Under the care of the Marist Fathers (Society of Mary) since 1868 St Patrick’s Parish in Grosvenor Street, The Rocks,
and St Brigid’s in Kent Street, Millers Point Australia continues to serve the multinational community of Sydney and beyond.

SUNDAY MASS – 19 September 2020

Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

We thank you all for your cooperation, patience and goodwill during this topsy-turvy time of the Coronavirus.

We thank you especially for

  • taking the trouble to sign in and leave your contact details which we hope we will never have to use before they are destroyed in 28 days;
  • for the social distancing – which can be not only annoying but even quite painful at times;
  • for the repeated  hand sanitising;
  • for your willingness to take documents with you, leaving nothing on the seats;
  • and for not singing – I never thought I would be thanking a congregation for not singing!

from  Fr Michael Whelan SM and St Patrick’s Parish Team


On  Sunday 26 July  we have a new schedule at St Patrick’s  accommodating more masses and reconciliation.  Please refer to the new schedule  below

Following the 4-sqm rule on social distancing, We  can accommodate 80 persons in St Patrick’s.
Signing in with contact details is required before you enter the church. Please bring your own pen.
Normal social distancing is expected at all times in and around the church
If you do not feel well, please stay at home and take care of yourself!

When the number of people in the church reaches 80, the doors will be closed!

Since St Patrick’s functions more like a shrine than a parish, most people come on a “drop in” basis. It is therefore not practical to have a registration or booking arrangement. We must operate on a first come first served basis. I ask for your patience and cooperation.

We will continue to post Sunday Masses online and the Wednesday Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. This can be viewed in our website or in our YouTube channel.  We have discontinued the weekday Masses online.



St Patrick’s opens at 7.30am


St Patrick’s

  • 8am, 10am, 11am, 12noon, 3pm and 4pm
    St Brigid’s
  • 9am  


  • 8.00am; 10.00am; 11.00am; 12.00nn
  • 3.00pm ; 4.00 pm

The church closes at 5pm


St Patrick’s opens at 7.30am


  • 8.00am, 10.30am and 12.00noon


  • 7.30am-7.55;  8.30am-8.40am
  • 11.30am -11.55am
  • 12.30pm-12.45pm

The church closes at 1.00pm



(Monday – Saturday) – from 15th JUNE 2020

07.30am Church opens
08.00am Mass
Church closes for cleaning (about 30 minutes)
09.00am Church Closed

11.30am Church re-opens
12.00pm Mass
01.00pm Church Closed


Sunday 14 June 2020

7.30am – the church opens, Reconciliation available, 8am – Mass
then the church will be closed for cleaning – which will take about 30 minutes

9.30am – the church re-opens, Reconciliation available, 10am Mass
then the church will be closed for cleaning – which will take about 30 minutes

11.30am – the church re-opens, Reconciliation available, 12noon Mass
then the church will be closed for cleaning – which will take about 30 minutes

2.30pm – the church re-opens, Reconciliation available, 3pm Mass
then the church will be closed for cleaning – which will take about 30 minutes

4.00pm – the church closes for the day

ST BRIGID’S (14-16 Kent St Millers Point)

Sunday 14 June 2020

9am –  Mass

The churches at both St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s will remain closed for Sundays thereafter until we are able to open it and ensure safety for all those who attend.

St Patrick’s Mass online will continue to be available in our website and also in our Youtube Channel.

Michael Whelan SM
Parish Priest


We are grateful and encouraged that you experience the spirit of courage, calm and hope as you partake in the online presence of St Patrick’s, your “spiritual oasis” from wherever you are.

As we move on to another week and the weeks to come in this time of the coronavirus – among other things – consider ourselves invited to re-imagine our lives.

It is in fact, a moment of grace in which we can re-imagine what it means to be a human being, re-imagine what it means to be a society, re-imagine what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, re-imagine what it means to be a Catholic, re-imagine what it means to be me.

Many have asked about I the absence of a Priest. Read about Fr Michael Whelan’s recommendation, here,

The parish staff will mostly be working from home. If you have any inquiries please email

Daily Mass in St Pats – 11/06

Sunday Homily

6 September 2020

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Wednesday 23 September 2020

It Is Well With My Soul

(arr. Rene Clausen)

Spiritual Reflection – NOW

Spiritual Exercises – Listening

Spiritual Exercises – Breathing

Spiritual Reflections – NOW

Spiritual Exercises – Listening

Spiritual Exercises – Breathing

At the beginning of 2017, Michael Whelan SM, Parish Priest, commissioned an icon of St Dimpna who is the patron saint of people in mental and emotional distress – especially those who have been sexually abused.   Her feast day is on May 15.  The icon will form the focus of an annual devotion to St Dimpna each May, with prayers especially for those who are in distress as a result of sexual abuse.  

The St Dimpna Community gathers in the Crypt each second Saturday of the month at 7.00pm to offer a place of prayerful support especially for those who have been sexually abused and  for anyone with mental or emotional distress.  

For more information contact the parish;  email:; phone (02) 9254-9855.

Marriage & Baptism at St Patrick’s

Saturday weddings at Saint Patrick’s may be arranged to commence at 9:30am, 2:00pm or 4:00pm. The celebration of the sacrament of Baptism can be arranged through contacting the Parish Office.

To Know more, Click here.

Mass & Reconciliation at St Patrick’s

St Patrick’s offers Masses and Reconciliation on Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

Check out our timetable to see Mass and Reconciliation times.

St Patrick’s Church Historical Tours

Twice a month St Patrick’s Courtyard Coffee Shop provides a guided tour of the St Patrick’s site, where this rich history is outlined in association with the various heritage buildings.

To Know more, Click here.

Get Involved in ministries and groups

Active ministries and groups within St. Patrick’s Parish. Those wishing more information about a group’s activities click here.

Alternatively you can contact the Parish Office.


For more than 170 years St Patrick’s has been a spiritual oasis in Sydney. There is a fine tradition of mercy and reconciliation here. Let us work together to ensure that everything possible is done to go on developing that tradition. It is a gift that grows richer with time. It is also a task that will never end.

To keep faith with that tradition, we must take account of the changing times. In particular, we must take account of the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual.   Click on the link to know what special steps are we taking at St Patrick’s

A message from the Archdiocese of Sydney

Child sexual abuse is a crime he appropriate people to deal with a crime are the police. If you – or anyone you know – have been abused,
please contact the police.  Alternatively, you can contact the Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office at (02) 9390 5810 or You may also want to speak to your Parish Priest who will be able to provide support and guidance. The Archdiocese has a legal obligation to report crimes to the police