FAQs

Pledging your time and talents How can I get more involved?

There are many volunteer opportunities to choose from.
If the drama of the Liturgy interests you, information on serving as a reader, acolyte, Lay Eucharistic Minster, Lay Healing Minister or if you’d rather work behind the scenes as flower arranger or a member of the altar guild, information can be found HERE

Information about Outreach, Breakfast Ministry, Noel Night, New Year’s Day Feast etc.. can be found HERE

 

Baptism

Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.  Each candidate for Holy Baptism is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons.

Sponsors of adults and older children present their candidates and thereby signify their endorsement of the candidates and their intention to support them by prayer and example in their Christian life. Sponsors of infants, commonly called godparents, present their candidates, make promises in their own names, and also take vows on behalf of their candidates.  It is fitting that parents be included among the godparents of their own children. Parents and godparents are to be instructed in the meaning of Baptism, in their duties to help the new Christians grow in the knowledge and love of God, and in their responsibilities as members of his Church.

Adults desiring to be baptized or to have their child baptized should speak to one of the clergy or contact the Cathedral office so that all arrangements can be made at least two weeks in advance of the dates listed by calling (313) 831-5000).

Baptism Dates for 2017

January 8 – The Feast of Our Lord’s Baptism
8:15 am or 11:00 am service

April 15 – The Great Vigil of Easter
8:00 pm service

June 4 – Pentecost
8:15 am or 11:00 am service

August 13 – The Feast of St. Mary (tr.)
8:15 am or 11:00 am service

November 5 – All Saints’ Day
8:15 am or 11:00 am service

To schedule a baptism, please contact the Cathedral office at 313-831-5000. All requests and submission of the required information should be made at least two full weeks in advance of the appointed date.  Baptismal preparation is required in advance of the baptism, usually on the Saturday morning before the Sunday service.

Confirmation, Reception & Reaffirmation

In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop.

Those baptized as adults, unless baptized with laying on of hands by a bishop, are also expected to make a public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism in the presence of a bishop and to receive the laying on of hands.

Confirmation is regularly held at the Cathedral as a part of the Great Vigil of Easter – the Easter Eve service on Saturday evening.  It is a very ancient and beautiful service, and is presided over by the Rt. Rev’d Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr., the Bishop of the Diocese of Michigan.

People of the Cathedral community interested in being Confirmed should contact the Cathedral office at (313) 831-5000. Members of other Episcopal Churches should be in contact with their clergy.  Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation at the Great Vigil is open to all congregations of the Diocese.

Reception is for those who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation in another tradition (such as the Roman Catholic or Orthodox church), and desire to be received into the Episcopal Tradition of Christianity.

Reaffirmation is often appropriate when someone who has already been baptized and confirmed has been away from the Church for a considerable period of time and wishes to reaffirm or recommit to their baptismal vows.

 

Weddings

The Episcopal Church considers the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage to be a Sacrament, and further, one that is rightly experienced in the midst of the Community of Faith — the bride and groom are not the only ones who make vows in the service. Because of this understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage, the Cathedral does not function as a public wedding chapel.

The Episcopal Church requires that at least one of the individuals being married be baptized, and premarital preparation is required. If there have been previous marriages for either person there may be additional requirements. Members of the congregation are welcome to hold their wedding at the Cathedral following the appropriate guidelines.

It is also expected that those whose marriage is to be celebrated and blessed at the Cathedral will participate in the worship life of this congregation.  For this reason, a couple must be a regular (over 50% of the Sundays) part of the worshiping community for at least six months, before discussion with the Dean about a wedding at the Cathedral can take place.  This includes even scheduling the date.  It is also expected that the couple will be pledging to the mission and ministry of the Cathedral, and also be current in that pledge.  Arrangements maybe made for children of active parishioners who are worshipping in other places due to school, work, missionary or military service.

Prospective couples who are not Cathedral members are welcome to come and explore whether the Cathedral is the right spiritual home for you, and to investigate becoming a part of the Cathedral congregation. One of the of the clergy would gladly discuss this with you. Please contact the Cathedral Office to schedule an appointment.

Other Episcopalians, active in congregations in the Diocese of Michigan, may make arrangements to have their wedding at the Cathedral subject to approval of the Dean and their own congregation’s clergy.
All weddings at the Cathedral are conducted according the liturgy and canons of the Episcopal Church.

For more information, including the complete Wedding Guide for Couples, please contact the Cathedral Office at (313) 831-5000.

Bishop Wendell Gibbs Jr. issued a letter outlining the procedure all clergy must abide by in performing a same-sex wedding. This includes information about when these marriages may begin to take place in the Diocese of Michigan.

 

Funerals

Please contact the Cathedral Office at (313) 831-5000 and ask for one of the clergy.

 

Photo Policy

Download the PDF of our Photo Policy

THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST. PAUL PHOTO POLICY OVERVIEW

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul is a privately owned and operated non-profit (ecclesiastical) organization that receives no federal or national church funding. The Cathedral, including the works of art adorning the Cathedral and its grounds, are protected by copyright. The Cathedral reserves all rights to the reproduction, public distribution, public display, and usage, in any medium, of representations of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, including but not limited to photography, video, and artistic renderings. Any publication or public display, including all forms of electronic and digital/social media, of any such image of The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, whether in whole or in part, is subject to the prior written approval of the Dean of the Cathedral or his/her designee.

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce photographs taken on Cathedral grounds.

During Your Visit

Still photography is permitted for private, non-commercial use only in the Cathedral’s spaces devoted to touring. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever. Photography is not permitted during worship services or events. Tripods and/or freestanding lighting equipment are not permitted without special arrangements (see below).

Usage Permissions

Public access provided to Cathedral premises for the purpose of making photographs does not imply approval of their publication. The terms of approval for publication are to be agreed upon in writing between photographer or publisher and Cathedral representative prior to any publication.

Requests for permission to reproduce photographic images of The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in the form of products for resale and requests for other commercial photography of the Cathedral are to be addressed to the Cathedral Office. Commercial photography includes instances wherein there is an actual or intended exchange of money or favors for the use, usage rights, ownership, or copyright of images created in any form or medium.

Requests related to educational projects or academic coursework, or academic research should be directed to the Cathedral Office.

Requests to use photographs from the Cathedral’s photography archives may be made when the appearance of such an image or detail of the Cathedral’s artifacts is mutually beneficial to the Cathedral and the publication and represents the Cathedral in a positive image. Please make such requests in writing to the Cathedral Office.

Press

For members of the press, permission to photograph or film Cathedral events and services may be given through the Cathedral Office. For most special service there will be a designated pressarea.

Access to areas not normally open to the public must be scheduled in advance, and a designated member of the Cathedral staff must accompany the photographer. Access to certain areas of the Cathedral premises at certain times may be restricted without notice as required to ensure the safety and convenience of Cathedral visitors and staff.

A designated member of the Cathedral staff must be present if any equipment other than handheld camera and lighting are to be used. Tripods and/or freestanding lighting equipment may create a safety hazard or impede efficient traffic flow in the Cathedral, and approval for their use and placement is at the discretion of the Cathedral staff.

Assignments

The Cathedral occasionally retains independent freelancers or professional volunteers for photo assignments. All freelance assignments will be coordinated through the Cathedral Office. Unless otherwise stated, copyright ownership for images created during such assignments remains with the Cathedral.

Wedding Photo & Video

Please see the Cathedral Wedding Guide for requirements regarding wedding photo and video.The guide requires either a $200 deposit or an appointment with cathedral clergy not less than two weeks prior to the wedding.

Other Requests

Requests by individuals or groups wishing to take posed photographs on Cathedral premises for personal use or events not otherwise directly associated with the Cathedral itself are not granted.

CONTACT

For press and other special photography inquiries, including film and video projects, commercial or educational, please contact the Cathedral at info@detroitcathedral.org or call 313-831-5000 and ask for the Cathedral Office. For photography requests, e-mail is preferred. Please allowsufficient time for a response.