One hundred and seventy five years will separate Campbelltown’s oldest and newest churches when Ingleburn’s Holy Family is complete within the next couple of months.
While parish priest Father Peter Caruana would not say how much the new church cost to build, he said it was not a small project.
“It is a project that the parish has been saving up for over 20 years so it is wonderful to finally see the vision become a reality,” he said.
Father Caruana said the church was not designed in an “over-bearing” or “superfluous” fashion.
It was simply built to accommodate a modern and ever-expanding congregation.
“My aim for the new church was not to produce a grand design that was over-bearing or superfluous in any way,” he said.
“My motive was to build a dignified church that didn’t merely look like a building with a cross.
“The design is Romanesque in style, modelled on the churches in Europe.
“If we are true to the gospel … all our actions, including planning the future size of our churches, needs to reflect this.
“We needed to consider the population increases projected for Ingleburn and Minto.
“With the new estate going in around the area, the population of Ingleburn and Minto will be close to doubling over the next 15 years, so we need a church that can cater for such large increases in population.”
The new church will hold about 600 people – about 150 people more than the existing church’s capacity.
Once the new church is complete, work will begin on converting the existing church, which was constructed in 1968, into a school hall for the neighbouring Holy Family Catholic Primary School.
Principal Paul Moroney said the hall – which will also be used by the local parish – would include a new kitchen, meeting rooms, storerooms and toilets.
“We are really looking forward to it because the school has never had a hall, all our functions have always been outside,” he said.
Campbelltown’s oldest church is St Johns Roman Catholic Church in Broughton Street, which was built in 1841.