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is under the Pastoral Care of the Passionist Congregation

Monastery: 65 Harrington Street, Hobart
Phone: (03) 6234 4866

St. Joseph’s Church is located on the corner of Macquarie & Harrington  Streets in central Hobart. It is the centre of worship for the Hobart Catholic Parish

St Joseph’s is the oldest Catholic Church in Hobart. The first Mass was celebrated on Christmas Day 1841.

The Community at St Joseph’s welcomes visitors. Recent visitors commented, “We want to pass on a heartfelt thanks for your warm welcome at Saturday Night Mass.  We thought that you and your parishioners deserved to know how much it meant to two travellers.”  

The Catholic Parish of St Joseph’s is committed to providing a safe and nurturing culture for all children and young people in our parish.

Parish Newsletter

The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, 18-19 July, 2020
The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, 11-12 July, 2020
The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, 04-05 July, 2020
The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, 27-28 June, 2020

Welcome to our New Novice – Fr Justin

On June 24th at St Joseph’s, Fr. Peter Addicoat, as Passionist community leader, clothed Fr Justin Durai Raj in the Habit, the simple black garment Paul of the Cross saw in a vision.  He gave him a copy of the Passionists Holy Rule and Constitutions and so welcomed him into his year of canonical novitiate.  Being of a mature age and already a priest, Justin will continue his novitiate in Hobart, joining other novices in Adelaide occasionally by Zoom.  When COVID-19 allows, he may also spend some time with other novices.

 Link to: Reflections, Readings and Streamed Masses


(revised 7st July 2020)


        • Irrespective of age anyone who has flu like symptoms or feels unwell should stay at home and not come to church;
        • All people entering the church must sanitize their hands;
        • Give their name and phone number to the church official before sitting on an assigned seat;
        • To maintain the ‘social distance’ during Mass you are requested to remain seated at all times – please do not kneel or stand;
        • You leave the church through the Confession room and into the garden;
        • Holy Communion will be brought to you by the priest or Eucharistic minister. Please receive Communion on the hand.


For weekday Mass the maximum number of people who can be in the main body of the church at any one time is 27. Bookings are not required for weekdays.

8.00am (Monday to Saturday inclusive)
Church opens at 7.30am
Mass 8.00am
Church closes after Mass for cleaning

12.10pm Lunchtime Mass (Wednesday & Friday only)
Church opens at 11.30am
Mass 12.10pm
Reconciliation at 12.30pm in the Sacristy
Church closes at 1.00pm


For weekends the maximum number of people who can be in the main body of the church at any one time is 45.  There also 13 spaces in the side chapel (enter by the garden) and 10 spaces in the choir loft. Total 68.

Bookings must be made for seating in the main body of the church.

BOOKINGS can be made Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 3.00pm by ringing the Monastery (6234 4866).  Leave your name and phone number and the day you wish to come to Mass and parish staff will contact you confirming that day.  You can only book one Mass attendance for one day each week for no more than two people. If problems arise then the parish priest will make the decision.

Saturday Mass

6.30pm Saturday Vigil Mass
Church opens at 5.30pm
Mass 6.30pm
Church closes immediately after Mass

Sunday Masses

7.30am (church opens at 7am)
Mass 7.30am
Church closes at 8.15am for cleaning

9.30am (church opens 8.45 am)
Mass 9.30am
Church closes for cleaning 10.35am

11.00am (church opens 10.50am)
Church closes at 12 noon for cleaning

Over the coming months there will be further changes to the timetable. Keep yourself informed via the website or newsletter.  Please share this message with our community and ask them to spread the word to people whom they know.

Reflections & Readings

St Joseph’s, Hobart

Readings for today’s Mass
(link to Universalis)

Reflections and Readings for Weekend Mass (Angela)

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Wheat Among the Weeds
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Listen, Anyone Who Has Ears

Gospel Reflections
(Fr Brian Gleeson CP)

16th Sunday – Weeds Among The Wheat
17th Sunday – What Matters Most

Streamed Masses

St Paul Apostle, Endeavour Hills

Saturday Vigil Mass – 6.00 pm
Sunday Mass – 11.00 am
Fr Brendan CP
(streamed through Facebook)

Holy Cross, Templestowe

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Available Saturday Evening)
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Pre-recorded – available now)
Fr Chris Monaghan CP
(streamed through vimeo.com)

St Brigid’s,  Marrickville

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Available Saturday Evening)
(streamed through vimeo.com)

Holy Spirit Church, Sandy Bay

Sunday Mass – 10.00 am
Fr Brian Nichols
(streamed through Facebook)

St Mary’s Cathedral, Hobart

Sunday Mass – 10.30 am
(streamed through Archdiocese of Hobart YouTube channel)

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