St Mary’s Parish Concord is part of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia, and includes parts of the suburbs of Concord, Burwood, Strathfield, North Strathfield and Canada Bay. Concord parish has common boundaries with the parishes of Five Dock, Mortlake, Concord West, Homebush, Strathfield, Enfield and Croydon. St Mary’s Parish was founded in 1870 although a church was first established on the parish site in 1845.
The parish operates St Mary’s Villa, a residential aged care facility. The parish also provides pastoral care for other private nursing homes in the local area and Strathfield Private Hospital. Parish special ministers of Communion take Communion each week to the Catholic residents in the various nursing homes.
Parish catechists go each week to Concord State Primary school to teach the Catholic children and a team of volunteers lead a Children’s Liturgy of the Word on Sunday mornings. There is an active team assisting with the various preparation programmes for parents presenting children for the sacraments and others are working with adult candidates for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Other parish groups include the St Vincent de Paul Society, faith sharing group and an Italian prayer group. The Passionist Family Group Movement has four active groups in the parish.