Parish

Holy Spirit Parish, Carnes Hill
Address: Main Street Carnes Hill NSW 2171
Telephone: 9826-8977
Fax: 9826-9488
Parish Priest: Fr Joseph Le Van Trong

Mass Times

  • Monday: 8.00am - Holy Spirit
  • Tuesday: 8.00am - Clancy Catholic College
  • Wednesday: 8.00am - Holy Spirit
  • Thursday: 8.00am - Holy Spirit
  • Friday: 9.00am - Holy Spirit
  • Saturday: Vigil 5.30pm - Holy Spirit
  • Sunday: 8.00am | 10am | 5.30pm - Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit Parish: the journey so far

2001

  • The parish is established by Cardinal Edward Clancy on the Solemnity of the Annunciation 25 March, 2001.
  • Fr Danny Meagher is appointed Parish Priest and begins gathering a community.
  • On Holy Thursday at Good Shepherd Parish, our first Paschal Candle is lit and passed to the newly commissioned catechists to symbolize the one parish becoming two.
  • The first parish Mass is celebrated on Easter Sunday in the Greenway Park Public school hall.
  • Archbishop George Pell makes his first visit to our fledgling parish and administers the sacrament of Confirmation to 19 young parishioners.
  • The architects for the church (John King) and for the school (Charles Glanville) are engaged and begin working on the building projects.
  • Mr Tony Lo Cascio is appointed as Principal of Holy Spirit Primary School.
  • Finance, Building, Hospitality and Fundraising groups are established in the Parish.

2002

  • Holy Spirit Primary School opens with 42 pupils.
  • On the 13 February (Ash Wednesday) the Parish Mass Centre moves to our demountable church next to our school on the rented land that is our temporary parish site.
  • Archbishop Pell visits the parish to see the newly established school and Parish Mass Centre.
  • On the 15 September, Cardinal Clancy, who created and named our Parish, makes his first visit and administers the Sacrament of Confirmation. He also commissions the inaugural members of our Parish Council.
  • With the parish rapidly outgrowing its temporary Church, a decision is made in November to extend the demountable to accommodate more parishioners. Within months the Church is once again bursting at the seams.

2003

  • Bishop David Cremin visits to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation.
  • Parish representatives write our Vision and Mission Statements.
  • Fulton Trotter and Partners are chosen as the architects of the new Catholic high school to be built in our Parish.
  • The first Parish social event is held at Gledswood Homestead with 440 parishioners enjoying a night of fine food and bush dancing. A wonderful time was had by all!

2004

  • Fr Danny Meagher is asked by Cardinal Pell to pursue post-graduate studies in Rome.
  • On the 1 May, Cardinal Pell visits for the turning of the first sod for the new Parish Centre.
  • The parish farewells Fr Danny Meagher with an outdoor Mass on our Feast Day, Pentecost Sunday. Over 1200 people attend this Mass and the farewell party that follows.
  • Rev Pat Hurley is appointed as the new Parish Priest.
  • In anticipation of the demolition of the Parish House, Br Pat moves into ‘Pat’s Palace’ – a small demountable cabin installed behind our temporary church.
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word begins at the 10.00am Family Mass with 101 children participating.
  • The original Parish House (the former family home of the Morabito farm) is demolished along with several run-down old cottages.

2005

  • Our new Catholic high school is officially named Clancy Catholic College and Cardinal Clancy visits the site to turn the first sod.
  • The parish is saddened at the loss of Leo Maloney, one of our more senior parishioners, after a battle with cancer. Leo established the St Vincent De Paul group in our parish as well as volunteering his time as a catechist and Eucharistic Minister.
  • John Robinson is appointed as the Founding Principal of Clancy Catholic College.
  • The construction work begins for Clancy Catholic College.
  • Earthworks begin for the Parish Centre and Holy Spirit Primary School.
  • The first Nuptial Mass is celebrated in our temporary church.
  • The parish, with the assistance of Liverpool Catholic Club, is able to sponsor Lorena Ghignone as our representative at the World Youth Day celebrations in Cologne, Germany.
  • The Parish continues to grow with 101 children receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time and another 50 children receiving their First Holy Communion.
  • On 28 August, the Parish gathers for our first annual Parish Assembly.

2006

  • Church construction begins.
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation is administered to 57 children of the parish by Bishop Julian Porteous.
  • First Holy Communion is celebrated by 77 children.
  • Friday Masses are conducted in the new school library.
  • Christmas Masses are held in the new school library.

2007

  • On 16 July 2007 the Church is officially opened and dedicated by Cardinal George Pell.
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation is administered to 32 children of the parish by Bishop Julian Porteous.
  • First Holy Communion is celebrated by 79 children.
  • Reconciliation is celebrated by 92 children of the Parish.
  • The World Youth Day Cross visits Holy Spirit parish, Carnes Hill.

2008

  • 91 children celebrate their First Reconciliation in Holy Week.
  • 92 children who had celebrated their first Reconciliation in 2007, celebrate their First Holy Communion in Holy Spirit Church.
  • Over 400 Italian pilgrims make Holy Spirit Church their base for catecheses talks by visiting Italian Bishops and for their Masses and Liturgies during World Youth Day Week. 200 are accommodated in Holy Spirit School; others stay in the homes of our parishioners. All experience great hospitality from teachers, parents, and other members of the parish. One group of pilgrims from Rome stage a ‘farewel
  • and thank you’ concert (based on the life of St. Francis of Assisi) on their final evening.
  • Many youth of the parish, especially those in the ‘Spirit of God’s Word” Youth Group, travel as pilgrims to all the World Youth Day events. They link up with members of ‘The Flock’ Youth Group from Hoxton Park Church.
  • Pilgrims from the Tiwi Islands are accommodated by Clancy Catholic College.
  • With all Sunday Masses cancelled here, many hundreds of parishioners travel (by bus and by foot) to Randwick Racecourse for the Closing Mass of World Youth Day with Pope Benedict 16th and several hundred thousand people.
  • Holy Spirit School and Holy Spirit Parish farewelled Mrs Cathy Coman, who had been Assistant Principal of the School from its inception. Cathy had been appointed Principal of St. Joseph’s School Oatley.
  • Stage 4, comprising the new Administration building is completed.
  • 56 children receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Terry Brady.
  • Holy Spirit School raise funds to support teacher training in East Timor.

2009

  • Mr Tony Lo Cascio is seconded to work at the Catholic Education Office at Revesby for 12 months. Ms Mary Nixon is seconded as Acting Principal for the 2009 year.
  • We receive funding as part of the BER from the Commonwealth Government to build a Community Hall, renew the gardens and establish a vegetable garden. 
  • Planning takes place to build the final stage of the school.
  • Many children are celebrate their Reconciliation, First Communion of Confirmation.
  • The school receives funding from the Catholic Education Office at Revesby for extensive staff development to explore contemporary pedagogy and how to best meet the needs of the students at Holy Spirit Primary.

2010

  • Mr Lo Cascio returns to Holy Spirit School.
  • Building commences on the new community hall, 6 classrooms and under croft area.
  • Student numbers reach approximately 580.
  • Mary MacKillop is canonised “St Mary of the Cross MacKillop”.
  • The parish commissions a carved wooden statue of St Mary for the church.

2011

  • We celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the announcement of Holy Spirit Parish. This was on the Solemn Feast of the Annunciation on 25 March, which commemorates Mary’s Conception of the Infant Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • We look forward to the formal Opening and Blessing of our fully completed school buildings early in 2011.
  • A contingent of young adult parishioners make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and to Madrid Spain for the World Youth Day events. Also a number of our former students are part of a large group from Clancy Catholic College going to Spain. Clancy College had the biggest contingent from any Catholic high school in Sydney.
  • Our parish was blessed with the arrival of Deacon Paul Naggar who will be helping in Holy Spirit and Good Shepherd in 2011.