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

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2nd August 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:     
Tuesday - Friday
10.00am - 5.00pm

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.

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where Mass in the Chapel at St John of God Hospital is live streamed daily at 11.30am.  After Mass has been celebrated it is posted onto the Cathedral website 
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Readings for this week:  Eighteenth Sunday Ordinary Time
First:  Isaiah 55:1-3    Second:   Romans 8:35. 37-39
Gospel:   Matthew 14:13-21

Readings for next: Nineteenth Sunday Ordinary Time
First:  1 Kings 19:9.11-13   Second:   Romans 9:1-5
Gospel:   Matthew 14:22-33


This weekend we welcome through the
Sacrament of Baptism

Pippa Dearne Heiden
daughther of Alex and Brooke

Goldie Maeve O'Hehir
daughter of Liam and Bridget

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



Recent Deaths:   

Ron Flynn
Lucija Bauska
Brian Blood
Ian Bourchier
Wilhelmus Byvoet
Giuseppe Cammarano
Reginald Carr
George Clark
Des Elliott
Joseph Gleeson
Vilmos Grubits
Francis Hartigan
Gladys Hayes
Gregory Hayes
Malcolm Holding
Robert Hunter
Horace Jones
Peter Kropp
Milko Kucina
Ian Larkin
Patricia Liston
Edmond Malone
Alberto Massarotti
Florence McDonald
James McIlroy
John McKenzie
Kevin Meiklejohn
Teresa Mitria
Norah Moore
Jane Morris
Frances Morris
Phonse O’Loughlin
James Neary
Martin Patton
Maureen Sandry
Giulio Santilli
Sr Moya Somerset
Shirley Swinkles
Thresiamma Thaikkadupill
Marie Jose van der Valk
Norah Wood



Bishop Paul has sent through the following communication following the increase in restrictions in response to the growing numbers of people diagnosed with Coronavirus.

Importantly, for our celebrations of the Eucharist he says that:
'...from Monday August 3, everyone will be required to wear a face covering throughout the liturgy. The only exceptions would be when the Priest is speaking to the congregation or reading prayers, when a reader is actually reading the Scriptures, when a song leader is leading the singing and when anyone is receiving communion.
As well as the new requirement to wear a face covering, the current requirements about hygiene and distance between people will continue to apply.'
Masses at the Cathedral

Monday - Saturday 10.00am
Wednesday and Friday 7.30am

Sunday Masses
5pm (Vigil), 8.30am and 10.00am

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 weekday Masses is not required, but you are asked to sign in upon arrival and it's the first 20 who get to attend.

 A reminder the Church door is locked while Mass takes place; please arrive early to ensure you don't miss out.

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
Registering via the Parish Office via email or by phone the Parish Office
on 53 312 933 will be necessary for all weekend 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. 

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.

Safe Shelter
Could this be possible in Ballarat?

The Cathedral Parish Pastoral Council welcomed the invitation from the Ballarat Central Uniting Church to participate in a meeting convened by Compassionate Ballarat (creating a nurturing City) to explore Safe Shelter, a project developed 10 years ago in Canberra, ACT to respond to homelessness. The project is ecumenical and has the support of professional agencies in Ballarat including Centacare and UnitingCare. There are many here in the Cathedral Parish who remember and contributed to the development of Peplow House in the mid 1970’s.
At the first meeting on Friday July 24th, Fr Justin, Gerard Knobel (Cathedral Parish Pastoral Council) and Alan West (St Vincent de Paul Cathedral Conference President) attended with many others from across our community, with a limit of 20 persons in attendance and many others participating remotely via ZOOM.
A steering group was formed that Gerard Knobel will be a member of on behalf of our Cathedral Parish (thanks Gerard). The hope is that Safe Shelter will be operating by next Winter, in 2021. We believe that this project is a very concrete way to respond to the recognised issue of homelessness in Ballarat (especially for men). Our Cathedral Parish is well placed to become a partner in this project, both in terms of facilities that could be utilised and volunteers that could assist in so many ways.

Read more about the history of the Safe Shelter project in the A.C.T. here and be sure to send us feedback about your response to this project,  especially if you’re interested in becoming involved (and don’t forget to share this initiative with others!).

Not worth the paper it's written on
New instruction on Catholic parishes is latest proof
that it will be hard to wrest control from the clericalists

The Congregation for the Clergy caused a bit a surprise and a whole lot of consternation earlier this week when it issued a new document on "the pastoral conversion of the parish community at the service of the Church's evangelizing mission".

There had been no inkling that any such thing was even in the works, let alone that an important Vatican text would be released in the middle of summer while Pope Francis was still on his stay-at-home, month-long holidays.

"The document deals with the theme of the pastoral care of parish communities, the various clerical and lay ministries, with a view to greater co-responsibility of all the baptized," the congregation said in a press
 communiqué on July 20, the day the text was released.

Read this commentary by Robert Mickens here

Catholic sector thanks Victorian aged care workers

The largest non-government grouping of aged care services in Australia, Catholic Health Australia, thanks its workers as they continue to provide compassionate care in the face of a surging pandemic.

CHA, whose Victorian members include Mercy, St Vincent’s and Villa Maria, among others, said its aged care workers are doing an amazing job as they battle a second surge of COVID cases in Victoria.

The workforce in Victoria’s aged care homes are doing everything they can to protect the older residents in their care and deserve our respect and support.

CHA Chief Executive Pat Garcia said: ‘Our workers are there on the frontline - they are quite literally the bulwark between the pandemic and the most vulnerable in our community.

‘Staff are working long hours filling in the gaps in rosters for their colleagues who have been forced to self-isolate. They continue to provide care to the best of their ability while maintaining the strictest measures to keep facilities free of infection. I commend them for their dedication to duty and the compassion and care they continue to show their residents.

‘Even before the crisis this is a workforce that is crying out for more training and greater government support to do their jobs. I welcome the support shown for them by Health Minister Hunt and by Aged Care Minister Colbeck - I know it will be appreciated by our staff.’

Read the Statement by Pat Garcia here
Re-emerging with purpose
Using what we learnt during lockdown to build more fruitful parishes

Our family has enjoyed our weekends during ‘lockdown’. Without the sporting commitments and social activities that usually fill our weekends, we have enjoyed board games, quiet days in the garden and regular exercise. We have learnt from this lockdown time that we want to be more vigilant about the choices we make with our family time—what we say ‘yes’ to. This is also true for our parishes. During the last couple of months, much of what we would consider ‘essential’ to a parish community has been stripped away. We have had to abandon the way we normally do Mass, evangelisation, faith-sharing and social gatherings. So much of how we habitually express our faith and our relationship with Jesus has changed. Yet these have been weeks of unprecedented innovation, vibrancy and a commitment to reaching out into our communities. Will we allow this temporary ‘new normal’ to teach us a new way forward for our parishes?
Young black Catholics speak out on
racism in the Church
Cardinal Vincent Nichols requested that Catholics listen to the
video testimonies "with an open heart".

Young Black Catholics have spoken of their experiences of racism and discrimination in the church in a video for the Archdiocese of Westminster.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who introduces the frank and challenging 18-minute-long video, urges its audience to listen carefully, “with an accepting heart; don’t be thinking, ‘hang on a minute’. Make space to hear what they have to say.”

In the video Kamara Katama, one of the four people to be interviewed for the project, and a lay chaplain at a Catholic sixth form college in south London, urged churches to do a better job of representing Black Catholics at all levels - doing so should be a conscious effort, she said.

Describing a recent visit to a church that had prominent images of Black saints, she said: “I so rarely see other Black faces on the wall in the religious art in my churches I go to. I'm so rarely represented. How can young people feel empowered and like they belong in church when they never see their faces in the people that we venerate?”

Read this article by Liz Dodd in the UK Tablet here

Nuns, priests, bishops protest Duterte government
State of the Nation address provides opportunity for visibility of dissent
Sisters hold a banner of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines at the July 27 rally at the University of the Philippines' University Avenue. Sr. Asuncion Borromeo is third from left. (Provided photo)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Nuns, priests and bishops in the Philippines issued protest calls in the run up to and during President Rodrigo Duterte's fifth State of the Nation address, delivered July 27 at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Metro Manila.
Despite warnings about the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, nuns wearing face masks and face shields joined morning protest activities on University Avenue at the main campus of the University of the Philippines in Quezon City. The stretch branches off from the 18-lane Commonwealth Avenue that leads to the House of Representatives building, which was off-limits to the public. The Philippine Daily Inquirer 
reported a crowd of about 2,000.
To make their presence known, nuns wearing face masks and face shields carried the streamer of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP). Elsewhere in Metro Manila, other groups of nuns staged their own protests. The Missionary Benedictine Sisters who run St. Scholastica's College in the City of Manila went out to the streets to stage a short program.
Good Shepherd Sr. Juanita Daño and a group of lay people with "Defend Life & Human Rights" banners posed for a photo in front the Manila Cathedral and posted it on Facebook.
The Sacrament of Baptism (for 20 people) has commenced on Sundays.  For further information or to make a booking, please contact the Parish Office.

Due to Government restrictions and the limits we must adhere to, there will be no Sacramental preparation programs for Confirmation or to prepare children for their First Communion that will complete their Christian initiation for the remainder of the year. 

The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIC) preparation process has resumed with five families with their children from the Cathedral Parish with their children nearing completion of preparation with Baptism taking place in mid-August.

Planned Giving:

Thank you for contributing to the Cathedral collections this week:
Envelopes: $  707.00      Presbytery: $  895.55

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.
Gospel Reflection 
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
(Matthew 14:13-21)

By:  Veronica Lawson RSM

According to the most recent International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRI) Report, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below ten percent of the global population for the first time in history, down from nineteen per cent in 1990. The same figures hold for the undernourished in our world. Encouraging as the improved statistics may be, it is still a fact that almost three quarters of a billion people have less than $US1.90 per day to meet all their basic needs for food, shelter and security and this situation has been seriously exacerbated by the outbreak of Covid-19. It is difficult in our affluent society to imagine the plight of so many in the war-torn countries of our world or to get inside the desperation of parents watching their children die from starvation. According to research conducted by Footprint Melbourne, Melburnians waste enough food annually to feed two million people at a cost of $3.5 million. That may be changing in these times of pandemic and somewhat heightened awareness of the suffering of those on the edge.. What has this to do with our gospel reflection? In the first reading from Isaiah, God tells the “thirsty”: “Listen and delight in rich food….Incline your ear, and come to me; listen that you may live”. The gospel reading from Matthew tells a story of hungry people “hearing”, following Jesus, and enjoying an abundance of life-sustaining food. In other words, Matthew presents Jesus as the one who makes the Isaian dream a reality for those who hunger and thirst both literally and figuratively. The passage echoes key aspects of Israel’s history. Jesus retreats to a “desert” place, recalling the experience of God’s people in the wilderness of Sinai. Those who follow Jesus find life-restoring food in the desert, evoking the manna that God provided for the hungry in the Sinai desert. Jesus has compassion for people struggling with disease and thirsting for the means to live. In biblical terms, compassion is always accompanied by action for restorative justice. Jesus heals the sick and creates a structure for the sharing of resources. Faced with a hungry crowd, the disciples offer a simple solution: “Send them away.” Sending the desperate away is a travesty of gospel compassion in a way of life that claims Eucharist as its central tenet. It has, sadly, been part of our national response to many hungering and thirsting for life and security. Jesus refuses such a solution and invites his disciples instead to take some personal responsibility for the situation. The gospel invites us as contemporary disciples to attend to food security in our world and to address ways of meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of eliminating poverty and hunger by 2030. Informing ourselves on the issues might be one place to begin. Another might be to check supplies before shopping for more food than we need.
Image:  Spanish flu pandemic, 1919
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