Welcome to the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Website

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle represents the Catholic Church in a region extending from Lake Macquarie to Taree and as far inland as Merriwa and Murrurundi. A diocese is simply a community of Christ's faithful - it represents a portion of the people of God in a particular area, which is entrusted to a bishop.


In the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, Bishop William (Bill) Wright is the pastoral leader of more than 150,000 Catholics. He is assisted by 30 priests who minister in 42 parishes within the diocese as well as 8 permanent deacons. 


Our diocese's vision is 'to hear God's people and to empower them to participate fully in Christ's mission'. We promote social justice, provide pastoral, health care, social welfare, disability services, outreach and quality educational services for the community in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter and Manning areas.


We welcome all who would like to join our communities or be guided by the principles and teachings of Christ.


To reconnect with the church again and become part of your local faith community, you can find your local Catholic church by visiting the "Find a Church" page.


If you are looking to become a Catholic, find out more about the journey of spiritual conversion which will lead to initiation into a Catholic faith community by visiting the "Becoming Catholic" page. 



Regular Mass Times Today

St Francis Xavier Belmont

9:15 AM, 5:30 PM

St Laurence O'Toole Broadmeadow

9:30 AM (Italian Mass)

St Brigid's Bulahdelah

8:30 AM (2nd & 4th Sundays - 4th Sunday is Celebration in Anticipation of Eucharist)

St Kevin's Cardiff

9:15 AM

St Joseph's Cassilis

10:00 AM (2nd & 4th Sundays)

St Joseph's Cessnock

8:00 AM

St Bernard of Clairvaux Denman

8:30 AM (1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays)

St Mary's Dungog

9:30 AM

St Joseph's East Maitland

8:30 AM, 6:00 PM (Chisholm Youth Mass)

St Joseph's Gloucester

9:00 AM

St Catherine's Greta

8:00 AM (2nd & 4th Sundays)

Sacred Heart Cathedral Hamilton

9:30 AM, 11:30 AM (Polish), 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM (5th Sunday of the month - Slovenian)

Our Lady of Rosary Karuah

8:30 AM (2nd & 4th Sundays - 2nd Sunday is Celebration in Anticipation of Eucharist)

St Philip's Kotara

8:00 AM

St Bernadette's Krambach

5:30 PM (6.30pm Summer)

St Patrick's Lochinvar

9:30 AM

Our Lady Help of Christians Mallabula

7:30 AM (4th Sunday: Sunday Celebration in Anticipation of Eucharist)

St Columban's Mayfield

8:00 AM

St Joseph's Merewether

9:00 AM

St Anne's Merriwa

8:30 AM (2nd & 4th Sundays)

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Moonan Flat

11:00 AM (2nd Sunday of the month)

Our Lady of Fatima, Old Bar

7:30 AM

St Columba's Paterson

9:30 AM

St Brigid's Raymond Terrace

9:30 AM (1st Sunday: Celebration in Anticipation of Eucharist)

St Patrick's Singleton

7:00 AM (1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays), 10:00 AM, 6:00 PM

St Peter-in-Chains Stockton

9:30 AM

St Columbanus' Stroud

4:00 PM (2nd and 4th Sunday, 5pm Summer)

Our Lady of the Rosary, Taree

9:30 AM

St Stephen's Tea Gardens

8:30 AM (1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays - 5th Sunday is Celebration in Anticipation of Eucharist)

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Tighes Hill

8:00 AM

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Latest Aurora


Aurora is the official magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. This award-winning publication is made available as a 24 page liftout in six Fairfax publications around the region: The Newcastle Herald, The Maitland Mercury, The Singleton Argus, The Muswellbrook Chronicle, The Manning River Times and The Scone Advocate. Aurora has a circulation of 70,000 people.

View Holy Week & Easter Mass times within the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
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What's On



Ecumenical Way of the Cross

3:00 PM

St Joseph's Church, 140 Wangi Rd, Kilaben Bay.



Chrism Mass

7:00 PM

Sacred Heart Cathedral



SafeTALK Suicide Prevention Awareness Program

1:00 PM

Toohey Room, 841 Hunter Street, Newcastle West, 2302.





Watch and Pray

9:00 PM

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton

Previous items
  • The Liturgical Year

    Chrism Mass 2015

    Bishop Bill warmly invites all members of the diocesan community to join him in celebrating the Chrism Mass.

  • Getting Married

    Getting Married

    Marriages are conducted at almost all of the churches in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. View our "Getting Married" guide.

  • Baptism


    Are you looking to get your child baptised into the Catholic Church? Learn more about Baptism here.

  • Funerals


    When someone close to you dies, even if it is expected, you will begin to grieve. Our aim is to assist you at this time.

  • Seasons for Growth

    Seasons for Growth

    If you need support to effectively work through change, loss and grief, find out how the Seasons for Growth program can assist you.

  • Children's Ministries

    Children's Ministries

    Learn how the Children's Ministries team supports parishes, parents and children in the important ministry of faith formation.

  • Caritas


    Caritas Australia is the Catholic agency for international aid and development. Learn about Caritas, Project Compassion and fundraising efforts here.

  • Catholic Mission

    Catholic Mission

    Read about the work done within the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle by Catholic Mission Australia.

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