Frequently Asked Questions…
We have tried to answer as many of the frequently asked questions as possible. Please contact us if you need further assistance.
1) At which Mass does the choir sing?
Except during summer months, the Cathedral Choir leads the congregation at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass.
2) Do I need a reservation to take a tour of the church?
Self-guided tours do not require reservations, however, we strongly encourage visitors to call and ensure the church is available, especially on the weekends. Visitors are not allowed to tour the church while certain events are in progress, such as weddings, funerals, confirmations, special Archdiocesan events and Masses, and other weekend activities. And because schedules may change with little notice (in the event of a funeral, for example), the regular availability of the Church for self guided tours is not guaranteed. Guided tours are available Monday through Saturday by appointment only. A guided tour is also available on most Sundays following the noon Mass, pending other scheduled events. Though reservations are not needed for Sunday tours unless you are bringing in a large group, we once again encourage visitors to call ahead to
ensure the tour has not been cancelled due to other events. Please call 314-373-8241 from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to make a reservation or check on Church availability.
3) Where can I buy tickets to Cathedral Concerts?
You may contact the Cathedral Concerts office at 314-533-7662, or visit the Cathedral Concerts website at www.CathedralConcerts.org. You may also purchase tickets at the Cathedral Gift Shop seven days a week, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
4) I am need of financial assistance and do not know what to do.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is a Catholic lay organization whose mission is to offer person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. The organization is made up of chapters called “conferences”, and each conference is usually affiliated with a particular parish or area. The conference associated with the Cathedral Basilica parish is oftentimes able to provide emergency assistance to parishioners and others living within our parish boundaries. Vouchers for food, clothing, and medicine, as well as assistance with utilities and rent may be available.
If you live within the parish boundaries and are in need of assistance, call the parish rectory at 314-373-8202. The secretary will collect your information and forward to conference volunteers. These volunteers will then contact you directly to set up a private in-home meeting to discuss your needs and the resources that might be available to you. If you are not sure whether you live within the parish boundaries, call the Society of St. Vincent de Paul council offices at 314-881-6000. By providing them with your address, they will be able to direct you to the correct parish and SVdP conference.
5) Can anyone audition for the Cathedral Choir?
Participation in the Cathedral Choir is determined by audition. Similarly, participation in the Archdiocesan Adult, Children’s, or Handbell Choir requires an audition. For more information on the Choirs please contact the Cathedral Music Department at 314-533-7662.
6) How do I arrange for my wedding to be held at the Cathedral?
Though the Cathedral Basilica is known as an architectural masterpiece and is visited by people of all faiths from all over the world, it remains, first and foremost, a Catholic Church. As such, being “eligible” to marry at the Cathedral Basilica requires the bride and/or the groom be practicing confirmed Roman Catholic and requires that both parties be “free to marry” in the Catholic Church, meaning they have never been married before, or if they have, a Decree of Nullity has been received from the Catholic Church. Though we do not require that the couple be registered parishioners of the Cathedral Basilica, at least one person in the union needs to be a registered and practicing Catholic somewhere.
If you are eligible to receive the sacrament of matrimony in a Catholic Church, and would like to marry at the Cathedral Basilica, you will begin the process by contacting Mrs. Laura Voegelie, Director of Operations and Events, at 314-373-8208 to determine availability of the church. Upon securing a tentative date on the calendar, we will provide you with all of the forms and information you will need to confirm your date and move forward with the marriage preparation process.
7) What time are Holy Day Masses held?
Holy Day Mass times, when the holy day falls on a weekday, are typically 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. When the holy day falls on Saturday, holy day Mass times are typically at 8:00 a.m. and 12 noon. A 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass is celebrated each Saturday, however that Mass does not normally fulfill the obligation for the holy day when it falls on Saturday. When the holyday falls on a Sunday, the normal Sunday Mass Schedule applies.
8) How do I schedule a baptism at the Cathedral?
According to the mind of the Church, parents are obliged to see that infants are baptized within the first weeks after birth. As soon as possible after the birth, or even before it, parents should request the sacrament for their child and arrange to be properly instructed in preparation for it. Please note that, due to the number of requests for baptisms, the Cathedral Parish adopted a policy years ago that generally requires parents to be registered parishioners of the parish before their infant may be baptized here. Parents are encouraged to attend baptismal preparation before their child is born; then, immediately after the child is born, the date of baptism can be scheduled. To schedule a baptism or register for baptismal preparation classes, please contact the parish rectory at 314-373-8202.
9) What is the contact number for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis?
Most of the administrative offices of the Archdiocese of St. Louis are housed at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury. The main number to reach the Cardinal Rigali Center and departments of the Archdiocese is 314-792-7000. The website of the Archdiocese is www.archstl.org.
10) What’s the difference between a “Cathedral” and a “Basilica?”
A Cathedral is the “bishop’s church,” the principal church/seat of the Archbishop of a particular diocese. A Basilica is a place of worship of special distinction and displays two ornamental symbols signifying its status: the tintinnabulum (bell) and ombrellino (umbrella). A Cathedral can be named a Basilica by the Roman Catholic Pope, and it retains that designation forever. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is both a Cathedral AND a Basilica and is, therefore, both the Church of the Archbishop and place of worship of special distinction within the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
11) How do I address Church officials and members of the clergy?
This link provides a great reference for understanding the Church hierarchy and addressing clergy: