OUR Lady of the Angels parish is a step closer to getting a new church for its growing congregation.
Parish priest Father Warren Edwards said building piers were now being constructed for the new building at Kellyville, with the church expected to be completed in 12 to 14 months.
"We now have three masses every weekend with 800 to 1000 attendees in our current church, mostly young families typifying the demographic of the area," Father Warren said with reference to a temporary structure erected on the same parcel of land as Our Lady of the Angels Primary School.
Worship began there in February 2009 but the parish itself started in 2007, with a weekly mass at St Gregory's Armenian School at Rouse Hill which drew about 150 people.
"We had to build a church and school here for the population because that's where the Catholics are; they need one," Father Warren said.
"This church can comfortably seat 250 but at a couple of the masses they'll spill onto the verandah."
The new church would seat 500 people and would also be on the school grounds.
It was designed with the help of a church building committee who asked for an iconic, traditional-looking church; "one the people of Rouse Hill, Catholic or not, could be proud of," Father Warren said.
He said both the architecture and artwork would be "uplifting".