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History of the Parish
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History of the Parish
Prior to 1962
People had to attend Mass at St Cecilia’s Wyong. Toukley was just a holiday place with very few permanent residents.
A hall was built at the corner of Main Road and Holmes Avenue the Toukley Parish was established as a Station Church of the Wyong Parish. The Holy Mass was said in a Quonset hut where the RSL car park now stands.
1962- March 1970
Father John Hatton was appointed as the 1st Parish Priest.
A 14 acres of land was purchased at Noraville by Father Hatton.
7 December 1969
The construction of the Church started. Bishop T. Muldoon officially blessed and opened the Parish Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.
North of the Parish, Mass was said at Gwandalan Community Hall then in the Gwandalan State School and then the High School at San Remo. When the vigil mass came, Mass was held in the Community Hall at Lake Munmorah.
The Budgewoi ‘Mass Centre’, a former cinema located opposite Budgewoi Hotel next door to the Bakery. This Church was called St Joseph’s and Fr Williams celebrated the Mass.
March 1970- 1994
Father Paul Fitzgerald was appointed as the 2nd Parish Priest. The 11 Pandora Parade, Noraville, Toukley was built as the first Presbytery.
St. Mary’s Primary Catholic School commenced. The former Presbytery was later occupied by the religious nuns, the Josephite Sisters namely, Sr. Monica, RSJ and Sr. Anthony Hogan, RSJ assigned as the first pastoral nuns. Later followed by Sr Eileen Barry, Sr Margaret, Sr Thomasine and Sr. Timothy.
The Parish Hall was opened and named after Fr.Fitzgerald.
Construction of the extension of the St. Mary’s Church area.
Father Thomas Isaac was the Assistant Priest.
St. Brendan’s Primary Catholic School commenced.
Father Ian Abbott was the Assistant Priest.
The First Mass was held at St. Brendan’s Mass Centre .
1 November 1992
St. Brendan’s Church was blessed by Bishop Patrick Murphy.
Father Brian Moloney was appointed as 3rd Parish Priest.
Father Colin Fowler was appointed as Administrator of the Parish.
Father Carl Stafford was the 4th Parish Priest. The parish purchased the house next door to the Church, now called Higgins House, the parish bus and the shed behind the Presbytery. He also opened the Presbytery Office making it more accessible to people. Father Jim McKeon was Assistant priest for 15 months.
1 May 2003- 1 August 2006
Sr Eileen Quade,a Sister of Mercy, was assigned to the parish. She ran various formational programmes for the parish.
Father Lucas Myint as the Assistant Priest.
Father Anthony Peter D’Souza as the fifth Parish Priest. He worked for the construction of the new church at St. Brendan. Father Lawrence Selvanayakam, as Asst. priest
28 April 2007
Blessing of the foundation of the cornerstone and the opening of St. Brendan’s as a Mass Centre by Bishop David Walker.
World Youth Day. The WYD Cross and Icon arrived in the parish.
Father Joseph Rebello became assistant priest.
Bishop David Walker made a pastoral visit to the parish.
The Parish purchased the land at St Brendan’s. A multipurpose Hall and Early Learning Centre was built.
Father Stephen Wayoyi, AJ became Parish Priest.
February 2017- February 2020
Deacon Paul Simmons was appointed to the parish.
21 May 2017
Anniversary of the Opening of St Brendan’s Mass Centre.
2017- June 2019
Father Tiziano Torresan was appointed as the Parish Administrator. Assisted by Father Vincent Varghese.
7 June 2019
Father Tomy Kuruvelil Ouseph, CFIC was appointed as the Parish Administrator and Father Baby Thomas, CFIC as the Assistant Priest.
3 August 2019
Sr. Josefa Mabini, OSA and Sr. Jennifer Canillas, OSA of the Congregation of the Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation, from the Philippines arrived and were assigned by the Diocese to work at St. Brigid’s Catholic School, Lake Munmorah and MacKillop Catholic College, Warnervale, respectively. They are now occupying the former Presbytery at 11 Pandora Parade, Noraville.
30 November 2019
Golden Jubilee of the dedication of Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour Parish. It was presided over by Bishop Anthony Randazzo and Father David Ranson, Vicar General.
4 November 2019
Bishop Anthony Randazzo was appointed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Broken Bay.
It was declared that all t
he churches (place of worship) will be temporarily be closed in response to the restrictions to the Coronavirus (Covid- 19) pandemic.
27 April 2020
Our Parish open a Facebook account in response to have an online streaming of Holy Week and Sunday Masses.
After a year of no singing, it was the first time the congregation were allowed to sing during the Easter Triduum.
26 June 2021
A day before the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, the Premier order a lockdown for the Greater Sydney area, including Central Coast, Blue Mountain and Wollongong due to a sudden intense of COVID outbreak. All the churches of the Diocese of Broken Bay are closed until further noticed. Masses will be in via livestreaming.
19 October 2021
After 14 weeks that our Churches were temporarily closed Bishop Randazzo announced the resumption of public Masses in the Diocese of Broken Bay given to follow the COVID safety requirements around the density of gatherings.
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