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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.

13th June, 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 during the week
During the coming week, Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral each day with a maximum of 75 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 - 10.00am
(followed by Reconciliation)
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

Weekend of 12th/13th June, 2021
Saturday Vigil - 5.30pm
Sunday 8.00am, 10.30am, 5.00pm

St Patrick's College Chapel
Sunday 5.15pm

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Readings for this week:   Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

First: Ezekiel 17:22-24 Second: Corinthians 5:6-10

Gospel:  Mark 4:26-34

Readings for next week: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First:  Job 38:1. 8-11  Second: 2 Corinthians 5:14-17

Gospel:  Mark 4:35-41

Frances Dorrington, Jean Kramer

Sr Pauline Allen IBVM
Ella Bolte
Margrette Bourchier
Marlene Broadbent
John Cleary
Graham Cluning
James Donnelly
Martin Francis (Frank) Dowling
Paricia Ann Duffy
Ljusevit Duka
Catherine Dynon
John Gannon
Barbara Goodwin
Moya Hartigan
Albert Hickson
Irene Howgate
Winifred Humphries
Abigail Liversage
Elizabeth Madden
John Madigan
Ronald Matthews
Herbert McCarthy
Mary McLean
Thurza Moore
Eileen Polglase
Alido Relouw
Mary Ryan
Joy Simpson
Joan Smyth
Evan Stevens
Emily Tait
Geoffrey Torney
Gerhard Zehner


After the easing of some restrictions that will allow larger gathering numbers, we are finally able to begin celebrating First Eucharist with children from our Parish.

Beginning this weekend and over the coming weekends we welcome the 84 children and their families to the Saturday 5.30pm Vigil Mass and Sunday 5.00pm Mass to celebrate their First Eucharist.

Please keep the children and their families in your prayers.

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

Luca Grace and Sophie Rose Dunbar,
daughters of Simon and Therese

Neve Elizabeth Edmonston, daughter of Charles and Brianna

Chloe Elizabeth and Sebastian Luke Rosin,
children of Brendan and Tara

“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.

Celebrating Jubilees of Ordination

On Tuesday June 22nd Mass with be celebrated in the Cathedral at 5.00pm with Bishop Paul and the priests of the Diocese who are gathering for meetings in the precinct that day. This Mass will be a celebration for those priests celebrating Jubilees of Ordination in 2021

Fr Dan Arundell - 65 Years
        Ordained in St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat 22.07.1956

Fr Damian Heath - 65 Years  
Ordained in St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat 22.07.1956

Bishop Peter Connors - 60 Years
Ordained in St Patrick’s Melbourne 23.07.1961

Fr Peter Hudson - 50 Years
Ordained in St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat 22.05.1971

Fr Michael Linehan - 50 Years
Ordained in St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat 22,05.1971

Fr John Keane - 40 Years
Ordained in St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat 08.05.1981

Fr Michael McKinnon - 40 Years
Ordained in Terang 01.08.1981

Fr John Monaghan - 40 Years
Ordained in Stawell 07.08.1981

Fr Marcello Colasante - 20 Years
Ordained in St Alipius’ Ballarat East 31.08.2001

Fr John Corrigan - 10 Years
Ordained in St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat 16.09.2011

Parishioners may register to attend this 5.00pm Mass
(COVID-19 restrictions apply)

Pope Francis:
Say the ‘Jesus Prayer’ throughout the day

Pope Francis on Wednesday encouraged busy Catholics to say the “Jesus Prayer” throughout the day.

Speaking at the general audience June 9, the pope recommended the short prayer at the heart of Eastern Christianity’s mystical tradition.
Referring to the 19th-century Russian spiritual classic “The Way of a Pilgrim,” he said: “The spiritual journey of the Russian pilgrim begins when he comes across a phrase of St. Paul in the First Letter to the Thessalonians: ‘Pray constantly, always and for everything give thanks’ (5:17-18).”

“The Apostle’s words struck the man and he wondered how it was possible to pray without interruption, given that our lives are fragmented into so many different moments, which do not always make concentration possible.”

“From this question, he begins his search, which will lead him to discover what is called the prayer of the heart. It consists in repeating with faith: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’”
He asked pilgrims in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace to repeat the words out loud, saying that it was a prayer “that, little by little, adapts itself to the rhythm of breath and extends throughout the day.”
“Indeed, the breath never stops, not even while we sleep; and prayer is the breath of life,” he said.

The pope’s live-streamed address, dedicated to “Perseverance in love,” was the 37th meditation in his cycle of catechesis on prayer, which he launched in May and resumed in October following nine addresses on healing the world after the pandemic.

He also cited “The Way of a Pilgrim” in his 30th address, in April, praising it as “a book that is accessible to all.”
Telling pilgrims that his latest address was his “penultimate catechesis on prayer,” he reflected on how to sustain prayer amid the pressures of daily life.

Read the complete article here.


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 will be 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.

The abuse crisis and the elusive horizon of a repenting Church
The Catholic Church enjoyed a bit of a renewed honeymoon with the global media after the May 21st announcement of the "synodal process 2021-2023". But the love fest lasted only about a week. It was brought to an abrupt and ugly end when law enforcement officials in Canada discovered 215 unmarked graves of indigenous children at a former Catholic-run residential school in British Columbia. International organizations quickly demanded that the Church in Canada and the Holy See admit responsibility for the tragedy. Pope Francis expressed his "closeness with Canadians traumatized by the shocking news", as he addressed pilgrims in St. Peter's Square at last Sunday's Angelus. But he stopped short of issuing a direct apology.

June 4th, that fateful day
Canada's Catholic Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, insisted that the Church and the Holy See must take responsibility for what happened at the school. In a video statement on June 4 he even alluded to the possibility that Church officials could be taken to court. That just happened to be the very same day that German Cardinal Reinhard Marx made the shocking announcement that he had asked the pope several days earlier to accept his resignation as archbishop of Munich and Freising. Marx is one of Francis' closest allies and, at age 67, he's still several years shy of the normal retirement age of 75.He said the reason for his resignation was to take responsibility for the "systemic failure" of the Catholic Church in dealing with the sex abuse crisis. The cardinal's letter was a signal to some of his fellow bishops in Germany. But it was also a message to the Vatican and the pope that there is great frustration with the slow pace of Church reform.

Repenting of past sins
These last two weeks demonstrate the predicament of the Catholic Church today. Every time the ecclesiastical hierarchy has tried to turn a new page, the past has come back to bite them. In some sense, it's the story of post-Vatican II Catholicism. First, in the period between the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) and the early years of John Paul II's pontificate in the 1980s, the Church apologized for anti-Semitism. And, yet there are things that the Vatican still cannot afford to say to the State of Israel about its treatment of Palestinians, as we witnessed in the most recent chapter (last month) of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Then, in the 1990s, John Paul II prepared to usher in the new millennium and the Great Jubilee of 2000, by issuing a series of apologies for sins that "members of the Catholic Church" had committed over the centuries. These included sins against the Jews, against peace, the rights of peoples, respect for cultures and religions, the dignity of women, the unity of humankind, the fundamental rights of the person and so forth. And yet, the late Polish pope had a fundamental blindness towards the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.

Read this article by Massimo Faggioli here.

Catholic Theological College Online
Open Day Information sessions
Catholic Theological College is offering free online Open Day Information Sessions “Getting Started in Theology” in June for anyone interested in beginning or extending their study journey.   There are three sessions to choose from (they will all offer the same information) featuring Dr Rosemary Canavan, CTC Academic Dean, and Rev Dr Phil Gleeson SDB, Acting Postgraduate Coordinator. Drs Canavan and Gleeson will outline how to get started and how to plan study that matches the ministry and professional development needs of potential students. There will also be opportunities to ask questions.  Sessions will be held on Tuesday, June 15 at 7.00pm – register here; and Tuesday, June 22 at 7.00pm – register here
Analysis – Cardinal Marx's powerful witness to the Christian gospel
Cardinal Reinhard Marx has held some of the most influential positions in the Church. The Archbishop of Munich and Freising, President of the German Bishops’ Conference, member of Pope Francis’s kitchen cabinet of cardinal advisers, and co-ordinator of the Holy See’s financial body. He has been the “panzer cardinal”: determined, reform-minded and unafraid of confrontation.

But on 4 June the cardinal who had obtained the glittering prizes of high office announced some bombshell news. As a result of the abuse crisis, and the need for the church to enter into a new era, he had offered his resignation as Munich’s archbishop to the Pope.

Cardinal Marx, who at 67 is eight years off the episcopal retirement age, has written to the Pope saying he was taking responsibility for the “catastrophe” of the clerical sexual abuse scandals along with the “systemic” problems in the Church which had allowed them to happen. Although a report is due to be published over the summer concerning how sexual abuse cases were handled in his archdiocese, and he admits that there may have been “mistakes and failures” in individual cases, Marx is not resigning because he has found to have mishandled abuse cases.

No, his resignation is largely driven by the institutional failings of the Church over abuse which he, as a bishop, is taking responsibility for.

Read this article by Christopher Lamb in the U.K. Tablet here


Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Parish $379.00
Presbytery $415.90

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

Gospel Reflection

The first of the parables in today’s gospel reading has no parallel in the other gospels. It compares God’s kingdom to a trusting sower who scatters the seed by day, sleeps by night, and simply observes the “earth produce of itself” until it is time to harvest the grain. The sower’s actions of scattering, sleeping, rising, and going in with his sickle are paralleled by his “not-knowing how’” the seed is transformed into grain. We may, in our times, have a more sophisticated, more scientific understanding of the process of growth. We have no less reason to stand in awe at the wonder of it all.

In an era of urbanization, of supermarket chains and online shopping even for groceries, we can easily lose sight of the source of food and the miracle of food production. This little parable might serve as a reminder of the goodness of the Earth and of the God who sustains our planetary home. It might inspire us to contemplate the myriad ways in which the Earth speaks to us of God and God’s empire or kin-dom. At another level, we might ask about the identity of the sower. We might question how the sower’s actions and attitudes provide an image of God’s reign. Is it in the sower’s trusting that all will be well while “not-knowing”? Is it in the observation that the grain is ripe for the harvest? Is it in the prompt action to bring in the harvest? The sower’s “not-knowing” might resonate with us in our “not knowing” all we would like to know about dealing with the spread of Covid-19. Parables are meant to tease their hearers/readers. They are open-ended and challenging.

The second parable appears in all three synoptic gospels. Matthew and Luke both parallel the mustard seed parable with a parable about a woman mixing yeast into flour. Mark, in contrast, juxtaposes his mustard seed parable with that of the trusting sower. Mustard seeds were tiny, although they were not the smallest of seeds and have never been known to become the largest of shrubs. The idea that God's reign provides shelter for the birds to make their nests is a challenging one at a time when so many species are becoming extinct precisely because their habitats are being destroyed by human activity.

Some scholars have pointed out that the mustard seed was a weed. To compare God’s reign with a weed may have brought a smile or two. It would certainly have exercised the minds of Jesus’ audience. Maybe Jesus’ disciples were in need of encouragement even in the early stages of the Galilean ministry. Maybe the curious and hostile were in need of a reminder to take this movement seriously since extraordinary things can come from the most inauspicious beginnings. Opposition to Jesus had surfaced at the outset. Mark’s community may also have been experiencing opposition and feeling the need for the wisdom that comes from a carefully crafted and perfectly timed story.
Veronica Lawson RSM

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