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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


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



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.


Sunday 24th May 2020



Sunday 17 May, Sixth Sunday of Easter


The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) has listed The Deanery (Adelaide House) – the first Government House when Queensland was created on 10th December 1859. The balcony on which Sir George Bowen read the proclamation that day is in need of a great deal of work to restore it to a stable and safe condition. This means that in the Trust’s view it is essential to Australia’s heritage and must be preserved.

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

Find out more on our DEANERY APPEAL page.


The Magazine produced by The Community of St John’s Cathedral. Exploring in depth from a faith perspective the issues that shape and sway us.

Click here to Download the PDF


The Rev’d Dr Sarah Bachelard joins Dom, Sue and Peter in a conversation about the creative possibilities of a contemplative life to ground us in the midst of uncertain times.  How do we find a way in times of anxiety to “be with what is”, rather than try to resist what cannot be changed?  Join us as we explore the gifts of silence and stillness to help us to embrace the potentialities of a world reimagined through this experience of pandemic. Sarah is the founder of Benedictus Contemplative Church based in Canberra. She is an Anglican priest, theologian, retreat leader, and author.
Download the episode here
Peter, Dom and Sue are joined by author and previous podcast guest, Jim Schirmer to talk about being the church in a time where we have to be disciples distanced from one another. What does it mean to be walking the way of the cross in a time of pandemic and to be resurrection people in a time of anxiety? Holy Week presents new challenges as we journey to the cross and the empty tomb in these days before us when themes of life and death are in such vivid focus. This context provides a new vantage point to explore some of the ideas in Jim’s book, “The Way of the Rabbi: Stories of Discipleship from the Gospel of Mark.”

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 Closed
In compliance with the COVID-19 restrictions the cathedral building is now closed and all our activity has moved online.

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 will be offering live access to the 9.30am and 6pm services each Sunday through a streaming service from this Sunday. Services will also be recorded. These can be accessed  through the Cathedral YouTube Channel.

Studies and Meditation
These will be continuing. We are providing opportunities to join these using Zoom (via the internet) or a phone. Details to access the activities via Zoom can be found on the Cathedral website ( Phone-in details for each study appear today in the relevant notice and can also be found on the website. 

Shop Availability
To make a purchase or to place an order, please ring 07 3835 2281 or email  

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


“I was hungry and you gave me food, thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” – Matthew 25:35.

Trinity Centre Pantry offers hope when food is out of reach.

The Trinity Centre Pantry at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Fortitude Valley was established over thirty years ago to provide assistance to those for whom life was proving a struggle; those who simply didn’t have enough to eat, or who had met with some temporary crisis and had no funds.

Now, people who are in need because of some crisis or hard times don’t have to make an appointment;  they just come in during the opening hours and bring identification. There is a selection of food normally available and people coming to the Pantry are able to select the things they need from a ‘shopping list’, and take the food away.  There is no cost.

In this time of isolation, the Pantry is operating limited hours, but the need is escalating. Under normal circumstances, Trinity Pantry assists over 1,000 people each year. Nothing is normal at present. The need is greater than ever before.

The Cathedral Community has been supporting the Pantry for many years. Without services to attract the St John’s community into the cathedral, our weekly grocery offering has diminished, so cash is needed to allow the Pantry to buy food locally, and to offer financial assistance as needed.

Can we give at least $1,000 to help the Parish Pantry this winter?

If you would like to make a donation towards this Program, you may do so by bank transfer to BSB 034-844 Account No: 0 0009 0909 with identification “Outreach 05”. Donations to Trinity Centre Pantry are tax deductible, and if you would like a receipt, please email your details (including the amount you donated) to or phone the cathedral office (ph: 07-3835 2222) Monday-Friday. Thank you.



Sadly we have had to postpone this year’s event due to the Coronavirus.
More to come

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