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Next: Sunday 4th November, 9.30am

Following the example of Jesus, and his explicit instructions to his disciples, the ministry of healing for any kind of disease or distress is an integral part of the proclamation and application of the Gospel of compassion.

It is administered by the “Laying on of Hands with prayer” by a priest gently touching the head or shoulders of the person in need. No questions are asked although a person may, if they wish, give their name or a brief description of their concern. It is perfectly acceptable, even encouraged, to receive this ministry on behalf of another who cannot be present.

Those who wish to receive this ministry are invited to make their way to the Lady Chapel (north side of the Cathedral) following the reception of Communion.

The Ministry of Laying on of Hands with Anointing is also available at other times, including after each act of worship. Please contact the Cathedral Office.

First Sunday each month, after 9.30am

Walking the Labyrinth occurs on the first Sunday of each month following the 9.30am Eucharist. If you have not walked the Labyrinth before, you would be most welcome to join the group who regularly do so. Please join us to walk the Labyrinth – we meet under the Rose Window.

The path is always new, because,
as a spiritual discipline, the labyrinth
a path of contemplation,
reflection, prayer …
Beneath the surface, 
walking the labyrinth
is a profound discipline in listening,
in active silence, 
in finding movement
and rhythm in the stillneses underneath
and in 
between everyday’s noise.
Walking the labyrinth is an exercise
in finding 
the voice speaking in whispers
underneath the whirlwind of sound.

~ Travis Scholl, “Walking the Labyrinth –
A Place to Pray and Seek God” p.17, IVP Books, 2014

PUBLIC LECTURE: Rob Pensalfini
Thursday 11th October, 7.00pm

“This Insubstantial Pageant: the role of theatre in the evolution of society, religion, and identity”

In this talk by the Artistic Director of the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and Associate Professor of Linguistics and Drama at the University of Queensland, Rob will explore the function of theatre in society from its emergence, through the classical, dark, and middle ages, the Renaissance, into the modern era. He argues that the contemporary commercial model of theatre is a historical blip, a hijacking of the machinery of theatre for non-artistic or quasi-artistic purposes, and that theatre has largely lost its way.

Everyone is most welcome to attend.

Thursday 18th October, 6.00pm

A Choral Eucharist will be held this evening to celebrate the feast day of Gospel writer St Luke the Evangelist. All are most welcome to join us in this service.

Next: Tuesday 16th October, 11.00am

Our next free morning concert will be given on Tuesday 16th October at 11.00am.

UQ Music will be giving this free concert and all are most welcome to come in, sit and savour some special musical treats.

The following free morning concert will be on Thursday 1st November at 11.00am.

TWO Christian Meditation Groups
Tuesday evening + Thursday morning

The Tuesday evening group meets at 6:45pm in the Lady Chapel, or in St Martin’s House if there is another event being held in the Cathedral. All are welcome also to join us for a shared meal before meditation any time after 5:30pm in the St Martin’s House kitchen. For entry at this time come to the rear corner door and press the buzzer marked “Passage”.

The Thursday morning group meets from 11.30am to 12.15pm in the Choir Room in St Martin’s House. All are welcome to gather for conversation over morning tea before meditation at 11.00am and/or to attend the 12.30pm Eucharist afterwards. Come to main reception in St Martin’s House.

Drop in for a cuppa and a chat

Friday 12th October 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Wednesday 17th, 10.30am – 12noon

A Death Café is an opportunity to eat cake, sip refreshing drinks, and discuss death and issues related to the end of life in a tranquil and safe setting. There is no set agenda. Nothing is for sale. It is simply an open space to explore anything important to you about end of life and death.

Because every person is uniquely themselves, every experience of death is unique. A once-off. Yet every human will die. And in that many things are common.

First we want to live lives to the full – and being ok with death is one way to do that. However, our society today is in general very uncomfortable with death, with claims that it is morbid to talk about or it will ‘prompt fate’, and that we should just ‘get over it’ as quickly as possible.

The people of St John’s Cathedral are hosting two Death Cafés in October and everyone is most welcome to join the conversation.

Saturday 27th October, 2.00pm

Since its inception in 2001, the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble (QSE) has gained a reputation for energetic, accessible and unique productions of Shakespeare’s plays.

“Half-hour Hamlet”, a part of QSE’s Shakespeare’s Shorts Programme, is a fast, funny version of the original script, delivered with QSE’s trademark clarity and accessibility. This highly physical production deletes all the procrastination – the tragedy is performed in 20 minutes, then in seven minutes, and again in just three minutes. Including original live music performed by the cast, the show also features some gentle audience participation to get you into the action!

This performance will be followed by a Q&A session with the cast. Come along and share in the way Shakespeare helps us explore the human experience while enjoying this production by a talented cast in a unique venue.

Entry by donation to assist in covering costs.

Fostering an art exhibition opening
Friday 2nd November, 6.30pm

All are welcome to join us for the opening of the ‘Up Close & Personal’ exhibition, featuring almost 30 original works on the theme of ‘Adoption & Fostering ~ the artist’s perspective’ by Victoria Fitzpatrick and Shirley Almeta Lennon.

Enjoy wine and canapes as adoption activist Kerri Saint officially opens the exhibition, with classical guitar music by Andrew Fitzpatrick. The exhibition is open daily until Sunday 2nd December.

Wednesday 14th November, 6.00pm

On the second Wednesday of each month all are welcome to share in a contemplative Eucharistic service featuring music, poetry and silence.

This year guest musicians will play at each of these services to allow the gift of music to enhance our worship as we encounter God in the stillness, and in the bread and wine.

The service commences at 6.00pm, but those who would like to meditate before the service are welcome to arrive from 5.30pm to enjoy the silence in this beautiful space.

Saturday 13th + Sunday 14th October

Saturday 13th: 9.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday 14th: 1.00pm – 4.00pm

St John’s Cathedral has been a major drawcard for Brisbane Open House since it began nine years ago. Open House celebrates significant buildings and offers ‘behind-the-scenes’ access to places not normally open to the public.

This year we are offering tours of the bell tower (both Saturday and Sunday) and the organ loft (Saturday only). In this anniversary year of the end of the First World War, we are also offering guided tours of the military and civilian memorials resting in the Cathedral.

The Diocesan Archives will have a staffed display on Saturday, and there will be a band concert – “Bach and Forth” – on Sunday at 2.00pm. For the first time we are offering guided walking tours around St Martin’s House. All tour bookings are taken on-site, on the day. Everyone is warmly welcome.


FINAL FOR 2018: 28th October

In our worship at St John’s Cathedral we constantly celebrate the rich diversity of liturgical music. On occasions we highlight particular masses in our “Eclectic Mode” series – and the final occasion in 2018 will be the 9.30am service on Sunday 28th October, featuring Jonathon Dove: Missa Brevis. Come and join us as words and music come together in extraordinary liturgical celebration.

This Sunday also marks the anniversary of our Cathedral’s dedication, and a community BBQ will be held following the service.

Celebrating Dedication + Stewardship
Sunday 28th October

Today we will be celebrating the anniversary of the Cathedral’s dedication. There will be a community BBQ after the 9.30am service, to which all are invited. The festivities will continue with Choral Evensong at 6.00pm.

As has become our custom, you will be most welcome to contribute a gift of port for use in our Eucharistic celebrations during the year to come. On Stewardship Sunday (and the following couple of Sundays) there will be a basket in front of the Altar where you can place your gift of port or you can leave your gift with a sides-person or at the Cathedral Office.

Let’s rejoice together and acknowledge not only the dedication of this magnificent building, but also our dedication to one another as a community. All are most welcome.

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