Parishes

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Please Note: Effective from 1pm on Thursday 16 September 2021 stay-at-home orders for the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle and Port Stephens continue to be extended.  Masses in these LGAs remained cancelled.  For Mass times in the LGAs of Dungog, Mid-Coast, Muswellbrook, Singleton and the Upper Hunter please contact the parishes.

A parish is generally territorial and can include one or more churches. The parish embraces all Christ's faithful of a given geographical area (Canon 518). A parish is defined as “a community of Christ's faithful, stably established within a particular church, whose pastoral care, under the authority of the diocesan bishop, is entrusted to a parish priest as its proper pastor" (Canon 511).

Only the diocesan bishop, after consultation with his Council of Priests, can establish, suppress or alter parishes (Canon 515.2).

Sacred Heart Cathedral

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Newcastle West is a beautiful and welcoming place of worship which acts as both a church within the parish of St Benedict's Inner Newcastle and the Cathedral for the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. Learn more about Sacred Heart Cathedral.

The parishes within the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle are: