St. Paul Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. As the Cathedral, it is the Church of the Chief Shepherd of the diocese, Bishop David A. Zubik. And it is everybody’s parish. It is the site of the local Church’s major events, including ordinations to the priesthood and diaconate, to the Golden Wedding anniversary celebration, to the annual Scout Convocation and the Easter blessing for families. The Cathedral welcomes people from every parish in the diocese and from all walks of life.
St. Paul Cathedral stands in the city’s cultural hub, a vibrant neighborhood of universities and medical centers, residences and restaurants, museums and offices and shops. Our resident population is small, but our worshipping community is quite large. We are particularly excited to have so many college students and young adults worshipping with us and serving the parish community in a variety of ways.
St. Paul Cathedral is where many people go on their breaks from study and work, to spend quiet moments in prayer, particularly with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Our doors are open each weekday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays we are open until after the evening Masses and confessions.
The Holy Mass is the heart and soul of our community, and we celebrate the Eucharist three times on weekdays (8:15 a.m. (televised) , and 12:05 p.m) and six times on Sundays (6:00 pm anticipated Mass on Saturday evening, and 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon and 6:00 p.m.).
In medieval European cities, the cathedral dominated civic life and the city skyline. As one historian of architecture put it: “The cathedral came to represent the city, and in some cases . . . it was the city.” That should be just as true today. For our city and our diocese, we want to be a source of renewal — spiritual, cultural, social, familial, and personal.
Parish Mission Statement
The Catholic Community of Saint Paul Cathedral Parish, empowered by the Holy Spirit and nourished by the Eucharist, proclaims, witnesses and shares the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Mother Church of the Diocese of Pittsburgh is uniquely situated in the midst of academic, medical and cultural centers. We invite all to join us as we live our faith and reach out in charity to those in need. As we move into our future, we affirm our baptismal call to holiness by deepening our faith and loving one another, all for the honor and glory of God.