Mater Dolorosa Church, Balgownie

The first Balgownie church was erected in 1908 and it seated 120 people. This church – along with the old School of Arts in Elliotts Road and the old Council Chambers on the Princes Highway - served the people of Balgownie and Fairy Meadow until Fairy Meadow was established as a parish in 1947.

In 2006 there were approximately 6,300 Catholics in the Fairy Meadow/Balgownie Parish. There is the strong presence of the Italian Community who have weekly Sunday and Thursday Mass. The Vietnamese Community celebrates Mass every Sunday and every first Friday. Syro-Malabar community celebrates Mass at Mater Dolorosa every Sunday. Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School opened its doors on the Fairy Meadow site in 2012. It combined the best of the Good Samaritan tradition at both Saint John Vianney and Saint Francis Xavier’s schools.