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150th anniversary of the opening of the First Vatican Council

8 December 2019

Sunday, December 8, marked the 150th anniversary of the opening of the First Vatican Council.

Making a Scene at Christmas

5 December 2019

Making a Scene at Christmas, a display of nativities from at least 40 different nations from all continents (except Antarctica), is back this year.

ACYF 2019

27 November 2019

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival has kicked off in Perth

Mass of Thanksgiving for Bishop Shane Mackinlay

26 November 2019

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

Youth Festival theme song released

25 November 2019

Sandhurst priest and recording artist Fr Rob Galea has released the theme song for the 2019 Australian Catholic Youth Festival

National Drought Prayer Campaign

24 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.

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.

Portland

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.

St Mary's Primary School Swan Hill Centenary Celebrations

10 November 2019

Save the date! Parish Centenary Mass on Sunday, November 10 and School Mass on Monday, November 11

175th Anniversary Mass All Saints Parish Portland

3 November 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

Episcopal Ordination of Fr Shane Mackinlay

17 October 2019

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

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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