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News and NotesDecember 2014

Christmas Service Times: 
Christmas Eve:
5 p.m.
 - Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist Rite II
7 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Spanish
10 p.m. - Christmas Carols with the Cathedral Choir
10:30 p.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II, Candlelight Service

Christmas Day:
10 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II

Christmas Pageant - Sun., Dec. 24
Christmas Pageant — December 24, 5 - 6 p.m. Children will gather at 4:15 in Room 212 in Garrett to dress. They will then gather in the Great Hall to practice their songs before the service begins at 5 p.m.

Christmas Pageant Practices
Christmas Pageant Practice begins Sunday, November 30 and continues Dec. 7, 14, and 21. Pageant Dress Rehearsal will be in the Cathedral on Sunday, December 21 from 4-5 pm. If you would like your child or grandchild to be a part of the Christmas Pageant, please bring them each Sunday in December at 9:30 for practice. They will get a costume and learn Christmas songs for the service. For more information about the Pageant contact

Christmas Hams for the Food Pantry – St. Matthew’s will again be giving out Christmas Hams to the patrons of our food pantry. (Yes, our Food Pantry will give out food on Christmas Day, our regular Food Pantry Day.) You may either bring a canned ham to church on Sunday or by Tuesday, or place a check in the offering on Sunday for $15 per ham and we will purchase a ham on your behalf

Capital Campaign 
We have received $879,714.91 in pledges and still have a number of pledges that we expect to receive. We are waiting on a major grant as well as beginning the grant writing phase of our campaign.  

Adult Education Session 
Adult Education Series continues in the Garrett Parlor on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.exploring the Season of Advent: “Advent and Incarnation w/ Mark Howell.” Mark is a doctoral candidate at Dallas Theological Seminary and with his family has recently come to be a part of our St. Matthew's community.

Christmas Flowers and Music Memorials
Christmas Flower and/or Music Memorials– If you would like to make a donation for a poinsettia or music in memory or in honor of someone special, please do so SUNDAY. You can fill out a form on Sunday and place it in the alms basin during service or give it to an usher, along with your donation. You may also place your check in the collection plate with “Christmas Flowers” or “Music” noted on the check and email your dedication to before December 21. Dedications will be listed in the Christmas Eve Bulletin

Coat Drive fr Cesar Chavez School
St. Matthew is collecting children's coats (new or gently used) for both boys and girls, sizes 8, 10 and 12, for Cesar Chavez Elementary School. Please place your donation in the box outside the Great Hall through December 28. Many thanks! For more information contact

12 Days of Christmas at the Arboretum
Congratulations to our own Tommy Bourgeois (along with Phyllis MacCasland) for their breathtaking 12 Days of Christmas display at the Arboretum. Two years in the making, the Twelve Days of Christmas display at the Arboretum is a series of twelve Victorian-style gazebos that will cause you to want to pull out your camera again and again. Follow this link and this link to read more about it.


Our Mission

The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer says that the mission of the Church is to reconcile all people to God and one another through Christ.

This is also the mission of the Cathedral Church of St. Matthew. All aspects of the Cathedral's life seek to make the love and compassion of Jesus Christ known to all and to seek reconciliation among all people.

The three words that hold us together are Christ + Community + Compassion. These express our core values. We want to make Christ known to all. We also want to live as a community of compassion to one another and to the world around us, specifically to the East Dallas community.

While we have services in English and Spanish, we strive to be one congregation of diverse people. We believe there is room for all people in God's family and we welcome all to our community.

As the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Dallas, we are also the "Bishop's Church." St Matthew's is the oldest Episcopal Congregation in North Texas, and was the first church during the formation of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. Bishop Garrett named St. Matthew's as his Cathedral in 1875 and we continue to be one of the leading congregations of this vital and healthy diocesan community. We host many diocesan events, and we offer the Stanton Center for Ministry Formation. This intensive center for study prepares diocesan deacons for ordination, and provides for in depth theological education for lay leadership of the Diocese.

The Cathedral Church contains some of the most beautiful stained glass and art work of any Texas churches. While we believe the Cathedral itself is a beautiful and holy place, we also strive to be an alive Christian Community of Sacrament and Word in the Catholic expression of the Episcopal Church. Join us for worship, fellowship, and service.

The Cathedral Church of St. Matthew
5100 Ross Ave. @ Henderson
Dallas, TX 75206


Sunday Services
      with Holy Communion

8 a.m. — Traditional Holy Eucharist (Rite 1 with music)

9:30 a.m. — Adult Class

10:30 a.m. — Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Full Choral

12:30 p.m. — Spanish

Workday Services

8:30 a.m.   — Morning Prayer

6 p.m.  — Evening Prayer

10 a.m. — Holy Communion

10 a.m. — Holy Communion and Healing Prayer

5:30 p.m. — Centering Prayer

Lectionary Page
Readings for Sunday

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