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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.


16th 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

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:   Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Gospel:    John 2:1-11

Readings for next week: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

First:   Nehemiah 8:2-6. 8-10  Second:   1 Corinthians 12:12-30

Gospel:  Luke 1:1-4. 4:14-21

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

Daniel Jayden Carr Bilston
son of Daniel and Catherine

Jack Alexander Stephens
son of Nicholas and Catherine

"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.

Max Brandenburg
Mary Cleary
Agnes Coffey
Amber Cowan
Michael Cowan
Sebastian Cowan
Maria Cox
Mary D'Arcy
Kevin Delmenico
Kevin Dunn
Ivor Fisher
Gerald Fox
Neville Grace
Patrick Harrington
Lisa Hayden
Morris Holloway
Thomas Lloyd
Maria Marnica
Peter McLean
Alice Mooney
Kathleen Moss
Mary Murnane
Marie O'Keefe
Anne Packer
Guy Planel
Jacques Planel
Bert Pollard
Stuart Robertson
Raymond Rogers
Frederick Sherritt
Paul Slater
Sr Bernarda Stenson IBVM
Aileen Thoulis
Ralph Tiernan
Maimie Valbusa
Bara Vranesic
Blanche Wandin
Aubrey Wilson
Gertred Zehner
Sr Paula Ziesing IBVM

The World Day of Peace is celebrated on the first of January every year. The Pope sends out a particular message for the day and in 2022, Pope Francis has chosen to focus on three paths to peace:

  • dialogue between the generations,
  • education and teaching, and
  • work as a means to realise human dignity.

The ACBC Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace have created a discussion guide and quote images for individuals or groups in a parish, school, diocese or organisational setting.

You can use these images in prayers, as reflections or impetus for a meditation, or even in your social media or PowerPoints

For more information and to see the full message, click here.

Praying for our brothers and sisters
Whatever our differences as people, we are all part of the human family and are entitled to support, and receive support from, one another.

When we hear the word ‘true’ put in front of an attractive quality we know that it has other forms which the speaker considers false. Sometimes, as when some people speak of true ecumenism or of true compassion, we would be excused for thinking that what they consider the true quality is the opposite of what ordinary people mean by it.

This, however, is not the case when Pope Francis refers to true human fraternity in his prayer intention for January. By it he means the vision that all people as our brothers and sisters and the determination to relate to them so. Fraternity breaks down the apathy or hostility that can attach to the difference between acquaintances and strangers, families and outsiders, citizens and aliens, native born Australians and migrants. Whatever the differences between us all people command our respect because we share a common humanity. Each has a unique human dignity. We are part of the human family and are entitled to support from one another. We are also committed to support one another.

The importance of fraternity was recognised in the slogans of the French Revolution, which called for a society based on liberty, equality and fraternity. The three qualities rest on one another – take one away and the other two fall over. Fraternity is the cement that binds liberty and equality together. Without fraternity, liberty and equality will be rivals which will fight to the death. If we seek complete freedom, our desires will inevitably come into conflict with other people and we shall infringe on the freedom of others. We shall no longer be equal. Similarly, equality will stifle freedom. In both cases people who wish to be free and to be equal must respect one another as family and see one another as precious. Then they can negotiate a freedom and equality that respect one another     .

Pope Francis prays especially for people who are persecuted and suffer discrimination because of their religious difference. Such treatment shows that one group of people sees others as different, as enemies, and not as brothers and sisters. Because they lack fraternity persecutors regard others in society as unequal, inferior. They then deprive them of their liberty to pray, to gather and to express their faith or political beliefs. Fraternity is the key to ensuring that people who are different are equal and free in society.

In all societies some people who are different from the majority will suffer discrimination on religious, political, racial, national, gender, economic and many other grounds. In Australia discrimination is often half-hidden and not acknowledged. People who have suffered from it have shown us how wounding apparently jocular remarks about people’s race, colour or religion can be. People in the dominant group have had to be forced to see that their ways of relating and speaking with others humiliate them.

In Australia there is no systematic, violent religious persecution of the kind found in many other societies. In these people in majority groups often beat and treat violently people from minority religious groups, drive them from their homes, and pass laws against their religious practice. In the Middle East, where religion and politics often run together, they have had to leave their homelands. It is doubly important for them to be welcomed for who they are in other nations.

As Christians we pray especially for our Christian brothers and sisters who are our close family. But we also keep in our prayers the people from Muslim, Buddhist and other communities who are also persecuted. They too are our brothers and sisters, persons whom God loves and for whom Jesus gave his life.

Read the article by Andrew Hamilton here.

'Eureka — I have found it!'

Eureka Street is a publication of the Australian Jesuits. It existed as a monthly, and briefly bi-monthly, print magazine for 16 years, commencing in March 1991.

Today it exists as a vibrant online journal of analysis, commentary and reflection on current issues in the worlds of politics, religion and culture. It aims to participate in public discussion and influence public opinion regarding the things that matter in Australia and the world.

Read more here.
Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Parish $1,407.00
Presbytery $1,600.90

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

Gospel Reflection
A personal call to a particular a way of life is not always easy to explain, even to oneself. At my religious profession, I chose the challenging motto "To give without counting the cost". I have taken that motto seriously, even if I have been tempted to change it to something more manageable. Today’s liturgy calls me back to what that commitment entails: I have come to realise that, in a very real sense, it encapsulates the gospel call to all the baptised.

The first reading describes a prophetic call, the "call" of the young Samuel who is to become a prophet of great stature within Israel. The story insists that it is God who takes the initiative while Samuel hears God’s call. Initially Samuel hears the word of God, but needs an interpreter in order to understand the import of God’s word to him. Eli acts as interpreter and guide, so that Samuel can respond with confidence and faith and grow up to speak God’s word to the people. The gospel focuses on the "call" to discipleship, a call that is addresses to every baptised Christian. The opening scene depicts John the Baptiser with two of his disciples. John actually points the two disciples away from himself and towards Jesus whom he identifies as "the lamb of God". What does it mean to call Jesus "God’s lamb"? Does the expression refer to the Passover lamb whose blood signifies deliverance? Is it a reference to the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53 who takes on the sins of the many? Is it an image of the lamb that God provides for Abraham’s sacrifice (Genesis 22)? Is it the apocalyptic lamb of Jewish literature of the time, the powerful conquering lamb that destroys evil in the world? Is it intended to suggest vulnerability as in the prophecy of Jeremiah 11:19 ("I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter").

There is never a simple explanation for the symbolism in John’s gospel. There can be many levels of meaning at the one time. The symbol of strength in vulnerability certainly has potential for understanding who Jesus is in this gospel. John 1:29 tells us that the Lamb of God "takes away" the sinful condition of the world. Twenty-one centuries down the track there is still violence and hunger and exploitation of planetary resources on a massive scale. The work of the one strong enough to risk vulnerability so that others may have life, the work of God’s Lamb, is also the work of disciples. It is the way of those who hear God’s call and choose to walk the way of Jesus of Nazareth, in openness and love for God’s people. The call to discipleship is a call to pour out one’s lifeblood for the sake of the gospel, "to give without counting the cost". Maybe I should not be too ready to relinquish my motto!

Sr Veronica Lawson, RSM

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