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.


One of the great themes of the Christian Tradition is “light”! At Christmas we joyfully recall the words of the prophet Isaiah: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:2). In faith, we believe that we are those “people”. Thus the words of the Psalmist apply to each of us: “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord” (Psalm 89:15). Jesus is our light. He is the light: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

“Darkness” is always present. Perhaps these days it is more present? We must never forget, we are “children of the light”. We walk by “the light of Christ”!

There are a few matters I would like to bring to your attention at this time:

  1. Bishop Geoffrey Robinson died on the evening of 29 December 2020. There is no doubt, he will go down in history as one of the truly great Catholic leaders of the Church in Australia. There will be a Memorial Mass for Geoff at St Patrick’s on Sunday 17 January at 9am. You are all welcome!
  2. On 23 December we received the following message from Archbishop Anthony Fisher: “I know your Priests are doing their best to schedule additional Masses, and I am grateful for their generosity and creativity during this time. Even so, there may be many who will still not be able to attend, so I have again granted the faithful a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and on Christmas Day; this dispensation will continue until the two square metre rule returns or limits are removed altogether“.
  3. The State Government Covid Safety regulations have changed in the past days:
    1. Masks are mandatory in places of worship – please wear a mask when you come to St Patrick’s!
    2. The 4square metre rule applies to seating arrangements – please observe the signs re where you can and cannot sit.
    3. Because the 4square metre rule is back, we may reach our limit of 100 congregants at a given service. In this instance, we will have to close the doors. We apologise to you ahead of time!
    4. The QR Code is not compulsory for places of worship. We will i8ntroduce the QR Code when it is mandated by the Government.
    5. When you sign in you must give your first name, your second name and your contact number. We keep this information in the church’s vault for 28 days before we destroy it.
  4. Please observe all the normal Covid Safety practices: sanitize your hands, keep 1.5 metres between you and the next person, wear a mask, do not mingle unnecessarily, any papers or other materials you have touched should be taken with you. There will be no congregational singing. Think of the common good!

Fr Michael Whelan SM

St Patrick’s Covid Safety Plan here




St Patrick’s opens at 7.30am


St Patrick’s

8.00 am, 9.00am, 10.00 am
11.00 am, 12 noon
3.00 pm, 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm


7.45 am – 12.45pm
2.45 pm – 4.30pm
5.45 pm – 6.15 pm

St Brigid’s
9.00 am  

St Patrick’s opens at 7.30am

8.00 am, 10.30 am, 12 noon; 5.30pm

7.30 am – 8.00 am, 10.00 am – 11.00 am and 12.00 am – 1.00 pm
5.00 pm – 6.00 pm

The church closes at 1.00pm and re-opens at 5.00pm

St Patrick’s opens at 7.30am
the church closes at 1.00pm and re-opens at 5.30pm

8.00 am & 12 noon
VIGIL Mass – 6.00 pm

7.30 am – 8.00 am; 11.30 am – 12.30 pm
5.30 pm – 6.00 pm

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Wednesday 16 December 2020


ISLAM REVEALED “Discover the Truth”
Lecture by Heather Fagan

Spiritual Reflection – 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