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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.


18TH 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.


Effective from

11:59pm, Thursday 15th July, 2021


11.59pm Tuesday 20th July, 2021

St Patrick’s Cathedral will be closed to the public.

Mass will be live streamed to our Facebook page and can be accessed on the Parish website as follows (for the duration of the lockdown):

Saturday - St John of God Hospital Chapel - 11.30am

Sunday - St Patrick's Cathedral - 11.30am

Monday - St John of God Hospital Chapel - 11.30am

Tuesday - St John of God Hospital Chapel - 11.30am

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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) 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:   Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First:   Jeremiah 23:1-6 Second:  Ephesians 2:13-18

Gospel: Mark 6:30-34

Readings for next week:  Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First:   2 Kings 4:42-44  Second: Ephesians 4:1-6

Gospel:  John 6:1-15

Norma Duffy

Giuseppe Angelini
Sheila Auchettl
Peter Bolte
Michael Brennan
Daniel Cashin
Margaret Coppock
Antoinette De Brauwere
Kathleen Fenwick
Michael Flynn
Alex Gaitan
Sr Frances Hardbottle RSM
Francis Hutt
Maree Hutt
Stanislaw Iwanowski
Doreen Keating
Eric Martin
Amy McKew
Moira McRae
Florence Muller
Maurie Murphy
Roma O'Donohoe
Sarah O'Malley
Seamus O'Sullivan
Leo Roberts
Kenneth Ryan
Robert Smith
Antonius Stoffels
Margaret Tonkin
Johannus van den Bogert
Lou Verberne Snr
Gerard Ward
Clara Woof


Representatives of the Cathedral Conference of St Vincent de Paul will speak about the Vinnies Winter Appeal at Masses on the weekend of 24th/25th July.  The Winter Appeal provides emergency relief to people at risk and experiencing homelessness.

Your donation will help our Vinnies volunteers to rebuild lives.

Your donation will help To make a donation, envelopes are available in the Cathedral.  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 to the Parish Office.

Further details on the Appeal can be found here.

On Thursday 15 July 2021, Michelle Brodrick was officially Commissioned and Blessed as the 31st Principal of Loreto College Ballarat in a beautiful culturally significant ceremony and whole school Mass.

Our special thanks to Sr Wendy Hildebrand ibvm – Loreto Province Leader, Fr Justin Driscoll, Aunty Gwen - Wadawurrung Elder and Macaylah Johnson - Wadawurrung and Loreto Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer, Luke Dunne – College Board Chair, special guests, students, staff and all involved in the planning and conduct of the Commissioning.

Pope establishes
World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

The decision to hold a World Day for Grandparents and Older People has come at a time marked by a pandemic and by the suffering of our older generations in recent months in every part of the world. Reports of elderly people having to die alone and then not even being given a funeral, have been a cause of deep pain to the Church. It is one of the crosses of our time that was rightly brought to mind during the Way of the Cross with the Pope on Good Friday this year: “People jumped out of the ambulance dressed like astronauts, wearing protective suits, gloves, masks and face shields. They took away my grandfather who had been having difficulty breathing. That was the last time that I saw my grandfather. He died a few days later in hospital. I think of how lonely he must have felt. I could not be near him physically to say goodbye and to comfort him”. To be unable to be close to those who suffer is at odds with a Christian’s calling to show compassion. This World Day is an opportunity to reaffirm that the Church can never remain distant from those who carry a cross. The theme chosen by the Holy Father, “I am with you always”, expresses clearly that, during the pandemic and in the better times that will hopefully follow, every ecclesial community wishes to be with the elderly always.
It was over a year ago when the first wave of the pandemic was at its height that the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life wrote: “as individuals and as local Churches, we can do a lot for the elderly: pray for them, cure the disease of loneliness, activate solidarity networks and much more. Faced with the scenario of a generation hit so severely, we have a common responsibility”. When the storm has subsided, this task must take on an ordinary dimension in the life of parishes and the entire Church. The annual celebration of a day dedicated to older people is a way of incorporating attention for the frail elderly into the routine fabric of our pastoral work.

Read the message of Pope Francis here.
Preparing for the journey ahead - A program to help people navigate the new and emerging landscape of ageing

Growing older can be one of the most thrilling, interesting, challenging and enriching periods of your life. The Navigating Ageing Project offers a program that is an exciting new approach which aims to develop a map of people’s lives to prepare them for the journey ahead. It will equip people with the tools they need to help them to understand and deal with the experience and ever-evolving concepts of ageing, including uncovering meaning and dispelling the many myths and mysteries that surround growing older. The Project will offer an informed, alternative view of ageing. It will aim to answer many of the critical questions people have as they approach this important stage in their life. With the solid grounding of collaborative, evidence based research and comprehensive resources, the Project will concentrate on shifting the focus around the significance and benefits of ageing. The Project ultimately aims to engage the public by providing a greater understanding and renewed emphasis on the many positive aspects of ageing.
The program in action

The Navigating Ageing Project is targeted at people over 65 who are learning to live, love and flourish in new and challenging ways. These stories demonstrate some of the key outcomes to be developed through the Project.

Read more about this project, a joint initiative of Catholic Theological College and Stirling College here.
Creating sacred spaces to hear 'unheard voices'
Jennifer Rumbel is conducting research that seeks to address the lack of Indigenous voices in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese’s history. (mnnewstoday)

Kamilaroi woman Jennifer Rumbel is inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics in Maitland-Newcastle Diocese to join a research project to address the lack of Indigenous voices in the Diocese’s history. Source:

Ms Rumbel said the research seeks to provide a platform for the previously unheard voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to their experiences both past and present with the Diocese.

She said the study will provide culturally appropriate sacred spaces in which to share sacred stories and allow that which has been previously unheard and unseen to be audible, visible and visceral.

“This research project came directly from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Ministry, as we began to explore the creation of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2019,” she said.

Ms Rumbel said that In August, she will provide an independent online survey for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics across the Diocese, to participate in and share their experiences and stories. The link to the anonymous survey will be accessible from the Maitland-Newcastle diocesan website. Only the researchers will have access to the survey and the information contained.

Read the article here.

St Benedict and communities: not to retreat from the world, but to engage deeply in it

A common and painful response to changes of which we strongly disapprove is disgust. This is a mixture of disapproval at the change and resentment that it disturbs our allegiances. It is particularly acute when the change occurs in groups to which we belong: in schools, football clubs, businesses, churches and national societies. Disgust often leads to crisis — to a decision about whether we should separate ourselves from such groups.
In the case of society as a whole, separation is difficult. In Australia, for example, there are some who have been appalled by what they see as disrespect for life and for religious freedom in legislation. Short of emigrating, which currently presents its own difficulties, they will have difficulty in finding viable ways of dissociating themselves from a society they believe to have lost its way.

A few years ago in the United States, marked by greater polarisation and consequently sharper judgment of particular social trends, such disgust led media commentator Rod Dreher to propose the Benedict option. At that time a recent convert to Catholicism, he was appalled by the collapse of support for traditional marriage, the tolerance of abortion and the pressure for gay marriage. Untypically, he associated these trends with the excesses of economic liberalism, militarism and corporate greed. The Benedict option, named after the fifth century Catholic saint who founded monasteries and whose Rule has been adapted by monastic movements throughout Western Europe, invited Catholics in particular to withdraw as far as possible from society. They were to form intentional communities held together by such practices as common prayer and home education for children.

Dreher’s proposal won widespread publicity but little support. The option of withdrawing from society, however, remains attractive to many people after they have experienced the isolation imposed by COVID-19 and have been led to revaluate such practices as leaving home to work, suburban living and the balance between work and family. Revaluation can arise from or lead to disgust. In response to Dreher’s suggestion it is worth pondering on withdrawal from society and on what the early monks may have learned about it.

Withdrawal from society can seem attractive if it is imagined as bringing freedom from conflict and from complexities of life and of human relationships. It seems to offer a peaceful and unencumbered life. Indeed, in religious polemic, monasticism has often been attacked as an escape from real life with the responsibilities to family and society that accompanies it. It is seen as an opting out of a full humanity, not as a deepening of it.

Read this article by Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ in 'Eureka Street' here.

Russian Orthodox leader says
refusing vaccine is a sin

As Russia faces a new wave of coronavirus infections, Metropolitan Hilarion of the Moscow Patriarchate warns fellow citizens to get the jab or face the consequences.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's department of foreign ecclesiastical relations, speaks to the media in Moscow on September 14, 2018

The second-most senior Orthodox bishop in the Moscow Patriarchate has urged all people of Russia to get vaccinated against COVID-19, saying their refusal to do so is akin to committing a sin. "It seems to me that everyone who can be vaccinated should do so now -- if not for their own good, then for the good of others," said Metropolitan Hilarion during an interview broadcast July 7 on Russian television Rossiya 24.The 54-year-old archbishop, who has been chairman of the Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations since 2009, said people have told him they feel guilty for not getting the vaccine, knowing they may have inadvertently infected loved ones. "They come and ask, 'How am I supposed to live with this now?'" said Hilarion, who was named Metropolitan of Volokolamsk in 2002."All your life you will have to make amends for the sin you have committed," he said. The responsibility to "think of others" "The sin consists in thinking only of oneself instead of thinking of others," Hilarion said. "We are responsible, each one for the other, not only for ourselves and not only for our loved ones, but also for all those who come into contact with us!" he insisted. The Russian Orthodox Church has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Nearly 5,000 priests, monks and nuns have been infected with COVID-19.

Metropolitan Hilarion already began reminding members of his Church that it is essential they get vaccinated and respect the State-mandated health protocols. But he has angered anti-vaxxers by his stance. Some went so far as to block his Instagram account. Professor Jivko Panev, a priest who directs the news website and teaches at the St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris, has also insisted that getting vaccinated is an issue of basic solidarity. "We are, by definition, relational beings. We live with and through others. Vaccinating is therefore not only an act for oneself but also for others," he explained. Vaccination, a "gift from God" "The Orthodox Church does not see pandemics as punishment from God," Professor Panev pointed out. He said it is just the opposite. "God did not leave human beings defenseless: medicine is a gift from God; we must use it," he noted.

Read this article by Jeanne Leblay here.

Mural honours Australia's 'saint in making'
Sydney City South Parish Priest Fr Paul Smithers and artist Danny Mulyono and the new mural celebrating the life of Servant of God Eileen O’Connor. (Giovanni Portelli/Catholic Weekly)

A site which played an influential role in the faith formation of Australia’s "saint in the making" Eileen O’Connor now has a permanent memorial to honour her memory. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

The Parish Priest of the Catholic Community of Sydney City South, Fr Paul Smithers, commissioned local artist, Danny Mulyono to paint a striking mural on the grounds of Our Lady of Mount Carmel primary school in Waterloo to honour Eileen on the site where she attended school and Sunday Mass with her family in the early 1900s at the church next to the school.

Alongside missionary pries, Fr Edward McGrath, Eileen co-founded Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor in 1913, a religious order committed to nursing the sick and poor in their homes.

The order continues today with ongoing ministries in Coogee, Newcastle and Minto, with Eileen’s legacy also honoured in the work of the Brown Nurses, an independent organisation which provides in-home care and support to the most disadvantaged and marginalised in inner-Sydney.

Read the full Cath News article here.
Fed up, but still Catholic

When I look at the Catholic Church, I see my sisters and brothers trying to be faithful and share their faith.
(Photo by Josh Applegate/Unsplash)

One of the fastest-growing religious affiliations, or more accurately disaffiliations, is the large number of people who declare themselves to be former Catholics.

Departures from the Church are especially pronounced among the young, but are not limited to them. In places like Australia, France, Germany and increasingly in the United States, which for many years differed from other places, the Catholic Church is hemorrhaging members.

There are many reasons people disavow Catholicism. From what I've seen, those reasons are not often linked to a crisis of belief in God, at least not at first. The crisis is Church-centric, but may eventually lead to a crisis of faith in God as proclaimed by the Church. Certainly a big factor has been the exposure of the sexual abuse of children by clergy and, even more, its aftershocks. The strongest aftershock is the growing realization of how much the Church's bishops and other managers covered up, enabled, perpetuated and even perpetrated abuse not only of children but of other vulnerable people and women. Now we see reports of a Vatican cardinal indicted for financial corruption involving €350 million (about US$416 million) given by Catholics throughout the world toward the Peter's Pence collection. This may mark the beginning of exposures that will touch every department in the Catholic Church's "head office" where spectacular corruption has been "business as usual" for centuries. Yet in spite of the demolition of their collective reputation, bishops insist upon absolute rectitude (as they define it) from others in matters of sex and gender. They seem less concerned with financial rectitude among major donors. A majority of people simply ignore them. More and more people take the next step beyond ignoring, and walk out the door, no longer willing to be linked to the hypocrisy. The Catholic Church's public face is pretty ugly.

Those of us who remain must ask ourselves why. Why do I still call myself a Catholic given the Catholic Church's official face, generally dispiriting history and the inevitability of more and worse revelations to come?

The first point to stress is that continuing to identify as a Catholic Christian is not necessarily, or at all, an endorsement of the management of the Church. Some individual bishops may attract respect and attention, but that does not imply anything for the breed overall.

Read this article by William Grimm here.


Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Parish $ 1,452.00
Presbytery $ 1,028.75

A reminder that new envelopes are available for collection from the Parish Office and that envelope numbers have changed.

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

Gospel Reflection
In every life, there is need for a balanced rhythm of work and recreation. With so much pain and suffering in our world at the moment, the demands of living a gospel way of life can overwhelm us and cause us to act as though everything depends on us. While we can never really escape the responsibility of being there for those in need, today’s gospel reminds us that there is a time for being out on mission and a time for being with the one who calls and sends us.

The apostles have been busy—preaching, healing and driving out the “demons” as instructed. They now report back to Jesus with an account of their activities and are invited to take time to rest and recuperate. “Come away to a desert place all by yourselves and rest a while” is the invitation that Jesus extends to them. The reference to desert evokes the wilderness of Sinai through which the people of Israel travelled for forty years. For the contemporary reader, it evokes the diversity of life in the desert, on the one hand, and the desertification of so much of the earth’s surface as a result of tree-clearing and mindless destruction of forests on the other.

The “rest” that Jesus proposes is short-lived: the crowds pursue him. His response to these crowds is a physical one: he is “moved with compassion”. The Greek verb for being moved with compassion suggests a “gut” reaction in Jesus: he is physically affected in the depths of his being by the plight of the people who are “like sheep without a shepherd”, and he is ready to do something about it. As the story continues, we find Jesus inviting his disciples to accept responsibility for relieving the hunger of the people in the desert. “You give them something to eat” is his instruction to those who would turn the people away.

Like the Israelites of old, the afflicted Earth community in any age needs good leaders or “shepherds” who will “practice justice and righteousness in the land”, as the first reading from the prophet Jeremiah reminds us. The Hebrew word for justice in this context refers to justice in the law courts. The word for righteousness is about right relationship at every level. Jesus demonstrates for his disciples and for us what justice and righteousness entail.

As the gospel story unfolds, we find that Jesus’ disciples are wellmeaning, though slow to learn. They are a bit like us in that. The more we take time to reflect, however, the more likely we are to respond with the compassionate heart of the “shepherd”, and the more likely we are to achieve lasting justice and right relationship in a world of unconscionable disparities and unprecedented displacement of peoples and of other-than-human species. We might advocate at this time for a more equitable distribution of vaccines so that all may know the saving power of God.
Veronica Lawson RSM

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