St. Peter in Chains Cathedral is a historic downtown cathedral that is home to a diverse and thriving faith community. We hope that what you see here will lead you to visit the cathedral in person!

Over the years, the Cathedral has been the site of many significant celebrations in the life of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

The Cathedral continues to serve as the scene for a wide range of Archdiocesan celebrations and events, and groups holding conventions in Cincinnati often use the Cathedral for liturgies or concerts. 

In contrast to all the large-scale celebrations, the Cathedral parish quietly ministers to the poor of the area and to the constant stream of people who come to participate in the sacraments ... confirmations, baptisms, marriages and funerals - and, of course, the daily celebration of Mass and reconciliation - continue the living story of the Cathedral.

Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains

Mass & Confessions

Saturday [Anticipated]: 4:30pm 
Sunday: 8:30am, 11am (Choir) & 6:00pm 

Monday - Friday 7:00am, 11:30am and 5:15pm
Saturday, 11:30am

Fridays 12noon - 5:00 pm ending with Benediction

Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day & Thanksgiving Day: 9:00am

Monday through Friday:
   After the 7:00 am Mass
   12:00 - 12:30 pm
   4:30 - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 12 Noon to 3:00 pm

*Please note, on Holy Days of Obligation confessions are NOT heard at the cathedral, this includes the Vigil of the Holy Day of Obligation.


Advent Lunch with the Lord

Our Advent series will take place on Mondays, November 25, December 2, 9, & 16 from 12-1pm in Synod Hall. Theologian, Monsignor Frank Lane, will reflect on the upcoming Sunday Scriptures. Drinks are available for a donation to accompany your brown bag lunch. All sessions are free and open to the public. Bring your friends, a lunch and have Lunch with the Lord! All are welcomed! Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to be added to our postal mailing and/or our email list so you can receive notifications of our upcoming talks.

Our Church History

Father Jan will be sharing 2 weeks of our Catholic Church History for the Cathedral RCIA group. These two evenings are open to all! You are invited to this very informative and interesting look at where we, as a Church, have come from and how we understand who we are today. Light snacks and soft drinks will be provided. These are “not to miss” evenings! Monday December 9th and 16th from 6:00PM - 7:30PM in Undercroft South. Please use the elevator to enter.

Monday, December 9: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

MASSES for the Holy day: 7:00am, 11:30am & 5:15pm
The Immaculate Conception, according to the teaching of the Catholic Church, was the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne. Mary was conceived naturally but God kept her soul immaculate, i.e. free from original sin. The official confirmation of the dogma was defined in 1854 by Pope Pius IX, although the belief that Mary was sinless and conceived free from sin is very old. The Feast of Immaculate Conception is celebrated in the Catholic Church on December 8. In the United States, the obligation to attend Mass is dispensed this year because December 8 falls on Sunday and the celebration is transferred to Monday, December 9. The transfer is made as the Second Sunday of Advent takes precedence.

Christmas at the Cathedral

Christmas Giving at the Cathedral

Help make Christmas a little more merry and bright for a neighbor in need this year. For our neighbors who have difficulty paying basic bills, Christmas can be a difficult and depressing time. Many go without having any Christmas at all.  There are two ways in which you can help ... our Christmas Meal Food Boxes and our Giving Tree.

The faithful are asked to take a brown box (or more if they are able), shop for the items on the list inside each box and return the meal box on or before December 8. The empty boxes and food lists will be available in church the weekend of November 30/December 1. Please shop for the items and return the boxes filled with food on or before the weekend of December 7/8. As you can imagine, we need all of the help we can get to make sure 100 boxes are ready, distributed and returned in time to provide Christmas meals for our neighbors.

Please take one or more ornaments from the Giving Tree and help someone have a Christmas gift to open.  Please wrap each gift and attach the ornament to it then bring it to the December 14th and 15th Masses (next weekend!). If you would also like to help deliver the gifts on December 21st call 260-2270.

Office Hours

Monday through Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Telephone: (513) 421-5354

OFFICE address:
325 W. 8th Street
Cincinnati OH 45202

Website: stpeterinchainscathedral.org


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