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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.

20th June, 2021
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.

This weekend (June 19th – 20th) we will welcome 150 people at each of the following Masses at the Cathedral:

5.30pm - Saturday
(including First Communion for 10 children)

8.00am - Sunday

10.30am - Sunday

5.00pm - Sunday
(including First Communion for 8 children)

Entrance to the Cathedral continues to be from the South Transept and face masks are required for entry. All entering must either use the QR Code or sign in with pen and paper.

Masses during the week
During the coming week, Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral each day with a maximum of 150 people in attendance. No registration will be required prior to attending, but upon entrance to the Cathedral (via the south transept door), use the QR code to register your attendance or sign in with the materials provided. Masks are required for entry.

Monday           10.00am
Tuesday            9.15am (Feast of St Thomas More, Mass at School)
                         5.00pm Mass with Bishop Paul and Clergy of the Diocese
Wednesday     10.00am
Thursday         10.00am
Friday              10.00am (followed by Reconciliation)
Saturday          10.00am (followed by Reconciliation)

Morning Prayer         prayed each day (Monday – Friday) at 8.00am
Evening Prayer          prayed each day (Monday – Friday) at 5.00pm

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Readings for this week:   Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First:  Job 38:1. 8-11  Second: 2 Corinthians 5:14-17

Gospel:  Mark 4:35-41

Readings for next week: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First: Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24   Second:   2 Corinthians 8:7. 9. 13-15

Gospel:  Mark 5:21-43

Nancy Atkinson, Fr Kevin Condon OP,  Beatrice Cudia,
Sr Rosemary Kelly RSM, Stan Markiewicz, Maureen Moynahan  

Catherine Barnes
June Bertalli
Angel Brown
Maurice Carroll
John Collins
Michael Francis Conroy
Maria Copi
Veronica Curran
Robert Digman
Bill Dowler
Margot Driscoll
Mary Franc
Mary Hall
Sharon Hunt
Kevin Linane
Fr Thomas Mahony CSsR
James Martin
Dawn Mathews
Thomas Minogue
Cecylia Mlynarczyk
Hilda O'Brien
Bridget Price
Helen Roberts
Catherine Singh
James Walker
Anthony White


After the easing of some restrictions that will allow larger gathering numbers, we continue celebrate First Eucharist with children from our Parish.

This weekend we welcome children and their families to the Saturday 5.30pm Vigil and Sunday 5.00pm Masses.

Please keep the children and their families in your prayers.

We welcome to our Parish this weekend through the Sacrament of Baptism:

Riley Kane Smith, son of Ebony and Matthew

Kamila Edna Abdirisak Ali, daughter of Stephanie and Abdi

Hazel Ivy Offer, daughter of Jess and Travis

We also welcome to the Cathedral Parish Community:

William Patrick Franklin, son of Josie and Benjamin

“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.

Majellan Media has launched a free App to help families with their faith and relationship issues.
The App has all Majellan media content in the one convenient place and includes the latest podcasts from Majellan’s Figuring out Families series, the latest news, and articles providing sound advice and spiritual nourishment to help families thrive.  

Exclusive content from The Majellan magazine which has been published quarterly in print form for more than 70 years is also featured. Articles are free to read in full and are available to share with family and friends.

Figuring out Families is a podcast series designed to provide practical advice on family and relationship issues. The series brings together experts in family relationships, including a marriage counsellor, to tackle the many and varying issues families face today.

There’s also access to the Majellan weekly newsletter which has thousands of subscribers. Other features include prayers for families; request for prayers; weekly articles; books on faith and families from the Majellan Bookstore; and Scriptural meditations and reflections.  

Majellan Media CEO Tony Biviano says the new App brings together faith, spirituality and family advice in an entertaining and easy to understand way.

“A sense of spiritual impoverishment is thought to be a major contributor to depression and anxiety, which is rising at alarming rates in Australia and throughout the world. Each week we publish reflections and prayers to help the many people who are suffering and feel spiritually undernourished,” he said.

“Over the years Majellan has helped thousands of families through our print and online resources and that wealth of experience can now be found on this App,” says Mr Biviano. “At the end of the day we just want to help families be the best that they can be.”

More information on the app is available here
Position Vacant - Spiritual and Pastoral Carer

St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish Ballarat invites applicants for the part-time position (15 hours per week) of Spiritual and Pastoral Carer.  This ministry will be exercised primarily at Ballarat Health Services, including the Base Hospital and the facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Centre.

Ballarat Health Services is the main public referral health service to the Grampians region of Victoria, with a catchment population of over 250,000 people. We are a Child Safe Parish following the Child Safe Standards outlined by the Victorian State Government, and implementing the policies, procedures and standards of the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat. 

Please contact the Cathedral Office for a position description and further information, 5331 2933 or

Applications close Friday, July 2, 2021 and are to be directed to    Fr Justin Driscoll, 3 Lyons St Sth, Ballarat 3350.

Keeping refugee advocacy alive

In the cruel world of the nineteenth century Industrial Revolution, English poet Arthur Hugh Clough wrote an ironic version of the Ten Commandments as practiced in Great Britain. The Fifth Commandment was: 'Thou shalt not kill, but needst not strive/Officiously to keep alive.'

In common usage ‘officiously’ then did not mean ‘bossily’ as it mostly does today, but as ‘one of the duties of your office’. The lines implied that, although governments and employers were not entitled to kill the people who depended on them, they had no responsibility to prevent them from dying of starvation.

As we mark World Refugee Day this year Clough’s lines speak to our world, too. In the world preoccupied with COVID-19 and with the difficulties of finding protection from it, people are tempted to focus exclusively on their own lives, their own families, their own interests and their own nations. They may see people who are outside their own group or their own country as threats to their health to be expelled and excluded, sometimes as a burden. Certainly, as people to whom they have no responsibility. Around the world politicians, who should lead people in commending a shared concern for the common good, often encourage xenophobia and introduce harsh measures to humiliate the already excluded.

The present climate offers little encouragement for people anyone who cares for refugees and wants to press their cause. It would be rash to think that things will change soon. It is understandable that people’s attention should turn inward to their close connections and immediate interests.

In public debate, too, governments will win more support than they lose by treating refugees brutally. Those who care for refugees must be in it for the long haul, encouraging one another ‘officiously to keep alive’. They must be in the business of lighting candles, not of cursing the darkness or pretending that the darkness is an acceptable place in which to live.

If we are ‘to keep alive’ we must constantly strive to move beyond the abstract characterisation of refugees, whether as innocent victims or as competitors for our jobs. We should instead hold in our imagination their faces. The reason why refugees matter is not because they are many, but because each is a person with her own hopes and sorrows, his own inalienable dignity, and their own right to help shape our world. They are not strangers, but brothers and sisters who should first be welcomed, wept over and laughed with, and only then be counted and classified.
In Australia this last week we have seen the moving image of four-year-old Tharnicaa Murugappan, comforted in her illness on Christmas Island by her sister Kopika.

Read this article from 'Eureka Street' by Andrew Hamilton SJ here
Fifth Plenary Council of Australia


As children of God, disciples of Jesus Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit, the Members of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia are called to develop concrete proposals to create a more missionary, Christ-centred Church in Australia at this time.

‘I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelisation of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation.’ Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium 27

“Through the Plenary Council, we are being called to consider how we can be a Church that goes out to the peripheries, that welcomes all into our communities and shows the face of Christ to the world,” Archbishop Costelloe said.

The agenda poses 16 questions, grouped into six inter-related themes: Conversion; Prayer; Formation; Structures; Governance; and Institutions. It challenges the members of the Plenary Council to develop “concrete proposals” in response to the questions.

The agenda for the Plenary Council can be found here.

Australia is in the middle of a homelessness crisis. Each night, over 25,000 children are experiencing homelessness across the country. Their safety, their education, their emotional and physical health are all suffering. If we don’t help now, this moment of pain may turn into a lifetime of struggle.

By supporting our Vinnies volunteers, you will help ensure that families at risk of homelessness get the financial and emotional support they need to keep their children safe.

Envelopes are available in the Cathedral this weekend and in weeks to come.  All donations may be made to the Cathedral Conference for the appeal by putting envelopes in the collection baskets at the Cathedral entrance or by submitting through the Parish Office.

Further details on the Appeal can be found here.

Changing faces into names and names into Family

The COVID-19 Pandemic has highlighted how isolated many people are. Many parishioners live alone, there are many who are in the “at risk” category because of their age, medical condition or other significant reasons. Because of the great number of people who are part of the Cathedral Parish, it remains a constant challenge to reach out to everyone. The Pandemic has highlighted some of the challenges that we face in building a vibrant Christ-centred faith community when many have felt isolated and distant.

Joining a Family Group is one way that belonging to our Parish can be strengthened. Family Groups gather regularly for social gatherings. If you would like more information about Family Groups, please contact the Parish Office. A Family Group is a great way of helping you to break down barriers and build our faith community!

The pictures below were taken at a Family Group gathering held during the past week.

Have you seen the Art Gallery’s exhibition,        
‘Out of the Darkness’?
If so, would you like to discuss it?
Compassionate Ballarat invites you to join others in a relaxed atmosphere at The George Hotel over a free coffee to discuss what role the Arts can play in supporting individual and social trauma with questions such as:

What was your overall response to the exhibition?

How can creativity, wonder and awe lift us out of our day to day?

What role might art and creativity play in social healing?

How can contemporary art galleries and
museums contribute to community wellbeing?

These café conversations will take place on the ground floor of the George Hotel, entrance off Lydiard St, between 2pm-3pm on the following four Sundays:

13 June & 27 June; 11 July & 25 July 2021.

No bookings required. Any inquiries to Dr Lynne Reeder Ph 5327 6943

Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Parish $1,267.00
Presbytery $907.20

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

Gospel Reflection

Today’s gospel story looks back to the parables in the first part of the chapter and to the crowds that heard them. The story also looks forward as it marks the beginning of the second major section of Mark’s gospel (4:35-8:21), a section that seems to be structured around a number of crossings of the lake or Sea of Galilee. Jesus’ decision to move with his disciples out of familiar territory is deliberate: “Let us go across to the other side.” The crossing itself is difficult, as is the challenge that confronts them on the other side of the lake. From the disciples’ perspective, the seeming indifference of the sleeping Jesus is even more disturbing than the storm that threatens their safe crossing: “Do you not care that we are perishing?” Jesus demonstrates that he does indeed care. From his perspective, the problem is with the fear in their hearts, a fear that is grounded in their lack of faith: “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”

In the context of this Markan story, Jesus is like the sower in the parable (4:27-28) who goes to sleep and trusts that the seed will sprout and grow and bear fruit-which it does. Within a first-century Jewish context, Jesus’ ability to “rebuke” the storm is a sign of divine power. In the Psalms, for instance, the God of Israel is the one who stills the roaring of the seas (Psalm 65:5) and controls the creatures that inhabit the waters (Psalm 89:9). Today’s first reading has insisted that God commands the sea and all of its moods. In the Book of Job, God the Birthing Mother presents Job with a series of rhetorical questions, reminding him and us that, while the sea may be threatening, it is God's new born infant, wrapped in God's swaddling clothes of darkness and cloud (Job 38).

We read Mark’s little story against the backdrop of the Hebrew Scriptures. We might also read it in light of contemporary science and find within it a call to consider how our species respects or fails to respect and to nurture the fruit of God’s womb, the cosmos. The story of the storm at sea is most certainly not an invitation to be complacent about the extreme weather events on our planet, trusting in God that all will be well. While such terrifying events can derive from the movement of tectonic plates over which we have no control, they can also derive from or be exacerbated by excessive carbon and methane emissions. We pollute the atmosphere and make the seas to rise at our peril. Trust in God may involve relinquishing vested interests and engaging the processes that are designed to reverse the effects of the human-induced climate crisis. As nations begin to embrace more ambitious climate action, we have some reason to hope. Our hope is grounded in God who moves us to action.

Veronica Lawson RSM
Joseph as “Protector”

Mt 2:13-18

Refugee Week: 20-26 June 2021

'La Sagrada Familia'

“Within days, or even hours, violent oppressors will occupy your town centre.” For refugees around the world, this scenario typifies an immediate threat. With no time to respond, they abandon livelihood, community and homeland to escape civil war, political unrest, religious persecution, effects of climate change and exploitation or systematic abuse of basic human rights. Their desperate attempts to find refuge are often not final solutions but new beginnings. A long journey into the unknown is marked by fear, danger and daunting obstacles.

Mid-2020 data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimated that worldwide numbers of forcibly displaced people surpassed 80 million. According to their statistics, 26.3 million were refugees, an additional 4.2 million were recorded as asylum-seekers and tens of millions of others classified as internally displaced or stateless.

From Matthew’s Gospel narrative of Jesus’ birth and the roles of Joseph and Mary, we learn of the many challenges faced by this young family. Joseph followed the example of his ancient Biblical Fathers of Faith — Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — under the guidance of the angel’s visionary message: “Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you'” (Mt 2: 13).

Joseph’s protective response to Herod’s imminent threat to the life of his newborn son Jesus, mirrored that of many parents among today’s displaced people. At short notice, Joseph got up to protect his young family from danger, “For Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him,” and in the dark of the night, “took the child and his mother” (Mt 2: 14). He embarked on an escape into the unknown; a journey involving fear, danger and an uncertain future. At the same time, it was a venture filled with deep hope and trust in God’s providence that it would lead to safety and a better place for Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

Read this Reflection by Fr Khalid Marogis, Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office here.

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