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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.



25th OCTOBER 2020

3 Lyons St Sth Ballarat

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

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.

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Mass in the Chapel at St John of God Hospital is live streamed daily at 11.30am.  After Mass has been celebrated it is posted onto the Cathedral website.


Readings for this week: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First:   Exodus 22:20-26 Second: Thessalonians 1:5-10

Matthew 22:32-40

Readings for next week:  All Saints

First:   Apocalypse 7:2-4, 9-14  Second: John 3:1-3

Matthew 5:1-12


Shelia Barrett, Lorna Holmes


Roma Ahearn
Giovanni Bongiorno

Rody Canty
Olive Conroy
John Alfred Elliott
John Elliott
Marlene Ellis
Beatrice Hayes
Helena Iwanowski
Carole Jones
Marie Jones
John Kyatt
Margaret Mason
Barry McDonald
John McManus
Aaron Muir
John Nicholas
Monsignor Henry Nolan
Henry O'Callaghan
William Redman
Edward Schreenan
Rose Schreenan
Roma Saitta
Mary Taffe
Noel Torpy
Joy Wright

Saving liberalism from itself

Pope Francis’ third encyclical ‘poses an incremental expansion of the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching which carefully lays bare its logic and gently radicalises some of its implications’, writes Damian Howard SJ. In Fratelli tutti, how does the pope respond to a confused and troubled world which is struggling to articulate a vision for its future, with a gospel-centred narrative which is both practical and ambitious?

Catholic Social Teaching just keeps coming these days. That should be no surprise at a time of such upheaval. Only five years ago, in what seems like a different world, Laudato si’ prophetically placed the ecological crisis centre stage for the Church and the world. The enormous agenda that teaching document mapped out seemed at the time more than enough to be getting on with. Since then a whole new vocabulary has come into being, expressive of a set of new social and political challenges: Brexit, MAGA, Covid-19, BLM, fake news, lockdown, cancel culture, QAnon … Pope Francis is surely right to think that a confused world urgently needs some Catholic common sense, and that is precisely what Fratelli tutti provides.

Pastoral Care Education

An exciting opportunity for education and formation in Pastoral Care, with the option to have a CPE unit recognised as 30 points should you wish to enrol in theological studies with the University of Divinity, is now available in regional Victoria.

The South West Victoria CPE Centre is registered through the Association for Supervised and Clinical Pastoral Education Victoria (ASACPEV Inc.) and supported by an advisory group.   Bernadette Wurlod is the Clinical Pastoral Supervisor and CPE Centre Director.

The Church on the move
The sense of looking forward to a happy Christmas has perhaps never felt more real than in 2020. In a year hallmarked by isolation, suffering, financial pain and dislocation, we have all had to find ways to endure what has been a year like no other. Here in Victoria, we battle against frustration as we try to understand the various steps of what is called a roadmap towards a “Covid Normal” life. The roadmap metaphor is one which gives us an anchor – a way of understanding what is required of us.

The reality is that many of us long for getting on the move and returning to normal. The celebration of our faith has changed along with everything else, but this presents opportunities for seeing new ways of moving forward.

For those of a certain age, childhood memories include the textbook used for Religious Education: My Way to God. Many people, whether or not they have a religious framework that serves as a guide for their lives, speak often of “life’s journey”. It would seem, then, that we are a people most fully alive when we have a clear sense of direction – where we have come from, and where we are going. In this context, a sense of "mission" is relevant. To be on mission is surely to have our eyes set on the future: a future enabled by decisions made in the present.

The month of October, known as Mission Month across Australia, provides for us an opportunity to consider again the many ways in which we engage with others in the spirit of mission. This year, it has become very clear that we are dependent on each other. Some of us have had the challenge of social isolation, whilst others have experienced some surprising challenges of cohabitation – both far from ideal as we thrive most when we are open to a whole range of human interactions. While many of us miss the local football club or farmer’s market – the good news is that our sense of Church is multi-dimensional: family, neighbourhood, parish, and also the global community.

Applications invited for Study and Mentoring (SAM) Leadership Program
Since its foundation and throughout its 163-year history, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan Congregation has been committed to the flourishing of women. The Sisters have educated girls and women from pre-school to tertiary levels. They also have been engaged in adult education and adult faith formation.
Not only have they educated women, they have companioned them as mentors, counsellors, spiritual directors and simply as friends.
The Sisters recognise the need for women’s leadership within the Church for only when women contribute their experience and wisdom can the Church truly fulfil God’s mission. The Church suffers when women’s gifts are not called upon.
In his prayer intention for this month, Pope Francis asks everyone to pray that women be given greater leadership roles in the Church. “Today, it is especially necessary to create broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church … We must promote the integration of women, especially where important decisions are made.”
The Good Samaritan Study and Mentoring (SAM) Leadership Program offers both financial and personal support to mature-aged Catholic women as they undertake undergraduate or postgraduate theological/spiritual study at a recognised theological Institution.

Our housing system is broken.

Whether you’re struggling to find shelter each night or looking to buy your first home, the government can do simple things to fix the system - to make sure everyone has a home.

Catholic Social Services Victoria, Caroline Chisholm Society, McAuley Community Services for Women, St Vincent de Paul Society, Sacred Heart Mission, Ballarat Community Health and the City of Ballarat are amongst many campaign partners campaigning for

5 simple things our Government can do to fix Australia's housing system

1.   Support for first home-buyers
2.   A National Housing Strategy
3.   A better deal for renters
4.   Immediate relief for Australians in chronic rental stress
5.   A plan to end homelessness by 2030

We’re all affected – but there’s a solution for everyone

Renters, first homebuyers and people who just need a safe roof over their heads. What happens to one of us, affects everybody.

It’s time to fix the housing system.


Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Envelopes: $ 225.00  Presbytery: $ 290.20

Due to the cancellation of Masses, should you wish to continue your Planned Giving or contribution to the First Collection, please hand your envelope into the Parish Office, phone Finance Officer Kerrie to receive a Direct Debit form, or put your offering in an envelope into the mailbox near the front door.

Any queries or concerns, please contact the
Parish Office or email Finance Officer Kerrie.


Gospel Reflection

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Matthew 22:34-40)

Until fairly recently, the Jewishness of Jesus was often downplayed, even ignored. Today’s gospel passage has Jesus affirming the most central of Jewish traditions, namely the command of Deuteronomy 6 known as the Shema (so called from the first word in the statement meaning “hear”). The words of the Shema are recited repeatedly every day by every faithful Jew. Although not a prayer in itself, the Shema is an integral part of Jewish liturgy and prayer. It is a creedal statement that continues to function like an overture to Jewish life and practice. The doorpost at the entrance to a Jewish home generally features a tiny rectangular box known as a mezuzah. It contains a scroll bearing the text of the Shema. Those who enter touch the mezuzah with the greatest reverence. When I first encountered this practice, I was deeply affected by the power of the symbol to link one with the deep story of a people, in this case with that of the Jewish people.

In Matthew’s story, Jesus the Jew provides an honest response to the less than honest questioning of an expert in Jewish law. He overlooks the hostility of the lawyer and the Sadducees with whom the lawyer has aligned himself. He evokes the text of the Shema. Jesus thus invites the lawyer to return to the heart of their shared tradition. He links the teaching of the Shema on wholehearted love of God with a second commandment taken from Leviticus 19: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself”. The lawyer’s unfair “testing” of Jesus is evidence that this is precisely what he fails to do: he addresses Jesus as teacher, a term of respect, and yet fails to show him the respect due to him as neighbour.

For Jesus, the whole of the Torah and the teaching of the prophets can be summed up in the commandments to love God with all of one’s being-heart, soul and mind, and to love one’s neighbour as oneself. Not just love, but intensity of love is the issue here. One is to love with the whole of one’s being. One is to care for others as one cares for oneself. We see such intensity of love in those who are giving their lives to save those infected with Covid-19. Front-line health workers are three times more likely to contract the infection than others and yet few hesitate to turn up day after day to be there for their patients. Amnesty International estimates that some seven thousand health professionals have already lost their lives to the virus. The witness of their commitment functions like the mezuzah in our lives: it draws us back into the heart of the gospel tradition and calls us to a deeper, more intense love. It also helps us to deal with the insincerity of those who seek to score points and undermine the dignity of others.

Veronica Lawson RSM

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EDITORIAL BOARD Sr Geraldine Mugavin, Mrs Julie Boyd, Ms Kate Lawry, Ms Fiona Tonkin, Dr Susan Crowe, Mrs Bernadette Lynch, Fr Adrian McInerney, Mrs Jane Collins.

The next ODC will be in November 2020.


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