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.
We look forward to welcoming you to St Patrick's Cathedral. With the latest easing of COVID restrictions for people gathering in places of worship, we are currently able to accommodate a maximum of 100 people inside the Cathedral.
Our Mass times are as follows:
*The daily 1pm Mass is livestreamed via the Archdiocesan YouTube Channel. On Sundays, the 11am Mass is livestreamed and televised on community channel C31 (Please note: C31 is available as Channel 44 on digital television).
In adherence to Government regulations, all people wishing to attend Mass will need to scan the Victorian Government QR Code upon entry. We ask that people arrive 10-15 minutes before Mass to allow enough time for this to take place. Masks are mandatory inside the Cathedral. Please follow social distancing requirements while waiting and while inside the Cathedral.
Reconciliation will be available from Tuesday to Friday following the 1pm Mass and on Saturday following the 8am Mass. Reconciliation will take place outside behind the statue of Archbishop Mannix.