In 1965 the Archdiocese purchased the property where the Parish currently stands and after extensive renovations and changes to the buildings and grounds, Fr Denis Adami was transferred from Holy Rosary, Waverley, and in 1967 commenced with the task of establishing the Queenswood parish community. Prior to this he had been instrumental in the planning of this new parish which was a dream of his.
An integral part of the church building is the Wall of Light – a 20m long wall of stained glass, designed by artist Leo Theron. The central piece of the work is the altarpiece and the gold-leafed crucifix behind it.
The first marriage recorded in the Parish register was of the Fieldings in April 1967.
Over the years a number of Priests have served this Parish – after the sad passing of Fr Adami in 1985 the parish was blessed to be led by Fr Peter Switala, Fr Robert MacKay, Fr Ralph Milburn, Fr Cyril Schulpen, Fr Johan Strydom, Fr Craigh Laubscher and from February 2013, Fr Chris Townsend.
In November 2000, a Chapel of Perpetual Adoration was established which is a constant reminder of God’s love and has parishioners in attendance 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.
The Garden of Remembrance planning started in 1991 and in 1992 permission was granted for the establishment of this area behind the church building. A revamp of the area was done in 2006.
When the space available for Catechism classes became far too limited and in addition a meeting place was needed for the Youth, a decision was made to purchase the ground next to the Priest’s house and to form the Denis Adami Centre. The Centre was officially opened as a tribute to Fr Adami and the crucial role he played in the establishment of the Parish. It now also houses an informal coffee bar and the parish Repository.
Over the years the Parish has formed a very robust “band” which lifts the roof on Sunday evenings and the other Masses are led by gifted musicians. In addition the Youth group has grown from strength to strength also incorporating a soup kitchen in their activities. This adds to the Siyafunda Haven Outreach Programme which collects, packs and supplies food parcels to a vast amount of families. The Catechism Programme now fulfills the spiritual needs of a big group of children from pre-school through to Confirmation.
With a very competent Parish Council and Finance committee running the business side of the Parish and a new and inspiring Priest for the spiritual needs, the Parish will continue to grow in numbers and popularity.