Address:Parish Office Address: 28 Ingham Road, West End or PO Box 1335, Castletown, 4812; Church Address: 270 Stanley Street, Townsville
Telephone:Parish Office: (07) 4771 4461
Priest Fr Rod Ward - Administrator:

Mass Times

Sunday:10am - Cathedral Church, Townsville; 10am - LIVESTREAM
Monday:7am - 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



The Parish Office is open from Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5pm.  For all enquiries please contact 47714461 or email:


Cathedral Parish congratulates the adults who were Confirmed and received the Sacrament of First Eucharist at the Cathedral during the 10am Sunday Mass last Sunday, 2 August 2020.  This was a very powerful experience for these adults and for the Parish.


Public Masses in Cathedral Parish for week-end Masses have commenced.  Weekday Masses have also recommenced.  There is no longer a requirement to book for attendance at Masses as we now are able to accept increased numbers.  However, on attending all Masses, a record of names and contact details will need to be recorded.  The Parish has commenced a Saturday Vigil Mass commencing 5pm at St Patrick's Church, 32 Hubert St, South Townsville.  We are fortunate to be able to continue with Parish weekend and weekday Masses.  We are also seeing a return to Baptisms and Weddings.  The Parish thanks all parishioners for their patience and support throughout this difficult time.  We are also aware of the personal difficulties that many have experienced during this time.  We pray for all who have been affected in some way.

Prayer resources and other important information can be found


Baptisms and Weddings are now permitted with a maximum of 80 people which includes celebrant.  For more info please ring the Parish office 4771 4461.


Sacred Heart Cathedral parish will be conducting a Sacramental Program this year to prepare young people for the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist.  Preparation will be concentrated over a short number of weeks than previously and will not involve school holidays.  Please advise the Parish Office if you are aware of any young people who may wish to join the program which is planned to begin within the next few weeks.  Usually, the young person will need to be of the age of 8 years old or older.


Please ring the Parish office for appointment.


Parish Women's Group meeting - cancelled

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.


The parish office, West End, co-ordinates all bookings for the Cathedral, and may be contacted Monday to Friday during Parish Office opening Hours 9:30am-5pm. 28 Ingham Road West End

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.

Worship in Sacred Heart Cathedral, CBD 

Sacred Heart Cathedral 
270 Stanley St 

The Cathedral is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (access is on the right side door of the church) and 9.00am on Sunday mornings.  Cathedral is open one hour before the wedding time on a Saturday.


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 for up to three times on a Saturday, 1pm or 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm.  Weddings can also be booked on a Friday after 2pm, and on other days and times as approved by the Parish Administrator.  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 any of our churches.  Baptism Preparation evenings are held  at the Cathedral Parish Office, 28 Ingham Road West End on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 6pm.   


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.