Holy Doors across Johannesburg

The following are the name Holy Doors across the Archdiocese of Johannesburg in
the different Deaneries and at the Schoenstatt Shrine.
The presence of a Holy Door makes the Cathedral or designated Church a
particular place of Pilgrimage, a focus of Prayer and openness to God’s mercy and
the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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Welcome to the website of the St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Parish, Victory Park, Johannesburg, South Africa, a parish served by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI).

Our church can be found between 13th Street in Linden and Road No. 3 in Victory Park, Johannesburg (GPS 26˚ 08’ 30.3” S and 28˚ 00’ 09.34” E).

We were founded in 1947 and are happily alongside one of Johannesburg’s most established and successful Catholic schools, the De La Salle Holy Cross College, along with a nearby Catholic centre of tertiary excellence, St. Augustine’s University.

Holy Mass Times  

Sunday:                                              Saturday:                              
06:30 (English),                               08:00, 18:00 (English)             
08:00 (English),
10:00 (English),                                 Weekdays:
14:00 (Sotho/Zulu),                        06:00, 08:00, 17:30 
17:30 (English – youth)


Parish Priest

Fr. James Ralston OMI
Email: victorypark.stcharles@catholicjhb.org.za

Parish Office

011 782 5417

Office Hours Monday- Friday 9am-2pm 


In case of emergency please feel free to contact our parish deacons:

Rev. Deacon Kevin Kilroe               
082 295 6919

Rev. Deacon Paddy Maddison
082 879 9728

Rev. Deacon Mike Harrington


50th Anniversary of St Charles Church Building

Saint Charles Borromeo parish in Victory Park, Johannesburg, celebrated the 50th jubilee of its church building on the solemnity of Corpus Christi on 29 May 2016.  The celebratory mass was presided by His Grace Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, O.M.I.   The building was consecrated on 31 May 1966, six months after the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council.  Its iconic design, from which it derives its endearing name of “the Lemon Squeezer” received an architectural design award at the time.

In his welcoming address, the Pastoral Council chairman, Patrick de Laroche, reminded parishioners that the celebration was not about bricks, mortar and stain glass windows, but rather about the living stones that make up St Charles: the people, the generations of families, visitors and immigrants, the Oblate priests and deacons, the bishops, the faithful departed, who have passed through its doors to worship and experience God’s loving kindness and mercy, and proclaim His holiness.  For this reason the words of Psalm 6:4 were chosen as the jubilee theme: ‘We are filled with the blessings of your house’.

Archbishop Tlhagale in his homily congratulated parishioners and spoke on the central role that the Eucharist had played in the life of the St Charles community over the past 50 years. Generations of parishioners had built St Charles by passing on the faith and their love of the Eucharist.  He commended the parish for its commitment to assisting poorer parishes with building projects and helping those in need.

Parish priest Fr James Ralston O.M.I. pleasingly remarked that many of the parishioners who witnessed the building going up 50 years ago and who were present at its consecration, were also present at the jubilee mass.  Parishioners were treated to cake and refreshments after the mass, while a youth brass band provided a very festive atmosphere.  

The jubilee is also being celebrated with a concert by the Chanticleer Singers on 7 June in the church.  The concert includes works by classical composers whose anniversaries coincide with the jubilee, as well as commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.