St. Patrick's Cathedral

Thunder Bay, Ontario

211 South Archibald Street
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1G4
Phone: (807) 622-5389 Fax: (807) 622-1529

Parish Ministries



Ministry is service to our sisters and brothers in Christ which was mandated by Jesus and to which Christians are called at their Baptism.  Many choose to fulfill this mandate and  Baptismal call to serve God’s people by participating in one of the following Parish Ministries.

Please call the Parish Office (622-5389) if you wish to be trained and mandated as a Parish Minister.



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Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are entrusted with the ministry of nourishing God’s People with the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass. Some also bring Holy Communion to the sick.
Coordinator: Ms. Marie Petranova
Training Coordinator: Mrs. Pauline Glena



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Those who are gifted in reading in public may request to be trained and mandated to proclaim God’s Word during our Liturgies. The Reader prepares to proclaim through prayer and reflection on the Word of God.
Coordinator and Instructor: Mrs. Laura Prodanyk




OUR CATHEDRAL YOUTH ALTAR SERVERS  (and future Christian Leaders of the Church)

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These young girls and boys of our Parish with their leader and trainer, Bill Vass and his senior server assistants, Taren Campanotto and Nicholas Blake are faithful to their calling to serve the Lord at the altar and His People at Mass. 



Adult Mass Servers on the Lord’s Day
These men and women faithfully serve Mass on Saturday evening at 5:00 pm and on Sunday morning at 8:30 am.
Coordinator and Instructor: Mr. Bill Vass

Adult Weekday Mass Servers
Coordinator: Ms. Karilyn Fedyk
Servers: Ms. Karilyn Fedyk,  Mrs. Alice Ward, Mrs. Rose Cupelli and Mr. Pasquale Giancola.

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Adult Funeral Servers

These Altar Ministers are members   of the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Women’s League. They support our bereaved families by serving at Funeral Masses which are celebrated in the Cathedral.
Coordinator: Mr. Anthony Cano

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Those who are called to this ministry of compassion are mandated to support our parishioners who are ill at home, in hospitals or in long term care facilities. They represent the Parish when they weekly visit the sick, bring them Holy Communion and express to them the prayerful support of all our parishioners.
Parish Ministers: Mrs. Monica Osadec & Ms. Zita Skunta
Diocesan Minister to the Sick: Sister Dolores Turgeon, CSJ


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The Christian Meditation Prayer Group

This group meets each week on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm in their Prayer Room (downstairs in the Cathedral). They seek the Lord and His ways in silent reflection, following the spirituality which was introduced in 1975 by a Benedictine priest, Father John Main.
Director: Mrs. Alice Ward

Our Daily Rosary Prayer Group
Our parishioners gather during the week before Mass to pray the Rosary together in Church.  Everyone leads in this communal prayer to Our Blessed Mother.


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During our 10:30 am Sunday Mass from September to June, all children who are 12 years of age and under are invited to take part in our Children’s Liturgy Program. It provides them with an age-level appropriate way to pray and worship. A supervised children’s nursery is also available for children under the age of 4. Children who have made their First Communion rejoin their families in the Church after the homily.
Coordinator: Mrs. Leanne Joseph, Mrs. Rosanna Roussin and Mrs. Crystal Tustian.
First Communion Classes Instructors: Mrs. Pam Brusadin and Mrs. Mara Hockenhull.


R.C.I.A. Formation Leadership Team
This Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults team is a volunteer group of dedicated witnesses of Faith which directs the process of discernment in adults who believe that they may be called to join the Church.
To assist those adults who seek full initiation in the Church, parishioners at large are invited to journey with them and to witness to their own Faith as Sponsors or Godparents. If you feel that God is calling you to serve in this ministry of Christian witness, please call the Parish Office (622-5389).
R.C.I.A. Director (Parish & Diocesan): Mrs. Judy Stankus
R.C.I.A. Team: Mrs. Janice Harasyn & Ms. Pauline Krupa


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The tasteful decoration of a sacred space should inspire wonder, prayer and reflection. The environment should reflect the supernatural in all its beauty and glory. Mrs. Arlysse Otway, with the help of others, donates her time and her artistic gifts to decorate our Cathedral Worship environment befitting its sacred character.
Director: Mrs. Arlysse Otway
Assistants: Mr. Patrick Otway, Mr. Erick Villanueva, Rev. Mr. Richard Baxter and Mr. Richard  Pogue

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These ministers prepare and care for all the Sacred Vessels, linens, vestments and sacramentals.
Coordinators: Mr. Erick Villanueva and Mr. & Mrs. Ronnel & Ruth Hernandez



Lord’s Day Greeters & Ushers
These ministers offer hospitality to all who enter our Cathedral. They also assist with seating, taking up collections and distributing bulletins and hymnals.
Coordinator of Hospitality Ministry: Mrs. Patti Cameron
Lead Ushers: Mr. Joseph Johnson, Mr. Wayne Murphy, Mr.Everett Barrett, Mr. Gaetan Joubert & Mr. Pasquale Giancola.

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Funeral Greeters and Funeral Assistance Ministers

These Ministers of Welcome and Assistance offer consolation to our bereaved families in their times of loss.
Coordinator of Funeral Greeters: Mrs. Mary Rabachuk
Funeral Assistants: Ms. Marie Vanderwey and Mrs. Joan Joubert

Ministers of Community Building: Coffee Sunday
These parishioners help to build up our community by coordinating and volunteering at our monthly social gathering.
Overall Coordinators: Mr. and Mrs. Phil and Rosanna Roussin and their daughters Nadia and Natasha.
Sunday 8:30 am Mass Volunteer: Mr. Terry Cano

Grief Support Ministers
This special Ministry is designed to support bereaved individuals in their grief after the loss of a loved one. 
Coordinator: Mr. Dale Smyk

Funeral Reception Servers
When a Funeral takes place in our church, bereaved families may request a reception in the Auditorium, usually following the interment or sometimes, immediately following the Funeral Mass. This volunteer team hosts the receptions.

Coordinator: Mrs. Joleene Kemp

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Parish Stewardship Ministers

Each week, these volunteers count and prepare the weekend Offertory donations for deposit in our Parish General Account.
Ministers: Mrs. Joleene Kemp, Ms. Kris Knapik & Mrs. Lenore Waplak

Parish Office Ministers
These ministers regularly volunteer their time to assist in the Parish Office.

Ministers: Mrs. Pauline Glena & Mrs. Joleene Kemp
2. These volunteers meet on a weekly basis in the Parish Office to help prepare the Sunday Bulletin for distribution.
Ministers: Mrs. Berna Meyer & Mrs. Lenore Waplak



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Preparation for Baptism Ministers
Parents and the Godparents they choose are expected to attend one Baptism Preparation class before the celebration.
Instructors: Rev. Mr. John Myers & Ms. Therese Lim

First Confession and First Communion Preparation Ministers
Instructors’ Coordinator: Mrs. Pam Brusadin

Preparation for Confirmation Ministers
Instructors’ Coordinator: Msgr. P. Stilla

Marriage Course Instructors
Couples who plan to marry in the Cathedral participate in a marriage preparation course taught in the Auditorium by a team of couples on one weekend in the Spring.
Team Coordinator: Mr. Dale Smyk
Team: Karen & Camille Arsenault and Daphne & Mark Doble.

Marriage Rehearsal Ministers
Couples and the members of their bridal party arrange to take part in a rehearsal 1 or 2 days prior to their wedding.
Ministers: Ms. Therese Lim & Mrs. Joleene Kemp


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St. Anthony of Padova, often referred to as,  the ‘Saint of the Poor’ committed himself to a life of Christian witness by assisting those most in need. Our Cathedral Parish continues this important ministry through St. Anthony’s Poor Fund.  All contributions to this Fund are used to assist many charitable initiatives in our community each year.
Donations can be placed in the ‘poor box’ located under St. Anthony’s statue which is adjacent to the Sanctuary and, to the left of the main altar.
All who contribute to this fund are ‘Ministers to the Poor’.

Total donations collected in 2016 …… $3, 973. 87

These funds were distributed in February, 2017 and helped the following local charities:

St. Andrew’s ‘Dew Drop Inn’:  $ 1, 500.
St. Vincent de Paul Society of the South Ward:  $ 500.
St. Vincent de Paul Society of the North Ward :  $ 350.
Refugee Assistance Program:  $ 1, 000.
Diocesan Catholic Action:  $ 500.
Thunder Bay Food Bank:  $ 123.87