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Weekly Update from St Paul's Cathedral Melbourne
Dear Friends,

“Here we go again”, many of the St Paul’s Cathedral colleagues told me when we prepared to leave the building on Thursday with another lockdown only just announced. By now we will all have the drill down pat, no doubt. You’ll know the extent of your five kilometre radius, and the five reasons for leaving home. I hope you will also know to turn on to “Cathedral TV” on Sunday morning at 8am and 10am - on Facebook and Youtube - and to join us for our virtual morning tea at 9am via zoom and our first study in the new discipleship series at 11.15am. 

I had the privilege of showing the new Japanese Consul General our wonderful Cathedral in the run up to our annual Hiroshima Day Service. Mr Shimada will join us at 10am via videolink from the residency in Toorak to deliver his peace message. Do join us if you can. 

I was delighted that at our Chapter meeting on Tuesday, two new Cathedral canons were appointed. Canon Glenn Loughrey, a Wiradjuri man and parish priest of St Oswald’s, will join us as our First Nations Artist in Residence and Canon Jane has been made Canon Pastor. Warm congratulations to both! We look forward to their rich contributions to our ministry and mission, and our journey with First Nations people. 

Please remember that we pray for you daily by name. Please pray for us too, and for all who are faced with complex decisions to make regarding the wellbeing of our nation. Above all, please remember that while we may be locked down, the Word of God is unfettered and so is the power of the Holy Spirit.

With all good wishes,

Dean Andreas and the Cathedral Team. 

This Sunday

Sunday 8 Aug • Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

8:00am BCP Eucharist
Presiding & Preaching: 
The Ven. Canon Heather Patacca
Click here to watch & click here for a copy of the Order of Service

9:15am Zoom Morning Tea 
Bring your tea & coffee and join others via Zoom for a social catch-up. You will need a Zoom account to access this - there are instructions here for making one: Zoom Beginners Guide
Once you have your account setup, you can join the Coffee Morning via this link:

Meeting ID: 834 6005 2404
Passcode: 648070

We are using the 'waiting room' function on Zoom for added security, the host will let you into the meeting from there. Make sure you have your cup of tea or coffee ready too!

10:00am Sung Eucharist & Hiroshima Peace Day Service
Presiding: The Dean
Preaching: Canon Heather
Click here to watch & click here for a copy of the Order of Service

11:15am Discipleship Group
Join our first Discipleship Group, led by Canon Heather. You will need a Zoom account to access this - there are instructions here for making one: Zoom Beginners Guide

Once you have your account setup, you can join the Group via this link:

Meeting ID: 894 0490 4509
Passcode: 036401

Click here for a copy of the reading and discussion questions.

We are using the 'waiting room' function on Zoom for added security, the host will let you into the meeting from there.

1:00pm Mandarin Worship 華語崇拜
Celebrant & Preacher:
The Revd Canon Robert Vun
Click here to watch & click here for a copy of the Order of Service

Tips for joining in Worship at home:

  • Be ready to go 10 minutes before the service is starting with your computer, iPad or TV set up and connected and volume turned up. The livestream will appear a few minutes before the service is scheduled to begin.
  • If you have a printer, you may want to print the Order of Service in advance and have it ready for Sunday Morning, otherwise you can follow along on another device. Do join in the responses and hymns as you normally would.
  • If there is problem with the Livestream technology, don't worry! We will record all our services and make them available as soon as possible after.
  • You can contribute as part of the offertory by giving online via

Introducing our Discipleship Series

With great excitement, our Cathedral is embarking on the theme of “Discipleship” for the next six weeks. This marks the start of encouraging and enabling every member of our Cathedral family to live a life following and imitating Christ and helping others do the same. We warmly invite everyone to come on this journey by joining one of the discipleship groups. The first group will meet this Sunday at 11.15am via Zoom (see details above). 

In preparation for these sessions, you may like to read the questions (click here). Please have a copy of the Bible ready for the study as well.
Next Week

2.30pm Choral Evensong (on Channel 31 or Digital 44)
A 30 minute service sung by the Cathedral Choir, this is a traditional Anglican service with music, prayer and scripture readings.

5.10pm Choral Evensong (streamed online)
A 30 minute service sung by the Cathedral Choir, this is a traditional Anglican service with music, prayer and scripture readings.

12.15pm Lunchtime Eucharist
A 30 minute service of Holy Communion, with prayer, scripture readings and a short sermon. The service is led by a member of the Cathedral Clergy.

Next Sunday 8 August
Mary, Mother of our Lord

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
Preacher: The Dean
10.00am Sung Eucharist & Baptism
Preacher: The Dean
1.00pm Mandarin Eucharist
Preacher: Canon Robert Vun


Together in Sorrow & Hope
Unfortunatley the Service of Lament for Women and other Victims of Intimate Partner Violence, will no longer be able to go ahead due to the lockdown. Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Transfiguration will be broadcast online at 5.10pm on Tuesday as normal. 

Appointment of Canons
We are delighted to announce that Cathedral Chapter has appointed the Revd Glenn Loughrey a Canon of the Cathedral and the next Artist in Residence. Canon Loughrey is a Wiradjuri man and will be the first Aboriginal Canon in the history of the Cathedral. We are also pleased to announce that the Revd Jane Window has been appointed as Canon Pastor of St Paul’s.

Lunchtime Concert
Unfortunately due to the lockdown, this concert has had to be cancelled. 

Notes & News – We want to hear from you!
Contributions are open for the upcoming edition of Notes and News, which will be published in September. We are looking for articles between 200 – 300 words and we’d love to hear from our congregants. The theme for this edition will be advocacy and reconciliation. If you are interested in contributing to this edition, please contact Joel at

Against Gender-Based Violence campaign
The Anglican Communion has launched a social media video campaign to mark this year’s 30th anniversary of the annual international 16 Days of Activism, 25/11 to 10/12, Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Young Anglicans worldwide (under 35) are invited to submit a video entitled “Exposure – Focusing the lens on gender-based violence”. Full details are available at

Science Week Event • Wed 25th Aug 6.30pm
Join us for this year’s annual Science Week at the Cathedral (SWAC) event, featuring the revolutionary work of Tony Rinaudo, Melbourne missionary agronomist. Millions of hectares of Africa have been regenerated through Tony’s work, offering great hope for humanity. Could this be a rapid, low cost, and scalable solution to climate change? Tickets $10 available from
Have you missed a service
or would like to listen to a sermon again?
Watch previous live-streamed services here
Listen to previous sermons here
Click here to read the recent edition of Notes & News
Click here to read the digital edition of The Melbourne Anglican (TMA)

Prayer & Worship at Home

Online Resources

Our 'Worship at Home' page on our website which has lots of useful information including prayer resources, daily reflections and other ways to pray at home. 
Click here to access our 'Worship at Home' Resources

Read the Bible With Us

You may like to use these readings, which the Cathedral Clergy and Staff use for daily prayer, as part of your personal devotions throughout the week

Monday: Ps 89.39-53; Acts 15.36-16.10

Tuesday: Pss 92, 93; Acts 16.11-24
Wednesday: Pss 95, 96; Acts 16.25-40
Thursday: Pss 99, 100; Acts 16.25-40
Friday: Pss 101, 102.1-11; Acts 17.15-21
Saturday: Pss 108, 109.20-30; Acts 17.22-34

An order for Morning and Evening Prayer with Readings can be found here or you can download the ePray app for your iPhone or Android device here.

Pray with us

The World
Praise God, with people around the world for the amazing talent and dedication of athletes at the Olympic Games. We hold the people of Afghanistan in our prayers, as the conflict there deteriorates and the question is asked of whether full-scale war might return. In Tigray province of Ethiopia, there are calls for rebels to leave these border regions as violence continues, impacting lives of nationals in so many challenging ways. While COVID infection statistics indicate a reprieve in many badly affected countries, South Korea is suffering a spike as the Delta variant arrives. In Ghana, demonstrations are calling for the President to act and bring relief for people suffering from economic struggles adversely affected by the pandemic. While local people in Myanmar are suffering shortages of hospital beds and oxygen supplies, no solution to significant problems are apparent on either side of the political divide.

Our City and State
We pray for ourselves as our COVID situation has changed so rapidly. Help us to be cheerfully understanding as we change and cancel plans, reminded that our trust in God is paramount as we follow requirements to keep each other safe.

The Anglican Communion
The Church of South India (United: Leader/Moderator: A. Dharmaraj Rasalam). In Nigeria, the Primate has dedicated a new Cathedral of St Andrew, Zonkwa, describing it as a glorious edifice to worship God. He commended the people for their faith in God in the face of persecution, saying that it was a joyous occasion even though lives there are under threat. We thank God and pray for their Bishop Jacob Kwashi and Rhoda, his wife, for strength and courage as they lead the congregation.

The Australian Anglican Church
The Diocese of Bendigo (Bp Matt Brain, Dean Elizabeth Dyke, Clergy & People); Delagates attending the Anglican Church’s Family Violence Next Steps Working Conference this week

The Diocese of Melbourne
Archdeaconry of La Trobe (Gavin Ward); St Paul’s Canterbury (Rachel McDougall). 

Our Cathedral
Pray for those preparing our discipleship series of sermons and studies, for the growth of love in Christ in our congregation.

Those in Sickness or Need
Joan and Bill Woodhouse, John Zhong, Emilio, Chris, Robyn & David Forbes, Judy Clift, Andrew, Janet Marsden, John, Henri-Felix Vinson, Sum Vita, Jennie Carolane-Balks, Martin, Rebecca, Eric Young, Cleopas Zhang, Madonna Doherty.

Recently Died
Sue Pacey (Bellringer).

Year’s Minds

8       Henry Hewlett Paulet Handfield (Priest, Canon) 1900
         Sir Henry Agincourt Hodges (Chancellor of the Diocese) 1919
         Jenkin Collier (Benefactor) 1921
         Charles Douglas Donald (Surgeon) 1979
9       Thelma Basselot-Hall (Congregation) 2009
12      Stanley Charles Moss (Archdeacon) 2016
         Frank Ellis Thornton (Priest, Canon) 1978
         Alan George James (Lay Canon) 2007
13      Frank Gale (Congregation, Welcomer) 1976
         Frank Ellis Thornton (Priest, Canon) 1978
         Allen George James (Lay Canon) 2007
14      Kenneth John Minchinton (Bell Ringer) 1986
         James Wilberforce Stephen (Chancellor of the Diocese) 1881
         Archibald Schofield (Archdeacon) 1972
         Helen Elizabeth Quiney (Congregation) 2004

Get in touch

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Phone 9653 4220 or Email

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