Birkirkara (St Helen)

  • Collegiate Parish Church of St Helen

    Birkirkara is one of the ten parishes which existed in 1436, the year of the Rollo drawn up by the bishop of Malta, Senatore Mello. The parish was dedicated to St Helen, and this was also the titular saint of the church built in the 18th century and still existing today. The church became a Collegiate church in 1630 and a Minor Basilica on the 18th January 1950.

    Dedication date  20 October 1782

    Parish Population: 10,000

    Families: 3,500

  • Provost Archpriest

    Mgr Paul Carmel Vella

  • Parish Office

    51, Main Street, B'Kara BKR 2304

  • Office Hours

    Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

    9.00 am - 11.00 am

    5.00 pm - 6.30 pm

  • Telephone

    Office: 2144 4725

    Home: 2144 2225

    Mobile: 9946 4343

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  • Collegiate Chapter

      • Mgr Paul Carmel Vella - Provost Archpriest
      • Rev Can. Pawl Gauci - Dekan
      • Rev Can. Ġużepp Micallef - Cantor
      • Rev Can. Mikiel Borg
      • Rev Can. Joe M. Debono
      • Rev Can. Charles Gauci
      • Mgr Etienne Sciberras - Teologu
      • Rev Can. Vinċenz Demicoli
      • Rev Can. Nicholas Doublet - Chancellor
      • Rev Can. Leonard Mintoff
      • Rev Can. Karm Busuttil
      • Rev Can. Charles C. Attard
  • Honorary Canons

      • Rev. Can. Dun Mikiel Agius
      • Mgr Karm Aquilina
      • Rev. Can. Carmelo Attard
      • Rev. Can. Noel Borg
      • Mgr Vincent Cachia
      • Mgr Anton Cassar
      • Rev. Can. Charles Grech
      • Rev. Can. Jesmond Grech
      • Rev. Can. Simon Sciberras
  • Other priests residing in the Parish

    • Mgr Karm Aquilina
    • Mgr Tarcisio Delicata
    • Mgr Ġużepp Brincat
    • Rev. Robert Grech
    • Rev. Maurice Mifsud
    • Rev. Ivan Sant

    Parish Pastoral Council

    President: Mgr Paul Carmel Vella - Provost Archpriest

    Moderator: Mr Charles Micallef 

    Secretary: Ms Joyce Pullicino

    Parish Economic Council

    President: Mgr Paul Carmel Vella - Provost Archpriest

    Members: Mr Emanuel Sammut

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 6.00, 7.00, 8.00, 9.15, 10.30, 12.00 am and 6.30 pm

    Saturday Evenings: 5.30, 6.30 pm

    Weekdays: 6.00, 7.00, 8.30 am and 6.30 pm

  • Other Churches

  • Sanctuary of Our Lady Tal-Ħerba

    The sanctuary was built in 1610 in an area where an old church had existed; it was dedicated by Bishop Labini on the 23rd March 1783. In 1923 the building was enlarged and today hardly anything remains of the 1610 church. The image of Our Lady was crowned on the 7th August 1910. Marriages may be held in the sanctuary.

  • Priest in charge

    Provost Archpriest

  • Holy Masses

    Weekdays: 9.00 am

    Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 7.00 pm to 8 pm

  • Our Lady of Victories Church

  • Priest in charge

    Rev. Can Charles Gauci



  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 7.00 am

    Saturday Evenings: 6.00 pm

    Weekdays: 7.00 am, 6.00 pm

  • St Roche's Church

    The first church dedicated to St Roche was built in 1593, but Bishop Balaguer closed it in 1659 it was rebuilt after the 1676 plague and rebuilt again in 1863. Today St Rita of Cascia is venerated in this church.

  • Priest in charge

    Provost Archpriest

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 8.30 am, and 10.00 am

    Mondays to Fridays: 5.30 pm

    Saturdays: 5.00pm

    Thursday: 10.00am; 7.00 pm

  • Church of St Anthony and St Catherine

    The church was built in 1571 but was closed by Bishop Balaguer in 1659; rebuilt again in 1828 it is today a centre for the Eucharistic apostolate.

  • Priest in charge

    Rev. Leonard Mintoff

    Tel: 9922 1960

  • Holy Masses

    Weekdays: 9.30 am

  • Eucharistic Adoration

    Monday to Saturday: 5.30 am - 8.30 pm

  • St Paul's Church

    In 1538 a church was built in an area where, according to tradition, St Paul had preached; the church was rebuilt in 1852.

  • Priest in charge

    Rev Nicholas Doublet

    Mob: 7953 9195

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 7.15 am, 7:00 pm (Tridentine Mass)

    Saturday Evenings: 7.20 pm

    Weekdays: 7.15 am, 7.20 pm

  • St Francis of Assisi Church

    The Franciscan Conventuals during the war, in 1941 opened a small chapel in a villa in Msida Road, for the benefit of the many refugees who had settled in Birkirkara. In 1953 they started building the present church and friary and a collage for their students. Marriages can be celebrated in this church.

  • Priest in charge

    Rev. Joe Mamo OFM Conv

  • Telephone

    2144 1928

    9945 7234

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feastdays: 6.30, 8.00, 9.30, 11.00 am (outside in August) and 6.30 pm

    Saturday Evenings: 6.30 pm

    Weekdays: 6.30, 7.30 am and 6.30 pm

    Public Holidays during the week: 6.30, 7.30, 8.30 am and 6.30 pm

  • St Dominic Savio's Oratory - Church of Mary Help of Christians

    The Oratory was built in 1910 by Rev Michael Sammut. His benefactors were Michael and Guilia Casolani as well as Alphonse Maria Galea and originally it was run by the Salesian Fathers. These were followed in 1912 by the Christian Brothers (Freres) who stayed on for three years. In 1927 the Fathers of the Missionary Society of St Paul took over the running of the Oratory. Marriages may be celebrated here.

  • Priest in charge

    Rev. Martin Cilia MSSP

  • Telephone

    2144 1917

  • Holy Masses

    October till May:

    Sundays and Feastdays: 7.30 am u 10.30 am

    Saturday: 7.00 am; 6.00 pm; 7.30 pm

    Weekdays: 7.00 am u 6.30 pm

    From June till September:

    Sundays and Feastdays: 7.30 am u 10.30 am

    Saturday: 7.00 am; 6.00 pm; 7.30 pm

    Weekdays: 7.00 am u 7.00 pm

  • Mater Dei Hospital's Chapel

  • Holy Masses

    Weekdays: 6.30 am; 7:00 am; 12:00 pm

    Saturday: 6.30 am; 7:00 am; 7:00 pm

    Sundays and Feastdays: 7.30 am u 10.30 am

  • Adoration Chapels

    Church of St. Anthony and St. Catherine


    Main Road, Birkirkara

    Opening hours

    Monday - Saturday

    5.30 am - 8.00 pm

    MSSP Oratory


    Oratorju MSSP,

    Triq San Giljan,


    Opening hours

    4.00 pm - 11.00 pm