Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cathedral Fieldtrip

Our plans to visit the State Capitol Building were nixed.  But!  We did take the DART into the city to tour the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

It was just two city blocks to the Cathedral from the station.

Blue skies and tall buildings entertained us on our walk.

 The Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dallas, TX.

We were able to make it for noon Mass. 

A little history on the Cathedral (and diocese)...check out the size of that diocese.

Now look at the size of the diocese!

And some more history behind the Cathedral...

The word “Cathedral” is derived from the Latin “Cathedra,” the Bishop’s Chair found in the church sanctuary. The Cathedral represents the official teaching role of the Bishop, who is responsible for the care of souls within a geographic area called a Diocese. Thus, the Cathedral Shrine is the ‘home parish’ of the Bishop, and holds a special place in the hearts of the faithful in the Diocese of Dallas. Moreover, its beauty and spiritual solace speak to all peoples: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) RSV.

This is a link to a more comprehensive overview (with interior photos) of the Cathedral.

My own photos...I did not take many.  There were so many people praying inside I felt as though I may be intruding on their peace. 

It had clouded up by the time we came back out.  But we didn't mind.  We still enjoyed our day.

I had to laugh.  I told the littles that they have grown into quite the city-slickers since moving to the DFW area!

These two love it went the DART goes into subway-mode.

Our kids have been fortunate enough to have always lived very near the 'home parish' of the diocese. 

I was even employed as a teacher at the 'home parish' grade school up in Springfield, Illinois.  (Cathedral Grade School). 

The bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth,  Bishop Kevin Vann, was from the diocese of Springfield, and a parish priest at Blessed Sacrament when I was teaching at Cathedral.  I remember him as a very quiet, kind leader.


Hope your Lenten journey finds you growing in grace!

~ Patty ~


  1. this must have been a wonderful outing (pilgrimage!). I do so love old churches, cathedrals, that go up to the sky with their spires. thanks for sharing. My Little Flower has been sick since sunday so we have been laying low.

  2. What a beautiful day to be out and about and a fun Lenten journey! The Cathedral is gorgeous, as they usually are:-) Thanks for sharing your glimpse of grace! St. Patrick's Day blessings to ya'll tomorrow:-)

  3. Great field trip photos! Looks like a nice day to be out and about. We had a fairly warm afternoon around here ~ the kids were so excited to be out on their bikes!

  4. Looks like you had a lovely day. The pictures were great. I often think of doing field tirps like this one, but then chicken out. (unless I have reinforcements like Daddy or Grandma!) Good for you for being so brave and taking the kiddos! :-)

  5. The Cathedral is beautiful! Looks like y'all had a good day!


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