Mass Times

Saturday: 6:00pm

Sunday:  English: 7:30am and 9:00am

Polish: 11:00am (1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday of the Month)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 9:00am  

Thursday: 7:00pm

Reconciliation (Confession):  Saturday: 8:30am-9:00am                               5:15pm-5:45pm

Article Index

The Parish and the Salvatorians
1961 - 1979

We are in the unique position of not being able to relate the story of our parish without it being interwoven with the story of the Society of the Divine Saviour, the Salvatorians, who have been part of our life since the inception of the parish in 1961.

In February, 1956 the Archbishop of Perth, the Most Reverend Redmond Prendiville wrote to the Superior General of the Salvatorian Fathers, Father Bonaventure Schweizer inviting the Society to establish a foundation in the Archdiocese of Perth at Bellevue. Father General accepted the Archbishop’s invitation and the Salvatorian Fathers undertook the care of our parish on June 23rd, 1961 when our first Parish Priest, Father Paul Keyte SDS arrived from England to meet his flock. 

Mass was held in the St Anthony’s Primary School in Beaconsfield Avenue, Midvale while the priests made their home in an old house in Darlington. In the first two years following his arrival, Father Paul was joined by Brother Reimar Noerz and Father Declan Chesterton, Brother Reimar being an accomplished cook and tailor and Father Declan an accomplished carpenter and teacher, who taught religion in Government schools and built just about anything that was needed around the parish. 

Under their guidance the parish grew with many pastoral groups being formed, social events being organised and sports teams competing in the district and the school growing under the guidance of the Daughters of Charity. Father Declan formed a Scout and Cub group and the “den” was built at St Anthony’s School, a building which was to have many diverse uses over the next 30 years. In 1966, the young Father Laurence arrived to begin his long and invaluable service to the parish and in December the long awaited opening of our church in Robinson Road, Bellevue took place.

In 1968, the Daughters of Charity had to withdraw from the parish and the school unfortunately had to close for a short while. Due to ill health, Father Paul was unable to continue as Parish Priest and retired to a chaplaincy at Trinity College. Father Liam Talbot arrived as the new Parish Priest in 1969 and towards the end of the year there was much rejoicing as the Sisters of St Joseph agreed to staff the school so it was able to reopen in 1970.

In 1973 Father Joe Caldwell took up residence in the parish, which was growing smoothly, extra land was purchased near the school for future use.

Father Liam left us in November, and Father Laurence took over the reins to lead us over the next very busy nine years. Father Cormac Coyne joined us at Bellevue in February, 1976 and Brother Reimar left to go to America. Major alterations were made to the church sanctuary and the school had enough pupils to go to 7 straight grades. Tennis courts were built at the school and the parish tennis club was formed.

In 1977 the first suggestions were made to move the church to a more central position in the parish. Originally the suggestion was to move to Swan View but on consideration it was decided to move the church and presbytery to a site at Blackboy Hill in Greenmount.

Liturgical Life

  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament >   Thursday: 9:00am to 7:00pm
  • Divine Mercy Chaplet >   Wednesday: 8:30am
  • Rosary > Tue: 8:30am;   Thu: 7:00pm;   Fri - Sat: 8:30am
  • Reconciliation >   Saturday: 10:00am to 10:30am & 5:15pm to 5:45pm or by request
  • Prayer for Vocations >   1st Thursday of the month: 7:00pm