Official Blessing of St James Church Refurbishments – Sun 18 April

Archbishop Peter Comensoli will be joining us to celebrate at our Special Mass on Sunday 18 April at 3pm for the Official Blessing of our newly renovated church.

People who were successful in the Ballot for a place inside the church for our Church Blessing have been notified.

People who were unsuccessful in the ballot or who did not register for the Ballot that still want to attend can book an overflow place outside the church or in the Paulist Centre where it will be livestreamed. Bookings are now open online (click HERE) and close 5pm Wednesday 14 April.


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There will be a special Mass on Sunday 18 April at 2pm for the Official Blessing of our newly renovated church. Due to COVID restrictions limiting the number of people allowed in the church, a Ballot will be drawn to determine who can attend within the church. Successful parties will still need to find their own seats within the church according to their group size on a first come first served basis like any other Sunday Mass.

People unsuccessful in the Ballot and those who did not register will be able to book places for either:

  • Standing room outside on the northern side of the church; or
  • seating in the Paulist Centre where Mass will be livestreamed onto the big screens

Ballot Registration

To register for the Ballot, book through the regular weekly link for Masses (preferred method) or alternatively, leave your details on the Ballot Registration Sheet after Mass. You must provide the name of each person requiring a seat. Details from your Ballot Registration will also be used as a record for COVID contact tracing purposes.

Parishioners can only register once either on the Registration Sheet or online.  Please do not register on both systems.

Any person allocated a seat in the Ballot who cannot attend is requested to notify the Parish Office so their seat(s) can be redrawn and allocated to someone else who registered.

Ballot closes 8:00pm Sunday 4 April (Easter Sunday).


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St James Church – Re-Entry

After a year and a half, we have now completed the first and second Stage of the relocation of our Presbytery and the Church Refurbishment, with Stage three being the Community Centre due to commence at a later date.

Next weekend (06/07 Mar) we can gather as a community in our new worshipping space as we give thanks to God, our architects Smith & Tracey, our builders Raysett, our Building Committee and Dao Tran.

For many of our parishioners this re-entry will feel like a joyful homecoming, a long awaited return from exile with an opportunity to celebrate the presence of the Risen Christ in our midst.

Special thanks to all who are supporting through the Thanksgiving Program, those who have made generous donations and who have given of their time and energy in making the transition possible, others who have been praying and affirming us during the building works.  Our gratitude also to Mary Abbott and the St James Primary School for their generosity, cooperation and support during the building works.

We look forward to gathering together on the weekend of 06/07 March at one of the 5 new and updated (but temporary) Mass times of:

Sat 6pm, Sun 7:30am, Sun 9am, Sun 10:30am and Sun 5pm

Please note that it will be even more essential to pre-book for weekend Masses as the Covid capacity cap of the church will be less than that of the Paulist Centre.

Weekday Masses will start in the church from Mon 08 Mar. Until then, they will still be at Thomas Carr College Chapel.


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Covid restrictions allowing, we are excited to announce that we are planning to return to Masses in St James Church starting from the weekend of 06/07 March.

Bookings for Mass will continue to be a requirement for attending weekend Mass.

The church will have a capacity that is less than the Paulist Centre. In light of this, beginning the weekend of 06/07 March, an extra weekend Mass will be introduced. Weekend Masses at St James will change to:

Sat 6pm
Sun 7:30am
Sun 9:00am
Sun 10:30am
Sun 5pm

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