St Paul Apostle Parish, Endeavour Hills, Melbourne St Paul Apostle is a Parish of the Archdiocese of Melbourne founded in 1980 in what was then a developing suburb of Endeavour Hills. The area continued to grow to about 25,000 people and so the Parish has grown to about 2,500 families from as many as 75 nationalities and cultures of origin. This makes for a very diverse and vibrant parish which strives to become “One Family’ where all are valued and respected.
The Passionists took over the pastoral care of the Parish in 1998 so for almost half of the life of the Parish there has been a Passionist presence and influence in the ongoing spiritual and pastoral development of the Parish. The Sisters of the Cross and Passion (Passionist Sisters) have had a presence and pastoral involvement in the Parish since November 2007.
During the lifetime of the Parish there has always been very many committed members who participate fully in the life and ministry of the Parish through liturgy involvement, religious education and sacramental programs as well as fundraising, social events and group activities. Many people also enable the Parish to carry out its ministry of pastoral care and outreach to those people on the edges through the Soup Van, Vinnies, the JPIC group and all who visit people who are ill or housebound.
There is a recognition that many people live with challenges in family life with relationships, loss of work, illness, death and with issues relating to mental health, ageing and substance dependency.
The Parish team in addition to fostering growth in faith, prayer and Christian witness, are there to welcome and support people in difficult times and to celebrate with them in times of joy.
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