Our Lady of the Angels
For several years there had been talk of the establishment of a new parish, with the development goal of a church and school community. Land had been purchased and ideas had been floated. In May 2007, Bishop Manning wished to see the project move ahead and so appointed Rev Warren Edwards, giving him the task of starting a worshipping community in this new growth area, and establishing the new parish of Rouse Hill.
It has been a wonderful challenge to form this new part of the Body of Christ, as it is not often we get the opportunity to build up a community and church from scratch in a new suburb. We hope to form a vibrant, close knit worshipping community and build a Church which is faithful to the tradition as well as being relevant to the present and future. It is also a great opportunity to build a parish and school together in a communion which is, social, spiritual and formative.
From the beginning there was an energetic and enthusiastic worshipping community who met for masses at St. Gregory’s Armenian School hall. We started with one Mass on Sunday morning with about 150 people. This foundation group developed a parish formation council and moved things along quickly. We chose a name based on its simple beauty and the Franciscan background of the parish; “Our Lady of the Angels”. Due to demand, the services expanded to three masses each Sunday while still at the school hall.
A need for a place of our own drove us to build a temporary church on the site of our future development. In February 2009 this church and car park were completed and worship has commenced in the new church. We now have three masses every weekend with about 800 attendees, mostly young families typifying the demographic of the area. The great involvement of the parishioners in ministries and social events speaks well of a positive future for the fledgling parish.
The Primary School officially opened in 2010 with 62 children across Kindergarten and Stage 1, 3 teachers, support staff, assistant principal and Principal. The staff, led by principal Eva La Rocca, have done a great job in founding this very modern and fully equipped school. They are now taking enrolments for 2018.
- Special Intentions
- Home visitations
- Anointing of the sick
- Special Blessing
- Spiritual Direction
- Weekday Masses
- Sunday Masses
- Childrens Liturgy