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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.



4TH JULY, 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.

Sunday Masses

This weekend (3rd/4th July) we continue to welcome up to 300 people at each of the following Masses at the Cathedral:

5.30pm - Saturday
(including First Communion for 8 children)

8.00am - Sunday

10.30am - Sunday

5.00pm - Sunday
(including First Communion for 9 children)

Entrance to the Cathedral continues to be from the South Transept and face masks are required for entry. All entering must either use the QR Code or sign in with pen and paper.

Masses during the week

12.05pm Mass on Fridays - back by popular demand!

During the coming week, Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral each day with a maximum of 300 people in attendance. No registration will be required prior to attending, but upon entrance to the Cathedral (via the south transept door), use the QR code to register your attendance or sign in with the materials provided. Masks are required for entry.

Monday - 10.00am

Tuesday - 10.00am

Wednesday - 10.00am

Thursday - 10.00am

Friday - 12.05pm
(preceded by Reconciliation at 11.30am)

Saturday - 10.00am
(followed by Reconciliation)

Morning Prayer         prayed each day (Monday – Friday) at 8.00am
Evening Prayer          prayed each day (Monday – Friday) at 5.00pm

With this further easing of restrictions, the Cathedral will be open each day not only for Mass, Morning and Evening Prayer, but throughout the day for individual prayer the opportunity to ‘make a visit’ – the Cathedral will be open from 8.00am until Evening Prayer at 5.00pm. Because of the requirement to register by either the QR code or paper and pen, entry will continue to be via the south transept door.

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Readings for this week:   Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First:  Ezekiel 2:2-5  Second: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Gospel: Mark 6:1-6

Readings for next week:  Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First:  Amos 7:12-15   Second:  Ephesians 1:3-14

Gospel:  Mark 6:7-13

Frank Valbusa, Mick Griffin, Pauline Howard

Dorothy Blanchfield
Fr Patrick Bohan
Patricia Bowes
Monica Boyd
Maggie Britt
Leo Driscoll
Edward J Duck
Brian Foley
Michael Gannon
Ada Gasan
Joseph Gasan
Margaret Hayden
Helen Lonsdale
Mary Maher
Stefania Mihella
John O'Brien
Francis Quinn
Johanna Rowe
Gina Ryan
Judith Torpy
Ursula Watson
Gerard Watt
Lawrence Whyte
Sr Cynthia Wright


We continue to celebrate First Eucharist with children from our Parish this weekend at Saturday 5.30pm Vigil and Sunday 5.00pm Masses.

We pray for these children and their families.

Seminarian Cay Trinh, to be installed in the ministry of Acolyte

On Sunday at the 10.30am Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Bishop Paul will install Cay Trinh in the ministry of Acolyte. Cay, from Vietnam, is a fourth year seminarian for the Diocese of Ballarat, studying at Corpus Christi College, Carlton, the Provincial Seminary for Victoria and Tasmania. On the formation journey, being installed into a series of formal ministries are part of the usual pathway towards ordination.

In recent months Pope Francis has changed the Code of Canon Law to institutionalise what is already allowed in practice: the access of lay women to the service of the Word and the Altar. With a Motu proprio, Pope Francis established that from now on the ministries of Lector and Acolyte are to be open to women, in a stable and institutionalized form through a specific mandate.

There is nothing new about women proclaiming the Word of God during liturgical celebrations or carrying out a service at the altar as altar servers or as Eucharistic ministers. In many communities throughout the world these practices are already authorised by local bishops. However, up to this point, this has occurred without a true and proper institutional mandate, as an exception to what Pope St Paul VI had established when, in 1972, even while abolishing the so-called “minor orders”, he decided to maintain that access to these ministries be granted only to men because both were considered to be preparatory to the eventual admission to holy orders.

On Sunday July 18th, at the Cathedral 10.30am Mass, Bishop Paul will install Bill Lowry and Matt Restall, both 6th year seminarians for the Diocese of Ballarat, as candidates for ordination. We continue to pray for our three seminarians Bill, Matt and Peter.

This year the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council have adopted the NAIDOC theme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday – Heal Country. In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis has called us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

Today’s Gospel is very fitting because Mark tells us of Jesus returning to his ‘native place’ – Nazareth – to a non-accepting, hostile reaction. Jesus had been welcomed and revered in other places, why is it that he is mocked and disregarded in his own home? “Is he not the carpenter?” the crowd called because they saw him as “without honour” and were unable to believe in him. He did not fit into their ideological view and thus did not deserve respect in their eyes.

In Australia, our own First Nations people have suffered a similar reception to Jesus in Nazareth. Their knowledge and complex cultural systems, created and honed over millennia, are often dismissed as primitive and irrelevant to our fast-paced world of today. This could not be further from the truth, particularly as we become more aware of their continued care, love, and respect for ‘country’, grounded in a relationship with the creator that formed independently of Western influence.

2021 marks the 250th Anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in Australia. Yet the Spirit of God was poured out onto the original inhabitants of this great Southern Land many, many thousands of years prior. God’s Spirit could be heard through the singing of the birds, the cascade of the waterfall, the rustle of the wind and, most importantly, in silence.

For further reflection and resources, go to the website here.
Australian podcasts on the rise

Podcasts have been around for several years now, but for Catholics wishing to listen to engaging, regular content from a faith perspective, there hasn’t been a whole lot of local options. While there’s an abundance of popular podcasts created in other countries, Australian Catholics are only just starting to build a presence in the medium.

Today, one can find a good range of podcasts created by Australian Catholics from regular homilies or prayer podcasts providing spiritual nourishment, to discussions and reflections for families, youth, women and culture.

Podcasts are free and highly accessible, with most podcasts available on a variety of different hosting platforms, such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and many others. Listeners can subscribe to a podcast and be notified of new episodes, or they can simply choose to listen to a podcast episode at a time and place that suits them. The topics covered in the podcasts mentioned in this article allow listeners to grow in their spiritual life through learning more about the Catholic faith, as well as broadening one’s understanding of what it means to be a follower of Christ in today’s world.

With the growing number of Australian podcasts, the three categories below stand out. You can find more on our comprehensive List of Catholic Podcasts in Australia.

Homilies, Prayer and Reflections
If you’re looking for regular homilies and reflections, generally based on the Sunday Gospel, there are a few different options.

Fr Andrew Doohan from the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle provides weekly homilies as part of his podcast, The Doohan Discourse. The Diocese of Armidale’s Fr Paul Chandler does likewise in his podcast, Behold I stand at the door and knock…. Fr Rob Galea, of the Sandhurst Diocese, reflects on the Sunday Gospel readings in his podcast, Catholic Influencers Fr Rob Galea Homilies.

In the Archdiocese of Adelaide, Fr Peter Zwaans started a podcast called Corona of Thorns in 2020 to minister to people housebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The podcast continues today with reflections each Sunday on the Gospel.

Read this article here.
Alive in the Spirit Virtual Conference

8th – 10th July 2021

New Vision, New Energy, New Life

Being the Community Christ Calls us to be

What this conference offers

• Engaging Keynotes: Lana Turvey-Collins, Richard Lennan, Leisa Anslinger.

• 30+ On-Demand Workshops plus one-to-one follow up sessions with presenters.

• Exploring areas of best practice for RCIA, reaching beyond the margins, planning for mission, pastoral care, social justice and more.

• Prayer spaces, resourcing with exhibitors and one-to-one encounters.

• Inspiration and formation for lay and clergy, staff, leadership teams, finance teams, pastoral ministers and volunteers, and those in education, counselling, pastoral care, youth ministry, family ministry, aged care and chaplaincies.

Join other Cathedral Parishioners attending this virtual conference in the smaller hall in the Cathedral precinct. Thursday evening July 8th and Friday July 9th. This is a great adult faith opportunity and a way of focussing our parish in our desire to become ‘joyful missionary disciples.’ Contact the Parish Office to register your interest.
Details on the Conference can be found here.

Pope’s prayer intention for July: Social friendship

In his video message on the prayer intention for July 2021, Pope Francis urges “that in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship”, against polarization and populism.

Read more here.


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.

Alpha is free and everyone is welcome!

MacKillop/Glowrey Rooms
3 Lyons St South, Ballarat

From:   Wednesday 14th July, 2021
Time:    7.00pm (for 11 weeks)

What to expect:

Whether in person over a meal or virtually with a cup of tea, all sessions start with a time to connect, relax and build friendships.

The Alpha talks are designed to inspire conversation. They explore the big issues of life and faith, addressing questions like “Who is Jesus?”, “Why and how do I pray?” and “How does God guide us?”

One of the most important parts of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and discuss in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything and there’s nothing you can’t say (seriously).

For more information, please contact

Australia is in the middle of a homelessness crisis. Each night, over 25,000 children are experiencing homelessness across the country. Their safety, their education, their emotional and physical health are all suffering. If we don’t help now, this moment of pain may turn into a lifetime of struggle.

By supporting our Vinnies volunteers, you will help ensure that families at risk of homelessness get the financial and emotional support they need to keep their children safe.

Envelopes are available in the Cathedral this weekend and in weeks to come.  All donations may be made to the Cathedral Conference for the appeal by putting envelopes in the collection baskets at the Cathedral entrance or by submitting through the Parish Office.

Further details on the Appeal can be found here.

ACU receives $8.7m funding to boost
nursing wards, health research and IT
Australian Catholic University (ACU) has received $8.7 million from the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund for five new projects that will spearhead health research projects, deliver new nursing labs and improve student experience. Headlining the funding package is the new $1.9 million nurse training ward in Ballarat – which will double ACU’s capacity for pre-clinical training of nurses – and the refurbishment of existing facilities to cater for students with special needs at the regional campus. Victorian Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education, Gayle Tierney, announced the funding package during a visit to the Ballarat campus.

The package also includes:
• $2 million to acquire research equipment to develop new therapy treatments for people living with life-threatening conditions like obesity and diabetes.

• $1.4 million to create culturally safe spaces for learning and support at the Ballarat campus for Aboriginal and CALD students and those who have accessibility requirements.

• $1.6 million to transform existing learning spaces at the Melbourne and Ballarat campuses to support flexible education, including technology like virtual reality.

• $1.8 million to upgrade the secure IT network at the Melbourne and Ballarat campuses to support remote learning and allow for better integration between campuses. Construction on the new Ballarat nursing wards has already begun and is expected to be completed next year.

Pope Francis encourages
Jesuit Father James Martin in his L.G.B.T. ministry
Pope Francis greets Jesuit Father James Martin, author and editor at large of America magazine, during a private meeting at the Vatican Oct. 1, 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis has again encouraged the ministry of James Martin, S.J., to L.G.B.T. persons, and with words that could also encourage others in this work. He did so on the eve of the Outreach 2021 L.G.B.T. Catholic ministry conference that took place by webinar this Saturday, June 26, of which the Jesuit priest was the main organizer.

Some weeks ago, Father Martin, an editor at large at America Media, had informed the pope about the conference in a private mail and explained its purpose and then received a handwritten personal letter in Spanish from Francis, dated June 21, expressing his encouragement and support for this work.

On the eve of the Outreach 2021 L.G.B.T. conference, Father Martin received a handwritten personal letter in Spanish from Francis, expressing his support.

As is well known, Francis tends to make personal phone calls to people, but what is less well known is his habit of sending personal, handwritten messages to people—usually in Spanish, and often in response to letters they sent him. Though he sometimes explicitly asks for the letter to remain confidential, he usually lets it up to the recipient to decide whether to make its contents known or not. Father Martin, after consulting with persons who know the pope, decided he could reveal its contents.

While the letter’s first paragraph is familiar, personal, even humorous, and relates to Father Martin’s nephew who took the name Francisco for confirmation, the rest of the text refers to his outreach ministry to L.G.B.T. persons including through this weekend’s conference, which the Jesuit priest had told him about.

Read this article by Gerard O'Connell here.

Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Parish $1,062.00
Presbytery $1,367.10

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

Stewardship Program
Thank You!

Thank you to all the parishioners who continue to contribute to our Stewardship Program. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated. With the end of the Financial Year occurring this week.

A reminder that new envelopes (commencing this weekend) are available for collection from the South transept.  Please note the envelope numbers have changed.

We welcome you joining as a new contributor at any time by contacting our Finance Officer, Kerrie McTigue in the Parish Office (10am – 5pm Tuesday – Friday)

Gospel Reflection

The gospel readings for the next two weeks are taken from John 6, a section of the gospel that focuses on food and related themes: on hungry people; on the need for food/bread; on food/bread as metaphors for life. Bread has been the staple food for millennia in bible lands. To be without bread is to lack the very basics of existence, and that is how it is for so many in our world.  Even the impoverished in the so-called “first world” know what it is like to be without the means of subsistence in a world of plenty. The present cycle of readings confronts us with questions about our own lifestyle, our exploitation of earth’s precious resources, and our capacity to make a positive change in the lives of those whose access to the fruits of our earth is much more limited than ours.

In John’s account of the feeding of the 5000, the crowds keep following Jesus because they see the “signs” he works among the sick.  The Johannine Jesus consistently tries to lead the people beyond a form of discipleship that is simply based on seeing the signs that he works. The inadequacy of the crowd’s response on this occasion becomes clear towards the end of the reading.

Both place and time function powerfully in the story. The “mountain” place evokes the giving of the Law to Moses on Mt Sinai. For the crowds, Jesus is the prophet like Moses who points to a way of satisfying hunger in the wilderness of life. The time is Passover, drawing into the narrative the passing over of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt to the freedom of the desert and ultimately of the land where they could worship their God.  This story is about the liberation that God brings through the agency of Jesus.

Jesus demonstrates that the answer to the suffering of the people, their liberation, is to be found in their care for each other. If they simply take the time to sit down together, discover the riches in their midst, give thanks, and distribute what they have, they may find they have more than they need. They must gather up the fragments, the “more-than-enough”, so that nothing will be lost and others might benefit from their sharing. Again, we are reminded of those in our world who have access to health care and vaccines and those who do not, of those who have financial support at this time and those who do not.

Although the people partially understand Jesus’ identity and teaching, their ultimate response is misdirected, even violent: they want to take him by force and make him king. He leaves them and returns to the mountain alone. We so often seek spectacular solutions to our problems. It may be that we too need to sit down together, on the grass or wherever, and discover the wealth we have at our disposal to satisfy the hunger in our world. That is what it means to be a Eucharistic people.
Veronica Lawson RSM

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