St James Cathedral

Townsville Queensland Australia

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Welcome – Please scroll down for Service times.

Posted by stjamescathedral on June 26, 2007

Blessing of St Nicholas' Chapel

The Bishop dedicates St Nicholas’ Chapel at the Mission to Seafarers, Port of Townsville. (left to right) Chaplain to the MTS – Dean Rodney MacDonald, General Manager – Graham Miller, Chair of MTS Board – Peter de Jersey AM, President of MTS Townsville – Bishop Bill Ray.

Welcome to the website of St James’ Cathedral and the Cathedral Parish of Townsville.

The Parish includes:

  • St James’ Cathedral, Townsville;

  • St Mark’s Church, Belgian Gardens;

  • St Margaret’s Church, Magnetic Island;

  • Mission to Seafarers, Port of Townsville.

Within St James’ Cathedral is the stall (“cathedra”) of the Bishop of North Queensland. The Cathedral is the mother church of the vast Anglican Diocese of North Queensland which stretches from Sarina to the Torres Strait Islands, and from the Pacific Ocean to the Northern Territory border.

We welcome you to our beautiful Cathedral which has been a place of sacred space for the community for  well over a century. We offer a blend of traditional and contemporary Anglican liturgy, and aim to be a joyful and welcoming community.

Our Mission: The Purpose of the Church is to serve the Mission of God. 

We aim to serve the Mission of God by:

  •  Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ;

  •  Nurturing believers;

  • Caring for those in need;

  •  Protecting creation and 

  • Transforming unjust structures in society.

    Sunday 13 April 2014

    Palm Sunday

    St James’ Cathedral

    7.00 am –  Eucharist

    9.00 am – Eucharist

    5.00 pm – Service Cancelled due to weather

  • St Mark’s Church, Belgian Gardens

    7.15 am  - Eucharist

    St Margaret’s Church, Arcadia, Magnetic Island

    Saturday 12 April  5.00 pm – Eucharist


    Holy Week in St James’ Cathedral Parish


    Monday 14 April

       8.30 am Morning Prayer

       5.30 pm Twilight Address with The Bishop


    Tuesday 15 April

       8.30 am Morning Prayer

       5.30 pm Twilight Address with The Bishop

       6.30 pm Chrism Mass

     Wednesday 16 April

       7.00 am Eucharist

  •   8.30 am Morning Prayer

  •   12.45 pm Eucharist

  •    5.30 pm Eucharist & Twilight Address with The Bishop

    Maundy Thursday 17 April 2014

       7.30 am Bishop’s Eucharist

       8.30 am Morning Prayer

       5.30 pm Twilight Address with The Bishop

    The Triduum

    St James’ Cathedral

    6.30 pm Maundy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper followed by

    All-night Watch of the Passion at the Altar of Repose


    St Margaret’s Arcadia

    7.30 pm  Eucharist


    Good Friday 18 April

    St James’ Cathedral

       9.00 am Good Friday Liturgy with Veneration of The Cross

       12.00 noon to 3.00 pm  Three-hour Service of Devotion


    St Margaret’s Arcadia

    9.00 am – Stations of The Cross


    Easter Day

    Sunday 20 April – St James’ Cathedral

       6.00 am The Great Vigil, Lighting of the Fire and First Eucharist of Easter

       9.00 am Choral Eucharist

       5.00 pm Eucharist

    St Marks’ Church Belgian Gardens

       7.15 am Eucharist


    St Margaret’s Church Arcadia, Magnetic Island

       9.00 am Eucharist

    The Eucharist, also known as the Mass, Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper, is usually celebrated within the Cathedral Parish according to A Prayer Book for Australia 1995, (Second Order).

    Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, 16 December 2012.

    Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, 16 December 2012.


    Sexual Abuse: An Important Message

    Sexual abuse is a crime and has no place in the Church.  Untold suffering results,  and no apology can undo the harm done.

    The Anglican Diocese of North Queensland is committed to exposing and dealing with sexual abuse.

  • To do so,  we need your help in reporting it,  whether in recent times or past, and even if the details appear incomplete.

  • Please contact:

     The Director of Professional Standards

      (07) 3835 2266 or Free Call 1800 839 839

    Your report will receive respect and confidentiality, and the information will be handled appropriately and with sensitivity.



    National Trust St James’ Cathedral Conservation Appeal

    For over 121 years, St James’ Cathedral has been at the heart of North Queensland. It has ministered to a diocese spread from the Torres Strait to Sarina and to the Queensland-Northern Territory border. However, St James’ Cathedral has had only minimal repairs and improvements and now needs urgent work so that future generations can still benefit from the special, sacred space it offers.

    The Anglican Diocese of North Queensland’s focus in the past has been and will always remain on building the ministry, but more than a century of ecumenical worship, weddings, funerals and other significant community events have taken a toll on the historical landmark.

    The Diocese, in conjunction with The National Trust, will use all possible internal funds to restore the Cathedral, but we also need the support of the community to raise the $6 million necessary to ensure the Cathedral can survive.

    A cathedral is not just a building; it stands with and for the community and holds the memories of the community’s important life events. Help us to make St James’ Cathedral beautiful again, so that it can help to show forth the spirit of North Queensland in all its richness.

    For more information then please click on the link to take you to the Appeal website.St James Cathedral Appeal

    Please see our photos in the  Occasions Page under Services.

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