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 NSW, continues to serve the multinational community of Sydney and beyond.



I recall, as a small boy, diseases such as diphtheria, polio, whooping cough, measles, tuberculosis and tetanus. Too frequently those diseases had dire effects on individuals, families and society at large. Occasionally our inability to deal adequately with those diseases meant that people died.

Vaccinations changed all that.

Covid 19, like these diseases, too frequently has dire effects on individuals, families and society at large. People are dying because of Covid 19. Others are being left with potentially debilitating long term effects of the disease. Our frontline health care workers – indeed, the whole health care system – are being severely challenged.

Vaccinations can make a wonderful contribution towards changing all that.

Vaccinations are free and available. No one is excluded unless they choose to be excluded. Choosing not to be vaccinated is a self-excluding choice. But remember, it affects more than you – your decision not only may cause illness and even death, it also has the potential to divide the community. (There may of course be a few people who, for serious medical reasons, should not be vaccinated.)

Please do not exclude yourself!

Your right to choose not to be vaccinated must be weighed against your responsibility as a member of society. Your right is not absolute.

The overwhelming weight of scientific and medical evidence tells us that the vaccination will significantly lessen the likelihood of you:

  1. catching Covid 19,
  2. having to be hospitalized because of Covid 19,
  3. dying because of Covid 19 and
  4. passing on the infection to others.

High levels of vaccinations will also lessen the terrible burden our frontline health care workers are being forced to carry at the moment. Vaccinations will also lessen the likelihood of another lockdown and all the negative effects the lockdowns bring.

The vaccination is in fact a healer in more ways than one.

If you choose not to be vaccinated, you are also choosing the consequences of not being vaccinated. Do not blame the people in charge of venues who refuse you entry when you have made a self-excluding choice. The right to choose is yours and so are the consequences.

Please consider carefully the consequences for yourself and others of not getting vaccinated. You are also taking on the responsibility for your exclusion from gathering in the church community.

Our faith in Christ, indeed the Cross itself, is a symbol of our faith in the common good over self-interest.

God Bless us all!
Fr Michael Whelan SM
Parish Priest


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St Patrick’s now has a little “pool of silence” online.
The Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar for twenty minutes of Adoration, with  Hymns for Reflection or The Rosary followed by the  Benediction


26 September 2021
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


26 September 2021
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This October long weekend we normally invite speakers from the Cana Communities to speak at all of our masses at St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s for their annual appeal, but as this is not possible this year, we invite you to give generously to support the work of Cana Communities who provide emergency overnight accommodation, transitional and medium term housing, meals and other community outreach including the Cana Farm at Orchard Hills for those turning around their lives toward a path of employment.
 To donate go to and click on the ‘Donate Now’ tab. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.  This appeal has been greatly supported by parishioners of St Patrick’s Church Hill in the past and we hope that you can support Cana Communities at this difficult time where charities have been so badly affected by Covid-19. Thank You!!’

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 at 9254-9855.

To learn 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 –

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.  

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


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 we are  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.

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