Saint Joseph Cathedral
Mother Church of the Diocese of Columbus
"Be generous in offering hospitality"
SAINT JOSEPH CATHEDRAL MISSION STATEMENT
Saint Joseph Cathedral is the Mother Church for the Diocese of Columbus, in
service to its Bishop and in service to the community, as a beacon for all
dimensions of liturgical life.
The Most Reverend Frederick F. Campbell, D.D., Ph.D.,
Very Reverend Michael Lumpe,
Reverend Hilary C. Ike
Father Paul Noble,
Diocesan Vocation Director, In Residence
Deacon Tom and Mary Alice Johnston,
Deacon Jim Gorski, Pastoral Minister
Parish Staff Member
Paul Thornock, Cathedral Director of Music
Robert A. Wisniewski, Principal Organist and Assistant Director of
Nancy Thornock, Wedding Coordinator,
St. Joseph Cathedral
212 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Contact the Cathedral Clergy and
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SAINT JOSEPH CATHEDRAL – CORE
Core Values are the guiding principles requiring no
external justification. They have intrinsic value and importance to those
inside by which they operate and discern. They are distinctive and the
cultural cornerstones of shared work.
There are five principle characteristics that
differentiate a Cathedral: Liturgy; Arts; Music; Education and Social
Justice. We, as Saint Joseph Cathedral hold the following core values:
We regard Saint Joseph Cathedral as
the heart of divine worship, and the mother and model of liturgical life
for all other parishes in the Diocese of Columbus as inspired and led by
the Bishop and his Rector.
We revere the majestic art and
architecture of Saint Joseph Cathedral, all of its intrinsic beauty, its
divine grace surrounding God’s holy people, its inspiration on worship and
the cultural influence it has upon the very fabric of Columbus and the
We regard sacred music as the Church’s
treasure of inestimable value and strive to follow the church’s mandate to
cultivate excellence and beauty through Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony
and the use of pipe organ to engender the full, active and conscious
participation of the faithful in the liturgy.
We impart our catechism of faith to
those embracing Catholicism with prayer and service and to all Saint
Joseph Cathedral parishioners of all ages through RCIA, Parish School of
Religion, and scholarship support for our children attending Diocesan
parochial schools, and other adult faith formation opportunities.
As a Cathedral
community, we commit to fulfilling our baptismal call to love and serve
one another through the Holy Spirit and to recognize that we are made in
the image and likeness of God & as such, we will work for social justice
on behalf of all from conception to death.
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Events and Cathedral concerts.
SAINT JOSEPH CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS MASS & CONCERT
December 24 ~ Christmas Eve
4:00 p.m. Mass, 6:00 p.m. Mass
11:00 p.m. Cathedral Choir Concert
12:00 Midnight Mass
December 25 ~ Christmas Day
10:00 a.m. Mass
KROGER PLUS CARD COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM TO
BENEFIT SAINT JOSEPH CATHEDRAL
View the document that explains how you can sign up.
Donate to Saint Joseph Cathedral
You can also make a donation by going to our
Donation webpage or by
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Current Cathedral Activities, weekly readings and more in the
Click here to go to the Bulletins page.
NATIONAL PRAYER CAMPAIGN FOR
FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE
The bishops have taken a strong stance in response to the
Health & Human Services mandate requiring employers to offer coverage of
immoral activities. Bishop Campbell encourages us all to continue keeping
strong in prayer. This link to the Novena Prayer at
www.PrayerCampaign.org is one way to offer your prayers. Additional
special prayers will be posted each day of the novena at this website.
Blessings to all! ~Fr. Mike
SOME TOPICS OF INTEREST LISTED IN THE BULLETINS:
Special Masses with Bishop Frederick F. Campbell
Baptism Workshop dates (Jan., March, May, July, Sept. & Nov.)
Special Parish Activities & Meetings
Knights of Columbus,
Council 400 – Contact Phil
Liturgical Ministry Training
for Hospitality Ministers, Altar Servers, Lectors & Extra-Ordinary
Ministers, Contact Michael Elton; 614-405-7770;
Mothers Group, Contact
Maria Almeida, 508-579-6983 or
Parish School of Religion (PSR)
Classes / 1st Communion,
Davis at 614-221-4640 or firstname.lastname@example.org
of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), Contact
Paul Davis at 614-221-4640 or email@example.com
Vincent DePaul Society,
Contact Kevin Dunleavy at (614) 436-3943 or email:
Young Adults Group
(aka Triple V) – ages 18-40
Contact J>P> Pacis at (614)
All parishioners are encouraged to
Organizations Page to learn about opportunities to get involved in
the wonderful work our parish volunteers do. A Time and Talent
Commitment Form is available on the Organizations Page to indicate your
Also, check out the
Events Line at (614) 224-1295, option #2.
For Cathedral Choir & Concert information, see
NEW! CATHEDRAL VOICES NEWSLETTER
The new Cathedral Voices newsletter is available online.
If you would like to receive a copy automatically when the next newsletter
is emailed, please sign up below or provide your email address to the
Parish office to
firstname.lastname@example.org so our records can be updated.
Useful information on cohabitation can be found at
ARE YOU A
REGISTERED MEMBER OF OUR PARISH?
Please do not assume you are registered
just because you attend Mass here. To check your registration or become a
new member of our Cathedral Community, you may call the Cathedral parish
office. Also, registration forms are available on the stone tables
as you enter the Cathedral. Ask an usher for one.
Or use our online form.
Return your registration in an
envelope in the Sunday collection, drop it off at the Rectory or fax to:
(614) 224-1176. Welcome to the Cathedral Community!
Moving? Do you have a new address, phone number, email or a new baby? Has
your marital status changed? Please help us in our efforts to keep our
records up to date. To provide updates or for
any questions about registration, please feel free to contact Carol
PLEASE ADVERTISE IN OUR BULLETIN!
We have advertising space available and are in need of your support.
If there is anyone who would like to advertise their business, you may do
so by calling Dee Printing at (614) 777-8700.
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS:
Honor a special person or event, memorialize a loved one or simply show
your love of God by adorning one of the Cathedrals altars or shrines with
a lovely floral arrangement for an entire week of your choice. For details
and to schedule a tribute call Michael Elton (614/405-7770). See each
week's bulletin for the names of those who are being honored that week.
Guided tours of Saint Joseph Cathedral’s majestic interior, undercroft and
crypt are available on weekdays and Sunday afternoons by appointment.
Learn more about the history and treasures of the Cathedral. Tours are
provided for any size group from 1-2 people or a large group of 50+ (elevator
available, accessible from the outside door on the west side). Teachers,
this would be a great outing for your students!
DID YOU KNOW?
One of the chief architects was Civil War General William S. Rosencrans,
brother of the first Bishop of Columbus.
The Cathedral has no cornerstone. In 1868 when construction took a turn
from building the St. Joseph Church (begun in 1866) to Saint Joseph
Cathedral, the cornerstone was lost, destroyed or sealed within the
building’s 3-foot thick walls.
Architecture is High French Gothic
When the first Mass was said in the Cathedral on December 25, 1872 on a
makeshift wooden altar, one of the young altar servers was James
Hartley, who later became the fourth Bishop of Columbus.
The first wedding was celebrated at the Cathedral February 25, 1873 for
John Mangan and Annie Clifford.
The Cathedral bell was ordered by Bishop Watterson on October 17, 1882.
The 1914 marble pulpit had the image of St. Francis de Sales and is now
located in the narthex.
There are two Bishops entombed in the Cathedral’s undercroft crypt.
Find out who they are….
This website has a full
history of the Cathedral.
To plan your guided tour,
please contact Michael Elton at
email@example.com or (614) 405-7770.
The unity of the Church includes our relationships with each other
and with the poor souls in purgatory, as well as the Saints in heaven. It
has always been a practice of the Church to pray for the dead. One way the
practice is carried out is by remembering those who have gone before us in
faith, having a Mass celebrated for them. Daily Mass intentions are listed
in the bulletin. Mass intentions may also be offered for those who are ill
as well as for family, friends and special occasions for loved ones. A
stipend (gift) of $10 for such a request should be sent to the office
before the mass is celebrated. If you would like to have a Mass
celebrated, please call the Parish Office at (614) 224-1295 or email
Carol Stollenwerk at:
PASTORAL CARE OF THE SICK
Parishioners wishing to have a home, hospital or nursing home visit,
please contact Deacon Tom Johnston at 614-267-1903 to make arrangements.
Saints Peter and
Paul Retreat is offering private silent retreats twice a week
Monday to Wednesday Morning and
Wednesday Afternoon to Friday Morning
Come away for a short time
to be with God. Learn
more details including reserving your time with God.