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

Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon.

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2014 Christmas Schedule

Christmas Eve,  Wednesday, December 24     3:30pm Family Mass, 5:30pm Vigil of Christmas

Midnight Mass     Mass at Midnight, Archbishop Sample celebrant   Carols begin at 11pm

Christmas Day,   Thursday, December 25     7:30am, 9am, and 11am    No 5:30pm Mass

Anniversary Mass for KBVM Catholic Radio: On Wednesday,  November 19 at 7pm, a special Mass to celebrate Catholic Broadcasting Northwest’s 25 year anniversary will take place at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Archbishop Alexander Sample presiding and a reception to follow. KBVM 88.3 FM first went on the air during the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in 1989. More information on the Anniversary Mass is available at www.kbvm.fm

The Thanksgiving Day Mass will be at 9am on Thursday, November 27. At the offertory of the Mass, we will be invited to come forward and either place a can of food in the baskets on the altar steps, or put in a monetary donation. This offering for the poor will serve as a token of our thanks for all God has given us, and will be given to the Cathedral Social Outreach program. The most useful foods are protein based: i.e. tuna, corned beef, chili, pork & beans or peanut butter.

The Parish Advent Reconciliation Service: We are invited to make our confession in preparation for Christmas at the Parish Advent Reconciliation Service on Tuesday, December 2 at 7pm. Multiple confessors will be present.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, December 8 is a Holy Day of Obligation for Mass attendance. Masses at St. Mary’s Cathedral will be at 7:30am, 12:15pm and 5:30pm. The 5:30pm Mass on Sunday, December 7 is not a Vigil Mass for this feast day.

 3rd Annual Carols at Cathedral: Please join us in the courtyard immediately following the Vigil Mass Saturday, December 13 for Carols at Cathedral. Talented singer or not, everyone is welcome, just bring your holiday spirit! We will provide caroling books, roaring fires, hot cocoa and refreshment for the adults. This is a great event to share with your family and friends. The more the merrier!

2014 Christmas Schedule

Christmas Eve,  Wednesday, December 24     3:30pm Family Mass, 5:30pm Vigil of Christmas

Midnight Mass     Mass at Midnight, Archbishop Sample celebrant   Carols begin at 11pm

Christmas Day,   Thursday, December 25     7:30am, 9am, and 11am    No 5:30pm Mass

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: The 2014-2015 season will start with the first presentation on September 2, 2014.  Program for the 2014-2015 season is available now. You can download the 2014-15 program by clicking on the link below. The layout of the program is designed to be printed on legal size paper, double sided and to be folded into third. Unless specified, all sessions are held in the St. Joseph Hall (formerly the Lower Cathedral Center) on Tuesdays at 7pm. Please enter from doors at 131 NW 17th Ave.

Adult Faith Education 2014-15

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 2014-2015 will start on September 21, 2014. Classes are from 10:05 to 10:55am over at the Cathedral School. We  have classes for K through 2nd 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 for 2014-15  will resume with the first class on  September 3, 2014. 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, 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. Monday, October 13-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.

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.

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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





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Cathedral School

110 NW 17th Avenue  Portland, OR 97209



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