About us


Mary, Help of Christians Parish was founded in 1994 after the amalgamation of Sacred Heart Parish, Pearce (founded 1968) and St Augustine’s Parish, Farrer (founded 1971). The two foundation parishes were formed at a time of rapid expansion of Canberra. Young families worked hard to build their churches, presbytery and school that stand as a testimony to their faith and pioneering spirit.Former Parish Priests were: Father Ailbe Conway, Father Tom Thornton and Father Joe Rheinberger (Pearce); and Father Parker Moloney and Father Tom Wright (Farrer) and Father Laurie Blake (01 July 2003 – 31 Dec 2013). Fr Richard Thompson began his appointment as our current Parish Priest 1 January 2014.

Sacred Heart Church was consecrated on 12 December 1976. It is a simple rectangle-shaped building, with a magnificent Irish stained glass feature behind the altar.  The stained glass incorporates:

  1. a Cross,
  2. a chalice (The Chalice of Salvation),
  3. the Crown of Thorns,
  4. two candles,
  5. two chains (representing our sins, misfortunes and battles),the hands of Christ, with the marks of the nails, coming from the Cross (embracing the world); and
  6. two outstretched hands at the bottom of the feature, symbolising our hands reaching up to the Lord with our petitions and prayers.
Other features of the Church are the inclusion of a Reconciliation Room and the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, in which the Blessed Sacrament is exposed every day.
St Augustine’s

In October 1998 the administration of St Augustine’s Church in Beasley St Farrer was handed over to the Canberra Croatian community, although the church continued to be a Mass centre for the 8.30 am Sunday mass for Mary Help of Christians Parish.

The church has been progressively decorated to reflect the Croatian influence.Also included in the church are statues and ornaments by renowned Australian sculptor Tom Bass.


Weekend Masses

Saturday Vigil: 6pm
Sunday: 8.30 am and 10.00 am

Join us for morning tea and meet some fellow parishioners – it is available after both these masses on the first Sunday of the month.


8.30 am – Wednesday, Thursday
5.30 pm – Tuesday
9.30 am – Friday

(Goodwin Village: An Anointing Mass is celebrated at Goodwin Village for residents on the last Saturday of the month at 9.30 am.)


“All the Church, all the Gospel, all the people, all the time”


All the Church – We will WORSHIP with an open heart.

All the Gospel – We will celebrate the WORD with joy.

All the People – We will care for the WELFARE of all.

All the Time – We will WITNESS His love in all we do.


WORSHIP – We embrace the teachings and the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. The Eucharistic celebration is the source and summit of our faith. We seek to live and serve that faith with an open heart. Excellence in our worship honours God. We value open participation.

WORD – We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. We believe the Gospel is the life of Jesus Christ breathed into our lives. The Word of God directs our journey of faith and brings us joy. We value joy.

WELFARE – We believe that our Baptism calls us into a family that is constantly nourished and renewed by all the sacraments. This teaches us to love one another as Christ loves us. We strive to build a culture of welcome and hospitality, caring for all members of our global family. We value each other.

WITNESS – We believe that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He invites us to share in His mission by using our unique talents to help build His Kingdom every day. We strive to demonstrate His love to all in everything we do. We value this challenge.