What happens at Christ Church Cathedral?

  • Young musicians from use the church to gain performance experience for their studies at McGill University and l’Université de Montréal.
  • Music lovers attend l’Oasis Musicale concerts every week on a pay-what-you-can basis.
  • Composers write new music for the Cathedral’s choir and organ.
  • The blue sky, grassy grounds, and traditional architecture provide welcome relief from the glass-and-concrete skyline.
  • Wanderers and the homeless rest on the grass or take shelter inside the Cathedral, where they know they will be safe and treated with respect.
  • People from all places and backgrounds attend the 20 services each week, eight of which are Holy Communion.
  • The Cathedral choir includes 8 professional singers and 18 – 25 volunteers. They sing at several services a week and have recorded many CDs. Some members are music students who gain both salary and experience.
  • International fair trade products are showcased and sold monthly, sometimes on the Cathedral’s front steps.
  • The Cathedral has active Amnesty International and refugee sponsorship programs and promotes climate change awareness and action.
  • The Cathedral is actively involved in aboriginal rights and Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It recognizes that it stands on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples.
  • The Cathedral is a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights. A rainbow flag hangs near the entrance, and members of the Cathedral participate every year in the Pride Parade.
  • Roughly 250 people in need enjoy a hot and satisfying lunch on the fourth Sunday of every month, where community volunteers serve as hosts at tables.
  • People with mental health problems come to the Cathedral for help every day. They are respected, listened to, and can be referred for help.
  • The Cathedral’s red doors are open every day from 8 to 6, for anyone seeking pastoral care, a place to pray, or just peace and quiet.