St. Mary’s – Bairnsdale
Saturday: 6.00pm
Sunday: 9.30am

Weekdays - Monday to Friday: 9:10 am.

Please Call the Parish Centre for more information: 5152 2942 

St Patrick’s – Paynesville

Sunday: 8.00AM 

St. Canice’s – Lindenow
Sunday: 11.00am 

Sacred Heart, Brookfield Road, Swifts Creek

4th Sunday Vigil (Saturday Night): 6:30pm. Christmas and Easter times advertised separately. Liturgy of the Word with Communion at 9:00am all other Sundays.

Immaculate Conception, 79 Day Avenue, Omeo

4th Sunday:  9:00am. Christmas and Easter times advertised separately.

All other Sundays:  9.00am Prayer Group and Liturgy of the Word, followed by morning tea

St Francis of Assisi, McFarlane Road, Benambra

4th Sunday: 11:00am. Christmas and Easter times advertised separately. 

All other Sundays:  9.30am Liturgy of the Word with Communion.


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Renew & Enrich: The Restoration of St. Mary's Church

The current St Mary’s Church has served the Bairnsdale community for over 100 years. We are rightly proud of its history. The challenge now is to ensure this legacy continues for generations to come. Those who have gone before us have given us a wonderful gift of a beautiful Church. It falls to us now to preserve this building for those who will follow in our footsteps. 

Since its initial construction, there have been very few modifications. There were some minor internal alterations in 1978 which involved the part removal of the marble altar rail to enable the new timber altar to be bought forward into the nave and closer to the congregation. 

St Mary’s Church has most certainly become a building of architectural, historical, aesthetic and social significance to the State of Victoria.  Architecturally the building is one of the earliest, largest, most striking and least altered of the red brick churches designed by A. A. Fritsch, who was one of the key exponents of Romanesque & Baroque church architecture in Victoria.

Restoration Logistics Committee:     
This committee works in conjunction with the architects to plan and oversee all the works of the restoration. 

Restoration Fundraising Committee:
This Committee is responsible for raising funds to cover the costs of the restoration i.e. grants etc 

Restoration Events Committee: 
This committee organises events for fundraising.

How You Can Help the Restoration Fundraising and Events Committees? 

St Mary’s needs your help to restore and maintain its historic Church building.

Assistance can be provided in a number of forms, including by

  • Organising a fundraising event
  • Making a personal donation
  • Making a Corporate donation
  • Helping with advertising and fundraising costs
  • Sponsoring a specific section of work on the building
  • Making a Bequest to the Restoration Project

Donations to the Appeal are tax-deductible through the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). 

For further information or to make a donation, please contact

The St Mary’s Church Restoration Project,
Nicholson Street, Bairnsdale   Vic   38756

Telephone (03) 5152 2942                                                           

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                                                                                        St Mary’s is one of the most notable landmarks of Bairnsdale. Construction of the Church was commenced in 1913, replacing an earlier brick church which had been built thirty years earlier in 1883.  

The murals, painted by out of work Italian artist Francesco Floreani during the Great Depression, cover the walls and ceiling. 

They depict the saints, the trinity and scenes of hell, purgatory, heaven and the crucifixion.


  St Patrick’s Church is a weatherboard building situated in a mainly retiree population south of Bairnsdale on the Gippsland lakes. 

The building was relocated from Sarsfield in 1953.


  St Canice’s Church is another small weatherboard church situated among a farming community west of Bairnsdale in the Mitchell River valley.


  Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church is a solid brick construction built in 1903 and is located two hours north of Bairnsdale in the ‘high country’ of East Gippsland.

Swifts Creek: 

  Sacred Heart Church is a simple weatherboard building.

This building is a place of worship that alternates services on a monthly basis together with the small group of worshippers at St Joseph’s Church Ensay.


  St Francis of Assisi Church is a modular building where the small community gather weekly for either Mass or Liturgy of the Word with Eucharist.

This building is located in the most remote part of the parish in the ‘high country’. 


East Region of the Diocese of Sale

The Diocese of Sale is divided into six geographic regions, with varying numbers of parishes and geographic spread. When regions were created in 1998 there were originally seven but in the rapidly growing western end of the diocese, the common interests of two regions prompted them to amalgamate in 2001.

The parishes of Bairnsdale-Omeo and Lakes Entrance-Orbost make up the East Region in the Diocese of Sale. It covers a vast geographic area which includes most of Victoria’s rugged hill country, the Gippsland Lakes and spectacular coast line. The population is small and declining as people leave the area seeking better employment opportunities elsewhere.


Pattie Pruscino   
Telephone: 5152 2942
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