Parish Groups

The following groups are active in the parish. Find out more about their work here and contact them using the form below if you are interested in joining their work.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The RCIA group meets throughout the year in order to help those who are interested in understanding more about the Catholic faith, with a view to becoming members of the Church. Those who attend have an opportunity to explore the Catholic faith with others and to meet and talk to Catholics about their beliefs. The group meets every Tuesday evening from September to May at 7pm. Contact us for more information.

St Vincent de Paul Society (SSVP)

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) provide badly needed help and assistance in a variety of forms to many in need from the Cathedral parish and those passing through the city. Volunteers visit people at home as well as others in the parish who are in hospital, hospice or prison - no distinction is made on the basis of religious belief.  

Volunteers look to support our brothers and sisters with a conviction which shows that by giving freely of ourselves, we are more aware of the love of Christ.  

Young Adults’ Group

The Young Adults’ Group is a dynamic group of young people (aged 18-30) who wish to grow closer to Jesus Christ through catechesis, discussion, prayer and friendship. The group meets each Wednesday in term time at 7pm in the cathedral hall for a talk given by an invited speaker followed by some time spent in prayer.

Please contact Fr Jamie for more information.

Divine Mercy Group

The Divine Mercy Group was initiated as an answer to Jesus' call to spread the message of God's love within the world. The group tries to help people to live this truth daily, praying in spiritual unity and doing deeds of mercy. 

On the second Sunday of each month, at 4pm, the group gathers in the Cathedral for prayer and adoration. It is an opportunity to pray together and worship Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament through song, meditation and recitation of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.

Justice and Peace Group

The Justice and Peace group exists to advise the Catholic Church in matters relating to social justice, international peace and human rights, and promote action in these areas.  The group meets every 2 months. Please contact Paul Henderson for more information.

music group

The Cathedral has had a history of beautiful music since it opened in 1814 and is home to one of the largest pipe organs in the UK.

The Cathedral Choir comprises a mix of music scholars and volunteers with Michael Ferguson as Director of Music. Their singing enhances the majesty of the liturgical celebrations at many Masses and other liturgical events.  Read more about music at the Cathedral here.

legion of mary

The Legion of Mary is an international lay association which seeks to help its members grow in holiness through devotion to Our Lady and by carrying out works of mercy. The Cathedral has a particularly strong young adult membership.

social committee

The social committee helps develop and foster a stronger community spirit.  St Mary's Cathedral is a large and diverse city parish with unique challenges and the committee aims to build a fully engaged community. This is done in many different ways, but the goal is bringing people together through friendly and relaxed social events.  As well as being rewarding, it's good fun too -  getting to know our neighbours that wee bit better is key to the health of a thriving parish. 

finance committee

The Parish Finance Council is a requirement under Canon Law (cf. Code of Canon Law 537).  

Members of the Cathedral Finance Committee are Monsignor Patrick Burke (Administrator), Martin Cassels, Pino di Emidio, Nicola McDonagh, John Macfarlane (Chair), Caroline Reid (Cathedral Finance Officer). The parish accounts for 2017 are available here (pdf).

Parish Council


The Parish Council meets monthly to advise the Administrator on matters relating to the running of the Cathedral and its future direction, where appropriate.  You can contact the Parish Council directly using the email address


The Church cleaning groups are dedicated teams of volunteers who keep our Cathedral looking clean and beautiful. There are two groups - one that meets on Saturday morning and the other that meets during the week. Sign up for one or both of them using the form below!

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