About Us

The Parish of St Augustine’s in Kyabram was in the care of the Augustinians for over 100 years. Visits by priests began around 1875 and the first church, St Monica’s, was built at present-day Ky West in 1878. From 1886, Augustinians from Echuca ministered in the area until the parish, which includes St Sebastian’s, Merrigum and St Patrick’s, Tongala, was established in 1903.

Today, the Parish has two schools, St Augustine’s College (F-12) in Kyabram and St Patrick’s Primary in Tongala, both conducted for many years by the Brigidine Sisters.  Our College introduced  Year 11 & 12 in 2010 and we are at capacity with nearly 700 students. St Patrick’s at Tongala is Prep to Year 6 school with 50 students. St Augustine’s church under went major renovations and extentions in 2000. The new liturgical area enhances our liturgy and parishioner involvement.

The Augustinian Fathers have had the responsiblity of three parishes in the Sandhurst Diocese – Rochester, Echuca and Kyabram. Over a period of time they have withdrawn their ministry till early 2006 when they withdrew from Kyabram. This was the last of the three parishes to return to the control of the diocese. The Augustinians were the last Religious Order to return parishes to the diocese.  Fr Michael Morley who was Parish Priest of Tatura was asked to be also the Parish Priest of Kyabram. Father Michael shared time living in both parishes while attending the pastoral needs of parishioners until January 2017. Fr Cornelio (Jinjo) Solis was then appointed as Parish Priest in January 2017.

We are basically a farming community relying on the farming sector to stimulate the financial growth of the town. The community have faced the hard times in the past with 10 year droughts etc but they have amazing resilience to keep on going.

We welcome visitors to our town and especially to our parish. We would also enjoy your company at our weekend Masses or special liturgies during the year, such as Anzac Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents Mass, Multicultural and all College Masses.

With Blessings.

Fr Jinjo Solis, Parish Priest

 

OUR TEAM

 

Parish Priest – Father Cornelio (Jinjo) Solis

 

Pastoral Associate – Alma Limbrick

Administration – Leanne Beck, Colleen Catanese & Ruth McGowan,

Parish Pastoral Council  –                   

Fr Jinjo Solis

Alma Limbrick

Brendon Lane (Chair)

Joe Chant (Deputy Chair)

Veronica Fox (Secretary)

Aurelia Brunt

Katrina Johnson

Luci Quinn

Liz Withall

Denis Wood

Mary Zobec

OUR VISION

As a Community, we believe that Kyabram Catholic Parish is a place where

  • We experience a sense of belonging and genuine welcome;
  • We are inspired to work together and bring forth the Reign of God;
  • We are enriched by the Augustinian values of community life, friendship and mutual love;
  • We enjoy equality of dignity by virtue of our common baptism;
  • We are committed to justice and service of others in response to the teaching of Jesus in the Gospel.

OUR MISSION

Therefore, we are committed to…

Building Community

Valuing the gifts of each member of our community, using our talents in the service of others, and promoting participation in parish groups; Enjoying one another’s company through shared social activities; Reaching out to all those in need and recognising that they are at the heart of our ministry; Fostering a sense of Christian community, love of learning, and growth in faith in our Catholic schools; Working for Christian unity through ecumenical activities; Exploring interfaith dialogue.

 

Enriching Liturgy

Encouraging ‘full, conscious and active participation’ when we assemble for worship; Expressing our Christian identity through celebration of the Eucharist and the other sacraments in an inclusive and life-giving way; Providing a variety of opportunities for prayer that nourish our personal and communal spirituality.

 

Faith Formation

Encouraging all to grow in understanding of their faith, and their personal spirituality and relationship with God; Offering programs that support each person at every stage of their faith journey, particularly through sacramental preparation, adult faith formation, scripture study, spirituality, and social justice awareness.

Collaborative Ministry

Encouraging people to work together and develop a team approach to ministry; Fostering ‘shared wisdom’ through the leadership of the Parish Pastoral Council.