Sanctuary during
View from
the catwalk
Sanctuary during
the Easter season

Ambo & Paschal Candle:

The Ambo is the place from which Sacred Scripture is proclaimed to the assembly of believers during liturgical celebrations.

The Paschal Candle represents the presence of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.  During the majority of the liturgical year, the candle is placed near the Baptismal Font and is used to light the baptismal candles of those brought into the Church.  At funerals it is brought to the front of the Church and stands before the casket.  In Lent the candle is put away, except for funerals, and during the Easter season it is placed by the ambo.

Ambry & Cantor Stand

The Ambry is designed to hold the Sacred Oils blessed by the bishop during the Chrism Mass (celebrated in Holy Week).  It holds the Oil of Catechumens, which is used to anoint those entering the Church through baptism, the Oil of the Sick, which is used to anoint those who are sick or in danger of death, and Sacred Chrism, used at baptism, confirmation and ordinations.  Chrism marks a person as part of the people of God and God's mission to the world.

The Cantor Stand is used to lead the congregation in song during liturgical celebrations.



The altar is the central item in the Cathedral.  It is around the altar that the faithful gather to celebrate and experience the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  It is here that simple gifts of bread and wine become the very Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

The altar in the Cathedral is twelve feet long.  This number is significant in its association with the number of the Apostles and the tribes of Israel.

Above the altar hangs a golden tester.  It is intended to set the altar off.


The word "Cathedral" is derived from a Greek word meaning "throne" or "elevated seat."  In early Christian literature, it always conveyed the idea of authority.  The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, then, is not important simply because it is the largest and the most beautiful church in the diocese, but because of its character as the "cathedra" or "seat" of the Bishop.

Sanctuary Stained Glass Windows

The Annunciation   The Nativity   The Last Supper
The Crucifixion   The Resurrection   The Ascension
    The Crowning of Mary    


Mass Schedule

Weekend Mass
5:00 PM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
12:00 Noon
5:00 PM
Daily Mass
6:45 AM
8:00 AM
12:00 Noon
8:00 AM
12:00 Noon

Holy Day
5:30 PM (Vigil)
8:00 AM
12:00 Noon
5:30 PM


Wednesday: 7:00 PM
Saturday: 12:30 PM

Communal Penance Services: Advent and Lent

Step-by-Step Guide to Confession


Evening Prayer within Eucharistic Exposition: Sunday 6:30 PM: Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter Seasons
Novena of the Miraculous Medal: Monday 7:45 AM
Rosary: Wednesday 6:00 PM
Stations of the Cross: Friday during Lent 7:00 PM
Eucharistic Day: Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ