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Fr Mario's Wake and Funeral Updates

To all ACFC family, all Filipino church communities, and friends of Fr Mario.

We all have been awakened earlier yesterday, 14 March 2023 upon hearing the sad news re the passing on of Fr Mario Dorado, OFMCap.

His untiring and unselfish support for the St Benedict's church, and all churches he served has truly touched us in so many ways. This unfortunate news has left a big void in the hearts of many, especially in the Auckland Catholic Filipino Chaplaincy (ACFC) Community.

At these difficult times, please let us comfort each other with the good memories Fr Mario has left us with.

May we all continue to remember him in our prayers. He is truly a great loss for our Filipino community.

If you want to enjoin the ACFC community in honouring him for the last time, mass offering schedules are as follows:

Funeral Mass, 25 March, Saturday, 3pm (Feast of the Annunciation)

at the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph Church, 43 Wyndham St, Auckland.

Other wake masses will be the following:

  • 18 March, Saturday, 11am at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2 Lavelle Road, Henderson, Auckland 0612.

  • 19 March, Sunday, 6PM at St Dominic's Church, 34 Bolton Street, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland 0600 (overnight).

  • 20 March, Monday, 11AM at Our Lady of Lourdes, 7 Glendale Road, Glen Eden, Auckland 0602.

  • 24 March, Friday, 7PM, St Benedict’s Church, 1 St Benedict’s St, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1010 (overnight).

The Wake Mass on the 24 March, and the Funeral Mass on the 25 March, will be livestreamed on ACFC Chaplaincy’s YouTube Channel at ACFCChaplaincy-NZ (

Fr Mario's remains will be brought back to the Philippines and thus we anticipate funeral bills with this arrangement as part of his last wishes.

If you want to help defray some costs and you are able help in your own small way, we welcome your donations. Your financial help will definitely go a long way. You can send your donations direct to ACFC account.

Please see details below:


BNZ account 02-0100-0120931-016

Pls put as reference: Fr Mario

Thank you all and May God grant Fr Mario eternal peace and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Thank you, and God bless us all,

ACFC Leadership Team

In coordination with,

Fr Sherwin Lapaan

Filipino Priests’ Liaison

Eternal Rest, grant unto Mario Dorado, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he Rest In Peace. AMEN

Important Parking Information for the Cathedral

The Hobson Street Car Park will be operating via Pay by Plate machines & ParkMate App.

Pay By Plate

  • $4.50 parking for Saturday, Sunday & weekday evening church services will only be available in the basement public parking areas. There will be signage directing you.

  • Terms & Conditions: $4.50 is available for Nights and Weekend Parking and will be valid for 3 hours. Casual Rates Apply Thereafter.

ParkMate App

  • If you use the App, $4.50 parking for the church will be available on all public parking levels, however you will need to use a promo code to receive this discounted rate.

  • Terms & Conditions: $4.50 is available for Nights and Weekend Parking and will be valid for 3 hours. Casual Rates Apply Thereafter.

  • Promo code: STPATS


  1. Download ParkMate App

  2. Go to Menu / Promocode / Add Promocode

  3. Input STPATS

  4. Load a credit card and start session.

For help please email

Please note that $2 Validated parking will still be available at the Wilson’s car park on Durham Lane (enter from off Queen Street). You still will need to bring your ticket with you to validate in the Cathedral.

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