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.
Three or four volunteers do set up for 3/4 to 1 hour prior to opening. This includes distribution of produce to pre-ordered hampers as well as distribution of perishables, all according to a distribution plan provided by the Main Food Bank. Clients are matched to pre-ordered hampers by ID and Food Hamper Receipts.
The Parish Hall distribution depot is the busiest depot in Calgary and provides a vital service to people in the centre of the city.
If you are interested in participating in this ministry, please contact Brenda Horiachika through 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.
The Cathedral's ESL Café will run on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 pm and Saturdays from 10:30 am - Noon. ESL Café is a relaxed time of conversation and some grammar, depending on the needs of the participants. Most need practice in speaking, reading and writing, which we try to do in small groups. In the last two years participants have been from Syria, Mexico, Argentina and Turkey.
If you would like to participate as a volunteer, please be in touch with Anne Paul firstname.lastname@example.org or Joy Newman email@example.com
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. For any current information, see News.
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.
Fall Outreach Project
Inspired by the PWRDF Project "all Mothers & Children Count," we have begun to knit or crochet small gifts to give to Mothers in the community who have few resources. The group meets each Thursday in the Parish Hall from 4 until 6 pm allowing those who wish to attend Vespers at 6:15. A $10 donation is suggested to sign up for this project, but it is not a requirement. If you are not sure about knitting and would like to learn, come along, and you will be helped. Please contact Lesley Pugh, firstname.lastname@example.org or 403 234 9948 to join the group.