Day after day, St Patrick’s Cathedral welcomes members of our Melbourne community as well as countless visitors from afar, who marvel at the beautiful space created by several generations of the Melbourne Catholic community. The doors open wide—symbolise our Christian mission which invites people to gather, pray and proclaim the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the earth.
The chief draw card might be the ascending basalt columns, the gleaming mosaics and marble which highlight architect William Wardell’s wonderful design. But for the Catholic community this building holds Archbishop Peter A Comensoli’s chair (Latin: cathedra) on the sanctuary, which represents his prayerful leadership of our sacramental celebrations and pastoral life. Our parishes are connected to, and look towards, the cathedral for spiritual inspiration and connection to the Church of Rome.
Our cathedral is dedicated to St Patrick, the pioneering Irish bishop who faithfully and courageously led the Church in Ireland and who initiated many changes to that society.
Our cathedral also enjoys a rare distinction in design. The windows in the nave, unlike the usual stained-glass style, are made of translucent alabaster that gives the body of the building a golden glow. The lay people who pray and celebrate the sacred mysteries at ‘St Pat’s’ are placed in a luminous clearing and bathed in a glorious tint. The dignity of their baptism, friendship with Christ and membership of his body is affirmed in this unique hue.
The central spire is no longer the tallest structure in the Melbourne cityscape, nevertheless, for the friends of Christ, everything we celebrate about God’s love for us in the cathedral is meant to be heard throughout our city and state.
With the latest easing of COVID restrictions for people gathering in places of worship in Victoria, we look forward to welcoming you back to St Patrick's Cathedral. Our Mass times are as follows:
*The 1pm Mass (Monday to Friday) and 8am Mass (Saturday) are livestreamed to the Archdiocesan YouTube Channel. **On Sundays, the 11am Mass is livestreamed to the Archdiocesan YouTube Channel and televised on community channel C31 (Please note: C31 is available as Channel 44 on digital television).
Adhering to Government regulations, all people wishing to attend Mass will need to be double vaccinated and use the QR Code provided on entry. If you are not able to QR Code you can manually write your name, contact number and indication of vaccination. There are now no restrictions on the number of fully vaccinated people that can attend Mass. You will need to arrive at least 10-15 minutes before Mass and you will need to follow strict social distancing requirements while waiting and while in the Cathedral. Where social distancing is not possible, masks should be worn.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available after the 1pm Mass on Mondays to Fridays and Saturdays following 8am Mass.