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Alpha at OLF Peakhurst

Alpha at OLF Peakhurst

The parish is running some interactive sessions that look into the basics of the Christian faith. Each session starts with a meal, followed by a video and small group discussion where you can share your thoughts. The first session is on Friday, 2 March 2018 from 7-9pm. NO pressure, NO follow-up! To register, contact Clarissa on 02 9533 2594 or at

MGL Discernment Day - Click here for video

Saturday 27 May 8:00am-9:30pm. Penshurst Parish, Sydney. Includes Mass, bacon&egg brekky, short talks and the opportunity for sharing and personal prayer.

Part I. Overcoming obstacles

Fr Joseph O’Shea was the priest who drove the creation of our parish and oversaw the building of the church.

Col Sinclair with the help of Fr O’Shea produced a scale model of the church. Sadly, the models no longer exist.

The contract to build the church went to John Garling of Caringbah who had not previously built a church.

A dilapidated cottage stood on the property occupied by pensioners Mr Robert Henry Womsley and his wife who had a protected tenancy for 43 years.

Fr O’Shea sought legal advice with GJ Needs & Chan of Kingsgrove who advised Fr O’Shea to pay the Womsleys $1000 compensation for vacant possession, given that without vacant possession building of the church could not proceed and the delays would be costly and inconvenient to the church.

In a letter to Fr O’Shea dated 13 April 1967 Cardinal Gilroy had no hesitation in approving the compensation: “The advice of your Solicitor seems reasonable and I authorise you to accept it and pay the sum of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000-00) in compensation for vacant possession and sign the legal documents that are necessary.”

Our Lady of Fatima Peakhurst officially opened on 13 October 1968.