550 Prune St. Lavington NSW 2641
Holy Spirit Lavington was part of the Albury mission which was founded in 1854. Lavington Parish was actually an off-shoot of Sacred Heart Parish which is located on Wagga Rd.
With the purchase of 5 acres of land bounded by Mutsch, Prune and Shaefer Streets adjoining Muddy Dam Reserve now called Black Range Reserve, the Parish was born.
Fr. Patrick O’Connell was appointed the first Parish Priest of Lavington. He celebrated the first Mass on Sunday, February 1, 1970 in the Old Scout’s hall in Mutsch St.
Fr. O’Connell agreed to the name “Holy Spirit Parish” which was suggested by Bill Cromarty for three reasons: first, because of the influence of the Holy Spirit in the history of Australia; second, because the Catholic Church was born at Pentecost and third, because Fr. O’Connell preferred this title. And the rest, as they say, was history.
Once the Parish Hall was built Masses were said there on the weekend and it was used by the School during the week, in addition to weekly Bingo and catering functions.
Gradually over the years with much hard work and foresight, Fr. O’Connell, built the Church, Presbytery, the additions to the School and in latter times a Retirement Village, not to forget a Community Centre at Jindera.
This beloved Pastor was laid to rest at St Mary’s Cemetery, with full Pontifical rights, celebrated by Most Reverend G. Hanna, Bishop of Wagga Wagga, on August 4th 2012 just short of 90 years old, after working tirelessly for over thirty years in the Parish. May he rest in peace. Amen.
SOME PARISH MINISTRIES
Catholics Returning Home
This program is conducted 3 times each year and runs for 6 weeks in each series Contact: (02) 6025 1784
Legion of Mary
Tuesday – 1:00 PM
Wednesday – 3:30 PM
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Tuesdays – 10:40 AM
Meets 3rd Thursday each month
Contact: (02) 6025 1784
St Vincent de Paul Conference
Every second Monday – 1:30 PM