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St John's Cathedral

Anglican Diocese of Brisbane

St John's Cathedral

Anglican Diocese of Brisbane

St John's Cathedral

Anglican Diocese of Brisbane

St John's Cathedral

Anglican Diocese of Brisbane

St John's Cathedral

Anglican Diocese of Brisbane
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Outreach through Offerings
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John Philip Newell
Celtic Wisdom


St John’s Cathedral is home to a community which seeks to bring the best of Anglican tradition into dialogue with the issues and needs of our day.

We strive for open-minded conversation, seek to practice inclusion, and reflect on how we might see our beliefs put into action. We want this to be a place where people are encouraged to seek God and progress their own spiritual journeys.

The Cathedral itself, a renowned Brisbane landmark, serves as a magnet, where diverse people gather to worship, celebrate, seek solace, converse and learn.

Peter Catt +
Dean of Brisbane


Covid-19 Update:
The Cathedral is open for:

Holy Eucharist,5pm

Holy Eucharist, 7.30am
Holy Eucharist, 9.30am
Choral Evensong, 6pm

Monday to Friday
Morning Prayer, 8.30am
Private prayer, 11am to 2pm
Evening Prayer, 4pm

Eucharist, 7am
Tuesday and Friday

Eucharist, 12.30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Prayer During the Day, 12.30pm
Monday and Thursday.

Cathedral Shop Open
Sundays (following the 7.30am and 9.30am services), Monday to Friday 11am  to 2pm


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I've always tried to make a home for myself,but I have not felt at home in myself.I've worked hard at being the hero of my own life.But every time I checked the register of displaced persons,I was still on it.I didn't know how to belong.Longing? Yes.Belonging? No. Jeanette Winterson,Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?The title of Jeanette Winterson’s memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, comes from a comment that her adoptive mother made as she was evicting Jeanette from the family home. Jeanette was 16 years old.Jeanette had just revealed that for the second time in her life she had a girlfriend. The meant that the adoptive mother’s attempts to have the ‘lesbian’ demon exorcised, following the discovery of the first girlfriend, had failed. And so, Jeanette herself was now to be ‘cast out’.Why be happy when you could be normal?Later in the memoir we discover that Jeanette’s adoptive mother had also sacrificed happiness for ‘normality’. The whole tale is one of the tragic waste of human potential.Our culture, and much of the church, is still incredibly cruel to LGBTQI+ people.I am constantly in awe of the LGBTQI+ people I encounter though my life and ministry. Most of them have had to struggle against some version of the pressure to conform to ‘normality’ at the cost of, not only happiness, but of their true self.I for one, today, wish to honour the way so many hold to the living of an authentic life in the face of such a nihilistic demand.The Cathedral Community is observing Pride Month during September.Peace,Peter+ ... See MoreSee Less
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MEDITATION UPDATE and REFLECTION When despair for the world grows in meand I wake in the night at the least soundin fear of what my life and my children’s lives may beI go and lie down where the wood drakerests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.I come into the peace of wild thingswho do not tax their lives with forethoughtof grief. I come into the presence of still water.And I feel above me the day-blind starswaiting with their light. For the timeI rest in the grace of the world, and am free. The Peace of Wild Things, Wendell BerryThe Peace Lecture will be taking place in the Cathedral on Tuesday night.This means that we will meet in the Darnell Room on Tuesday night for our meditation group, 6.45pm to 7.30pm. Please enter St Martin’s House via the door off the courtyard. There is a buzzer labelled ‘Corridor’ you can use to gain entry. A Covid-safe meal of soup and bread will also be available from 5.30pm. This will be offered in the Darnell Room in St Martin’s House to allow us to comply with the requirements of current health directive.Our latest study through which Ken Keith is assisting us to explore the theme of Reconciliation as it applies to various parts of our life will continue after the meditation session. To find out more visit: To join the Meditation and/or study group by Zoom click this link: join by phone ring (07) 3185 3730 and enter these details:Meeting ID: 278 417 931#Passcode: 042853#Participant:#Peace,Peter+ ... See MoreSee Less
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Here you will find quick links to two weeks of Service Notes for each of our four Sunday services.

These will be updated each Thursday –
“THIS WEEK” covers the coming Sunday;
“LAST WEEK” the preceding Sunday.

Click the title bar or ‘+’ button to toggle open your chosen week and select the service time.


Friday 24th September

7pm Synod Eucharist

Saturday 25th September

5pm Eucharist

Sunday 26th September


7.30am Holy Eucharist – Sundays
Click here for Live Stream on The Cathedral YouTube Channel
The stream will appear on our channel at approximately 7.15am Sunday
Click here for Service Notes

9.30am Choral Eucharist – Sundays
Click here for Live Stream on The Cathedral YouTube Channel
The stream will appear on our channel at approximately 9.15am Sunday
Click here for Service Notes

Sunday Choral Evensong

Live Stream Sundays at 6pm
The stream will appear on our channel at approximately 5.45pm Sunday

Click here to access Service Notes

Morning Prayer 
Monday to Friday

Details on Services Page

To access an electronic copy of the Prayer Book, please email:


Welcome to St John’s Cathedral. The news items below highlight topics of general interest.
For details of special events and concerts at the Cathedral please see the WHAT’S ON page.
You may find information about our regular worship times on the SERVICES page.


The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) has listed The Cathedral and The Deanery (Adelaide House) because of their significance to the heritage of Queensland and Australia more broadly. Adelaide House was the first Government House when Queensland was created on 10th December 1859. The balcony on which Sir George Bowen read the proclamation that day has been the subject of a great deal of work to restore it to a stable and safe condition. The cathedral is the only stone-vaulted church in the Southern hemisphere and is highly regarded as a sublime example of neo-gothic architecture. Donations to the Cathedral fund are used to enhance and presence the fabric of the magnificent building.

Donations to the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) for these appeals are allowable as deductions for tax purposes.

Find out more on our DEANERY APPEAL page.

John Philip Newell:
Celtic Wisdom

How can we give voice in our spiritual traditions to what the soul already knows? Religion can seem to be in the business of dispensing truth without giving credit to the knowledge we already have of the sacredness of the earth and of the human soul.  How we rediscover these natural rhythms of life and deepen our connections with God, each other and the earth determines our ability to respond to present ecological, social and spiritual crises. Writer and speaker and beloved Celtic teacher, John Philip Newell joins the podcast from Edinburgh to bring the wisdom from this rich tradition to enlighten our time.



Our Cathedral has adopted the simple, convenient online payment channel of — designed by and for churches — and currently used by more than 12,000 churches and ministries in over 50 countries.

Scan or click on the QR code above, to visit our GIVE page on this website: you may make an offering to our Cathedral and its work – either as a one-off or recurring gift –
using a credit card by clicking on the
green GIVE NOW button or the
GENERAL DONATIONS image block, which will open a simple, pop-up form without you having to leave this site.

MORE INFO: please visit our GIVE page


Open Doors Youth Service 

Providing support to young people with diverse genders, bodies and sexualities. 

Open Doors Youth Service (ODYS) supports young people aged 12-24 who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual, Pansexual, Sistergirl or Brotherboy (LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl & Brotherboy). Operating across South-East Queensland, ODYS values participation, respect, diversity and empowerment. 

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The ODYS vision is to connect all LGBTIQAP young people with culturally and developmentally appropriate services. From their Fortitude Valley base, ODYS provides individual, group-based, and family support to enhance connections to culture, and community. For young people outside South-East Queensland, ODYS offers links with safe and inclusive services in other areas as required. The support offered includes case management, individual support and counselling, alcohol and other drug support, social groups, mediation and advocacy, assistance with housing, employment, education and emergency supply of food, toiletries and clothing. 

Among the services offered by Open Doors Youth Service is a one-on-one or group alcohol and drug support to young people between the ages of 12-24, and their families. There is a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander worker who understands the needs of these young people and a Youth Worker with years of experience in Alcohol and Other Drug treatment. 

The Open Doors Reconnect Program is for young people with diverse genders, bodies and sexualities who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and at risk of disengaging with community. Reconnect aims to support these young people to stabilise their living situations and provide early intervention to find safe living arrangements. This may include finding accommodation short/long term, providing mediation with parents, schools and other family members, together with advocacy, referrals and links to safe and supportive services. Above all, it provides a safe space in which young people can find help. 

The Brisbane Mind (BMind) Program offers free, short-term, therapeutic support to young members of the LGBTQIAP+ community who might be experiencing challenges impacting their mental health. The BMind Program is suitable for young people who may experience financial, physical or emotional barriers accessing Medicare-based mental health services. 

The National Suicide prevention trial in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay Region is led by local community organisations and provides free psychological and case management services for the young LGBTIQAP+ community. As part of the trial, psychologists and case managers provide face-to-face, phone or online support to people facing a suicide crisis or who are experiencing the loss of a person to suicide. Anonymous data from those who agree participate in services delivered under the trial will be used to help improve suicide prevention services in the region. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy participants can also access trauma-informed psychological support under the trial, including cultural healing retreats. 

Open Doors Youth Service offers many different social groups for young people online, in Brisbane and across regional South-East Queensland. Groups are a relaxed and casual space where young people can participate in many activities. Among the groups available for LGBTIQ+ young people are Rainbow Frogs (ages 12 to 18); Young & Proud (ages 18 to 24); and Jellybeans, for ages 12-24, who identify as transgender, gender diverse, gender queer, gender non-conforming or gender questioning. 

One of the most popular and important ODYS programs is Jellybeans which offers a social support group twice each month, a Youth Worker, and other forms of support. There are very few safe social groups specifically for young people who are gender diverse and ODYS works hard to keep Jellybeans a safe, inclusive and fun space. ODYS Youth Workers cover all programs. Each young person who comes to Open Doors Youth Service has an initial appointment with one of these Youth Workers, all of whom have lived experience – they understand what it is like to be a part of the LGBTQIAP+ community. During this individual appointment, a Youth Worker will introduce each young person to all that Open Doors can offer them. 

Open Doors Youth Service also attends local schools for Wellbeing Expos, Workshops, and Assembly Presentations, and provides youth-friendly LGBTIQAP+ resources. 

Open Doors Youth Service is a comprehensive service for young people who identify as gender queer, gender questioning, gender non-conforming, gender diverse or transgender. Can we help to keep their services growing in support of these young people? Donations to Open Doors Youth Service are tax deductible. Place your donation in the September envelopes available in the Narthex, and place it in the donation boxes, in the collection, to the Cathedral Office Monday-Friday, or give it to a warden. If you wish to have a receipt, please provide your name and address and contact number clearly on the reverse of the envelope. Using electronic banking, make a bank transfer to BSB 034 003 Account No.385378. Please narrate your deposit “Outreach 09” and also email to inform us of your deposit (including the amount) and to provide your postal/email details for the receipt. For credit card payments, please phone the cathedral office (07 3835 2222) during normal business hours Monday-Friday. Cheques should be made payable to “Open Doors Youth Service Inc.” Open Doors Youth Service will provide receipts about late October or early November. 

Thank you.

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