Address:Parish Office Address: 28 Ingham Road, West End or PO Box 1510, Townsville, 4810; Church Address: 270 Stanley Street, Townsville
Telephone:Parish Office: (07) 4771 4461
Parish Leadership Fr Rod Ward - Administrator, Fr Jan Szweda SVD - Associate Pastor:

Mass Times

Sunday:10am and 5pm - Cathedral Church, Stanley St, Townsville; 10am (LIVESTREAM); 8:30am - St Mary's Church, West End; 7am St Francis Xavier, Railway Estate
Monday:7:00am - St Patrick's Church, South Townsville
Tuesday:7am - St Patrick's Church, South Townsville
Wednesday:7am - St Mary's Church, West End
Thursday:7am - St Francis Xavier, Railway Estate
Friday:7am - St Francis Xavier, Railway Estate
Saturday:7am - St Mary's Church, West End; 5pm - St Patrick's Church, South Townsville; 5:15pm - St Joan of Arc, Magnetic Island

Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish - Sacred Heart Cathedral is committed to supporting the Safeguarding strategies of the Townsville Diocese. To view the current Risk Management Strategy and Safeguarding Policy please visit

Catholic Diocese of Townsville Office contact number is 07 4726 3200.

For assistance or to donate furniture please call VINNIES on 1800 846 643



Cathedral Parish will be conducting an Advent Relection Program.  Meetings will be at the Parish Office, 28 Ingham Road, West End, commencing 10am Thursday 24 November 2022.


The Cathedral Parish Christmas Party will be held on Friday evening 2 December at the Cowboys Club commencing 6pm.  We had a great night last year.  If you wish to attend, please make a booking with the Parish Office 47714461.


The Sacred Heart Cathedral 15th Annual Carols will be held on Wednesday 14 December commencing 7pm.


A program for children during the 10am Sunday Mass at the Cathedral will be conducted on one Sunday a month.  This will be on the first Sunday of the month commencing Sunday 7 August.  Please contact Fr Rod or the Parish Office if you are interested in being a leader in this program.  Children will be called forward at the beginning of Mass and will return before the Offertory.


Cathedral Parish will conduct an RCIA program again this year.  The program prepares adults for the Sacraments which will have them initiated into the Catholic Church at Easter 2023.  Cathedral Parish invites all who wish to join the program to contact Fr Rod Ward or the Parish Office.  The program will commence with a meeting of leaders at 6pm Tuesday, 15 November 2022.


Cathedral Parish will form a Parish Mission Leadership Team to progress the "Becoming New in Christ' program developed by Townsville Diocese.  The program is designed to revitalize parishes.  Applications to join the team are invited, with details in the Parish News Bulletin.


Any parishioner interested in undertaking the training for new Readers is invited to contact Fr Rod or the Parish Office.  A date for a further training session will be conducted according to the response.


Cathedral Parish is looking to reactivate the Parish Youth Groups and recommence a program for children during the 10am Sunday Mass at the Cathedral.  Please contact Fr Rod or the Parish Office if you are interested in taking part in either of these programs.


Cathedral Parish Scripture Study and Prayer Group meeting will be announce later.


Cathedral Parish wishes to pursue the setting up of Young Men's and Young Women's Groups.  The preferred ages would be between 18 and 35 years to allow for ease of common interests.  Groups from ages 14 to 17 could also be formed.  A range of activities from social to sport to faith formation will be considered.  The Parish invites interested persons to contact the Parish Office or Fr Rod.


The Parish Office - 28 Ingham Road, West End is open from Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5pm.  For all enquiries and bookings for Cathedral, please contact 47714461 or email:


Cathedral Parish is planning to develop a Visitation Group where a parishioner agrees to visit one or more parishioners who may be house bound, on a regular basis.  Some already take communion to those who have difficulty in physically coming to church.  Could you please advise the Parish Office or Father Rod if you are willing to be part of this Group.


Cathedral Parish is also planning to set up a Parish Family Group Program which will be aligned with the Passionist Family Group Program.  The program plans activities which include all age groups with a balance of ages in each group.  This program has been very successful in other parts of Australia and facilitates families coming together in a range of activities, always within a faith setting.  We invite families who are interested to please advise the Parish Office so that we can keep them informed of progress.  Leaders from Brisbane are willing to help and assist with the provision of resources.

Facebook Page

Cathedral Parish runs a Facebook page.  Our Facebook:  Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish Townsville.  We plan to place details of Parish events including what we plan for Youth Groups on that page.  Parish announcements should also be available on that page.

Cathedral History

A brief history of Sacred Heart Cathedral

In January 1892, the Church of St Joseph on the Strand collapsed into a small creek, which had become a raging torrent after a downpour, described as "practically a waterspout", struck Townsville. It was after this, and a series of other calamities, that the decision was made to build the main church in Townsville on the foundation of rock on Castle Hill. The foundation stone for the new Church of the Sacred Heart was laid on 7 October 1900 and the church was completed and opened on 16 November 1902. It remained the parish church until it was consecrated as a Cathedral in 1930, when the Diocese of Townsville was divided from the Diocese of Rockhampton.

To mark the 75th Jubilee of the Diocese, Bishop Michael Putney commenced the $3 million project to refurbish the Sacred Heart Cathedral. The Cathedral was closed on 1 August, 2004 and reopened 23 June, 2006.


Times available for bookings for weddings within the parish have been extended.  Weddings ordinarily have been booked for 3pm on a Saturday.  The Cathedral parish will now make times available for weddings on a Saturday, 1pm and 3pm.  Weddings can also be booked on a Friday after 2pm.  Priests will be made available from the Cathedral Parish to conduct these weddings.  Couples are welcome to invite priests from other parishes to conduct their weddings if they so wish.

Musicians are the responsibility of the couple. Information on marriage preparation is available from the Cathedral parish secretary.

  • Please note that confetti, rice, flower petals or similar substances are not permitted in the Cathedral, St Mary's, St Francis Xavier, St Patrick's and St Joan Arc  buildings or grounds.


Baptisms in the Cathedral parish can be arranged by contacting the Cathedral parish office. It is a requirement for the baptism of their first baby of this diocese that baptism preparation be undertaken by the parents of the child being baptised. 

**Baptisms are held every Sunday in Sacred Heart Cathedral at 11.45am and 10am in St Mary's Church, West End is every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month.  Baptism Preparation are held  at the Cathedral Parish Office, 28 Ingham Road West End on a Tuesday or Thursday at 3pm.   


Funerals to be held in the Cathedral can be arranged through the Funeral Directors in consultation with the Administrator and parish office.

General Information


  • All bookings for the Cathedral are to be made through the Cathedral Parish Office, West End.
  • For all information about the Cathedral, please contact the Cathedral Parish Office, West End 4771 4461.
  • Bookings for weddings and baptisms will be confirmed after arrangements have been made with the presiding priest/pastoral leader, and on receipt of the booking fee. Funerals will be arranged with Funeral Directors in consultation with the Administrator and the Coordinator.
  • Toilets are located at the rear of the Catholic Centre.
  • Please note that if the Cathedral is not left in a clean and tidy condition after use and furnishings are not replaced correctly, an additional fee may be charged.

Costs and Use of Cathedral

All costs for the use of the Cathedral are available upon request, by contacting the Cathedral Parish Office on 4771 4461.