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The distinctive Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Yoogali has been the heart of life for the Italian-Australian people of this regional community for more than 80 years. After so many years of service, this historically significant and much-loved church needs repair – to save the unique architecture and to protect its story for future generations.
Known to many as St Mary’s, the church is located in the village of Yoogali, near Griffith in New South Wales, Australia. The building is listed on the State Heritage Register. It is a functioning Catholic church – with a parish priest, regular Masses, monthly baptisms, and the occasional wedding and funeral being performed within its ageing walls. School students from the district are frequent visitors to the church, receiving sacraments and attending special services.