St. Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception



 As a parish community, we share, according to our gifts, in the ministries of the cathedral. The student altar server, the lector, the Eucharistic minister, and others, form a strong bond which is a blessing for all parishioners.



Readers proclaim the Word of God as found in the scripture readings of the Mass. We need readers at every Mass, including weekday and Sunday Masses, and special feasts and solemnities. If you wish to become a lector,  you will need to be able to read clearly and with understanding. You will also need to participate in an orientation and continuing training. Orientation sessions are held in January and in October, and are announced in the bulletin. 

Eucharistic Ministers

Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist help with the orderly distribution of the Eucharist at Sunday and feast day Masses. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry,  please watch the bulletin for training sessions, which are held in January and in October. 

Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound

Each Sunday, these ministers bring Communion  after the 9 am Mass to homebound parishioners. If you are interested in this special ministry, please contact the parish office for training and scheduling. Let us know of a parishioner who is ill, house-bound, or who has passed away. Send us a message or contact the parish office at 503-228-4397. 

Eucharistic Ministers to Good Samaritan Hospital

In cooperation with the pastoral minsters at the hospital, we bring Communion to hospital patients. For this ministry, volunteers undergo orientation and scheduling at the hospital. In addition, ministers receive instruction here at the cathedral. If you are interested in this ministry, please call the parish office for further information.  "Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters."Colossians 3:23  

Ministers of Hospitality

Ushers and greeters provide a welcoming, secure environment.Ushers take up the collection, see that the gifts are brought to the altar, and assist with various situations that may arise. Greeters arrive 20 minutes prior to the service. They welcome parishioners and visitors, distribute worship aids, and distribute bulletins and The Sentinel following Mass. Orientation for these ministries is announced in the parish bulletin. 

Altar Servers

Boys and girls assist at the Masses for Sundays and special occasions. All youth from registered Cathedral families who have received their First Communion and are in at least Fourth Grade are eligible. Altar servers who have served regularly and have entered Sixth Grade will be eligible for consideration to serve the archbishop. All altar servers must complete two one and one-half hour training sessions. Training is ordinarily offered in the fall, and is announced in the bulletin. 

St. Mary Cathedral Choir singing

Cathedral Choir

Our cathedral enjoys an excellent four section choir. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from September through June and sings at the 11 am Sunday Mass, as well as  for special Cathedral liturgies. The principal role of the choir is to lead the congregation in song. At appropriate times, the choir provides music meant for listening and contemplation.If you are interested in joining the choir, please call the parish office. 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

At the 9 am Sunday Mass, we invite children ages four through Fourth Grade to celebrate an age appropriate Liturgy of the Word. We extend this invitation just before the First Reading. The children receive printed materials to use and take home. We need one or two volunteers each week to conduct this liturgy. If you are interested in volunteering for this ministry, please call the parish office.