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 most weekdays from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Please call the Cathedral office to confirm.
On Wednesdays, the Cathedral is home to the ProArts Society, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and enrich the Calgary arts community by actively encouraging and facilitating free weekly arts presentations at our historic Cathedral. Weekly presentations are varied and eclectic – please visit www.proartssociety.ca for their current schedule.
The Cathedral doors are open the remaining weekdays to provide a sanctuary in our downtown core for quiet reflection, contemplation and prayer. As a Registered Heritage Site, the Cathedral invites those with an interest in its historic and religious significance to walk freely around the Cathedral, or follow the self-guided Walking Tour pamphlet. 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.
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 am. 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 am to allow for setting up and clean-up.
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 am Sunday Eucharist, with a breakfast preceding at 9:00 am Other meetings are arranged as opportunities arise.
To participate in this important ministry, please contact the Cathedral office.
The Cathedral ESL Café
An opportunity for anyone seeking to improve their conversational English to meet twice a month in a casual and supportive environment, interacting with volunteers who are trained in English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction or who have an interest in this outreach ministry.
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.
To participate in this important ministry, please speak to Lisa Rushton or contact the Cathedral office.
NeST (Newcomer Support Team)
Formed in partnership with St. Stephen's and St. Paul's Anglican Churches here in Calgary, the NeST committee committed to sponsoring and supporting a refugee family from Syria, who arrived in Calgary in Summer 2017. More information coming soon!
Inn from the Cold
For almost twenty years, Inn from the Cold has operated as an agency of last resort for those children and their families who find themselves, literally, with no place else to go. The Cathedral Church of the Redeemer has been a partner with IFTC since the very beginning.
For many years, the Cathedral ‘hosted’ a Community Inn on the 5th Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning of every month. In early 2016, IFTC ceased providing Community Inns. Members of the Cathedral remain committed to the mission and work of IFTC and will work in partnership with them to discern next steps.
Doors Open YYC
The Cathedral participates in the annual Doors Open YYC program, a well-established and highly successful international concept that allows people free access to buildings in order to create enthusiasm for heritage and contemporary architecture, and increase the appreciation of historic and culturally significant places and spaces.