Social Outreach

St. Vincent de Paul Society
The Society is named after St. Vincent de Paul who lived in France between 1581 and 1660 and whose life was dedicated to helping the disadvantaged. Members of the Society are people who live out their faith in action by visiting people in their homes to provide support, friendship and material assistance.

The Holy Name Conference particularly attends to the community of Whalan in western Sydney. People who are being assisted by the Conference are often provided with furniture, clothing and household goods. The Holy Name Conference conducts two appeals in the parish each year: a winter appeal and a Christmas Hamper Appeal each December.
President: Anthony Weaver
Secretary: Candy Cosgriff
Treasurer: Ken Laing
Contact through the Parish Office

HOPE: Hearts Open to Everyone
Given the presence of two schools for special needs in our parish, St. Lucy’s and St. Edmund’s, our parish has a particular awareness of families with children who have a disability. HOPE seeks to support these families. Contact: Jo Karaolis -



Waitara Wellness Centre (Catholic Community Services)
Open 10-3, MondayFriday, Waitara Wellness Centre is a day centre providing socialisation opportunities and support services for elderly and frail local residents .e.g. art classes, gardening, games 

Teaching watercolour painting classes for up to 20 people
Tues 10-12.30
Providing company, and helping serve and clean at the Centre café
Mon & Thurs 10-3
Providing friendship and support to dementia sufferers
Mon 10-3
Assisting with a Men’s Group at a Dementia Centre
Tues 12-2
Phone-calling socially-isolated people (for volunteers who cannot commit to visiting

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Homelessness Shelter
The shelter is a newly founded form of accommodation for women in times of crisis, especially domestic violence and homelessness. It provides a safe environment for women to assist them through their emotional and physical crisis, offering food, clothing and victim assistance.

The Shelter is in desperate need of volunteers to help with a GARDENING WORKING BEE to assist with the overall running of the Shelter, in particular: lawn mowing, planting a vegetable garden, weeding providing materials such as manure, shovels and wheelbarrows;
Parishioners who could run classes for the residents based on skill-development, for example: yoga and meditation sessions, and craft/knitting/art classes;
Donation of items required at the Shelter;
Bed linen and blankets;
Laundry and kitchen cleaning products;
Tea, coffee, sugar, long-life milk

The Dish
A meal service that takes place every Tuesday at Hornsby Park. Volunteers from different parish and school groups prepare meals and serve them to people experiencing homelessness in the Hornsby area.

We require volunteers to help with the following tasks:
Preparing the meals (entrée, main, dessert);
Driving the van;
Serving the meals;
Bringing bread and milk;
If you simply wish to just come along and see what it’s all about, you are more than welcome!

Please contact our Parish Office to express your interest or for more details