About Our Parish

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Parish, Warnervale

We are a relatively new parish community – begun in 2003 – and as such, we are still developing a parish way of life that nourishes the lives and faith of people here on the Central Coast. Over that short time, land has been purchased, a Church and College have been built and a new Parish and College community has begun to emerge and claim its own identity. 

We are privileged to have St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Australia’s first saint, as our patron. Her vocation was to “never see a need without doing something about it.” The Parish enjoys a unique relationship with MacKillop Catholic College. We share a vision of becoming one communion of faith, united by the same mission, a common history and a desire to work together as one.

Many parishioners are growing in their loyalty to this vision of Parish and College as one community of faith. New people moving into the area are discovering the Parish as a place of prayer, welcome, inclusion and support. Many find in MacKillop College a wonderful campus for the education, faith development and care of their children. There is justifiable pride in what has been achieved in just a few years.

Throughout the parish, more than 650 people attend Mass each week and, of these, many are actively involved in ministry, either in outreach groups to the needy, in liturgy and music, in state schools as catechists, visiting the sick and elderly, working with children, youth, sacramental teams and prayer groups, in maintenance, fundraising and administration - to mention but a few. We are indeed a parish in mission: young and old working together to make real the love of Christ for all we meet.

We pray that visitors find us to be a parish community of faith-filled people living the gospel of Jesus Christ. We pray, too, that as a community we will welcome visitors warmly, enrich them spiritually, and challenge them to grow as a disciples of Christ.


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