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St Paul’s Bay (San Pawl il-Baħar)

  • Parish Church of Our Lady of Sorrows

    Dedication date: 8 ta’ April 1979.
  • St. Paul’s bay has always been a summer resort, and with the increase of summer residents at the beginning of the present century St. Paul’s Sanctuary became too small. The Countess Anna Bugeja,in remembrance of the 1900 Holy Year, built a church dedicated to the Sorrows of Our Lady and gave it to the Franciscan Conventuals. The church became a parish in ‘1905 and was cosiderably enlarged in 1960-1979.
    Parish Population: 5,000
    Families: 2,100
  • Parish Priest

    Rev. Fr. Josef Pace OFM Conv.

    Vice Parish Priest

  • Parish Office

    35, Tower Street
    St Paul’s Bay
    SPB 3340
  • Office Hours

    10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Telephone

    2157 9266 Office
    2157 3445 Friary
    7926 5116 Mobile Parish Priest
  • Parish Clergy

    Rev. Fr. Josef Pace OFM Conv.  – Guardian and Parish Priest
    Rev. Elias Vella OFM Conv.
    Rev. David Borg OFM Conv.
    Rev. Gorg Zammit OFM Conv.
    Friar Gorg Micallef OFM Conv.
    P. Manuel Gatt OFM Conv.
  • Pastoral Parish Council

    Moderator: Ms Maria Camilleri
    Secretary: Friar Gorg Micallef OFM Conv.
  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days:  7:15 am, 8:30 am 9:45 am; 11:00 am (English);
    5:00 pm (winter); 6:00 pm (summer)
    Saturday Evenings: 6:00 pm
    Saturday Evenings (July & August): 6:00 pm and 7.30 pm
    Weekdays (Monday to Saturday): 7:00 am, 8:00 am and 6:00 pm
  • Other Churches

  • St Anne’s Church at Pwales

    This is a very old church which had remained closed for a long period but was reopened in 1672; it suffered considerable damage during the French occupation in 1798.
  • Priest in charge

    Parish Priest
  • Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

    The church was built in 1835 and enlarged in 1927 and two years later it was committed to the care of the Parish. Marriages may be celebrated in it.
  • Priest in charge

    Parish Priest
  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 8.00 am
    Saturday Evenings: 5.00 pm
    Every First Friday of the month: 5.00 pm
  • Church of Our Lady at Wardija

    The church was built by Fra Raymond Perellos before being elected Grandmaster.
  • Priest in charge

    Parish Priest
  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 7.30 am
    Weekdays and Saturdays: 6.00 pm
  • Sanctuary of St Paul Shipwreck

    The Sanctuary known as San Pawl tal-Ħġejjeġ was built by Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt instead of a smaller and much older church in the vicinity which belonged to the Diocese. The same Grand Master linked this church to the Collegiate of St Paul’s Grotto as part of the Fondazione Wignacourt. The church was completely destroyed during an air-raid in 1943 and was rebuilt on the original designs in 1957. It has three paintings depicting scenes of St Paul’s shipwreck, attributed to Cassarino although others attribute them to Lionello Spada, both disciples of Caravaggio. The Collegial Chapter entrusted the running of this church to the parish of St. Paul’s Bay in 2008
  • Priest in charge

    Rev Dione Cutajar
  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 9.30, 11.00 am
    Saturday Evenings:  5.00 pm, (and another Mass at 7.00 pm during Summer)
    Weekdays : 5.30 pm (Winter); 6.00 pm (Summer)
  • St. Martin’s Grotto

    In 1931 a statue of the Blessed Virgin was placed in the grotto and later a statue of St. Bernadette was added; from 1939 Masses were said in the grotto on the feasts of Our Lady, but were later on discontinued.
  • Church of St. Joseph the Worker

    The Capuchins opened a church on Xemxija heights in 1959; it was demolished in 1988 and as new one is being built.
  • Priest in charge

    Rev Diegu Theuma O.F.M.Cap.
  • Telephone

    2157 3282
  • Address

    Xemxija Heights
    St Paul’s Bay
    SPB 9021
  • Holy Masses

    October to April:

    Sundays & Feast Days: 8.00, 10.00 am
    Saturday Evenings: 6.00 pm
    May to September:
    Sundays and Feast Days: 7.00, 8.30, 10.00 am; 7.00 pm
    Saturday Evenings: 5.30 pm, 7.00 pm
    Weekdays: 7.00 am and 6.30 pm
  • Adoration Chapels

    Lady of Our Sorrows Parish


    Tower Road, St Paul’s Bay

    Opening hours

    6:30am – 12:00pm
    4:45pm – 4:45pm