In this sacred place, ancient faith and modern technology combine to create a twenty-first century hymn of praise to Almighty God. Like the great cathedrals of the past, St. Mary’s has drawn upon the artistic and engineering genius of its time to shape a gathering place for the Christian assembly. This is a center where the great events in the life of our Church are celebrated. It is a place, too, which is made holy by the prayer of countless visitors who find in the beauty of this church a spiritual oasis in the midst of San Francisco.
Like the Cross itself, St. Mary’s Cathedral moves us both vertically and horizontally. As our eyes are drawn upward in the graceful sweep of the cupola, our hearts are lifted up to God. Yet even as we delight in the vast space and play of colored light, the windows open to the City around us,
The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption is an artistic and architectural poem evocative of the union between heaven and earth attained for us in Jesus Christ. The balance and simplicity of modern engineering echo the union of human and divine in creation and life. Faith and art combine to create in our contemporary world a worthy heir to the beautiful churches of the past.
Monsignor John Talesfore
Conversations in Culture
Ongoing lecture series:
"Habits of Being, Habits of Grace:
The Intersections of Literature and Faith"
The Most Reverend
George H. Niederauer
Archbishop Emeritus of S.F.
Interviewed by Stephen C. Córdova
Tuesday, June 24th
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Msgr. Bowe Room
Tuesday, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm,
6:45 a.m. – Chapel of Our Lady
8:00 a.m. – Chapel of Our Lady
12:10 p.m. – Main Cathedral
6:45 a.m. –Main Cathedral
8:00 a.m. –Main Cathedral
5:30 p.m. (Vigil Mass) – Organ and Cantor
7:30 a.m. – Organ and Cantor
9:00 a.m. (Gregorian Chant) – Schola Cantorum
11:00 a.m. – Cathedral Choir (Choir on vacation July and August)
1:00 p.m. (Español) – Coro Hispano
Saturday: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
View and download weekly bulletins for parish and community information. Cathedral Viewing Times
We are open everyday from the first mass until 5:00 p.m.
Please note: Touring is not allowed during mass times.
When available, Docents are on duty in the Cathedral Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Sunday after Masses. The Docent Program also offers special tours and a school program. Schedule a tour by calling 415-567-2020 Ext. 207.
Events Center, Reception
Host your wedding, conference or special event at St. Mary's.