Parish of St. Patrick & St Francis Xavier - Lithgow

St Patrick's Church - 229 Mort Street, Lithgow

St Patrick and St Xavier's Parish
69 Lett Street
Lithgow NSW 2790
(P.O. Box 229, Lithgow, NSW, 2790)
Ph: (02) 6351 3092
Fax: (02) 6351 3072
Office Email

Parish Priest: Fr Garry McKeown

Parish Pastoral Assistant:
Sr Anne Houston rsj

Parish Secretary:

Mrs Joanne Connor

Administration Assistance:
Mrs Judi Knight

Office Hours:
Monday - closed
Tuesday: 8.30am - 2.30pm
Wednesday - Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

St. Patrick's Primary School
Principal: Mrs Renae Dunleavy
Ph: (02) 6351 3719
Fax: (02) 6353 1731 

La Salle Academy
Principal: Mrs Joyce Smith

Ph: (02) 6354 5100
Fax: (02) 6353 1552


COVID-19 Restrictions:

The State Government announced that from Saturday 26 June 2021, the COVID-19 restricitions affecting places of worship are as follows: 

  • The number of people allowed to attend a place of worship for Mass, private prayer or any gathering, is based on the 1 person per 4 square metre rule;
  • Funerals are limited to 1 person per 4 square metres capped at 100 people, including the celebrant;
  • Masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces and places of worship; 
  • Singing by audiences and choirs at indoor venues or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed;
  • All organisations must continue to use QR Codes or manual sign-in registers, to enable fast contact tracing in the event of any community transmission.
It is critical everyone continues to practise COVID-safe behaviours, practising social distancing, staying home if  unwell and getting tested if suffering from the mildest of symptoms.

The dispensation issued by Bishop Michael McKenna in relation to our Sunday obligation is still in effect.

Legal capacities for each church/building are:

  • St Patrick's, Lithgow: 100 people
  • St Joseph's, Portland: 30 people
  • Sacred Heart, Wallerawang: 30 people





Vigil Mass Saturday:-
Sacred Heart, Wallerawang ~10.00am
St. Patrick's Church, Lithgow
Winter (EST) ~ 5.00pm (April - September)
Summer (DST) ~ 6.00pm (October - March)

Sunday Morning Mass :-
St. Patrick's, Lithgow ~ 10.00am
Children's Liturgy is held during school term
St Vincent's, Portland ~ 8.00am. For more details see the Portland Parish website.

Weekday Masses:-
Tuesday:12.30pm St. Patrick's Church, Lithgow
Wednesday: 9.30am St. Vincent's Church, Portland 
Thursday: 9.30am St. Patrick's Church, Lithgow
Friday: 9.30am St. Patrick's Church, Lithgow

Mass is also celebrated in the nursing homes once a month. Please contact the Parish Office for details.

Anointing of the Sick within Mass:-
12.30pm on the first Tuesday of the Month
St. Patrick's Church, Lithgow

Morning Prayer and Exposition:-
10.00am on the second Saturday of the month
St. Patrick's Church, Lithgow 

Parish Groups:
Parish Pastoral Council; Parish Finance Committee;
Christian Meditation;Ecumenical Prayer Group;
RCIA group;Josephite Associates;
Gorrie Ban;Catholic Women's League;
St. Vincent de Paul Society
St Therese Mission Group;
Youth Services and Social Justice Group; Days for Girls

Centacare Lithgow
2/164 Main Street, Lithgow 2790
Contact Bathurst Office for all enquiries - 6331 8944 

Centacare HIPPY Bowenfels
Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters
HIPPY is a two year (60 week) home-based early childhood enrichment program. It supports families the year prior to their child commencing full time schooling. The program is delivered by home tutors through home visits and parent groups. Tutors are also parents participating in the program and members in the same community.

HIPPY is based in Lithgow, servicing families from Bowenfels, Lithgow, Wallerawang and Portland communities.

For more information contact HIPPY coordinators at
174 Landa Street, Lithgow or Phone: (02) 6352 4868 

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