2nd Vatican Ecumenical Council

The reforms of this Council brought many changes to the liturgy. A small altar was installed in front of the high altar which was donated by Tom Clark in memory of this brother, Mgr William Clark, PP Chatswood, who died on 24th May 1953. Tom Clark of Portman St died on 27th May 1977 and was buried from Mount Carmel.

Fr Victor Doyle, known by all as Fr Vic, was appointed Parish Priest in 1974 after appointments as a migrant chaplain and chaplain to the Port of Sydney. He became a well-known and much beloved figure as he moved among the people, visiting them in their homes and going out of his way to assist them in their need. There is a story about him that since there was not much of a kitchen in the presbytery, he would ring families and invite himself to the evening meal. He was awarded the OAM for his services to the community and the Church especially through his care for the less fortunate. He was joined in his later years here by Fr John Knight, who subsequently was appointed Administrator and then Parish Priest. Fr Doyle retired in 2000.

At the invitation of Father Doyle a group of four Ursuline Sisters arrived on the 4th February 1981 and lived at 45 Baptist St. they were to be a religious presence within the parish and were to work particularly among those who lived in the high-rise flats. They were Srs Patricia Kennedy, Dorothy Gould, Joan Coleman and Kathleen Dwyer. The house belonged to the Rooney family who gave a share to the Archdiocese of Sydney and the Parish purchased the share belonging to the nieces and nephews. The Ursuline sisters worked in the parish for many years through supporting the St Vincent De Paul Society, and ministries within the liturgy, such are lectors and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and contributed to the choir through the playing of the organ.

On 17th July 1983, the Sisters of Mercy (of North Sydney) celebrated the centenary of arrival in the parish to teach at our school. At 10am a Commemorative Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Patrick Murphy who spent his early years of priesthood as assistant priest in the parish. Prominent among the very many former parishioners were the Madden sisters, Sisters Magdalena and Philippine whose family lived in 240 Pitt St, known as 'Madden Place'.

World Youth Day 2008: the theme was: 'You will receive the power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.' (Acts 1:8). The parish hosted three Catechises Days during the Days in the Diocese on 15, 16, 17 July 08. Pilgrims from New Zealand, American Western Samoa and parishioners attended the catechesis given by Bishop Julian Porteous, then Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, on 15th July; Archbishop John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington, New Zealand on 16th July; and Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Bishop of Nottingham UK on the 17th July. There was little sleep over the days but plenty of hospitality with breakfast and lunch provided. The Parish worked hard at giving these pilgrims a great 'Aussie' welcome. "It is an experience that neither the pilgrims nor the parishioners will forget", reflects Fr John Knight, Parish Priest of the time.

In May 2003, Sr Gabriel McArdle RSM ceased living in the convent. She was the last sister of the Sisters of Mercy – North Sydney to live there. For a number of years following the sisters maintain contact with the parish with the Mercy Foundation occupied part of the down-stairs area of the convent as offices.

The Sesquicentenary of the Parish (15th August 2009). George Cardinal Pell (8th Archbishop of Sydney) celebrated the Anniversary Mass during which he blessed and rededicated the restored painting of the Immaculate Conception. The painting is hung in its original place in the Church. Two small stained glass windows were added. These depict Archbishop Bede Polding and Eileen O'Connor and are the work of Sean Hardington of Renaissance Stained Glass. All celebrations were the work of a dedicated team ably led by Fr John Knight.