March 5, 2017

So happy to finally be able to answer the question everyone has been asking:  How do we get tickets to hear Bishop Robert Barron speak at the Cathedral?

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 14 at 10:00 a.m.  That’s when tickets will go on sale online at the parish website,  All general admission tickets are $15 each,  with a limit of  4 per order.  

Our sales system is the same process we used for  Oktoberfest.  It’s simple and streamlined.  Here’s how it works:

At 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, go to  You’ll see a “buy tickets” button.  Click it and place your order.  If you can’t get through, try, try, try again.  We assume web traffic will be heavy and have done all we can to assure that the system can withstand the rush.  (Anyone know the patron saint of websites?)

After you complete your order, you’ll receive a  confirmation email but you will not receive paper tickets.  You don’t need them—I promise.   Here’s why:

When you arrive at the Cathedral on April 19, our hospitality team will check you with your name only.  We’ll have staff at every door…and all doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

If you choose to buy four tickets on March 14 but aren’t sure exactly who is coming with you, no worries.  We’ll have your name—let’s call you Mary Smith--plus Mary Smith Guest 1, Guest 2 and Guest 3 in the system.    Whoever you share the ticket with can simply say “I’m a guest of Mary Smith” to get in.  And no, your whole party doesn’t have to arrive together.  If you’d like, you can call the names into the rectory anytime before April 19.  This is helpful, but not required.

We certainly understand that not everyone has access to the internet.  If you are a registered parishioner who cannot purchase tickets online, we ask you to come to the Cathedral rectory at 10:00 a.m. on March 14 to buy your tickets.  The rectory staff will help. 

There’s no doubt this event will sell out.  The question is when.  I encourage you to make every effort to  purchase your tickets on March 14.  I really don’t want  anyone to be disappointed.

At this point, we are sharing this ticket information here in the bulletin and on our parish website and parish Facebook page.  In an attempt to give our parishioners a bit of an    advantage, we will not market diocesan-wide until March 15—and only if tickets are still available.


Looking ahead to our June 10 speaker, Matthew Kelly, I want to be sure you know that tickets are on sale now, and they are going fast.  There are only 300 tickets left as of early this week.

Dynamic Catholic is going full-press on their event marketing now, and so are we.  Plus Matthew Kelly will be at the     forefront of people’s thoughts now with the Best Lent Ever program.  So, if you want to be a part of what promises to be an inspiring day, don’t dilly-dally.

You can get tickets for Matthew Kelly online at or at the Cathedral rectory.  Rectory purchases should be paid in cash or by check.  Tickets are $39 for the four-hour event and include a book, a CD, two journals and a pen.  (These guys are pros…clearly they thought of everything!) 

I’ve seen the agenda for the day and there are three sessions with breaks in between.  No food will be served, but you are welcome to bring a snack. Matthew will be joined by “special music guest” Eliot Morris who has toured with James Taylor, the Counting Crows and John Mayer. 

This spring we have three great opportunities to open our hearts and minds to presentations from three nationally-known Catholic speakers right here in our very own Cathedral.  Please join us!

All the best,
Eileen Hooks Gutierrez
Director of Development
815-722-6653, extension 242

P.S.  You don’t need tickets for the mission with Fr. Tom McCarthy, but be sure to circle March 26-28 on your calendar. The enclosed flyer has more details.  Do you really think we’ll get dish towels???



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