Skip to comments.All Done - Houston's s new Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
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.
You know the saying - if you want to know about Catholicism, ask a Calvinist.
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.
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.
“Have you read The Nine Tailors?”
No, I haven’t. Who’s the author?
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”?
Interesting, thank you.
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 . . . .
There’s an echo in here! < g >
LOL! Bears repeating anyway! ;-)
It has been all over the local news for days.
Can we not afford own own cathedral, we have to go in with someone?
Or is it a Coca-Thedral, with MS13 tags and all?
It's a Coca-Thedral.
Everyone gets all blasted up and grooves to Steve Vai.
The murderer is rather surprising.
Many people think it's Sayers's best book, and I tend to agree. It bears re-reading, which isn't true for many mystery novels.
(the good news is that a long hang time in a church makes it VERY easy to play handbells. Any boo-boos are mercifully covered up!)
I’m assuming it’s “invite only”, so I won’t be there. :( But I’ve been watching the building of it over the last couple years. It’s beautiful. The sad thing is that it won’t have the incredible windows that are in the old Sacred Heart co-Cathedral that’s still located right next to it. I wish I knew how to post pictures—I took pictures of all the windows and the Stations of the Cross in Sacred Heart on Good Friday. Breath-taking! I’d taken them for granted until recently.
Sorry for the lack of clarity.