Welcome to the Catholic Parish of Sandy Bay and Taroona

Welcome to our parish! Nestled between the River Derwent and the foothills of Mount Wellington, it is undoubtedly in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable.

But I hope you would find that the true beauty lies in the people of the parish. Our hospitality and friendship is the natural overflow of our commitment to be the face of Catholic Christianity in this part of Hobart.

Naturally, we centre on the Mass. Each of the four major celebrations has its own character and distinctive musical note. I hope you might find one which enables you to prayerfully participate in this special way in which the Risen Lord is present for us. In addition there are opportunities for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Rosary, following Franciscan spirituality and so on.

Because of our proximity to the university, we are blessed with the presence of students and staff from around the world, especially during semester periods. They bring a fresh vitality to the parish which we appreciate.

You will see on the website plenty of evidence of the range of activities to be found in the parish. We emphasise responding to those seeking after truth, and engaging in practical social justice.

Like the Wise Men from the East, people find themselves following the star of a personal relationship, or aesthetic intuition, or intellectual quest, and find themselves knocking on the door. We hope to satisfy their curiosity from the Catholic traditon of Christianity and lead them, like the Magi, to adore the baby in the manger.

We also have a wide range of St Vincent de Paul activities for the local community, and extensive overseas outreach, particularly focusing on Tanzania. The generosity of parishioners is indeed outstanding.

I count myself fortunate to be the parish priest of such a community and I look forward to meeting you personally should you simply call in or become a parishioner.

Fr Michael Tate

This Week's Homily by Fr Michael Tate

  • Third Sunday in Advent, Year B: Witness to the Light

    If I ask you ‘Who are you?’ and you simply answer with your first name, then I will probably be dissatisfied. I need to start to put you into a web of relationships to get an idea of who you are. 

    I might need your family name or some hint as to your place of birth.

    So, when people came to see this strange man in the wilderness, living in dire poverty on the margins of society, if he had simply given his name ‘John’, that would have been woefully inadequate.

    This Gospel immediately puts ‘John’ in relationship with another – that is how we are to understand who he is. This Gospel never calls him John the Baptist. No, he is John the Witness, … more