St. Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Parish Life

Parish Life at St. Mary's Cathedral

St. Mary’s Cathedral is an active, diverse parish. We worship, work, and play together, and we welcome visitors with open hearts.  Cathedral School plays an integral part in parish life. Various organizations and committees gather to enrich the parish community and to encourage many forms of outreach. If you are interested in joining our parish community, please come to any of our liturgies and experience our spirit for yourself.

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."Matthew 5: 16Pastoral Council

Council members are selected by a discernment process. The council meets regularly to advise the pastor and staff about parish ministries and activities.


Administrative Council

Parish members chosen for their expertise in accounting, law, finances, and maintenance regularly advise the pastor concerning the temporal administration of the parish. 


Neighborhood Liaison

Note:  For information on current opportunities to be a neighbor, contact Sister Connie Furseth, OSF,  Neighborhood Liaison, at the parish office. We strive to be good neighbors. To that end, we:

  • provide a parish visitor to anyone who would like this service

  • encourage parish involvement by our elementary and high school students

  • open our doors to Catholic neighbors so that they may consider becoming parishioners

  • work with St. Andre Bessette Parish to form a sister parish relationship

  • provide school and parish volunteers to Rose Haven, a neighborhood center for women and children

  • regard every member of the parish as needed, useful, and loved. 


Stations of the Cross

This traditional devotion commemorating the passion and death of Jesus Christ takes place in the cathedral each Friday during the season of Lent. The time is announced in the parish bulletin.


Coffee and Donuts

Each Sunday after the 9 am Mass, volunteers serve coffee and donuts in St. Joseph Hall, or, when weather permits, in the courtyard. Volunteers take turns setting up and clearing away. To volunteer, please contact the parish office. 


Knights of Columbus

St. Mary's Cathedral developed its first Knights of Columbus Council in 2011. By 2015, the Cathedral Council counted 60 dedicated members. Following the founding principles of the Knights of Columbus - charity, unity, and fraternity - the Cathedral Knights meet regularly to support one another, and to plan various parish events and service projects. While all the members have busy schedules, they find that, with the support of fellow Knights, they can do much good in the parish and in the community. Knights can be found serving as lectors, greeters, security, and ushers at Mass; giving special attention to children's programs in the parish and beyond; and faithfully organizing paid parking for fans of the Timbers and the Thorns. (The funds from this service support many of the Knights' charitable works.) 



Please contact St. Mary’s Cathedral School office: 503-275-9370.