A New Diocesan Cathedral
Our spiritual home.
The centre of our Catholic life.
Check out the photo highlights from the Cathedral Blessing.
You can view a youtube slideshow of the Gala Week Video 1, Video 2, Video 3
The new Cathedral will be a defining symbol of our growing faith community, pointing to the presence of Christ and speaking to who we are as God's people. It will be the home of the Bishop, the shepherd of the Diocese and the focus of unity. It will be "our church" - the heart of the Catholic community and the church that belongs to everyone in the Diocese.
Sarah Hall Studios. Photography by Grant Kernan
St. Paul's, our current Cathedral in downtown Saskatoon, has served us well. Originally built in 1910, it was designated the diocesan cathedral when the Diocese of Saskatoon was established in 1933. For the past 15 years or more, however, St. Paul's has not had the seating capacity to serve the growing diocesan Catholic community as the location for diocesan events such as ordinations, the Chrism Mass, etc. Because of its historic significance to the diocesan faith community, the Vatican has given permission for St. Paul's to be designated a Co-Cathedral. St. Paul's will also continue to serve a vibrant faith community in the downtown area.
Building a new Cathedral is a historic milestone: the first Cathedral built specifically for the Diocese and the first new Cathedral in Western Canada in over 50 years!
Beauty, technology and faith are combined in a unique solar stained glass installation to be part of the new cathedral. The large "Lux GLoria" stained glass south windows that will beinstalled high atop the building this spring will include some 1,000 solar cells permanently embedded into the art glass designed by artist Sarah Hall. The solar cells will collect energy for the building: about as much as five households use in a year. The design of the colourful windows in three large groupings of the panels - red, gold and blue - will reflect the colour and movement of prairie skies.
The Saskatchewan State Council of the Knights of Columbus have chosen to take on the task of raising funds for this unique project and will hold large scale events to raise funds, while also encouraging councils in the diocese to contribute through smaller events