St Augustine's Parish is a great community which tries to live the Gospel in all that we do. If you live locally we hope this site will inspire you to join our community. If you live far away, we hope that this site will provide inspiration for your own ministry and spirituality. If you'd like regular email updates on parish activities please subscribe to our contact list.
St Augustine's Parish is a community striving to be Christ to one another and to welcome and serve the Christ in those around us. We seek ongoing spiritual formation as individuals, as families and as a community. We hope, through pastoral care, to strengthen, support and enrich one another and reach out to others in witness and evangelisation.
COMMUNITY OF COMMUNITIES
Our parish consists of a "community of communities". Our parishioners come from the communities of Yass, Gunning, Murrumbateman and Wee Jasper where regular Sunday services are held, as well the communities of Bowning, Breadalbane, Dalton and Gurrundah. Click here to learn more about our communities.
A LONG & PROUD HISTORY
The first presence of the Catholic Church in Yass was the missionary journey of Father John Joseph Therry in 1833. The government agreed to the grant of land for building the first church in 1837 and the foundation stone as blessed by Bishop Polding on 27 August 1838, the eve of St Augustine of Hippo's feastday and the on the actual feastday of his mother St Monica. Click here to read more about the history of the parish.
TOM BASS LEGACY
St Augustine’s Parish is blessed to have four wonderful sculptures by Tom Bass in the church. They are the great crucifix on the front of the building, the Reredos crucifix on the wall behind the altar, the statue of St Paul near the baptistery, and the low relief of St Augustine outside near the front side entrance. The crucifixes and the statue of St Paul were commissioned by then Bishop Guilford Young for the opening of the new church in 1956. The low relief of St Augustine was contributed by Tom Bass and the Darmody family in 2004 and dedicated to the memory of Mick and Joan Darmody and Archbishop Young. Click here to read more about our Tom Bass legacy.
AN ACTIVE PARISH
The parish has many active groups assisting the parish priest with the operation of the parish, contributing to the various liturgies and providing outreach to people in need both within the parish and in Timor Leste. These include the Parish Pastoral Council and Finance Committee, the music ministry, the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Yass-Gunning Belun. Parishioners are encouraged to contribute their talents to all these groups. Click here for further information on parish ministries and groups.