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Diocesan News


2 June 2020

New DOBCEL Video launched introducing Board directors and outlining the functions and responsibilities of the DOBCEL Board and a discussion paper on DOBCEL Engagement with Priests, Parishes and Regional Councils.

Discernment Papers help sharpen focus for Plenary Council

1 June 2020

Six Discernment and Writing Groups, one each for the six national themes for discernment that emerged from the Council’s Listening and Dialogue phase, were tasked with writing papers to bring some major themes and issues into focus.

Coronavirus -- The Church's information and advice

1 June 2020

Updates and Information, resources and links to online Masses, in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

National Sorry Day

26 May 2020

Observed annually on 26 May, National Sorry Day remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as ‘The Stolen Generations’.

A Pilgrimage for Pentecost

25 May 2020

Prayers and images by Michael McGirr

Week of Prayer and Christian Unity 2020

24 May 2020

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed from May 24-31, 2020 in the week between Ascension and Pentecost. This year’s theme is, “They showed us unusual kindness” (Acts 28:2).

“Word of Encouragement”

20 May 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect Australians’ lives, including their worship, the Catholic bishops will entrust the country to the care of Mary Help of Christians on her feast day next week.

Laudato Si Week

19 May 2020

Pope Francis invites you to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week, May 16-23.

Guide to Social Media for parishes

18 May 2020

The Australian Catholic Media Council has launched a resource encouraging parishes to embrace Pope Francis' invitation to share the Gospel story as the Church in Australia - in person or online.

National Reconciliation Week 2020

18 May 2020

The theme for #NRW2020 – In this together – is now resonating in ways that could not have been foreseen when this was announced last year, but it reminds us whether in a crisis or in reconciliation, we are all #InThisTogether.

World Communications Day

17 May 2020

This Sunday, May 17, the Church in Australia will celebrate World Communications Day.

Gatherings in our churches

13 May 2020

Information regarding gathering in our Churches here from Bishop Paul Bird CSsR.

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

All Enquiries

PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

Where to find us

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