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Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Main phone number: 713-222-2593

For emergency after-hours pastoral care, call 713-826-5332

Mailing Address
1117 Texas Avenue
Houston, Texas 77002-3183

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Sunday Services

In-person worship is suspended for Sunday, July 5.

Read Dean Thompson's letter to the Cathedral.

Para leer esta carta en español - haga click aquí.

While we remain virtual, we invite you to join us at any of our live-streamed Sunday services:

Current services
11 a.m. The Holy Eucharist, Rite I 
1 p.m. La Santa Eucaristía, Rito II (en español)
5 p.m. “The Well” Celtic Contemplative Service


Para ver este vídeo en español — haga click aquí

Return to In-Person Worship
Frequently Asked Questions

When can we return to in-person worship?
On Tuesdays, we will announce if services are being held on the coming Sunday. Once announced, registration links will be posted below.
 
Will you hold all the services?
On June 21, we held the Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 11 a.m.; Holy Eucharist in Spanish at 1 p.m.; and The Well at 5 p.m. 
 
What about the 8 o’clock service?
The cleaning process required in the church between each service prevents us from adding an early service at this time.  
 
Can I still stay home and participate in the service?
Online worship continues, with live-streaming and the ability to communicate with the Cathedral during the service.
 
What do I need to do to attend a service?
Advance registration is required for all services. 
In-person worship is suspended for Sunday, July 5. Read Dean Thompson's letter to the Cathedral, and join us at one of the following live-streamed services:

Sunday, July 5, at 11:00 a.m.
Domingo, 5 de julio, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 5, at 5:00 p.m.

Is there a way to make a reservation by phone?
Yes. You may call the Cathedral main number 713.222.2593 and ask to leave a message for Elizabeth Cuevas. 
 
Are there any restrictions about who can come to church?
Everyone is welcome to come to church!  
 
Should I come to church or continue to participate online?
If you are in an at-risk category or have concerns about your health or safety, or the health and safety of the people in your household, you are encouraged to consider continuing to worship with the Cathedral from home, through our online offerings. We love you and want you to do what is best for you and those you love!
 
What will our return to in-person worship look like?
Because the novel coronavirus continues to be a daily reality, Bishop Doyle has issued guidelines to keep us all safe. At least for a season, in-person worship will look and feel different from the worship to which we are accustomed.  
 
How many people can come to church with the distancing guidelines? 
At least initially, attendance will be limited to 60 worshipers per service, so that we can ensure physical distancing guidelines.
 
How will the seating process work? 
Plan to arrive at the Cathedral at least ten minutes before your registered service time. Late arrivals cannot be guaranteed a seat.
 
At the time of the service you are registered to attend, please come to the Cathedral with confirmation of your reservation, whether that is with a printed copy of your “ticket” or with the confirmation viewable on your mobile device. If you’ve reserved your seat by calling the Cathedral office, a greeter will have your name on a list. Once you’ve arrived on campus, a friendly Welcome Team member will walk you through your next steps, and an usher will show you to your seat.
 
Will people be wearing masks?
As required by diocesan guidelines, we will all wear masks while on the Cathedral campus, with the exception of small children.
 
What about music?
Due to evidence of community viral spread through singing, there will be no congregational hymnody. A soloist or small choral ensemble will provide sacred music, along with organ, keyboard (at 1 p.m.), or our trio of harp, cello, and flute (at The Well).  
 
Will we have Communion?
We will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at each service, though only bread will be shared, not wine at this time. This is called “Communion in one kind,” and it is a full measure of grace.
 
What safety precautions will be taken at Communion?
The way Communion is administered will be different: At the end of the Eucharistic Prayer, the celebrant will bless the people.  The consecrated Communion wafers will be placed in individual little cups on an altar in the east transept. Ushers will dismiss worshipers pew by pew. As you process out of the Cathedral, you will take a Communion wafer from the altar.  
 
How can I take Communion with a mask on? 
Please remove your mask only long enough to consume your wafer.
 
What about my children?
Children of all ages are welcome in church, as always. We will not initially offer childcare.  
 
How will I get to church with impaired mobility issues?
Our valet service will be available for the principal morning services. For those in need of wheelchair access or extra assistance, please arrive 15 minutes early. This will allow extra time to get you checked in for the service. An usher will escort you into the cathedral via one of our transept entrances.
 
Will we have Summer Place?
We won’t host an on-site Summer Place coffee hour, but we are working on providing other plans for fellowship.
 
What about Sunday School? 
Virtual Sunday school for kids will continue online with our “This is my story, this is my song” program.  Email Minister for Children and Families KariAnn Lessner for the Zoom link here.

Adults are invited to participate in the “Dean’s Hour Summer Matinee” online on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. on Facebook Live and at www.christchurchcathedral.org/learn/adult-classes/
 
What do you mean “live-streamed?”
Those at home will encounter worship live alongside those gathered in the Cathedral. The purchase and installation of our live-streaming technology is part of our Sowing the Seed building projects. You’ll continue to see the online worship experience get better and better.
 
I watched last week’s live-stream but I had some technological issues. What can I do?
Several parishioners reported a sound quality issue, and we are working diligently to correct it from our end. Other parishioners reported that the live-stream froze at times. Freezing comes from your internet connection. If this happens, try viewing the live stream directly from Vimeo. The Worship page of our website can direct you there. If the freezing persists, please check with your internet provider about solutions. Also know that the live-stream is retained as a recorded video on the website. You can always watch it after 11 a.m. The recorded video may stream with no problems.  
 
Is there anyone at the Cathedral who can walk me through technical issues?
Minister for Pastoral Care Jody Gillit has a team of people who can work with you to improve your ability to access on-line offerings. You can reach her at  .
 
What if there is a second surge of the virus?
We will monitor local COVID-19 conditions weekly and follow the guidance of the Bishop. It is possible that we may need to suspend in-person worship again at some point in the future.

 

“Which Sunday service is best for me?”

* For instance, when the priest says, “The Lord be with you,” you will reply, “And with thy spirit.”

 

Sunday service off campus

In the past, services for the residents at Holly Hall retirement community were on the first Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel. Priests rotate between the Cathedral and St. Mark's Episcopal Church.