Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, Hamilton

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Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King is a Roman Catholic church in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. The Cathedral was consecrated on December 19, 1933. It is the seat of the Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton, and the cathedral of the Diocese of Hamilton. The cathedral contains the cathedra (bishop's chair) of bishop the most Rev. Douglas Crosby D.D. OMI. The cathedral was raised to the status of a minor basilica on February 2013 by Pope Benedict XVI.On the south side of the bell tower, is the cornerstone blessed by Bishop McNally, builder of the Cathedral and fifth bishop of the diocese. It is a stone excavated from the Roman Catacombs to symbolize the cathedral's unity with the ancient Christian church, the first generation after Christ.Cathedral activitiesChrist the King Cathedral Masses are usually presided over by the parish rector, but occasionally, one of the bishops or guest priests will preside. The Cathedral is located atop a hill facing south. The South "King St." doors open up to a massive fine stone staircase leading down into the front parking lot. The pure gothic belltower containing a carillon of 23 bells, is 165 feet high and visible from a great distance. The largest bell called the Bourdon Bell, weighs 4½ tons and was donated by Prime Minister of Canada, R. Bennett, a friend of Bishop McNally's. At night, the Cathedral is illuminated by flood lights and creates an imposing sight, especially from the Hamilton escarpment.
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  • I attended Mass here on the feast of the Holy Rosary. A friend of mine became a concecrated virgin living in the world. The mass was beautiful. The outside of the Cathedral is under construction. The ...  more »
  • This cathedral gives you the feeling that you are right in Europe. It's splendour is worth viewing ( outside is under restoration) so no good pictures, but the inside is spectacular.  more »
  • when we arrived there, it was under renovation, the outside is covered by the construction mat, and we can't enter as well, so neither can take picture of inside nor outside, so disappointed, but it w...  more »
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  • I am a cinematographer for over 30 years and I have never been treated with so much disrespect. I can understand the church has rules which I can respect 10000% and I followed those rules, I was the only person with a video camera but I will never do a wedding at the Church again. Good luck to anyone with has to deal with the head staff. Beautiful built building btw.
  • We are moving into a home in the area and looking at a new parish to attend and reading the reviews, I'm shocked and I'm a bit taken away. I have been married for 30 years and as far as I can remember and taught, sacraments are not for sale!! The Catechism of the Catholic Church makes clear that the First Commandment forbids simony, which is the buying or selling of sacred things. A wedding ceremony, what ever the case maybe should not be a fee associated with it, it should be a donation that's appropriate, for that person(s) left to their discretion! Not the church. My grandmother would be ashamed of this. Shame on you for charging $2000 for a marriage ceremony and people who help at the church are volunteers. Sounds like at this rate, you would make enough to cover costs and some within the year. It's a beautiful church from the pictures, however reading the reviews does not sound like a church I want to be part of.
  • My elderly mother needed to use a washroom during the service. If there is anything on the main level for handicapped or unsteady people, I could not find it. With my help, she went down two long, steep marble staircases, then up four more stairs to the basement washroom. (Too late). There were no chairs for this whole distance and she was forced to sit at the base of each staircase and rest on the way back up. It was scary and unsafe. If there is another option like and elevator or main floor washroom, I could not find it, even having searched the website ahead of time.
  • I can’t believe everyone is going through the same thing as we did a few years ago, not everyone can afford to marry at this church, as we have been part of this church for many years and was born and raised Catholic and they WILL not marry you if you don’t have the money to get married here. Not even half they will accept, it’s either full payment or nothing! It’s not even negotiable. It’s so sad. Matter of fact, as you can imagine, it’s very disappointing as we are a young couple starting off on our journey and wanted to get married in the church my wife went to as a child. Then the church wonders why the younger generation are not going to church it’s the attitude of the people who run the church that discourages us. Fr.David Wyne not everyone can get married at this church however if you are so called a "catholic priest” you would accept all walks in life as God did. May god forgive you for the disrespect you had made me and my family feel during the most important part of our lives. We no longer attend this church and been accepted with open arms to another Catholic church who accepts a donation of what we can afford not a set FEE. Father.David Wyne you need to open your eyes!! Open wide, as you are not what I have expected you to be as a priest welcoming us into the church. May God forgive you for not accepting us. John 15:12: "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” no matter what walks in life lead you
  • Beautiful Basilica, liturgy is always wonderful, reverent, and it's a very welcoming place. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Watching or attending midnight Mass at Christmas is a must!

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