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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 January, 2022
3 Lyons St Sth Ballarat

Parish Office Hours:
Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm

Telephone: 53 312 933

On weekends and after regular office hours,
the phone will be transferred to the on call priest
so that Hospitals, Aged Care facilities, Funeral Directors
or others seeking the services of a priest may be responded to.

Cathedral Clergy: Fr Ed Moloney
Parish Coordinator: Anita Houlihan
Finance Officer: Kerrie McTigue

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Sunday Masses have no limits on the numbers of those who can attend. Bookings are not required to attend Masses, however, please note we are required to abide by Government Covid rules which are: :

QR code or registration upon entry is still required please, and

wearing of masks at all times whilst in the Cathedral

St Patrick’s Cathedral
6.30pm Vigil




Weekday Masses will be celebrated in the Cathedral

Monday 10.00am

Tuesday 10.00am

Wednesday 10.00am

Thursday 10.00am (Funeral Mass)

Friday  12.05pm,  11.30am Reconciliation

Saturday 10.00am, 10.30am Reconciliation

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You are more than welcome for private prayer as the Cathedral is open.

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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.

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:   Baptism of the Lord

First: Isaiah 42:1-4. 6-7  Second:   Acts 10:34-38

Gospel: Luke 3:15-16. 21-22

Readings for next week: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

First: Isaiah 62:1-5   Second: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Gospel:    John 2:1-11

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

Jarvis Thomas Martin-Bell
son of Thomas and Crhistine

Bonnie Belle McCaughey
daughter of Cathal and Linda

Bella Kate Sweet
daughter of Brendan and Emily

"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.

Patricia Byrne, John Higgins, Kevin Lyons, June Rice

Mabel Canty
John Crowe
Sr Joan D’Orsa
Shane Everard
Mabel Gillett
Evelyn Elsie Hall
Tony Houlihan
Hermanus Joosten
Jillian Kors
Elizabeth Lench
Filepe Mascarenhas
Mary McGuinness
Zofia Pamula
Leslie Sharp
Leslie Shine
Thomas Thaikkadupill
David Torpy
Joseph Troy
Raymond Williams

Farewell to Fr Justin
by Leo Styles
(Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council) at 10am Mass
January 1st 2022
On behalf of St Patrick’s Cathedral community, including the Parish Pastoral Council, all of our Parish groups, our schools and everyone here, we thank you, Justin, for your 14 years of priestly ministry to the Cathedral parish.

Many people have expressed sadness on learning that you are leaving us. You have been a very popular and very much appreciated person, and priest, and you will be sorely missed. Our loss will be the gain of the Daylesford, Creswick, and Gordon parishes.

Justin, you have experienced the best and the worst during your time here, including during your service as Vicar General dealing with the hurt in the leadup to, and outcomes of the Royal Commission. You listened to everyone involved and treated them all with respect and compassion. At the same time you continued as the Administrator of our Cathedral Parish without anyone feeling neglected.

You have also witnessed the changes brought about by Covid and its many restrictions, while seeming to enjoy rising to the challenges of setting up and conducting the live streaming of daily masses, enabling us all to continue to participate, albeit from our own homes.

For our family you made Liam’s funeral very meaningful and very personal, enabling us to celebrate his life with joy amid our sadness.  Who would have thought that a funeral homily could begin with “God has a sense of humour”?! Lots of people remarked to us afterwards about it being it being such a moving funeral. Others in the parish have commented how your homilies continued to improve throughout your time with us and how they looked forward to going to Mass to listen to them!

We have been privileged to enjoy the humour and the insights into different ways of looking at life and how Jesus lives with us which you have shared in your homilies’.

Many of us have personal memories of your interactions with us, Justin. You have been a part of the lives of so many people - contributing to significant times such as weddings, funerals, baptisms, graduations, school masses… and helping to make them even more special.

You personalize all the ceremonies that you lead, and you have shown interest in everyone in the parish and given equal billing to all.

Justin, this is not the farewell that you deserve. We can partly blame Covid but some of the blame also belongs to you as you don’t like any fuss to be made, and we suspect that you would rather have sneaked off quietly. You haven’t made it easy for this farewell to be organized.

Our small gathering and token gift are not reflective of what could have and should have been, because a lot of people couldn’t be here to join us. At this time of the year many parishioners are away visiting family or on holidays – many have asked us to put in an apology for them.

I have stuck to my intention of not being long winded – there is so much I could say about all you have given to us and been for us, Justin, and as we say goodbye our best wishes go with you as you begin a new chapter in your life.

Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Parish $2,122.00
Presbytery $3,129.85
Annual Christmas Appeal $3,904.25

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

Gospel Reflection

The Baptism of Jesus marks the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of Ordinary Time. Many of us have been fortunate enough to get some time after Christmas to reflect on the past year with all its challenges and to set goals for the year ahead so that we might move into Ordinary Time with renewed life and vigour. As Covid-19 vaccines offer hope of a return to more familiar ways of being, we acknowledge the need to explore new ways of living the faith we profess.

Mark’s story of the baptism forms part of the prologue to the gospel. It provides the reader with insights that the characters in the story are invited to learn along the way. It is succinct and at the same time replete with evocative imagery. At one level, the imagery leads us back into Israel’s faith traditions and forward into the unfolding mystery of God’s new way of being in the world through the ministry, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. On another level, the imagery embraces the entire universe, the heavens and the earth, celestial and earthly beings, the human and the more-than-human.

The preceding verses (Mark 1:5-6) have told us that John the Baptizer has drawn huge crowds of people from the Judean countryside and from Jerusalem to be baptised in the Jordan River. In the midst of this activity, John now suddenly announces that one more powerful (literally “the stronger one”) is about to come on the scene. John knows who he is in relation to this coming one: he is not even worthy to bend down and untie the thong of his sandals. This footwear imagery evokes the humility and earthiness of John as well as the relentless journeying of Jesus in Mark’s gospel. While John baptised with water, the more powerful one will “baptise” with the Holy Spirit.

The baptism story is a commissioning story. The heavens are torn apart, evoking the prophetic hope of Isaiah 64:1 and foreshadowing the tearing of the curtain of the temple at Jesus’ death (Mark 15:38). In other words, all the barriers between God and God’s creation are now dismantled. Just as God’s spirit hovered over the waters of creation, so now the Holy Spirit descends on Jesus in the form of a dove, giving birth to something entirely new. The God of the universe addresses Jesus as “my beloved Son”. There are echoes here of the story of Isaac, the beloved son of Sarah and Abraham, the one through whom God's promises were to be fulfilled. Isaac is the ancestor of Israel who struggled with God. God's people have always struggled with God and will continue to do so. But God's favour continues to rest on God's creation just as it rests on Jesus of Nazareth, God's beloved. We take heart from this in face of a world that cries out for justice and compassion.

Sr Veronica Lawson, RSM

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