Saint Mark’s was built into a hill and has parking lots on both the upper part and lower part of the hill.
Off Hennepin/Lyndale Avenue there is a small lot with several handicap parking spaces close to the wheelchair-accessible door. A ramp leads to the door and the usual mechanical assist equipment functions at the door. Once inside the door, easy access is possible to the main worship space, the Fontaine Auditorium, the Cathedral Book Shop, Library and the upper level of the Education Wing.
Off Oak Grove Street on the lower level of the Cathedral, there is a new section of the main parking lot that is specifically for handicap parking as well as a drop-off area close to the main office entry doors. A wheelchair-accessible door exist there too with the usual mechanical assist equipment. Once inside, there is easy access to the Cathedral offices, the Fireplace Room, the lower level of the Education Wing.
The Cathedral has a limited number of wheelchairs available for use.
Saint Mark’s elevator is close to the main office entry and can be used to get to the upper level with access to the main worship space, the Fontaine Auditorium, the Cathedral Book Shop, Library, and the upper level of the Education Wing. From the upper level, the elevator can be used to go down one level with access to the Cathedral offices, the Fireplace Room and the lower level of the Education Wing.
Inside the main worship space, there are areas towards the front for use by those in wheelchairs and those using walkers.
Saint Mark’s worship space is acoustically very active. Any ambient sounds such as coughing or paper rustling can be very distracting to those with even a slight hearing problem. To assist in this environment, the Cathedral's sound system delivers amplified sound throughout the space. For those who have some minor hearing loss, our “Ears to Hear” equipment captures the sound delivered through the speaker system and delivers it through headsets worn by individuals.
For those with more significant hearing loss and who have hearing aids with telecoil capability, the Cathedral has a Loop induction system installed in the front two-thirds of the Cathedral nave that delivers amplified sound direct to the hearing aid while eliminating most ambient noises. Individuals should consult their audiologist to determine the capabilities of their hearing aids. Print this letter and take it with you to your next appointment.
For those with significant hearing loss but do not have appropriately equipped hearing aids, the Cathedral has a limited number of personal devices that deliver the signal from the Loop induction system to headsets.
It is important to Saint Mark’s that everyone have access to participating in the Eucharist by recieving consecrated hosts. During celebration of the Eucharist a station is always identified as distributing gluten-free hosts. Usually, that station is on the floor near the Crossing in the Nave.