Parish Mission Statement

We, as Catholics, are members of the family of families of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Waterloo, part of the Archdiocese of Sydney and the wider Church, under the leadership of the successor of St Peter and the Apostles, through our common baptism, are a Eucharistic and sacramental community of Faith, Hope and Love seeking to live out and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are committed to work within the teachings of the Catholic Church to strengthen life and love, to be true models of justice and reconciliation and to encourage all to reach their full dignity and potential.

Reconciliation and Justice: St Luke tells us (Luke 4: 18 -21) that at the beginning of his public ministry, Jesus came to the synagogue in Nazareth and read from the prophet Isaiah that he was send to proclaim release for captives, sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free and proclaim the Lord's year of favour; and "He said: 'Today, this scripture is being fulfilled today among you.'" (Lk 4: 21). This mission from the Father of 'bringing the good news to the poor' was given to Jesus. The working at this mission is seen in Jesus' daily actions of healing the sick and offering freedom to all from social, economic and political injustice.

Christ's death on the cross and his resurrection on the third day are the climax of this mission. We, as followers of Jesus Christ, are called to carry out this mission in our world today.

We acknowledge the Gadigal people who are the custodians of the land on which we stand. We are all refugees in the ancient land we share. It is our hope and mission to build a welcoming community so that all people, without regard for their colour, gender, or cultural background, will be accepted as a person whose dignity is cherished. Therefore we seek to be a community of justice, reconciliation, and peace.