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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. 


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


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.

St Vincent de Paul Society

Join the Society of St Vincent de Paul

SVDPThere are over 19,000 members of the Society in Australia, and more than a million world-wide. When you join the Society as a member, you join a local conference in your community. As a member, you join with others in your local community to deepen your commitment to living a Christian life in service to those in our community who are in crisis and those who need a fair go.

The St Vincent de Paul Society is a member-run organisation.

There is a St Vincent de Paul Conference at both St Joseph and St Francis of Assisi Parishes. 

There is a St Vincent de Paul Centre at 292 Oxford St, Paddington.

There are many opportunities to volunteer through Vinnies.

 See the Society of St Vincent de Paul Website

SVDP Paddington Shop Volunteers

SVDPShopThe St Vincent de Paul Society is calling upon people of goodwill within the local community to help in our Vinnies shops as Shop Assistants. The role involves sorting, pricing, customer service and general store upkeep. You can help any day between Mon-Sun. To be successful, you need to have good interpersonal skills, love for retail and customer service, as well as a desire to help others. This is a high energy role and involves standing for long hours, light lifting and moving of donations as well as serving diverse customers.

If you can help, please call Jedi on 9568 0275 to discuss. Thank You.