to the Cathedral Church of St. Columba, the home of the Cathedral Parish and the Mother Church of the Diocese of Youngstown, which comprises the six counties of northeast Ohio:  Mahoning, Trumbull, Ashtabula, Columbiana, Stark, and Portage.  Please take this opportunity to learn more about our parish, which includes the former parishes of St. Ann and St. Casimir, located just a short drive away in the Brier Hill neighborhood of Youngstown’s Northside. And be sure to review our "Events" section at the bottom of this

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; 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. 

Saint Columba Cathedral Youngstown Ohio
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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 4:30 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.

Sincerely in Christ,

peter polando

Monsignor Peter M. Polando


Emmet Cahill St. Columba Cathedral

After a successful event last year, Irish tenor Emmet Cahill will make a return appearance to the Valley Dec. 21. Cahill, 27, is one of the lead singers of Celtic Thunder, one of the most successful international groups of all time. 
Cahill will perform a combination of Irish music, Christmas carols and church hymns at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at St. Columba Cathedral. Tickets are $55 for VIP meet and greet tickets, limited to 100 people, $45 and $35. Tickets can be purchased by calling the St. Columba rectory at 330-744-5233 or visiting ticketleap.com.
Colleen McNally Harris, one of the event's organizers, said she saw on Cahill's Facebook page in late 2015 that he was doing a solo tour. "His voice really stood out to me," she said.Cahill told her he was a cathedral singer and grew up singing church music, so she thought his concert would be a good fit as a fundraiser for St. Columba. 
McNally Harris said she and a few other parishioners met with Cahill and his publicist during holy week in 2016 while he was performing in Pittsburgh and everything came together for the Youngstown show.
She said last year's concert was held in early December and it featured a VIP meet and greet for 100 people. However, it wasn't just a typical meet and greet where ticket holders shake hands and take photos with the artist. 
"This was a meet and greet Youngstown style. We had heavy hors d'oeuvres, cookies and wine thanks to parishioner Frank Rosetti, who prepared everything. It was fantastic," McNally Harris said.
Cahill must have agreed because he has agreed to do the meet and greet again at the parish hall. "His publicity team told us the St. Columba concert and meet and greet were the most organized they had ever seen, so when we asked them to come back, they agreed without hesitation," she said.
She said people came to last year's show from as far away as Montreal, Canada, Atlanta and Memphis, as well as Pittsburgh, Cleveland and other parts of Ohio. "He's got quite a following and it says a lot about our community that he's coming back here," McNally Harris said. 

The Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Dr. Daniel Laginya, will join Emmet in a few beloved songs. Please support our Choir and our concert fundraiser! Tickets are now available on www.ticketleap.com.  Contact Frank Rossetti at 330-240-4322 for more information. Meet & Greet tickets prior to the concert are still available. Christmas, sacred, traditional and popular music sung so beautifully!

Mass Schedule 

Monday - Friday: 12:10 pm

Saturday: 4:00 pm

Sunday: 10:30 am & 4:00 pm

Christmass Mass

Eve : 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, Midnight

Christmas Day: 10:30

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Tuesday & Thursday: 1:00 pm 


When St. Columba was destroyed by fire on September 2, 1954, it was rebuilt on the same site and the present structure was completed on November 9, 1958. Click the cover above to view the book in interactive format