The Cathedral of Saint Andrew is the Mother Church of the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids and through the decades, the Cathedral has been the spiritual center for the community. Whether it’s celebrating a wedding or a child’s baptism, giving recognition to a community leader or praying for strength, Catholics find the Cathedral to be the special place to gather as a community for worship as well as the center for performance of sacred music.
• The Cathedral is open 365 days a year for Masses, individual visits and prayer.
• The Sunday televised Mass is a special ministry to the homebound, as well as those in nursing homes, hospitals and prison.
• The Sunday Noon Mass is celebrated in Spanish, serving our growing Hispanic community.
• Week-day Masses are celebrated twice daily, bringing as many as 125 worshippers to the Cathedral each day.
• The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available twice daily, five days a week, and once on Saturday.
• The Sacrament of Confirmation for diocesan young people is celebrated at the Cathedral bringing as many as 10,000 confirmandi, family members and guests to the area annually.
• Hundreds of people from throughout the diocese attend the annual White Mass, Red Mass and Blue Mass which honor those who serve in healthcare, the legal profession and public safety.
• Outreach to the poor and vulnerable is a hallmark of the Cathedral as evidenced by the free clothing center it currently operates.
• Concerts and musical performances are regularly offered at the Cathedral. Numerous choirs have performed at the Cathedral along with several chamber, organ and vocal musicians.
• The Cathedral receives all new adult converts to the faith from all parishes in the diocese.
• The Cathedral hosts the Chrism Mass, where sacred oils used by parishes throughout the diocese are blessed and distributed.
• The Cathedral brings the Catholic schools together to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.