As Whitehead grew and developed and the congregation grew the Parochial Hall became overcrowded at the services, and the decision was taken to build a proper church.
On Saturday 19th October 1907 five foundation stones were laid.
The new church of St Patrick was consecrated on Friday 24th July 1908 by the Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore, the Rt Rev Dr Crozier.
The Bishop accompanied by his chaplain and members of the building committee were received at the west door of the new church by the minister Rev J Hamilton Bennett and churchwardens, who presented him with a petition asking him to consecrate the church. The procession then made its way to the chancel where the Bishop was presented with a certificate to signify that the church had been properly vested and this was laid upon the communion table before Rev CW Frizzell who was present in the role as registrar.
A Memorial Bell which had been presented to the church was rung for the first time on Friday 9th October 1908.
Madame Daisy Creeny played a part in the opening events by performing the solo ‘Nearer My God To Thee’, while the choir under conductor SW Thornton led the praise, Mrs Egerton presiding at the organ.
The Church of St Patrick was built by Mr James Kidd from Belfast and the architect was Mr DR. Taggart (Hill & Taggart) Belfast. Mr Thomas Blaney, Belfast, supplied the cut stonework for the church.
When Rev Hamilton Bennett addressed the congregation during the special Sunday opening service following the consecration, he reflected on the changes he had witnessed during his 32 years in the parish. He spoke of how services had begun originally in a small way using, by permission of the Admiralty, the Coastguard Boat House.
He described how, after some years, the congregation were enabled by the kindness of their many friends of all denominations to erect the Parochial Hall, which they had opened free of debt. Rev Bennett went on to describe the newly built St Patrick’s Church as a stately edifice.
The Rev JH Bennett died in 1915, having served faithfully for 39 and a half years in the parish.