About 14% of Qatar’s population are Christian expatriates, mainly from countries like the Philippines and India. Most are Roman Catholics, followed by Protestants, Anglicans, and unaffiliated Christians.
This article lists the Catholic Churches in Qatar, with their description, contact details, Holy Mass timings, sacraments, etc.
About Mesaimeer Religious Complex
In 2005, the Qatar Government allowed the construction of six churches on a plot of land in Doha’s Abu Hamour area. Currently, the six churches in the Mesaimeer Religious Complex are Roman Catholic, Anglican, Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic, and the Inter Denominational Christian Church (IDCC).
Recently two more denominations – Maronite Church and Evangelical Churches Alliance Qatar – were also given permission to build churches near the Religious Complex. Several smaller denominations also hold their services under the umbrella of one of these recognized churches.
Below are the Catholic Churches in Qatar:
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic church in Qatar and the first one to be opened in Qatar. The church is located at the Mesaimeer Religious Complex in Doha, which also hosts other Christian churches.
The 2,700-seat church was built on land donated by Qatar’s Father Amir, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, at $20 million. The church was opened to the public in 2008. Out of respect for the Islamic laws in Qatar, the church’s exterior does not display any Christian symbols like crosses, bells, or steeples.
It is estimated that the church serves around 200,000 Catholics residing in Qatar, most of whom are migrant workers from the Philippines, India, South America, Africa, Lebanon, and Europe. The church was visited by Britain’s King Charles III in 2014.
Holy Mass Timing
The church offers Holy Mass in English, Arabic (Latin), Tagalog, Malayalam, Tamil, Konkani, Sinhala, Italian, French, Spanish, Korean, Indonesian, and Urdu. You can see the mass schedule here.
The church offers Catechism classes in six languages: Arabic, English, Tagalog, Spanish, French and Italian.
|Arabic Community||Thursday 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm|
|The International Group||Friday 10:00 am to 12:15 pm and |
Saturday: 09:00 am to 11:15 am
|Tagalog Catechism||Friday 03:00 pm to 05:30|
|Spanish Catechism||Saturday 09:00 am to 11:00 am|
|French Catechism||Saturday 09:15 am to 10:45 am|
|Italian Catechism||Saturday 11:00 am to 12:00 noon|
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church also offers sacraments like Baptism, Eucharist (Holy Communion), Confirmation, Reconciliation and Marriage.
St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Church
The St. Thomas Syro Malabar Church is a Catholic church within the Inter Denominational Christian Church (IDCC) complex (Building No. 4) in Mesaimeer Religious Complex, Abu Hamour.
The church’s foundation stone was laid in 2005, and the dedication was held in May 2009. The church is built on an area of 770 square metres. The balcony within the church measures 365 square metres.
The church of St. Thomas Christians is an Apostolic Church founded in India by St. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Christ. Knanaya Catholics of Syro-Malabar Church claim their origin to Thomas of Cana and the 72 families that migrated to Kerala in 345 A.D. from the land of Syria. Today Syro Malabarians are found mainly in the southern state of Kerala and the big cities of India.
Holy Mass Timings
The church offers Holy Mass in Malayalam. You can see the mass schedule here.
St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Church
The St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Church is a Catholic church within the Inter Denominational Christian Church (IDCC) complex (Building No. 7) in Mesaimeer Religious Complex, Abu Hamour. The church was consecrated in April 2009.
Today, St.Mary’s Malankara Catholic Church Doha is a fully-fledged Church with a membership of about 150 families and an equal number of bachelors. All activities and Eucharistic celebrations of pious organizations of the Church like Catechism, Parish prayer meeting units, MCA, MCYM, Mathtrusamaajam, and Nurses Prayer Meetings are held regularly.
The church offers prayers and Catechism classes in Malayalam. You can see the prayer schedule here.
Location of Catholic Churches in Qatar
All the above Catholic Churches are located at the Mesaimeer Religious Complex in Abu Hamour. Here is the location map of the Religious Complex.
Here is the list of all Christian Churches in Qatar, including Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Protestant etc:
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