Rabat

  • The church is built over the ditch of the Roman city which also included a large part of Rabat. The church is also built over the grotto where according to tradition St. Paul was kept prisoner during his three months stay in Malta in 60 A.D. In 1336 bishop Hilarius refers to the church as ecclesia Sancti Pauli de crypta , and also mentions the cemetery and the Roman ditch. Several churches have been built on the site both by the diocese and the Knights of St. John. The present church was built with funds provided by the noble woman Guzmana Navarra on plans prepared by F. Bonamico. The church was completed by Lorenzo Gafà in 1683.

    Parish Population: 14,000

    Families: 3,100

  • Parish Church dedicated to Saint Paul

    Dedication date 21 September 1726

  • Archpriest

    Rev. Louis Suban

  • Parish Office

    37, Triq il-Kbira,

    Rabat RBT 1013

  • Office Hours

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday:

    8.30 am - 10.00 am

    4.45 pm - 5.45 pm

  • Telephone

    Office: 2145 4467

    Home: 2145 1405

  • Website

    www.parroccarabat.com

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    Parroċċa San Pawl, Rabat

  • Parish Clergy

      • Can. Louis Suban, Archpriest
      • Can. Claude Mifsud, Vice Archpriest
      • Mons. Ġwann Azzopardi
      • Rev Joseph Fsadni
      • Rev. David Cilia
      • Can. John Buhagiar

    Parish Pastoral Council

    President: Can. Louis Suban, Archpriest

    Chairpersons: Mr Louis & Mrs Marlene Borg

    Secretary:  Ms Mary Buttigieg

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 6.00, 7.30, 9.00, 10.30, 12.00 pm and 6.00 pm

    Saturday Evenings: 4.30 pm, 6.00 pm

    Weekdays: 6.00, 7.45, 8.30 am; 6.00 pm

  • Other Churches

  • St. Publius Church

    Juen Benaguas, who came to Malta in 1630 built the first church over St. Paul's grotto; the church became a collegiate church of the Order of St. John from 1620, and was rebuilt in 1713. In 1962 the church was annexed to the church of St. Paul.

  • Priest in charge

    Archpriest

  • St Luke Pastoral Centre - Nigret

    Due to the increased development of the tan-Nigret locality, the need of a new church was felt; until this church is built a pastoral centre is in use. Marriages may be celebrated in this church.

  • Priest in charge

    Can. John Buhagiar

  • Address

    St Luke Pastoral Centre

    Nigret Roadt

    Rabat RBT 4609

  • Telephone

    2145 3347

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 8.00, 9.30 am

    Saturday Evenings: 6.30 pm (winter); 7.00 pm (summer)

    Weekdays: 7.00 am

    Thursdays : 7.00 pm

  • St. Catald's Church

    The church is built over a crypt and a small catacomb; Masses are occasionally celebrated.

  • Priest in charge

    Archpriest

  • St. Sebastian's Church

    The church was first built in 1477, rebuilt in 1519 and restored in 1751. The sisters of Charity take care of the church and marriages may be celebrated in it.

  • Priest in charge

    Archpriest

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays, Feast Days and Weekdays: 6.30 am

  • Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary (ta' Qasgħa)

    The church was built about 1550 by a certain Ċensu Qasgħa and was rebuilt 150 years later; a cemetery adjoins it.

  • Priest in charge

    Rev. Can. Michael Attard

  • Ta' Duna Church

    The church was built in the sixteenth century and enlarged two centuries later; today the members of the Legion of Mary use it for their meetings.

  • Priest in charge

    Archpriest

  • St. Bartholomew's Church

    The church was built in 1550 and restored at a later date; today it is used for the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.

  • Priest in charge

    Archpriest

  • Rural Churches

    Baħrija - Church dedicated to St Martin of Tours

    The church was built by Count Navarra in the sixteenth century. In recent years a larger church was built as the population of Baħrija had increased considerably. Marriages may be celebrated in the church.

  • Priest in charge

    Rev Ray Francalanza OSA

     

    Email

    rayfrancalanza@outlook.com

  • Address

    San Mark's Convent

    Triq Santu Wistin,

    Rabat, RBT 1117

  • Telephone

    21454111

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 7.00am; 9.00am

    Saturdays: 5.30 pm (Winter); 6.00pm (Summer)

    Weekdays: 6.00 pm (Winter); 6.30pm (Summer)

     

    Mtaħleb- Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary

     

    The church dominates the valley and was built in 1687.

  • Priest in charge

    Rev Joe Fsadni

  • Holy Masses

    Saturdays and Eves of Feast Days: 6.00 pm (summer); 4.00 pm (winter)

    Għemieri

    The church is part of the Palazzo Gomerino.

    Buskett - Church of St. Anthony the Abbot

    The church was built in 1663 by Grand Master Nicholas Cotoner and is dedicated to St. Anthony the abbot. St. Nicholas is also venerated in the church. In 1975 the church was closed to the people of the locality, but was re-opened for their benefit in 1986. The Augustinian friars of Rabat take care of the church.

  • Priest in charge

    Fr Raphael Abdilla OSA

  • Holy Massses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 8.00 am

    Saturdays: 7.00pm

    First Friday of each month: 7.00pm

     

    Tad-Daħla - Church of St. Catherine

  • Priest in charge

    Archpriest

  • Holy Mass

    Saturdays: 7.00pm (Summer); 6.30pm (Winter)

     

     

    Wied Gerżuma - Church of the Immaculate Conception

    Grandmaster De Paule wanted to built this church, but it was actually built by his successor Manoel de Vilhena. Marriages may be celebrated in it.

  • Priest in charge

    Rev Ray Francalanza OSA

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and feastdays: 4.30 pm

    Saturdays: 7.00pm

     

     

    Tas-Salib - Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary

     

    The church was built in 1550 and has remained closed for many years.

  • Priest in charge

    Archpriest

  • Churches Run By Religious Congregations

  • Church of the Blessed Virgin (Dominican Friars)

    The Dominican friars came to Malta in 1450 and built their first friary at Rabat over a cave where according to tradition the Virgin Mary had spoken to a sportsman who had taken refuge there. Marriages may be celebrated in the church.

    Dedication date 21 October

  • Priest in charge

    Rev Christopher Caruana OP

  • Telephone

    2145 4592

  • Address

    St Dominic's Square,

    Rabat RBT 2521

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 7.00, 8.30, 10.00, 11,15 am (in English)

    Saturday Evenings: 6.30 pm

    Weekdays: 6.00, 7.30 am; 12.15 pm (winter); 6.30 pm

  • Church of the Blessed Virgin (Franciscan Minors)

    The Friars Minor came to Malta in 1492 and opened their first friary in Rabat. Grand Master L'Isle Adam had a room reserved for him in the friary. The church was enlarged in 1757 through contributions from Italy, Spain and Portugal. Marriages may be celebrated in the church. An oratory adjacent to it belongs to the confraternity of St. Joseph.

    Dedication date: 31 October 1790

  • Priest in charge

    Rev Martin Coleiro OFM

  • Telephone

    2145 4594

  • Address

    St Paul's Street,

    Rabat RBT 1245

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 6.00, 8.30 u 11.00am

    Saturday Evenings: 6.30 pm (summer); 6.00 pm (winter)

    Weekdays: 6.35, 7.30 am; 6.00 pm (winter), 6.30pm (summer)

  • Church of St. Francis (Franciscan Conventuals)

    The Conventual Franciscans came to Malta before the year 1347 and built their church and friary near the hospital of St. Francis, which later on came to be known as Santo Spirito hospital. In 1640 the friary was rebuilt as it was no longer a place suitable to live in; later on the church was also rebuilt by Lorenzo Gafà after being extensively damaged by the 1693 earthquake. In this church a devotion to Our Lady of Good Health developed and continued to increase even when a new painting of the Virgin took the place of the older one: people visiting their sick relatives at the Santo Spirito Hospital and at the Saura hospital used to visit the church to pray the Virgin requesting her help for their sick relatives. The painting was solemnly crowned on the 4th April 1949. Marriages may be celebrated in the church.

    Dedication date: 22 September 1908

  • Sanctuary of Our Lady of Good Health

  • Guardian\Rector

    Fr Provincial

  • Telephone

    2145 4225

  • Address

    St Francis Street,

    Rabat RBT 1061

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 6.30, 8.00, 9.30 am

    Saturday Evenings: 6.15 pm

    Weekdays: 6.45, 7.30 am, 6.15 pm

  • St. Mark's Church (Augustinians)

    The Augustinian friars came to Malta in 1383 and their first friary was situated outside the walls of Mdina. The friary was demolished in 1551 because of a Turkish attack on Mdina. In 1555 the Cathedral Chapter gave the friars the old church of St. Mark and the area adjacent to it to built their new friary. The present church and friary date from 1558. Marriages may be celebrated in the church.

    Dedication date: 26 June 1906

  • Priest in charge

    Rev David Cortis OSA

  • Telephone

    2145 4111, 2145 9014

  • Address

    St Mark's Convent,

    St Augustine's Street,

    Rabat RBT 1117

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 7.30, 10.00 am

    Saturday Evenings: 6.00 pm

    Weekdays: 7.00am, 6.00 pm

    From July - September the evening mass is not held

  • Annunciation Church (Carmelite Fathers)

    The church and friary of the Annunciation were built in 1418 with funds provided by the noble Catherine d'Alagona and given to the Carmelites who had just arrived in Malta. In 1662 the friary was demolished and the stones were used to built the Carmelite friary in Mdina. In 1975 the Carmelites returned back to their first church and friary in Malta and built a retreat house near the old church. Marriages may be held in the church.

  • Priest in charge

    Rev Amadeo Zammit O.Carm.

  • Telephone

    2145 9021

  • Address

    ‘Lunzjata’ Retreat House

    Lunzjata,

    Rabat.

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 4.00 pm

    Wednesdays: 5.00 pm (winter); 6.00 pm (summer)

  • St. Agatha's Church (Missionary Society of St Paul)

    The church built in 1570 over a ancient crypt leading to a series of catacombs; it was enlarged in 1670. During this century the church was given to the Missionary Society of St. Paul soon after it had been founded by Mgr. Depiro; in 1932 the Society started building their Motherhouse adjacent to the church. Marriages may be celebrated in it.

  • Priest in charge

    Rev Frankie Cini MSSP

  • Telephone

    2145 4503

  • Address

    The Motherhouse,

    St. Agatha's,

    Rabat

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 7.00 am

    Weekdays: 6.30 am

  • Depiro Youth Centre

  • Priest in charge

    Rev Karm Debattista MSSP

  • Telephone

    21459222

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 8.30 am

  • Female Religious Convents

  • Augustinian Sisters

    8, Zondadari Street, Rabat RBT 1170

    Tel: 2145 4121

  • St Dorothy's Sisters

    11, Alessandro Curmi Street, Tal-Virtù, Rabat RBT 2650

    Tel: 2145 4429

  • Dominican Sisters

    71, Alessandro Curmi Street, Tal-Virtù, Rabat RBT 2652

    Tel: 2145 4893

  • Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition

    St Dominic Square, Rabat RBT 2523

    Tel: 2145 92757 (Retreat House: Tel 2145 4612)

  • Sisters of Charity

    23, Casa Santa Giovanna Antida, St Roque Street, Rabat RBT 2402

    Tel: 2145 4627

  • Society of the Sacred Heart

    Sacred Heart Convent, Tal-Virtù, Rabat, RBT 2604

    Tel: 2145 4131

  • Daughters of the Sacred Heart

    70, Mgr Pietro Pace Convent, G Borg Olivier Road, Rabat, RBT 9042

    Tel: 2145 4314

  • Ursuline Sisters

    70, Tal-Virtù Road, Rabat RBT 2602

    Tel: 2145 4226

  • Adoration Chapel

    St. Bartholomew's Church

    Address

    Triq San Bartilmew, Rabat

    Opening hours

    Monday - Saturday

    9.00 am - 5.00 pm