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The first Catholic Parish on the Gulf coast was established at Mobile in 1703, one year after the founding of Mobile. In 1704, Father Henri Roulleaux De la Vente was canonically installed as the first pastor of the Church of Fort Louis de la Louisiane (Mobile). When the City of Mobile was relocated to its present site in 1711, the Parish Church was rebuilt on the West side of Royal street just North of Conti Street, under the patronage of Our Lady of Mobile. It was in 1781, in Mobile's Spanish period, that the parish received its present title “Church of the Immaculate Conception.”

When bishop Michael Portier became the First Bishop of Mobile in 1829, he set out to build a Cathedral befitting the name.

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Holiday Mass Schedule 2018-2019

Thanksgiving Day Mass:

Thanksgiving Day Mass, Thursday, November 22nd will be at 9:00am. (Please note there will be no 12:10pm Mass on Thanksgiving Day at the Cathedral)

Christ the King Sunday:

Christ the King Sunday will be on Sunday, November 25th. We will have our regular 4:30pm Vigil Mass and 8:00am Sunday morning Mass. The Christ the King procession begins at 10:30AM from Bienville Square with the Mass starting at 11:00am.

Christmas and New Year’s Mass Schedule:

December 24, Monday: Confessions from 3:00-4:00pm

  • Christmas Eve Vigil Mass - Monday at 4:30pm
  • Cathedral Basilica Pontifical Choir Christmas Program at 11:30pm
  • Midnight Mass at Midnight

December 25, Tuesday: Christmas Day Mass at 9:00am (Please note there will be no 12:10pm Mass on Christmas Day at the Cathedral)

December 31, Monday: Regular Mass at 12:10pm with Confessions from 11:45am to 12:05pm. Vigil Mass on Monday, December 31st at 5:30pm.

January 1, Tuesday: Solemnity of Mary Mother of God – A Holy Day of Obligation, with Mass at 9:00 am. (Please note there will be no 12:10pm Mass on New Year’s Day at the Cathedral)


All Musical Offerings in the Cathedral are for the public and are without charge.


  • 11/9  (Friday) 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm     ART WALK   Tommy Watts, Organist Government St. Presbyterian Church
  • 12/1  (Saturday)  7:00pm   Mobile's Singing Children, Susan Hoitt, Director
  • 12/8 (Saturday) 7:30pm    Gloria Dei Chorale, Louis Daniel
  • 12/11 (Tuesday) 7:30pm   MESSIAH, Christmas Portion  4 Strings, 14 voices and a Harpsichord, Clinton Doolittle
  • 12/14 (Friday)   7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm   ART WALK Spencer Frost- violin, Clinton Doolittle-piano 
  • 12/24 (Monday)
    • Christmas Eve Mass – 4:30pm
    • Mass with Choir 11:30pm~12:00 Fantasia on Christmas Carols-R. Vaughan Williams


  • 1/11 (Friday)  7:00pm, 7:30pm,  8:00pm,  8:30pm    ART WALK    "Music in the Cathedral"
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