St Patricks Courtyard Coffee Shop and Book Shop
In 1865 St Patrick’s parish would have its own convent of nuns, with the arrival of a trio of Sisters of Mercy from Liverpool. That year, they were to commence teaching at the parish school. Time later, Marist Priests Fr Joly and Fr Heuze organised the building of a chapel for the Sisters. On 31st July, 1876, Archbishop Vaughan officially opened the chapel for the Sisters of Mercy. The chapel was a small space used for the community of the Sisters. Despite it’s size, it was considered to be one of the prettiest and most devotional little chapels seen in the colony. In June, 1998, after 133 years in St Patrick’s Parish, the Sisters of Mercy permanently retired to North Sydney. In 2001, the Chapel was restored and re-opened as St Patrick’s Courtyard Coffee Shop and Book Shop, welcoming anyone wishing to sit in a tranquil and welcoming space. We thank the many volunteers who work at the Coffee Shop to keep it’s doors open to the parishioners and public who visit. Here you can purchase a variety of drinks, food, deserts as well as books, religious gifts and cards. It is open Sunday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and is located in the courtyard next to Saint Patrick’s Church at 20 Grosvenor St. Sydney. Anyone wishing to volunteer or learn more about St Patrick’s Coffee Shop please contact the parish office on 9254-9855
St Patrick’s Choir
In 2004, St Patrick’s was privileged to have installed a Fratelli Ruffatti Organ to accompany our Choir. St. Patrick’s Choir sings at the 12:00 noon Mass each Sunday and on special occasions. For anyone interested in joining St Patrick’s Choir please contact our Director Adrian Bendt. If you are planning on being married at St Patrick’s, our Choir is also an ideal ensemble and available for hire. The Choir is also available for hire for funerals or other special occasions at St Patrick’s. For more information regarding the hiring of the Choir, please contact Adrian Bendt on email@example.com. If you are interested in only our pipe organ being played at your service, please contact our Principal Organist is Godelieve Ghavalas firstname.lastname@example.org.