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St Julian’s

  • In 1682 the small church which overlooks St. Julian’s Bay was enlarged and in 1848 it became a subsidiary of the Birkirkara parish; in 1848 it was further enlarged and in 1891 it became the parish church of the locality. In recent times the Lapsi church, as it is popularly known, became too small for the people living in St. Julians and in 1961 a new church was built and opened for worship in 1968. The Pope met the world of culture in this church during his visit to Malta in 1990.

    Parish Population: 9,000

    Families: 4,000

    St Julian’s Parish Church

    Dedication date: 17th December 1978

    Parish Priest

    Fr Claude Portelli

    Parish Office

    115 Triq Lapsi, San Ġiljan STJ 1260



    Parrocca San Giljan




    Office Hours

    Monday to Friday

    9:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Parish Clergy

    • Fr Claude Portelli, Parish Priest
    • Fr Paul Mizzi, Vice Parish Priest
    • Fr John Galea
    • Fr Stefan Attard

    Priests resident in the parish

    • Fr Marco Portelli
    • Fr Tony Agius
    • Fr Julian Cassar
    • Fr Martin Bruno

    Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 8.00, 9.30, 11.00am, 12.15 pm (in English first Sunday of the month), 6.30 pm (winter); 7.00 pm (summer)

    Saturdays: 7.30 am and 9.00 am; 6.30pm and 7.45pm

    Weekdays: 7.00, 9.00 am; 6.30 pm (winter), 7.00 pm (summer)

    Other Churches

    Lapsi Church

    There was a church on St. Julian’s heights before 1580, but the present church dates from 1682. In 1848 it served as a subsidiary parish church and in 1891 it became the parish church of the locality, and it remained so till the present parish church was built. Marriages may be celebrated in it.

    Priest in charge

    Parish Priest

    Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 9.00 am

    Weekdays: 7.45 am

    Immaculate Conception Church

    The church was built by the Knight Rafel Spinola, who wished to have a church near the palace he had built in St. Julian’s Bay in a locality now known as Spinola, from his palace. The church was built in 1687 and enlarged at the beginning of this century while a new facade was given to it in 1914. Marriages may be celebrated in the church.

    Priest in charge

    Parish Priest

    Holy Masses

    Monday to Saturday: 5.30 pm

    Saturdays: 4.00pm (in Italian)

    St. Rita Church

    The Augustinian frairs were given a piece of land by Miss Nicolina Pons to build a church and friary. The work started in 1926 and two years later the friars took up residence. Both the friary and the church were destroyed during World War II but rebuilt in 1944. Marriages may be celebrated.

    Priest in charge

    Fr Joe Farrugia OSA


    2137 7708

    Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 8.30, 10.00 am and noon (Winter only)

    Saturday Evenings: 7.00 pm; 9.00 pm (youths)

    Weekdays: 8.30 am

    First Friday of the month: 7.00 pm

    Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel

    In 1936 the lawyer Dr Ġużè Pace built a church and friary for the Agustinians, when this area in St. Julian’s which today is known as Paceville started developing. The friars built a new church as the population in the locality had increased considerably. The new church was opened in 1973.

    Priest in charge

    Fr Mario Abela OSA


    2135 4464, 21381172

    Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 7.30, 9.00,  11.30 am (English)

    Saturdays: 6.30 pm, 9.30 pm

    Weekdays: 7.30 am, 6.45 pm

    Monastery of St. Claire

    In 1920 the Poor Clares left Zabbar, where they had first settled and moved to St. Julian’s in Carmel Street; but the house there was too small for the community and therefore they started building a new monastery in 1933; they took their residence in the new monastery in 1935.

    Priest in charge

    Fr Julian Sammut OFM



    Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 6.30, 11.00 am

    Weekdays: 6.30 am

    The Millennium Chapel

    The Millennium Chapel is situated in the basement of the Augustinian Convent in Church Street, and was inaugurated on the 8th December 2000. The Chapel aims to be an oasis of peace in the heart of Paceville to visitors of all creeds and colour, to be a place of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, to offer care and understanding to people who seek it, to be a meeting place for senior citizens and to welcome foreign visitors and tourists in a spirit of faith. ‘The Word’ Meditation Garden is open to all who seek a quiet space to reflect on the word of God. It is being run by a Foundation formed by lay people and Augustinian Fathers.


    Fr Hillary Tagliaferro O.S.A.




    2135 4464, 21381172


    Prayer and Psalms: 12.15 pm daily

    Taizé Adoration

    Every First Friday at 7.30 pm

    Divine Mercy Adoration: Every first Friday of each month at 5.30 pm

  • Adoration Chapels

    St Julian’s Parish


    Church Car Park, St Julian’s

    Opening hours

    7.30 am – 9.30 pm (daily)

    Millennium Chapel


    Church Street, St Julian’s

    Opening hours

    9.00 am – 2.00 am