Welcome to the Parish of St Charles Borromeo

Built in 1913, Mary Immaculate Church is the mother-church of the Franciscan Friars in Australia and parish church for Saint Charles Borromeo. The Church is a popular wedding venue enhanced by the fine acoustics and the historic paintings of the Seven Joys of Mary (Franciscan Crown). 

Waverley Parish’s mission is to be a sign of God’s love for all people by being a welcoming and caring community which embraces the Gospel of Jesus in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we stand. We walk on a land once occupied by the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. May we continue to love and respect the land as they have.


COVID-19 Community Updates & Information

In line with the Public Health (Places of Social Gathering) Order 2020, Mary Immaculate Church, Waverley is closed until further notice with limited exceptions for weddings and funerals under strict conditions (four square meters per person, bride/groom, celebrant & witnesses).

Our Parish Office is contactable by phone or email only with visits for critical matters available by prior appointment. These appointments should be made in advance.

These changes are regulated by both the Australian Government and the Archdiocese of Sydney and are aimed to enable us all to follow the necessary directions of social distancing within our parish. Advice and government regulations regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are evolving constantly please check in for new updates and information as it becomes available. Links to relevant information are available below.


Interesting Facts about Mary Immaculate Church:

  • Seats up to 400 people
  • Neo-classical style Pipe Organ
  • Friday Morning Teas
  • St Charles’ Mothers Prayer Group
  • Christian Meditation Community
  • Secular Franciscan Fraternity

Affiliated Schools:

St Charles’ Parish Primary School, Waverley
(02) 9387 3845 or http://stcwaverley.catholic.edu.au/

St Clare’s College, Waverley
(02) 8305 7100 or https://stclares.nsw.edu.au/

Waverley College, Senior Campus
(02) 9369 0600 or https://waverley.nsw.edu.au/


Fr Bernie’s Reflections

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