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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.



4th April 2021
3 Lyons St Sth Ballarat

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

On Mondays the Parish Office is closed.

Please note the Parish Office will be closed on
Good Friday and Easter Monday.

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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Prayer and Worship in the Cathedral this week

Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil

8.00pm Mass              St Patrick’s Cathedral

Easter Sunday Masses

8.00am St Patrick’s Cathedral

10.00am St Patrick’s College Chapel

10.30am St Patrick’s Cathedral

5.00pm St Patrick’s Cathedral

The week ahead in the Cathedral

Monday 10.00am   Mass

Tuesday 1.00pm Funeral Mass for Des Burke

5.30pm Mass

Wednesday 10.00am Mass

Thursday 10.00am Mass

Friday 7.30am Mass

9.00am ACU Graduation Mass

Saturday 10.00am Mass followed by Reconciliation

Weekend Masses

Saturday Vigil 5.30pm (note change of time)

Sunday 8.00am, 10.30am, 5.00pm


Readings for this week: Easter Sunday

First:  Isaiah 31:31-34       Second:   Philippians 2:6-11

Gospel:     Mark 14:1-15:47

Readings for next week: Second Sunday of Easter

First:  Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35    Second: 1 John 5:1-6

Gospel:  John 20:1-9

Des Burke

Charles Coghlan
Barry Cosier
Christina Cummins
Maurice De Deurwaerder
Marcus Duffy
Brian Edwards
David Elkins
Shaun Kelly
Jean Lakey
Mary Louise Legg
Dale Lumsden

Owen Menzel
James Mevey
Desmond Naylor
Kathleen O'Brien
Dominga Rodriques
Ignac Solyom
Valda Stevens
Dorothy Strybosch
Pauline Stuart
Alojz Tos
Mary-Joy van Gaans

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

Clay Michael Kennett, son of Dave and Naomi
Elliot Lamond, son of Andrew and Kate

“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.

Bishop Paul Bird’s Easter Message
Earlier this month, Pope Francis was in Iraq. The Christian communities there have suffered persecution for many years and Pope Francis went there to offer them a message of encouragement. He also offered a message to the whole nation. He called on all the people of Iraq to put aside violence and put their efforts into building peace.

He called on them to see one another as brothers and sisters. This was a big challenge in a country that has endured bitter divisions between various groups. Yet Pope Francis presented a message of hope. He assured them that it is possible to move beyond such divisions. It’s possible by the power of God. Pope Francis described himself as a pilgrim of peace. He went to Iraq to share a vision of peace. His message to the people of Iraq was like the message that he had written to people all around the world a few months before in the encyclical “Fratelli tutti”, “Brothers and Sisters All”.In that encyclical, Pope Francis presented a vision of community in which people put aside the bitterness of divisions and violence and learn to live in kindness. He invited us to look to such a vision. He invited us to dream together about how we might live a life of peace. This was his call to dream together. “Let us dream, then, as a single human family, as fellow travellers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home, each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions, each of us with his or her own voice, brothers and sisters all.” (par 8)

In presenting a vision and inviting us to dream together, Pope Francis was echoing the words of the first Pope, St Peter. In the Acts of the Apostles, St Peter speaks of young people having visions and old people dreaming dreams. We might sometimes think of visions and dreams as impractical. And of course, visions or dreams by themselves don’t bring about practical improvements to people’s lives. For that we need action. But visions and dreams can inspire action. A vision of peace in Iraq can inspire people to turn from violence and work to build the peace. A dream that people throughout the world could really live as one human family, as brothers and sisters – such a dream can inspire people to work together to build up a truly caring human community.

The same is true for our life as a diocese. A vision of living as a diocesan community can inspire us to do what we can to build up that community. A dream that we can live as a truly Christian family can inspire us to work together to build up a genuine community of care in our parishes and in our whole diocese.

The Easter Message can be read in full here.


Happy Easter from all at Caritas Australia
Thank you for supporting us this year as we demonstrate how love and compassion for our global community can transform lives. You have responded to St. Oscar Romero’s invitation to “Be More,” putting your compassion into action to support some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. By aspiring to be more, you have helped change lives.

Thank you for supporting Caritas Australia’s
Project Compassion 2021 Lenten appeal.

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Why we can have faith in relics of the True Cross, whatever their true age

A relic of the True Cross in a 14th-century reliquary.
by Michael Carter
Which of the following statements has you nodding in agreement?
“Names of the saints whose relics are kept here at Battle. First, from the wood of the Cross of the Lord [the True Cross], which is the Holy of Holies.”
“There is no monastery so poor that it does not have a specimen…if we were to collect all these pieces of True Cross exhibited in various parts, they would form a whole ship’s cargo.”

The first comes the prologue to an inventory of sacred relics at Battle Abbey, the second is a quote from John Calvin’s 1543 Treatise on Relics.

I’ll bet that even a substantial portion of Tablet readers will find itself more in sympathy with the comments of the Protestant firebrand Calvin than the conventional fifteenth-century piety of the Battle monks. Indeed, when it comes to medieval religion, few subjects are more likely to bring out a person’s inner Richard Dawkins than the subject of saints’ relics. Especial scorn is often reserved for purported relics of the True Cross – fragments of wood from the cross on which Christ suffered and died.
But I urge you to park your derision and temper your skepticism about this most sacred, if admittedly contentious of relics. In this timely column for Holy Week, I’ll explore the history of the True Cross, outline its rich medieval legend, the circumstances surrounding its dissemination across medieval Christendom and why there might not have been quite as much of it knocking about as Calvin asserted. I’ll also argue that the emotion and devotion engendered by the relic in the Mille Ages still has resonance in and lessons for twenty-first century, post-Christian Britain.

Read this article by Michael Carter here.
This Maundy Thursday, let us think of those who kneel before wounded humanity in service
Manila Archbishop Antonio Cardinal Tagle kisses the foot of the father of Joanna Demafelis, a Filipina worker in Kuwait killed by her employer. Philippines 2018.
J Gerard Seguia/Zuma

At some stage in my teenage years, I must have gone to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. That is perhaps surprising, since it was neither the epicentre of Catholic devotions back then (Good Friday was definitely Top Trumps) nor top of the average adolescent’s “to do” list. Nonetheless, I have a mental image of a dozen old men sitting on chairs on the sanctuary of our now-demolished parish church, each smartly attired, their right shoe off and attendant trouser leg hoiked up to let the parish priest pour water without wetting their turn-ups. It all looked a bit masonic!

I probably next encountered ritual foot-washing in seminary. Still 12 men, of course, albeit four decades younger than those I’d seen back home. However, since ordination I’ve always been an equal opportunities foot-washer, seeking a parity of the sexes and a full range of ages for the Rite.

At some point during my first parish assignment we switched to the clergy washing only six people’s feet and those each then going to wash one another’s (including the priests’). The “chain reaction” was meant to move beyond the view of the presbyter as the representative of Christ, set over against the community and “doing unto” them. He is also fellow disciple, in need of Jesus’ humble care, just as the parishioner is both Christ the served (Mt 25.40) and Christ the Servant (Jn 13.15). Whether or not it was “liturgically correct” (we didn’t ask), we felt it said something important about our community as a circle of mutual service.

Read this blogpost by Rob Esdaile here.

Church offers guidelines for response to
climate migration
The Migrants and Refugees Section and the Integral Ecology Sector of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development have jointly produced a booklet entitled “Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced Persons,” intended to guide the Church’s response to the phenomenon of migration caused by the climate crisis.

A new booklet published by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development “calls on us to broaden the way we look at this drama of our time” – the drama of “those driven from their homes by the climate crisis.”
In his preface to Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced People, Pope Francis goes on to say the new booklet “urges us to see the tragedy of prolonged uprootedness that causes our brothers and sisters to cry out, year after year… it invites us to become aware of the indifference of societies and governments to this tragedy. It asks us to see, and to care.”
Finally, the Pope says, “It invites the Church and others to act together, and spells out how we might do so.”

“The climate crisis has a human face”

Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced People (POCDP) was produced jointly by the Migrants and Refugees Section and the Integral Ecology Sector of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
In his presentation of the document, Scalabrinian Father Fabio Baggio, the undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugee Section, explained, “the climate crisis has a human face.” He noted, “it is already a reality for millions of people all over the world, in particular for the inhabitants of the existential peripheries.”

Read this article by Christopher Wells here.


Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Parish $ 1,214.95
Presbytery $ 656.00

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

Gospel Reflection
Mark 16:1-8

At the foot of Mount Macedon, where I spent my whole childhood, stands the lovely Anglican Church of the Resurrection, built in the aftermath of the devastating 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires. Members of both Catholic and Anglican communities had wanted to build one church for the two communities but the respective insurance policies determined otherwise: two churches replaced the two that were destroyed in the fires. The most striking feature of the Anglican Church is Leonard French’s stained glass depiction of the resurrection experience of a devastated community, a statement of hope in the face of death and seeming hopelessness. Macedon has risen from the ashes and is once again a vibrant community. The Church of the Resurrection serves as a reminder of the community’s faith and provides a context for “re-membering” events that united its members in unexpected ways. In a particularly graphic way, it brings the lower-key experience of the local community into dialogue with its upper-key Story of the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

We take time at Easter to remember, re-enact, and re-tell the originating stories of our tradition. We dramatise and celebrate in solemn ritual what we celebrate in lower key every Sunday of the year. In our faith inspired re-telling, all the power and grace of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth are made present to us and to our world. Resurrection faith is a commitment to life.

In Mark’s resurrection account the place of death, the tomb, lies empty and the message of life is proclaimed. God’s messenger sends the women who have witnessed the death and burial of Jesus to proclaim the news of his resurrection to the male disciples. Some interpret the silence of the women as failure; the male disciples have denied and abandoned Jesus and now the women fail to proclaim the news of the resurrection. Others see the women’s silence as the appropriate stance before the wonder of God’s power. The women’s silence has particular resonance at a time when women are finding the courage to speak out against the abuse they have endured. Might the silence of the women in the gospel story be simply a first century male construct? The gospel narrative itself bears witness to a mission ultimately accomplished.

The global experience of pandemic and the unequal access to vaccines foregrounds the language of death and resurrection at this time. As we enter into the Easter mysteries, we carry with us the chaos of broken communities. We mourn the deaths of 2.72 million people, we pray for order out of the chaos, we ask questions about the provenance of the virus in the other-than-human community and we do all we can to ensure a real return to life for the bereaved, the struggling and the displaced. We join with those who are sharing their resources and re-ordering their way of being in the Earth community in order to make this happen.

Veronica Lawson RSM
Join us in Celebration of St Joseph!

Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde, called the Church to set aside 2021 as a year to focus our attention on St Joseph as patron of the Universal Church.

Saint Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods, the co-founders of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, chose St Joseph to be patron of the Congregation and so we rejoice in this opportunity to pray with and for the people of God with St Joseph.

During this year, the Congregation will mark each of its primary feasts with special prayers and celebrations. The first of these will be a week of prayer in preparation for the feast of St Joseph followed by other events:
  • 19 March the feast of St Joseph
  • 1 May the feast of St Joseph the Worker;
  • 8 August the feast of St Mary MacKillop and;
  • 7 October the anniversary of the death of Fr Julian Tenison Woods.

Seven Days of Prayer with St Joseph

Leading up to the Feast of St Joseph on 19 March (starting on 12 March) you’re invited to join with the Sisters of St Joseph, Affiliates and Josephite Companions as we participate in these virtual reflective moments.

Please note, the prayers can be done at any time.

Download these prayers resources here.

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