There are two Churches in the parish, the main one being St Joseph's and there is a chapel-of-ease St Thomas Aquinas, an attractive little church with a Spanish style facade. The parish also has the pastoral care of the Alfred Hospital, a major Melbourne public hospital.
Like most inner-city parishes South Yarra has only a small percentage of the Catholic population attending Mass but the multicultural community which does attend Mass is alive, prayerful and welcoming. The parish is in touch with a large number of people in the area through its care for the elderly, an emergency shelter for the homeless, and food store.
St Joseph’s South Yarra Emergency Housing Association Inc. was formed in 1998 and converted several empty classrooms into four self-contained transitional housing units for families awaiting public housing. The current project of the Association is converting more unused old school classrooms into units for homeless families making up an emergency housing complex.
An active Parish Pastoral Council has been in existence for 30 years. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) has enabled adults to be prepared for baptism for the past twenty-four years.
The two Augustinians on the parochial staff at South Yarra participate as night emergency priest-chaplains for the nearby Alfred Hospital, in conjunction with other clergy from two neighbouring parishes. "The Alfred" is a large metropolitan public hospital, and has a busy 24-hour accident and emergency department. On any given day there are between 80 and 110 patients at the Alfred Hospital who are registered as Catholic, and daytime Catholic ministry there is conducted by a lay ministry team, who call a priest when necessary.
The Augustinians currently serving in South Yarra are Fr Abel van der Veer O.S.A. (Parish Moderator) and Fr Gerald Dullard O.S.A..
Sunday Mass times:
St Joseph's Church Fitzgerald Street South Yarra: Saturday Vigil 6.00pm and Sunday 10.30 am
St Thomas Aquinas Church Bromby Street South Yarra:Sunday 9.00 am
30 Fitzgerald St South Yarra VIC 3141
Postal Address PO Box 21 South Yarra VIC 3141 Telephone: (03) 9826 9677 Fax: (03) 9804 7813
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.parishofsouthyarra.org.au