The Cathedral of Saint Paul is the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It’s a beautiful landmark in the city offering daily mass, the Catholic sacraments, faith formation and much more. The city was once known as the Pig’s Eye Settlement back in 1841 when the area’s first Catholic priest dedicated his log chapel to the city and requested the name.
Today the Cathedral is a civic landmark and the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of the area. In fact, over 1,000 households are members of the parish and it serves as a multitude of purposes for Catholics in the community. Here is a look at what members and visitors alike can enjoy at the Cathedral of Saint Paul.
The Cathedral’s cornerstone was laid in June of 1907 and the first liturgy was held on March 28, 1915, Palm Sunday of that year. It’s an example of Beaux Arts architecture designed by E.L. Masqueray and was placed on the National Register of Historical Buildings in 1974. It’s a premier worship house in the country since it was consecrated in 1958 by Archbishop William O’Brady.
What to expect
The building can hold 3,000 seated guests but the parish has 1,000 households as members of the parish. It’s a place of worship for parishioners, a civic landmark offering a place of respite in the busy downtown Saint Paul while also being a spiritual home for all. It’s great for all while being a symbol for the Catholic Church.
You’ll notice the walls are made of Saint Cloud granite, the interior walls are American Travertine from Mankato, Minnesota and the building is 306 feet tall. Notice the seven bronze grilles around the altar that remind you of God’s grace. The chair representing the Archbishop is in the sanctuary and that is surrounded by the Shrine of the Nations. The Ernest Skinner organ from 1927 is in the sanctuary.
Stop in for Sunday mass at 8am, 10am, noon or 5pm. Mass is also offered daily on weekdays at 7:30am and 5:15pm, Saturday at 8am and Saturday at 7pm. Confessions are offered weekdays from 4-5pm and Saturdays from 3:30-5pm. You can schedule a group tour of the Cathedral and study its art and architecture.
Take a self-guided tour, stop in the gift shop, take a public or private tour and enjoy mass all week at the Cathedral of Saint Paul located at 239 Selby Avenue.