Our Parish

Parish Mission

The parish of St John 23rd is a faith community with the Eucharist as its heart. Inspired by John XXIII’s prophetic opening of the windows of the Church. We welcome the fresh air of the Holy Spirit, inviting every person to share in the responsibility of enriching the life and faith of our community by sharing their gifts and talents.

The parish of Blessed John XXIII was established on 6 October 2002. Geographically, the parish includes the suburbs of Glenwood, Stanhope Gardens, Parklea, NewburyKellyville Ridge and The Ponds.

When the parish started, the community first gathered for Sunday Eucharist in the library at Holy Cross Primary School, in Meurants Lane, Glenwood. In the pioneering days, the focus was the building up of the faith community and the building of the church. Construction of our new church was completed in March 2007 and formally dedicated to God’s glory on 2 June 2007.

The church is located in Perfection Avenue, Stanhope Gardens.

On the same parish site we have a Primary school, John XXIII, which opened in 2005 and St Mark’s Catholic Secondary College, which opened in 2007.

Message from Father John McSweeney (Parish Priest)

Dear Friends in Christ Jesus,
PATER noster, qui es in cœlis sanctificatur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cœlo, et in terra. Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie, Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. PATER noster, qui es in cœlis sanctificatur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cœlo, et in terra. Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie, Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. PATER noster, qui es in cœlis sanctificatur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum; fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cœlo, et in terra. Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie, Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo.
God Bless you all.

Kind Regards,
Fr John McSweeney