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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.

Third Sunday of Advent (Year C)

12th December, 2021

3 Lyons St Sth Ballarat

Parish Office hours:
Tuesday - Friday
10.00am - 5.00pm

Telephone: 53 312 933

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.

Cathedral Clergy: Frs Justin Driscoll and Eladio Lizada
Parish Coordinator: Anita Houlihan
Finance Officer: Kerrie McTigue

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Sunday Masses with no limits on the numbers of those who can attend. Bookings are not required to attend these Masses, however,
QR code or registration upon entry and full vaccination status needs to be provided to the COVID Check-in Marshal please.

St Patrick’s Cathedral
6.30pm Vigil




It will no longer be necessary to book for Sunday Masses.
Please check in with the COVID-19 Marshall who will verify your vaccination status.

Weekday Masses will be celebrated in the Cathedral
When the limit is indicated for 50 people, no vaccination status is required.

Monday 10.00am  (50)

Tuesday 10.00am (50)

Wednesday  10.00am (50)

Thursday 10.00am (50)

Friday  7.30am (50) 12.05pm  11.30am Reconciliation

Saturday 10.00am (50)  10.30am Reconciliation

It will no longer be necessary to book for Sunday Masses.
Please check in with the COVID-19 Marshal who will verify your vaccination status

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You are more than welcome for private prayer as the Cathedral is open.
We are required to abide by Government Covid rules which are:

QR Code or sign in when entering the Cathedral
Hand sanitise upon entry
When up to 50 attendees vaccination status is not required; masks should be worn when indoors

When over 50 attendees, full vaccination status required and if you are unable to social distance, masks encouraged.

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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.

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:   Third Sunday of Advent

First:   Zephaniah 3:14-18  Second:  Philippians 4:4-7

Luke 3:10-18

Readings for next week: Fourth Sunday of Advent

First:  Micah 5:1-4  Second:  Hebrews 10:5-10

Gospel: Luke 1:39-45

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

Antony Tiernan Ainio
son of Richard and Adele

Will Anthony Dern
son of Lee and Carlee

Jack David Peter Dwyer
son of David and Taryn

"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.

Terrance Bastian
William Bird
Dulcie Bottel
Laurence Brennan
Tadeusz Buzo
Thomas Cash
Janiec Curtain
Iggy Duke
Bryan Everard
Elizabeth Geyle
Andrew Hartwig
Violet Hazlett
Brian Huggett
Leon Kelly
Shirley Madden
Mary McArdle
Darren Maloney
Joan Martin
Samantha McArthur
Valma Meagher
Ryan Monteau
Lillian Murphy
Ronald Moss
Eileen O'Donnell
Lawrence O'Shannassy
Eugenia Piazzolla
Rosita Reyes
Wilma Ring
Jamie Rogers
Ljubomir (Loui) Saric
Mary Sawtell
Angeline Seeusen
Frank Tagliabue
Graham Thomson
Franciscus Vanderkley
Thomas Williams
Elizabeth Woods
Wieslaw Wozniak

Advent Senior’s Mass with Anointing –
12.05pm Friday December 17th
2021 Christmas Masses
Christmas Eve, Friday December 24th

6.00pm Cathedral

6.30pm St Patrick’s College Chapel 1431 Sturt St

7.30pm Cathedral
(no vaccination status, numbers limited to 50
– please register for this Mass)

9.00pm Cathedral

12 Midnight Cathedral

Christmas Day, Saturday December 25th

8.00am Cathedral

10.30am Cathedral

Sunday December 26th Feast of the Holy Family

8.00am, 10.30am and 5.00pm at the Cathedral

Vinnies Christmas Kindness Appeal

This Christmas donate to Vinnies.
Your gift can change a life.

There are families who are experiencing poverty and homelessness this Christmas and your help can provide them with much needed essentials like food, clothing and a place to call home.

Further information and donations can be made here

Cathedral 10.30am Sunday Choir
Liturgy Group
Christian Life Communities
Retiring St Vincent de Paul member Allen Moloney (centre)
with Chris Pye and Kevin Elliott


"Our Lady of Nazareth Praesidium, Ballarat, was formed twenty years ago on 10th December 2001.  Since the 1940’s there has been a cyclical presence of the Legion of Mary in Ballarat. The current Praesidium, had its first beginnings on 10th December 2001 on the shores of Lake Wendouree and on 10th December 2021, we celebrated our 20th Anniversary.  However, the first Praesidium of the Legion of Mary in Ballarat was in the 1940’s, a Junior Praesidium at Loreto College in Dawson Street.  

The Legion of Mary, founded by Frank Duff in Dublin, Ireland on 7th September 1921, a day before the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, celebrated its Centenary, around the world, on 7th September 2021.
The Centenary celebrations of Our Lady of Nazareth Praesidium, Ballarat, were on hold because of the COVID pandemic restrictions in Victoria and since lifted, the Centenary was celebrated on Tuesday, 30th November 2021, with mass, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Tessera prayers and Rosary, concluding with Benediction by Bishop Emeritus Peter Connors, the Spiritual Director of Our Lady of Nazareth Praesidium, Ballarat.  
The Spiritual nourishment was followed by light refreshment at St. Patrick’s Hall after mass and was attended by Bishop Emeritus Peter Connors, active and auxiliary members and parishioners,  a good catch-up time for everyone present.'  

Sarah Kuek
Our Lady of Nazareth Praesidium
Fruits of First Plenary Council Assembly published
Scenes from Plenary Council first assembly in October (ACBC)

The fruits of the first general assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia have been gathered together in a new report that contains dozens of proposals to shape the ongoing Council journey.

The more than 270 Plenary Council members gathered online for the first assembly in October, spending much of the week in small groups discerning responses to the 16 agenda questions.

Their discussions arose from and were enriched by contributions from across the Australian Church over the three-and-a-half years of preparation.

The document published today reveals the directions of the small groups discernment and offers them as a basis for the ongoing preparation for the second assembly.

“These dozens of pages cannot come close to capturing all that was shared in the assembly, but there is great richness in what is contained, including the many proposals the small groups and individual members have put before us,” Plenary Council president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB said.

Archbishop Costelloe said the first assembly was “inspiring, challenging and sometimes unsettling” for the members. The report, as much as possible, “retains the original voice of those who spoke, without attempts to produce a harmonised or homogenous account”.

“This is another document in our years-long journey that can help carry forward the hopes of the members of the Council and, indeed, the hopes of the People of God across the country,” he said.

The proposals already put forward will be used to identify thematic focuses for the second general assembly of the Council in July 2022.
Final versions of the propositions, which will form the agenda for the second assembly, are expected to be published in June.

Access the document here.

Annual Christmas Appeal in the
Diocese of Ballarat
Broken: A profound study of Christianity and the priesthood

If you’re looking for a new TV series to watch, you have to face the volume from which to choose and whether you’re subscribed to the right platform. Then, if you’re not just looking for escapist entertainment, your third problem is whether your new series has depth and speaks to some of life’s big issues.

In 2021, I happened across a tiny review in The Age for Broken, a ‘new’ six-part UK series on Stan. It was said to delve into the life and times of a contemporary English Catholic priest struggling with his calling as deeply as many of his parishioners are struggling to survive. Looked like it might tick the third box on my list of series problems.

Broken first aired on BBC1 in England in 2017. Four years to make it to Australia, but it was worth it. The series is a profound and powerful study of Christianity and what priesthood means, whether for the man holding up the bread at the altar, or that ‘priesthood of all believers’ to which Christianity’s adherents are said to belong.

Veteran screenwriter Jimmy McGovern (Time, The Lakes, Cracker, and Redfern Now) tightly weaves together the lives of priest Michael Kerrigan (Sean Bean) and his parishioners, showing how one person’s act or omission intimately affects other community members.

Broken’s fictional northern English town faces economic hard times, racial disharmony, the scourge of pokies, and crap weather. People work in jobs they ethically hate, but need to do or they won’t eat. Others feel forced to steal their relatives government benefits to survive. Some feel so alone they won’t leave home unless they’re dragged outside. But through all the hardship emerges the truth that, if you’re willing to accept how costly and unsentimental it is, a little bit of love goes a long way.

Read this complete review by Paul Mitchell here.

Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Parish $ 974.00
Presbytery $1,102.45

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

Date for the Diary:
January 1st, 2022, 10.00 am

A Parish gathering is planned to farewell Father Justin, following the 10.00am Mass on New Year’s Day, Saturday January 1st 2022.

This is an opportunity for our Mass community to come together to express our gratitude to Father Justin's ministry in the Parish over the past fourteen years.

The Parish Pastoral Council invite all to attend.
Reflection on the Readings
Most of the gospel readings for this year are from Mark's story of Jesus. As with any story, it is best to read it from beginning to end, attending to the story line, to indications of habitat and of time, to all the actors or characters in the story, human and other-than-human. While the main character or actor is Jesus, there are other characters and character groups that claim our attention. The “worlds” we encounter include the celestial world, the world of spirits and demons, the human, the animal and the plant worlds. In many ways, we can resonate with the worlds that Mark creates. In other ways, they are alien to 21st century scientific sensibilities and experience. We bring our consciousness of these differences to our reading of the text.

As we embark on this reading we might also become aware of what we bring to the text, “the joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties” (GS 1) of our world today, a world still grappling with pandemic and with growing economic inequality. What we bring to the text informs our understanding of the text. As we read, we might think of this gospel as a two-act drama. The first act in the drama (Mark 1:1-8:26) raises the question, “Who is this?” The central scene (Mark 8:27-30) provides a partial answer: Jesus is the Messiah or God's Anointed One, the Christos. The second act of the drama (Mark 8:31-16:8) is full of surprises for its earliest audiences: Jesus is not a militaristic messiah, but one who is prepared to suffer death for the sake of God's empire; God finally triumphs over suffering and death.

The invitation to us as readers is to enter into the drama, to identify with the characters and character groups, and to hear the teachings of Jesus. In the passage selected for today, Jesus announces his program and invites others to reorient their lives, to expand their horizons and to join him on a mission of proclaiming God’s kin-dom, God's way of being in the world. Jesus proclaims the advent of God’s “time” or kairos, as opposed to ordinary clock time (chronos). It is crisis time, time to attend to the cries of the earth and the cries of those rendered poor in every age.

One might get the impression in the opening chapters of the gospel that the disciples are all men. We have to go to the end of the gospel to find that there are also women “who came up with him to Jerusalem” from Galilee. The central section of the gospel (Mark 9-10) makes it clear that there are children on the journey as well. So let us imagine a much more extended group around Jesus than today's little gospel reading suggests. Women, men, and children, all are invited to leave behind whatever gets in the way of bringing God's kin-dom into our world.

-Veronica Lawson RSM

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