Marriage Plebiscite: What is at stake

We have more information on our page about the Marriage Plebiscite.

“We the people of St Gertrude’s Parish are a Catholic Community in South West Sydney, mindful of our history, with a concern for ecumenical issues.     We are called to; Nurture faith development in the whole life of all our community, Celebrate God’s love for us in the person of Jesus in both Word and Sacrament and Evangelise by proclaiming the joy of salvation to the wider community.”


Welcome to the website of the Catholic parish of St Gertrude in Smithfield, NSW, Australia. We are one parish with two churches, The Shrine of St Benedict in Smithfield and St Therese of the Infant Jesus in the neighbouring suburb of Fairfield West, as well as numerous ethnic and spiritual communities.

This is an exciting time of renewal, revitalisation and development in our parish and, as you browse our website, you might see some of the breadth of activity underway.

Our vitality as a parish is nurtured and sustained by the spirituality of the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit and through our various Liturgical and Outreach ministries and parish personnel.

For those who wish to know more about our parish, or are considering joining us, please contact me to discuss your needs.

For those already in the parish, there are many opportunities for you to become involved. I invite you to consider the ways in which you might feel comfortable in sharing your gifts and time with others.

Best wishes,

Fr. Jarek Zan OSPPE
Parish Priest