There are many opportunities for outreach at the Cathedral. Read below about ways to put faith to action in our community.
The Cathedral is open to the public weekdays (except Wednesdays) from 11:30 am -1:30 pm, to provide a sanctuary in our downtown core for quiet reflection, contemplation and prayer. As a Registered Heritage Site, the Cathedral is also open for those with an interest in its historic and religious significance. Visitors are invited to walk freely around the Cathedral, or may choose to follow the "Walking Tour" pamphlet which is available. Other visitors simply choose to sit quietly in the nave.
The Cathedral could not remain open during the day without the attendance of volunteers. Volunteers greet visitors as they enter, and provide historic and religious information when appropriate. Volunteers keep a running tally of the number of visitors, and ensure that all have left before closing the doors. Volunteers work in groups of two, and are not responsible for unlocking or locking the Cathedral.
Open Cathedral hours run weekdays from 11:30 -1:30. Although there is no minimum commitment, many volunteers work 1 - 4 shifts per month.
Volunteers should enjoy meeting new people, and have a friendly and welcoming demeanor. They should have an interest in and knowledge of the history of the Cathedral (material is provided). Visitors may include tourists from other countries as well as people from the street, so volunteers should feel comfortable interacting with a diverse group of people.
To participate in this important ministry, please speak to Barry Farlow or contact the Cathedral office.
Carter Place Food Bank Depot
The Interfaith Food Bank Depot at 5000 - 11th St. SE delivers pre-ordered hampers for clients to our Parish Hall in the early mornings of days of operation, which are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Typically there are between 7 and 20 clients per day with 2 volunteers on duty. Volunteers check the name list delivered with the hampers, then check the perishable items in the fridge. They arrange the table set-up to present the hamper items to clients.
Two hours per shift, 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. to allow for setting up and clean-up.
Volunteers must be able to communicate with clients who may not speak good English and be able to discuss special needs or dietary restrictions.
A satisfactory means of identification, usually by Alberta Health card number but also other methods, is employed. Volunteers must be prepared to maintain the dignity and privacy of the clients with good humour.
If you are interested in participating in this ministry, please contact Barry Farlow or the Cathedral office.
The Prayer Circle prays daily for the work of the Cathedral and of the Diocese, remembering especially our Bishop and our Rector. Several new requests for intercession come in each week and many people believe they have been blessed and strengthened by our prayers. We are glad to undertake this important work of support for our various ministries and to remember before God those in any kind of need or trouble.
Prayers are raised daily at the convenience of each member, in their own home. Every spring there is a corporate communion at a 10:30 a.m. Sunday Eucharist, with a breakfast preceding at 9:00 a.m. Other meetings are arranged as opportunities arise.
A belief in the power of prayer.
To participate in this important ministry, please speak to Irene Dean or contact the Cathedral office.
Feed the Hungry
Feed the Hungry is a traditional “Sit down Sunday dinner” which provides a full course nutritional meal to about 500 guests in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Dinners are held on 48 Sundays of the year from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral Hall, 221-18th Ave. S.W. The Cathedral works at one dinner a year in mid-November. We have historically shared our Sunday with the volunteers from Christ Church, Calgary.
The Cathedral commits to about 30 volunteers for the dinner. Volunteers can choose from different shifts and activities throughout the day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Activities may include food preparation, setting up hall, dessert preparation, hosting, serving, dishwashing and clearing up the hall.
A willingness to work hard with compassion and to interact with the homeless and hungry of our city. People of all ages and abilities are most welcome.
To participate in this important ministry, please speak to Lisa Rushton or contact the Cathedral office.