For centuries, cathedrals have given Catholics a way to express solidarity with the universal church. They are gathering places for Christians throughout the world and their architecture is designed to point our minds and souls toward heaven.
While walking through Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross, it is impossible not to feel a sense of solidarity with past generations. The unique Catholic language of beauty speaks through the sculptures, art, and architecture … and it is breathtaking.
But this masterpiece of architecture is more than just a worship space. It supports the diverse community of Boston through the sacraments and service. Each week, 21 Masses are celebrated in four languages to help all of Boston’s faithful feel embraced and welcomed. The Cathedral is a center for social justice outreach through various organizations and programs that help people encounter (or re-encounter) their dignity and worth.
The Cathedral’s lower church serves as an emergency back-up shelter for Pine Street Inn and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. It has also served as an off-site shelter for victims of human trafficking, providing spiritual support for those taking refuge and seeking help. Every other week, the Knights and Dames of Malta step out together to visit the homeless and distribute supplies to those in need. These Malta Walks engage young professionals in street ministry to bring Christ to the most vulnerable.
Programs for the elderly provide prayerful support and offer referrals to medical and food resources. In Boston’s South End, the beautiful St. Helena’s House provides low-income housing for seniors. There, they find opportunities to meet others, form friendships, and escape isolation and loneliness.
During the summer, the Cathedral opens its doors to children for a three-week summer camp. Children in prekindergarten through seventh grade participate in structured activities and programs that offer safe, fun interaction with their peers.
Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross has been an icon of the Catholic faith in the South End for more than 150 years — a magnificent and majestic space for prayer and worship where all are welcome.