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THE PARISH OF Warrnambool


  • St Joseph's
    169 Kepler Street, Warrnambool
  • St Anne’s
    Hopkins Highway, Purnim


Postal Address
PO Box 104 
Warrnambool  VIC  3280
Street Address
169 Kepler Street
Warrnambool  VIC  3280
Phone (03) 5562 2231

Mass Times

St Joseph’s Church
Sunday: 8.30am, 10.30am, 6.00pm


St Joseph's Parish mass can be viewed online at:


Please note: All phone messages, emails will be attended to

St Anne’s Purnim
2nd & 4th Sundays: Mass 11.00am
1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays
Sunday Assembly of Word and Communion – 11.00am





Weekday Mass times:

See Bulletin



Latest Parish Bulletin - 5 Jul 2020 Read More View Archives

Our Parish

The present Church is situated on the corners of Raglan Parade, Kepler Street and Lava Street.  It was completed in 1889  Until 1849 there was no permanent place of worship for Catholics in Warrnambool and initially a small wooden building erected on the corner of Kelp and Timor Streets served as their Church. 

St Anne's:  The Church was built in 1940.  It is situated on the Hopkins Highway which runs through Purnim.   The Church is an important place of worship for the Catholic community of Purnim and the surrounding area.
(For further information on both St Joseph's and St Anne's see History page)

Catholic Schools

St. Joseph’s Primary School
Principal  Michael Gray
Phone      (03) 5561 2347
70 Botanic Road Warrnambool 3280

Emmanuel College (Regional Secondary School)
Principal   Peter Morgan
Phone      (03) 5560 0888
Fax           (03) 5560 0889
37 Ardlie Street, Warrnambool 3280


St Joseph's: Until 1849 there was no permanent place of worship for Catholics in Warrnambool. Initially a small wooden building erected on the corner of Kelp and Timor Streets served as the Church for the Catholics of Warrnambool. Dean Thomas Slattery, the first Parish Priest of Warrnambool, came to live permanently in the city in 1853.  In 1856 the foundation stone of  the present parish hall on the corner of Kepler Street and Raglan Parade was laid by Bishop Goold from Melbourne.
The building was used as a school and Church for the increasing Catholic community of Warrnambool.  By 1867 it was becoming apparent that this building was also too small for the congregation and plans for a new Church were made. The Church was built in two stages  and the present St Joseph's was finally completed on the 23rd September 1889.  In 2002 a Gathering Space was built on to the Church.  This Gathering Space has certainly  complemented parish life.

St Anne's:  There is no record of when the original St Anne's Church was  built other than that it was being used as a school and a Church prior to 1863 and was extended in 1885.  This old wooden Church served the community for more than 75 years and in 1940 the community built the present brick building.  This is still an important place of worship for the Catholic community of Purnim.

A Century in Bluestone

A History of St Joseph's Parish and the Catholic faith in the Warrnambool area up until 1989.

D Melican and C Lourey. ISBN 0 7316 7303 4. Published in 1989. Only available in hard copy: $10. Contact the Parish Office.

Check out our FaceBook Page: St Joseph's Warrnambool





Parish Office 5562 2231

Parish Priest
Rev John Fitzgerald

Assistant Priest

Rev John Corrigan

Parish Staff                                     
Business Manager
Barry Wolff
Parish Secretary
Leanne McElgunn
Pat Negri
Contact people for Committees, Organisations and Ministries within the Parish
Baptism Preparation
Parish Office 5562 2231

Bereavement Group

Sr Marie Mansbridge  

5560 5160

Card Group Tuesday Afternoon

Parish Office 5562 2231

Children's Liturgy


Communion to the Sick

Parish Office 5562 2231


Eucharist to the Hospital
Parish Office 5562 2231

Family Groups

Chris & Jane Thompson
5561 7259

Finance Committee

Gerald Shanley 5562 5992

Funeral Ministry
Fr John Fitzgerald 5562 2231
Funeral Vigil
Mary Lancaster 0409 158 177
Mary Lancaster 0409 158 177


Rose Conheady 5562 7512


Liturgical Minstries

Parish Office 5562 2231

Liturgy Committee
5562 2231
Maintenance Committee
Pat Gleeson 5562 3519

Moving Forward Group

Marie Morgan 5562 0048

Music Coordinator
Lyn Hyland 5562 8423

Parish Safeguarding Officer

Anne Maree Mugavin
0433 708 017

Pastoral Leadership Team

Mary Lancaster, Executive Officer, 0409 158 177

Play Group

Lauren Delaney
0447 778 891

Returning Catholics

Mary Lancaster 0409 158 177

Fr John Fitzgerald 5562 2231
Sacramental Team
Parish Office 5562 2231
Social Justice Group
in recess until further notice
St Vincent de Paul
Gerald Madden 5561 3991
Parish Office 5562 2231
Young Christian Students & Workers
Stacey Atkins 0439 659 969



For more information please email the parish here.

Click here to access the Diocesan Social Justice Commission information.

Professional Standards

Children Young People and Vulnerable Adults Safety Policy 

Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Code of Conduct

Commitment Statement to the Safety of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults


Parish News


9 June 2020

Have you heard the Good News? CDF has developed an online thanksgiving portal, CDFpay for Parishes.

St Joseph's Parish Warrnambool Confirmation

3 June 2020

Confirmation Information

Parish Map

St Joseph's

169 Kepler Street, 169 Kepler Street

St Anne’s

Hopkins Highway, Hopkins Highway

We are the Catholic Church in the Ballarat Diocese
we gather in the name of Jesus from the Murray to the sea
in interwoven faith communities. Spirit filled
we celebrate and share our journey
reaching out to nurture all God's people.

Diocesan Vision Statement 2005

All Enquiries

PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

Where to find us

Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
5 Lyons Street South
Ballarat, Victoria 3353