The St Patrick Parish in Blacktown, New South Wales
This is the St Patrick Catholic Church in Blacktown, New South Wales. It serves the catholic community of a huge multicultural western Sydney Catholics and is within the Diocese of Parramatta.
The church has a rich history and simple beginning from 1889 until when Rev Bernard Massey was appointed parish priest in 1946 when some major expansions took place. The building structure is simple built with sandstone as well as its interior and then a unique altar, just recently reconfigured or renovated. It has a unique ceiling in the form of ray shining out towards the wider seats arrangement. Last year, it had undergone refurbishments in its carpeted floor, and ventilation. Another late change was the transformation of an aisle inside the church as a devotional corridor.
I came to know this church when Rev Arthur Bridge was the parish priest. He was replaced by Rev Peter Confeggi and is the current priest until today.
The main altar.
At the Devotional Corridor of the church.
St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney
This is the St Mary’s Cathedral in Metropolitan Sydney, which is the oldest Catholic Church here. The foundation stone was laid in 1821 but the building was destroyed by fire in 1865. It was in December 1868 that the rebuilding of the sandstone cathedral started. Generations of artists have contributed a lot to its magnificent architecture in stone and glass. It is one of Sydney’s most treasured historic buildings and one of the finest examples of English-style gothic churches in the world.
On my first visit to the cathedral ten years ago, I was immensely impressed at the huge structure and architecture to which it was built and then to the state of solemnity, and calmness inside the church. The more I was impressed at the interior – the post, roof and walls, and decorations, really beautiful and then my eyes were directed to the two huge delicately built golden altars at the far end. I certainly believed that they draw up one’s spiritual feeling and identity with much reverence and prayers. Whenever we go here, there is the feeling or urge for me to kneel down and say a prayer short or long. At the basement (there’s a winding stairs) were entombed some of the past priest and bishops that served in this cathedral. Unfortunately, photography is prohibited inside the church but on some occasions it might be allowed. The cathedral is a great icon of the city and a tourist attraction gathering huge visits every day. The Cathedral is dedicated to Mary Help of Christians and His Eminence, Cardinal George Pell – Archbishop of Sydney resides here.
There are more photos of the church in my photo gallery at the sidebar.