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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.



29th NOVEMBER, 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: First Sunday of Advent

First:  Isaiah 63:16-17; 64:1. 3-8  Second:  Corinthians 1:3-9

Gospel:  Mark 13:33-37

Readings for next week:  Second Sunday of Advent

First:  Isaiah 40:1-5. 9-11    Second: Peter 3:8-14

Gospel: Mark 1:1-8

Chris Pitman, Barbara Tobin

Mary Allport
Pat Blood
Amy Boyd
Leslie Casey
Peter Clarksen
Mary Coghlan
John Crameri
Jennifer Lynne Devlin
Margaret Dobbyn
Anne Duck
Marie Fitzgerald
Margaret Hayes
Maria Kerr
Ray Kyatt
Helen McGoldrick
John McInerney
John McLeod
Lorah McPhee
Michael & Nora Moynihan
Sr Mary Muirhead IBVM
Patrick O'Driscoll
Michael O'Sullivan
Eilin O'Siochain
Padraig O'Siochain
Jim Power
Monica Reynolds
Stjepan Salkovic
Daniel Sheehan
Margaret Studd
Mick Taffe
Bernard John Teed
Roslyn Tobin
Mary Wade
Bob Waight
Helen Watt
Norma Welsh
Olive Whyte
Provisions for Regional Victoria from
Monday 23rd November 2020

Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings
Cathedral Parish Update

For this weekend Masses on the first Sunday of Advent (November 28th – 29th), we are able to have up to 96 people gather for Mass. We will celebrate Masses at the usual summer times 6.30pm (Saturday Vigil), 8.00am, 10.30am and 5.00pm on Sunday.

Teams of parishioners will be required for each of these Masses to assist with the welcoming, registration and ushering of parishioners to Mass and cleaning afterwards. We are looking for volunteers to join these teams for each Mass and ask that you contact the Parish office if you are willing to join one of these teams. Similarly, the Cathedral is cleaned each week by dedicated teams of hard-working parishioners. With our heightened awareness of cleaning and sanitising all of our environments, we are also inviting more to volunteer for this service. Please contact the Parish Office for further details. To ensure that we have a Covid safe environment and adhere to our Covid safe plan, we will need many more to become involved.

The Cathedral will open for Advent Morning Prayer this week (Monday – Thursday), 8.00am. The usual requirement of providing contact details will be required as well as cleaning afterwards.

10.00am Mass will be celebrated each day Monday – Saturday with up to 96 people able to attend. A time of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will he held following the 10am Mass each day until 11.00am.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered in the Cathedral on Saturday morning at 11.30am.

This week the children who have prepared for the first celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation will be able to celebrate this sacrament at one of the evening celebrations of the 2nd Rite of Reconciliation which will be attended by the 99 children and their families. Fr Justin will be assisted by Frs Jorge and Marcello at these celebrations.

While some planning for Christmas can commence, much remains unknown as to how we will be able to celebrate. We will await further announcements.

St Patrick’s Primary School (Drummond St) has had Senator Sarah Henderson visit the school on Friday to announce Federal funding of $2,000,000 for their capital development proposal.  This funding announcement is very exciting for the school with further announcements to be made regarding the allocation of these funds over the coming months.

On Friday (December 4th) there will be maintenance being carried out in the Cathedral. The carpark will be closed and the grounds in accessible.
10am Mass will be held in the hall. Please enter via the carpark next to the Diocesan Offices.

At all gatherings contact details are to be collected, contact surfaces sanitised, social distancing observed, hand sanitiser provided and face masks must be worn.

This weekend we welcome to our Parish through the
Sacrament of Baptism:

“The Church gives the faith to your children through Baptism and you have the task to make it grow…” Pope Francis.

Josie Edith, Bailey Fred and Jasper Bruce Quarrell,
children of Luke and Aneke
Lewis Samuel Atkinson, son of Benjamin and Sophie

May these children grow in faith with the support of their families and
our Catholic Community

Throughout November we have been praying for those who have died.

Usually our Parish Funeral Ministry team would host Mass in the Cathedral

for the families of those whose loved one has died over the past year.

Unable to gather this year, we remember and pray for the following

whose funerals have been celebrated in the Cathedral or

elsewhere by Fr Justin.

November 2019

Claire McGoldrick, Gret Urch

December 2019

Pat Blood, Tony Bazzano, Leon Kelly

January 2020

Moya Hall, John Lee, Stuart Robertson


Natasha Sinclair, Geoffrey Nicol, Brendan O’Loughlin, Thea Finke,
Max Masterson, Filip Hetrich


Zoltan Bodi, Nellie Brouwers, Lindsay Griffey, Ray Simmons

On March 23rd the Churches were closed for public worship.

Since then, funerals were celebrated with restricted numbers.

Paul Heenan, Margaret White


Brian Rice, Duncan Hartwig, Sue Donnelly, Laurie Stevens


Ellen Huggett, Gerard Sullivan, Lorna Batty, George Mangan, Ena Fischer


John Grant, Gerard Britt, Paul Gleeson, Valma Murphy, Noelene McCulloch,
Lucy Hrymakowski, Teresa Scholten, John Madigan, Kevin Linane,
Marlene Broadbent


Bill Dowler, Sharon Hunt, Sile Marie McCann, Ron Flynn, Tess Sheehan,
Leo Driscoll


Kevin Walsh, Noel Stingers, Danny Garland, Irene Parkin, Kirk Kelevitz


Peter White, Damian van der Linden, Mollie Collins


Ken Russell, Joan Cushing, Sr Bernadette Greene, Bob Kochskamper,
Elsy Robberechts,
Trevor Ferguson, Sr Caroline Deutscher, Lorna Holmes


Tony Radikivic, Ethel O’Brien, Margaret Briody, Fred Reed
Leadership for Mission Program –
Final vacancies for women
aged 25-35

Recently acknowledged by the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life as promoting “best practice” in lay formation, Leadership for Mission is a joint initiative of the Australian Catholic bishops’ National Centre for Evangelisation (NCE) and Australian Catholic University with the support of Catholic Mission.

It is designed by and for women who are inspired by the Gospel vision of justice, freedom and the dignity of the human person. The program offers both academic and formative opportunities for young Catholic women aspiring to be leaders in their chosen fields of endeavour.
Applications for this program recently closed, however there are a number of vacancies for the 2021/2022 cohort which the NCE hopes to fill as soon as possible. If you are interested in this exciting leadership program for women then use this link to find out more about the program.

If you have any questions please contact Sharon Brewer, 0466 013 534.

As a "very grateful" past participant, Pip McIlroy (Group Mission Integration Manager – Formation & Ethics | Modern Slavery Project Lead | St Vincent's Health Australia) is happy to be contacted if you are interested in applying or have questions. Pip is also part of our Emerging Leaders Network organising team.

Catholic sector worried about
cashless debit card system

Catholic Social Services Australia has told a Senate Committee that plans to continue and extend the cashless debit card system are “stigmatising” and would disproportionately affect Indigenous Australians.

The national peak body for dozens of Catholic social service agencies recently made a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs on the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020.

CSSA noted that it had previously expressed its opposition to the compulsory cashless debit card approach in 2017 and 2018 submissions, and said the latest submission again outlines the negative consequences of such policies.
The submission challenged the bill’s assertion that the legislation doesn’t adversely affect people according to race, religion or ethnicity, saying one-third of people in the current trial are Indigenous – 10 times the proportion of Indigenous Australians in the population.

The submission provided feedback from Catholic social service agencies that have seen the impact of the current system.

While acknowledging that income management strategies can protect against practices such as “humbugging”, the submission argues that the compulsory nature of the government’s legislation is unfair and discriminatory.

Among the challenges those using the card face are the inability to purchase goods from the “informal economy”, such as farmers’ markets, community stalls and other second-hand items, as well as delays in getting approval to make larger purchases like white goods and furniture.

Some people are turning instead to “pay day lenders” for such transactions, incurring high interest rates and penalties that exacerbate existing financial challenges.

CSSA noted that previous reports to the Commonwealth on the cashless debit card have outlined the mental health impacts of the system, including from stigmatisation.

CSSA said rather than a policy response that “seeks to restrict and control the behaviour of individuals”, the Government should consider the evaluation undertaken so far and “develop a policy framework that is both enabling and addresses the systemic and structural causes of social issues and challenges in our communities”.

“CSSA recommends that the Committee strongly oppose both the current bill and the application of compulsory income management in Australia,” the submission says in its conclusion.
New life for the former
St Therese Church of the Little Flower

In 2021 Loreto College’s Church of the Little Flower will become home to the expansion of our successful VCAL program. Students and staff have been involved in the planning for the new space and last week our VCAL students presented their design concepts for the new kitchen facilities. Student, Kaycee Hill, shared that “the new space will allow us to reach our full potential in ways we cannot currently achieve on campus and give us the space we need to be more creative and inventive.”

The students drew inspiration from unique features such as leadlight windows and Loreto colours to design a brighter, lighter space, taking into consideration design constraints and the requirements and functionality of a commercial kitchen.

After many years as a Church of the Cathedral Parish and a Church in which many were married, the Church of the Little Flower was closed at Easter 2000. It was later sold to Loreto College
Ready, Set, Pray!
Children’s Liturgy of the Word @ Home

For the last six weeks, a small team at Proclaim: The Office for Mission Renewal in Melbourne has been creating weekly episodes of Ready, Set, Pray! Children’s Liturgy of the Word @ Home. Posted to the Archdiocese YouTube page alongside daily Mass and Archbishop Peter’s weekly messages, the 15-minute episodes are aimed at children, with two presenters from within the archdiocese hosting each episode within their own domestic church space.

The presenters go through the liturgy of the word and explain the gospel reading simply and in a way a child could relate to. Each episode contains segments of animation, prayer, music and times when the parent is encouraged to pause and discuss a question with their child, like what is the Kingdom of God?

‘One of our aims is to promote God-talk in the viewer’s own house,’ says Jacqui Giuliano, series writer and formation specialist in the Proclaim Office at the Archdiocese.

For several months there had been discussion of creating a digital liturgical resource for children. ‘In September, we got a couple of requests,’ Pat says, ‘saying wouldn’t it be great if there was something intentional for kids around liturgy?’

‘Archbishop Peter said a similar thing,’ Jacqui adds. ‘Given that watching a virtual Mass is not terribly engaging for children, he asked us how we might supplement that?’

The Proclaim Office was commissioned to make a pilot and was given an order of ten episodes. Jacqui wrote the format and script of each episode. Pat sent presenters instructions on how to film, and send the files back.

Discover this Children’s Liturgy of the Word resource, Ready, Set, Pray! here

Sydney Archdiocese has launched a new website and social media platforms aimed at promoting the pathway to sainthood for Eileen O’Connor, the co-founder of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor.

Ms O’Connor has already taken a critical step towards becoming Australia’s second saint after her cause for canonisation was officially opened in February 2020 with an archdiocesan investigation underway into evidence of her reputation for holiness and a life of heroic virtue.
The new website,, contains detailed biographical information on Eileen O’Connor’s life, prayers through her intercession and information on her legacy, including the Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, the Brown Nurses and Eileen O’Connor College for students with disabilities.

Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor centenary project leader Sr Margaret Mary Birgan hopes the new website encourages growing numbers of Australians to learn more about Ms O’Connor and the order she co-founded in 1913 with Fr Edward McGrath to care for the sick poor in their own homes.
Go to the Eileen O’Connor website here



Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Envelopes: $ 340.00
Presbytery:  $ 261.55

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
First Sunday of Advent

As I write, I am watching the magpies in the yard, ever alert, rarely asleep, ready to protect their territory and their young. “Eyes wide open” is the proper stance, not just for the magpies, but for gospel people too. The little parable that is the gospel reading for this first Sunday of the new liturgical year forms the conclusion to Mark’s so-called apocalyptic discourse. Apocalyptic literature emerged within Judaism in the context of crisis or persecution. It was intended to provide hope in the midst of disaster. Its message was that God’s coming can reverse the sufferings of the present, a hopeful message for our contemporary world if we envisage multiple “comings” and not simply an end-time return. The Markan discourse is delivered as a farewell teaching to the inner circle of Jesus’ disciples. The concluding verse indicates that it is intended for a wider audience, however: “what I say to you, I say to all….” Like Peter, James, and John, Christian disciples through the ages are invited to stay awake, to be on the lookout, to be alert.

This cycle of the liturgical year begins and ends with Mark 13 and a focus on the end of the present order of things. It may seem strange to begin the year with such a reflection. Is Advent not a time of preparation for Christmas, for the coming of the Christ child into the world? Mark’ has no account of the birth of Jesus. His gospel begins with the immediate preparation for the adult ministry of Jesus. From the very outset, his interest is in the coming of God‘s reign of justice and compassion. That is, in fact, what Advent is about: living in hopeful expectation that God’s dream for a transformed world might be realised.

The parable of the watchful gatekeeper forms the conclusion to a farewell discourse that the Markan Jesus addresses to his disciples. The disciples are told to be alert and watchful through the four watches of the Roman night: in the evening, at midnight, at cockcrow, and at dawn. The parable thus foreshadows aspects of Jesus’ suffering that was to be compounded by the abandonment of his closest friends. Peter, James, and John will fall asleep in Gethsemane. The disciples will all disperse and Peter will deny him. We find our own experience mirrored in that of the disciples. It is easy to lose hope in the face of overwhelming violence and even to lose focus.

Advent is about recognising our own tendency to be less than vigilant and even to turn away when our presence is most needed. It is about allowing the grace of God to take hold in our hearts, keeping us watchful for the sake of those on the edge and for the sake of a regenerated Earth. Most of us would agree that our Earth communities are in crisis. We need to be alert to causes as well as to consequences so that the cycles of violence might eventually be broken. Our gospel asks no less of us.

Veronica Lawson RSM
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Anthea, Ebonee and Erin

Celebrations at

Sunday 23rd November, 2020

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