Parish News

Threading faith through everyday life

An article from the Catholic Weekly featuring our own Fr Paul and students and staff of St Francis of Assisi Regional Primary School. 

Teach the Gospel to our Children - Become a Catechist

Right now we need support from people in the community to help us administer this wonderful and necessary program. What you need to know:

  • Weekly committment of 1 hour.
  • Great team to work with.
  • No teaching experience required.
  • All resources and instruction provided.


St Francis and St Joseph proudly supports the children in our Parish area by coordinating the weekly catechist ministry, which visits the local primary State Schools to teach the catholic faith and help prepare students for the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation. 


Double Bay Community Mass

DoubleBay2The Double Bay Community is part of the Edgecliff Parish. 

The Eucharest is celebrated in the Uniting Church Chapel in the Chapel Court building located  on the corner of Cross St and Transvaal Ave every Sunday at 8:45am.

It is a small but vibrant part of the Edgecliff parish community.

View the location of the Uniting Church Chapel here.

The Joy of the Gospel

Small yet strong in the love of God, like Saint Francis of Assisi, all of us, as Christians, are called to watch over and protect the fragile world in which we live, and all its peoples.

I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.

See the information on Pope Francis' writing on the mission of the Church -Evangelii Gaudium - which means the Joy of the Gospel.

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Pope Francis


Pope Francis choose his name to reflect the concerns of St Francis of Assisi:

  • A concern for the poor
  • A desire for peace
  • Respect for creation
  • A call to rebuild God's Church, not as an institution but as a fraternity,

        the family of God.

Daily Telegrath: Paddington's St Francis School praying for their man

"And now, we take up this journey: Bishop and People. .... A journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world, that there may be a great spirit of fraternity"  Pope Francis "Urbi et Orbi"

"Some people wanted to know why the Bishop of Rome wished to be called Francis. Some thought of Francis Xavier, Francis De Sales, and also Francis of Assisi. I will tell you the story. During the election, I was seated next to the Archbishop Emeritus of São Paolo and Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes: a good friend, a good friend! [Joe: and a Franciscan!] When things were looking dangerous, he encouraged me. And when the votes reached two thirds, there was the usual applause, because the Pope had been elected. And he gave me a hug and a kiss, and said: "Don't forget the poor!" And those words came to me: the poor, the poor. Then, right away, thinking of the poor, I thought of Francis of Assisi. Then I thought of all the wars, as the votes were still being counted, till the end. Francis is also the man of peace. That is how the name came into my heart: Francis of Assisi. For me, he is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation; these days we do not have a very good relationship with creation, do we? He is the man who gives us this spirit of peace, the poor man ... How I would like a Church which is poor and for the poor!"

Pope Francis 16 March

Franciscans' Minister General's Letter to Pope Francis