Address:Parish Office Address: 28 Ingham Road, West End or PO Box 1335, Castletown, 4812; Church Address: 39 A Ninth Avenue, Railway Estate
Telephone:07 4771 4461
Priest Fr Rod Ward - Administrator:

Mass Times

Sunday:10am - Cathedral Church, Stanley St, 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 - St Francis Xavier's Church, Railway Estate is committed to supporting the Safeguarding strategies of the Townsville Diocese. To view the current Risk Management Strategy and Safeguarding Policy please visit


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 recommenced.  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.  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 Street, 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 & Weddings are now permitted with a maximum of 10 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 shorter 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 weeks.  Usually, the young person will need to be of the age of 8years old or older.

Reconciliation - Deferred


Facebook Page

Cathedral Parish runs a Facebook page.  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 bookings for St Francis Xavier, and may be contacted Monday to Friday during Parish Office opening Hours 9:30am-5pm, 28 Ingham Road West End.


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 St Francis Xavier church can be arranged through the Funeral Directors in consultation with the Administrator and parish office.

General Information


  • All bookings for St Francis Xavier are to be made through the Cathedral Parish Office, West End.
  • For all information about St Francis Xavier, please contact the Cathedral Parish Office, West End on 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 church.
  • Please note that if the St Francis Xavier 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 St Francis Xavier 

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