The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter in Chains 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 Basilica.

Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains

Basilica Designation

On June 29, 2020, Pope Francis granted the title of Minor Basilica to St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. The title is given to churches around the world in recognition of their historical or cultural importance, artistic beauty and significance in the life of the Church. The title denotes a closer relationship to the Pope. The title of Major Basilica is reserved for certain churches in Rome. The Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains will now go by the name Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains and now becomes the 89th basilica in the United States. Built in 1845, the Cathedral Basilica will observe its 175th anniversary in November.

Mass & Confession

Please note our new schedule until further notice

Sunday Mass
Saturday Vigil at 3:00 PM & 4:30 PM
Sunday at 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM (Choir)

Weekday / Holyday Mass
Monday - Friday at 7:00 AM, 11:30 AM & 5:15 PM
Saturday at 11:30 AM

Holiday Mass
9:00 AM (Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day & Thanksgiving Day)

Eucharistic Adoration
Friday 12 Noon - ending with Benediction at 5:00 PM

Confession (Sacrament of Reconciliation)
Saturday 12 Noon - 2:00 PM
Until the pandemic subsides we will not return to the regular schedule for Confessions and their being able to be celebrated in the Confessionals. We are sorry for this inconvenience.

The cathedral is open daily Monday - Saturday until 6:00 PM and Sunday until 1:00 PM

Live-streamed Masses


Saturday Vigil at 4:30 PM
Sunday at 11:00 AM

View the Sunday Liturgy Mass Leaflet

Monday - Friday at 7:00 AM
Saturday at 11:30 AM

Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion

Should you have difficulty with our Streaming… go to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati website and follow the links to the AOC Facebook page or YouTube channel for an alternate connection. 


Important Notice

We welcome your attendance at the cathedral. Please read our safety guidelines for attending Mass during this time of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Please continue to check our website for the most current updates.

Online Giving

Help support the ministry of the Cathedral and our live-streaming Masses. Your generosity will greatly help us to continue providing this service to our community and the Archdiocese. Thank you for your support.

Click on the basket to make an offering of gratitude to St. Peter in Chains Cathedral through WeShare.

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Office Hours

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

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

Telephone: (513) 421-5354

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