Welcome to St Mary’s Cathedral
We are a community of believers, part of the great Catholic communion, which responds to the invitation of the Lord to believe in him and to know the gentleness of his heart. We are also a people which opens our arms and invites all to join us on the journey.
During this time when churches are shut as part of the effort to contain the spread of covid-19, we cannot welcome you to our beautiful Cathedral as once we would. Please be assured that you are remembered in the prayers and Masses celebrated by the Cathedral priests. We are still one in the communion of the church, still one in our shared humanity as we face the challenges of the times together. As our Archbishop wrote recently
I also want to reassure you that, in these changed circumstances, the Church will continue to be a living sign of God’s fidelity and God’s loving presence. But the Church will have to do this in new ways: we will have to do this in new ways, for all of us, the community of disciples, are the Church. We may not be able to gather together in our churches, but we can recreate the Church in our homes. Long before Catholics in Australia were able to build big churches for the celebration of Mass, they gathered together in their families for the rosary around an image of Our Lady. We may not be able to offer each other the sign of peace at Mass but we can offer each other the gift of our sincere prayer. We may not be able to organise morning teas for the elderly in our parish halls but we can ensure that those who are lonely and afraid are not left to themselves, even if all we can do is ring them on the phone or leave a casserole on their front doorstep. As our practical capacity to reach out to others is curtailed our determination to be disciples of Jesus, who gave everything he had and was for us, can lead us to discover new ways to live out our Catholic faith.
Very Rev. Dr Sean Fernandez
Dean and Administrator
St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth