Parish Life and Ministries

Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist at the Mass they usually attend. The younger Altar Servers, second graders to seventh graders, usually are assigned to assist with the candles. The older Altar Servers, eighth graders and above, usually assist with the cross and incense. For training and scheduling contact for the English Masses Brenda Gonzales at g.  

Cathedral Service Ministry

The Cathedral Service Ministry is the newest ministry at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. It has two facets. The first will be to select a new group service project each month. You may sign up to participate. Examples are joining a group for a shift sorting clothes at Catholic Community Services, or making sandwiches at the Good Samaritan Program.  The second facet is to connect volunteers with non-profit organizations that fit their individual interests.  We will have monthly events that bring together the wider Cathedral community, as well as offer a way for parishioners to connect with service opportunities in the Salt Lake area.  Please fill out this form to get more information, or email .

Catholic Council of Catholic Women

The mission of the Cathedral Women's Society ("CWS") is to support, empower and educate women in spirituality, service, leadership, and community building within the Cathedral parish.  CWS events in support of our mission naturally vary to reflect the interests of our members and the needs of our parish community and include:

  • Retreats, studies, and days of reflection to enhance our spirituality.
  • Education and service projects addressing local, national, and international issues.
  • Supporting our parish community by assisting with and sponsoring parish-wide events and programs.
  • Parish women are supported in attending the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women convention each April, which features the Woman of the Year banquet and speakers, workshops, and presentations on a wide range of topics of interest to Catholic women.

The CWS gathers monthly from September through June.  For more information about CWS events and gatherings, please contact us at

The CWS an affiliate of the National Council of Catholic Women (

Coffee Hour and Donut Ministry

Coffee hour follows the 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM Sunday Masses. The once a month commitment involves arriving early to brew the coffee and set out on trays the donuts. After Mass it is refreshing the coffee urns and refilling the donut trays; a bit of clean up to finish. Contact Fr. Martin Diaz at to volunteer.

Eucharistic Minister

The Eucharistic minister (Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion) assists with the distribution of the Holy Communion at the Saturday evening and Sunday Masses. Sometimes ministers are asked to assist at a Mass they normally do not attend. The minister arrives 15 minutes early for Mass to ensure that all the ministers are in place before Mass begins. Please contact Brenda Gonzales, , to volunteer.

Eucharist to the Homebound and Elderly Care Centers

The ministry for homebound and elderly members of our community is coordinated by Deacon Drew Petersen at . It is required that the minister take the Level I and Level II training offered by the diocese. Contact Ruth Dillon at for information and registration. Usually the minister takes communion to one or several people on Sunday mornings.

Good Samaritan Program

The Cathedral offers a sandwich sack lunch five hours a day every day of the year. Each month between 9,000 to 10,000 lunches are provided to the needy. The program operates out of the Catholic Community Services kitchen at 200 South between 400 and 500 West. Volunteers can be door hosts and/or sandwich makers. To volunteer contact Darren Williams at .        

Knights of Columbus

Council 602 is the Catholic men's fraternal organization serving the Cathedral of the Madeleine parish. Council 602 is the oldest council west of the Rocky Mountains. We hold various events, including the annual Catholic Day at Lagoon, to raise money for charities and the church. Causes we support include Coats for Kids, Special Olympics, Seminarians, and the March for Life to name a few. In addition, our members volunteer for the Cathedral parish and the diocese in many ways, including serving coffee & donuts and serving in the various ministries of the altar: lector, master of ceremonies, extraordinary minister of communion, and usher. Find out more about Knights of Columbus. For Catholic men interested in joining Council 602, see this link.

For those who are already Knights, our meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30pm in the Cathedral basement.

To find out more about Council 602’s activities, contact one of the council officers below:
Grand Knight: SK Giancarlo Gazani,  
Deputy Grand Knight: SK Gabriel Ulibarri,   
Financial Secretary: Daniel Tracy, 


The lector reads at the Mass they normally attend. The lector prepares the scriptures at home. They arrive 15 minutes before Mass to insure all the ministers are in place before Mass begins. Contact Brenda Gonzales at  to volunteer.

Madeleine Arts and Humanities Festival

The annual Festival takes place the five Sunday evenings following Easter Sunday. The artists and performers are chosen from talent related to Utah and the West. The Festival committee works on finding the performers and assisting with the performances in the spring. Contact Trish Wesson at for information.

Pastoral Council (English Community)

The council is made up of volunteers. The usual commitment is for three years. The council meets monthly the second Tuesday except in July. The agenda is prepared by the council President and the Pastor. The council offers vision and direction for the cathedral parish. The staff members who participate in the council meetings are the pastor, parochial vicar, deacon, and Echo apprentice.

Pastoral Council (Spanish Community)

The council is made up volunteers from the various components of the Hispanic community: Eucharistic ministers and lectors, Catechists, Ushers, and Spanish Choir. The council began its service just as the Covid-19 virus broke out. For now the meetings have been suspended. The council is to offer vision and direction for the cathedral parish. The staff members who participate in the council meetings are the pastor and deacon.

Respect for Life Ministry

The Cathedral Respect for Life Ministry serves the mission of Saint John Paul II to replace the Culture of death with the Culture of Life and Love. In accordance with the USCCB and our own Bishop Solis, our ministry focuses on pastoral care for women, prayer and worship, education, and public policy. We affirm the value of every human life, from the moment of conception to the end of life.  We support mothers in need through the Cathedral Walking with Moms in Need and also in partnership with the Pregnancy Resource Center. We reach out to those in need of healing from abortion, and promote dignity of life for our elderly and disabled.  We pray a bilingual Rosary for Life in the Cathedral on the first Thursday of the month at 6 pm, immediately after the 5:15 Mass. Our meetings are every other month on Thursday evenings after the rosary in the Social Hall.  For more information, contact Catherine Stokes: .

Saint Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen

The dining room provides two hot meals per day, Monday thru Saturday.

Our Cathedral group assists with lunch service on the first Monday of the month. Eight volunteers are needed each time.  Arrival time is 11 a.m., finishing at 1:00 p.m. The dining room is located at 437 West 200 South.To volunteer, contact Jenifer Gibbons.

Tour Guide

When we are able tours are offered on Sundays after the 11:00 AM Mass. The usual tour is one hour. Each tour guide prepares his / her tour of the Cathedral from the general material guides. Contact Colleen Gudreau at  for information on becoming a tour guide.


The ushers greet those coming to Mass, offer them a bulletin and music program, then assist in finding a pew. They assist with the collection, which is supervised by Willie Green, the head sexton. They look out for the good order of the Mass and assist in difficult situations. Ushers arrive 20 minutes before Mass. They stay after Mass to pick up bulletins left in the pews. They assist at the Mass they attend.

Youth Group

The Connect Youth Group meets weekly on Sundays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. This is a time for the teenagers to pray, socialize, and grow in their faith. For those who are not yet confirmed it is a time of preparation for the sacrament. It is open to those teenagers in eighth grade through seniors in high school. The Youth Group meets at the Madeleine Choir School in Erbin Hall at 205 1st Avenue. Simon Falk leads the group and may be contacted at .

Young Adult Ministries

The Young Adult Group meets for weekly events every Wednesday beginning at 7pm. The coordinators are Valerie Quintana and Simon Falk. They may be contacted at .

  • “Christ in the City - Adoration” meets the first Wednesday of the month in the Cathedral for adoration, song, and the opportunity for confession from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Following the prayer time there is fellowship in the Cathedral plaza or Scanlan Hall.
  • The 2nd (and potentially 5th) Wednesday we provide different social and community building events.
  • “Christ in the City - On Tap” meets the third Wednesday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Each month we have a guest speaker to share with us on a topic about our Catholic faith. This is usually a 20-40-minute talk with time for questions. The Talk is held in either Scanlan Hall or the Cathedral plaza, weather permitting.
  • “Revive and Reflect” meets the fourth Wednesday of the month from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. This meeting gives the opportunity for small groups to meet on various topics and to share faith with one another.
  • “Books and Beers” (on hold at this time) is a group offered by young adults for young adults. It is a place where we discuss a text having to do with our faith, all the while enjoying a drink and spending time in fellowship with each other. We meet at 7pm on Thursdays in Scanlan Hall, or in the Sacred Heart Courtyard when weather permits. Our first book this year will be Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis! All are welcome to join us each week as we dive into the text together! For any questions please contact Chris Schraegle at .