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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.


1st AUGUST, 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.

Masses in the Cathedral for 100 participants only,
will take place as follows this week:

WEEKDAY MASSES (no registration required):
Monday 2nd August - 10.00am
Tuesday 3rd August - 10.00am
Wednesday 4th August - 10.00am
Thursday 5th August - 10.00am
Friday 6th August - 12.05pm with reconciliation before at 11.30am
Saturday 7th August - 10.00am with reconciliation following.

Saturday Vigil 5.30pm
Sunday 8.00am, 10.30am and 5.00pm

Morning Prayer - prayed each day (Monday - Friday) at 8.00am
Evening Prayer - prayed each day (Monday - Friday) at 5.30pm

You may register in advance for weekend Masses via phone to the Parish Office 53 312 933, email  or attend and register when entering the Cathedral via the South transept door.

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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

For further information, please visit the Parish website:

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:   Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First:  Exodus 16:2-4. 12-15 Second:    Ephesians 4:17, 20-24

Gospel:  John 6:24-35

Readings for next week:  St Mary of the Cross

First:  1 Kings 17:7-16 Second: Colossians 3:12-17

Gospel:  Matthew 6:25-34

Sr Mirin Blyth, John Green, Victor Maguire, Maria Martin,
Margie Murphy, Dennis Turner

Lucija Bauska
Ian Bourchier
Giuseppe Cammarano
Reginald Carr
Des Elliott
Joseph Gleeson
Vilmos Grubits
Francis Hartigan
Gladys Hayes
Gregory Hayes
Malcolm Holding
Robert Hunter
Horace Jones
Peter Kropp
Milko Kucina
Kevin Maher
Patrick Maher
Edmond Malone
Alberto Massarotti
James McIlroy
John McKenzie

Norman Meagher
Teresa Mitria
Frances Morris
James Neary
Phonse O'Loughlin
Martin Patton
Maureen Sandry
Giulio Santilli
Tess Sheehan
Sr Moya Somerset
Shirley Swinkles
Kevin Walsh
Norah Wood


The St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal provides emergency relief to people at risk and experiencing homelessness.

Your donation will help our Vinnies volunteers to rebuild lives.

All donations may be made to the Cathedral Conference for the Appeal by submitting envelopes to the Cathedral Parish Office.

Further details on the Appeal can be found here.



The St Patrick's Cathedral Parish preparation program for celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation (for Baptised Catholic children in school year level 3 or older) will begin with a parent information session as follows:

Tuesday 3rd August 2021 at 10.00am and 5.30pm

Tuesday 10th August 2021 at 10.00am, 5.30pm and 7.00pm

in the MacKillop/Glowrey Rooms of St Patrick's Hall
3 Lyons Street South, Ballarat

To be included in this preparation program, a parent or guardian is required to attend one session please.

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Prior to the information session, families are able to complete and submit a registration form via email or to the Parish Office at
3 Lyons St Sth, Ballarat (Tues to Fri 10.00am to 5.00pm)

Any queries or concerns, please contact Anita on 53 312 933 during office hours or email.

PLEASE NOTE: Sacramental Certificates for children who have completed all their Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation and Communion) are available for collection from the Parish Office during the office hours of Tuesday to Friday, 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Thanks Tony

Tony McVeigh has been part of the Cathedral staff since 2005. He has been employed to care for the gardens and grounds as well as the halls and the Cathedral. Tony has been on leave since March 2020 and after discussions regarding the future of this position evolving into one of Caretaker for the Halls, Tony has tendered his resignation and will not be returning to this position. We express our appreciation to Tony and hope that he will be blessed in the years ahead.

I Am Afraid

By Jim Quillinan

In Irish sign language for the deaf (perhaps in others too), the sign for fear is holding five or even ten fingers against your chest, close to your heart in a kind of rapid touching motion. The sign for courage includes that same fluttering of hands and then moving your hand into a fist. So, in sign language, courage literally emerges from fear. The root of the word courage in our language is cor – from the Latin word for heart. Paradoxically it seems, fear and courage have the same source!
If ever there was a time to grapple with courage and fear, it is now. We see both everywhere in all sorts of strange ways. It is a time to lead with the heart.

Fear isn’t always a bad thing – we teach children not to go near fires or to cross roads; we put red labels on dangerous things, we warn people about dangerous places or dangerous behaviour. In bushfire season we are told to leave home early. But making people afraid in the longer term is a strange thing to do. It is not a great motivator. It may work for a short time but people see through it. Fear alone doesn’t change long-term behaviour. Eventually we have to explain why we need to be wary or afraid, why it is beneficial and what we can do to change it.

Today the Virus is devastating much of the world. Thousands are dying each day, others survive but with lasting health problems. It is swallowing up valuable resources that will take decades to recover. At home, it has split up Australia – states are closing borders to fellow Australians and even our country is limiting the re-entry for its own citizens who are overseas. We want to stay safe and if that means we close down, so be it! That fear can arise from the heart too but such fear can make us turn a deaf ear to the stories of those who need to come home or even to those who are here amongst us but need our help. That sort of fear has worked well with those seeking asylum and safety on our shores. Have we become afraid of them?

Fear makes us look for people to blame as if that will solve everything. Some chase up weird theories and ‘alternate facts’ that will help us explain that this is all a hoax as if that will make it all go away. Others rage against those who make the decisions that they will never have to make. How long can we keep that up if we want to remain a united nation that we have come to love?

On the other hand this is a time for courage, to speak in word and action from the heart.

Every day, many are doing just that. There are those whose courage needs to be acknowledged, we could not survive without them. There are so many front line workers who put themselves in the path of this virus. They risk their own health in our name. They stand steady in the path of those who are angry and afraid and who abuse them for doing what needs to be done. Isn’t it sad to see the signs that such ‘abuse will not be tolerated here’ or to see someone with a sign that says I am a Mother, I am a Daughter. How did we arrive at this place? But there are those who courageously and with little fanfare take on the daily tasks we rely on - the teachers, those in transport, those who remove our rubbish, those who just keep on keeping on. Even those who keep the coffee shops open, places where people can find some solace in the outside world, as it were. We thank you. It is the small acts of the heart that give us cheer, that hold us together, that build the fabric of our country – those who wave and say hello, those who keep in touch during lockdown with a phone call or a message, those who make sure neighbours are safe, that the lonely don’t stay that way. Acts of courage because they come from the heart.

So there is a struggle within. Fear and love. Strangely enough, we need both. But which one do we allow to dominate? Stoking fear can give us passing popularity, passing influence as it were but that won’t last. Ultimately, we see through that.

Expressions like “Be not afraid” or “Fear not” appear over three hundred times in scripture. In these times, we need to take that to heart. May we be courageous today in whatever we do and let the heart dictate. Amen.

Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network
Every month Pope Francis entrusts his Worldwide Prayer Network with prayer intentions that express his great concerns for humanity and for the mission of the Church. His monthly prayer intention is a global summons to transform our prayers into “concrete actions”; it is a compass for a mission of compassion for the world.

August Intention for evangelization - The Church

Let us pray for the Church, that She may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.
‘The Pope Video’ forms part of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. This video, published to Facebook and YouTube, includes a personal message from the pope as he asks us to pray for each monthly intention.         

You can find it at


Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that create a safe and honest space, online or in person, where people can explore life, faith and meaning.  It is a safe environment for anyone and everyone who wants to explore life and the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view.

Our parish Alpha program has already completed 3 sessions since 14th of July, 2021.  Alpha is held  every Wednesday at MacKillop And Glowrey Room at 7 pm.
Currently,  we have 10 participants on the program.  During the recent lockdown we were able to offer Alpha to the  participants online via zoom meeting.
This week at our Alpha program, we discussed about “why did Jesus die?"
We may have heard that Jesus died on the cross, but we are left asking the question, “Why did He die?” Does Jesus’ death really have relevance to our lives today? Why are we so good at rationalising our mistakes and feeling superior to others?
The small group discussion was interactive as it revolved around the concept of “suffering”.  It was such a blessing to witness how the participants interacted about the talk with a real sense of openness. 
Fr Eladio provided a good insight and explanation about suffering.  
Alpha is being offered face to face or online (during lockdown) during this . We welcome everyone to come and see and experience Alpha!

Due to restrictions, please register with the Parish Office on 53 312 933 or via email.

Online talks to unpack euthanasia debate
The talks will take place ahead of the anticipated introduction of euthanasia legislation to the New South Wales Parliament (Supplied)

More than 150 people have already registered for a series of online talks on “euthanasia, dying and the dignity of the human person”, jointly hosted by the Parramatta and Broken Bay dioceses. Source: Broken Bay News.

Discussing the topic of euthanasia from a theological, medical, and political perspective, the series of three talks starts on Monday, August 2, at 7.30pm via Zoom.

The talks will take place ahead of the anticipated introduction of Independent MP Alex Greenwich's euthanasia legislation to the New South Wales Parliament next month.

With a shortage of palliative care services particularly acute in regional New South Wales, the online format means those from outside of Sydney can also participate.

The first session will begin on Monday with Broken Bay vicar general Fr David Ranson discussing euthanasia through the lens of theology, focusing on a Christian perspective of suffering and death.

Insights shared from a panel of palliative care specialists will follow on August 9. The doctors and health care workers will highlight how palliative care is both misunderstood and underfunded, and when used effectively, addresses many of the concerns of those who argue for assisted dying.

In the final session, on August 16, Sydney Archdiocese’s director of public affairs and engagement, Monica Doumit, will talk about the best ways to bring up the topic of euthanasia with friends and family.
Each talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Register your interest in attending here

Arete Centre for Missionary Leadership
The Foundations of Missionary Leadership course (FML) is now accepting enrolments for 2022, for its third successful year of student intake and is excited to announce the addition of two new staff members to the Arete team. Rev Dr Chris Ryan MGL, the Centre’s Director explains that The FML course is open to anyone passionate about parish renewal, who already works in ministry or is interested in starting. “The course is suited to volunteers or people in paid employment, youth ministers, anyone involved in adult evangelisation, in parish leadership or related church organisations.

The Foundations of Missionary Leadership course is unlike any other as it is designed specifically for the Australian context and offers a unique blend of theological knowledge, human development, spiritual formation, and practical skills needed for mission.” The course comprises four units: the Spirituality of Missionary Leadership, the Theological Foundations of Mission in the Australian Context, the Theory and Practice of Missionary Leadership, and Practicum and Field Placement. The flexible nature of the course delivery allows students from anywhere in Australia to apply, and the course structure offers a blend of weekly, interactive online lectures, in-person intensives and monthly zoom mentoring sessions.

About Arete Centre:
Areté is a work of the Missionaries of God’s Love (MGL) priests and brothers, a new religious congregation. The MGL’s share in the work of Evangelisation in a collaborative way with lay people. They seek to empower people in their call to holiness and mission.

Further information can be found here.

To feed the world, start with family farms,
pope says
A man is pictured in a file photo feeding cattle on his family's farm in Epworth, Iowa. Restarting local economies with a focus on providing adequate food for all the world's people means governments must involve and listen to small farmers and farming families, Pope Francis said in a message read July 26 to a United Nations meeting on food security. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Restarting local economies with a focus on providing adequate food for all the world’s people means governments must involve and listen to small farmers and farming families, Pope Francis said.

“Closed and conflicting — but powerful — economic interests have prevented us from designing a food system that responds to the values of the common good, solidarity and the ‘culture of encounter,'” the pope said in a message read July 26 at a preparatory meeting in Rome for the U.N. Food Systems Summit in September.

“Our poorest brothers and sisters, and the earth, our common home that ‘cries out for the damage we inflict on it through irresponsible use and abuse of the goods God has placed in it,’ demand radical change,” the pope said. Family farms and other small farming operations are a place to start.

The rural sector of the local and global economy provides so much of the food people consume, but people living in rural areas and working the land are rarely a priority in political and economic decision making, he said in the message read by Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, the Vatican foreign minister.

In “the post-pandemic ‘restart’ process that is being built,” the pope said, “small farmers and farming families must be considered privileged actors. Their traditional knowledge should not be overlooked or ignored, while their direct participation allows for a better understanding of their priorities and real needs.”

In addition, he said, “it is important to facilitate the access of small farmers and farming families to the services needed for the production, marketing and use of agricultural resources.”

Read this article by Cindy Wooden here.

Australian Catholic Men's Gathering 2021
As an initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops, the National Catholic Men’s Gathering aims to inspire and encourage all men with a vision for personal discipleship, service and mission in the family, parish/diocese and the world.  The online program hopes to reinforce that it is important to gather as men in the faith environment of the Church and be challenged to ensure the Gospel is alive in our homes, parishes/dioceses and our communities.

In this Year of St Joseph, the National Catholic Men’s Gathering is again being offered as a free event for registered participants.  The 2021 program will focus on St Joseph and will include a pre-recorded introductory session, three pre-recorded sessions and a final commissioning, all available from Saturday, July 31, 2021.

More information found here.
Webinar -

Behind the Altar - Understanding how we change the story in faith-based settings

We would like to invite prevention practitioners and anyone interested in preventing violence against women in a faith context to join us for a one hour webinar to share the findings of an evaluation of Anglican Diocese of Melbourne’s Preventing Violence Against Women (PVAW) Program. This webinar will provide learnings and practice examples for preventing violence in a faith setting.

The University of Melbourne has completed an evaluation of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne’s Preventing Violence Against Women (PVAW) Program. This program aligned evidence-based practice with work in a Christian setting and aimed to strengthen faith leaders’ capacity to effectively prevent and respond to violence against women and family violence.
We would like to invite prevention practitioners and anyone interested in preventing violence against women in a faith context to join us for a one hour webinar to share the findings of this evaluation and provide learnings and practice examples for preventing violence in a faith setting.
Wednesday 4th August 2021 3pm - 4pm (AEST)

More information about this Webinar can be found here.


Distribution of Annual Planned Giving Statements will take place shortly.

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.

Gospel Reflection
The question of the crowds "Rabbi, when did you come here?" has to do with time and place. They address Jesus as teacher, as one who can lead his questioners from one physical and metaphorical place to another. His response to their question introduces a discussion about bread. This opens up for readers through the ages a whole world of earth activity, of sun and soil and seed and plant, a world of planting and harvesting, of processing and cooking.

We have become so familiar with many of the sayings of Jesus that we can easily fail to notice the earth elements or the constructed environment in the text and treat them simply as backdrop for human activity rather than as having value in themselves. Jesus’ claim “I am the bread of life” invites us to consider bread as matter essential to life as well as a metaphor for God’s incarnate Word. It invites us to consider what both material and symbolic dimensions of the statement might mean for living a gospel way of life.

We might note the close attention in this passage to the material and social context of Jesus' words. Boats, a town (Capernaum), the sea (of Galilee), the land on the "other side" all feature in this text. For those who have visited Galilee and seen the first century boat preserved in Kibbutz Ginnosar, reference to boats might evoke the diversity of wooden materials used in boat construction, in this case mostly oak and cedar. It might also alert us to the human communities that interacted with the material world to build the boats so integral to the life of the lake communities.

Those who have seen images of Capernaum will be aware of the basalt building materials used in the construction of the houses and might be led to wonder at the extraordinary processes of rock formation. The Sea of Galilee has agency in so many gospel stories. Here it is mentioned in passing, but must not be ignored, especially as we become aware of how perilously endangered it has become since its waters have been exploited for irrigation over several decades. The "other side" evokes the rich agricultural land generally referred to as the “bread-basket” of the region. Mention of the crowd introduces children as well as women and men searching for Jesus. In other words, the text invites us into the whole Galilean world encoded in the text.

Ironically, the words of the Johannine Jesus with their focus on the symbolic meaning of the bread turn his questioners away from the physical, material Earth elements that constitute both bread and flesh. Pope Francis invites us again and again to value and respect the material world. In these troubled times of pandemic, those hungering for life sustaining bread can rightly expect to find their hunger satisfied by the disciples of the one who claims to be the “bread of life”.

Veronica Lawson RSM

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