St. Patrick’s Church & Cemetery


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St. Patrick's Church and Cemetery

Welcome to St. Patrick’s Church and Cemetery, the only English-speaking
Catholic Parish in the Archdiocese of Quebec.  Founded in 1832, the parish
serves the Anglophone community which is composed of not only Irish descendants but also many other ethnic communities living in the greater Quebec city area.  Please join us at one of our regular daily masses.


The first St. Patrick’s Church in Quebec City was built in 1832 on what would become McMahon Street. The founder was the Rev. Patrick McMahon. At that time the Irish Catholic population of 7000 made up approximately one fifth of the city’s population. The Church was designed by the nineteenth century French-Canadian architect, Thomas Baillargé. Prior to having their own church, the Irish Catholics had been assigned particular hours at the Basilica and Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church in Place Royale for their services. Mass was celebrated for the last time in the McMahon Street church on May 28, 1967. The building was later destroyed by fire in 1970. While nothing of the interior remains, the façade has been preserved and incorporated into the Cancer Research Centre of the Hotel-Dieu Hospital complex. The old church bells were restored to the belfry in 1991.

By 1915, a new St. Patrick’s Church had been built on Grande-Allée to meet the needs of the growing community. The Grande-Allée church was greatly enlarged in 1958.

The current St. Patrick’s Church on De Salaberry Avenue, a comparatively smaller building, reflects the diminished size of the English-speaking Catholic population. It was built in 1988 following the demolition of the Grande Allée Church. The interior of the present-day church has many of the furnishings, windows and artefacts of the previous two churches. Among these are the marble altar, the pews, the restored Casavant organ of 1915 and the Baptismal font. The elaborately framed picture of Our Mother of Perpetual Help and the statue of St. Alphonsus over the portico are evidence of the administration of the parish by the Redemptorist order between 1874 and 1999.