In 1963, Rev John Fitzpatrick, Parish Priest of Penrith,
realised his dream of building an 'out' church at Kingswood to cater for
the needs of the relatively new and rapidly growing suburbs. St Joseph's Church was blessed by Cardinal Gilroy on 10 February. Rev Geoff Dickinson was a curate at Penrith, and remembers saying 'very many Masses' at the new church.
site for the church/school was part of an original grant to Samuel
Foster. In 1907, Gustav and Tess Klein purchased the land on which St
Joseph's was built as part of a five-acre property where the family
resided until it was sold to the Catholic Church in the early 1960s. The
school was officially opened in 1963 with 225 pupils from Kindergarten
to Year Five.
In 1970, St Joseph's became a parish and Rev Basil Rosen was appointed the first parish priest. With his appointment, a period of enormous growth began. He was
dissatisfied with the conditions in the school and immediately took
steps to remedy the situation, resulting in the opening of new
comfortable modern brick buildings.
The Sisters of St
Joseph taught in the school from 1963 to 1981 when dwindling numbers
and fewer vocations caused their withdrawal. St Joseph's has seen many changes over the decades.
has emerged from a country village to a high density growth district.
To help this community meet the exciting challenges towards 2000 and
beyond, upon the retirement of Rev Basil in 1995, Rev Zvonimir Gavranovic
was appointed the second Parish Priest of Kingswood.
During Rev Zvonimir's six-year period (1995 to 2001), he accomplished many
things for Kingswood Parish. He built up a parish community based upon
friendliness and openness and established a Catechist Team for the State
Schools as well as a Catechumenate Team. Other projects he established
in order to bring the community together were the Hospitality after Mass,
the Dinner for 8 and Christmas get-together for the helpers and
ministries in the parish. He saw a need for a Parish Mission and, in May
2001, a Mission was given by the Redemptorists. During
this time many parishioners faith was renewed and strengthened, helping
the parish to develop into a growing and fulfilling community with a
In February 2002, Rev Paul Hopper CSSp
was appointed as the third Parish Priest of Kingswood. Fr Paul spent 20
years in West Africa as a Spiritan Missionary. Evangelisation and
community building were dear to his heart.
team saw a number of new faces and the Children's Sacraments team
encouraged greater parent involvement. The Parish was also blessed with
the involvement of Robert Reidling, a
seminarian for the Parramatta Diocese.
On 23 October
2005, St Joseph celebrated its 35th Anniversary. The celebrations
fittingly started with Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin Manning. After
Mass there was a great buzz around the grounds as people met for a cuppa
and a slice of cake and the sound of happy children filled the air. At
2.30pm, 140 adults and 45 children went for a family fun-day of cricket,
skipping rope, jumping castle and fairy floss, with singing, dancing
raffles and a spectacular meal. It was wonderful to see a parish worship
and having fun together as a community all in the same day. To
commemorate the parish's 35th Anniversary, a beautiful grotto to Mary
the Mother of God was built and parish Marian Devotions are held here.
many years the parish has tried to answer the call to evangelisation
made by all the popes since Vatican II. Rev Paul Hopper initiated the Cells program, which saw parishioners actively involved in the seven basic Christian evangelising communities.
the departure of Rev Paul Hopper CSSp in January, 2012, St Joseph's was
placed under the care of the the Parish Priest of St Nicholas Of Myra
in Penrith. We warmly welcomed Rev Christopher De Souza and Rev Mathew Antony
MS, who celebrated weekly mass at Kingswood and administered our
parish, throughout 2012. Despite the challenges of not having our own
priest, the parish and ministries continued to flourish, due to the
dedication and hard work from many of our parishioners.
Jan 2013, Rev Andrew Fornal OP was appointed the fourth Parish Priest at Kingswood.