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Information: Zurrieq is one of the ten parishes which were already in existence in 1436. The present church was built between 1634 and 1659 on plans prepared by Matteolo Saliba, and was dedicated in 1731 by Bishop Alpheran de Bussan.

Name: Parish Church dedicated to St. Catherine Virgin and Martyr Dedication date 30 December 1731

Priest: Archpriest Rev Charles Attard

Office Address: 4 Carmel Street Zurrieq ZRQ 1911 Telephone 2164 2010 Fax 2164 1184

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 12.00 4.30 - 6.00 pm Office is kept closed on Thursdays

Masses: Sundays and Feast Days 6.00; 7.00; 8.15; 9.30; 11.00 am; 6.00 pm From Monday to Saturday Winter: 6.00; 7.00; 7.45 am 6.00 pm Summer: 6.00; 7.00; 8.00 am 6.30 pm

Other information on churches under this parish: St. Mary’s Church at Bubaqra Before 1658 at Bubaqra there were two churches, one dedicated to St. John and the other to St. Roche; these were closed and instead a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary was built; in 1961 this church was enlarged. Priest in charge Archpriest Holy Masses Sundays and Feast Days: 8.00 am Saturday Evenings: 6.30 pm Church of the Immaculate Conception at Nigret The church is part of a palace built in 1658 by the Knight of St. John James Togores de Valemuela. A comunity of Benedictine monks resided in the place for some time before World War I; today the palace is occupied by the Congregation of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart Priest in charge Archpriest Holy Masses Sundays and Feast Days: 6.00; 7.00 am Saturday Evenings: 5.00; 6.00 pm Weekdays: 6.45 am St. James Church The church was built in 1725 on the site of two earlier churches, one dedicated to St. John the Baptist and the other to St. James. There is a daily Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 7.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Priest in charge Rev Nazzareno Tonna Church of St. Batholomew The first church dedicated to St. Bartholomew at Zurrieq was built in 1482 but was closed in 1658; a new church was built between 1775 and 1784 and today this church is used by the various parish associations for their meetings. A Mass is celebrated every year on September 24. Priest in charge Rev Nazzareno Tonna Church of St. Leo at Bubaqra The church which is situated in the cemetery at Zurrieq is a very old church; it was closed in 1658 but reopened twenty years later after extensive restoration work. A very old painting on wood which people say it belonged to the chapel which from 1343 to 1575 existed on the islet of Filfla. Mass is celebrated in St. Leo’s church on All Souls Day, on Father’s Day and on Mother’s Day Priest in charge Archpriest St. Agatha’s Church The church was built in the 16th century and was closed by Bishop Balaguer in 1658 together with a large number of rural churches. It was rebuilt later and enlarged in 1854. Mass is celebrated in the church on the feast day of St. Agatha on the 5th February Priest in charge Archpriest Church of St. Andrew The church was closed in 1658 but reopened later; today it is not being used. St. Luke’s Church The church was built in 1468 but because of its bad state Mons. Dusina during his pastoral visit ordered its restoration. Today it is not in use. Church of St. John the Evangelist This very old church is situated in front of the Annunciation church at Hal-Millieri; it is no longer in use. Annunciation church at Hal Millieri This is a very old church and was the parish church of Hal Millieri; when this village ceased to exist the church was left derelict. Today it is held in trust by “Din l-Art Helwa”. Church of the Peace Laboratory In 1971 Fr Dionysius Mintoff O.F.M. took over an Air Force Hangar to use as a centre of peace activities, dedicating it to Pope John XXIII. The area was later on developed as a Peace laboratory. Marriages may be held in the chapel Priest in charge Rev. Dionisius Mintoff O.F.M. Holy Masses Sundays and Feast Days: 4.00 pm winter; 7.00 am summer Monday to Saturday: 6.00 pm


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