St Francis Xavier Catholic Church - Former
St Francis Xavier Catholic Church - Former 06-12-2022 - Derek Flannery
St Francis Xavier Catholic Church - Former 02-01-2009 - Mattinbgn - See Note.

St Francis Xavier Catholic Church - Former

Murrabit, VIC 3579

Church Information

Church Name: St Francis Xavier Catholic Church - Former
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Catholic Church in Australia
Street Address: 1 Gonn Ave, Murrabit VIC 3579, Australia
Suburb: Murrabit
State: VIC
Postcode: 3579
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: 

No Foundation Stone or Memorial Plaque details are known. Information/photographs are invited.

A heritage sign records: Murrabit Catholic Church - Catholic services commenced in the early 1900s in the Chapel Crossing North School. The Parish Priest drove out from Kerang in a gig once a month to say Mass for the isolated settlers. In the mid 1930s, the Murrabit Schoold was used for Mass once a month and in late 1937 was transferred to the Murrabit Public Hall. - During the 1939~1945 war many Italian Prisoners of War attended Mass. The Parish Priest would preach a sermon in English, then in Italian making most times a very lengthy service! - Land was purchased for the erection of a church building in the early 1950s and it was suggested that money be raised by running a talent quest. Two successful quests were held. A calf rearing scheme was also started and when the calves were sold a substantial sum of money was added to the church funds. - The church was opened in December 1961 and named St Francis Xavier. The Ladies Committee served afternoon tea in the Murrabit Hall following the ceremony. The Church was built by Laursens and Mahers, both local building firms.

Date Opened: 00-12-1961
Date Closed: 00-00-2014


The former St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Murrabit is closed, and the property was sold in 2014. The church had been part of the Diocese of Sandhurst. The church building had opened in December 1961. No other details are known. More historical information/photographs of the former  church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 7/1/2023.

Note: Photograph attribution/source - By Mattinbgn - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Last Updated: Saturday 7th January, 2023