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Our Parish ...

St Mel's School is a Catholic Parish School. The school and the parish work in partnership to educate the whole child. We are proud of our beginnings.

The official year of the founding of St Mel's Parish, Campsie is given as 1915, but the parish began several years earlier. The original parish was St Anthony's, Canterbury and the wooden church was opened in 1894. It was situated at the corner of Howard and High Streets, Canterbury. The relocation of the Church to Campsie in 1915, was brought about by the opening of the railway line to Bankstown. The pioneer Parish Priest of Campsie, Fr Patrick Kenny, supervised the transfer of St Anthony's Church by horse-drawn wagon to it's new site in Duke Street, Campsie. His successor, Fr Richard Lonegan was to stay 35 years, from 1920 to 1955 and gave the name St Mel's to the present Church, opening in 1927. He came from Ardagh, a Diocese in Southern Ireland of which St Mel was appointed Bishop in the fifth century by his uncle, St Patrick. The old church building continued to be used as the school and then as the Parish Hall until it was demolished to make way for the present Hall.

Who was Saint Mel?

He is said to have been the son of Darerca and a nephew of St Patrick, whom he accompanied to Ireland to help with his evangelical work. St Patrick appointed him to the Church at Ardagh, which St Patrick had built. St Mel founded a famous Monastery, which became the centre of religious practice and learning. Students came to Mel's Monastery from every part of the land. Many became Monks and formed the community which Mel ruled as Abbot. Mel had a close association with St Brigid and received her profession. Mel supported himself by working with his hands, keeping only enough to live off and giving the rest to the poor. He is reported to have miraculously picked up live fish from the fields as though he was fishing with a net. Mel governed his church at Ardagh for a period of between thirty or forty years. He died in the year 487 or 488.

His Feast day is February 7th.

Mass Times:

Daily at 9 am (Monday to Saturday, inclusive)

Sunday Masses: Vigil Mass 6 pm
Sunday 8.30 am and 10 am

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Confessions are on Saturday after 9am Mass and 4.30pm to 5.15 pm.

Novena to our Mother of Perpetual Help is held on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm.

Italian prayer group is on Tuesdays at 10 am to 12 noon, in the Lower Hall. An Audio loop is installed in the Church for people who wear hearing aids.