On October 13 1940 Mass was celebrated for the first time in the newly built church of St Patrick’s by Father Anthony Gavin, and Bishop Whyte blessed the church. However, it wasn’t until 9 March 1949 that St Patrick’s was declared a separate Parish within Invercargill and Fr James Henley was the first Parish Priest.
Today our Parish Priest is Fr Brendan Ward and Fr Jaewoo Lee is our school chaplain. They can be contacted by phoning 03 218 4123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We regularly gather with Parishioners to celebrate special occasions such as St Patrick’s Day, St Dominic’s Day, Ash Wednesday and Sacramental celebrations such as Baptism, Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. We participate in these liturgies by being readers, altar servers and gift bearers. We also help out around our Church and Parish with cleaning and gardening done by our Young Vinnies group.
Mass is said every Sunday at 9am at St Patrick’s Church. Everyone is welcome!