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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.



11th April 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 12th April
8.00am Morning Prayer
10.00am   Mass
5.30pm Evening Prayer

Tuesday 13th April
8.00am Morning Prayer
10.00am Funeral Mass for Tony McDonald
5.30pm Mass

Wednesday 14th April
8.00am Morning Prayer
10.00am Mass
5.30pm Evening Prayer

Thursday 15th April
8.00am Morning Prayer
10.00am Mass
5.30pm Evening Prayer

Friday 16th April
8.00am Morning Prayer
10.00am Mass
5.30pm Evening Prayer

Saturday 17th April
10.00am Mass followed by Reconciliation

Weekend Masses

Saturday Vigil 5.30pm (note change of time)

Sunday 8.00am, 10.30am, 5.00pm


Readings for this week: Second Sunday of Easter

First:  Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35    Second: 1 John 5:1-6

Gospel:  John 20:19-31

Readings for next week:  Third Sunday of Easter

First:  Acts 3:13-15. 17-19  Second:   1 John 2:1-5

Gospel:  Luke 24:35-48

Jill Briody, David Macura, Molly Martin, Tony McDonald

Lawrence Alexander
Frank Benson
Carole Breen
Marlene Bruhn
Margaret Cowan
Robert Dobson
Suzanne Donelly
Joan Hardbottle
James (Geordie) Hayes
Jodie Hughes
Elizabeth Lumsden
Eilin O'Siochain
James Rieniets
Kathleen Shelley
Andrew Sherry
Stefania Slivinsky
Roma Vaughan

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

Walter Peter Canny, son of Timothy and Monica
Florence Audrey and Frederick Allen Lynch, children of  John & Sarah
Henry Michael Sordello, son of Michael and Amanda

“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.



Caritas Australia would like to THANK YOU for supporting Project Compassion 2021. If you still have your Project Compassion box or set of envelopes at home, please bring them back next week or visit
Caritas to make your donation online.

Through your generosity you will be empowering the world’s most vulnerable communities to grow stronger and share their strengths with their communities to lift themselves out of poverty.

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The Aussie Camino is a picturesque pilgrimage
inspired by Australia's only saint,
Mary MacKillop
The Aussie Camino takes modern-day pilgrims on a 160-kilometre walk following in the footsteps of Australia's Saint Mary MacKillop.

For 1,000 years, millions of people have walked in each other's footsteps on a revered pilgrimage trail in north-western Spain.

The Camino de Santiago, or "The Way of St James", is a network of routes across Western Europe leading to the resting place of the apostle Saint James the Great.

More than just a hike, people often embark on the 809-kilometre walk that leads them away from their daily routines and usual comforts for a variety of deeply personal reasons.

For Melbourne's Luke Mills, it was a life-changing family tragedy that deepened his interest in "the Camino", as the pilgrimage is colloquially known.
Mr Mills was grappling with his wife Gabriella's unexpected death in 2008 and the reality of raising their three young children alone.

"It was a very aggressive form of leukaemia and in a very, very short time she had passed away," Mr Mills said.

He had heard about the Camino de Santiago in the 1990s and said the idea of people walking "hundreds and hundreds of kilometres to this place in Spain … just captured me".
"There was a whole history behind it, it was wrapped up in the crusades, it was the Knights Templar, and there were castles and churches and things built along the way," he said.
"It had a thousand years of history."

In the years after his wife's death, Mr Mills' yearning to walk the Camino grew — but he could not leave his grieving children or afford a plane ticket to Spain.

Then in 2010, Mary MacKillop was canonised as Australia's first saint — and Mr Mills realised that Australia could offer its own Camino pilgrimage.
Sunrise over Cape Bridgewater (above), near Portland in south-west Victoria, where Mary MacKillop began her teaching career.

The Aussie Camino
The high school English teacher delved into Mary MacKillop's life story and found the inspiration he was looking for.

Following in her footsteps, he charted a journey from Portland on the far south-western Victorian coast — where Mary had started teaching — to Penola, 160 kilometres away in South Australia, where she started the order of the Sisters of St Joseph.

But when Mr Mills arrived in Penola after completing his first Camino in 2014, it marked a much longer journey than the distance he had just walked.

"[The Camino] gave me time to meditate and to ruminate on what was coming up next, or how to deal with all the things that had just occurred in my life," he said.

Read more about the Aussie Camino here.

Faith and reason, same-sex relationships
and blessings

The opening line of John Paul’s encyclical is memorable: ‘Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.’

The recent pronouncement by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on the blessing of same-sex unions certainly had people assessing its reasonableness as a so-called ‘deposit of faith’.

In our Parliament, we are familiar with ‘questions without notice’. These are raised to challenge a minister, or to give one’s own minister an opportunity to engage in some virtue signalling. So the Roman Congregation often raises a hypothetical question, a dubium, (proposed by anyone or no one) and then answers it with a responsum. In this case the question was: Does the Church have the power to give a blessing to unions of persons of the same sex? And it answered, not unexpectedly, in the negative.

The question, suggested the Congregation, has arisen from the pastoral practice of some priests blessing the civil unions of same-sex couples. This is currently not uncommon.

Read this article by Fr Ross Jones SJ here.

We asked Australians if they
believe in God or the supernatural.

Here's what they said
Only 48 per cent of Australians say they believe in ghosts or the possibility they may exist, but 69 per cent say the same for the soul, according to new research.

The survey of 1000 people, carried out by McCrindle Research for the Centre for Public Christianity, asked respondents about their openness to the existence of a range of spiritual realities: ghosts, miracles, angels, a higher power/God, the soul, ultimate meaning or purpose in life, and life after death.

The results suggest that, as a nation, we may not be as sceptical as we think we are.

In an interview in 2005, the poet Les Murray was asked how comfortable he felt with being "an eccentric Australian voice, a rural poet speaking for an urban culture, a Roman Catholic speaking for a largely secular people". He responded:

I just speak as I am. I am a Catholic and I don't believe that other people are necessarily secular. I think that intellectuals are mostly secular or are required to pretend that they are. But broader people are very varied … This new survey backs up Murray's intuition.

For example, on the question of miracles: roughly a third of people (31.2 per cent) responded "I believe this exists"; almost another third (29.1 per cent) said "I am open to the possibility that this exists". Some opted for "unsure" or "unlikely", but only 13.8 per cent were willing to say they did not believe there's any such thing as a miracle.

Read this article by Natasha Moore here.

Image: Young people are more likely to believe there is more than we can see
and touch.
(Unsplash: Tim Marshall)

Vaccines as universal goods

Making vaccines available to as many people as possible is not an "act of charity", but the only way to end the coronavirus pandemic

Dominique Greiner. (Photo by MAXIME MATTHYS for LA CROIX)

During his traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing to the city and the world on Easter Sunday, Pope Francis urged the international community to "facilitate the distribution" of vaccines against COVID-19, "especially in the poorest countries".

This is not a new appeal.

Ever since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the pope has warned against building "walls" around available treatments. He's insisted that these must benefit everyone, not just the richest nations. Francis is not alone in calling on world leaders to work "in a spirit of global responsibility". The global initiative called COVAX was launched nearly a year ago so that people living in the poorest countries can access effective vaccines as soon as they are available on the market. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), recently pointed out that making vaccines available to as many people as possible is not an "act of charity". Rather, it is the quickest way to put an end to a pandemic that knows no borders. Pope Francis is convinced that sharing resources is also a powerful remedy against other viruses he's so often denounced -- the individualism and exaggerated nationalism that increase inequalities between countries and citizens.

The current health crisis has forced humanity to become aware of its common vulnerability. It must also be an opportunity for an ethical awakening. And this must be without delay since it is within the heart of the ordeal that future solidarity is taking shape. If the rich nations do not show more solidarity in adversity, it is an illusion to believe that they will show more solidarity when the pandemic is under control.

Read this editorial by Dominique Greiner.
Pope slams arms race,
urges fairer distribution of vaccines

In Easter Message, Francis urges international community to get vaccines to all, "especially in the poorest countries", and to stop producing "instruments of death."

As with every blessing given after Easter or Christmas, the pope listed regions suffering from conflict.

Pope Francis has used his annual Easter Message to appeal for an equitable worldwide distribution of vaccines against COVID-19, while slamming those who continue to invest in weapons during the pandemic.

"I urge the entire international community, in a spirit of global responsibility, to commit to overcoming delays in the distribution of vaccines and to facilitate their distribution, especially in the poorest countries," the pope said during his Urbi et Orbi address and blessing to the city of Rome and to the world.

He said "vaccines are an essential tool in this fight" against the pandemic, a message the 84-year-old Francis has been hammering away the past several months. In an interview on Italian television back in January, as vaccines were being rolled out in many parts of the world, the pope said it was "suicidal denial" not to get the jab to protect oneself and others against the coronavirus.

He lamented that "the pandemic is still spreading" and the social and economic crisis "remains severe, especially for the poor".

He prayed that "the Lord give them comfort and sustain the valiant efforts of doctors and nurses", while also remembering the sick and those who have lost a loved one."

Experiencing real human relationships, not just virtual relationships" Francis appealed to public authorities to offer "the assistance needed for a decent standard of living" to "families in greatest need", especially during this time of pandemic.

As he has done several times in recent weeks, the Argentine pope also expressed his deep concern for children and adolescents who have been unable to attend school because of the health emergency."

Experiencing real human relationships, not just virtual relationships, is something that everyone needs, especially at an age when a person's character and personality is being formed," he insisted.

Read this article by Loup Besmond de Senneville here.


Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Parish $ 987.00
Presbytery $ 1,412.10
Good Friday Holy Places $2104.50

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

Gospel Reflection

Some of us may remember when we spoke of the Sundays after Easter. The terminology has changed and we now speak of the Sundays of Easter. In other words, we now recognise that the liturgical readings and prayers for each Sunday between Easter and Pentecost invite us into a different movement of the one great symphony of resurrection faith.

The first scene in today’s gospel has the disciples hiding behind closed doors “for fear” of those who had handed Jesus over to be executed by the Roman authorities. Jesus appears among them, offers a greeting of peace, and tells them that he has been sent by God, his “Father”. They receive from him the gift of the Holy Spirit. He sends them in turn to bring peace and to mediate the forgiveness of God through the power of the Spirit. In other words, he sends them to create communities of people who listen to one another and who love one another into life. The story invites us as believers to place ourselves in the shoes of the earliest disciples. It invites us to receive the gift of the Spirit, to emerge from behind the doors that close us in on ourselves and that prevent us from rising above the fears that control and even paralyse us. We render the gospel ineffective, even powerless, when we make self-protection our priority.

The second and third scenes in today’s gospel focus on Thomas who is not with the other disciples when Jesus first appears in their midst. Thomas is not exactly the trusting type. He seems to trust only his own first hand experience. We all know people like Thomas. They test our patience because they seem to lack imagination. Then they make big statements when they come around to understanding what everyone else has known for a while. If we think, however, that the other disciples are any better than Thomas, we need to note that the doors are still closed eight days down the track! The simple fact of knowing has not dispelled the fears.

Even those of us who do believe and trust need a bit of time and encouragement to take the gospel message to heart. We often need the example and support of others to move out beyond our personal fears and embrace the pain of the wider world. We are asked to do this right now as we ponder the wisdom of being vaccinated against COVID 19. Some are more fearful of the vaccine than of the virus. It may be helpful to look back to today’s first reading from Acts (2:32-35) where Luke presents an idealised picture of the post resurrection Jerusalem community: all things in common and the gospel received with great respect. We are called to rise above our own fears and respond with love and generosity in times of crisis, to live the gospel message from death through resurrection and into “ordinary time”.

Veronica Lawson RSM
St Joseph – Man of Dreams

    Luke’s Gospel speaks of a single visit of the angel Gabriel to Mary, setting her path for the rest of her life. In Matthew’s Gospel, we hear of an angel visiting Joseph some four times, guiding him step by step through troubled times. Interestingly, these visitations come to the sleeping Joseph in his dreams. As a carpenter, Joseph would have been no stranger to silence. We can imagine him spending time alone, honing his patience and concentration as he worked the wood. Perhaps there is a link between this silent way of Joseph and the silent way of dreams in which the angel communicates with him? We could be fooled in thinking that, as a man of dreams, Joseph lived in a fantasy world. Nothing could be farther from the truth. As a man of dreams, Joseph has much to teach us about the power of trust, the power of prayer and the power of discerning God’s presence in our lives.

    Read this reflection by Michelle Vass (a director of the St Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre, Douglas Park, a work of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart here.

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