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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.

23rd MAY 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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Liturgies in the Cathedral this week

Monday 24th May
10.00am   Mass with Bishop Paul
Celebrating 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia

Tuesday 25th May
10.00am Mass

Wednesday 26th May
7.30am Mass
10.00am Funeral Prayers Peter Cramer

Thursday 27th May
11.00am Mass

Friday 28th May
10.00am Mass followed by Reconciliation

Saturday 29th May
10.00am Mass followed by Reconciliation

Weekend Masses

Saturday Vigil 5.30pm (note change of time)

Sunday 8.00am, 10.30am, 5.00pm

First Eucharist celebrations are taking place this weekend at 5.30pm Vigil, 10.30am and 5.00pm Masses

Please note the Cathedral is now able to open each day for personal prayer.

Please follow the COVIDSafe guidelines of registering your name and using the hand sanitiser available each time you visit.


Readings for this week:   Pentecost Sunday

First:  Acts 2:1-11  Second:   Corinthians 12: 3-7, 12-13

Gospel:  John 20: 19-23

Readings for next week:  Holy Trinity

First: Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-4- Second: Romans 8:14-17

Gospel:  Matthew 28:16-20


Peter Cook, Joe Gale, Tom Gurrie, Peter Kramer, Caeser Fernandez,
Kevin Shannon, Willie Platel

Peter Auchettl
Monica Braybrook
John Burke
Tom Bushell
Francis Callahan
Janice Christopherson
Camillo De Grazia
Ellen Fay
Fr Laurence Gallagher
Paul Gleeson
Kevin Gottlieb
James Hancock
Lindsay Hannah
Bernadette Hodges
Elizabeth Howley
Jane Kincade
Kathleen Lorensini
Mary Matthews
Ciril Mauric
Noelene McCulloch
James McMahon
Margaret Miller
Mary Naylor
Bryan O'Loughlan
Kathleen O'Rourke
Constance Pollard
Irene Roberts
Amerial Weir
Graham Wiseman

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

Maddison Ivy Molloy,
daughter of Karin and Thomas
Oliver James Murray, son of Murray and Danielle

“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.

Catholic Education Week 2021 will be celebrated from 23-29 May.

In recognition of 200 years of Catholic education in Australia, Catholic Education Week 2021 will align with school communities across Australia in celebrating this landmark event.          

The theme for the week is Faith in the Future which speaks of the essence of hope in faith, so needed against the backdrop of this year. A central focus of the week will be the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians. Patron of Australia, on Monday May 24th. A national Mass will be celebrated on this day with the key intention being that students, staff, parents and the wider community join together on the one day across Australia to pray in thanksgiving for 200 years of Catholic education, and with great faith in the future of Catholic education.

Bishop Paul will celebrate Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral on Monday, May 24th at 10.00am with representatives from Catholic schools across the Diocese of Ballarat, Board members of the Diocese of Ballarat Catholic Education Limited (DOBCEL), Catholic Education Ballarat staff members and Cathedral parishioners.

We join with the Catholic schools in our own Cathedral Parish – St Patrick’s Primary Drummond St, St Thomas More Alfredton, Siena @ Lucas, Loreto College and St Patrick’s College in celebrating Catholic education week 2021, expressing our gratitude to those who have contributed to the ongoing story of Catholic education in our Parish. Catholic education has been a key feature in our own history as a Parish and continues to be so.
St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1876 with St Patrick’s Primary School (located adjacent) prior to its relocation to Skipton St.

In 1925 the school relocated to its current site in Drummond St.

The Loreto Sisters came to Ballarat (their first foundation in Australia) in 1875. The first parish school administered by Loreto in Australia, St. Joseph’s, opened in Lyons St Nth in March 1877 when Mother Gonzaga Barry took charge of the parish school which was situated in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and had previously been run by lay teachers.          
A weatherboard primary school on the Lyons Street side of the Dawson Street land and the pupils were transferred from the Cathedral to this school on the Feast of St. Joseph 1877.

In 1985, the St. Joseph’s Girls School in Lyons St Nth was amalgamated with the St. Patrick’s Boys School in Drummond Street, on the Drummond St. site. The current Principal is Mr Mark Hogbin.
In September 1977, the Cathedral Parish Council, after much discussion and consultation with the parishioners, purchased five acres of land in Alfredton, on the corner of Cuthbert’s Rd and Elaine Ave, as the potential site for the construction of another parish school. Approval for government funding for the new school was obtained in October 1978 and building commenced in April 1979 and the name given to the school was St Thomas More, opening in 1980 with 94 students. The current Principal is Mr Simon Duffy.
In 2014, the Cathedral Parish, together with Catholic Education Ballarat, purchased a three hectare site in Lucas for a new Catholic Primary School. Siena Catholic Primary School opened in Eleanor Drive in Lucas in 2017 with 72 students. The current Principal is Mr Chris Kavanagh.

Respect@Work shines a light on
male-dominated workplace cultures
Sister Patty Fawkner SGS. Image: Sisters of the Good Samaritan.

This report on women’s safety in the workplace has implications for the Catholic Church in Australia as we journey towards the first Assembly of the Plenary Council, writes Patty Fawkner SGS.
Admittedly, I have only read the 40-page Executive Summary and Recommendations rather than the entire 995-page Australian Human Rights Commission report, Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.
Though delayed for more than 12 months, the release of the report is timely given the plethora of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse within the walls of Federal Parliament. The report does not specifically examine sexual abuse within Church workplaces. However, it does shine a light on women’s safety within workplace cultures such as the Catholic Church.
The report notes (pp 20-21) that workplace settings where there is a higher risk of experiencing sexual harassment include those that are male dominated due to:
  • the gender ratio;
  • the over-representation of men in senior leadership roles;
  • the nature of the work being considered ‘non-traditional’ for women;
  • the masculine workplace culture;
  • being organised according to a hierarchical structure.

Even though the gender ratio favours women in the pews and in many Church ministries, the Respect@Work findings indicate that the Church is potentially a very unsafe place for women. Senior leadership roles in the Catholic Church are exclusively male; it is considered “non-traditional”, indeed “divinely forbidden”, for women to be ordained leaders; and the Church is hierarchically structured in the extreme. The Catholic Church is intrinsically male dominated in its leadership, governance, liturgy and language.

Read this article by Patty Fawkner in The Good Oil here.

For a healthy Church,
we need healthy leaders

Dear Friends,

Several years ago, US management expert, Gary Hamel, writing in the Harvard Business Review, paraphrased an address that Pope Francis had given to the Roman Curia. In opening his piece, he stated that the Pope’s message to his colleagues was blunt: leaders are susceptible to an array of debilitating maladies, and when these go untreated the organisation is enfeebled. To have a healthy Church, Pope Francis stressed, we need healthy leaders. We can say the same of any organisation.

So impressed was Hamel with the Pope’s forthrightness that he spent some time interpreting the Pope’s address, or maybe more correctly, translating his address into what he called, “something closer to corporate speak”. He then presented “The 15 Diseases of Leadership, according to Pope Francis”.
Read this reflection by CRA President
Br Peter Carroll FMS (image above)
Celebrating Christian Unity

Throughout the week we have prayed each afternoon in some of the various Christian Churches in the centre of Ballarat, including St Patrick’s Cathedral, Peel St Church of Christ, Central Uniting Church and Christ the King Anglican Cathedral.

Rev Lauleti, Fr Justin, Pastor Tim and Fr Martin
Cathedral parishioners Frank Stuart, Chris Butler and Sheila Wilton participating in the Prayer for Christian Unity at the Ballarat Central Uniting Church led by Rev Lauleti.
Four issues to consider when
legislating for medically assisted dying

Australian jurisdictions are presently considering laws and policies relating to euthanasia, physician assisted dying and medically assisted suicide. Australia, like the US, Canada and the UK, is a democratic society under the rule of law, a society less dependent on religious roots than it was, and a society which prizes individual autonomy for all its citizens, including those who are living longer than their predecessors.
The law can and should provide bright line solutions or at least firm parameters within which the dying, their loved ones and their care providers can negotiate dying and death.

In the past, doctors and nurses were obliged to do no harm and not to do anything which was primarily intended to cause death. Once those obligations are varied, there is a range of issues requiring consideration by parliaments and courts. I will mention just four, and conclude with an observation on the often parodied ‘slippery slope’.

First there is a need to strike the appropriate balance between autonomy for the invulnerable and protection for the vulnerable.

We are now at the frontier determining whether the administration of a fatal injection is the same as switching off a ventilator and whether state assisted and state authorised suicide should be restricted only to some groups or made available to all self-determining citizens whether or not they are suffering a painful terminal illness.

Read this article by Fr Frank Brennan SJ in Eureka Street here.

Plenary Council Prayer Campaign
People across the country are invited to participate in the “Fan the Flame” prayer campaign leading up to the first assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia. The assembly starts on October 3. Campaign materials include resources for personal and communal prayer, reflections, musical suggestions and multimedia content. Find the resources here

Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost.   
Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land.
O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia
and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council.

Give us the grace to see your face in one another
and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the road.
Give us the courage to tell our stories
and to speak boldly of your truth.

Give us ears to listen humbly to each other
and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying
Lead your Church into a hope-filled future,
that we may live the joy of the Gospel.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, bread for the journey from age to age.


Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us. St Mary MacKillop, pray for us.


The final dismissal session for First Eucharist preparation will be taking place at Masses this weekend.
(Saturday Vigil at 5.30pm, Sunday 10.30am and 5.00pm)

Eucharist celebrations will be taking place  follows:

Holy Trinity on 29th/30th May
Body and Blood on 5th/6th June

We pray for all the children and their families as they continue to prepare.

Annual Mass Counts continue through May
A reminder that the 2021 National Mass Count continues to take place at all Masses this weekend.
Covid India Appeal Fundraising Dinner

The Ballarat Indian Association Inc. is holding a Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Albert Coates Complex, Federation University, Mount Helen.    
Go to: for bookings and information.

Donations also accepted to account name: Ballarat Indian Assoc Inc. BSB 033-205 Acct No: 183147

Speaking the same language was not what mattered:
it was the ability to listen

There are two Pentecost traditions in the gospels. The first one, in John 20, has Jesus bequeath the Spirit on the same day as the Resurrection. Then, in Acts 2, we have the vivid version which is celebrated in our liturgical calendar. The word “Pentecost”, from the Greek word meaning “fiftieth”, was first given in the Old Testament to the Feast of Weeks, Shavuot, falling on the fiftieth day after Passover. Christians celebrate Pentecost on the fiftieth day after Easter Sunday and at the end of the seventh week.

Numbers matter in the Bible. In the Old Testament, 50 was the year of jubilee because it was rare for people to live beyond their fiftieth birthday. Of the many features of a jubilee year, three were consistent: slaves were set free; debts were cancelled; and fields for crops were allowed to lie fallow. This meant there was no such thing as lifetime slavery among the Israelites; that they aimed for no cross-generational poverty; and that they cared for the environment.

What Christians celebrate on Pentecost Sunday is that the power of the Spirit is unleashed on us because we have been set free from the slavery of our sin by Christ, all our debts have been forgiven in Christ and we are recreated as a new creation through Christ. Pentecost is meant to see us live as free sons and daughters of God, a people who forgive as we have been forgiven and who care for God’s Creation.

The second element of the story in Acts 2 is equally challenging. If you’re like me, you will have been taught that the most public gift on display at the first Pentecost was that a tongue of fire rested on each of the Apostles, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and had the ability to speak in different languages. But a more careful reading of the story reveals that the gift received that day was not only one of speaking, but equally one of hearing. Luke, the author of Acts, recounts how the crowds that gathered to hear the Apostles asked: “How is it that in our own language we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power?” Not only was the gift of tongues given to the earliest disciples, but their hearers received “the gift of ears”.

When it comes to listening in the Church today, some people mistake uniformity for unity. At the first Pentecost, the earliest Christians had no such difficulty; they knew that speaking the same language was not what mattered: it was the ability to carefully listen, and to hear the Gospel being spoken in different languages. The first Christians were a very complex and diverse bunch. Like the Church today, they had great struggles to deal with, inside as well as outside the community. Within a few years of the first Pentecost, there were fierce disagreements between Peter and Paul over Jewish and Gentile converts. Some were for Paul and some were for Apollos. Some died for the faith and others betrayed their Christian brothers and sisters to the authorities.

Pentecost faith holds that while we build our faith on that of the believers who have gone before us, we also have a responsibility to listen to our contemporary culture and to bring it into dialogue with the Gospel. That’s why courage is one of the Holy Spirit’s pre-eminent gifts. We are not asked to retreat from the world. We are sent out to enter into conversation with it, affirming what we see to be good, and unashamedly standing against whatever we see demeans or oppresses or is life-denying.

Read this Pentecost reflection by Fr Richard Leonard SJ here


Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Parish $485.00
Presbytery $1,222.20

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

Gospel Reflection
Pentecost Sunday is often called the birthday of the Church. For the ancient Israelites, Pentecost (meaning “fiftieth”) was a harvest festival celebrated 50 days after the beginning of the harvest. When the Jerusalem Temple was built, this harvest festival was transformed into a pilgrimage feast to celebrate the covenant that God had made with Israel on Mt Sinai. In the decades following the death of Jesus, the early Christians reflected on their origins and chose this feast to mark the birth of God’s new covenant with God’s people.

In today’s first reading, Luke tells the new Pentecost story in symbolic language that evokes the story of Moses and the people of Israel receiving God’s Law on Mt Sinai. Just as God’s presence to Israel was marked by earthquake and thunder and fire, so God’s Spirit enveloping the people of the new covenant appears in a mighty rush of wind and tongues of fire. Luke’s account also evokes early rabbinic teaching that the voice of God on Sinai divided into seventy tongues and all the nations received the Law in their own tongue.

For the teaching at the heart of the new covenant, we turn to the gospel reading from John. The risen Christ appears to the disciples who are huddled behind locked doors. He offers the simple greeting: “Peace be with you,” the greeting we offer each other at every Eucharistic celebration. He sends them on a mission of peace in continuity with his own God-inspired mission. He breathes on them the gift of the Holy Spirit and tells them that God will forgive those whom they forgive, and will “retain” or “seize hold of” the transgressions of those whose sins or transgressions they “retain”.

To seize hold of wrong-doing is to expose it and deal with it. Sometimes it is best to forgive and simply allow everyone to move on. In other situations, an easy amnesty only exacerbates the problem. Much of the enduring conflict in our world derives from the inability of ordinary people and of leaders to know how to deal with transgression. The Holy Spirit is the unique source of our power to forgive, of our capacity to deal with the perpetrators of violence and of the strength we need to refrain from vengeance. Sadly, the desire for vengeance often inhibits healing in those who have suffered violence or abuse, and even in those who endeavour to support them, so that the cycle of transgression continues. With much of our world still in the grip of pandemic and our entire planet threatened by the climate crisis, we must work ceaselessly as a global community to address the causes of violence and destruction and search together for lasting solutions. As we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, let us gather into our hearts all the distressed members of our Earth community and pray with greater urgency than ever: “Come Holy Spirit, renew the face of the Earth.”

Veronica Lawson RSM
Prayer for Volunteers

We pray for all those who volunteer in our parish.  May we value the many talents and gifts that God has given to these people.  We thank them for generously offering their time to parish ministries.  For all these gifts, given out of your love, we thank you,    
God of all goodness.  Amen.

Amongst the various gatherings held over Volunteer week was a morning tea held by the St Vincent de Paul Society to thank Conference members, workers in the Assistance Centre and the Vinnies Shops. The gathering also provided an opportunity to acknowledge the work of Renae Scholte who is concluding in her role as Administrative Assistant for the North West Central Council of St Vincent de Paul.

Renae with Damien Bernasconi
Chris Pye with Alan West

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