#LittlePilgrimage 33. Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph, Auckland

Sunday, 11th August 2019.

The day wasn’t went according to our plan; our skydive itinerary was canceled due to bad weather. Both me and my friend weren’t so sure if we must sad because we can’t fly above the Auckland city or must we be happy because apparently God still care about our careless decision – as again! But anyway, we were still stick with our plan to attend 4:30PM Mass at Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph, just walking distance from our hotel in Wyndham street.

The Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph (usually known as St Patrick’s Cathedral) is a Catholic church in Auckland CBD, situated on the corner of Federal Street and Wyndham St. It is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Auckland and the cathedral of the Bishop of Auckland. It was founded by Bishop Jean Baptiste Pompallier, the first Catholic bishop in New Zealand.

#LittlePilgrimage 33. Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph, 43 Wyndham St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

The origins is on the original site granted by the Crown to Jean Baptiste Pompallier, the first Bishop, on 1 June 1841. To minister to the 300 or 400, mostly Irish, Catholics in Auckland in the 1840s, a wooden chapel, clergy house and school room (the first amenity ready for use) were opened and blessed on 29 January 1843. Work soon began on a more permanent church. In 1845, the Australian architect Walter Robinson arrived in Auckland on the encouragement of Pompallier and he was commissioned to design a stone church. The new church was built on the original grant of land and situated on the corner of Chapel Street (now Federal Street) and Wyndham St.

At first referred to as a chapel, and then a church, St Patrick’s became the Catholic Cathedral when Auckland was made a diocese in 1848 and when Pompallier, after a visit to France and Rome, returned to Auckland in April 1850, and made the city (then the capital of New Zealand) his headquarters. This simple, plain church, seating 700, was built of locally quarried hammered scoria and had a very substantial appearance similar to others designed by Walter Robinson at this time.

Mass timing;

  • Sunday, 8am, 11am, 4.30pm & 7pm
  • Monday to Friday, 7am & 12.15pm
  • Public Holidays and Saturdays, 8.30am

This is their website; https://www.stpatricks.org.nz/

And this is their wiki; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Patrick%27s_Cathedral,_Auckland

Suzanne Aubert was New Zealand’s Saint in the making.

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