The Goulburn Mission forms part of the Northern Deanery of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.
Here in Goulburn, the amalgamation of our two parishes is a sign of things to come. In many parishes the congregation has become smaller and more elderly. Whereas once parishes were served by two or more priests, now a single priest often serves two or more parishes. With the decline in attendance at Sunday Mass, many Catholics are linked with the church principally through their children’s Catholic school. Other Catholics are most closely associated with the Church through groups that are not based in the parish.
The Goulburn Mission has been established to provide administrative and spiritual support to a cluster of parishes, once served by many priests.
Taralga, Marulan, Collector and Braidwood no longer have resident priests in their own right and rely on the priests based in Goulburn for their sacraments.
Our parish of Mary, Queen of Apostles was formed in 2004 with the amalgamation of the parishes of Our Lady of Fatima and Saints Peter and Paul, in Goulburn. Both parishes have a rich history within Australia’s catholic community that we acknowledge and seek to preserve in building our new parish.
Archbishop Frank Carroll wrote at that time:
“We are challenged to love our Catholic faith in difficult times and circumstances, and ask the intercession of Our Lady and the Apostles Peter and Paul that the Spirit will renew and renergise the faith of present parishioners, especially the young, and future generations”
Our Parish has grown in faith and confidence since that time, and we have had cause for many great celebrations. The Centenary of the Sisters of Mercy, the blessing of the Caroline Chisholm Mosaic, and most recently we celebrated of the 150th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, with Mass at ‘Riversdale’ commemorating the first mass celebrated there by Father John Therry in 1862.
We welcome many visitors to our parish throughout the year and look forward to meeting them and new parishioners at our regular Masses and parish events.