The Mass of rededicaiton of America's first Cathedral is this Saturday (a ticketed event. No, novices don't get any special privileges. We're not on the totem pole yet, remember? :)). I cannot wait to go see it! It's just up the way! That's so awesome!
George Weigel had a column on the Basilica in yesterday's USA Today: Where religious freedom rings. (As part of the reopening ceremonies there's a special Interfaith ceremony next Thursday evening.) [And it's a theme that Fr. Isaac Hecker would have resonated with!]
Rocco has some preliminary shots and more links.
Maybe next week ...