Cathedral to reap rewards from big event

| January 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Promotional poster for Crashed Ice event. (Courtesy of Red Bull)

Although the Cathedral of St. Paul will be challenged by detours, noisy crowds and limited parking during the Red Bull Crashed Ice event, Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 12, 13 and 14, the parish will reap some rewards from the international competition.

First: The Cathedral provides the backdrop for the event, which will be seen in photographs and in video on both television and the Internet, offering an opportunity for some subtle evangelization.

Second: “The Cathedral will still be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the run of the event,” said Tim Schindler, the Cathedral’s director of operations. He also noted that there will be volunteers at a welcome table in the narthex with free self-guided tour brochures for visitors as well as information about parish evangelization initiatives and general information about the Cath­o­lic faith.

Third: Schindler said the parish will be operating a vendor booth in the parking lot during the event, where it will sell Cathedral merchandise, including fleece jackets, lace-up hockey hoodies, stocking caps, tote bags, post cards, Cathedral books such as “Stone and Glass: The Meaning of the Cathedral of Saint Paul” and “The Cathedral of St. Paul: An Architectural Biography,” the Cathedral of St. Paul Virtual Tour DVD, and cowbell noisemakers. Some items will also be sold in Red Bull tents.

Liturgies move during event

In addition, Cathedral parishioners will spend time at the St. Vincent de Paul campus, where the Hmong community worships and which, on Jan. 1, merged into the Cathedral parish. All Cathedral liturgies, devotions and parish activities on Jan. 12, 13 and 14 — including the 7 p.m. Saturday Mass — will take place at the St. Vincent campus, 651 Virginia St. in St. Paul. From the Cathedral, go two blocks west on Selby Avenue to Western Avenue and go one mile north to Blair Street and turn right.

Shuttle services — from and returning to other parking areas in St. Paul — will be available for weekend Masses from now through Sunday, Jan. 15, except during the event dates noted above.

Buses will stop at Twelfth and John Ireland Boulevard; Martin Luther King and Cedar Avenue; Sherburne and Park Street;  and John Ireland Boulevard in front of the Department of Transportation building, and drop off passengers on Selby Avenue at the Cathedral entrances and return them after the Masses. The shuttle service for:

  • 7 p.m. Saturday Mass begins at 6:30 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m.;
  • 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon Sunday Masses begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues to 2 p.m.;
  • 5 p.m. Sunday Mass begins at 4:30 p.m. and continues to 7 p.m.

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