This is to correct a big error. The Archdiocese of Sydney that I gave you in my first post is for Australia, not Canada. The Cathedral of St. Mary is in Australia, too, and the church in North Sydney that was established in 1856 was in Australia, too. I'm sorry for this oversight.
The correct diocese for the Town of Sydney, Cape Breton Regionl Municipality, Nova Scotia is the Diocese of Antigonish at http://www.antigonishdiocese.com/title.htm
The oldest Catholic church in the Town of Sydney, CBRM, NS is St. Patrick's. It is now a museum. The stone church itself dates from about 1828, but there was a wooden one that preceded it. The cemetery next to it has graves as old as 1798. The second oldest Catholic church in Sydney is Sacred Heart. The congregation outgrew St. Patrick's twice, and then built Sacred Heart and moved into it. I found this information on a proposal to have St. Patrick's and its cemetery made an historical site. I thought I'd saved it, but I didn't.
Here is a brief history of Sydney. Near the end it tells about St. Patrick's and some other churches there. http://sydney.capebretonisland.com/hist.html
Here is a good resource for researching early Sydney. http://nsgna.ednet.ns.ca/ It's the Nova Scotia Genealogy Network Association. They have some excellent resources for early Nova Scotia.
I'm sorry for the bad information about Sydney, Australia.
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