Welcome to
TRINITY Cathedral


A warm welcome to the Cathedral by Rev. Aidan. Something that let’s people know that they are welcome, no matter who they are. A warm welcome to the Cathedral by Rev. Aidan. Something that let’s people know that they are welcome, no matter who they are. 

A warm welcome to the Cathedral by Rev. Aidan. Something that let’s people know that they are welcome, no matter who they are. A warm welcome to the Cathedral by Rev. Aidan. Something that let’s people know that they are welcome, no matter who they are. 



Our Mission

The Episcopal Church exists to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. At Trinity Cathedral, we share the love of Jesus by creating space for all people to worship, serve, and find refuge.

Our Beliefs

We believe in God the Father.
We believe in Jesus, His Son.
We believe in the Holy Spirit.

Our Values

  1. Word and Sacrament: The ministry of Word and Sacrament is the core of our life together. We proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through the preaching and teaching of the Word and the giving and receiving of the Sacraments. We embrace the gifts of our heritage: Anglican theology, music, and The Book of Common Prayer, its liturgy, and prayer.

  2. Renewal: Believing God is making all things new, we seek to be a place of lifelong renewal for the people of our parish, Trinity Cathedral, and the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.

  3. Refuge: We aim to be a place of welcome that builds an inclusive community of people. We long for authentic relationships, which means being open to a relationship with God and then risking relationships with others. Whoever you are, wherever you are in your faith journey, you are welcome here.

  4. Community Engagement: Attentive to the needs and passions of our community, we seek to offer our time, resources, and ourselves to discern and further God’s good work in the world.

  5. Stewardship: We are called to generous and faithful stewardship of the gifts we have received: our faith, our history, our Cathedral, and our resources.

Join us every sunday morning

8:30 AM | Said Service
10:30 AM | Choral Service

frequently ASKED Questions

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is an Episcopal church. It is the Cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.


As Episcopalians, we are members of the worldwide Anglican Communion under the leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

There is no dress code at the Cathedral. There aren’t any unwritten rules or expectations either. Some people choose to dress up for Sunday worship, while others feel more comfortable dressing down. If you’re on your way to the game, feel free to stop in wearing your  team’s jersey.  Please wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. 

Kids are an important part of the worshiping community at Trinity Cathedral.  We encourage children to participate in all parts of the community's worship. Near the pulpit on the right side of the church, there is a children’s area that provides our youngest members with a full view of the altar area. Kids are invited to move, play, and participate as we worship together. Should you need to step out with your child, the children’s area provides easy access to nearby restrooms and the parish hall.


At Trinity Cathedral, all baptized people are welcome to receive Holy Communion. This includes children! Some parents, however, prefer to wait until their children are older. If you do not want your baptized children to receive Communion until a later age, please instruct them to cross their arms over their chest, and the priest will offer them a blessing.


Below are some articles, resources, and ideas that we have found helpful on our journey towards being an inter-generational worshiping community.  We hope that you find them helpful, too!


Welcoming Children in Our Church by St. Columba's Episcopal Church (Washington DC) and Tracey E. Herzer

Teaching Your Child about Worship by Delia Halverson 

Children in Worship by Carol A. Wehrheim 

Children in the Liturgy by the Rev. Dr. Louis Weil

On Sundays limited street parking is available for free downtown. Discounted ($1) parking is available on Sundays at the nearby Oliver, Mellon Square, and Smithfield garages.


Please remember to stamp your parking ticket when you arrive at the Cathedral or when you leave. To receive the discount you will need your parking ticket stamped and pay the $1 fee in cash at the attendant’s window. 


During the week parking is available at many garages and with limited street parking. www.ParkPGH.org offers a map of the area parking garages with real-time updates on the number of available spaces.


Public Transportation: Numerous Port Authority Bus Routes stop near and in front of Trinity Cathedral on Sixth Ave. Trinity Cathedral is within walking distance of the Wood Street and Steel Plaza T stops Downtown.

All are welcome to join us at any of our services.  Whoever you are, wherever you are on your faith journey, you are welcome here. We welcome all regardless of age, race, gender, or sexual orientation. If you're passing through Pittsburgh, please feel free to stop by as well. We are excited for you to join us.

Any baptized Christian, regardless of age or denomination, is welcome to take Communion at Trinity Cathedral. 

Cathedrals have less to do with the shape or look of the building, than with the authority and spiritual leadership of the Bishop. Cathedrals house a special chair for the Bishop, called a cathedra, from which they exercise their spiritual authority over the diocese. Because of this, cathedrals are often understood as the “mother church” of the local diocese.

Yes, individual tours and tour groups are welcome to visit the cathedral. If you would like to schedule a tour you make arrangements by contacting our staff at office@trinitycathedralpgh.org. Scheduled tours are typically led by the Cathedral docent.

The Cathedral welcomes self-guided tours and is open to the public Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 2:00pm. Tours are also available following our 10:30 am Holy Eucharist service.

The Cathedral and our burial ground is open to the public Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. All people are welcome to the Cathedral as place of prayer and meditation. 

Communion frequently ASKED Questions

If you’re new to the Episcopal Church, taking Communion can be confusing. Here are some common questions and their answers.

All baptized Christians, regardless of denomination, are welcome to take Communion in the Episcopal Church. If for any reason, you don’t want to receive Communion, you are still invited to come forward, kneel, and cross your arms over your chest. The priest will say a prayer of blessing for you. If you have not been baptized, we would love to talk to you about getting baptized! Please contact the church office to find out about our baptism preparation class.

If they are baptized, yes! Some parents, however, prefer to wait until their children are older. If you do not want your baptized children to receive Communion until a later age, please instruct them to cross their arms over their chest, and the priest will offer them a blessing. Periodically, we offer a Communion Preparation Class for children in the third grade (or older). Please contact the church office if you are interested.

After the Priest invites the congregation to receive Communion (“The gifts of God for the people of God”), the lay ministers will receive Communion around the altar. After that, the acolytes will dismiss the congregation, row by row, to come forward and receive Communion. When you’re dismissed, please go to the altar rail, kneel (if you’re able—some people stand if kneeling is difficult for them), and put your hands out to receive the bread. The minister will put the bread in your hands. You then have two choices: Some people eat the bread immediately, then when the chalice (cup) of wine is presented, they drink from the cup. Others will hold on to their wafer of bread, then dip it in the wine when it is presented. This is called intinction. They then immediately consume the wafer and wine. After receiving Communion, please return to your pew along the side aisles.

To get to the altar rail, you have to go up two steps. If stairs are difficult for you, please come to the standing Communion station in front of the baptismal font. It is located at the front left side of the church. Alternatively, let an usher know and we will happily bring Communion to you where you are seated.

Yes. We currently offer GF wafers and a GF-only chalice at the altar rail. As you’re kneeling, when the priest comes to you, simply tell him “Gluten free,” and he will provide you with a GF wafer and the GF-only chalice. Take the GF wafer and dip it in the cup to receive Communion.

Don’t worry! This happens all the time. The priest or lay minister will pick it up. Since it has been consecrated, it will not be thrown in the trash. Rather, the priest or minister will consume it.

No. If you do not want to drink the wine, cross your arms over your chest after receiving the bread. This lets the minister know to not offer you wine. Alternatively, some members hold on to the bread and simply tap the wafer on the edge of the cup as a symbolic way of partaking of the wine.

In the Episcopal Church, the Holy Eucharist is also known as Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper. Eucharist comes from the Greek words meaning “good” and “gift.” It literally means “Thanksgiving.” The Holy Eucharist is the way Jesus himself has given us to remember and enter again into the events of Jesus’ atoning death and glorious resurrection—the greatest expression of God’s gracious love for us. In this meal, we are reminded that we are one Body, united to God and one another. As we eat and drink as one family, we dwell in Jesus, and he in us.


Episcopalians have a wide range of beliefs on what actually happens to the bread and wine. Traditionally, we do not adhere to what is called Transubstantiation (in which the bread and wine actually become the real body and blood of Christ). We do, however believe that Christ is present in a mysterious way as we eat the bread and drink the wine, remembering his death and resurrection for us. If you have questions about this, or any other matter of theology, please contact the Rector.