& Events


World Day of the Poor

19 November 2019

The third World Day of the Poor focus on the theme “the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever”. The Church in Australia is recognising volunteers who work to bring hope to those in need. Read Pope Francis’ 2019 message for this day.

All Saints Portland celebrates

13 November 2019

A wonderful celebration, commemorating 175 years since the first Catholic Eucharist in Portland, was held on November 3 at All Saints Church Portland.

Mass of Thanksgiving

13 November 2019

Bishop Paul Bird CSsR has invited Bishop Shane Mackinlay to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in our diocese, following his Episcopal Ordination for the Sandhurst Diocese.

National Drought Prayer Campaign

12 November 2019

The Catholic Church in Australia is dedicating the month of November as a time to pray for those affected by crippling drought conditions and to pray for the gift of rain.


Horsham Parish Mission with Fr Richard Leonard SJ

23 November 2019

Fr Richard will present the Mission program and celebrate and preach at Horsham and Murtoa Parish Masses

Warrnambool East


25 October 2019


Episcopal Ordination of Fr Shane Mackinlay

17 October 2019

Most Rev Shane Mackinlay, Eighth Bishop of Sandhurst, was ordained on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.


175th Anniversary Mass All Saints Parish Portland

9 October 2019

All Saints Parish will celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the first Mass in Portland with a Mass concelebrated by Bishop Paul Bird CSsR and Fr Gregory Tait

We are the Catholic Church in the Ballarat Diocese
we gather in the name of Jesus from the Murray to the sea
in interwoven faith communities. Spirit filled
we celebrate and share our journey
reaching out to nurture all God's people.

Diocesan Vision Statement 2005

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Ballarat, Victoria 3353

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Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
5 Lyons Street South
Ballarat, Victoria 3353