"So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."

Psalm 90:12

Milestones

Life within the Church

St. Luke's Cathedral Choir enhances the experience of worship and leads the congregation in celebrating the word of the Lord through song. The choir sings during the 10:30 a.m. service, the monthly Evensong, and special Cathedral events. If requested, the choir will also sing at funerals and weddings.

If you are interested in our services, please contact our Cathedral office through our contact form or call us at 705-254-7144.

Weddings

St. Luke’s Cathedral Wedding Information (2017)

 

The following are policies and requirements have been outlined either by the Anglican Church and the Government of Ontario. These policies and requirements must be met for a wedding to be held at St. Luke’s Cathedral.

 

 

Requirements of the Anglican Church

 

All marriages within the Anglican Church must conform to all Canadian marriage laws and the Canons of this Cathedral. Furthermore, marriage within the Cathedral must be between at least one baptised person and attested by no less than two witnesses.

The engaged couple is also required to participate in premarital counselling. Premarital counselling focuses on examining various aspects of the couple’s relationship. It is intended to prepare the couple for a lifelong Christian marriage and deepen their relationship with the church.

 

The Wedding Ceremony:

 

Christian marriage is a request for God’s blessing upon a covenant freely undertaken by two eligible people for their lifetime. The service for the Celebration and Blessing of the Marriage is celebrated around the framework of the Eucharist, a sacrament of the church. The Anglican Church prescribes the form of the service, and neither the Reverend nor the couple is free to alter the service beyond the permissible options.

 

The Blessing of a Civil Marriage:

 

For couples who have been married in the presence of civil authority, The Book of Common Prayer provides for a blessing within the church, including the exchange of vows and rings. Those who desire such a ceremony may make arrangements with Dean of St. Luke’s Cathedral.

 

 

St. Luke Cathedral Requirements

 

St. Luke’s Cathedral requires at least 90 days advanced notice before a wedding. Please contact the office administrator at (705) 254-7144 to initiate the planning process.

 

The Very Reverend Dean James McShane must approve of the wedding date before being scheduled on the Cathedral calendar. The date of the wedding is dependent upon the availability of the Dean.

 

Ceremonies may be scheduled at any time, expect during the season of Lent, nor the weekend after Easter Sunday. Typically, the Cathedral does not schedule more than one wedding on any given day. The wedding rehearsal will be set once the marriage date is arranged.

 

Any announcements of a wedding at St. Luke’s Cathedral should not be made until the couple has had an interview with the Dean, the Dean consents to officiate, and the couple signs the Cathedral’s Statement of Understanding.

 

 

Civil Requirements

 

Obtaining an Ontario Marriage Licence

 

To obtain an Ontario marriage license couples must request one together at any municipal office within the Province of Ontario. Each person is required to bring two pieces of government-issued identification; including one piece of photo identification.

 

Examples of government-issued identification:

​​

  • Government-Issued Birth Certificate, including any change of name certificates

  • Valid Passport

  • Record of Immigrant Landing

  • Canadian Citizenship Card

  • Valid Driver’s Licence

  • Valid Ontario Photo Card

 

Be advised that the cost of a marriage license varies depending on the municipality. Furthermore, an Ontario marriage licence is valid for 90 days from the issued date.

 

City of Sault Ste Marie, Municipal Office

 

99 Foster Drive
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A1X6

Phone: (705) 759-2500

Cathedral Wedding Arrangements

 

 

St. Luke's Cathedral Policies

 

 

Wedding Officiates:

 

Traditionally the Dean officiates weddings within the Cathedral; however, Anglican clergy from other churches may also officiate if arrangements are made with the Dean.

 

Clergy of other dominations or faiths may be invited to assist with a wedding ceremony, but the Dean of St. Luke’s Cathedral will be responsible for officiating the exchange of vows, and rings, as well as the final blessing.

 

Music:

 

St. Luke’s Cathedral’s Organist and Choirmaster Stephen Mallinger is responsible for planning the appropriate music for the wedding service in accordance with the traditions of the church. If organ or piano music is to be played, Mr. Mallinger will perform. If the services of another organist, or pianist is preferred, a bench fee is required. If vocal music is desired, Mr. Mallinger will arrange the services of a professional singer from the St. Luke’s Choir.

 

Music preferences should be discussed with Mr. Mallinger in advance. Due to the sacred nature of the Marriage Rite, music outside of the sacred repertoire (popular songs, show tunes, etc.) are best played at the reception.

Often     Mr. Mallinger does not attend the rehearsal. There will be an additional charge if the music is required at the rehearsal.

 

Flowers:

 

If special floral arrangements are desired, please contact the Cathedral office at an appropriate time for delivery. It must be agreed that any floral arrangement placed on the high altar for the ceremony will remain there for the upcoming Sunday worship service.

 

Photographer:

 

No flash pictures are to be taken during the ceremony. Guests, as well as the professional photographer of the wedding, may use a flash at the beginning of the procession and when the procession outreaches the rear of the Cathedral. Other pictures may be taken during the ceremony using available light as long as the photographer is unobtrusive.

 

Posed photos may be taken either before or after the ceremony. Please schedule use of the church for pictures in advance of the wedding as we allow no longer than 30 minutes for posed pictures. Also, note that you may incur overtime fees if your wedding ends after the regular closing hours.

 

Videographer:

 

No available information.

 

Order of Service:

 

St. Luke’s Cathedral staff can assist in the creation of a personalized printed Order of Service for the wedding service. Cathedral staff will provide a template for the couple to add information.

 

Tower Bell Ringing:

 

For a unique highlight consider having the bells of St. Luke’s Cathedral peal across the downtown of Sault Ste Marie following the ceremony.

 

Parking:

 

Limited parking is available on Cathedral property. Additional parking can be found on Albert Street, across from the Cathedral in the public parking lot.

 

Other Considerations:

 

For safety reasons, no aisle runner is to be used at any time, and “Unity Candles” are not a part of the Anglican Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage. The use of rice or confetti is not permitted in the Cathedral or on the pavement outside.

 

 

Baptisms

The Junior Girls’ & Boys’ Auxiliary is made up of youth ages 5 to 17, and team leaders from Anglican churches, other denominations, and the Sault community. The program runs from October to April and features drama, music, scripture, crafts, games, fundraisers and parties. 

 

The program is lead by ten core leaders who offer their many skills as teachers and coaches. The goal of the program is to give young people a sense of self-worth and encourage them to try new things. The program is based on these five aims: to pray; to learn; to work; to give, and to tell. 

 

The program offers a diverse range of activities and events for its members. One of the highlights of the program is the annual Christmas play. Members can choose to be actors or help behind the scenes. Other events include fundraisers for charities the youth members choose to support. ​

 

For more information, please contact the Cathedral Office at (705) 254-7144, or through our contact form. 

 

In April 1885, Roberta Tilton headed a seven-woman delegation that proposed the founding of the Women’s Auxiliary for the Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada. Their efforts were welcomed with enthusiasm and the first Women’s Auxiliary was established. Today, the Women’s Auxiliary is known as the Anglican Church Women (ACW) group. All Anglican women are considered members even if they are not actively involved in ACW meetings or functions.

 

St. Luke’s Cathedral’s ACW group has served our community for several generations. The women of St. Luke’s ACW raise funds year-round for various programs and charities that make positive impacts on our community. Through leadership and hard work the women of St. Luke’s ACW coordinate their talents to host successful charity events. These events include bake sales, rummage sales, as well as the annual Cookie Walk, Winterfest, and Loonie Lunch.

 

 

Confirmations

St. Luke's Cathedral Choir enhances the experience of worship and leads the congregation in celebrating the word of the Lord through song. The choir sings during the 10:30 a.m. service, the monthly Evensong, and special Cathedral events. If requested, the choir will also sing at funerals and weddings.

 

The Cathedral Choir is led by Cathedral Organist and Choirmaster Stephen Mallinger. It is a four-voice mix choir including soprano, alto, tenor, and bass (SATB). On average, being a choir member is a four hour a week commitment, and anyone who likes to sing is welcome to join. The choir practices every Thursday and sings

 

Occasionally, the Cathedral Choir travels to England to sing at historical locations in the Church of England. Locations such as Great St. Mary's Church, Norwich Cathedral, and St. Edmundsbury Cathedral.

 

In April 1885, Roberta Tilton headed a seven-woman delegation that proposed the founding of the Women’s Auxiliary for the Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada. Their efforts were welcomed with enthusiasm and the first Women’s Auxiliary was established. Today, the Women’s Auxiliary is known as the Anglican Church Women (ACW) group. All Anglican women are considered members even if they are not actively involved in ACW meetings or functions.

 

St. Luke’s Cathedral’s ACW group has served our community for several generations. The women of St. Luke’s ACW raise funds year-round for various programs and charities that make positive impacts on our community. Through leadership and hard work the women of St. Luke’s ACW coordinate their talents to host successful charity events. These events include bake sales, rummage sales, as well as the annual Cookie Walk, Winterfest, and Loonie Lunch.

 

 

Funerals

The Junior Girls’ & Boys’ Auxiliary is made up of youth ages 5 to 17, and team leaders from Anglican churches, other denominations, and the Sault community. The program runs from October to April and features drama, music, scripture, crafts, games, fundraisers and parties. 

 

The program is lead by ten core leaders who offer their many skills as teachers and coaches. The goal of the program is to give young people a sense of self-worth and encourage them to try new things. The program is based on these five aims: to pray; to learn; to work; to give, and to tell. 

 

The program offers a diverse range of activities and events for its members. One of the highlights of the program is the annual Christmas play. Members can choose to be actors or help behind the scenes. Other events include fundraisers for charities the youth members choose to support. ​

 

For more information, please contact the Cathedral Office at (705) 254-7144, or through our contact form. 

 

In April 1885, Roberta Tilton headed a seven-woman delegation that proposed the founding of the Women’s Auxiliary for the Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada. Their efforts were welcomed with enthusiasm and the first Women’s Auxiliary was established. Today, the Women’s Auxiliary is known as the Anglican Church Women (ACW) group. All Anglican women are considered members even if they are not actively involved in ACW meetings or functions.

 

St. Luke’s Cathedral’s ACW group has served our community for several generations. The women of St. Luke’s ACW raise funds year-round for various programs and charities that make positive impacts on our community. Through leadership and hard work the women of St. Luke’s ACW coordinate their talents to host successful charity events. These events include bake sales, rummage sales, as well as the annual Cookie Walk, Winterfest, and Loonie Lunch.

 

 

©2016 by St. Luke's Cathedral.

Service Hours

Sunday Celebrations
8:00 a.m. | 10:30 a.m.

 

Midweek Communion
Tuesday at 12:10 p.m.

Litany of Reconciliation

Friday at 12:00 p.m.

St. Luke's Cathedral

160 Brock Street

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

P6A 3B7

705-254-7144

stlukescathedral@bellnet.ca

Office Hours

Monday - Friday

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.