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.


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

Mass Restrictions

With the recent news of the easing of restrictions for church services, we are glad to offer the opportunity for 100 max. people to attend a Mass each time.

Our Parish has been registered under the COVID–19 Safety Plan for a Place of Worship as we strive to keep our community safe from coronavirus. The NSW Government has recommended parishioners wear face masks when attending religious services as an additional safeguard to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

Our Mass Times are as follows:

  • Monday to Saturday: 9:15am
  • Saturday Vigil: 5pm
  • Sunday: 8:30am, 10:00am and 5:00pm

See below for Church opening hours below.


Church Opening Hours

Due to the latest regulations from the Archdiocese of Sydney and the Federal Government we have to keep the Church closed when there is no COVID-19 steward in the church to monitor visitors. If you wish to volunteer to stay in the church as a COVID-19 “steward” either before or after Mass, please let me know if and when you are available.   

Therefore the actual times of opening in the church are as follows:

  • Mon-Fri  – 8.15am to 10.15am    
  • Saturday – 8.15am to 10.15am & 4.00pm to 6.00pm   
  • Sunday – 7.00am to 11.15am & 4.00pm to 6.00pm         

You are welcome to use the Marian Grotto next to the church for private prayer

 Please make sure you sign in when attending church and sanitize your hands. Visit times should be limited so other parishioners also have a chance to pray. 

** If you have any cold, cough or flu-like respiratory symptoms, please do not attend a Mass. **


Signing In for Mass

As our Mass is still below 100 people, we no longer require you to register your spot, however you will need to still sign in when arriving for Mass. Please endeavor to arrive at least 10 mins before Mass begins to sign in. On arrival for Mass:

  • Please sanitize your hands thoroughly when entering and leaving the Church.
  • Please use your mobile phone to scan the QR code on the table and fill in your details before Mass begins. To do this, open the mobile phone’s camera, hold the camera over the QR code and a link should pop up on the phone, click and follow the link to complete your contact details. This is to ensure we can contact you in case of exposure to COVID-19.

If you do not have a mobile phone, other sign in options will be available on arrival on the table. Please help us stop the spread, do the right thing and make sure you sign in. This is required for each Mass you attend.


Affiliated Schools

St Charles Primary School
Address: 53-63 Carrington Road, Waverley NSW 2024
Phone: (02) 9387 3845 Website: www.stcwaverley.catholic.edu.au

St Clare’s College
Address: 41-51 Carrington Road, Waverley NSW 2024
Phone: (02) 8305 7100 Website: https://stclares.nsw.edu.au/

Waverley College – Senior Campus
Address: 131 Birrell Street, Waverley NSW 2024
Phone: (02) 9369 0600 Website: https://waverley.nsw.edu.au/

Waverley Junior School
Address: 44 Henrietta Street, Waverley NSW 2024
Phone: (02) 9387 5022 Website: https://waverley.nsw.edu.au/


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