St Patrick's Cathedral, Ballarat
Communities of Alfredton, Ballarat, Cardigan
Lake Gardens, Lake Wendouree, Lucas, Newington

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19th JULY 2020
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.

3 Lyons St Sth Ballarat

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

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Readings for this week: Sixteenth Sunday Ordinary Time
First: Wisdom 12:13 16-19  Second: Romans 8:26-27
Gospel:  Matthew 13:24-43

Readings for next week: Seventeenth Sunday Ordinary Time
1 Kings 3:5.7-12    Second:     Romans 8:28-30
Gospel:    Matthew 13:44-52

This weekend we welcome through the
Sacrament of Baptism

Patrick Francis Popovski
son of Peter and Taryn

Indie Mary Wilson
daughter of Ashley and Sarah

May they grow in faith with the support of their families
and our Catholic Communities

The Marriage Course

The Marriage Course is a series of seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage.
Nicky and Sila Lee, authors of 
The Marriage Book, developed The Marriage Course for couples looking for practical support to strengthen their relationship. The course is designed to help couples build strong foundations, learn to communicate more effectively and resolve differences well.
Courses are run in various locations, including churches, homes and cafés, and online.

Find our more information here



Recent Deaths:   

Amadeo Beltrame, Marie McKenna


Giuseppe Angelini
Sheila Auchettl
Michael Brennan
Daniel Cashin
Margaret Coppock
Antoinette De Brauwere
Alex Gaitan
Gail Ginnane
James Grant 
Sr Frances Hardbottle RSM
Maree Hutt
Francis Hutt
Stanislaw Iwanowski
Dorothea James
Doreen Keating
Catherine Laffey
Stephen Lowry
Kevin Maher
Patrick Maher
Eric Martin
Amy McKew
Moira McRae
Florence Muller
Sarah O’Malley
James Christopher O'Sullivan
Kenneth Ryan
Robert Smith
Antonius Stoffels
Jess Taranto 
 Margaret Tonkin
Johannes van den Bogert
Lou Verberne, Snr
Clara Woof


Loreto College Ballarat warmly welcomes our new Principal, Michelle Brodrick


As we commence Term 3, Loreto College Ballarat warmly welcomes our new Principal, Michelle Brodrick. Michelle Brodrick is the 31st Principal/ Head Mistress appointed to the helm of the school since 1875.

Michelle brings a wealth of experience to Loreto College from her most recent appointments as Assistant Principal at Clonard College, an all-girls school and St Joseph’s College, an all-boys school in Geelong where she was Deputy Principal. Michelle is in her eleventh year of senior leadership at the executive level, including periods as Acting Principal.

Michelle is a contemporary, nurturing and collaborative educational leader, with a strong background in teaching, learning and wellbeing, as well as outstanding strategic leadership skills. Michelle holds a Master in Education and a Master of Business Administration Executive, along with a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Education.

Michelle grew up in St Arnaud before moving to Ballarat to attend University. After a two-year appointment teaching at an all-girls Catholic College in Japan, Michelle has lived in Torquay for the last twenty-six years with her husband and two children and has experienced single sex Catholic secondary schools as a student, teacher, leader and parent.
Michelle is honoured to be appointed Principal of Loreto College, having held fond memories of Loreto from when she taught her first class here as a student teacher many years ago. She has watched from afar, the development of both the Ballarat region and Loreto College.

Michelle is very honoured and excited to be continuing in the footsteps of many strong and inspirational women who have had the privilege of being a part of Loreto College Ballarat.


We wish you all the best Michelle, welcome to Loreto!


Address to the Loreto Community 2020 
From Ms Michelle Brodrick (Principal) here


A Church that is Missionary and Evangelizing
Columban Fr Warren Kinne reflects on first of the six National Themes for Discernment of the Plenary Council 2020. 

A Missionary and Evangelizing Church is a topic close to my heart and for the past 57 years, it has been the raison d'être for what I have been and done. Yet there has always been a conflict between the priest part and the missionary part of me. I have just received congratulations from the Society Leader for my golden anniversary of ordination. Ordination, it seems, is the pivotal moment for the Columban in his missionary training. It wasn’t my incardination into a missionary society or my first missionary journey to another land. I think this is an issue for us.

The Vatican Council said the local church is missionary and in a sense put a nail in the coffin of missionary societies like the Columbans. But the local church, by and large, is more into maintenance than mission. A priest is ordained to be a leader of a Christian community, whereas to be a missionary is to be someone on the margin of the community, crossing boundaries to the other. Lay people generally do this for the parish community because they are the ones who are in the workplace and outside of the constant demands of a parish treadmill.


Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Parish Social Profile

Based on the 2016 Australian Census

Ballarat St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is pleased to make available to you this profile of the Catholic population of your parish. I hope that you will find it to be a valuable tool for your parish’s pastoral planning by helping you understand the local Catholic community and assess its needs. Parish pastoral councils in particular will find it a useful resource. The data in this profile have been sourced from the Australian Census, which is carried out every five years by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Most of the data comes from the 2016 Census, but some comparisons are provided with 2011 and earlier years. It is important to remember that most of the data in this profile applies to all those people living within the boundaries of your parish who identified themselves as Catholic in the Census. Census data inform us about a population's demographic characteristics, but not about their religious practice. This social profile, produced for every Catholic parish in Australia, is an outcome of the National Catholic Census Project established by the Bishops Conference at the time of the 1991 Census. This project is managed by the ACBC National Centre for Pastoral Research. The Australian Catholic Council for Pastoral Research is most grateful to the Centre’s staff for the work that they do in providing demographic resources for parishes and dioceses, including this social profile. This profile is provided to you free of charge by the Bishops Conference as part of its commitment to the support of parish life. I trust that you find it informative, useful and thought-provoking.

Yours sincerely,

(Professor) Gabrielle McMullen AM Chair,

Australian Catholic Council for Pastoral Research


Read the social profile of the Cathedral Parish here

(National Evangelisation Team) Ministries Australia

Letter of thanks from Judith Sully.

"I would like to extend a genuine and heartfelt thank you to all who supported my NET sponsorship appeal earlier this year. Your kindness did not go unnoticed, and I was humbled by your generosity.

The amount I am expected to raise is $6500. The proceeds from the Parish appeal came to $1600, bringing my total up to $4750. This means that I only have to raise $1750 more!

Thank you again for your support.

If you would like to learn more about my missionary experiences as a volunteer with NET Ministries AU, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at I hope you are all staying safe during this difficult time, and I look forward to attending Mass as a part of the St Patrick's Cathedral community with you when it is next possible."
Thank you so much. 
Kind Regards, 

Pope Francis ‘pained’ by decision to turn
Hagia Sophia into mosque

ROME – After receiving sharp criticism in recent days for not speaking out about protests in Hong Kong and the recent decision to revert Turkey’s famed Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque, Pope Francis Sunday broke his silence on the latter, calling himself “pained” by the decision.
Pointing to the International Day of the Sea, celebrated on the second Sunday of July, Pope Francis said after leading pilgrims in the traditional noontime Angelus prayer , “The sea carries my thoughts farther, to Istanbul. I’m thinking of Santa Sofia … I am very pained.”

Read this article here

Image:  Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, after celebrating a Mass for the Feast of Rome's Patrons Saints Peter and Paul, at the Vatican, Monday, June 29, 2020. (Credit: AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca.)
Celebrating Masses at the Cathedral
Mass continues to be celebrated at 10.00am in the Cathedral each morning.
The current government regulations allow twenty people to attend, provided they keep the appropriate physical distancing and that the Parish keep a record of those in attendance together with their contact details. Cleaning is more important than ever and those who attend these Masses are invited to assist with the cleaning of the plastic chairs that are being used. Thank you to our Cathedral cleaning teams who have resumed their cleaning of the Cathedral. Some of these teams are depleted in numbers, so if you could help by joining a cleaning team you'd be very welcome! Contact the Parish Office to see how you go about this.

Registration for the 10.00am weekday Masses is not required, but you are asked to sign in upon arrival and it's the first 20 who get to attend. As many more people are seeking to attend a Sunday Mass, we ask those who are able to attend during the week to leave the Sunday Masses for those who can't come during the week
Weekend Masses are held at 5.00pm (Vigil) Saturday, 8.30am and 10.00am Sundays. Registration is essential for these Masses.

In summary 
* 10.00am weekday Mass (for 20 people only)
* 5.00pm Evening Prayer (for 20 people only)
Registering via the Parish Office via email or by phone the Parish Office on         53 312 933 will be necessary for all other Masses 

Saturday 5.00pm Vigil and Sunday 8.30am and 10.00am;
where your name and contact details will be required.

We ask that you remain in the designated area of the Cathedral for Mass and Evening Prayer.
For the moment these are the only occasions that the Cathedral will be open.  The Cathedral will remain locked at all other times.

Those seeking the Sacrament of Reconciliation are asked to contact the Parish Office to arrange a time. 

Funerals are being celebrated with up to 50 people able to gather in the Cathedral and Baptisms (for 20 people) are also now being celebrated. 

For the foreseeable future, Fr Justin will continue to celebrate 11.30am Mass each day, live streamed from the Chapel at St John of God Hospital which can also be view on the Cathedral website:
St Vincent de Paul Society
Winter Appeal


Now more than ever, the funds raised during this appeal are critical in ensuring that Vinnies can continue to be there for people when they need us most. 

Therefore, this year’s appeal will focus on addressing the needs of Victorians who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Vinnies, like everyone, has been impacted by COVID-19.  We have had to adapt our traditional ways of providing help to those who seek our assistance to meet both the government and St Vincent de Paul directives.  (receipts available on request)

Donations may be made via envelopes which are available from the Cathedral Parish Office.  These may be left at the office for collection by Vinnies.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
*Please write your name and address on the envelope so receipts can be issued.  Once completed envelopes can be left at the parish office.

We’re living in a time of uncertainty

There has been an atmosphere of uncertainty throughout our society since the onset of COVID-19. Fr Brian McCoy SJ reflects on how we can manage this uncertainty with love, company and compassion. Full transcript below the video. 

We hear many times the use of that word, uncertainty, and the uncertainties are named. Sometimes they’re around our inability to cross borders, uncertainties as to where COVID-19 is leading us in Australia, uncertainties as to where things that we enjoy like football might open up, or whether some of us can go back to work, whether we can go on holidays as we used to. Many uncertainties.

There are even more serious uncertainties for young people finishing Year 12 this year, uncertainties for people awaiting serious operations and medical procedures, uncertainties as to unemployment.

Read the reflection here
Southern Africa's Catholic community spurred into action
by Black Lives Matter

Image:   Men kneel during a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, June 8 following the May 25 murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in the U.S. (CNS/Reuters/Shafiek Tassiem)

Editor's noteThis story has been updated and corrected to note that the Southern African bishops' statement on racism was made in 2016.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — Southern Africa's Catholic community has been spurred into action by the global Black Lives Matter movement, with some local parishes hosting anti-bias workshops.
As in the U.S., many in the region were shocked by the brutal killing of George Floyd.
"What should be addressed is the issue of injustice and brutality and taking away somebody's life for nothing," said Jesuit Fr. Nobert Munekani, assistant pastor at Johannesburg's Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Have your say on the draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards, Edition Two

Read the draft Standards here
Patty Fawkner SGS. Image: Sisters of the Good Samaritan.

Voices of the oppressed must be heard
to make positive social change

Stories create an emotional connection and can inspire us to act to overcome bigotry and racism, writes Patty Fawkner. Stories, rather than statistics or angry midnight tweets, can change the world.
I was in my 20s when I first heard of the 1838 
Myall Creek Massacre in which a group of white settlers murdered 28 Aboriginal men, women and children in northern New South Wales. I never learnt that at school. 
I was in my 30s and living in Western Victoria when I was shocked by stories of the 
poisoning of Aboriginal Australians by local farmers back in the 1840s. I never learnt that at school. 

Read Patty Fawkner’s reflection here


Planned Giving:

Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:

Envelopes: $  1,520.00          Presbytery: $  369.25

Due to the cancellation of Masses, should you wish to continue your Planned Giving or contribution to the First Collection, please hand your envelope into the Parish Office or through the mail slot near the front door. 

There are still some envelopes commencing July 2020 available for collection from the Parish Office should you wish to continue your Planned Giving.

Any queries or concerns, or to collect a Direct Debit form, contact the Parish Office or email our Finance Officer Kerrie.
Parish Office Hours

The Cathedral Parish Office will be open each
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm.

Anita (Parish Coordinator) and Kerrie (Finance Officer)
will both work in the office on these days. 

On Mondays the Parish Office will be 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.

Gospel Reflection 

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
(Matthew 13:24-35)
by Veronica Lawson RSM

Experienced gardeners or farmers or bakers might take issue with Jesus’ choice of images for God’s empire or kin-dom of the heavens. They may be singularly unimpressed by the methods of the farmer-gardener-God presented in today’s gospel reading. An “enemy” planting weeds “all through the crop” is no surprise to readers familiar with the earlier part of this parable chapter, although the land-owner’s decision to leave the weeds to endanger the wheat crop seems none too smart. Mustard, known for its propensity to grow wild and threaten the life of every other plant in the garden, makes for an equally strange kin-dom analogy. God’s empire imaged as a baker woman taking yeast, a substance considered a corrupting influence in the first century Jewish world, and mixing it into twenty kilos of wheat flour, stretches the imagination in other directions. These images cut across the readers’ expectations quite dramatically. What might they be telling us about God’s kin-dom of the skies? In the parables of the mustard seed and the leaven, there is a movement from small to great that communicates something about the power of God to bring abundance of life from the most inauspicious beginnings. They do not seem to fit with the parable of the wheat and the weeds until we look a little more closely. The element of danger to the life of the whole is common to all three parables. Maybe Matthew’s Jesus is telling us that God is a God of risk who does not intervene but allows the weeds and endangering herbs to “infect” God’s field. Harvest season will be time enough to divide the wheat from the weeds, the life-giving from the infectious. In the meantime, the good seed must take hold. The good will finally outweigh the evil. That is small comfort, of course, to those who suffer at the hands of evildoers. In the parables of the mustard seed and the leaven, Jesus may be telling his hearers that their idea of infection or danger is different from his. At one level, he engages the more-than-human and talks about respect for the complexity of eco-systems. At another, he is talking about societal inclusion: the people that many consider unclean or sinful or demon-possessed are not to be displaced from God’s field or God’s table. On the contrary, they may be the very ones who season the life of the whole. Life is messy after all and God is in the mess. It is worth noting that the leaven parable offers one of the few occasions in the gospel where God is imaged as female. While we know that God is neither male nor female, most of us have been conditioned to use only male images for God. The parable of the woman kneading dough validates the potential of female experience to reflect the life and activity of God in our world.
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