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St Patrick's Cathedral, Ballarat

Communities of Alfredton, Ballarat, Cardigan
Lake Gardens, Lake Wendouree, Lucas, Newington

St Patrick's Cathedral Parish acknowledges that the Aboriginal people of Australia are our first nation peoples and the traditional owners and custodians of this land.

We are a child safe Parish following the Child Safe Standards outlined by the Victorian Government, implementing procedures and standards as directed by the Professional Standards Office of the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat.


14th November, 2021

3 Lyons St Sth Ballarat

Parish Office hours:
Tuesday - Friday
10.00am - 5.00pm

Telephone: 53 312 933

On Mondays the Parish Office is closed.

On weekends and after regular office hours,
the phone will be transferred to the on call priest
so that the Hospitals, Aged Care facilities, Funeral Directors
or others seeking the services of a priest may be responded to.

Cathedral Clergy: Frs Justin Driscoll and Eladio Lizada
Parish Coordinator: Anita Houlihan
Finance Officer: Kerrie McTigue

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Sunday Masses with up to 150 in attendance in the
Cathedral and 120 in the SPC Chapel

(bookings are not required to attend these Masses but full vaccination status needs to be provided upon entry)

St Patrick’s Cathedral
6.30pm Vigil




St Pa
trick’s College Chapel  
1431 Sturt St Ballarat
Weekday Masses will be celebrated in the Cathedral
When the limit is indicated for 30 people, no vaccination status is required

Monday - 9.45am (30)

Tuesday - 10.00am

Wednesday - 10.00am

Thursday - 10.00am

Friday            7.30am (30)          12.05pm                11.30am Reconciliation
Saturday                        10.00am                      10.30am Reconciliation

It will no longer ne necessary to book for Sunday Masses.
Upon entry to the Cathedral, masks are still required to be worn. Please register with the QR Code and also with the COVID-19 Marshall who will verify your vaccination status

Celebrations of the sacrament of Baptism will continue to take place each Sunday, spread throughout the afternoon with each family gathering for the baptism of their child in groups of 30.

When someone’s vaccination status is unknown, there is a limit of 30 people able to attend Mass. Aware that not everyone will be fully vaccinated, our parishes will each offer one Mass during the week where no vaccination status will be required. Thirty people will be able to attend and it will be a requirement to book in with the respective parish. These Masses will commence on Monday November 8th.

9.45am at St Patrick’s Cathedral (53 312 933)

9.30am at St Michael’s Bungaree (53 340 450)

9.30am at St Aloysius Redan (0455 212 123)

10.00am at OLHC Wendouree (53 392 302)

7.30am St Patrick's Cathedral

9.30am at St Alipius Ballarat East (53 326 611)

5.00pm at St Alipius Ballarat East

Please note:  All Mass attendees are required to:

* Wear a mask
* Check in via QR Code and check in on the registration list provided
* Use hand sanitiser on your way into the Cathedral

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If you feel that you need support or would like to speak with a priest or a member of our Cathedral team please contact the Parish Office, which will be attended for the usual times (Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm), on
53 312 933 or alternatively you can email

We encourage all parishioners to reach out to their neighbours, family members, friends, colleagues and especially to those that you know who live on their own.

For many, restrictions are a challenge and our pastoral care of each other is an expression of our faith in the compassionate Christ and belonging to the Body of Christ.

November 14 sees the fifth celebration of the World Day of the Poor. An initiative strongly desired by Pope Francis in order to urge the Church and the faithful to ‘go out’ to encounter poverty in the various ways it manifests itself in the modern world and in order to reach out to those most in need. This year the motto chosen to promote the Day comes from Saint Mark's Gospel: “The poor you will always have with you” (Mk 14:7), made known as usual through the Holy Father's Message released on the day of Saint Anthony of Padua, last June 13. As it does every year, the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, the Vatican Dicastery charged by the Pope with promoting the event, has organized several initiatives that will be carried out in the week leading up to this day.

Pope Francis’ Meeting with the Poor at Assisi

On Friday, November 12, The Holy Father will make a private visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (‘Saint Mary of the Angels’) at Assisi where he will meet with a group of 500 poor people from different parts of Europe and will spend time listening to and praying with them. The Pope will be welcomed by the ‘embrace of the poor’ who will bestow on him the pilgrim's cloak and staff before accompanying him in procession to the Basilica. First Pope Francis, following in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi, will pause to pray at the Portiuncula, one of the most important places in the life of the Saint, where he loved to welcome his friars and many poor people, and where Saint Clare decided to consecrate herself to the Lord. There, at the end of the celebration, the Holy Father will make the significant gesture of blessing a stone previously taken from the Portiuncula by the Franciscan Friars (the Order of Friars Minor - OFM) of Umbria, destined for homeless shelter ‘Roses of Saint Francis’ of Trsat, founded in 2007 by the local fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order of Trsat, in the city of Rijeka, Croatia, whose representatives will be present.

Readings for this week:   33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

First: Daniel 12:1-3    Second: Hebrews 10:11-14, 18

Gospel:    Mark 13:24-32

Readings for next week: Christ the King

First: Daniel 7:13-14    Second: Apocalypse 1:5-8

Gospel:    John 18:33-37

Elisabeth Gerkin, Jane Matthews, Kierce O'Loughlin, Colin Rogers

Mary Allport
Bruce Clifton
Giacomo Costa
Lesley Driscoll
Jean Favaloro
Arthur Gillett
Shirley Isaacs
Mary Mahar
Francis Murphy
Andrew O'Brien
Andrew Patterson
John Raul
Nancy Rozycki
Nikolai Sahnycs
James Shanahan
William Simmons
Johannes Spee
Christopher Storey
Valma Thompson
Margaret Urch
Ted Walker
Donald Warden
Rebecca Weston

This weekend, we welcome to our Parish through the Sacrament of Baptism:

Priya Louise and Ned Alexander McGuinness
children of Martin and Taya

"The Church gives the faith to your children through Baptism and you have the task to make it grow…" Pope Francis.

May these children grow in faith with the support of their
families and our Catholic Community.

Children and their families who have been preparing for the
Sacrament of Confirmation with celebrate their Sacrament this coming week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and also on
Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.30pm and Sunday Mass at 10.30am

We keep in our prayers the 149 children and their families.

Those long and boring homilies

Catholic priests and people in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, have their say about how long homilies should or should not be.
The major seminary of Saints Peter and Paul in Ouagadougou, 3 November 2021 (Photo by Kamboissoa Samboé/ LCA)

The purpose of the homily during Mass is to connect the day's readings to the lives of those in the congregation, and thus introduce them to the actual Eucharistic celebration. But in Ouagadougou, the capital of the landlocked West African country of Burkina Faso, some of the faithful doze off during the liturgy – especially when the priest or deacon starts preaching.

Many worshipers say this is because the homilist goes on for too long."A long homily tires us and we often get the impression that the preacher is doing his one-man show," said Serge Vanié, a member of Our Lady of the Apostles Parish on the southeast side of Ouagadougou. But Benjamin Bamogo disagrees. He said he "never tires of a homily". "I like long homilies," insisted Bamago, a member of Saint Jean Marie Vianney Parish in Tampuy on the city's northwest side.

Hyacinthe Sam, who is a member of the National Council of the Laity in Burkina Faso, said there is no need for lengthy homilies. "It's all a matter of preparation; you can give a good homily in less than 10 minutes that can bear fruit with the faithful, instead of indulging in crowds," he said. "Often, many priests need to be trained in modern theories of modern text analysis, outside of homiletics, especially on communication techniques," Sam pointed out.

Church shores up ability to support victims, survivors

A capital injection from Catholic dioceses and religious orders has strengthened Catholic Church Insurance’s and the Church’s ability to make financial reparations for abuse carried out by priests, religious and lay people. Catholic Church Insurance (CCI), which has been supporting Catholic parishes, schools, community services and other ministries for more than 100 years, last year reported that recent and projected compensation claims for historical abuse had necessitated an increase in the company’s capital levels. Eighteen current CCI shareholders contributed to a capital injection earlier this year, which solidifies the broader insurance business, but especially the historical abuse claims that CCI covers.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge said bishops and leaders of religious congregations have worked with CCI over decades. Since the 1990s, that collaboration has included finding ways to provide financial compensation to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. “The recent work we have undertaken together means we can assure the Catholic community and wider public that survivors of historical abuse will be treated justly, with no impact on compensation arrangements,” Archbishop Coleridge said.

Br Peter Carroll FMS, the president of Catholic Religious Australia, which represents leaders of religious institutes and societies of apostolic life, said the cash injection was the correct and necessary step. “Our Church has a commitment to protecting those who are vulnerable, and part of our history is that some of our members greatly harmed vulnerable people,” Br Peter said. “Responding compassionately to reports of abuse, through compensation, pastoral care and other support, is a way to make reparations. This cash injection solidifies one part of that response.” Archbishop Coleridge added: “The mission of the Church can only be carried out if we show, in concrete ways, that we are deeply sorry for the abuse that has occurred and that we want to bring some healing, where that is possible.”

Pope warns of 'God's judgement' if COP26 fails
Pope Francis, pictured here on Sunday, sent a special message to Scots Catholics, read out at Mass in Coatbridge yesterday.
CNS photo/Vatican Media

Pope Francis has warned that if action is not taken at COP26 to remedy the ecological crisis already underway, “we would face God’s judgement” for “our failure to act as stewards of creation”.

The message from the Pope to Scots Catholics was read out by Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, the Pope’s representative in the UK, at a special Mass attended by all eight of Scotland’s bishops.

Asking Scots Catholics to “persevere in the faith”, the Holy Father asked the faithful of Scotland to pray that they renew “their commitment to being convincing witnesses of the joy of the gospel”.

The Pope said in his message: “Time is running out. This occasion must not be wasted, lest we have to face God’s judgement for our failure to be faithful stewards of the world he has entrusted to our care.’

The homily, entitled “To the Catholics of Scotland”, also imparted the Pope’s blessing upon the assembled faithful at the Mass in St Augustine’s church, Coatbridge.

Present at St Augustine’s, a parish church of the Motherwell diocese, were hundreds of lay Catholics, clergy and delegations of students from the Catholic primary and secondary schools of the area.

Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire is a heavily Catholic town, with 23,000 Catholics comprising well over half of the resident population. Commenting on this fact before reading out the Pope’s message, Archbishop Gugerotti noted that he was in “the heart of Catholic Scotland”.

The Pope, who had been “very afflicted and very sad” when he was unable to attend COP26, according to the Nuncio, used the homily to stress his concern over the consequences of unmitigated climate change.

Before delivering the Pope’s homily, Archbishop Gugerotti, Papal Nuncio since last year, revealed that Francis had asked him to meet with the whole Catholic community. He asked the laity present that if they felt the hierarchy’s expression of Christ’s love was deficient, to let them know how “to do better”.

"The Church must be political... but bipartisan"

An interview with US Bishop John Stowe,
a Franciscan who stands with Pope Francis

Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv. (Photo curtesy Catholic Diocese of Lexington)

Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., was ordained as the third bishop of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky (USA) in May 2015.The following interview was conducted by email.

John Gehring: What would you like to see come out of the upcoming meeting of the U.S. bishops?

Bishop John Stowe: My hopes for the USCCB meeting are probably unrealistic, but I would love to see us as a conference modeling the synodal path that the Church has embarked upon. I would like to see real discernment, serious discussion, and prayerful listening before publishing a letter as important as a teaching document on the Eucharist. We are still in the midst of a global pandemic, which has diminished and even temporarily halted the public celebration of the Eucharist. Now that we have some experience of what many parts of the world experience regularly, a hunger for the Eucharist, and as we have seen the eagerness for gathering in community after a time of absence, the direction of a letter on the Eucharist should be primarily about the Body of Christ gathered in celebration of the Body of Christ, the meaning of the paschal sacrifice of Jesus, and the necessity of his life-giving sacrificial love, which the Church is called to incarnate in the world today.

Some bishops think that President Biden and other Catholic politicians who support a woman's right to abortion should be denied the Eucharist. How do you see this issue?

As some other U.S. bishops have correctly pointed out, there is no disagreement among the bishops about the immorality of abortion or the desire that the extinction of life in the womb not be protected as a constitutional right. But it is a complex issue for a responsible Catholic officeholder who recognizes the law of the land and must survive within the dynamics of a political party, believing what the Church teaches, but unclear as to how that should relate to the law. That would be true for someone who supports access to legal abortion, or supports capital punishment, or supports the cruel exclusion of refugees and desperate migrants. I am not alone in the view that the Eucharist should not be weaponized in a political battle, nor should it be received carelessly or as though it has no connection to one's public stances. The Church calls bishops to be in ongoing dialogue with our members who are politicians and to listen to them before presuming their reasons for supporting policies that are objectively immoral.

Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Parish $928.55
Presbytery $1,282.75

Any queries or concerns, or to make a contribution, please contact the Parish Office or email Finance Officer Kerrie.

Reflection on the Readings
This Sunday is the second to last Sunday of our liturgical year. As we approach the end of the Church year, our Gospel invites us to consider Jesus’ predictions and teaching about the end of the world. In the context of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus’ words about this are spoken to his disciples as he prepares them for his passion and death.

Before we consider Jesus’ words, it is important to note the political backdrop against which many think Mark’s Gospel was written. Most scholars concur that Mark wrote his Gospel for Christians living in or near Rome about 30 to 40 years after the death of Jesus. This was a time of political turmoil in Rome. Some Christians experienced persecution by the Romans during the reign of the emperor Nero (about 64 A.D.). Jewish revolutionaries rebelled against the Romans, which led the Romans to destroy the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. In this time of political turmoil and persecution, many in Mark’s community might have wondered if the end times predicted by Jesus were in fact quite near.

Last Sunday we heard Jesus’ observation about the contributions being made to the temple treasury and the example of sacrificial giving that he saw in the poor widow’s offering. If we had been reading Mark’s Gospel continuously, we would have heard Jesus predict the destruction of the Temple, his teaching about the costs of discipleship, and the woes that will accompany the end times. Finally, we would have heard Jesus instruct his disciples about the need for watchfulness so that they will not be caught unprepared for this final day of judgment.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus continues this teaching by offering his disciples signs to look for that will indicate that the coming of the Son of Man is near. His words and images draw upon Old Testament imagery, especially images found in the Book of Daniel. Next, Jesus offers the lesson of the fig tree, a parable that teaches that if one knows how to read the signs, one can be prepared for the end times. Jesus also teaches, however, that no one knows when the end time will come, except the Father. In the verses that follow this reading in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus continues to warn his disciples to be on watch for this end time.

Jesus’ words are not spoken to frighten his disciples, nor should they frighten us. Rather, they are offered to prepare us for the changes we will experience during our lifetimes and at the end times. Our consolation and hope is found in the lasting nature of Jesus’ words and God’s never-ending love for us.


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