St. Columba has been a light in the city of Youngstown, proclaiming the Gospel message of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament since it was founded in 1847. While built originally to serve the Irish and German immigrants who had moved to the city to work in the cities’ steel mills, the parish now serves a variety of ethnic groups, many of whom are represented by the saints pictured in the mosaic which graces the sanctuary, including St. Stanislaus for the Poles; St. Casimir for the Lithuanians; St. Martin de Porres, for those of African and Latin American descent; St. Patrick for the Irish; St. Thomas More for the English; St. Francis Xavier Cabrini for the Italians; St. Boniface for the Germans; Saints Cyril and Methodius for the Slavs; and St. Louis for the French.
St. Casimir Parish, which merged with the Cathedral Parish in 2010, is represented by an active St. Casimir Society, whose purpose is to promote the customs long celebrated at St. Casimir Church, including many of the customs the Polish immigrants brought to America which greatly enriched our Catholic community in the City of Youngstown. One of those customs is the veneration of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the Black Madonna, whose image will soon be enshrined in the chapel located in the former baptistery, at the base of the bell tower.
The Cathedral also serves as a cultural mecca for the city and as a center for performing arts, hosting many different events showcasing sacred and classical music, including an annual concert in honor of our patron, St. Columba of Iona, whose feast is celebrated on June 9, an annual celebration of Advent Lessons and Carols, and various concerts presented by Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music.
Finally, as the Mother Church of the Diocese of Youngstown, the Cathedral is the home church of our diocesan Bishop, the Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., and hosts many diocesan celebrations, including the annual Chrism Mass, the Rite of Election, Ordinations to the Diaconate and Priesthood, the annual celebration of Wedding Anniversaries, the Annual Scout Mass, a Night to Honor Mary held each May, and celebrations of the Sacrament of Confirmation held throughout the year. It is a place of pilgrimage for Catholics who call the Diocese of Youngstown home and hosts many tours, especially for school aged children.
On behalf of the parishioners of the Cathedral Parish, we invite you to learn more about our parish. Feel free to share any comments or questions through our online guest book. If you are not currently a member of our parish and are looking for a parish community, please consider joining us for one of our celebrations of the Eucharist, which is celebrated each weekend with a Vigil Mass on Saturday at 5:30 P.M., and Sunday Masses at 10:30 A.M., which includes Liturgy of the Word for Children; and a 4:00 P.M. Mass which, during the school year features our excellent Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Dr. Daniel Laginya. Our Weekday Mass is held Monday through Friday at 12:10 P.M. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is celebrated every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 P.M. until 1:30 P.M. and every Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until 9:30 A.M.
We also welcome members of the Youngstown State University community and any visitors who are passing through and looking for a place to worship God and to celebrate the Eucharist. Please take some time to browse through our web site, to see and hear the wonderful things that are happening at St. Columba Cathedral.
We extend our most sincere gratitude and best wishes to Fr. Keehner for all of his years at St. Columba and wish him the very best as he starts a new chapter in his life at St. Christine Parish and School.
Sincerely in Christ,
Monsignor Peter M. Polando