Name of Church Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral
Address 6351 North 27th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85017
Phone number (602) 242-1300
Mass times Saturday vigil, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (Spanish), 7 p.m. (Spanish). Monday – Friday, 6:15 a.m., 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. with devotions. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. (9 a.m. Sunday Mass televised on cable and broadcast on the radio; visit the website for more information)
Confessions Tuesdays, 5 – 6 p.m., Saturdays, 9-11 a.m. and by appointment.
Names of priests Fr. John Lankeit, rector. Fr. Luis Gonzalez, parochial vicar. Fr. Kurt Perera, Fr. Ernesto Reynoso, Fr. Jaya Rao Maddu, in residence. As the diocesan Cathedral, it is overseen by the Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, Thomas Olmsted. Fr. Lankeit is a faithful Catholic priest; he’s encouraged his parishioners to receive the Blessed Sacrament on the tongue, for example, and, in 2011, instituted a male-only altar server program to encourage vocations to the priesthood. Decide for yourself; listen to his homilies on the parish website. He also recently released a DVD series on the Mass which you can purchase in the Cathedral gift shop. Bishop Olmsted is well known for his orthodoxy; he’s in residence at the Cathedral.
Music Choirs and ensembles who sing in both English and Spanish.
Fellow parishioners Although predominantly English-speaking, there is a significant and growing Hispanic population.
Parish groups and activities Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Legion of Mary, Cursillo, sports leagues and prayer groups. They also have a perpetual Eucharistic adoration chapel in the narthex open daily (you must be scheduled for nighttime hours).
Parking There is a large lot behind the church.
School Yes. Pre-K through 8th grade.
Additional observations Ss. Simon & Jude was established as a parish in 1953. Its pastor was an Irish priest; Loreto Sisters staffed the parish school (and still serve the parish today). The current church was built 1965-66, and dedicated in 1966. It became a cathedral when the diocese was formed in 1969. Its most famous visitors have included Pope John Paul II (in 1987) and Mother Teresa (1989). It’s a red brick building with a large white marble altar and baldacchino (altar canopy). There is a Cathedral bookstore open daily. The Knights of Columbus recently dedicated a memorial to the unborn on the parish grounds.