Welcome to St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  Although this is not a Holy Day of Obligation, many Catholics begin the Lenten season by attending Mass to receive the traditional blessing of ashes. The ashes remind us that our stay in this world is rather short in the light of eternity. Ash Wednesday Masses are at 7:30am, 8:30am (School Mass), 12:15pm, and 5:30pm with Archbishop Sample.

We are invited to make the Stations of the Cross (a traditional Lenten devotion) on Fridays of Lent at 7pm in the Cathedral. The Stations will start on Friday, March 7. Before the Stations, we are invited by the Knights of Columbus to join in a Simple Supper at 6pm in the Lower Cathedral Center. A varied menu will be provided each Friday during the Lenten season. The Knights of Columbus will host a Fish Fry Simple Supper, the last one for 2014 on Friday, April 11 at 6pm at the Cathedral School.

The Parish Lenten Reconciliation Service will be on Tuesday, April 1 at 7pm. Additional time for confessions will be on Saturday, April 12 from 4 to 5:15pm, Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16 both from 4 to 5:15pm. There will be no Confessions heard on Saturday, April 19. Masses on Palm Sunday, April 13 will be  at 7:30am, 9am, 11am, and 5:30pm with the Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 12 at 5:30pm. The Chrism Mass will be on Monday, April 14 at 7pm. On Thursday, April 17, the Holy Thursday Liturgy will be at 6pm. There will be a Stations of the Cross at 12:15pm on Good Friday, April 18 and the Good Friday Liturgy will be at 6pm. The Easter Vigil Mass will be on Saturday, April 19 at 9pm. Easter Sunday, April 20, Masses at 7:30, 9, 11am, and 5:30pm.

You can download a copy of the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family mentioned by Msgr. Brennan in his weekly column in the November 17, 2013 bulletin by clicking here:

2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family

Join us in welcoming Archbishop Alexander K. Sample as the eleventh Archbishop for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.  Please visit the  Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon website for more information on our new archbishop.

Please give a warm welcome to Rev. Peter Hoang. Fr. Peter was ordained on June 8, 2013 at the Cathedral. He will serve as our parochial vicar (assistant priest). Please make him feel welcome to the Cathedral as we look forward to working and serving with him.

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: December 4, 2013 will be the 50th anniversary of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the first document of Vatican II. Learn more about how the document still guides our liturgy today by viewing the twelve 5-minute videos now posted on the church website.  Click on the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy button in the list on the left to view these videos.

Pastoral Plan: To read the Pastoral Plan approved by the Parish Pastoral Council on April 11, 2013, please click on the “Mission” button on the left near the top of this Home Page.

TUESDAYS AT CATHEDRAL: It is back!! The St. Mary’s Cathedral Adult Faith Education Program  for the 2013-2014 season has  started with the first presentation on September 3, 2013 at 7pm.   Please go to the link below to download a 2013-14 program.  Unless specified, all sessions are held in the Cathedral Lower Center on Tuesdays at 7pm. Please enter from doors at 131 NW 17th Ave.

Adult Faith Education 2013-14

Electronic giving is now available at St. Mary’s Cathedral for registered parishioners. Electronic giving is designed to enable you to contribute online and transfer funds electronically. To set up your personal giving profile, please click on the E-Giving button at the top left side of this page. Registered parishioners are able to donate via credit/debit cards or checking/saving account. Your parishioner number is needed for setting up the donation profile. If you do not know/ remember your parishioner number, please call the parish office.

Homilies by Msgr. Patrick Brennan, Pastor at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception are now available for download. Please navigate to the page by clicking the button on the left.

Sunday School of Religion: Classes for 2013-2014 have started on September 22, 2013. Classes are from 10:05 to 10:55am over at the Cathedral School. We  have classes for K thru 4th Grade. (More grade levels might be available, too.) To register, please pick up a Registration Form, which is available at the church entrance or at the parish office. Go to the Education page for more details.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) or Catholic Inquiry: RCIA is a vital part of the journey for those adults who have been beckoned by the Father to follow Jesus, the Son, and to participate in the Church. RCIA serves as the specific process that adults follow to enter fully into communion with the Catholic church. The RCIA program has resumed on Wednesday,  September 4, 2013 for the 2013-2014 session. Classes are from 7 to 8:30pm and are held in the Cathedral Center (131 NW 17th Ave.). Pre-registration is requested. To register, please call the parish office at 503.228.4397. We welcome those who are not baptized, or baptized in another Christian tradition, or baptized Catholic with little or no contact with the Church.  Please go to the Education page for more details.

Fr. Chun’s Art of Cinema Series: An opportunity for spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional enrichment!  God Speaks to Us through the Art of Cinema: Grasping His Lessons. Every true artist is somehow inspired (breathed upon) by the Holy Spirit, the Creative Breath of God. Cinema as a fine art can expand the mind and heart. When the mind and heart expand, the soul expands.

Focus on the major and minor issues (basic human problems or themes) the movie deals with. We will begin our discussion by listing these issues, and then discussing what the movie is saying about these issues.

Fr. Francis Chun will lead a discussion of both movies each month. He will not lecture on the movies. Watch the movies first at home, then come to the talk.  For 2014, a series of about 18 films are to be discussed. The talk will take place in the Lower Cathedral Center from about  7 to 8:45pm. Enter from the NW 17th Cathedral Center entrance. List of movies to be discussed for 2014 are:  Monday, February 3- The Prestige; LA Confidential. Monday, March 3 -The Missing; Usual Suspects. Monday, April 7-The White Ribbon; Oliver Twist. Monday, May 5-Red Beard (One of the greatest films); Chi-hwa-seon. Monday, June 9-Get Low; Secret Life of Words (about fall and redemption). There will be no sessions in July and AugustMonday, September 8-The Last Emperor; The Way Back. Tuesday, October 14-Snow Flower and the Secret Fan;Memento. Monday, November 3-The Wildest Dream (documentary); The North Face. Monday, December 1-The Fifth Element; Samsara (documentary).

After viewing each movie at home, fill out the evaluation form, which you should bring to the discussion. A free will offering of $ 5 is suggested at each session for Fr. Chun’s expenses. You can find the evaluation form under the Forms and Uploads page.

For information regarding Child Protection/ Victim Assistance and Charter to Protect Children and Young People, please visit the Archdiocese of Portland website. A link is provided on the left hand side of this page.

The Catholic Sentinel is the oldest Catholic newspaper on the West Coast. Established in 1870, it has long played a vital and bolstering role for the Catholic community.The Catholic Sentinel is published twice monthly by Oregon Catholic Press, and is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Portland.

Link to the Catholic Sentinel website:

Catholic Sentinel

Upcoming Concert(s):

For ticket and general information about all concerts, please do not call the church office. You can obtain those information directly by calling the group performing at the concert.






Office Hours:

1716 NW Davis Street    Portland, OR 97209

Monday – Friday

9:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM





Social Services Office:


School Office:

Cathedral School

110 NW 17th Avenue  Portland, OR 97209



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