Name of Church St. Andrew’s Cathedral
Address 740 View Street, Victoria, BC
Phone number (250) 388-5571
Mass times Saturday vigil 5 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11 a.m., noon, 5 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, 8 a.m., Monday – Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.
Confessions Friday, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.,Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 3 – 4 p.m., or by appointment.
Names of priests Fr. John Laszczyk, rector. Father David Hogman, associate priest. Father Dean Henderson, associate priest.
Special parish groups and activities Legion of Mary; Knights of Columbus; Catholic Women’s League; 9-10 Club (feeds the poor in the area); St. Vincent de Paul Society; morning prayer Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 a.m. and Saturday at 8:30 a.m.; rosary Tuesday – Friday at 11:40 a.m. and Saturday at 8:55 a.m.; Perpetual Help devotion Wednesdays after 12:10 p.m. Mass; adoration 8:45 – 11:45 a.m. Monday – Wednesday and Friday 8:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Music Good liturgical music, pipe organ and flute.
Acoustics Good, with a good sound system.
Fellow parishioners Wince St. Andrew’s is located downtown near tourist attractions, it draws many visitors to the area. There is a significant number of elderly Catholics and Asian immigrants.
Parking As a downtown parish, taking public transportation is always easier, but there is a city parkade across the street that offers free parking on Sundays.
Additional observations St. Andrew’s is the cathedral church of the diocese of Victoria, British Columbia, which encompasses all of Vancouver Island (there are ferry routes from Washington State and Vancouver, or you can fly). It is a majestic old church built in 1892, and features Victorian Gothic architecture, including a 175-foot spire. Due to the age of the church, renovation is ongoing. Its interior features traditional stained glass windows and artwork.
Why? It is like wearing a colored T-Shirt with a Brioni suit. At least we are spared the laundry list of Vietnamese, Tagalog, Hindi, Magyar, Kyrgyz, and, oh yes, Spanish masses (but no Latin). Nope, see it as ancient architecture and find a place with a Traditional Mass. And, what does “good liturgical music” mean anyway? Is a “flute” a sacred, or profane, instrument/ How about a “tonette”? Perhaps all can gather ’round the old altar of the meal and do the hokey-pokey while our fat nuns, decked out in rainbow colored sheets dance to the celestial “U Can’t Touch This”.
Somebody got up on the wrong side of the bed of nails today!
1 Samuel 10:5 — “When you arrive at Gibeah of God, where the garrison of the Philistines is located, you will meet a band of prophets coming down from the altar on the hill. They will be playing a harp, a tambourine, a flute, and a lyre, and they will be prophesying. ”
If you don’t like flutes, you might dislike Heaven intensely.
Especially when you run into people who speak those “tongues” you always denigrate…tut, tut!
Wow great Gothic exterior then BAM! Inside no high altar, no communion rail, no statues, no kneelers, stripped completely of anything remotely Catholic and most of all no Traditional Latin Mass!!! Looks like any Baptist church to me.
I see the Altar of Sacrifice, smack dab in the middle, and that’s enough for me.
That is, as the name suggest, where the priest celebrate the Sacrifice of Calvary, about which you may have heard?
That’s called a protestant dinner table!!
I was married in this church in 1978. Its as beautiful now as it was then :)