St. Joseph Cathedral was established by Buffalo's first bishop, John Timon, in 1847 and dedicated in 1855. Today, it is the spiritual center for the Catholic community of the Diocese of Buffalo in Western New York. Because of its downtown location, St. Joseph is playing an important role in the current revival of our city.
In addition to hosting all sacraments of Holy Orders in our diocese, the cathedral is home to over 25 special events each year, including the Red Mass, the annual Respect for Life Mass, and the Chrism Mass. It is an indispensable treasure that symbolizes our glorious history and provides hope for future generations.
50 Franklin St.
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 854-5855
Fax: (716) 854-5861
The Cathedral Community is served by
Most Reverend Edward B. Scharfenberger, D.D.
Rev. Seán Paul Fleming
Rev. James C. O'Connor
PANDEMIC PROTOCOLS FOR MASS
- Please keep in mind that everyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask.
- Our capacity will be limited to 33%.
- Entrances will be limited - please enter through the center Franklin Street doors.
- If you are in need of an accessible entrance, please use the side door near the former police headquarters.
DAILY MASS SCHEDULE
Daily Mass will be celebrated in the cathedral at 12:10 PM. Doors will open just prior to the Mass, around 11:45 AM. Please use the entrance near the former police headquarters.
Join us on our YouTube channel for Mass! Sundays at 10:30 AM
The cathedral will now stream 10:30 AM Mass every week via YouTube. We will feature our historic Hook & Hastings organ. Just visit our YouTube Channel http://youtube.com/SaintJosephCathedral/ and click on the video that says "Live." To be notified when we're celebrating Mass or having other live events, be sure to subscribe!
*** COVID-19 Update (November 25, 2020) ***
Unfortunately, due to the recent measures put in place by New York State, Saint Joseph Cathedral must limit its Mass attendance to 25 since we fall in an orange zone, according to the recent cluster action initiative. As a Church, we feel that this is in the best interest of public health and that we should follow these new guidelines out of a moral obligation to the safety of others.
*** To allow for a greater number to still receive the sacraments, we will be adding a Mass.
Our temporary schedule will be as follows:
Sat 11/28 @ 4:30 PM
Sun 11/29 @ 9:00 AM
Sun 11/29 @ 10:30 AM
We ask that you please call the rectory at 854-5855 to reserve your spot at one of these three Masses.
Please have ready the number of people (including yourself) who wish to attend.
- The 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday will still be available via http://www.youtube.com/SaintJosephCathedral
- Daily Mass will continue to be celebrated at 12:10 PM Monday through Friday.
- Reconciliation/Confessions will be by appointment only for the time being.
St. Joseph Cathedral is wheelchair accessible.
The Centennial Organ
The Hook and Hastings Organ in St. Joseph's Cathedral has rendered service to the Church and community for over 124 years. It has become part of the foundation and fabric of the Cathedral, sounding forth daily since its installation in 1877. Historians recognize it as one of the finest surviving examples of late 19th century American organs. Read more
St. Joseph Cathedral Documentary
Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo has produced a 30 minute documentary entitled "St. Joseph Cathedral." The purpose of this program is to look at the history of the cathedral and the role it plays in the diocese. St Joseph Cathedral was the result of the vision of Buffalo's first bishop, Bishop John Timon. It was his intention to build this cathedral "as a grateful monument in honor of our Savior."
St. Joseph House of Prayer is now the home of the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center, located at 76 Church St. (adjacent to the Cathedral). The center is a pastoral outreach of the Office of Pro-Life Activities of the Diocese of Buffalo. We follow St. Gianna Beretta Molla's example in respecting, protecting and cherishing all human life as a precious gift from God. We serve mothers, fathers and young families in need during pregnancy and throughout the early years of life. Material, emotional and spiritual support are provided in a welcoming, compassionate atmosphere. The St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center is open Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30pm, closed for lunch from noon-1:00pm. For support or more information, please contact us: