Ms JODI McKAY ( Strathfield ) ( 13:35 ): I bring to the attention of the House the 100-year celebration of St Joseph's Parish, Enfield. A century ago Father John Considine bought a plot of land on Liverpool Road that was previously an open air cinema. The first building on the site was finished in 1917 and extended in 1922 to serve as the church and school until 1931, when the current church was constructed. The church was designed by Clement Clancy in the style of inter-war academic classical architecture and is admired and appreciated in Enfield.
Beside the church is St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, which was auspiced by the Sisters of Saint Joseph who continue to play an important role in the life of the church. To understand the parish community one needs only to look to St Joseph, who was a master craftsman and a patron of human work. This commitment to human endeavour is reflected in the congregation's dedication to social justice and to building a loving, supporting and respectful faith community. I congratulate St Joseph's Parish on its 100-year celebration and recognise Father Anthony Mifsud who guides the parish as it enters its second century of service to God.