Come to me, all you
who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest
St Joseph Church interview
St. Joseph’s Church on Garden Road was built sometime in the early 1870s. A severe typhoon on 22nd September, 1874 razed the structure to the ground. Rebuilding took place and was completed two years later. On 25th January, 1949, St. Joseph’s Church was established as a Parish.
The church we see today is the third one built on the same location, the fruit of another rebuilding after the government gave notice that the roof was unsafe. The architectural design is credited to a well-known Hong Kong architect by the name of Peter K. Ng. It was completed in 1966. The modernist theme-design emulates a ship, a traditional symbol of the church, rooted on the Ark of Noah and is a reminder of the role the Church plays to continue with Christ’s mission of salvation. It has a blue hull with two masts, each topped with a crucifix. On one side of the ship’s hull, there are stone embossments of St. Joseph and lilies under three parabola-shaped arches. The flower features closely to St. Joseph and is a symbol representing Faith. The Grotto, with a beautiful marble statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is built in to the hillside. Nestled amongst a network of roads and major conduits, the Zoological and Botanical Gardens, government buildings, St. Joseph’s Church boasts generous grounds and its central location makes it a popular place of worship for both residents and visitors.
The Church boasts of varied mix of parishioners from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. There is something for everyone. Choir groups, various apostolate communities, prison ministries, and Sunday school for different ages, etc. Mass times are per the schedule and there are altogether eleven mass times on Sunday. Special requirements for weddings and requiem mass and their corresponding liturgy variations can be discussed with and arranged through the Parish priest, Father Joseph Tan.
Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ;
Saturdays 9:00 a.m to 1 pm
Lunch Break: 12 noon to 2pm
645 am to 9 pm Monday to Saturday
6 a.m to 9 p.m Sunday
Parish Priest: Rev. Joseph Tan, SVD
Assistant Parish Priest: Rev. Paul Chen, SVD
Parish Office: Ms. Angie Lee & Mr Kavis Lo.
37 Garden Road, Hong Kong
During the passage of typhoons and severe rainstorms, the church may be closed,
and regularly scheduled Masses canceled.
This applies to Sundays or weekdays. Please refer to these guidelines provided by the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong.
"Pastoral Guidelines in Times Of Typhoons And Rainstorms” Chancery Notice, 11 May 2005 (Attached)
Supplement to "Pastoral Guidelines in Times Of Typhoons And Rainstorms" Chancery Notice, 22 October 2010 ……
FOR CHURCH ATTENDANCE
The church is a place set apart for divine worship and prayers. Visitors attending the church must be in proper and modest attire which give due reverence to the sacred character of the Church.
Please refer to the Dress Code adopted by the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong.