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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
Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Th.D.
14th Bishop of Buffalo

Most Reverend Edward U. Kmiec, D.D.
Bishop Emeritus of Buffalo

Rev. Msgr. David S. Slubecky, JCL, STL
Vicar General, Moderator of the Curia
In Residence

Father Charles E. Slisz

Schedule of Masses

Saturdays: 4:30 p.m. Mass (excluding Holy Saturday)
Sundays: 8:00 a.m.: Mass, 10:30 a.m.: Mass (Choir)
Weekdays (M-F): 7:30 a.m.: Mass, 12:05 p.m.: Mass 

Confessions are heard after weekday Masses on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
St. Joseph Cathedral is wheelchair accessible.

Advent and Christmas Schedule

Please join us for the upcoming Masses:

December 23 - 4th Sunday of Advent:  4:30 p.m.
December 24 - 4th Sunday of Advent:  8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Christmas Eve:  4:30 p.m. and Midnight;
Christmas Day:  10:30 a.m.
December 30 - Feast of the Holy Family:  4:30 p.m.
December 31 - Feast of the Holy Family:      8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
January 1 - Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God: (Holy Day of Obligation) 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
(NO Vigil Mass on December 31st)

Upcoming Music Events at St. Joseph Cathedral:
Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3:00 pm the Buffalo Choral Arts Society will present "Ringing in the Season" -- a concert of sacred and secular holiday music directed by Marcia Giambrone and accompanied by John Mitton and The Royalton Ringers.  Suggested donation is $20.

Sunday, Dec. 10 at 10:30 Mass the Children's Choir of SS. Peter & Paul Church, Williamsville, under the direction of Gail Shepherd. They will offer an extended prelude, and sing with the Cathedral Choir throughout the Mass.

Monday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 pm the Cathedral Choir, along with the Bel Canto Choir of West Seneca West High School and the Handbell Choir of the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo, will present the annual service of Lessons and Carols.  Newly composed works, and traditional favorites, will highlight a series of readings and carols relating to the advent of Christ.  There will be a free-will offering.  All are welcome. 

Read the Cathedral Bulletin Online

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.

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