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Our Catholic Faith

The Catholic Church makes a distinction between Liturgy, our formal public worship, and personal prayer or devotion, which may be public or private. In the Catholic Church, there is a distinction between Liturgy, which is the formal public and communal worship of the Church, and personal prayer or devotion, which may be public or private.

The Liturgy is regulated by church authority and consists of the Eucharist (the Mass), the other Sacraments, and the Liturgy of the Hours.

All Catholics are expected to participate in the liturgical life of the Church, but personal prayer and devotions are entirely a matter of personal preference.

Living out our Faith at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral


The celebration of infant baptism will be scheduled after the parents have completed the pre-baptismal instructions in their parish. Non-parishioners must have the permission of their pastor for the baptism to take place at the cathedral. Adults wishing to join or come home to the Catholic Church can take part in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process. Those classes are held at the cathedral on Saturday mornings at 10:00am and typically run from mid-September through Easter of the following year.

Reconciliation (Confession) Monday through Friday: After the 7:00am Mass, 12:00 - 12:30 pm 4:30 - 5:00 pm; Saturday: Noon to 3:00 pm

Marriage (wedding guidelines PDF)

Anointing of the Sick

Any adult Catholic with a serious illness or undergoing major surgery is eligible to receive this Sacrament.


Funerals are scheduled in consultation with the family of the deceased and the funeral home serving the family. They are ordinarily scheduled at 10:00 am so as not to interfere with the daily Mass at 11:30 am. Funerals must be scheduled in order to respect other already scheduled services or events as well.

Eucharistic Adoration

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is held every Friday from noon to 5:00 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. It ends with Benediction.

Mass Intentions

A person may ask a priest or a parish to offer a Mass for a particular intention; a stipend of $5 is given to the priest or parish for offering the Mass, which thereby in justice creates an obligation which must be satisfied. The origins of this practice date to the early Church. When we face the death of someone, even a person who is not Catholic, to have a Mass offered for the repose of his soul and to offer our prayers are more beneficial and comforting than any other sympathy card or bouquet of flowers. To have a Mass offered on the occasion of a birthday, anniversary or special need is appropriate, beneficial and appreciated. You can have Masses offered at the cathedral.

Light a Candle

The practice of lighting candles in order to obtain some favor probably has its origins in the custom of burning lights at the tombs of the martyrs in the catacombs. The lights burned as a sign of solidarity with Christians still on earth. Because the lights continually burned as a silent vigil, they became known as vigil lights. Vigil Lights (from the Latin vigilia, which means "waiting" or "watching") are traditionally accompanied by prayers of attention or waiting. Another common type of candle offering is the votive light. Such an offering is indicative of seeking some favor from the Lord or the saint before which the votive is placed. Lighting a candle is a way of extending one's prayer and showing solidarity with the person on whose behalf the prayer is offered.


Tours of the Cathedral are offered after the 11:00am Mass on the second Sunday of every month. Private tours for groups are also scheduled. To schedule any of the events listed above or if you have questions please call the parish office at 513-421-5354.

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