History

Brief History

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Mt Pritchard, formerly St Peters, was originally part of the parish of Campbelltown then later we became an outstation of the All Saints Parish of Liverpool. At the beginning of 1949, Cabramatta was established as a parish and its boundaries included Mt. Pritchard.

The foundation stone for our first church, the "A" shaped building now being used as our Parish Centre, was laid by Bishop Thomas Muldoon on the 3rd December 1961, with the official opening and naming of the church to "Our Lady of Mt Carmel Mt Pritchard" in 1962 by Bishop James Darcy Freeman.

old logo restored         old olmc church 1

In early 1986 a Church Building Committee was formed to look at the possibilities of building a new church. With the new church the original building could then be converted to a much needed parish hall. The support for a new church was such that construction began as soon as possible.

In 1990 the old "A" frame "Our Lady of Mt Carmel" church was decommissioned and replaced with the larger brick building now standing on the corner of Humphries and Cabramatta Rd's.

It was on a cold winter's day at 7:30pm on 31 May 1991, that more than three thousand people flocked to the opening of our new Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

The opening was officiated by the then Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Clancy. More than 5 years had elapsed since the massive work of building this $1.8 million church began. It was a new chapter for this multicultural parish, which draws its flock from around 65 nationalities.

OLMC Church 1991

In 2012 the parish hall (old "A" frame church) was extensively refurbished and officialy reopened as the OLMC Parish Centre, by Father Anthony Fregolent on the 14th July. The Parish Centre was blessed by Bishop Terry Brady the following day as part of the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel celebrations.

 Parish Centre Front View

For a full history of our parish, a book to commemerate our 50th Anniversary, titled "The Old & The New - A History of the Parish of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Mt Pritchard" was printed in 2011 and is available from the OLMC Parish Piety Stand until all sold.