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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.

24th October, 2021

3 Lyons St Sth Ballarat

Parish Office hours:
Tuesday - Friday
10.00am - 5.00pm

Telephone: 53 312 933

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.

Cathedral Clergy: Frs Justin Driscoll and Eladio Lizada
Parish Coordinator: Anita Houlihan
Finance Officer: Kerrie McTigue

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Sunday Masses with up to 20 people
(vaccination status will not be required this weekend nor during the coming week which is why we are staying at 20 rather than 30 attending)

St Patrick’s Cathedral (now fully booked)
6.30pm Vigil

Loreto College Chapel (now fully booked)
1600 Sturt St Ballarat

Weekday Masses
will be celebrated in the Cathedral with up to 20 people in attendance

Monday 10.00am
Tuesday 10.00am
Wednesday 10.00pm
Thursday 10.00am

Friday              12.05pm                      11.30am Reconciliation
Saturday          10.00am                      10.30am Reconciliation

Bookings for Sunday Masses open through the Parish Office on Tuesday at 10am with priority given to those unable to attend Mass on the preceding Sunday. From 12 noon Thursday, bookings for the remaining places will be open. Thank you to all for your understanding and patience with this process.

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

From November 5th, the numbers able to attend Masses will increase significantly for those who are fully vaccinated. When someone’s vaccination status is unknown, there is a limit of 20 people able to attend Mass. Aware that not everyone will be fully vaccinated, our parishes will each offer one Mass during the week where no vaccination status will be required. Twenty people will be able to attend and it will be a requirement to book in with the respective parish. These Masses will commence on Monday November 8th

10.00am at St Patrick’s Cathedral (53 312 933)

9.30am at St Michael’s Bungaree (53 340 450)

9.30am at St Aloysius’ Redan (0455 212 123)

10.00am at OLHC Wendouree (53 392 302)

9.30am at St Alipius’ Ballarat East (53 326 611)

Please note:  All Mass attendees are required to:

* Wear a mask
* Check in via QR Code and check in on the registration list provided
* Use hand sanitiser on your way into the Cathedral

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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.

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:   30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First: Jeremiah 31:7-9  Second: Hebrews 5:1-6

Gospel:   Mark 10:46-52

Readings for next week: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

First: Deuteronomy 6:2-6   Second: Hebrews 7:23-28

Gospel:    Mark 12:28-34

June Auchettl, John Conroy, Carmel Hanrahan

Roma Ahearn
Giovanni Bongiorno
Rody Canty
Edith Conroy
John Alfred Elliott
Marlene Ellis
Peter Farley
Beatrice Hayes
Helena Iwanowski
Carole Jones
Marie Jones
John Kyatt
Margaret Mason
Barry McDonald
John McManus
John Nicholas
Henry O'Callaghan
Anton Radikovic
William Redman
Roma Saitta
Noel Torpy
Joy Wright

Celebrating the Rite of Acceptance and Welcome

On Sunday October 17th the Rite of Acceptance and Welcome was celebrated at the Cathedral 5pm Mass. This is the first step in the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), occurring after the period of inquiry for those adults seeking to become Catholic. Throughout the period of inquiry, the Alpha adult faith program was offered. We thank the Cathedral Alpha team coordinator– Jess Salazar and the team of Priya Allencherry, Kim Butler, Mary Gilmartin, Fr Eladio Lizada, Kirby Moerth, Anthea Stanton and Tomy Thekkumury.

We welcome our Catechumens (those not baptised) Odette Hearn-Wilson, Brannon McDonald, Liam McDonald, Felicity McClounan, Ash and Sarah Martin, Jesse Walsh.

Candidates (baptised in other Christian Churches) Bronwyn Maher and Myles Medwell.
Throughout the process of Christian initiation, each of the catechumens and candidates will be accompanied by a Sponsor. We have commissioned Giacomo Angeli, Tony Brandenburg, Dominic Green, Jill Jeffrey, David McDonald, James McDonald, Kellie Muhlhan and Brooke Watson as the Sponsors.

Each week the catechumens and candidates will gather with a catechist to celebrate a Liturgy of the Word, praying with the readings of the Sunday Mass and reflecting on them together. We have commissioned Fiona Bradley, Kim Butler, Stephen Carey, Tim Delaney and Kate Lawry as catechists.

The RCIA process is facilitated by our Parish RCIA team and we thank Susan Crowe, Kirby Moerth, Maria Noonan, Anthea Stanton and Maureen Waddington who are the members of our RCIA team. Parishioners who would like to support the RCIA in some way are invited to contact the Parish Office to express their interest.
It is a blessing and joy for us to have nine adults on the journey to becoming Catholics at Easter 2022.
This weekend, we welcome to our Parish through the Sacrament of Baptism:

Luca Laurance Blachon, son of Eric and Kylie

"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.

5 reasons why Catholics should care about the COP26 climate summit
The people suffering most from global warming have contributed least to the problem and have fewer resources to adapt and respond.
In 17 days, the United Nations climate change summit, COP26, is set to begin in Glasgow, Scotland. The two-week (Oct. 31-Nov. 12) conference, delayed a year by the coronavirus pandemic, has long been billed as a critical checkpoint in the global effort to limit the planet's warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial times — a key threshold to avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change.
Scientists have said in order to keep that goal in sight, drastic cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions, at least a 45% overall reduction, need to be made this decade. As it stands, global emissions are set to rise 16%, the Earth has already warmed roughly 1.1 C, and current national climate pledges place the planet on a path to heat by 2.7 C by the end of the century. All of this will garner great attention in Glasgow.
Some 20,000 delegates, and thousands more activists and advocates, are expected to attend COP26, which is being hosted by the United Kingdom along with Italy. Count many Catholics — albeit no longer the pope — and religious leaders and activists among them.
Although some may question why the faith community should be concerned about what happens in the often complex, confusing and jargon-filled world of international climate negotiations, Catholics who will be in Glasgow say there are many reasons for people of faith to pay attention to the proceedings.
"From a Catholic point of view, I think if we care about God's Earth, if we care about creation, if we care about the poor, if we care about our children, and if we care about the unborn children of today, we need to be engaged with this," said Lorna Gold, board chair of the Laudato Si' Movement, who has attended previous climate summits. "We need to pray about it. We need to raise our voices about it," she said, "and we need to become informed, and we need to also change our individual and community behavior."

As we come closer to COVID-19 restrictions being eased and gathering numbers increasing with each stage of Victoria's Roadmap: Delivering the National Plan, we can look forward to the Confirmation preparation program continuing to completion and celebrations taking place.

Families who began the preparation with their children will be contact in the coming week with further details.

Any queries or concerns, please contact Anita at the Parish Office.

The Church on the way

A new version of the Click to Pray 2.0 app, available for iOS and Android phones, encourages prayers for the Synod of Bishops. The app is an initiative of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network.

Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, said in the process to create a more “synodal church,” one where every member contributes and all listen to each other, “we are touching something divine, and prayer is essential.”

The synod office, the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and the women’s International Union of Superiors General have joined forces not only to encourage prayers, but to collect them, share them and build a global community of people praying for the synod and each other.

Their efforts are built on two main platforms: An updated version of Click to Pray, an app and website run by the prayer network, and Both were unveiled Oct. 19 at a Vatican news conference.
Pray for a synodal Church

Plenary Council reveals a diversity that is both enriching and challenging
Sister Patty Fawkner SGS. Image: Sisters of the Good Samaritan.

When the Catholic Church in Australia gathered online for the first General Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council earlier this month, Congregational Leader Patty Fawkner participated as a Council Member.   

“Here come the Catholics; here comes everyone.” Whether or not the great Irish writer James Joyce actually said these words, as is often claimed, is a moot point. But it’s too good a line not to use in describing my experience of the first General Assembly of the Plenary Council, which was held from October 3-10.

Such diversity! Diversity of race, role and rite; diversity of age, gender, perspective, spirituality and theology. It was a diversity that enriched and a diversity that challenged in equal measure.

Diversity can unravel into chaos. However, the process used during the Assembly ensured that this was not the case.

We silently prayed before we spoke and respectfully listened to the reflections of each member of the small breakout group to which we were assigned.

For me, another aspect that contained the diverse perspectives was the focus on mission. Even if groups were discussing structures, formation, governance, prayer – all was in the service of mission.

Of the 26 participants in my group, 17 were clerics (an Archbishop, Bishops, priests and deacon) and there were nine laity, six of whom were women, including myself as the only Religious woman. Not much variety there, but what we lacked in diversity of role, we made up in diverse perspectives.

At our first meeting, our skilled facilitator asked each of us how we wished to be addressed and each of us asked to be called by our Christian name. This might seem a tiny matter, but to me it was hugely symbolic and encouraging.

In an interview for the daily Plenary Wrap, I was asked where I saw the Spirit working during my Assembly conversations. I recognised the presence of the Spirit when I witnessed courage, patience, kindness and wisdom.

Read this article by Sr Patty Fawkner SGS in The Good Oil here.


Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Parish $690.00
Presbytery $441.45

New envelopes are available for collection from the Parish Office during the office hours of Tuesday to Friday, 10.00am - 5.00pm

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

Bishops Conference publishes
inaugural annual report

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has published its inaugural annual report, outlining the key activities undertaken by the various parts of the Bishops Conference.

The first annual report covers work during 2020.

The idea of publishing an annual report emerged from a desire to inform the Catholic community and wider society about how the Bishops Conference supports the mission of the Church in Australia. It also responds to the call for greater transparency within Catholic organisations.

Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge, in the report’s foreword, said it reveals the breadth of the activities of the Conference.

“If you read this report with the eyes of faith, you will see that the bishops, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, are grappling with a wide range of issues and problems at a time when the Church in this country cannot simply take the future for granted,” he wrote.

Archbishop Coleridge said brief reports after its biannual plenary meeting gave “the smallest tip of the iceberg” of what the Bishops Conference does.

“What you find in these pages shows more of the iceberg, but a great deal still remains below the surface,” he wrote.

Fr Stephen Hackett MSC, general secretary of the Bishops Conference, used the report’s introduction to help explain how the Conference’s component parts – the Permanent Committee, the episcopal commissions, the general secretariat and the plenary meetings – work together in service of the Church.

Fr Hackett said the annual report adds to other ways in which the Bishops Conference communicates with the People of God in Australia through reports, media releases, statements, pastoral letters and other material.

The annual report includes sections covering the work of each of the 10 episcopal commissions and panels that met during 2020, the Conference’s agencies and the offices and departments that comprise the general secretariat.
The annual report can be accessed here.

Gospel Reflection
What is it that we fail to see? Today’s gospel reading brings to closure a long section of Mark’s gospel that focuses on the journey of Jesus and his disciples from Caesarea Philippi in the north to Jericho in the south. Jericho is the final staging point in the journey to Jerusalem where the final act of the gospel drama will be played out. This section of the gospel (8:27-10:52) is prefaced by the story of a blind man who comes to sight in stages. It ends with the story of another blind man, Bartimaeus, who comes from blindness to sight, from insight to greater insight, and who joins Jesus on the journey to Jerusalem. On the intervening journey, Jesus endeavours to lead the Twelve out of their metaphorical blindness into an understanding of what it means to follow a suffering messiah. They remain for some time in their blindness, as subsequent events will demonstrate.

The narrator creates an impression of urgency at this point in Mark’s gospel. “They” come to Jericho and then leave. The intervention of Bartimaeus, who tries to attract the attention of Jesus by calling out from the roadside, threatens to delay the journey. When he cries out for “mercy”, many try, without success, to silence him. The “many” are people in the crowd who neither share the depth of Bartimaeus’ faith nor grasp the nature of Jesus’ mission of gathering in “the remnant of Israel, among them the blind and the lame” (Jeremiah 31:8). Those who try to silence Bartimaeus are a bit like the family of Jesus who tried to protect him from himself (Mark 3:31).

When it is clear that the perception of the “many” is not shared by Jesus who tells them to “call him”, we have an almost comical scene in which they do a complete about-face. It seems they want to please the authority figure no matter what. Bartimaeus offers a stark contrast to these people. He knows that Jesus has the power to bring the mercy of God into his life and the lives of those who wait by the roadside with faith in their hearts. He receives the assurance from Jesus that his faith has made him well or, more literally, has “saved him”. Having heard the “call”, he follows Jesus “on the way”, the journey of faith.

At times we, like Bartimaeus, are aware of our blindness and wait desperately by the roadside for the right person or circumstances to come along and give us the heart to rise up and live the journey of faith. At times, we are like the “many” who think we know what is best for others and who try to silence the voices of those who interfere with our plans. At other times, we, like Jesus of Nazareth, respond to the cries for mercy and stretch out our hands to gather in those whose disabilities might otherwise leave them by the side of the road in the journey of life.

Veronica Lawson RSM

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