Welcome to South Yarra Catholic Parish, a community of ordinary people from very diverse cultural and national backgrounds, doing their best to create a parish community that reaches out with Good News to our society and hoping to make all feel welcomed and valued.

Our two churches, St. Joseph’s and St. Thomas Aquinas, and our other parish buildings, stand on land that was once part of the very large region occupied for thousands of years by the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.

In the years after the establishment of our parish in 1887, many waves of new migrants settled in South Yarra and made our churches their spiritual home.

Since 1976, members of the Augustinian Order have served in our parish, living the Gospel with inspiration from the spiritual tradition of St. Augustine, and working to create a parish community that especially serves Christ in his needy sisters and brothers, “One in mind and heart on the way to God”.

Important events coming up

St Joseph’s church

Sun 16 December, 3rd Sunday of Advent- “The Christmas Story according to St Luke’s Gospel”– A very special talk and discussion lead by Biblical Scholar Sr.Mary Coloe PVMB- St Joseph’s Parish Centre after 10.30 mass.

Clic and discover our 2018 Advent calendar : ADVENT calendar and REFLECTIONS 2018


24 December- Christmas Eve

6.00pm Family Mass in St Joseph’s Church- Children may dress as angels or shepherds

8.30pm- Carols

9.00pm- Night Mass followed by supper – Please bring a plate 

25 December- Christmas Morning

9am Mass at St Thomas Aquinas Church

10.30am Mass at St Joseph’s Church

Parish Policy on Child Safety

South Yarra Catholic Parish has adopted the full policies of the Archdiocese of Melbourne (CAM) in relation to Child Safety.

To view the full Statement of Commitment, please click on the link below.

CAM Statement of Commitment