St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral
St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral 07-06-2018 - Church Website - See Note.
St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral 18-07-2002 - Alan Patterson

St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral

Parramatta, NSW 2150

Church Information

Church Name: St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral
Church Previous Name: St Patrick's Catholic Church
Denomination: Catholic Church in Australia
Street Address: 1 Marist Pl, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia
Suburb: Parramatta
State: NSW
Postcode: 2150
Foundation Stone Laid: 17-03-1936
Foundation Stone Notes: The foundation stone for the first chuch was laid on 17/3/1836, and the foundation stone for a new church on 13/8/1854. The text on the foundation stones is not known. Information/photographs are invited.
Date Opened: 29-11-2003
Date Closed: unknown


The first Mass recorded was celebrated in Parramatta on 22/5/1803.

The building of the first Catholic Church began in 1827. It later became a school. The foundation stone of the first St Patrick's Catholic Church was laid on St Patrick's Day 1836, to meet the needs of a growing congregation. It was consecrated on 28/5/1837. The foundation stone for a new larger church building was laid on 13/8/1854. A tower and spire being added in 1880. A cast bronze bell was installed in the tower in 1904.  

In 1986 St Patrick's became the Cathedral Church of the new diocese of Parramatta.

On 19/2/1996 the Cathedral was destroyed by fire, with only the walls remaining. On 29/11/2003 a new St Partricks Catholic Cathedral was dedicated. The old St Patrick's Cathedral is now a Blessed Sacrament Chapel, and adjoinging it is a large contemporary Cathedral.

More historical information/photographs of the Cathedral/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 7/6/2018.ttame the Cathedral Church in the new diocese of Parramatta, an area, which stretches in a wedge from Rydalmere to Blackheath. On 19th February 1996 this beautiful though small cathedral was destroyed by fire - only the stonewalls remained. Our Bishop at the time, Very Rev Bede Heather, said then ‘a new St, Patrick’s will rise from these ashes’ and it has.

On November 29th 2003 the new St Patrick’s Cathedral was dedicated. The old St Patrick’s Cathedral is now a Blessed Sacrament Chapel and adjoining it is a large contemporary Cathedral. The design of Mitchell, Giurgola and Thorp

Note: Photograph source -  See the church website for more photographs and history.
Last Updated: Monday 18th May, 2020