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.


The Third Sunday in Lent – 7 March – includes the first of the Scrutinies for those in the RCIA program. The Readings from Year A – thought to be particularly suitable for the Scrutinies – may be used instead of the Readings from Year B.

The Sydney Funeral Mass for Fr Bob Barber SM

Many of you who celebrate our liturgies here at St Patrick’s – onsite or online – will be familiar with Fr Bob. He recently moved to Lismore to take up a position as a school chaplain. He died suddenly on Saturday 13 February. Fr Bob was a kind and good priest – much loved by his Marist confreres and all those who knew him.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Joseph’s College Hunter’s on Friday 5 March at 10am.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the funeral is limited to 300 people attending. To register for attendance at the funeral please complete the expression of interest on the attached link:

The funeral will be live streamed through YouTube and the link will be available at

At the conclusion of the Mass the cremation will take place at the Macquarie Park Crematorium, Cnr Delhi Rd & Plassey Rd, Macquarie Park. (NOT the North Ryde Crematorium also on Delhi Rd.)

Apart from this Mass at St Joseph’s College on Friday, we will celebrate two Memorial Masses for Fr Bob here at St Patrick’s – one on Wednesday 3 March at 10.30am and the second on Sunday 7 March at 9am.

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

The State Government Covid Safety regulations changed on Friday 12 February 2021:

  • Masks are no longer mandatory in places of worship– however, we do recommend the wearing of a mask whilst in the church;
  • Seating arrangements are now based on the 2 square metre rule; this means we can seat about 150 in St Pats – please observe the signs re where you can and cannot sit.
  • The QR Code is not compulsory for places of worship. We will introduce the QR Code when it is mandated by the Government.
  • 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.
  • Congregational singing is only permitted if the congregants wear masks and are seated according to the 4square metre rule. This presents too many problems for us. As a result, there is no congregational singing yet at St Patricks.
  • Please observe all the normal Covid Safety practices: sanitize your hands, keep 1.5 metres between you and the next person, do not mingle unnecessarily, any papers or other materials you have touched should be taken with you.
  • Think of the common good!


 God Bless us all

Fr Michael Whelan SM
Parish Priest

St Patrick’s Covid Safety Plan here


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 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 –

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