Welcome - Parishes of St Francis & St Joseph

The parishes of St Francis of Assisi and St Joseph are in the care of the Franciscan Friars.
Phone: 02 93314043
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Fr Paul Ghanem ofm is the Parish Priest of both parishes. He is assisted by Fr Piotr Rzucidlo ofm and Fr Francisco Basnayake ofm. The other members of the Paddington and Edgecliff Franciscan communities are Fr Pax Scarf ofm, Fr Phil Miscamble ofm, Br David Leary ofm and Fr Joe Lu ofm.

A Double Bay Community mass is celebrated in the Uniting Church Chapel (Corner of Cross St and Transvaal Ave) 8:45am each Sunday morning.

If you are interested in the rich history of our parishes and their beautiful church buildings, read up on the history of our parishes. 

We extend a warm welcome to visitors to join us in the Eucharist and in all our community activities.

  • We are a welcoming, inclusive, community-based congregation that seeks to reflect the charism of St Francis and St Clare
  • Visitors are especially welcome to celebrate in the Franciscan tradition
  • There is a rich choice of various Mass times including the Saturday Vigil Mass, weekday Masses and Communion services
  • The St Francis Choir draws on the rich musical heritage and liturgical tradition of the Catholic Church.
  • We have many opportunities to volunteer in our parish communities: From involvement in the liturgy to active outreach and advocacy for the disadvantaged and homeless. See our opportunities to volunteer here.
  • Scriptural and theological lectures are an important part of parish life.
  • St Francis of Assisi Regional Primary School at Paddington, an important part of the parish community, provides education for years K - 6
  • St Vincent's Care Services Albert Court is an Aged Care Facility next to St Joseph's Church at Edgeclif
  • The parishes supports St Francis Social Services which includes:
    • Centre 360 Youth and Family Service - specialising in counselling, case work and early intervention to help disadvantaged young people working through family breakdown and/or mental health issues.
    • House of Welcome - providing support services which include case work, employment assistance, English lessons and community programs for refugees, individuals and families who are seeking asylum.