Organisation and Ministries (and Contact Details)


Acolytes give service to our faith community by supporting the Priest in the celebration of Mass and other Sacraments, and by distributing Communion during Mass. Acolytes are trained and accredited for their tasks.

Robyn Reed (0439 897 879)

Altar Society

A very dedicated group of ladies in the Parish are rostered to look after the altar. They see to the flowers, and ensure that the altar is clear and tidy for Mass. Members of the Altar Society usually do their tasks on Fridays or Saturdays. More volunteers are always welcome.

Enid Macoboy (9386 1870)

Book Club

The Parish book club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall. The group chooses a wide variety of books, considers reviews, discusses the literature, and ends its meeting with a light supper. The social nature of the meeting is appreciated.

New members are always welcome.

Helen Freeman (0402 933 198)

Building and Finance Committee

This Committee assists the Priests & accountant in financial & asset management, recording & reporting. The Committee maintains the Parish assets, manages the Parish’s finances, & ensures the financial & asset management is in line with Diocesan guidelines.

Brian McHenry (

Catholic Women’s League (CWL)

The Holy Rosary parish CWL branch was the first to be established in WA in July 1937.

Since its inception, CWL has been a vital part of our parish. Its patron is “Our Lady help of Christians”, and its motto is “Charity, Work, Loyalty”.

The League is a parish based organisation which mainly concerns itself with women’s, families’, social justice, human rights’ and bioethical issues. It also provides support to the spiritual and practical needs of the community, and is able to (amongst other things):

provide a voice for lay women, and
make representations to government
The League operates not only in the parish, but has associations at diocesan, State and national levels. Through its ties with the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations, it is represented at the Vatican and the UN.

The League is involved in ecumenical functions including the annual global World Day of Prayer services, the National Council of Women and Australian Church Women. It forms a triad with St Vincent de Paul Society and the Knights of the Southern Cross.

Betty Ryan (9386 4408)

Children’s Liturgy Group

The mission of this group is to teach the Gospel to the children at the 9:30am Sunday Mass. The Leaders deliver the Sunday Gospel in a way that children understand.

Our present Holy Rosary group reads & discusses the scripture at its meetings: hence, its progress through the bible is at a leisurely pace.

Trudy McKenna (6389 2842)

Christian Life Community

The Christian Life Community (CLC) is an international association of Christians of all social conditions, who want to follow Jesus Christ more closely & work with Him to build the reign of God on Earth.

CLC meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 7:30pm at the Parish Centre. New members welcome.

Alma Kort (9386 3782)

Christian Life Group

In 1983, a group of thirteen started the “The Journey” bible discussion programme (originally started in Canada in 1979) at Holy Rosary.

Christian Life Group meets twice monthly. Its members meet to discuss a program based on Gospels, to review incidents of their personal lives (always in strict confidence), & to develop strategies to manage these incidents from a Christian viewpoint. The foundational principles guiding the group are those of the Young Christian Workers, & the National Christian Girls Movements.

Bill Wood (9386 7050)

Christian Meditation Community

The Parish meditation group follows the prayer practices of Dom John Main OSB. The group is affiliated with the Christian Meditation Community of WA. Members are provided with instruction, support, relevant literature, & modeling in Christian meditation.

Kim Low (9389 8347)

Church Cleaners

Our willing volunteers clean the church in pairs or groups once every second month. We are looking for one more pair or family.

Jill Wood (93867050)

Craft Group

The Holy Rosary Craft Group meets in the Parish Centre after the 9:00am Mass each Friday. Over a cup of tea, the group supports the “Wheelchairs for Kids” project, & crochets lap rugs for wheelchair bound people.

Diana Robinson (9384 0423)

“Friends” Monday Morning Cuppa

This is a social group that invites anyone who would like to meet with other parishioners for a cuppa on Monday mornings at 9:00 am at Lo Zucchero, 99A Waratah Avenue, Dalkeith.

Viv Watts (9386 8202)

Hollywood Village Ministry

Once a month, there is a healing liturgy at the Hollywood Nursing Home. A dedicated group of volunteers assembles at 9:45am wheels the residents in their wheelchairs from their rooms to the Mass area. After Mass, the volunteers wheel the residents back to their rooms. This is faith in action for both volunteers & residents.

Enid Macoboy (9386 1870)

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy is the summit towards which the activity of the Church, & the Parish is directed. It is the means by which Christians express in their lives, & manifest to others, the Mystery of Christ.

The committee seeks to enrich the worship in the Parish by reviewing present practices, & by suggesting modifications. The committee desires to create an inclusive liturgy, which encourages the full participation of every member of the Parish.

Laurie Elliot (9389 8208)

Morning Tea Ministry

Every Sunday after the 9:30am Mass (except during school holidays), there is morning tea in the Parish Centre.
The morning tea provides the opportunity for present & newcomers to the Parish to establish contact with other members of the Parish.

Josephine Schaefer (93861695)

Music Ministry

The Music Ministry is at the service of the Parish to enhance liturgical celebrations. The music ministry ensures that the Parish’s liturgical music is maintained at standards consistent with the Church’s guidelines & the Parish’s traditions.

The ministry places importance on the training formation of its members. It encourages the active participation of the congregation in worship through music.
A Youth Choir meets every fourth Saturday at the 6pm Mass.

Margaret Dey (93867357)

Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council represents the whole parish & is the main advisory body of the Parish Priest. Its brief is overarching: it concerns itself, in a general way, with apostolic outreach, the care & well-being of Parish members, providing the means for Christian formation in the Parish & dialogue & collaboration with the finance committee.

The Council meets ten times a year.

Mike Davila  (

Pastoral Associate

The Pastoral Associate of the Parish is Sr. Agnes Griffin PBM. She does weekly Communion rounds, arranges transport to the Church for the elderly & frail, visits the housebound, leads in Rosary &/or Stations of the Cross after weekday Masses, assists in a variety of administrative tasks in the Parish, & responds to ad hoc queries.

Sr Agnes PBVM (9386 7166)

Prayer Group

The Holy Rosary Prayer Group is a small group of parishioners who have met fortnightly to pray since the year 2000.

The group prays for the intentions submitted by fellow parishioners in the Prayer Box (located on Our Lady’s altar in the church). They meet from 10am to 11am in the Parish Centre every second Monday.

Alma Kort (9386 3782), Barbara Prior (9386 3633).


Readers assist in the Liturgy of the Word at Parish Eucharists. Their aim is to present the Word of God in a meaningful & reverent manner to the faithful.

Betty Foster (9386 3735) (Carmel)

Laurie Elliot (9389 8208) (Holy Rosary)

Religious Education (RE) Programme

Classes are offered for children preparing for the Sacraments. Catechists are trained & accredited for their task of preparing the children. These classes are usually held after school in the Parish Hall during school terms.

Cathie Plowman (9389 7730) (in State Schools)

Sr. Leonie IBVM (6389 0262) (RE Programme)

Shenton Christian Council (SCC)

The Shenton Christian Council group helps provide Christian Religious Education (CRE) in government schools.
The Parish supports, both financially & with volunteers, the Shenton Christian Council’s initiative to provide Religious Education (RE) in Government schools. All teachers are trained and accredited.
This programme is co-ordinated by the Shenton Christian Council (SCC). The SCC supervises seven schools in our area.
Apart from CRE teaching, members gather for ecumenical fellowship with members of the SCC church network.
There are five chaplains in SCC primary and high schools. The chaplains are partially financed by fundraising events and donations.
Within the SCC area, there are a further 60+ accredited volunteer teachers.
The Holy Rosary currently has four volunteer CRE teachers. They are looking for more volunteers.
If you are keen to find out more about this activity, please contact the Parish’s SCC coordinator.

Cathy Plowman (9389 7730)

Soup Patrol

This has been active for about fourteen years now. On the third Friday of each month, a group of parishioners distribute soup at a number of Perth venues. Not only the food, but also the social contact is much appreciated by the needy, homeless people. The truism comes home: “it is in giving that we receive”.

Anita Bourke ( 9386 8172)

Special Ministers

Special Ministers give service to our Faith community by assisting with the distribution of Communion during Mass, & by taking Communion to the frail, sick & elderly of the Parish. The Parish Priest trains Special Ministers in their duties.

Robyn Reed (0439 897 879)

St. Vincent de Paul

The St Vincent de Paul Society is one of the largest and longest serving charities in WA, offering a hand up to people in need for 150 years. It provides assistance to many West Australians through food and material aid, budget advice, shelter, advocacy and support. The Perth conference was founded in 1865 when they began to carry out the core work of Home Visitation. Today the Society has over 75 conferences, made up of dedicated men & women who live out their faith in action by providing hope, comfort and dignity to disadvantaged Western Australians, some trapped by their circumstances due to
sickness, job loss, mental illness and family breakdown. Nedlands conference Members and Associates are available for home visitation and emergency relief through the Call Centre (phone 1300 794 054). Vinnies are generously supported with donations of food from the Parish in the Church Porch. Funding comes through the Annual Street Appeal, Winter & Christmas Appeals and Parish Poor Box at Holy Rosary Nedlands and the Carmelite Monastery.
For any further information or if you are interested in becoming a Member or an Associate please contact Nedlands

Conference President:

Theresa Care

Theresa Care is an outreach program of Holy Rosary Nedlands through which the parishioners make themselves available to help others in need.

Volunteers can offer their service in providing short-term emergency help in these areas: meals, transport, visitation, family support/home help, handyman/gardening, school community service.

To participate, please complete & return the Theresa Care commitment form to the coordinator.

Theresa Care is an outreach program of Holy Rosary Nedlands through which the parishioners make themselves available to help others in need.

Volunteers can offer their service in providing short-term emergency help in these areas: meals, transport, visitation, family support/home help, handyman/gardening, school community service.

To participate, please complete & return the Theresa Care commitment form to the coordinator.

Trudy McKenna (6389 2842), Viv Watts (9386 8202)