Address 4 SIMLA PARADE, BLACKWOOD, South Australia, 5051


Weddings (Marriage)


Anointing of the Sick
Holy Communion
Holy Orders
Reconciliation (Confession)
Weddings (Marriage)
Infant Baptism

Introduction: The Blackwood Catholic Parish is located in the Eastern Deanery and includes parts or all of the following suburbs: Belair, Crafers West, Glenalta, Blackwood, Hawthorndene, Upper Sturt, Eden Hills, Bellevue Heights, Coromandel Valley, Ironbank and Cherry Gradens. The two Mass centres in the parish are Our Lady of the Way at Glenalta and St Paul of the Cross at Blackwood. For Mass times, maps and contact details, visit the pages for Our Lady of the Way and St Paul of the Cross.


Parish groups:

  • Parish Pastoral Council
  • Community Outreach
  • St Vincent de Paul and the Vinnies Sewing Ladies
  • Eucharist Visiting team- taking communion to those who are sick,  housebound or in aged care facilities
  • Religious Education- classes held on Wednesday afternoons during school terms and prepares those children for their sacraments of First Communion, Confirmation and Reconciliation
  • Parish Finance Committee


Sacraments – For information about baptisms, funerals and weddings, contact the parish office on  08 8278 6100 or email For general information on the sacraments, click here.



The Blackwood Parish dates back to 1896 when the Passionist Fathers from Glen Osmond began ministering to the Catholics of Blackwood, saying Mass in private homes or various public buildings in the area. The Passionists continued their involvement in the parish until 1923.

Key dates in the development of the parish include:

1911: Block of land purchased on the corner of Simla and Coromandel Parades, Blackwood.

1919: Catholic Soldiers Hut from Mitcham Army Camp bought and was placed on the block.  It was blessed and opened on May 4 1919.

1936  St Paul of the Cross Church built on the site.  The first Mass was said on July 12.  The church building is now Heritage Listed.

1949 Post-war population expansion in the Belair area necessitated another church centre. Two blocks of land bought on Florence Street (now Laffers Road, and the site of the Belair CFS Station).

1950  Old iron church moved from Blackwood to Florence Terrace.  First Mass held there on February 25, 1951.

1972  Land on the corner of Laffers Rd and Arizona Terrace purchased.

1974  Our Lady of the Way Church built on this site and the first Mass was said on June 23, 1974.

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