Parish Priest's Message
The Parish of Our Lady of Fatima was established in 1955. In 1953, the Presentation Sisters had begun a school for girls and boys called St Maria Goretti School. In 1962, the Christian Brothers established a school for boys on the same site called Bishop Henschke Boys School. In 1978, the two schools merged to become the school it is today. Henschke Primary School is the largest Catholic primary school in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga.
I arrived in the parish in March 2011 as the parish Priest after twelve years of serving as a full time Chaplain in the Royal Australian Navy. My appointment is the first time in the history of the parish that there is only one priest to minister to the parish. In addition to the parish masses/liturgies/sacramental needs, I am also responsible for Calvary Hospital, The Forrest Centre, The Haven and the RSL Remembrance Village. In addition to my responsibilities to Henschke School, I am also involved with Kildare Catholic College. I continue to do Reserve Chaplaincy with the Navy.
I am enjoying tremendously my association with Henschke Primary School. It is important that new families understand the important relationship between the parish and the school. Enrolling your children in Henschke will bring them in contact with Catholic culture including liturgies (mass) and the sacraments. It is my intention that Catholic children in the State School System will receive their sacraments with the students from Henschke to underscore the parish identity.
Should you have any questions about the Catholic faith and the expectations of the parish on you as Henschke Primary School parents, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours in Christ
Fr Paddy Sykes
Our Lady of Fatima Parish Information
Please see latest bulletin for current Mass times and locations. Bulletins are uploaded to this website each Thursday, containing information and readings for the upcoming weekend.
Please contact the Parish office with any enquiries on 6925 2111.
Parish office hours are 9am to 1pm weekdays.