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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 2019-2020

  • Christmas and New Year’s Mass Schedule:
    December 24, Tuesday: Confessions from 3:00-4:00pm
    Christmas Eve Vigil Mass - Tuesday at 4:30pm
    Cathedral Basilica Pontifical Choir Christmas Program at 11:30pm
    Midnight Mass at Midnight
  • December 25, Wednesday: Christmas Day Mass at 9:00am
    (Please note there will be no 12:10pm Mass on Christmas Day at the Cathedral)
  • December 31, Tuesday: Regular Mass at 12:10pm with Confessions from 11:45am to 12:05pm.
    Vigil Mass on Tuesday, December 31st at 5:30pm.

  • January 1, Wednesday: 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)
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