looks to me to be a beautiful building which will honor God.

8 posted on 03/29/2008 3:58:49 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple

I agree. Look’s good.


9 posted on 03/29/2008 4:33:06 PM PDT by sandhills
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To: Xenalyte; livius

It’s my recollection that as Houston exploded and Galveston stagnated, the functional center moved to Houston, and eventually the Houston church was named cathedral. Rather than stripping Galveston of the honor of being a cathedral, the two were named co-cathedrals.

Per one of the links, Houston received a Cathedral in 1959.


10 posted on 03/29/2008 4:51:17 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: AnAmericanMother

To continue a long, disjointed discussion, this isn’t even a candidate for one of our ‘ugly church’ threads. Full photo essay here: http://www.chron.com/channel/houstonbelief/photogallery/CoCathedral_of_the_Sacred_Heart.html#_self


11 posted on 03/29/2008 4:53:06 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: NYer

What a lovely building. The iconography is especially wonderful. I hope that someday I can visit with my family — that Resurrection Window is awe-inspiring in person, I bet.

One quibble: no kneelers?


12 posted on 03/29/2008 5:21:13 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: B-Chan
The kneelers are there - they just fold up neatly under the seats, just like the kneelers in our parish!


13 posted on 03/29/2008 6:39:13 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: PAR35
Cool! They have a ring of 23 bells. I guess it's too much to expect that it would be rung with rope and wheel in the English style, looks like it's going to be a carillon.

Our choirmaster told me a funny story. He was in a church in NYC, practicing on the organ late one night, and somebody had left the stop pulled out that connected the keyboard with the BELLS in the tower!!!!! He woke everybody up for miles around!

Engraved, just as it should be. " . . . made me, 2007."

15 posted on 03/29/2008 6:44:36 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: sandyeggo
There are some old photos in the series, including a couple of the co-cathedral in Galveston, St. Mary's, built in the mid-19th century.

That building survived the Galveston hurricane. The priests had taken refuge in the cathedral, and were standing with the bishop at the high altar when the bell tower suddenly collapsed and crashed through into the nave. The bishop turned to the rector, Fr. Kirwan, and told him, "Prepare these priests for death."

As it happened, they all survived.

19 posted on 03/29/2008 6:55:01 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: sandyeggo
Lovely carved lindenwood statues of saints, too.

The artist did good work.

top to bottom, left to right: St. Anthony of Padua (my man!), St. Therese, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Martin de Porres, St. Joseph in his carpenter's apron, St. Juan Diego with the miraculous tilma.

21 posted on 03/29/2008 7:00:09 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: sandyeggo
No, you go ahead and post that one!!! :-D

The bishop just waited to go last, like a good commanding officer! I think it was Bishop Gallagher at that time.

23 posted on 03/29/2008 7:02:29 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Xenalyte

>> I can ID a cathedral, but I’ve never seen Siamese-twin cathedrals, so I don’t know what a co-cathedral is. <<

Prior to the 1900 (?) hurricane, Galveston, and not Houston, was the key city in that area. And Galveston was made the mother church of Texas 1839, and the see of Texas in 1847. Since Houston is by far the more populous and politically significant city, now, it was made a second seat of the diocese, which has been an arch-diocese only since 2004.


24 posted on 03/29/2008 7:10:25 PM PDT by dangus
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To: sandyeggo
No, but I was addicted to American Heritage magazine as a child. In fact, I learned to read from it.

There was a great article on the Galveston hurricane, with photographs. Made quite an impression on me.

I still have ALL the issues from when it changed its name from the "Journal of Local and Regional History" in the early 50s, up into the 70s when the old editor retired and they went all politically correct and repetitive.

You can get the text of most of the articles on line now, but what you don't get are the incredible pictures. It was one of the early glossy hardback magazines, each article began with 4-6 pages of coated paper with full color reproductions of paintings, illustrations, prints, etc. and then continued in the back on ordinary paper.

Struck the perfect balance between scholarship and readability. Bruce Catton, the long time editor, also wrote a Civil War trilogy - "Mr. Lincoln's War" , "Glory Road" and "A Stillness at Appomattox". Won the Pulitzer Prize for the last one, back when it meant something.

26 posted on 03/29/2008 7:19:10 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: NYer

Wonder if they’ll ever celebrate a real Mass in it.


28 posted on 03/29/2008 7:26:42 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture™)
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To: Miss Marple

Yes, thank you, I was glad to see a crucifix, and there are certainly many lovely things in that church, especially the carvings.

We don’t have a crucifix here in our cathedral in St. Augustine. The altar was renovated in the 1970s, to conform to the supposed dictates of Vatican II, and instead we got a rather ghastly looking “Risen Christ” looming over the altar.

One of our priests makes sure that he brings the processional crucifix out with him for Mass, since in theory, according even to recent things from the Vatican, there should be a crucifix on or behind the altar - as a focal point, at any rate. The pastor doesn’t care, and I guess the bishop doesn’t either. But it always bothers me when I see a Catholic church without a crucifix, and from the outside, I was afraid that this was another one!


30 posted on 03/29/2008 7:36:18 PM PDT by livius
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To: sandyeggo

Quite lovely! The statues are particularly impressive. I love St. Therese and San Juan Diego.


31 posted on 03/29/2008 7:51:04 PM PDT by livius
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To: sandyeggo
Here ya go:

American Heritage Online

Don't bother with anything after 1976.

Here was a really good issue - June of 61. Look at the list of articles to the right - the only hanging for mutiny in the U.S. Navy, the surrender at Appomattox, Frank Merriwell the dime novel hero, Catherwood the discoverer of the Mayan civilization, Yalta, the first New York subway (run by compressed air!), and funny money issued during the Depression.

It is just a real shame that the pictures aren't reproduced -- you don't realize how integral they are to the articles until they are missing! It's obvious that they scanned the articles in, because there are lots of typos, too.

But almost any college or university library should have a full set of these things.

32 posted on 03/29/2008 8:08:03 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: livius
Our parish splits the difference - we have a crucifix over the altar, but it depicts Christ in priestly robes . . . .

I would love to steal the incredible larger-than-life size wooden crucifix from Immaculate Conception downtown . . . they only bring it out for Lent . . .

33 posted on 03/29/2008 8:14:33 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: sandyeggo; AnAmericanMother

Just be glad she’s on our side!!! I am almost convinced that she must be some sorta wierd Vatican A.I. super-computer program with access to all the juicy hidden knowledge in the secret templar guarded crypts combined with southern USA traditions as a web cover...

Freegards


34 posted on 03/29/2008 11:04:34 PM PDT by Ransomed (Son of Ransomed says Keep the Faith!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

I know where they put the crucifix they took out of our church when the altar was “renovated.” I have occasional fantasies of people walking into the church and simply finding it restored one day, no comments, no fuss, just back in its place. But we’ve moved so far away from the Cross in our happy-slappy Catholicism here that most people would probably be horrified.


35 posted on 03/30/2008 2:24:20 AM PDT by livius
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To: Ransomed

LOL! I’m just a newbie convert, they haven’t even issued me my Secret Vatican Decoder Ring and Tie Tack yet!


36 posted on 03/30/2008 5:25:31 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: PAR35
Thanks for the explanation of the name Co Cathedral I always wonder when I hear it mentioned. I saw it on the news yesterday, very impressive.
39 posted on 03/30/2008 8:17:04 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: AnAmericanMother

“Engraved, just as it should be. “ . . . made me, 2007.”

What happened to “Anno Domini?”


40 posted on 03/30/2008 11:33:34 AM PDT by dsc
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To: Ditter

You know the saying - if you want to know about Catholicism, ask a Calvinist.


41 posted on 03/30/2008 11:54:12 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: sandyeggo

The executive vice president of the company I work at is in this picture! I’m sure she has a seat close to the front. I do know some other people who received invitations to the event. Not me, I’ll watch it on the web at work.


42 posted on 03/30/2008 11:58:57 AM PDT by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: dsc
Well, yeah, that should be on there.

And it looks like all the bells' mottos are exactly the same, when they all should be different.

But at least they HAVE one.

Have you read The Nine Tailors?

The bell mottos figure largely in that mystery.

45 posted on 03/30/2008 12:09:10 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: AnAmericanMother

“Have you read The Nine Tailors?”

No, I haven’t. Who’s the author?


46 posted on 03/30/2008 12:35:09 PM PDT by dsc
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To: AnAmericanMother

Excuse my ignorance, but this is something I’ve never known for certain before and should: Is St. Anthony of Padua the same St. Anthony we pray to when we pray, “St. Anthony, St. Anthony, please come around, something is lost and cannot be found”?


47 posted on 03/30/2008 1:00:52 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: FourtySeven
Yep! St. Anthony Bread.
48 posted on 03/30/2008 1:16:33 PM PDT by maryz
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To: maryz

Interesting, thank you.


49 posted on 03/30/2008 1:25:22 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: FourtySeven
Sure is!

Or, "Tony, Tony, look around! Something's lost and must be found!"

And when it's found, you have to give something to the poor box right away. That's "St. Anthony's Bread."

He also is the one who preached to the fishes, he was known as "The Hammer of the Heretics" and "The Living Ark of the Covenant" because of his eloquence.

He was responsible for the miracle of the horse (or the mule) and the Eucharist (hence he is carrying a monstrance in the statue).

He is often depicted with the Christ Child in his arms, because another friar saw him so in a vision.

And if he weren't a saint, he would have a full time job just looking after me and the stuff I lose . . . .

50 posted on 03/30/2008 1:56:38 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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