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The Parish of



  • St Augustine's

    117 Napier Street, Creswick



13 Duke St Daylesford
(PO Box 518)
Daylesford  VIC 3460
Office hours
(based in Daylesford)
Wednesday 11.30am – 4pm
Thursday  9am – 2pm
Friday  11.30am – 4pm
Office Phone:  0448 220 685


Parish Office

Office hours
(Based in Daylesford)

The office is open Wednesday 11.30am-4pm  Thursday  9am – 2pm    Friday  11.30am-4pm


Meets regularly

Mass Times


Creswick Mass Times:

Sunday 9am (except 1st Sunday of Month which will be Saturday Vigil Mass at 6pm)

Weekday Mass times-   Please see the newsletter for updated times. 


Baptisms and Weddings
Phone Parish Office Daylesford during office hours on
0448 220 685 or send an email


Latest Parish Bulletin - 12 Apr 2024

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Ministry District:  Creswick, Daylesford and Wendouree Parishes

Parish Priest
Fr Marcello Colasante PP

Parish Office (Daylesford)
Leonie Keynes

0448 220 685


Safeguarding Officer
Leonie Keynes


Catholic Primary School
St Augustine’s Primary School
Napier Street, Creswick
Mr Michael Heenan
Phone 5345 2106

Our Parish

The Parish of Creswick includes the church communities of Creswick and Clunes. (Clunes Church was closed and sold in 2018)

The first parish building in Creswick was a timber church-school which was completed in early 1856. In 1858, land was acquired in Bailey St. Clunes where a small chapel was built and in 1859 a school was built at Coghills’ Creek. At this time, the parish was served by priests based in Ballarat. In 1859, a priest (Fr McGirr) served the combined parishes of Creswick and Daylesford. Creswick and Daylesford were jointly served until in June 1862 Creswick when it got its first resident priest.

The first presbytery in Creswick was a red-brick building built in 1867 and was replaced by the current grey brick building in 1966. The current bluestone church in Creswick was completed in 1872, although the sacristy and sanctuary were added in 1938. The history of the parish is given in much greater detail in the book written by the then Parish Priest, Mgr. James McInerney, called “Murderer’s Bell” published for the centenary of the church in 1972.

The original chapel built in Clunes was replaced by a Gothic-styled timber church in 1866. The current bluestone church building was begun in 1872 and officially opened in June 1874. The timber church was moved to a site immediately behind the current church and was used as a school until it closed in 1926. In 1903, fire destroyed a house used as the presbytery and a new red-brick presbytery was officially opened in January 1905. A more detailed history of the St Thomas Aquinas was written and printed in a small booklet by Ros O’Brien in 1998.

Our parish currently includes about 250 families with the average Sunday Mass attendance of about 120 people. There are about 20 baptisms, 5 marriages, and 12 funerals performed annually. Our primary school has an enrolment of between 100 and 110 children coming from about 60 families. Our parish supports the local secondary schools in Ballarat – St Patrick’s College, Loreto College, and Damascus College. The parish covers the area of Creswick, Sulky, Wattle Flat, Springmount, Newlyn (part), Broomfield, Allendale, Kingston, Smeaton, Clunes, Glendaruel, Tourello, Coghill’s Creek, and Bald Hills.


Parish News

May 11, 2022
St Augustine’s Church Creswick 150th Anniversary
Celebrations will be held on the weekend of September 17 & 18, 2022
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