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The Parish of

Western Border


  • St Mary's

    23 Dinwoodie Street, Hamilton

  • St Patrick's

    Cnr Simpson Street & Coleraine Road, Balmoral

  • Sacred Heart

    26 Robertson Street, Casterton

  • St Joseph's

    47 McKebery Street, Coleraine

  • St Patrick's

    98 Martin Street, Dunkeld

  • St Malachy's

    5 Anzac Avenue, Edenhope

  • St Thomas'

    40 McLennan Street, Glenthompson

  • Catholic Community


  • St Michael's

    103 Glenferrie Rd, Harrow

  • Catholic Community


  • St Joseph's

    13 Martin Street, Penshurst

  • St Joseph's

    Tarrayoukyan Road, Tarrayoukyan


Parish Administration Office
St Mary MacKillop Parish
23 Dinwoodie Street
Hamilton  VIC  3300
(03) 5571 1161




Mass Times

Please click on this link to find Mass Times for St Mary MacKillop Parish.



Co-Pastor & Moderator
Fr Patrick Mugavin (Resident in Hamilton) Fr Paddy is the Co-Pastor and Moderator of St Mary Mackillop Parish, Western Border which encompasses the former parishes of  Casterton, Coleraine, Edenhope, Hamilton and Harrow.
Fr George Kuruvila MST
(Resident in Casterton)

Parish Manager:
John Hockey

Parish Secretaries:
Kymhan Watson
Carolyn Stanhope


Our Parish

The Parish of St Mary MacKillop, Western Border was formed by joining groups of neighbouring parishes that have already been working together and sharing a parish priest. The Western Border parish covers Casterton, Coleraine, Edenhope, Hamilton and Harrow. The formation of this new parish is the fruit of several years of consultation, including the Looking Forward gatherings that have been held since 2014. The detailed proposals for the new parish developed through discussions among priests and parishioners and were endorsed by the Council of Priests at their meeting on June 19.  Bishop Paul Bird confirmed the formation of the new parish on July 1, 2018.

These arrangements make it easier for the local communities to share the tasks involved in pastoral care and parish administration and gives the priests more time for pastoral and sacramental ministry.

The priests who have been caring for this region will continue to do so. Fr Patrick Mugavin is co-pastor and Moderator of the Western Border parish along with Fr George Kuruvila as co-pastor.

Parish Planned Giving

Be a part of the Planned Giving Program to ensure the financial survival and future growth of your parish.

The Planned Giving Program is the major source of income for the parish. Your financial contribution will ensure we continue to manage the ongoing and increasing expenses in our parish, including, pastoral programs, insurance, wages, utility rates and church maintenance.

To ensure a regular and reliable income for the parish, we request you to make a periodic pledge either, weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Your considered financial gift will make an enormous difference to continuing the work the parish.

For Parish Planned Giving or to donate click the logo below.






Catholic Schools

St Mary’s Primary School, Hamilton

Monivae College, Hamilton

Sacred Heart Primary School, Casterton

St Joseph’s Primary School, Coleraine

St Malachy’s Primary School, Edenhope

St Joseph’s Primary School, Penshurst



The first Mass was celebrated in Hamilton in a tent on the May 22, 1848 by Fr Kavanagh. The first Parish Priest appointed to St Mary’s Hamilton was Fr John O’Connell in 1862.  St Mary’s Catholic Church Hamilton, designed by William Wardell, which stands on what was once known as ‘She Oak Hill’ with its spire, dominates as a landmark building for Hamilton. James Henry Fox, an architect, was the supervisor of the early work at St Mary’s which opened in August 1866. Francis Punch, a local architect, was responsible for extensions and renovations in 1987. St Mary’s has historical significance for its association with Catholic congregations in the Hamilton district and beyond over a period of nearly 130 years.


Casterton is a country town situated in the Glenelg River valley among the hills of Victoria’s southwest with a population of around 2,000 people. It is most famous for being the birthplace of the kelpie!

Sacred Heart Parish — originally named the Sandford Mission — was established in 1875. The church was erected in 1886.  At present about 100 people frequent Mass at Sacred Heart each Sunday.  On the fourth Sunday of the month, Mass is followed with substantial refreshments in the church hall.  Visitors are especially welcome.

In 1902 the Sisters of Mercy established a convent in Casterton, and served the community here until 2008. The Sisters’ ministry and witness lives on in Sacred Heart Primary School, which continues to thrive.

A Passionist Family Group meets each month, which presently constitutes fifteen families. New parishioners are welcome and encouraged to join.

Sacred Heart is also home to a hard-working and fruitful conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society. The Vinnies Shop, at 32 McPherson Street in Casterton, is open Wednesday to Friday, from 10.00am – 3.30pm, and Saturday from 10.00am – 12.00noon.


St Malachy’s Church is located in the main street of Edenhope.  We welcome all visitors to Edenhope.

We are very proud of our Catholic Primary School, St Malachy’s. It is situated around the corner from the church, on the shores of Lake Wallace — which really is a lake again, now that wet winters have returned!

There are also church communities in Apsley, Goroke and Minimay. Each of these places celebrates Mass at regular intervals.


Harrow is a quintessentially Aussie hamlet within the Western District. It is a close-knit community with lots of initiative. Among its many attractions, locals have organised the Johnny Mullagh Discovery Centre, an historical sound and light show at the local pub, and popular recurring events like “Beaut Blokes” — the inspiration for Farmer Wants a Wife — and “Pathways to Harrow,” which celebrates multiple generations of pioneering women of the district. The Catholics in Harrow worship at St Michael’s, a charming timber church “the other side of the river.”

The neighbouring town of Balmoral is smaller than Harrow, but the Catholic congregation there is much bigger.  At St Patrick’s you will find a repertoire of hymns which reflect the artistic talents redolent of Balmoral. The faithful of St Michael’s welcome you to our active and friendly community.

Tarrayoukyan is no longer a town at all. Where once there stood a sawmill, a pub and multiple residences, Tarrayoukyan now consists of St Joseph’s Catholic Church, and a picturesque bush cemetery.  Nonetheless, there are always visitors among the Tarrayoukyan congregation at our monthly Mass, and they’re always made to feel welcome.


Standard 1 of the Victorian Childsafe Standards

Aboriginal cultural safety—a conversation with Sherry Balcombe and Michael Chisholm I July 2022


Parish News

July 22, 2024
A wonderful celebration
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A special visit to Coleraine
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October 17, 2022
Monivae College Hamilton Mission Fair Day
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July 10, 2020
Celebrating Volunteers
Monivae College Hamlton show their appreciation of their special volunteers.
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More Western Border News

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