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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.


9th MAY 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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Prayer and Worship in the Cathedral this week

Monday 3rd May
10.00am   Mass

Tuesday 4th May
10.00am Funeral Mass for Bill Rinaldi

Wednesday 5th May
10.00am Mass
2.00pm Funeral Mass for Julie Cramer

Thursday 6th May
10.00am Mass

Friday 7th May
10.00am Mass followed by Reconciliation
2.00pm Funeral Mass for Frank Sheehan

Saturday 8th May
10.00am Mass followed by Reconciliation

Weekend Masses

Saturday Vigil 5.30pm (note change of time)

Sunday 8.00am, 10.30am, 5.00pm
(Dismissal sessions for First Eucharist preparation will take place at these Masses)

Please note the Cathedral is now able to open each day for personal prayer.

Please follow the COVIDSafe guidelines of registering your name and using the hand sanitiser available each time you visit.


Readings for this week:   Sixth Sunday of Easter

First:  Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 Second: John 4:7-10

Gospel: John 15: 9-17

Readings for next week:  The Ascension of the Lord

First: Acts 1:1-11   Second:  Ephesians 1:17-23

Gospel:  Mark 16: 15-20


Fr Cormac Nagle OFM, Frank Sheehan OAM

Margaret Allison
Len Bettes
Mary Betts
Teresa Bongiorno
Elena Bucovaz
Mary Chatham
Margaret Engellenner
Thomasena Fischer
Christina Goodfellow
Mary Helliar
Brian Keating
Gerard Madden
Barbara Mahony
Norman Malthouse
George Mangan
Kathleen Martin
Vinka Medvac
Alexander Merzvinskis
Marie Nichols
Robert O'Brien
Bernie Segrave
Edward Smeaton
Peter Swan
Michael Tobin
Mary Todd
Jim Welsh

The importance of Mothers Day

We wish all the mothers, grandmothers and women mentors a very happy Mothers Day for Sunday.

As Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ says, the day is important because it offers a chance to reflect on and celebrate the lives of people who are often forgotten.

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

Goldie Rose Edwards
, daughter of Matthew and Samantha
Samuel Thomas Edwards,
son of Steven and Courtney
Felix John Rouse, son of Huw and Jennifer
Georgia Evelyn Taylor, daughter of Wayne and Leah

“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.


Children from the Cathedral Parish have preparation dismissal session two for First Eucharist  at Masses this weekend (Saturday Vigil at 5.30pm, Sunday 10.30am and 5.00pm).

Eucharist celebrations will be taking place  follows:

Holy Trinity on 29th/30th May
Body and Blood on 5th/6th June

Please keep the children and their families in your prayers.

Annual Mass Counts continue through May
A reminder that the 2021 National Count Mass Count takes place at all Mass over the first four weekends of May, at all Masses.
Pope joins Walsingham to pray for end of pandemic
Pope Francis prays the rosary with about 160 people in St Peter's in Rome.
CNS photo/Paul Haring

Under the gaze of a seventh-century icon of Mary, Pope Francis launched a month-long, global recitation of the rosary, pleading for Mary’s intercession for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He prayed that Mary would move people’s consciences “so that the enormous amounts spent to increase and perfect weapons are instead used to promote research to prevent similar catastrophes in the future”.

The Pope and about 160 young adults and families from Rome prayed in St Peter’s Basilica. They were joined remotely by people at the National Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham in England, the first of 30 Marian shrines around the world that will lead the rosary every day throughout May.

“At the beginning of the month dedicated to Our Lady, we join in prayer with all the shrines around the world, the faithful and all people of good will to entrust to our holy mother all of humanity so harshly tried by this pandemic,” the Pope said, introducing the recitation of the glorious mysteries of the rosary.

Read the article by Cindy Wooden, CNS here
Iraqi-born priest takes on new national role

Fr Khalid Marogi (ACBC)
Fr Khalid Marogi, born and raised in Iraq and having served as a priest in Australia for more than two decades, has this week taken up the role as director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Fr Marogi replaces long-time director Fr Maurizio Pettenà CS, who will complete his time with the agency next month.

Among the key tasks of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) is collaboration with dioceses and religious institutes to support visa applications for clergy and religious arriving from overseas.

Fr Marogi, who ministered to the Chaldean Catholic community in Sydney and Melbourne for more than a decade before moving to work in Port Pirie Diocese, has been overseeing that visa process for the regional South Australian diocese in recent years.

He also served as chaplain to the three prisons in Port Pirie Diocese, as well ministry at a Catholic school and within local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

He also started visiting refugee and asylum-seeker families and unaccompanied minors at a South Australian detention centre that reopened during this time in Port Augusta.

Having lived in Iraq during the First Gulf War, one of a small number who stayed at the seminary in Baghdad while bombs rained down, Fr Marogi understands well the issues refugees and asylum-seekers face.

Read the full article here.

Pope to institute formal ‘ministry of catechist’
(published 06 May 2021)
A catechist gives a reflection on Scripture at the diocesan centre in Abuja, Nigeria (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)
While millions of lay people around the world are recognised as catechists in their parish or diocese, Pope Francis is preparing to formally institute the “ministry of catechist”. Source: Crux.

The Vatican press office said yesterday Pope Francis’ apostolic letter Antiquum Ministerium (Ancient Ministry), instituting the ministry, would be released on May 11.
The Pope has often spoken of the importance of selecting, training and supporting catechists, who are called to lead people to a deeper relationship with Jesus, prepare them to receive the sacraments and educate them in the teachings of the Church.
In many parts of the world, especially in communities without a resident priest, catechists are the leaders of the local Catholic community, evangelising, convoking and guiding their fellow Catholics in prayer and works of charity. And, in missionary territories under the guidance of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, they already serve with a specific mandate from their bishop.

Read the full story here.


Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Parish $1,071.50
Presbytery $1,272.70

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

Gospel Reflection

The constitutions of my religious institute remind me that “the tender mercy of our God has given us one another”. The implications of this profoundly beautiful truth are spelt out thus: “In our communities, we try to live in the friendship of Christ’s disciples [John 15:15]. To so live calls forth relationships of equality, a real acceptance of ourselves and others, a forgetfulness of anything that does not make love its message.” Living in the friendship of Christ’s disciples is at the heart of a gospel way of living. It is the commission at the heart of today’s reading and seems to be exactly what Pope Francis reminded all believers in his Apostolic Exhortation on the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, Gaudete et Exultate: “We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do”.

As we listen to the proclamation of the gospel, we might attend to the repetition of “joy”, to the three-fold repetition of “friends” and to the nine-fold repetition of “love”. We might attend to the way in which the pronouns I/my/me and you/your function in the passage. We may also notice the reference to “commands” and “commandments”.

We tend not to associate “commands” with friendship and love because those we count as our friends are not usually in the habit of commanding or ordering us to do what they want. We derive little joy from being ordered to do something. And yet, there is no resiling from the juxtaposition of these terms. God, imaged in the gospel passage as “Father”, loves Jesus. Jesus remains or abides in God’s love so deeply that this love flows on to his friends. They are to love one another as Jesus has loved them. This is his commandment or commission to them and, by extension, to us. It directs them/us to live for each other and put their lives/our lives on the line for one another. Countless health professionals, carers, drivers and cleaners across the globe are doing precisely that right now.

Remaining in the love of God or of Jesus and doing what God or Jesus commands seem to be one and the same thing. In other words, love is not just an emotion: it is always expressed in action that is in tune with and for the sake of the other. The disciples need no further explanation. Jesus’ whole life and his courage in the face of impending death have shown them what it means to love one another.

Living in the friendship of Christ’s disciples is not some abstract goal. Too often we affirm the goodness of our selfless companions on the journey only when we come to lay them to rest. As we approach the end of the Easter season, we might give thanks for the love of our friends, for their witness to holiness and for the joy that they bring to our lives.

Veronica Lawson RSM
2021 Aussie Camino


A Pilgrimage in recognition of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop
The Pioneering Priest - Fr Julian Tenison Woods
Day 1
“Apply to St Joseph with confidence in every difficulty and you will not be disappointed.” Mary MacKillop

Day 2
“In Joseph, Jesus saw the tender love of God.” Pope Francis

Day 3
“God of the pilgrim, you raise up women and men to meet the needs of every age. In Mary MacKillop, we celebrate a journey of deep love and sensitivity to your will. Like her, may we learn to grow in appreciation of the fullness of your love and the depth of your mystery.”

Day 4
“Whatever troubles may be before you, accept them bravely, remembering whom you are trying to follow” (Mary MacKillop 1909).

Day 5
May God grant you courage and wisdom in all you do and say” (Mary MacKillop 1875).

Day 6
“Acknowledge the kindness of strangers” (from Joyce Rupp Walk in a Relaxed Manner).
“Work is a means of participating in the work of salvation ... to develop our talents and abilities and to put them at the service of society” Pope Francis
Pope Francis has declared 2021 the Year of St Joseph and this Camino Pilgrimage is following and reflecting on the lives and contribution of the Josephites or ‘Brown Joeys’, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, founded by St Mary MacKillop in Penola in 1866.


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