Welcome to St. Patrick’s Parish School.  I am Father Matthew To, and it has been my privilege to be Pastor of St. Patrick’s for the past seven years.  I came to St. Patrick’s Parish straight from my studies in Rome, and prior to that served as the Pastor on the Sunshine Coast where I cared for multiple parishes.

Our parish school community is vibrant, and it is my pleasure to work closely with our dedicated Parish Education Committee, Leadership Team, teachers and staff.  St. Patrick’s has the very great blessing of teachers and staff who truly care for the students of all ages and abilities; in many ways, our parish is very much a family where we support and love and encourage a vast diversity of students and parishioners.  One of the highlights of my week are often the children’s Masses, and of course throughout the year the liturgical celebrations and the joy of the children when they come to know that they are loved by Jesus and their church community.

For parents, it is my great hope that they remain involved and support their children’s spiritual journey; ultimately opening their children’s heart to Jesus, our loving and merciful Savior and that they themselves have an authentic relationship with Him. I invite parents to be connected to the St. Patrick’s Parish community, and to continue their own spiritual growth through personal and communal prayer, and faith formation.  I also invite parents to become involved with the community, to give their time and talents or even simply join in some wonderful conversations at our Holy Grounds coffee house.  Being a part of the community enriches all of our lives through the celebration of the Sacraments, the sharing of the Scripture and communion in the beautiful and colourful lives of our members.

As we enter into the 2020/21 school year, I find great peace in knowing that our parish school and parish community are in God’s hand. Moreover, this peace comes from knowing we have continuity of excellent and faith-filled education through the leadership of our new principal, Mrs. Maria Fonseca and our dedicated teachers and staff despite many changes and challenges due to Covid.  I would ask that you pray for our teachers, staff, families and students to find peace; to know that God is still in charge and that all will turn out well according to his loving plan.

God Bless,

Fr Matthew To

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