Our Parish History

Christ the Redeemer, Maronite Catholic Parish of The Hills was formally established by His Excellency Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay on the 2nd April 2016, to bring the local Maronite Catholic’s in The Hills District (estimated 1,500 households) together to form a community and establish a place to gather and worship especially for the young families, youth and elderly.

Currently, CTR Parish is holding four weekend Masses between the Marymount Mercy Centre Chapel in Castle Hill and Our Lady of Lourdes Baulkham Hills. Our major community and faith events including for Christmas and Easter have been held at Gilroy College Hall, Castle Hill.
Since CTR’s establishment, we have held six Parish Planning and Workshop Days working towards finding a permanent location to build a Church and Community Facilities.

It was with great excitement that Monsignor Shora Maree announced on the 27th of June 2020 that after nearly 5 years of searching, researching and negotiating that 669 Old Northern Rd, Round Corner Dural, was secured by the way of an option agreement. On the 13th of October 2021 contracts were unconditionally exchanged. Settlement occurred on the 9th of December 2021.

The Development Application was submitted via the NSW Government Planning Portal and the application lodged with Hornsby Council. After Hornsby Council had completed their assessment of the application their Assessment Report was uploaded to the Planning Portal recommending Approval. After several months of deliberation, The Sydney North Regional Planning Panel convened to determine the Application and notification was received stating that the Development Application was APPROVED.

Please click here for all documents relating to the approved CTR Development Application.

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According to the grace of God given to me… I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it.

1 Corinthians 3:10

“The Church of God that will last into eternity is the Church of living stones, built upon the cornerstone of Christ that must constantly be built up.”

— 1 Peter 2:5