Welcome to our Sacred Heart website. I am Fr Michael Morley the Parish Priest in Tatura.
I often refer to our town as a little hamlet because it is not on main highways, you have to turn off to come visit us and this is usually a nice surprise for the visitor.
We are a small community of approximately 3,500 people of which about 30% are Catholic according to the latest Census. This is above the national average of 20-25%. Since the Second World War, we have had a large number of Italian migrants settling in the area. They have been involved with the farming sector through market gardens, orchards, dairy and general farming. This is all possible by irrigation. This is one reason why the Goulburn Valley is known as the fruit bowl of the nation.
We are blessed with a beautiful church which was 100 years old in 2012. We have a lovely school with approximately 210 students (the website is: www.shtatura.catholic.edu.au) . The Mercy Convent and the Parish Hall also give a great witness to the long tradition of the Mercy Sisters and our forebears. We are located at the west end of the main street, Hogan Street. So our parish gives a great witness to anyone visiting our town.
Our parish is part of the Sandhurst Diocese (the website is: www.sandhurst.catholic.org.au) and we are one of, originally, 43 parishes with the shortage of priests some priests are looking after two or three parishes. We have many groups who are actively ministering in our parish and answering the needs of the parish and community. You can download our Parish Directory in the Links section above.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website, and I hope this may lead you to visit us sometime.
Kind regards and blessings
Fr Michael Morley.