Welcome to St Francis Xavier Cathedral

The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Francis Xavier patron of missionary countries and patron of our first bishop Francis Murphy (1844-58). Initial construction began in 1851 and there has been various phases of activity leading to the installation of the tower in 1996.

The cathedral is a busy place with several daily Masses, Rosary, and confessions as well as weddings, baptisms and funerals. Being the Cathedral as well as our parish church there are numerous Diocesean ceremonies scheduled. 

You are welcome to visit the Cathedral any time, opening hours are 7:30am until 6:30pm. As you enter the cathedral tour brochures are available in the vestibule and if there are no services ongoing you are invited to take a self-guided tour.  You may take photographs however please turn off  mobile phones at all times. To book a guided tour, please click here.  

To know more about the Cathedral Community, please click here.  There are also Groups and Activities from across the Diocese that are open to parishioners, please click here for more information. To contact the Community Life Committee, please call the Parish Office.

News and Events for St Francis Xavier Cathedral

Catechumen Sponsors Required, Event date: 06-Mar-2014 To 06-Mar-2014

Sponsors are required for adult catechumens. We need you to come on the Thursday evenings of Lent. Please contact the Parish Office on 8232 8688 o..  more

LECTURES ON THE CATHOLIC FAITH, Event date: 24-Mar-2014 To 24-Mar-2014

Monsignor Robert Aitken is giving a series of 12 Lectures explaining the Catholic Faith. The Lectures are designed to give Catholics a better understan..  more

Archbishop Interview on the Tram. , Event date: 16-Apr-2014 To 16-Apr-2014

The Archbishop had a chat with Monique Bowley on the tram the other day, here's the link to the story (would be nice to see the Bishop on the tram more often n..  more

CATHEDRAL PARISH SCRIPTURE STUDY PROGRAM 2014, Event date: 19-May-2014 To 19-May-2014

‘Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.’ (St Jerome cited at CCC 133) The second quadmester of this year’s..  more

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Please ensure to check Parish Calendar on News Page for Special Service times which, from time to time, may affect the normal time table below. Thank you.

Sunday Mass
6.00pm (Vigil)
Sunday 7.00am, 9.00am,
11.00am (Solemn Mass), 6.00pm
Public Holidays
The Cathedral is closed for the rest
of the day.
8.00am only,
if it falls on a Sat or Sun, check our Newsletter(s) or Event Calendar.
Weekday Masses
Monday - Friday
8.00am, 12.10pm, 5.45pm
Saturday 8.00am, 11.30am, 6.00pm (Vigil)
African Community Mass
Every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month

Rosary at Mary's Shrine
Monday - Friday
Saturday 12.00 noon
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Friday 11.00am
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11.00 - 11.45am,
5.00pm - 5.30pm
Noon - 1.00pm,
4.30pm - 5.30pm

17 Wakefield Street

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