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Bulli is a Northern suburb of Wollongong and is a short distance (about 15 kilometres) from Wollongong, and is also part of the Illawarra region, which is 75 kilometres south of Sydney along the Princes Highway, NSW Australia. The area was known for coal mining for many years and is known as the Black Diamond District. To the east is the blue peaceful waters of the Pacific Ocean and to the west, the escarpment. The church is situated half way between these two great wonders of the South Coast. Our parish is made up of three areas: Bulli, Woonona and Russell Vale, all coastal towns. We are serviced well by rail and road. We are a diverse parish of cultures, professions and interests. There are strong surf board riding groups, Surf Life Saving groups, Sport groups, social groups, cultural and art groups and church communities.
St. Joseph’s Bulli is the oldest of the four parishes that make up the Northern Illawarra Cluster, which includes Holy Cross Helensburgh, St. Michael’s Thirroul and St. Columbkille’s Corrimal.
Our parish is at the same time an aging parish with a strong growth of young families. The parish school has a population of approximately 360 students (representing approx. 230 families) in two streams from kindergarten through to year 6. Our parish plant comprises of the parish church which has been renovated and refurbished to meet the needs of modern/current liturgical practices. It has its own courtyard attached to a small hall (Monsignor O’Reilly Hall) for social functions and small community meetings. The courtyard was also designed to cater for the festival of light ceremony of the Easter Vigil with a purpose-built space to light the Easter Fire. The courtyard also has two TV monitors (for the liturgical presentations), as well as shade sails to shelter the overflow of people for Christmas and Easter celebrations. We also have a multi-purpose parish house, modern large parish school hall and many modern classrooms making up the school buildings. A Columbarium has been erected with several walls to cater for parishioners who wish to be interred in the grounds of the parish church. There are very strong committed groups of the parish like the Parents and Friends of the parish community school, Parish Pastoral Council, Parish Finance Committee, and Sacramental team. Parish ministries comprise Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Acolytes, Lay Presiders, Altar Servers, A/V operators. We cater for the very young and those who are aging gracefully.