Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph | Te Whare Karakia o Hato Pateriki raua ko Hato Hohepa | Catholic Diocese of Auckland, New Zealand

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Sunday Masses
8am, 11am, 4:30pm, 7pm
Children’s Liturgy at 8am, 11am & 4.30pm

Diocesan Youth Mass last Sunday of month.

Weekday Masses
Monday-Friday: 7.00am & 12.15pm
Saturdays & Public Holidays: 8.30am


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Bishop’s Note

Blessings to you all.

A special welcome to those of you who are visitors to our shores. The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland, attracting many who seek the abiding presence of the Lord. May your visit to this very sacred place be blessed, and may God bless all we do in His name.


Covid-19 UPDATE 24 March 2020

My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Our world community is facing an unparalleled time of stress with as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Zealand Government continues to announce a number of serious measures to promote the common good and mitigate the effect of this pandemic on human life. We have had to come to terms with the measure announced last week prohibiting gatherings of more than 100 people. This saw the Bishops Conference agreeing to suspend all Masses, including Sunday Mass, until further notice. A reminder that I formally give you dispensation from the obligation to participate at Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation (cc 87 #1, 1247).

Buildings Closed but not the Living Church

Moving to Alert 4 sees all of us self-isolating. Not just to keep ourselves safe but those about us. This requires our Church buildings to close. But not the Living Church. We, the People of God, are still missionary disciples, praying for and supporting one another. The priests are still praying Mass, privately without a physically present Congregation. They are praying for all people and with all people. Each and every day around the world, the whole community is being held in prayer. You might like to take some time to pray with us all through the daily Mass which will be uploaded to my Facebook page and linked from the Diocesan website.

We can help each other. Do you know people that are struggling? Let your parish priest know. Regional St Vincent de Paul and the Catholic Caring Foundation are able to access resources and have travel permissions that enable them to provide sustenance and care. We are at this time called to use the great network that is the Diocesan community.

Many of us as children prior to digital games, internet and 24-hour multiple channel TV, spent hours on the phone. Phone ministry is the new normal. Even if a few minutes of: How are you? What are you up to? You are not alone. We are connecting, we are being Church.

Resources are being prepared by the Diocese to support you in the journey of faith in these times. Check our website regularly.

Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy

Although Mass will not be available on Sunday in this time people are encouraged to celebrate Sunday as domestic Church. Gathering to pray in small groups, particularly whānau groups.

This might include: reading and pondering the Scriptures for Sunday, giving thanks for all that we are blessed with, praying for the needs of individuals, families, New Zealand and the world. You will also be able to pray Sunday Mass individually or in small groups through the diocesan website where Sunday Mass will be available on the front page of the website from 6.00 pm each Saturday.

These are challenging times and the Diocese will regularly communicate with priests, parish leaders and you, the People of God of the Auckland Diocese. The psalmist (Psalm 45) reminds us today that: The mighty Lord is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. In this we take consolation and hope.

Yours sincerely in the Lord



Patrick Dunn
Bishop of Auckland

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Welcome to the Cathedral

Peace to all as we continue our journey into 2020.

Tena Koutou Katoa, Haere mai ki te Whare Karakia o Hato Pateriki raua ko Hato Hohepa! Welcome to the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph, situated in downtown Auckland, at the heart of New Zealand’s largest city. On 18 September 1840 Apihai Te Kawau of Ngati Whatua gifted 3000 acres of land to Governor Hobson and on 10 May 1841 Bishop Pompallier applied to Hobson for “a sufficient space of land for a church, dwelling house, and for a college, recreation ground for youth and burial ground, for the use of the Roman Catholic public.” Approval was given and three weeks later the grant was made for all the stated purposes at this Wyndham St site with the exception of burials. Two acres of ground were allocated for Catholic use at the Symonds St cemetery.

Some three thousand people attend Mass here each Sunday. During the week thousands more come to pray, light a candle or enjoy a moment’s peace. The liturgical life of the Cathedral is rich and vibrant. May God bless our endeavours as we celebrate Jesus Christ: our Way, our Truth, our Life! The Cathedral’s Facebook page offers a sense of who we are… House of God, Icon of Christ, Mother Church, Oasis of Peace, Place of Prayer… Home and place of community and celebration for God’s people.



28 March 2020

Pastoral Letter to the Catholic People from the Bishops of Aotearoa, New Zealand regarding

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

As we begin these weeks of lockdown in Aotearoa New Zealand, we are deeply aware of the shared sacrifice for the protection of our families, workplaces and the wider community both local and international. In these weeks the safety of all people is our primary concern. We are unable to leave our homes and must remain isolated from everyone other than those with whom we live.

The current restrictions prevent priests from leaving their homes, even to minister to the sick and dying, and therefore the sacraments of the church are unavailable to parishioners. This an especially great suffering for both priests and people, unprecedented in our lifetime.

But this lack of availability of the sacraments is not unknown in the history of the Church in our land. Before the arrival of the first priests in Aotearoa in 1838, Catholic faith was growing in New Zealand with families and small communities of Catholics living with the strong desire for the sacraments of Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, and Anointing that they were not yet able to celebrate. Even following the arrival of priests many of our Catholic ancestors still found themselves unable to participate in the Mass because of distance, but they embraced the mission of forming their families in faith with daily prayer together and ensuring that the scriptures and the lives of the saints were read for personal formation and shared with their children.

In these days we hear that many of you are praying more regularly in your homes using every means of support available, especially online streaming of the Mass and Stations of the Cross, reading the scriptures privately or with your families and praying the Rosary and other devotional prayers. We are inspired by your generous response to this unexpected Lenten penance and we are excited by the evidence that Christ is meeting you in your “closed room.”

God always provides for his people. The sacraments, which are the primary communicators of the life of God within the Church, are not the origin of grace, nor do they have a monopoly on it. God is the origin of all grace and God freely chooses to reward virtue, good intentions and actions.

In these extraordinary days of lockdown, when we are unable to receive the sacraments we desire (Eucharist, Reconciliation or Anointing), the Vatican, following the leadership of Pope Francis has communicated how we may obtain the graces usually given through these sacraments.

The healing and grace of these sacraments and more is still available to you, directly and without the
sacraments through a Plenary Indulgence. This is the beauty of what was offered throughout history by
Indulgences, before our understanding of these communicators of grace was corrupted by misuse.

This is a beautiful opportunity to know the mercy, forgiveness and love of Jesus Christ. How we might receive these graces is detailed on the appended last page: When you cannot receive the Sacraments because of Quarantine.

The Church has always responded to people in times of need with extraordinary generosity and mercy. This is true in these days, with the Indulgence offered not only to those in danger of death, but to all people who seek to rekindle their relationship with Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church.

Finally, we must remind you, please stay true to the spirit and the letter of the restrictions. Unless you work in an essential industry, or need to visit a supermarket, a doctor or a chemist, do NOT break this lockdown. Stay in your own household. Do not let visitors enter.

At the heart of our faith is the fact that in Jesus, God comes to us. We do not have to leave home to find God. In these days, in Jesus, God is coming to us, seeking to encounter us in the confines of our own homes.

Your parish priests are available to give counsel via the telephone and online. Mass is being celebrated online, with links available from your parish websites, or this special National Liturgy Office page:

Lent is traditionally a time of sacrifice, but we are usually free to choose what we will do and not do for Lent. This Lent, so much has changed unexpectedly, depriving us of many freedoms. An unexpected penance has been imposed from outside. Yet these next few weeks of lockdown offer us an unprecedented and extraordinary opportunity for growth. Let us unite in embracing this opportunity to grow together seeking greater maturity in faith in Jesus Christ within the Catholic Church.

 Yours in Christ,

✠ Patrick Dunn, Bishop of Auckland and NZCBC President
✠ Steve Lowe, Bishop of Hamilton and NZCBC Secretary
✠ John Dew, Cardinal Archbishop of Wellington
✠ Paul Martin, Bishop of Christchurch
✠ Michael Dooley, Bishop of Dunedin
✠ Michael Gielen, Auxiliary Bishop of Auckland

Please click here to download a copy of this letter and the instruction When you cannot receive the Sacraments because of Quarantine

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Phone: +64 (9) 303 4509

Fax: +64 (9) 379 8498


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