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Cathedral Saint Patrick's Church

Diocese of Down and Connor

Belfast  +4402890324597 

For 200 years, St Patrick’s has provided for the spiritual and pastoral needs of the people of inner-city Belfast as well as city workers and visitors to the city.

St Patrick’s first church was the second pre-emancipation Catholic Church built in the city of Belfast since the Reformation.

The Parish records we hold go back to April 1798, the year of the Irish Rebellion. This parish has contributed much to the faith and development of the city. As Belfast grew in huge numbers during the 19th Century, from 75,000 to 225,000, so did the parish.

Fr William Crolly, the first Parish Priest of St Patrick’s Parish, was ordained Bishop of Down and Connor and was later made Archbishop of Armagh.

St Patrick’s has been the place of consecration of a number of diocesan bishops. From here Bishop Denvir and his successor Bishop Patrick Dorrian, who lived on Donegall St, invited the Christian Brothers and the sisters of Mercy to work with them, setting up schools and a hospital, and after 130 years they still continue their valuable work in education and care of the sick.

This parish is steeped in history but our parish has suffered a great deal of tragedy and suffering, from the murder and mayhem of the 1920’s to the destruction by the German Luftwaffe, in the bombing of the city in 1941, to the McGurk’s Bar Bomb of 1971 and the murderous campaign of the Shankill Butchers, a loyalist gang which actively sought out Catholics.

Open Hours
Mon – Fri 10.30am – 8.00pm

Sat 10.30am – 7.00pm

Sunday 8.30am – 7.00pm

Times of Liturgical Celebrations
Times of Mass
Saturday 7.00pm (Vigil of Sunday)
Sunday 8.00am, 10.00am, 12.00 noon and 7.00pm
Monday to Friday 10.00am and 1.00pm
Saturday 1.00pm

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Monday 10.30am to 12.50pm
Friday 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Hours for Confession
Friday 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Saturday 12.00 noon to 1.00pm & 6.00pm to 7.00pm

Other Information
An online pilgrimage through the Door of Mercy is available for those who are in hospital, housebound and those in prisons. Go to and click on the Year of Mercy Logo.


199 Donegall Street, Belfast , Belfast, Repubblica d'Irlanda