Sacraments

ImageSaturday Vigil
6.00pm

Sunday
8.00am, 9.30am, 11.00am (Solemn Mass), 6.30pm



ImageThe Sacrament of Reconciliation at St Patrick’s Cathedral is in English and is available on weekdays from Tuesday - Friday at 12.00pm. On weekends Reconciliation is available on Saturday immediately after 8.00am Mass and 5.30pm.



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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament occurs twice a week. On 6.30pm each Thursday night a Holy Hour for young adults is celebrated. On Friday following the 1:00pm Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is held in the Sacred Heart Chapel until 3.00pm. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available during Adoration on Thursday nights.


ImageThe Sacrament of Baptism at St Patrick’s Cathedral is held once per month. Please contact the Cathedral Office for enquiries


Image The Sacrament of Adult Confirmation at St Patrick’s Cathedral and takes place twice a year, at the 11.00am Solemn Mass. The next Adult Confirmation will be held on 9 June 2019. Adult Confirmation Candidates must be prepared by their local parish priest and receive a Confirmation card from their Priest on completion of their preparation.



Funerals can be arranged to be held at the Cathedral if a suitable date and time are available. Generally, funerals are conducted at 10:00am Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT COSTS, REGULATIONS AND PROTOCOLS:

The Cathedral is available for weddings on Saturdays only at 12.00 noon, 2.00pm and 4.00pm.

Bookings are currently being taken for 2020 and 2021.

Weddings at the Cathedral Cost $2200, payment includes 1½ hours use of the Cathedral and grounds, along with the priest’s stipend and contribution to flowers.
 
A deposit of $1100 is required to secure the booking.

The cost of musicians and bell ringing is additional.

Celebrant:
Any Catholic priest or deacon registered as a Marriage Celebrant in Australia may officiate.
You are welcome to invite your own parish priest or priest friend to officiate. Alternatively, we can nominate a priest to be your celebrant subject to a preliminary meeting with the Dean of the Cathedral.
Your marriage celebrant acts on behalf of the Commonwealth and the Church and is responsible for the following:
• Marriage Papers/Documents
He will explain what certificates you need and will complete all the documentation with you. It is important to contact him promptly as “The Notice of Intended Marriage” must be completed not more than eighteen months and not less than one month before the marriage.
• Ceremony or Nuptial Mass?
This is a faith issue which you need to discuss with your celebrant before making a final decision.
• Marriage Preparation
It is the policy of the Archdiocese that couples undertake an approved marriage counselling course. These programs are designed to open up many issues which contribute to a successful and happy marriage. There are several available. Your celebrant will guide you in your choice.
• Wedding Liturgy (Order of Service)
Since a Wedding (Ceremony or Nuptial Mass) is official liturgy of the Church, it must be in accord with “The Rite of Matrimony approved for use in Australia”. Therefore your readings must be scriptural and cannot be poems or reflections. The couple will be provided with a template to be completed with the readings and music selections for the service. This information will be transitioned into an order of service booklet to encourage guests to participate in the service.

Music:

Music for weddings in the Cathedral is provided by Cathedral musicians who are tertiary qualified and experienced at dealing with the liturgical and other requirements. 
The Cathedral organ is played at weddings, usually along with a cantor/vocalist (either male or female) from the Cathedral music staff. If the wedding is to be a Mass, both the organ and a cantor are essential. The Cathedral Choir can be available on request, except for during school holidays.
Musicians who are not on the Cathedral staff are not permitted to perform at weddings in the Cathedral.
A variety of instrumental and vocal music is possible at weddings, but it must be in keeping with the sacred nature of the ceremony. Secular love songs are not appropriate, and portable keyboards and recorded music (tapes or CDs) are not permitted.
The Director of Music must be contacted before any arrangements are made for music at weddings in the Cathedral. This should generally be no more than 4 months prior to the wedding and after scripture readings have been selected. The Director of Music is responsible for ensuring that the music at your Wedding is suitable to the Liturgy you determined with your priest.

When contacting the Director of Music by email ( music@cam.org.au), please be ready to provide the following information:
• Whether you will be having a ceremony or a Mass
• Details of the Scripture readings, Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation
• Your contact details, including a telephone number.
The Director of Music will then be able to put you in contact with the relevant musicians, and will provide you with an outline including musical choices from which you can make your selection.
Fees for Musicians
Organist $400
Cantor $350
Choir $2,200

Payments should be made directly to organist, cantor or choir.

Photography & Videography

One professional photographer and one professional video camera operator may take formal photographs in the Cathedral. Under new laws in Australia, we will need a copy of Government Working With Children Check for both and any assistant they bring with them.
• They must agree to follow standard Cathedral practice to be discreet and not enter the sanctuary area during the ceremony or cross from side to side distracting the congregation.
• They may photograph during the ceremony only from the front pillar on the lectern side and should not move around excessively.
• Please note all Photographers and Video camera operators must have a working with children check and are required to provide copy of their card 14 days prior to the wedding date.

Artificial lighting is not permitted in the Cathedral.

Bride Arrival

Late arrival of the bride (more then 10 minutes) is unacceptable and can cause serious inconvenience to our staff, your guests and the next wedding party. Late arrivals may result in musicians and bell ringers being unable to provide services for your wedding and a shortened ceremony.

Flowers:

Flowers are arranged by the Cathedral florist. He will ensure that placement and colours are in accordance with the liturgical season. Pew bows and similar decorations are not permitted.

Bells:

You can arrange to have the Cathedral bells rung for the wedding by contacting the bellringers directly. We will supply you with their contact details.
The fee for Bellringing:
• $300 if the bells are rung either before or after the ceremony
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• $500 when rung both before and after ceremony.

Payment and order form is sent directly to bellringers.

Cancellation of confirmed bookings must be sent in writing. A refund will be issued less a $50 administration fee.
 
 
To lodge an enquiry regarding marriages at the cathedral follow the link below which will provide you with conditions and protocols for cathedral weddings and an enquiry form. Upon your completion the form will be submitted online to the cathedral office for response.
For further information please contact cathedral@cam.org.au 

Online Form