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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.


12th SEPTEMBER, 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.

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With the easing of restrictions in regional Victoria we welcome the opportunity to be able to gather in person for Masses in the Cathedral and we thank Loreto College for allowing us to use their Chapel for Masses this Sunday which will enable more parishioners to gather for Mass.

The easing of restrictions also allow gatherings of up to 20 people in our halls so that the Parish Pastoral Council can meet in person on Tuesday at 7.30pm and the Alpha faith education program can gather on Wednesday at 7.00pm. Other groups including the Legion of Mary will also be able to meet face to face.

Celebrations of the sacrament of Baptism will take place each Sunday spread throughout the afternoon with each family gathering for the baptism of their child in groups of 20.

We are able to welcome 20 people to each Mass.

Please register with the Parish Office to attend.

Sunday Masses for 12th September with up to 20 people:

St Patrick’s Cathedral
5.30pm Vigil
10.30am (now fully booked)

Loreto College Chapel
1600 Sturt St Ballarat

Weekday Masses will be celebrated in the Cathedral with up to 20 people in attendance (please contact the Parish Office to register)

Monday 13th September
10.00am  &  5.30pm
Tuesday 14th September
10.00am  &  5.30pm
Wednesday 15th September
8.00am   -  10.30am Funeral Mass  -  5.30pm
Thursday 16th September
10.00am & 5.30pm
Friday 17th September
8.00am  &  12.05pm
Saturday 18th September
10.00am  (10.30am Reconciliation)

At all other times ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL is closed to the public..

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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
5331 2933 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.


Readings for this week:   24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First:  Isaiah 50:5-9  Second: James 2:14-18

Gospel: Mark 8:27-35

Readings for next week:  25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20  Second:   James 3:16 – 4:3

Gospel:   Mark 9:30-37

Arthur Dolan, Zorka Frka, Sr Anne McMillan RSM

Paul Barrett
Veronica Bicknell
Therese Booth
Bride Family
John Cleary
Mary Noonan Collins
Christina Cook
Michael Corrigan
Eddo Dellore
Jeanette Emery
Corey Fletcher
Hellen Franklin
Gauci Family
Bernice Gemmola
Brian Greene
Sr John the Baptist Hennessy IBVM
Cynthia Hucker
Kelvin Lamb
Thomas Lee
Isobel McArthur
Fr Gerard Murtagh CSsR
Veronica Nunan
Noel Pidgeon
Betty Ransome
Charles Robotham
Brian Scarff
Schembri Family
Stanislaw Stodolny
Patrick Toohey
Paul Watson
Kenneth Wilson
This weekend, the Catholic Church in Australia marks Safeguarding Sunday, on which we pray for those who have been abused, their families and supporters. We recognise and apologise for the harm done by priests, religious and lay people in Church settings. We recommit to practices that support survivors and make the Catholic Church and its ministries the safest possible place for children and people at risk.
In the Cathedral Parish, the Safeguarding Officer is Anita Houlihan. Anita works in the Parish Office Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm. The Parish website has up to date information regarding Safeguarding, including the Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Safety Policy, the Code of Conduct, the Role description for the Parish Safeguarding Officer as well as the guide for who needs a Working with Children Check and a Police Check.

You can find out more about the Church's work in this area here.
Gracious God,

you love and care for all of your children, especially the smallest and most vulnerable.

We entrust to you the lives of children and adults at risk who have been sexually abused, and whose trust and innocence have been destroyed.
Help us to hear their cries of pain and to take responsibility for those whose lives have been broken.
Help us to recognise the hurt felt by those wounded by abuse, and the failure to be heard.

We pray that with the help of your grace communities and families will find understanding and support, so that now and in the future their wounds may be healed and they may find lasting peace.

Let your grace and love fall gently now upon our children and adults at risk, giving them the inner strength, peace and resilience to seek out assistance when required.

We ask this prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever.


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

Angus Neville and Audrey Jennifer Britton,
children of Andrew and Alesha

Jude Charles Penny, son of Andrew and Ashleigh

Raiden John Hayward Williams, son of Robert and Cristie

“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.

30 Years of Family Groups in the Cathedral Parish
The Cathedral Parish has received congratulations from the National Coordinating Team of the Passionist Family Group Movement as it celebrates 30 years of Family Groups in the Parish. The Team acknowledges and thanks especially, coordinators Marica and Michael Hingston, for their commitment to and care of the Family Group members in the Parish.

To join a Family Group please contact the Parish Office. More information about the Family Groups can be found here.

Pictured below are members of the Family Groups at the 25th anniversary when such gatherings were possible!!
Anglican Cathedral Church of Christ the King - Ballarat

In an attempt to support and keep our community together, another COVID19 initiative. Please share and join us:

Church supports efforts to increase global access to vaccines
(CNS/Lucy Nicholson, Reuters)

The Church has welcomed Australian Government support for international efforts to amend intellectual property rights to ensure more people can access COVID-19 vaccines. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Representatives of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and other members of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) met with Trade Minister Dan Tehan this week. They urged Mr Tehan to build support for those efforts at upcoming international meetings.

AFTINET members see a waiver on some provisions of the World Trade Organisation Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) for COVID-19 vaccines and medical products as a key strategy for ensuring equitable access to vaccines.

The Indian and South African governments have put forward the proposal for a temporary waiver of parts of the multilateral agreement on intellectual property.

Bishop Vincent Long van Nguyen OFM Conv, chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service, said it was important for the Australian Government to speak up prominently for that initiative at the upcoming TRIPS meeting.

“Waiving intellectual property rights for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic would overrule the 20-year monopoly on new vaccines before cheaper versions can be produced.

“At present, governments must negotiate with pharmaceutical companies for access to vaccines. These companies have limited manufacturing capacity, but they control the quantity of vaccines produced, the price and any agreements for the sharing of intellectual property to enable the local production of vaccines.

“Pope Francis, and many other religious leaders, stress that vaccines are a common good. Vaccines only achieve their purpose if everyone has access to them: no one is safe until we are all safe.”

Read the full statement here.
Vinnies calls for greater support for women
The St Vincent de Paul Society last year supported about 4800 women and children affected by family violence (Bigstock)

Long-term structural changes in housing and income support are essential to improve the safety of women, including older women and those with children, who experience family or sexual violence, says the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Speaking during the first day of the National Women’s Safety Summit yesterday, Vinnies’ National Council President, Claire Victory, said women trying to leave a violent relationship must have immediate access to safe, emergency accommodation and access to long-term, appropriate and affordable accommodation.

But there is a well-documented, chronic and growing shortfall in crisis, transitional and long-term accommodation options.

“Staying in the family home, if the perpetrator has been removed, is not an option for many women, regardless of the security measures that may have been put in place,” Ms Victory said.

“As we all work towards the second National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children, proper income support must also be available, free of red tape, and not predicated upon a partner’s income. The current base rate of $44 a day is so inadequate that women are forced to remain in violent relationships.

“Emergency income support is also essential, including payment and emergency relief supports of up to $5,000 which could be used as a bond to help women secure long-term rentals.

“We know that women are most at risk when trying to leave a violent relationship. They need the right supports in place to do this safely. Being able to access appropriate accommodation and having economic security are essential, especially as they start the difficult job of rebuilding their lives.”

Ms Victory said Vinnies last year supported about 4800 women and children through 23 refuges.

Read the media release here.

Good Grief:   
Promoting Mental Wellbeing In Adults and Children during COVID
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Church leaders call for repentance over
climate crisis

An Extinction Rebellion march through the City of London took place on Sunday, demanding an end to exploitation of fossil fuels. Peter Marshall/Alamy

Pope Francis has joined Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in issuing a radical call for cooperation and commitment to combat climate change.

September is celebrated by many Christians as the Time of Creation, an opportunity to pray and care for God's creation, and last Sunday was marked nationwide as Climate Sunday.

“As world leaders prepare to meet in Glasgow in November to deliberate on the future of our planet, we pray for them and reflect on what are the choices we all have to make. Therefore, as leaders of our Churches, we urge everyone, whatever their faith or worldview, to try to listen to the cry of the earth and the poor, examining their own behaviour and committing themselves to make significant sacrifices for the good of the earth. that God has given us,” the church leaders say.

They condemn those who have maximised their own interest at the expense of future generations. “By focusing on our wealth, we find that long-term assets, including nature's abundance, are consumed for short-term benefit. Technology has opened up new possibilities for progress, but also for the accumulation of unlimited wealth, and many of us behave in ways that show little concern for other people or for the limitations of the planet. Nature is resilient, yet delicate. We are already witnessing the consequences of our refusal to protect and preserve it. Now, in this moment, we have an opportunity to repent, to turn with determination, to head in the opposite direction. We must pursue generosity and fairness in the ways we live, work and use money rather than selfish gain.”

Read this article by Ruth Gledhill here.
Continuing the Journey of the Plenary Council
The last twelve or so months of our Plenary Council Journey has required many unplanned changes because of the impact of COVID-19. What hasn’t changed is the heart of the journey – the discernment process.

We are mindful of all those who have made a significant contribution to the Plenary Council journey so far through the responses submitted during the time of listening, dialogue, and discernment; as well as the work of the members of the Six Discernment and Writing Groups. The other important milestone celebrated recently is the publication of the Agenda for the Plenary Council. It charges the Members with the responsibility of developing “concrete proposals” for the Church in Australia in response to sixteen questions born of the last three years of conversation and discernment.

It is important for all of us to remember when reading the Agenda that it is to be addressed over the entirety of the time we “celebrate” the Plenary Council. This includes the first Assembly in October 2021, the months between the two assemblies and the second Assembly in July 2022. We extend an invitation, another opportunity, to engage in the process and to listen deeply to the voice of the Spirit. You can do this by commenting on the agenda below or by responding on the next page. Responses can be made by either individuals or groups in your parish or community (adhering to COVID-19 restrictions). They do not have to be formal - they can be written or in poems or pictures, songs or prayers.

Read the agenda and more information here.

Gospel Reflection

Today’s gospel reading leads us into a section of Mark’s gospel that explores challenges confronting all disciples on their journey of faith. The first challenge is to clarify the nature of our commitment as disciples of Jesus. If we fail to understand who Jesus is, then we have little chance of understanding the nature of our own call to follow him. Two questions (“Who do people say that I am?” and “Who do you say that I am?”) are addressed to our forbears in faith communities of the latter part of the first century and to Christians across the millennia. We are invited to hear these questions anew. Do we simply share what “the people” say about Jesus? Are we like Peter who has the right language but only partial insight? Or do we have the wisdom to seek a deeper understanding of the identity of Jesus?

In response to Jesus’ second question (“Who do you say that I am?”), Peter gets the words right: Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, God’s anointed messenger. It becomes clear, however, that Peter has a very different notion from Jesus of what it means to be the Messiah or the Christ. This is understandable since there were diverse messianic expectations within first-century Judaism. Many expected a royal militaristic figure who would drive out the Roman occupiers and restore Israel’s status as an independent nation. Jesus, as God’s Messiah, refuses the way of violent action. His way is to be true to his mission of bringing God’s empire, even if it brings the most intense personal suffering. Peter refuses to accept a suffering Messiah. He is severely reprimanded for his refusal and instructed to get out of the way, to get back to where a disciple should be, namely behind Jesus, following him, and not in front obstructing the path to wisdom and life.

Our experience of global conflicts should make us wary of accepting militaristic messiahs. We have learnt from bitter experience that war does little to bring peace and justice. In our times, to know and follow Jesus as the Christos or Messiah is to seek and support more moderate and lasting responses to both perceived and real injustice. It is to listen to the wisdom of those with insight and experience, to calculate with the utmost care the consequences of violent reactions to the problems in our world, in contemporary society, and in our homes. That may well involve hard work, personal misunderstanding, physical and emotional trauma or, in other words, it may mean “losing one’s life” for the sake of the gospel. It may call us to ensure that all have access to a more equitable share of earth resources. It certainly calls for profound trust in the saving power of God. In this Season of Creation, the gospel calls us into the ways of respect, of commitment, and of peaceful negotiation, to ever deeper insight into the ways of Jesus the Christ, the anointed agent of God’s empire.

Veronica Lawson RSM

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