HISTORY OF THE PARISH
Jabiru, situated some 260km east of Darwin, is towards the northern end of Kakadu National Park – a place of increasing significance in the Territory’s tourist industry.
Of even greater significance is the uranium industry of the Alligator River Region. In 1970 Queensland Mines announced the discovery of a uranium deposit at Narbarlek, to the NE of Jabiru. This site is now completely mined and stockpiled with a life expectancy of around 25 years.
In 1979/80 Darwin began to provide a monthly Mass for the people of the mining area. Since the town itself was at the early stages of constructions there was a problem to find a proper place to meet since the Mass was celebrated at the Conference Hall, the Recreation Room, the Play Group Building and the AV Room at the Jabiru School. It wasn’t until 1981 when newly appointed Fr Keith Comer called a parish meeting to discuss the building of a Church and found strong support from the community.
St Peter was proclaimed Parish Patron on 22nd August, 1982, three months before the full completion of the Parish Church which was first used on 7th November, 1982, for the Confirmation Mass.
LIFE AND MISSION OF THE PARISH
About 50 people regularly attend the Sunday Mass which is provided on the first and third Sunday of the Month. A celebration of the Word of God, led by our priests and two families from St Mary’s Cathedral in Darwin, is also available every second and fourth Thursday of the Month.
Fr Milton Manuel Arias - Administrator
Fr Miguel Zavarese - Assistant Priest
Mr Elio & Mrs Mariapia Gagliardo - Adult Faith Formation
Mr Michael & Mrs Dianne Bartlett - Adult Faith Formation
CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENTS
Eucharist (Mass) Word Celebration
Every 1st and 2nd Sunday of the month 9:00am Every 2nd and 4th Thursday 7:00pm
St Peter’s Church (within St Francis of Assisi Parish)
Tasman Crescent, Jabiru, NT
PO Box 610, Humpty Doo, NT, 0836
Telephone: +61 8 8988 2235
Fax: +61 8 8988 4005