Many believe that the Alamo is the heart of San Antonio, but in reality San Fernando Cathedral wears that crown.
In fact, those who are at loose ends on this eve of Christmas might want to consider Midnight Mass at the cathedral. A Carol Service will kick off the celebration of Christ’s birth at 11 p.m. For those unable to attend, the Carol Service and Midnight Mass will be televised on WOAI, San Antonio’s NBC affiliate.
Thanks to the leadership of San Antonio’s former mayor, Phil Hardberger, the area in front of San Fernando Cathedral has been transformed into a pedestrian-only plaza that leads down to the River Walk. The cathedral and its surrounding area are definitely on my Top Ten San Antonio must-see destinations.
Don’t miss the Bruni Family Garden, City Centre Cafe (free WiFi served with soups, salads, sandwiches and Mexican Food), and the San Fernando Cathedral Gift Shop while you’re there.
When Pope John Paul II was in San Antonio in the mid-’80s and gave Mass at San Fernando, he said that he knew he was in the U.S., but he felt like he was in Mexico. He was. The Mexican and Spanish roots of San Antonio are deepest at San Fernando. Don’t miss it.