Immaculate Heart of Mary Community

Immaculate Heart of Mary, 16 Tighes Terrace (corner Union Street), Tighes Hill
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Mass Community Coordinator:

Jodie   Ph: 4969 2462 
Lawrie  Ph: 4962 1219
Dorothea   Ph: 4961 3188

Usual Mass times:
Sunday: 8.00 am

Disability access:
No – there are ten steps at the Union Street entrance.

Hearing loop:

Seating capacity:
218, plus 36 in upstairs choir loft.

On street parking only.


Other services:
Reconciliation upon request each Sunday 15 minutes before Mass.

Audio visual facilities:
None in the Church. A data projector and screen are available upon request.

Public transport:
500 metre walk from bus stops for Route Nos:
100, 104, 106, 107, 111, 118, and 201.
Find more details on the Newcastle Buses website.

The Church building is spacious and bright with a colourful mural and a number of windows by renowned stained glass artist Arthur Benfield.  It is ideally suited for those wanting a small, meaningful wedding, funeral or baptism witnessed by family and close friends.  The Sunday Mass congregation is typically about 60 to 70 people – mainly mature people and some young families.  We have a small choir supported by an electric organ that lead our singing.  We are a very sociable community with a strong commitment to participation and social justice.  Some see similarities between our community and those the scriptures call “God’s poor” or in Hebrew "Anawim".

For a good feel for the identity of the Tighes Hill Catholic community, read reflections by parishioners Lawrie and Mark entitled The Anawim: Poverty and Promise.


Brief history:
The Parish of Tighes Hill was established in 1921 and the current Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was blessed and opened in 1955.  From 1887 until 1975 there was a Catholic primary school in Tighes Hill.  The previous two primary schools have found new uses. The older school building is now the Catholic Croatian Centre.  The more recent school building has been the base for Mercy Community Services since 1976.

The Tighes Hill Parish includes the former Carrington Parish and St Francis Xavier’s Church at 60 Gipps Street, Carrington.  However, there are no regular services at St Francis Xavier’s.  In Carrington the former Parish Primary School is now used by Mercy Community Services and the Catholic Schools Office.   The former Carrington Convent is now the base for Zimmerman House, the Diocesan Child Protection and Professional Conduct Unit. From 1998 the Tighes Hill Parish has been without a resident priest and has been under the care of the Parish Priest of Hamilton.

The number of people living in the Tighes Hill-Carrington area has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years.  Despite pockets of gentrification the overall population still has a low socio-economic profile.

Read a more detailed history of the Tighes Hill and Carrington Parishes, including a list of the Parish Priests.

Children's Liturgy:
Read about Children’s Liturgy at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Tighes Hill.

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