Of the total population just over twelve thousand are Catholic with a very high proportion of youth (thirty percent are under fourteen years of age). Holy Spirit Parish is also blessed with racial diversity with over twenty two percent of local Catholics born in non-English speaking countries.
The area is almost exclusively residential with most locals travelling elsewhere to work. Before development the area was part of St Mary's Parish. Holy Spirit was established as autonomous in 1981 and was first served by Fr Brian Rooney.
When the Augustinians took over from Fr Rooney in 1995 they found a place well established and very active. There are now four masses celebrated each Sunday. There are two parish primary schools with a combined enrolment of over one thousand students, and a Catholic secondary school with an enrolment of over one thousand two hundred students. Other active groups and organisations include those who organise and serve the Sunday liturgies, caring for the needy, catechumen education, prayer and social groups. The parish holds Filipino Masses on the first Sunday each month at 3.30 pm.
These ministry groups in the parish include the Filipino Catholic Association (FCA) of St. Clair and Erskine Park, which has been in existence since early 1980’s, Basic Gift (Youth ministry), Community Carers’ Group, Couples For Christ, Passionist Family Groups, Playtime playgroup, St Vincent de Paul Society, Social Justice Forum, Social Committee, Solo Parents, and numerous ministry groups (liturgy, music, welcomers, children’s liturgy, cleaners, Eucharistic ministers, lectors, altar servers). See the parish website for details.
Holy Spirit Parish is growing in strength and unity, with parishioners feeling a strong sense of belonging. If you are in the area, pay a visit to our parish Centre on the corner of Todd Row and Moore Street.
Moderator (parish priest) of Holy Spirt Parish since late January 2015 has been Fr Michael Belonio OSA.
Sunday Mass times:
Vigil 6.00 pm Sunday 8.00 am, 9.30 am and 6.00 pm.
PO Box S 103 (5 Todd Row) St Clair NSW 2759 Phone: (02) 9670 1744 Fax: (02) 9670 4029
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web:www.holyspiritstclair.com.au