History of the Parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta

From Dundas Valley in the east, west to Katoomba, south to Luddenham, and north to Richmond, the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta is made of 49 vibrant Parishes.

Dating back as early as 1832, each of these Parishes has its own unique story to tell and place in the history of the Diocese's formation and growth.

Histories of the Parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta
Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens - Blessed John XXIII Parish (Est 2002)


Blessed John XXIII Church, Stanhope Gardens. Photo: Virginia Knight


The parish of Blessed John XXII was established on October 6, 2002. Geographically the parish includes the suburbs of Glenwood, Stanhope Gardens, Parklea, Newbury and Kellyville Ridge.  

When the parish started,  the community first gathered for Sunday Eucharist in the library at Holy Cross Primary School, on 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 the 2nd June 2007.  

The new church is located on 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. 

The parish of Blessed John XXIII 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.   

PARISH PRIESTS   & Administrators 

Rev Paul Venticinque                         2002 - 2009 

Rev Kevin Walsh (Administrator)        2008 – 2010 

Rev David Hume                               2010 – 2014

Rev John McSweeney                        2014 – current



The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.Luke 10:1-12. 17-20 (St Patrick’s Day)

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