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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.


5th SEPTEMBER, 2021
A Prayer for Father’s Day

God, our Father,
We give you thanks and praise
for fathers young and old.
We pray for young fathers,
newly embracing their vocation:
may they find courage and perseverance
to balance work, family and faith
in joy and sacrifice.
We pray for fathers around the world
Whose children are lost or suffering:
may they know that the God of compassion
walks with them in their sorrow.
We pray for men who are not fathers
but still mentor and guide us with
fatherly love and advice.
We remember fathers, grandfathers
and great grandfathers
who are no longer with us,
but who live forever in our memory
and nourish us with their love.

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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Religious gatherings and ceremonies: No in-person gatherings permitted.
(Premier of Victoria)

Sunday Mass, 5th September, will be celebrated and live-streamed from the Cathedral at 10.30am

Weekday Masses this coming week will be celebrated and live-streamed from the Chapel at St John of God Hospital on:

Monday - 11.30am
Tuesday - 5.30pm
Wednesday - 5.30pm
Thursday - 5.30pm
Friday - 11.30am
Saturday - 11.30am

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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:   23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

First:  Isaiah 35:4-7    Second:   James 2:1-5

Gospel: Mark 7:31-37

Readings for next week:  24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Gospel: Mark 8:27-35

John Walsh

Paul Aitken
Antonia Arts
Margaret Austin
Colin Banks
John Bongiorno
Stanley Butler
Brian Collier
Thomas Joseph Conroy
Patricia Cronin
John Dalton
Justin Driscoll Snr
Peter Duffy
Frank Fenwick
Beryl Geoghegan
John Hall
Margaret Hardbottle
Sheila Hearn
May Julie
John Kennedy
Paul Mahar
Douglas Matthews-Simmons
Franciszka Stodolny
Shane Martin
Frank Mroczkowski
Mary Neary
John (Jack) Nunn
Patrick O'Driscoll
Margorie Sherritt
Anny Strik
Merle Tanti
Steven Toms
Damian van der Linden
Peter White
Zofia Wibel

Mass for You at Home has been broadcast since August 1971.
It is believed to be the longest-running program on
Australian commercial television.

Mass for You at Home airs on Channel 10 and WIN at 6am each Sunday, and also on Aurora (Foxtel Channel 173) at 10am.

It can also be accessed on this website from 7am on Sunday.
Our moral duty towards Afghan refugees
I was one of the boat people who escaped from South Vietnam. The escape happened after South Vietnam had fallen to the Vietnamese communist forces in 1975, and my world descended into total chaos with an international embargo, wars against China and Cambodia, forced collectivisation and the insidious spread of what were termed ‘re-education camps’ — but were really communist gulags. My siblings and I grew up in a world of poverty, isolation, oppression and constant fear of what might happen to us or our loved ones.

Finally, my parents, who had escaped by boat themselves from North Vietnam in 1954, encouraged my siblings and me to escape. The boat journey was risky, and there were far more people on the boat than it could carry safely. By the third day, we’d run out of food, water and fuel and were at the mercy of the elements. On the seventh day, we drifted near an oil rig, half alive and half dead. Fortunately, we were rescued, and brought to a refugee camp off the coast of Malaysia, where I stayed for over a year.

In December 1981, I was accepted and brought to a country I knew nothing about: Australia. Here, I built a new life, and worked hard to become a priest, a dream that I had held since I was 13 years old. Growing up in war and later transiting in a refugee camp, all I wanted to do was to help people who suffered, and so in Australia I was finally able to follow that dream properly, eventually even becoming a Bishop, something I never would have imagined when I was clinging to that boat on the ocean.

Today, even though it’s been decades since I fled the war, it all comes flooding back as I see footage of people clambering onto planes. Some of the images of people dangling off the stairs to aircraft in Kabul were eerily similar to what happened in Saigon in April 1975.

My Catholic faith compels me to try to address these kinds of injustices, ones that remind me of what I and my loved ones experienced in Vietnam. I believe in the universal and inclusive love of God, a love that seeks to embrace all people, most especially those at the periphery, who are experiencing poverty and injustice.

I also believe that people of faith, and Australians more broadly, must stand for social and moral issues, because this is the only way that we can build the world we want to see in the future. And this is a pivotal moment for us to step up and support those in need in Afghanistan. I hope to see the same level of bipartisan support for Afghan refugees now as there was for Vietnamese refugees then.

Read this article in full here by Bishop Vincent Long in Eureka Street.
The Season of Creation is the annual celebration of prayer and action for our common home. Together, the ecumenical family around the world unites to protect and advocate for God’s creation.

The season starts 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology.
The theme for 2021 is ‘A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God’.
An Invitation from Pope Francis
Speaking during his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis said the “cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor are becoming increasingly serious and alarming.” Now is the time for all people, especially Catholics and Christians, to increase their commitment to our common home by doing more than ever to protect God’s creation.

Pope Francis on Sunday also warmly thanked the
Laudato Si’ Movement for its work in caring for our common home.

Read more about the Season of Creation on the Sisters of Mercy website.

Catholic Earthcare Ballarat offer

resources for the Season of Creation
September 1 – October 4, 2021

During these 4-5 weeks of grace, we reflect and focus on the loving kindness of God expressed in creation. The Season revolves around the Sunday Scripture Readings.  We are invited to reflect on the abiding presence of God for our communal journey on Earth.  Every gift of life on Earth displays God’s faithful presence, nourishing and strengthening us.

Pope Francis invites us to turn to Jesus as both brother and Cosmic Christ and pray to God as a caring Father, as the loving Creator of all life.



Due to the Victorian COVID lockdown, the preparation program for the Sacrament of Confirmation has been paused.

Families will be notified as soon as we have further information.

A Guide to the Plenary Council… and beyond
As we journey together towards the Plenary Council, please join us virtually as we officially launch A Church for All: A guide to the Australian Plenary Council ...and beyond – an important new publication from Garratt Publishing.

Compiled from the recent Australasian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform’s inspirational Convocations that explored the future of Catholicism in Australia, A Church for All presents a path forward for the Church.  

Join Plenary Council members:
Emeritus Professor                         Claire Victory                 Francis Sullivan AO        John Warhurst
Thursday September 9th  2021, 7.00pm (AEST), via Zoom meeting
RSVP: Tuesday September 7, 2021
Once registered, we will send you an email on Wednesday September 8, 2021 with the Zoom link.

Gospel Reflection

From September 1 to October 4, we join with Christians across the globe in celebrating the Season of Creation. The 2021 theme, “A Home for All, Renewing the Oikos [household] of God” invites us to attend to those rendered homeless, birds and beasts and humankind alike so that there might be a home for all the species of the earth. Today’s gospel draws attention to the profoundly deaf who find themselves on the edge of the earth community. Without access to birdsong, to spoken discourse, to music and to the vast range of media communication, they often struggle to understand and to be understood. Their capacity to communicate their deepest wisdom, their hopes and dreams, their anxieties and fears, is limited not only by personal disability but also by the incomprehension and impatience of others.

Whatever degree of deafness is experienced, relief from such an affliction offers far more than physical healing. It brings insertion into the life of family, community, workplace and the wonderful world of God’s other than human creation. It opens up new horizons and unimagined possibilities. Sophisticated hearing aids and cochlear implants can transform the lives of those who suffer from serious hearing loss. We give thanks for the earth elements in cochlear implants, the silicone, platinum, titanium and ceramics and the rare earth elements in hearing aids.

In first century Palestine, chances of relief from hearing deficiency and associated speech impairment were minimal. Desperate people put their faith in folk healers who used their healing hands and drew upon their knowledge of the medicinal properties in certain herbs and other plants. Many turned to Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, or his daughter Hygieia. Jesus was an effective healer who used some of the same methods as other healers of his time. He turns to the God of Israel (“looking up to heaven…”) as the source of healing power.

There is layer upon layer of meaning in today’s healing story. Habitat features significantly. Jesus travels from Tyre on the northern Mediterranean coast to the Sea of Galilee via the non-Jewish territory on the eastern side of the lake. The gospel writer is stressing the all-embracing nature of Jesus’ healing ministry. Land belongs to God and territorial claims on land are no barrier to Jesus’ healing ministry, a lesson Jesus himself has just learned from the Syro-Phoenician woman of Mark 7:26-30.

In Mark’s gospel, the healing power of God is available to Jews and Gentiles, male and female, young and old alike. It is available to those with bodily afflictions and to those who are paralysed by anxiety and fear. There is irony in the telling of the story: a Gentile deaf man can be brought from no hearing to hearing, from “speaking with difficulty” to clarity of speech, but Jesus’ own disciples will shortly fail to hear and understand, “Do you have ears and not hear?” (Mark 8:18). Let us open our ears to hear in the hope that we might understand what we have done to our planetary home and how we might renew the oikos of God.
Veronica Lawson RSM

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