The Arts

“Literature and the arts are---, in their own way, of great importance to the life of the Church. They strive to make known the proper nature of man, his problems and his experiences in trying to know and perfect both himself and the world.”

-Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, 62.

Since the earliest days of the Church the arts have been used in places of worship to express religious faith and inspire the observer to sense the presence of God.

When they come into St Patrick’s Cathedral worshipers, pilgrims or visitors can experience religious art in its many forms:

  • Music

  • Architecture

  • Sculpture

  • Glass

  • Painting

  • Drawing

  • Literature

As the late Pope John Paul II said in his Letter to Artists 1999 (14) “ I wish to remind each of you that, beyond functional considerations, the close alliance that has always existed between the Gospel and art means that you are invited to use your creative intuition to enter into the heart of the mystery of the Incarnate God and at the same time into the mystery of man”

The Liturgy

In the day by day life of St Patrick’s Cathedral great care is taken to conduct the public worship to the highest standards. In the sacred liturgies we see the talents of many artists coming together to create beautiful acts of worship. Their creations include fine vestments, Communion Vessels, sacred objects, specially crafted furniture and music.

The Visual Arts

The new St Patrick’s Cathedral has given rise to a wide range of creations in the area of visual arts including it’s striking architecture, the challenging picture of the Sacred Heart and the unique Baptistry at the entrance to what was the old St Patrick’s.

The contrasting “ancient” statue of Our Lady and Child and “modern” statue of Blessed Mary MacKillop are in keeping with the “old” Cathedral and the “new” Cathedral highlighting the continuum through history of the spiritual and creative energy of the people of God.

The Performing Arts

From time to time performances can be enjoyed at St Patrick’s, whether it is a world-renowned organist, a professional orchestra or a student choir.

As happens in Cathedrals around the world, so St Patrick’s welcomes performers to use their talents in a liturgical setting or with a sacred theme.

Pope John Paul II said in his Letter to Artists, 1999 “May the beauty which you pass on to generations still to come be such that it will stir them to wonder.”

Artists have the opportunity to inspire the observer to a deeper understanding and sense of the mystery of God and His creation.

Concerts and exhibitions are opportunities for visitors and members of the wider community to enjoy and experience the beauty and wonder of St Patrick’s Cathedral and God’s Creation.

Protocols at the Cathedral

The protocols for the use of the Cathedral are presently being developed. If you wish to discuss the use of the Cathedral for the performance of Sacred Music please contact the Dean of the Cathedral on 8839 8420.

Palm Sunday Concert

The Willoughby Symphony orchestra and Choir will present a concert in the Cathedral on Sunday night, 9th April at 8:00 pm. This concert will include:

  • Bach Cantata No. 4,
  • Christ lay in the Bonds of Death with strings, continuo, cornetto and three trombones.
  • Poulenc, Penitential motets - the Chorale a capella
  • Mozart, Solemn Vespers

Tickets will be on sale at the door.