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St. Joseph Cathedral

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.
Apostolic Administrator 

Rev. Seán Paul Fleming
Cathedral Rector

Rev. James C. O'Connor
In Residence

As of June 13th/14th, we will celebrate Masses on Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 10:30 am.
- Please keep in mind that everyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask.
- Our capacity will be limited to 25%.
- 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.

Beginning June 8th, 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.

Welcome back! We're glad you're here!

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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 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!

Worship Aid: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Other parishes that offer live-streamed Masses: 

  • Our Lady of Czestochowa Church Livestream feed: Saturday: 4:00 pm & Sunday: 8:30 am and 10:30 am Monday-Friday: 8 am
  • St. Amelia Church Livestream feed: Sat: 4:30 pm & Sunday: 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am
  • St. Leo the Great Livestream link: Monday-Saturday: 8:00 am Saturday: 4:00 pm & Sunday: 9:00 am and 11:00 am
  • St. Gregory the Great Livestream link: Daily: 7:00 am, 8:00 am and Noon Saturday: 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm Sunday: 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 4:30 pm
  • St. Martha Parish Livestream link: Daily: 8:15 am Saturday: 8:15 am and 4:30 pm Sunday: 9:00 am, 11:30 am and 7:00 pm
  • Our Lady of Pompeii Livestream link: Saturday: 4:30 pm & Sunday: 8:30 am, 10:00 am and 11:30 am
  • SS. Columba Brigid Livestream link: Saturday: 4:00 pm & Sunday: 11:00 am
  • Holy Family Livestream link: Sunday: 10:30 am



Schedule of Masses
Saturday at 4:30 pm (excluding Holy Saturday)
Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:30 am (Choir)*  
* Temporarily all Masses will feature only a cantor.

Monday through Friday, 12:10 pm

Confessions are heard after all weekday Masses, and on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. **
** Temporarily the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated in the Lady Chapel only.

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."

Are you Interested In Becoming Catholic?

For information regarding Inquiry sessions contact the Diocesan Office of the Catechumenate at 716-847-8760.   

St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center

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:

St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center
76 Church St.
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 842-BABY (2229)

Office of Pro-Life Activities

Visit our Office of Pro-Life Activities website.

Please Note: You may park in the lot at no charge. Please make sure to bring in the ticket for validation.