St Dominic’s Innaloo Parish was officially inaugurated on 1 November 1954 when the school/church was built and the school was opened and blessed on 6 February 1955 by Archbishop Prindiville. The Dominican Sisters administered the school until 1987.
The school was used as the church for twelve years until the church was opened on 14 December 1966 with Fr George O’Leary as parish priest.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Karrinyup was founded in 1965 and the first parish priest was Fr Michael Byrne. Mass was held in a Newborough Primary School classroom for two years and children were transported to Our Lady of Grace North Beach.
The school was opened in 1965 by The Sisters of the Holy Family Nazareth and staffed the school until 1970 when lay administrators and teachers took over responsibilities.
The church was built in 1970 largely by parishioners. The presbytery was built by contract builders around the same time.
Our Lady of Good Counsel is situated on Noongar land and the word Karrinyup was originally derived from the word Careniup, a combination of the Noongar name for a nearby swamp which means “the place where bush kangaroo graze and up meaning “near water”.
The amalgamation of the two parishes occurred in 2004 at the direction of the then Archbishop, Barry Hickey.