Holy Family Parish, established in 1946, is part of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. The Diocese is made up of 49 parishes and 83 Catholic schools. The Diocese is home to around 330,000 Catholics in one of the fastest-growing areas of New South Wales, Australia. Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD is the fourth Bishop of Parramatta, appointed on 5 May 2016 in succession to Bishop Anthony Fisher OP.
Holy Family Parish is located in the suburb of East Granville, close to the main regional centre of Parramatta.
The parish of Holy Family, East Granville owes its beginnings to Rev John Halpin of the mother parish of Holy Trinity who was responsible for gathering the faithful in the Trongate section of Granville Parish. The Mass Centre at GEPA Hall, the Trongate, (rented since May 1936) was purchased in January 1937 for 300 pounds. In February 1938 the St Joseph’s Convent School opened in the hall with the Sisters of St Joseph in charge, coming from Granville each day.
The Holy Family Parish was established in November 1946 with Rev John Kerrigan as first Parish Priest and Les Campion, later to be Parish Priest of Granville, as an altar boy.
On Sunday, January 27, 1952 Cardinal Gilroy blessed and laid the foundation stone of the new Church/School and a year later, he repeated the ceremony for the foundation of the Holy Family Church.
The parish has expanded over the years with school extensions, classrooms and a tuckshop. A new convent was built in 1970 and in 1972, Cardinal Freeman blessed and laid the foundation stone of the Assembly Hall. Ten years later he opened a new Parish House.
MINISTRIES & GROUPS
As members of the Holy Family Parish, we are being urged to put into practice the faith we believe in. We have been encouraged to become involved in and take responsibility for the life of the Church – our Church. If we take Mass as an example, we are no longer asked to simply attend Mass, but to be involved as ministers at Mass by undertaking activities such as altar servers, readers, Eucharistic Ministers and choir singers.
A minister is “one who serves” in the Church. Ministry means “service in or to the Church”. There are a wide range of ministries at Holy Family Parish that people can participate in. Many of these ministries are mentioned below.
The mission of our Church is to share the responsibility of building up the spiritual and material welfare of our community by promoting God's values of love, justice and peace and extending this message of goodwill beyond our immediate boundaries. This mission will never be totally fulfilled. Rather, it is the goal toward which we continually aspire. It is a goal for the entire parish, not just for a segment of it. Hence, the more parishioners we can persuade to utilise their God–given talents within the parish and the community at large, the more we can foster and promote our mission.
"The framework behind parish involvement is the concept of Christian stewardship. This concept is very Biblical and also very practical. It acknowledges that everything we have is a gift from God, even life itself. The good steward is the individual who recognises his or her giftedness and who joyfully returns a fair share of his or her time, talent and treasure to a loving and generous God.
The reader, traditionally referred to as a lector is instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. They may also announce the intentions for the Prayer of the Faithful and, in the absence of a psalmist, proclaim the Psalm between the readings.
The choir and musicians play a key role in the enhancement of the liturgy and other services. Members of the choir and musicians volunteer their time and talents to preparing suitable hymns for weekend Masses and solemnities and data projection. We always welcome new members to come forward and volunteer to sing in the choir and welcome new musicians to offer their talents to praise and worship of God.
The acolyte is instituted to serve at the altar and to assist the priest and deacon. In particular, it is his responsibility to prepare the altar and the sacred vessels and, if it is necessary, as an extraordinary minister, to distribute the Eucharist to the faithful. In the ministry of the altar, the acolyte has his own functions which he must perform himself.
The role of the altar server is to assist at the Altar during the offering of the Holy Mass and other liturgical services. This ministry is open to anyone who has made their first communion and we welcome new members, both young and old, to become Altar Servers.
The Altar society assist in the cleaning and tidy of the sanctuary area. This also includes the arranging of flowers for the weekend Masses. Altar society members are split into groups meaning just a couple of hours per month is required.
Children’s Liturgy is held during the 8:30am Mass on the third Sunday of each month in the Parish office. Children join our team of volunteers to read and learn about the weekend Gospel reading, with prayer and fun and creative activities.
Counters assist with the counting of weekly collections after the Sunday morning Mass. Counters are usually required for 2 hours per month.
Catechesis is that particular form of ministry of the word which matures initial conversion to make it into a living, explicit and fruitful confession of faith. Catechists are a team of parishioners who have completed Diocesan training. The program is age appropriate, creative and contemporary in order that the young person be motivated to grow in knowledge, understanding, appreciation, acceptance and love of the Gospel. As Catechists we are committed to giving a strong witness of our own faith.
Members of our parish assist with the Hospitality and social aspect of parish life. This includes set up and pack up of food area, preparing tea and coffee after Sunday morning Mass and serving of finger foods.
The Trinitarians Youth Ministry (TYM) welcomes our young parishioners (Year 6 and above) and their friends for monthly meetings to socialise, pray and discuss their Catholic faith. The Trinitarians are always looking for new members so check out our Parish Social Media or Bulletin and come along to their next event.