The territorial area of the parish is quite small. It includes part of the CBD, part of the residential area around The Terrace, and part of the territory of what used to be the Parish of St Joseph in Webb St.
The congregation is also diverse as to its ethnic make up. Slightly more than half of those present are NZ European. There are significant Filipino, Korean, and Chinese communities; there is a small part of the congregation who identify as NZ Maori; 14% of the congregation represents a diverse range of other smaller ethnic groups.
A unique feature of St Mary’s is the number of people who live outside the formal boundaries of the parish yet still identify themselves as ‘parishioners’. Because of well-established connections they look to us for visitation and pastoral care even though they live at a distance.
When you add the atmosphere generated by the majesty and beauty of the environment it is easy to sense why so many want to call it ‘home’.