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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
From Darkness to Light: The Advent Procession
Sunday 29th November
(Please note that this service starts at 7pm, and there will be no 6pm Choral Evensong on this day)


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 – Click here to Register

Holy Eucharist, 7.30am – Click here to Register
Holy Eucharist, 9.30am – Click here to Register
Advent Musical offering, 7pm – Click here to Register

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

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Prayer During the Day, 12.30pm

Eucharist, 12.30pm  (Click here to Register)

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



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

Choral Eucharist
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

During Advent Choral Evensong is replaced by ADVENT-Themed Musical Offerings
Full details Advent Christmass Page

Live Stream Sundays at 7pm
The stream will appear on our channel at approximately 6.45pm 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.


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.


Saturday 21st November

Sunday 22nd November – Reign of Christ



Saturday 14th November

Sunday 15th November, Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost


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.


On the Way has gone on the road to Toowoomba to celebrate the Season of Creation with The Rev’d Deb Bird during the Carnival of Flowers in the garden city. The Season of Creation restores the focus of our essential interconnectedness to all life on the earth and offers the opportunity to offer a response of lament, gratitude and hope in our sacred services and life of faith . This episode was recorded live in front of an audience at St James, Toowoomba. 
Click here to Download

Audiovisual Capability Appeal

We are most grateful for the support and feedback about our streaming of services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Long term we desire to offer streaming of our services and have been encouraged to continue by people near and far.
The equipment we are currently using is mostly on loan. To be able to continue we need to purchase equipment that  will  achieve  the  required  tasks  into   the   future.
$30,000 is needed to ensure the continuation of this ministry. Thank you to those who have already responded. 
These are some of the items that we still need to fund.  Is there something here that you would like to contribute towards?

  • Camera, cabling and set up 
    (two more of these needed)

$ 5,000  ($10,000)

  • Flicker free monitor


  • Microphone AV system


  • Keyboard controller and joystick


  • Mac mini webcorder


  • Netgear Dongle


  • USBC-HDMI Adapter


  • Video mixer streamer, HDMI toolkit, cabling and set up


  • Wireless laser pointer



Please contact Gerard Finn, our Events Manager  ( if you would like further information or to contribute.  Donations may be using electronic banking, by credit card or by cheque; details for these are on page 3.  If using electronic banking, please narrate your deposit ‘AV + (Surname)’ and email to inform us of your deposit. Alternatively, please phone the cathedral office (see page 3). Thank you.

COVID-19 and our Life and Worship at St John’s 

The COVID-19 virus pandemic is presenting a unique challenge to our life as a society and as a Cathedral community. As the crisis unfolds, we will be called upon to do things differently. The Cathedral team is continuing to develop ways for us to stay in touch with one another and grow in faith together during these challenging times. These developments will be shared over the coming days and weeks.

Cathedral Slowly Reopening
In compliance with the COVID-19 restrictions the cathedral building closed for ten weeks. Much of our activity is still taking place online. Full details found on our What’s On Page

Stay Connected
Please ensure that the Cathedral office has your current contact details. Contact us by email or phone 3835 2222 Please also be in touch with other members of the community to ensure that they have given us their current details as well.

Personal Safety and Social Distancing
We encourage all staff, volunteers and community members, of first priority, to be mindful of the need to keep themselves safe and to practice social distancing as advised by the various Governments. 

Sunday Worship – Streaming of Services
We offer both ‘in person’ and live-streamed access to the 7.30am, 9.30am and 6pm services each Sunday. The services are also recorded. The live stream and recordings can be accessed through the Cathedral YouTube Channel.

Studies and Meditation
These ware continuing. We are providing opportunities to join these ‘in person’ and on Zoom (via the internet) or a phone. Details to access the activities via Zoom can be found on the Cathedral website (

Shop Availability
The shop is open at the times indicated above. It is also possible to make a purchase by ringing 07 3835 2281 or emailing  

Assistance with using Zoom
Because of the risks from COVID-19, a number of our small groups and studies are now being held via Zoom. If you would like to bring your laptop or other device into the office, one of the cathedral staff could help you to set up and test Zoom so you are ready to join the groups.



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


The Archbishop’s November Appeal: 
The Coming of the Light – developing Mission and Ministry in North Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands

Each year in November, we devote our Outreach Project to The Province of Queensland Archbishop’s November Appeal. In 2020, this appeal supports the work of the Diocese of North Queensland in developing Mission and Ministry in North Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands. To achieve this goal, the Diocese will provide for developing the Church in the Torres Strait, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministry Formation, and a Ministry Development Officer for the Cape York Peninsula.

The Diocese of North Queensland is a unique and sprawling diocese, comprising urban and rural parishes along the coast from Sarina to Cooktown, and sparsely-settled areas west of the Great Divide, together with substantial Aboriginal populations in the Cape York Peninsula, and the Torres Strait Islands. The vision of the Diocese is to encourage the development of indigenous leadership in the Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait Islands, so that these areas may become autonomous parts of the Diocese.

It is timely that we support the ministry and mission of the Anglican Church in North Queensland, because next year marks the 150th celebration of the ‘Coming of the Light’, to the Torres Strait Islands. The ‘Coming of the Light’ marks the anniversary of the arrival of the London Missionary Society with Pacific Islander evangelists, who first brought the Bible to the people of Darnley Island. This event, The Coming of The Light, is now an integral part of cultural identity to Torres Strait Islander peoples, marked as a public holiday within the region. It is also an important anniversary for the national Anglican church, noted in our lectionary on 1 July.   

The anniversary of The Coming of The Light invites us to celebrate mission and ministry, particularly within the Torres Strait, and offers us the opportunity to recognise the spirit of hope held among the communities there, and contribute to the further development of local ministry among them. 

In order to develop ministry in the Torres Strait, this month, members of the Melanesian Brothers will begin a new household on Thursday Island. The Melanesian Brotherhood   is   the   largest   Anglican   religious   order   and   is   headquartered   in   the Solomon Islands. The Brothers will live and minister at the Cathedral on Thursday Island, nurturing community and supporting clergy and lay ministers across the islands of the Torres Strait. They will also conduct outreach visits to Yarrabah and the communities of the Cape York Peninsula.

The Anglican Church of Australia faces many challenges and in the words of the Rev’d Canon Victor Joseph, it is time for the church to be “missioned to” by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders. The church in the Torres Strait has much to teach the church around Australia, much salt and light to bear. The Coming of the Light is not simply an historic event, it is an invitation for all of us to be changed by the work of God in First Nations peoples.

The Archbishop’s Appeal in 2020 will also support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ministry formation. For both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander church, currently there is a lack of leadership under the age of 50 years. Whilst there are suitable candidates coming forward, support is needed for them to study at Wontulp-Bi-Buya College, including a laptop for each student, financial support when undertaking residential courses, the provision of mentoring, and Anglican formation, in conjunction with the Ministry Development Officer.

The Diocese of North Queensland also needs to support a Ministry Development Officer for the Cape York Peninsula. The Aboriginal communities on the Cape York Peninsula by and large cannot support stipendiary ministry. Therefore, a half-time Ministry Development Officer has been appointed to the communities of Lockhart River, Palm Island and Aurukun, and another in the community of Yarabah. Their role is to mentor non-stipendiary and lay ministers in the Aboriginal Communities, and to train those seeking ordination or appointment as a lay minister. A key goal is to raise up Aboriginal leadership within the church communities on Cape York.

To achieve the goals of these projects in 2020, $50,000 is needed. Can we give $1,000 towards that goal, to help the Diocese of North Queensland support the development of indigenous ministry in the Cape York Peninsula and the Torres Strait Islands? Envelopes for November are available at the Outreach poster. Please place your donation in the special November envelope and place it in the donation boxes, in the collection, or give it to a warden. Using electronic banking, make a bank transfer to BSB 034 003 Account No: 385378; please narrate your deposit “Outreach 11” and also email to inform us of your deposit (include the amount). For other forms of payment, please phone the cathedral office [(07) 3835 2222] during normal business hours Monday-Friday. Thank you.


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