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Significant Milestones in School's and Parish History and Points of Interest

Our school is part of St Mary's Parish, Ipswich, established in the 1850s.   Our current Parish Priest is Fr Stephen Bliss.  Throughout its rich history the story of our school has been closely intertwined with the story of St Mary's Parish and that relationship remains strong today.  Our students are privileged to have the opportunity to worship in the heritage-listed Church of St Mary's, built in 1904.  During the school year our students and teachers participate in the Parish Saturday Night Mass once a month.   On a rostered basis classes join with the Parish community to celebrate Mass on a Thursday morning and our students visit St Mary's Hostel to celebrate Mass with the aged residents ( 2020- 2021 COVID restrictions withstanding).


St Mary's Catholic School is part of the Ipswich Catholic Community.  The Ipswich Catholic Community is located in south-east Queensland and is approximately 40km south-west of Brisbane. Geographically, this is a large area and in 2012 Archbishop Coleridge linked the parishes of Ipswich, Leichhardt, North Ipswich, and Rosewood to form the Ipswich Catholic Community. 

The Archdiocesan Sacramental Policy places the preparation for the Sacraments with the family, and the celebration within the Parish setting. The co-ordination of the program rests with the Parish Sacramental Co-ordinator. The APRE and teachers at St Mary's also support this in the classroom by teaching specific units at the time children are preparing to receive the Sacraments.

​St Mary's Church
Archdiocese of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Parish Priest - Fr. Stephen Bliss OFM

Parish Details:
1A Elizabeth Street, Woodend Qld, 4305
 PO Box 5231, Brassall, 4305
Queensland, Australia
Tel. (07) 3281 2133
Fax. (07) 3812 3911
 A/Hour Emergencies - (07) 3281 2133 (option 1)