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St Francis Church

Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout Australia and the resulting restrictions imposed by the Federal and State governments, St Francis Church has been temporarily closed until further notice. We will keep you up to date any developments and please stay safe.

St Francis Church is a Catholic church located on the corner of Lonsdale and Elizabeth Streets, right in the city centre.

As Victoria’s oldest Catholic church, St Francis is a welcoming congregation which is open daily for services to anyone who would wish to join.

St Francis Church – St Francis of Assisi, Catholic Mass Schedule Times

The church was designed by Samuel Jackson and was constructed in 1841. The church was the first cathedral church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. The church was named after St Francis of Assisi and the church was blessed and opened on 23 October 1845.

The church is welcoming and engaging with the community and offers Bible studies, priest consultation, music engagement and mass. Priest consultation is available each week from Tuesday to Friday between 9:00 am and 4:45 pm, there is usually a priest from the Blessed Sacrament Community at St Francis’ who is available for consultation.

For confession, priests are available from Tuesday to Thursday at various times throughout the day.

The church offers the following mass services:
Sunday: 7.00am, 8.00am, 9.30am, 11.00am (Choral), 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm (Filipino 2nd Sunday Only), 2.30pm (Indonesian 3rd Sunday Only), 4.30pm, 6.00pm
Monday: 7.30am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.05pm, 5.30pm
Tuesday: 7.30am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.05pm, 5.30pm
Wednesday: 7.30am, 8.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.05pm, 5.30pm
Thursday: 7.30am, 8.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.05pm, 5.30pm
Friday: 7.30am, 8.00am, 11.00am, 12.05pm, 1.05pm, 5.30pm
Saturday: 8.00am, 11.00am, 12.05pm, 6.00pm (Vigil)

You can reach the church by catching a #19, #57 or #59 tram along Elizabeth Street or by taking a train and alighting at Melbourne Central Station.

326 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC

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