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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.


(Year C)

26th December, 2021

3 Lyons St Sth Ballarat

The Parish Office will be closed until
Wednesday 5th January 2022

Telephone: 53 312 933

On weekends and after regular office hours,
the phone will be transferred to the on call priest
so that 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 have no limits on the numbers of those who can attend. Bookings are not required to attend Masses, however, please note:

QR code or registration upon entry is still required please.

Masks are mandatory

St Patrick’s Cathedral
6.30pm Vigil




Weekday Masses will be celebrated in the Cathedral

Monday 10.00am

Tuesday 10.00am

Wednesday 10.00am

Thursday 10.00am (Funeral Mass)

Friday  12.05pm  11.30am Reconciliation

Saturday 10.00am  Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

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You are more than welcome for private prayer as the Cathedral is open.
We are required to abide by Government Covid rules which are:

QR Code or sign in when entering the Cathedral
Hand sanitise upon entry
Masks are required indoors at all times

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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.

Our pastoral care of each other is an expression of our faith in the compassionate Christ and belonging to the Body of Christ.


Readings for this week:   Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

First: Ecclesiasticus 3:2-6. 12-14   Second:   Colossians 3:12-21

Gospel: Luke 2:41-52

Readings for next week: The Epiphany of the Lord

First: Isaiah 60:1-6  Second: Ephesians 3:2-3. 5-6

Gospel:   Matthew 2:1-12

Christmas Eve, Friday December 24th

6.00pm Cathedral

6.30pm St Patrick’s College Chapel 1431 Sturt St

7.30pm Cathedral

9.00pm Cathedral

12 Midnight Cathedral

Christmas Day, Saturday December 25th

8.00am Cathedral

10.30am Cathedral

Sunday December 26th Feast of the Holy Family

8.00am, 10.30am and 5.00pm at the Cathedral

(Please note:  Masks are required indoors)

Julia Duffy, Helen Flynn, Marie Kelly

Benjamin Broadribb
Maureen Burke
Bartholomew Cahir
Gregory Dean
Julie Flett
Connie Garland
Sheila Gregory
Moya Hall
Annie Hand
Leslie Hearn
Kevin Jones
Eileen Kierce
Melanie Kis
Mani Kosikkal
Frank Krpic
Bramwell Le Lievre
Francis Loughnan
Mavis Mahar
Thomas Mahar
Irene McIver
Edward Monkivitch
Eileen Moody
Bob Morris
Bob Nichols
Olga Roglic
Peter Ruyg
Clara Scott
Rebecca Shackwell
Michael Shearer
Joan Sherritt

Centralised Parishes lunch
St Vincent de Paul - Cathedral Parish Conference
Volunteers Morning Tea

Clergy Updates

Bishop Paul has announced the following parish appointments:

· Fr Justin Driscoll will become Parish Priest of the Creswick, Daylesford and Gordon Parishes, to take effect on January 10, 2022.

· Fr Ed Moloney will become Administrator of the Ballarat Cathedral Parish, to take effect on January 10, 2022.
                                                                                                                               · Fr Wally Tudor will retire from his responsibilities of Parish Priest of Apollo Bay at the end of December.                                                                                                                                  
· Fr Michael O’Toole will become Parish Priest of Apollo Bay and Fr John Pothiyittel will become Assistant Priest of Apollo Bay Parish and provide support for Colac, to take effect on February 1, 2022

World Day of Peace 2022

Spend more on education, less on weapons

On 1 January every year, the Pope, marks the World Day of Peace with a special message inviting all people to reflect on the important work of building peace.

Pope Francis urged global leaders to spend more money on education and devote fewer resources to weapons in his 2022 World Day of Peace message.

"It is high time, then, that governments develop economic policies aimed at inverting the proportion of public funds spent on education and on weaponry," the pope writes in a message released on Dec. 17.

"The pursuit of a genuine process of international disarmament can only prove beneficial for the development of peoples and nations, freeing up financial resources better used for health care, schools, infrastructure, care of the land and so forth," he continued.

Since 1968, popes have issued a call for peace, which is officially sent out on Jan. 1, dubbed by Pope Paul VI as "The Day of Peace." Pope Francis' 2022 message is titled "Dialogue between generations, education and work: tools for building lasting peace."

In his introduction to the three-page text, the pope laments that despite numerous efforts aimed at fostering the conditions for peace, "the deafening noise of war and conflict is intensifying."

Read the 2022 World Day of Peace message here.

Job Opportunity:

Diocesan Director for Catholic Mission with responsibility for the Dioceses of Ballarat and Sandhurst (West Victoria)

For a position description and short video on what it is like to work at Catholic Mission, click here. If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter of one page and a resume no longer than three pages to

The Diocesan Director (DD) of Western Victoria works within each of the dioceses nominated (Ballarat and Sandhurst), and in conjunction with the Bishop of each of these dioceses, to implement the national program approved by the National Council for Catholic Mission’s Australian work to support the activities of Catholic Mission (CM) and the broader Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) throughout the world. The Diocesan Director is the local diocesan leader and representative of CM as part of the national team that provides services, programs and expertise within the Catholic Church in Australia. It is a primary objective of the DD role to continue to grow the success and presence of CM within the dioceses, including generating increasing pastoral and financial support for the projects of CM. The Diocesan Director thrives upon maintaining and nurturing relationships with stakeholders, Position Description Page 2 supporters and donors of CM, to ensure the effective delivery of our formation programs and the growth of our donor/supporter base. The position plays a pivotal part in helping raise awareness, within the broader Australian society, of the reality that a majority of human beings struggle daily to survive and that faith in action can bring about effective hope-filled change to people who are suffering.
Bethlehem - renewed and born again

The Church of the Nativity
Image:  A restored mosaic of an angel

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem has been magnificently restored. Yet the Covid pandemic - even more than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - has reduced visitors to a trickle.

There is one bonus for visitors to the Church of the Nativity in a Christmas period falling in the midst of a pandemic, as Dr Khouloud Daibes, newly appointed CEO of the Bethlehem Development Foundation (BDF), wryly points out. Whereas you might have had to queue for several hours when the church was receiving up to 3,000 pilgrims and tourists a day during its pre-Covid peaks, “now you have the church to yourself, so it’s the best time to visit – if you are vaccinated”.

Dr Daibes, a former Palestinian minister and diplomat with a PhD in conservation architecture from Leibniz University Hanover, and a mother of three, is right. On the first Monday of Advent I was able to slip into the basilica without fuss through the very low “Door of Humility”, ­having the church not quite “to myself” – given the presence of at least two priests, patrolling Palestinian police officers and workmen – with freedom to inspect the results of a remarkable nine-year restoration effort.

And those results are spectacular: visible even before you enter, in the clean white stone of what was long the blackened western façade and the consolidation of the narthex roof, no longer needing support from the ­precarious-looking wooden props installed during the British mandate. But it’s in the nave that you fully appreciate the work, from the stunning angels and saints depicted in the painstakingly renewed Crusader-era wall mosaics and painted nave columns to the reconstructed wooden windows, the replastering, renovated wooden architraves and, most vital of all, the recovering of a roof that had been leaking water for generations. The Dominican friar, Antonio de’ Reboldi of Cremona, who visited the church in 1326 and 1330, wrote: “In Bethlehem there is a church on the site where Christ was born, known as St Mary: it is so beautiful, that I never saw another one being so nice, so lavishly decorated, so magnificent in its columns and rich in paintings as this one in Bethlehem, which is taken as worship-worthy everywhere in the world.”

Read this article by Donald Macintyre in the UK Tablet here.
Pathways Victoria -

Restorative Journeying with Survivors of Abuse within the Catholic Church

About Pathways Victoria
We humbly acknowledge the significant harm that has been caused by sexual abuse of children and commit to preventing such abuse in the future, acknowledging there are people in the community who are yet to come forward to disclose abuse in the past.

Commencing in 2022, Pathways Victoria seeks to offer a set of compassionate, just and appropriately resourced professional standards processes to respond to reports of abuse. The Pathways Victoria model will offer an alternative to existing mechanisms such as the National Redress Scheme and civil litigation for those who may wish to engage in a pastoral response.

Pathways has three distinct functions: engagement and support for people, responding to allegations of abuse and resolution of matters including a monetary payment. It will respond to a person making an allegation related to current or historical child sexual abuse and adult sexual misconduct, conducting investigations that respect the primacy of police processes and comply with any requirements set by the Commissioner for Children and Young People (CCYP) or by Canon Law.
The model responds to the need of those who wish to connect at a pastoral level with a one-to-one connection with a care coordinator who will walk alongside victims and survivors on their journey. It facilitates a compassionate approach with the opportunity to restore faith and trust with every step of engagement.
Pathways Victoria commences operations in 2022.

Further information can be found here.
Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Parish $ 1,306.00
Presbytery $ 1,351.25

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

Farewell Morning Tea

All members of the Cathedral Parish are invited to a farewell morning tea being held for Fr Justin after the 10.00 am Mass on
Saturday 1st January in the Presbytery.  

Christmas Message 2021

As we approach Christmas this year, we are acutely aware of having been separated from each other. With restrictions easing, the opportunities to be together and bridge divides that have kept us at a distance may also prompt us to bridge other divisions that remain to be healed. The pain of being estranged from others, of being isolated, or alone is intensified at Christmas.

Our annual return to the familiar biblical narrative of the birth of Jesus, reveals a God who desires closeness to us, to form a relationship with us built on love and who graces our humanity with divinity. The birth of Jesus invites us to a closeness with God and each other. In this solidarity of God-with-us, we can be “all in this together” renewing common bonds, discovering common ground and forging common purposes that seek to serve the common good.

Emerging from COVID-19, we have opportunities to reset, renew and rebuild. Christmas is a time for us to do this and Pope Francis urges us “to us allow ourselves to be wrapped up in the closeness of God, this closeness which is compassionate, which is tender; wrapped in the Christmas atmosphere that art, music, songs, and traditions bring into the heart.”

May all of our celebrations of Christmas renew us for the real work of Christmas.

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.

(Howard Thurman).

Fr Justin Driscoll, St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat

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