Fairy Meadow was established as a parish in 1947. Father W. Neilson was the first parish priest but Father W. McCormack, “the builder”, built the present church of Saint John Vianney, the school, the Convent and the present church of Mater Dolorosa.
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.